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    New York City Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Jul 14, 2014

    yes, I'm an avid collector of refrigerator magnets too besides the shot glasses and when visiting a destination, The first thing that I would buy are the shot glasses and the refrigerator magnets and here in Manhattan and New York City, it is no different and the variety and kinds of ref magnets here in Manhattan are varied and are numerous. You can buy them everywhere, at the Hotels and at Canal Street, Battery Park, Time Square, Central Park and more and they range from the plastic type to the aluminum or magnetized and porcelain type and they typically costs from $ 3.99 to $ 9.99 a piece, depending on the style or the materials and the designs used. buy them now!

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    New York City Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Written Jul 14, 2014

    Having been an avid Collector of Refrigerator Magnets and Shot Glasses, I must buy a shot glass of New York City to be a part of my extensive colection of Shot Glasses at home and here, you can buy a variety of Shot Glasses as souvenir items and they are available in different types and themes like frosted glass, pewter, aluminum, tempered glass and more and have a number of designs. they retail from $ 3.99 to 9.99 a piece, depending on the type and design you want and are available everywhere in New York City, like in Time Square, Battery Park, Central Park, etc

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    A veritable melting pot of cultures!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    To note that New York City is a veritable melting point of cultures is hardly an original observation. However, what I find so fascinating is to see how people adhere to traditional practices from their home cultures, even if they seem incongruous against the backdrop of NYC's ultra urban, 21st century cityscape.

    Take this elderly Chinese lady whom I happened to be walking behind in Greenwich village late one Sunday evening. She needed to carry two (very modern) black plastic refuse bags, and reverted to the age old practice of suspending them from either end of a pole which she then carried across her shoulders. East meets West, ancient meets modern - New York in microcosm.

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    Voter registration underway

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Oct 27, 2012

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    My recent trip to New York took place in October 2012, less than a month before the Presidential election, and it was encouraging to see that voter registration was underway in a number of locations I passed.

    Democracy is something that most western countries hold dear, and is particularly significant for someone who lives in a relatively new democracy which tens of thousands of people sacrificed their lives over decades to make the right to vote a reality. So it always amazes me how many people either aren't on the voter's roll and/or don't exercise their democratic right to have a say in how they are governed. The way I see it, if you have the right to vote but don't, you have forfeited the right to criticise the way that the country is governed.

    Unfortunately I have yet to see a ballot slip that includes the option, "I consider all of the above to be blithering idiots and wouldn't vote for any of them in a pink fit"" ... probably for fear that said blithering idiot would win by a landslide!

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    Check it out

    by mrdarius Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I never noticed this until recently, but many New Yorkers check each other out but never make eye contact. After you notice it for the first time, you will see it happen all the time. The checking out part isn't really as sleazy as it sounds. I think many New Yorkers are hyper sensitive when it comes to fashion, and they constantly analyze what's hot and what's not.

    As for the eye contact, it can be considered an aggressively hostile move to look someone in the eyes in New York (especially if you mean it). Don't worry if you happen to look someone in the eyes, but just be careful who you look at and how you do it. I'm making New York sound like a terrible place, but it's not. New York ranks 39th safest state (11th most dangerous), with N. Dakota as safest, and Florida as most dangerous with regards to violent crime (according to website listed below).

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    Chocolate Egg Cream Soda

    by richiecdisc Written May 24, 2010

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    This was something I had to try and was happy to find it at 2nd Avenue Deli. It's basically just seltzer, milk and chocolate syrup in it so not sure where the egg part of the name comes from. I wonder if back in the day it had egg yolks in it. At any rate, it's quite tasty and if you like chocolate syrup, you're bound to like these. Try one. It's a trip back to the time when soda fountains ruled.

    the eggs cream soda: a NYC institution
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    Pleasantly surprised with US Customs!

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 26, 2008

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    When we got to Newark there were terribly long queues as a flight from Asia had arrived at the same time as us.

    There were hundreds of people needing to get through customs, the majority being foreigners, needing the full customs check!

    We had sat next to a friendly Welsh couple on the plane and chatted with them in the customs line too, sharing funny stories.

    Even though we had heard that American Customs Officials are very tough and unfriendly, we found that they were thorough and friendly enough, even at 3am in the morning!

    We got through easily and continued on our way.

