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  • 26. Saint Paul Chapel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Trinity is not the only old church buried deep inside the skyscrapers of New York's Financial District. Right below the towering One World Trade Center is St. Paul's Chapel, the oldest church in...

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  • 27. TV & Movie Tours - Landmarks

    There are many tours you can take in New York City. New York is an iconic city for a reason and one of the reasons everyone recognizes it is that it is used for filming in a huge number of TV and...

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  • 28. Guggenheim Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    My niece wanted to visit the Guggenheim so I added it to our Go Select Pass. It was the last of the six attractions we visited, we had already been to MOMA and the Metropolitan Art Museum, both of...

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  • 29. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Even if you don't like modern art, you will surely find something that you love at MOMA. MOMA has an amazing collection of prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, as well as other forms...

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  • 30. Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Families and couples were seen throughout the park. Each quietly doing their own thing. The shade was pleasant on a warm afternoon and the views over the river wonderful. The New Leaf Cafe (rescued...

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  • 31. Circle Line Harbor Cruise

    4 out of 5 stars

    I enjoyed very much discovering Manhattan from the seaside with The Circle Line's cruises. I took the full tour, approximately 3 hours around Manhattan, but there are plenty of other cruises to choose...

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  • 32. Bronx Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    An indoor exhibit ( extra fee, included on total experience ticket ) houses 800 assorted creatures from the large to the miniscule in environments stated to be jungle habitats and with temperatures to...

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  • 33. New York Public Library

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Just above the loudest point in the city – the Bryant Park subway station, which hits 93 decibels, greater than nearby Times Square’s mark of 76 – you can find the New York Public Library, one of the...

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  • 34. Central Park - Bethesda Fountain

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This very picturesque part of Central Park has been featured in numerous movies. The latest memorable scene for me was from the movie Enchanted. They danced and danced around the fountain. The lake...

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  • 35. Chelsea

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    As usual, wherever I start out in New York City, I do not have the time nor money to do everything that I would like to do. The week before Christmas of 2009, I went to New York to meet a VT friend...

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  • 36. Coney Island

    4 out of 5 stars

    One of America's most celebrated beach resorts during the first half of the 20th Century, Coney Island remains a Mecca for summer fun even today. Coney Island is a peninsula, formerly an island, in...

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  • 37. Madison Square Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    “If slavery, limited as it yet is, now threatens to subvert the Constitution, how can we as wise and prudent statesmen, enlarge its boundaries and increase its influence, and thus increase already...

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  • 38. Radio City Music Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We took the Radio Hall Tour as it was in our New York City Pass Book but also because we are interested in history and this hall has certainly got some history! The tour guide took us through the...

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  • 39. Washington Square Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    As I walked into Washington Square Park I passed by a pianist at his grand piano and sat down by an impromptu jazz band to listen to the cultured sounds of the famous Washington Square Park. It sits...

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  • 40. Holidays & Parades

    May 1 - 5, 2013 Shoreline Tours was offering a NEW YORK CITY BUS TOUR and since Hans and I have always wanted to go to New York, but did not want the hassle or stress of driving there, we jumped at...

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  • 41. Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the largest gothic cathedral in the world. In fact it is so large that although construction on the church began in 1892, it is still no where near complete....

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  • 42. Central Park - Strawberry Fields

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strawberry Fields is a section of Central Park dedicated in honor of John Lennon, across from his former home the Dakota Apartments (where he was murdered in 1980) at West Side between 71st and 74th...

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  • 43. Central Park Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    I wouldn't recommend visiting this zoo. Go to the Bronx Zoo instead if you have time. We only had an hour or two to burn and we covered the whole Central Park Zoo! There aren't many animals in here....

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  • 44. City Hall and Woolworth Building

    4 out of 5 stars

    Home to New York City’s government since 1812, City Hall tours take in its cupola-topped marble hall, the governor’s room, as well as the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s coffin lay in state briefly in...

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  • 45. Central Park - Statues

    “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” —Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) This bronze bust of Ludwig van Beethoven, located near Central Park’s Naumberg Bandshell, was...

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  • 46. Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Intrepid was an aircraft carrier commissioned in 1943 and it served the military for nearly 40 years. Since 1982 it's been a museum showcasing and honouring the military and the Intrepid's...

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  • 47. Union Square - Gramercy

    4 out of 5 stars

    “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” —Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Active since 1976, Union Square Greenmarket is one of the treasures of New York City. Located on the...

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  • 48. City Tours - CityPass

    4 out of 5 stars

    We purchased a 7day pass online through the Qantas site which offered a discounted price. The pass allows you to go to the front of the line and save money along the way. There are a number of tourist...

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  • 49. Lower East Side

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I had to do it. I had to drag my wife from Greenwich Village over to the seedy Lower East Side to get to the corner of Ludlow and Rivington. That's the photograph historically captured on the Beastie...

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  • 50. Churches

    From Mulberry Street you'll see the signs for the church. You walk down a path lined with flowers and religious statues. The entrance to the church is a plain wood door. When you open the door and...

