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    There is nothing that compares to NYC in December.

    by irishgalmtl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you go to
    New York in December a must see is Rockefeller center Were the largest Chistmas tree I have ever seen in my life... And with a skating rink entertainment for the whole family Imagine skating under such a beautiful tree. From Connecticut as this is the 3rd tree from there to be up into the Rockefeller center (1999, a 100-foot ,in 2003, a 79-foot) this one is 88-foot Norway spruce from a western Connecticut 9-ton tree is 45 feet in diameter 30,000 lights and topped with a Swarovski crystal star weighing 600 pounds 9.5 feet tall Is absolute breathtaking. It was simply beautiful.
    Lighting Ceremony: November 29, 2006
    Tree Taken Down: January 8, 2007 This is an annual tradition that started in 1933.
    location:-from 47th to 51st Sts. between 5th & 6th Avenues
    Its a must see..at least once in your life time!!

    Swarovski crystal star

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    Pound Ridge Reservation

    by kucha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This 4,000 acre preserve is just an hour north of New York City and -- between the beautiful hikes available and the picturesque train ride on the way up -- well worth the effort. There are 35 miles of hiking trails and even a few shelters (mostly reserved in advance) for overnight campers. A couple of beautiful lookouts afford great vistas of the complex resevoir system that give New Yorkers their water, as well as of the lower Catskill Mountains.

    The Reservation was purchased from a vareity of local farmers and landowners in 1924 and set aside as a sanctuary for wildlife and as a recreational and educational area. There is a small nature museum at one end of the park, as well as a maple sugaring station and demonstration in season (March).

    Take the Metro North train out of Grand Central to Katonah (a charming VVictorian town worth visiting in its own right) and then take a taxi for about $12.00 to the Pound Ridge Reservation. It is possible to do hikes as short as 1 hour and all the way up to 6 hours. Alternatively, drive north out of NY City to I-684, then exit at Exit 6, taking Route 35 east to the corner of Route 121. Turn right and you will be right at the entrance to the Reservation.

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    NYC's exotic shops

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    During my last visit to NYC, I got to experience one of the exotic shops, as my friend wanted to buy gifts for her friends. Selling mostly lingerie, these shops also offer movies, toys, and lotions for adventurous lovers. There are many these shops located in Manhattan around Times Square and the Empire State Building. Perhaps the most famous shop is the Pink PussyCat Boutique (167 West 4th Street, Manhattan). -- www.pinkpussycat.com

    Prior to Mayor Giuliani's crackdown on these businesses in 1993, there were more than 170 stores in the city. The immediate impact was a reduction in these shops, but since 2003, the number of stores has again increased, especially in the seedy tourist areas around Times Square.

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    Star spotting for Free!!!

    by Tourtech Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you want to see a few stars, maybe a free performance by someone you wanted to see live, here is your chance. And its free.....

    Good Morning America has its main studio at times square. from 7 to 9 AM, they broadcast live. Go to the website for GMA and look at the weekly rundown. Now if there is somone on the list you wanted to see, make your way down there for the morning. This works best for musicians, they perform iether in the lower studio at street level or right on 44th street itself.
    The picture beside this is actually Duran Duran performing outside our apartment on 44th for thier album release in North America. They did a great job at 8:30AM, but it did also bother our hang-overs....

    Duran Duran free in NYC
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    It's not just grave stones

    by K777 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I know some people are freaked out by the idea of going to a cemetary, but Greenwood Cemetary in Brooklyn is a phenomenal place to visit. It's 478 acres of hills, views and some very interesting grave stones dating all the way back to the 1700's. It's an amazing place to walk through, a nice bit of nature in the middle of Brooklyn.

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  • Deep sea fishing

    by fellman01 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    You don't have to travel to the Caribbean to experience the thrills of Deep Sea fishing. There is an entire fleet of fishing charters that are berthed by Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Just another sporting activity available in the city that never sleeps.

    Don't forget to tip the crew!

    Belt Parkway (Route 27) to the Knapp Street Exit. From Eastbound, or Westbound, exit at Knapp Street, take Knapp St. Southbound (you will see Jamaica Bay), then right turn onto Emmons Avenue, just follow the Bay (Westbound) till you see the Piers. Should you get lost, on a Map, you will find the Piers along Emmons Avenue, between Ocean Avenue & Bedford Avenue to be exact.
    By Subway: IND 'Q' Line (Express/Local) to the 'Sheepshead Bay Station.' Exit the station, go to your Right and walk a few blocks South down Sheepshead Bay Road till you see the Bay. Then make a right and walk East on Emmons. Should you get lost, just ask anyone on the street and they will direct you.

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    92nd Street Y

    by seagoingJLW Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the 92nd Street Y is a world renowned community and cultural center. It is a lecture hall, a performance center, a school, a health center and a community organization.

    The 92nd Street Y is made up of two buildings in Manhattan with the primary facility located at 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street.) There is a second building, the Steinhardt Building, at 35 West 67th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

    Offerings include concerts, lectures, literary readings, domestic and international travel, walking tours, dance performances and seminars.

