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  • 76. Central Park - Cleopatra's Needle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Standing in a quiet section of Central Park is the oldest manmade object in New York City, Cleopatra's Needle. This Ancient Egyptian obelisk, whose twin stands in London by the River Thames, was...

  • 77. Federal Hall National Memorial

    4 out of 5 stars

    The National Park Service calls the Federal Hall National Memorial, "The Birthplace of American Government." Two presidents were inaugurated in New York City, beginning with the first ‘Dubya’ – George...

  • 78. Central Park - Bike Rentals

    It was such an amazing experience we had in Central Park. We came from Spain and stayed in NYC for a week. During our time here, we spent a great deal of time cycling through Central Park. Once we got...

  • 79. Whitney Museum of American Art

    4 out of 5 stars

    This museum houses the greatest collection of 20th century American art. Among the artists exhibited are Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe, Andrew Wyeth, Jackson Pollack, Alexander Calder and George...

  • 80. More Museums

    Opened from 10 until 6 daily to tell the stories of the 7,000 people that once lived at 97 Orchard Street. This tenement was built on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1863 and had residents until 1935....

  • 81. Museum of Sex

    Assuming that you aren't the prudish type of person, or even better if you're intrigued by sex in general - then this relatively new museum would make for a worthwhile stop. As I'm sure you've...

  • 82. Columbia University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    On our way to Harlem, Chafin suggested we stop by Columbia University to go on a quick tour of the campus. Dating back to 1754, Columbia is the oldest university in New York (5th oldest in the...

  • 83. Central Park - The Lake

    the lake is the centerpiece of Central park an it is here where you can get the postcard perfect views of the famous fifth avenue architecture like the San Remo Apartments. located near the middle...

  • 84. Manhattan

    Granted we only had 3 days during xmas week in Midtown Manhattan, we did pack a lot in with 2 Broadway shows, the American Museum of Natural History, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, Central Park,...

  • 85. Castle Clinton National Monument

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Castle Clinton is a round, sandstone fortress in Battery Park, and is the ticket purchase and departure point for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Islands. Originally built to be a fort for...

  • 86. Roosevelt Island

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Welcome to the Big Apple! You are going to love us! Our subway system will take you to some really cool places. For an interesting trip, both of them on the "F" train line, I suggest heading over to...

  • 87. Met Life Building

    Just a few meters away from the New York Life Building and the Flatiron Building is another architectural icon - the Met Life Tower. It was built a few decades earlier than the nearby New York Life...

  • 88. Woolworth Building

    Aahhh, the Woolworth building. I'm particularly sentimental toward this piece of New York architecture because I used to work on one of its floors. Every day I arrived to work it would always bug me...

  • 89. Morgan Library

    Bibliophile heaven. Financier Pierpont Morgan (1837-1912) collected books when he wasn't trying to control the world economy. Famous architect Charles McKim (1847-1909) designed the structure of a...

  • 90. Trump Tower

    If you are in the Columbus Circle area you will see one of Donald Trump's buildings the Trump International Hotel. Donald Trump is one of the world's richest people and he owns a lot of real estate in...

  • 91. Street Fairs

    Street Fairs are a NYC staple. Starting in spring (April) and running until November you will find a street fair somewhere! The roads are closed to traffic and the food vendors, bouncy-house owners,...

  • 92. TV Filming

    Thursday May 2, 2013 The NBC STUDIO TOUR takes you into the studios of NBC's New York Operations. You get to visit some of their famous sets like Saturday Night Live, Nightly News with Brian Williams,...

  • 93. Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus

    This was my first bus tour ever, so while I don't have anything to compare it to, I thought it was really great. It was also my first time visiting New York so I felt a lot of pressure to make sure I...

  • 94. Museum of Jewish Heritage

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    You'd think a museum about any religion would be a pretty boring affair, but before you dismiss this place let me say it was probably one of the best museums I have ever been to. Purpose built just...

  • 95. Brighton Beach

    this famous neighborhood of brooklyn is usually associated with russian and slavic prescence as it is called little odessa but in reality, Brighton Beach is a multi-ethnic community like other...

  • 96. Central Park - Columbus Circle

    Columbus Circle is located at the South West corner of Central Park and the end of Central Park West. It is home to one of the main entrances to Central Park, the Trump International Hotel and the...

  • 97. Walking - Skating

    Before I came to New York I was studying the map wondering if I would be able to walk from Grand Central to Battery Park, i.e. crossing a large chunk of Manhattan. Once in New York I decided to give...

  • 98. Sony Wonder Technology Lab

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    For the past 20 yrs. the FREE Sony Wonder Technology Lab Museum has entertained all ages. We explore exciting interactive hands on exhibits in the Sony state-of-the-art facility that brings technology...

  • 99. City Views

    New York is a city which is full of views - whether that be from specialist viewing platforms such as TOTR or ESB or from your hotel room. You only have to look around to see some amazing views. Some...

  • 100. Free Things To Do

    Hotel Chelsea is worth a stop-by just for its eccentric and sometimes scandalous past. Built in 1883, this rather sinister-looking, 12-story Victorian Gothic building was the tallest in New York until...

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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.

    "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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