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  • ter1413's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    9/11 Memorial Museum Visitor Information

    I just wanted to post this re my visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum today as it has opened to the public. I thought it may answer some questions that may or may not be 100% clear on the website.

    -My scheduled time slot was 11:00am. I arrived at appr 10:30 and was let in at about 10:35. So just like the Memorial, it looks as if they will let you in early based on how many people are already inside.

    -I heard/saw a few people walk up to the ticket booth right outside while I was on line. I heard the attendant say that the earliest scheduled slot available was for 3:00pm. So same day tickets are possible, but I would recommend booking in advance. I would also not count on same day tickets.

    -Security was airport style(metal detector/jackets, bags & belts/etc in the bin.) I did not have to take my shoes off. That process took appr 3 minutes. But be prepared for longer lines.

    -The entire facility is equipped with elevator and escalators. Ramps are also throughout the building so you do not need to use the stairs. It is fully wheelchair accessible and manual ones are available onsite(at the coat check-first come, first served.)

    -There is a small cafe inside(Pavilion Cafe.) I didn't purchase anything from there but I am guessing that they have water/coffee. Outside food and beverage is not permitted.

    -DSLR cameras are allowed inside. I didn't notice anyone with a "pro style" setup. The limitation is that there is no photography allowed inside the September 11, 2001 Historical Exhibition which in inside/part of the Museum.

    -There is a coat check/"bag" check. I don't think this means that they want you to do a load of shopping and then leave the bags there while you visit the Museum. This looks like it is for knapsacks, etc. The coat/bag check is inside after you go through security.

    -There are bathrooms throughout the facility. You must have a ticket to go inside and utilize the bathrooms. There are still no bathrooms on the grounds of the 9/11 Memorial.
    However, there is a Burger King down the block on Trinity/Liberty and Century 21 is also right next to the Memorial.

    -There are first aid technicians also within the Museum.

    -There is an auditorium where a film is shown(appr 15 minutes.) I had on a jacket, but note that the air conditioner was on HIGH in that area.
    I recommend the film.

    -There are audio tours available. You can arrange this via the welcome desk inside. Tours can only be provided by Museum staff.

    -The use of cellphones is prohibited. Touching of any of the artifacts is prohibited. Proper decorum should be followed.

    -There is no "dress code"..but proper decorum is recommended.

    -There is a gift shop. I won't really comment on that.

    I won't attempt to give my feedback re the Museum except to say that it was VERY moving and emotional for me. I also won't attempt to say how long one should spend at the Museum. I left after about 3 1/2 hours. I also didn't bring my camera and only took 1 picture with my phone.

    My visit was sponsored by Conde Nast, the NYC based publishing company and one of the tenants that will move into One World Trade when complete.

  • tvor's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    As i mentioned on the Rome page, Hotels and Ask a question not necessary in the Things to do section. Also, could the link to add to your personal travel guide be added from these pages rather than have to seek the tip through the individual's page? Makes it much easier to build a custom travel guide.

  • riorich55's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    As I was writing some tips for a city just west of where I live this morning I found out about this interesting event happening in June this year.

    I wanted to let anyone who lives in the United States and any visitors to the U.S. this summer that there is a very unique event going on. Lincoln Highway is not as well known as its other old U.S. Highway (Route 66), but is actually older (1913 vs 1926) then its road cousin and actually does travel through the middle of the country from coast to coast (New York to San Francisco). Route 66 actually starts in my hometown of Chicago and heads to California.

    Anyway here is a link and a bit of a description for anybody who is interested. www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/tour/2013.com

    "Join fellow historians and tourists for the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours, headed for Kearney, Nebraska from each coast, for the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. Antique cars, Classics, muscle cars, ’50s cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods, and modern cars are welcome to participate.

    You will travel the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway covering many miles of two-lane history, four-lane progress, and even gravel scenic beauty. Travel from America’s urban centers, through pastoral farm lands, over breathtaking mountains and rolling prairies.

    Travelers from the East will start at Times Square, the heart of America’s most vibrant city. You will travel through ivy-covered college towns such as Princeton, New Jersey, and the Amish country of Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh’s steel and beer brewing industrial history, you will travel through Ohio’s diverse agricultural and commercial mix. Indiana takes you through more Amish farm land, South Bend’s Notre Dame and automotive history and on to Illinois. From Illinois you will travel to Iowa’s farmland across the Mississippi River into the prairies of Nebraska and on to the Centennial celebration in Kearney at the Great Platte River Arch Museum.

    Western travelers enjoy beginning their journey in the urban centers of San Francisco and Oakland, California. After traveling through the state’s agricultural Central Valley you are exposed to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains and Donner Pass before dropping into the deserts of Nevada and the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Climbing the mountains out of Salt Lake City, you will enter the wide open spaces of Wyoming and on to historic Cheyenne for an overnight stop. This is followed by your easterly trek into Nebraska and eventually joining the rest of the travelers from the east for the grand parade of cars into Kearney on opening day."

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