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    by heywinks Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A day at the baths after a long day sightseeing and walking on your feet feels like bliss...
    Want to unwind?? Then head for the Turkish baths! Take advantage of the steam room, cold and hot baths, the Russian sauna (HOT HOT HOT!!), massage, & mud treatments.
    You can spend as long as you want in the facilites, paying just one price (about $20-not sure exactly but it`s CHEAP!). Package deals including treatments are available.

    Address: 268 East 10th St, New York, NY 10009

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    History on Park Avenue

    by krismsong Written Mar 8, 2011

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    The Park Avenue Armory was once the second home or social club of the most elite in NYC. It was the home of the 7th Regiment, a militia, that included the Astors and the Vanderbilts among its members. It was also the first (and only) regiment to build its armory with private funds and was the first regiment to answer the call of President Abraham Lincoln after the fall of Fort Sumter.

    The Armory had fallen into great disrepair after WWI when the "social club" members were called on to serve in defense of the nation and was absorbed into the US Army. The 7th Regiment lost about half of their soldiers during WWI and the armory was never the same.

    You can see the glorious rooms, with original Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass in situ and beautiful wrought iron chandeliers on a by appointment tour or during an art fair, you can use the handy pamphlet guide of rooms available just as you walk in. It is really a hidden historical treasure of NYC, and you can get a glimpse into the current "archeological" restoration in progress now.

    For more details, you can also see my blog at http://uniquetoNYC.blogspot.com

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    Gracie Mansion: The People's House

    by krismsong Written Feb 18, 2011

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    Check out the NYC Mayor's Mansion, Gracie Mansion, in the upper east side. The docent led by-appointment tours are warm and inviting. They explain about the history of the house and it's prior residents, the evolution of the house (including Robert Moses' role in its designation as the Mayor's home), and give a nice tour of the house and its furnishings (as Mayor Bloomberg does not live here, you can see the whole house currently).

    If you like seeing into people's homes or NYC history, this is the tour for you, and it only costs $7 (less for seniors and free for students).

    For a more detailed review, check out my blog at http://uniquetonyc.blogspot.com

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    Long Island

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 11, 2010

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    Long island begins just across the East River from Manhattan. It is 118 miles long, making it the longest island in the US, and it has nearly 8 million inhabitants, making it the most populous island in the US. Long Island is comprised of four counties, and it contains two of NYC's major airports: JFK and La Guardia. Long Island is home to numerous universities include several SUNY campuses, the Merchant Marine Academy, and many private schools like Hofstra. The island is really just a suburb of New York City, so it is well connected with rail lines and major roads.

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    Horace Greely Square

    by rexvaughan Written Aug 16, 2010

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    This charming square between 32nd & 33rd Streets and between Broadway and 6th Avenue (also known as Avenue of the Americas) is a real urban oasis. The location means it is not off the beaten path at all, but was a little surprising to me to find such a nice area in the midst of Manhattan. It sits almost on top of 33rd St Subway stop and just around the corner from the Empire State Building but is a lovely little area mostly surrounded by trees and potted shrubs with moveable tables and chairs with a kiosk café selling various snacks, drinks and pastries. This is a wonderful stop for a bagel in the morning on the way to the Empire State Building or an afternoon pick me up following a Manhattan stroll. We did both and found the food and drinks of good quality. An added bonus: it has some well maintained public restrooms.

    Good bagels and coffee Mr. Greely watches over you A welcome sight

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    Brooklyn Winery

    by VZ-Pam Written Jul 29, 2010

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    If you have the money, you can arrange a tour to see how this urban winery make wine & have your own custom made Barrel with a tour

    TO make your own barrel will roughly cost over $4000 USD but you can share that with a group of people.

    But you can also check on their web site to see what else they offer for wine tour for a cheaper option

    The address is 213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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  • Have a fantastic breakfast/morning!!

    by kristinv Written Jul 24, 2010

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    Three options, all on Upper East side just a short taxi ride from wherever your are staying in Manhattan:
    1) VERY HEALTHY: the 'Green Bean' (crossroads 75th street and York Avenue). Try their 'Deep Green' which is a blend of Green vegetables ONLY!
    2) VERY NICE: Bagels & Co. (crossroads 76th street and York Avenue).
    Incredible amount of all sorts of Bagels and spreads. A lot of families have their breakfast here.
    3) VERY 'AMERICAN'?: Big Daddy's. Different locations, also one on Upper East side. Look it up on the internet! Book a table and have Oreo Milk shake for breakfast!!!
    When you have finished your breakfast: PLEASE walk down 81st or 82nd street toward East, you will find THE BEST promenade along East River. Listen to some New York music on your iPOD:


    ..just relax... sit down... read a newspaper... ENJOY!!!!!

    Kind regards Kristin

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    go outside NYC too / Hudson Valley

    by An&An Written Jul 17, 2010

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    Hi - looks like you got already some great advice. Since you will be staying for a good long time I want to make you aware of the Metro-North Railroad which takes you from Grand Central Station in Midtown (a MUST see in itself) to Connecticut and to the Hudson Valley on commuter trains. Especially the ride on the Hudson Line is beautiful (as the tracks are right next to the river for the whole time) and the towns on the way are worth a visit (especially Cold Spring (nice little antique shops) and Beacon (modern art at the Dia:Beacon and art galleries in town). Enjoy your trip.

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