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    Pharmacies...one of the pleasures

    by Bunsch Written May 24, 2008

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    Although I've lived in several major American cities, all of which had sufficient drug stores, it is only in Manhattan that I've become a devotee of the pharmacy. Here in New York, with rental prices at a premium, these emporia (Duane Reade, for example) somehow manage to include virtually everything that you'd find at a suburban shop. But like the old Ginsu knives advertisement, I hasten to add, "But wait! There's more!"

    Items -- specialized shampoos, unusual cosmetic lines, even handmade cards or things like loofahs in the shape of various aquatic animals -- can often be found in pharmacies which are just not available elsewhere. Since these places are everywhere, you need to check on the special qualities of the one closest to your hotel. Recently I've been quite fond of Gideon's Drugs, located at Broadway and 38th Street, which carries Kerastase (great hair stuff) and the aforementioned loofahs, and even has a second floor which was just too much for me to handle. Oh, and they've got great hair brushes, too! Information below is for Gideon's. They will deliver anywhere in New York.

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    Tribeca Film Festival

    by TexasDave Updated Apr 29, 2008

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    Started in 2002 by Robert De Niro after the WTC terrorist attacks to help revitalize the neighborhood, this is now a highly attended yearly event. At the main theater in Tribeca as well as other venues in the Lower East Side dozens of movies (documentaries, full-feature and low budget arthouse films are shown. Generally the director, producer and/or actors are present to have audience discussions after the screening. It normally lasts about 10 days at the end of April and into May each year.

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    New York City Water Tanks

    by von.otter Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    “Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.”
    — St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) ‘Canticle of the Sun,’ circa 1225

    When walking about low-rise areas, such as Greenwich Village or the East Village, you can look up too. Not to see the tall office towers, but a unique New York City fixture: the wooden water tank.

    New York City water tanks have been a fixture on this town’s skyline since the mid-19th century. It is estimated that there are between 10,000 and 15,000 wooden tanks in the city’s five boroughs. Their design has changed little from the 1800s; they are a vital element in the city’s water system.

    Beginning in the 19th century, New York City required all buildings taller than six stories to have a water tower on the roof to prevent the need for water high pressure at lower levels, which could rupture pipes.

    Water is pumped to the tanks and then it is fed by gravity into the building. When levels get too low, a valve in the tank signals the building’s basement pump to send water to the tank. The tanks store between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons of water. Water at the top is for everyday use; and the water at the bottom of the tank is reserved for fighting fire.

    Although there are some steel tanks, wooden ones are more common because they can be put together and taken up to the roof in stages and are less expensive.

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    Have lunch at Herald Square

    by King_Golo Written Jan 17, 2008

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    Herald Square is a small island of green among the traffic noises of East 34th Street, 6th Avenue and Broadway. A square of maybe 20 x 10m, this place is very popular for lunch among those who work close by (e.g. at Macy's, which is just next door). I enjoyed sitting in all the hustle and bustle of Midtown, eating my lunch and watching people passing by. You could easily write a whole book by retelling what you overhear and oversee while sitting there...

    Herald Square

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    New York is a cultural melting pot

    by Gypsystravels Updated Sep 29, 2007

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    Venture out to one or all of the other four boros (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island) and you will reward yourself with so much more than the average tourist/traveler sees. The four boros along with Manhattan make up New York City and its where the majority of the New Yorkers call home.

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    Pride In The National Flag

    by Mikebb Written Jul 30, 2007

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    Wherever I went I noticed the "National Pride" of the American people, you cannot help but notice the number of locations the American Flag is flying, always in a prominent position.

    It is a magnificent flag , a large flag looks outstanding when completly opened by the breeze.

    Congratulations.

    National Flag at NY Stock Exchange
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    Patriotic

    by jamiesno Written Apr 22, 2007

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    "While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
    Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
    Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
    As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "

    God Bless America,
    Land that I love.
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Thru the night with a light from above.
    From the mountains, to the prairies,
    To the oceans, white with foam
    God bless America, My home sweet home.

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    I Love New York

    by jamiesno Written Apr 21, 2007

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    "The logo for the I Love New York advertising many campaigns is a rebus created by Milton Glaser consisting of the capital letter I, followed by a red heart symbol (♥), below which are the capital letters N and Y, set in a rounded slab serif typeface. Because of the appearance of the logo, it is often misread I Heart New York rather than I Love New York. The logo is perhaps known best for promoting tourism in the entire state of New York, —contrary to the popular belief of merely New York City, the state's and country's most populous city— appearing in souvenir shops and brochures throughout the state." http://en.wikipedia.org

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