New York State Off The Beaten Path

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New York State Off The Beaten Path

  • Central Park

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Finding a quiet place in New York is a bit tough. If you'll accept people all about, but with the wind louder than the voices, then, you'll find that quiet in Central Park. No, we didn't get away from people, but we did get away from the feeling of needing to be on the move, of having a purpose. Sunny warmth on a cool day or shady breeze on a warm...

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  • The Greenwood Cemetery

    Brooklyn Off The Beaten Path

    The Greenwood section of Brooklyn is one of the highest points in that borough. This means it is a good place to both (1) mount a military defense and (2) have a cemetery. George Washington's Continental Army did the former in 1776 while trying to defend Upper Manhattan; and the people of Brooklyn did the latter in 1838. In the mid-1800s,...

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  • Wall Street - Bull Statue

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Bowling Green is New York's oldest existing park which goes back as far as 1733 when the government at the time created it for three people who paid 1 peppercorn/year rent to use it. Today, it is located at the Southern tip of the Manhattan borough near Wall Street at the beginning of Broadway Street. The "Standing Bull" statue symbolizing...

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  • Graffitti and Street Art

    Brooklyn Off The Beaten Path

    Graffitti in Williamsburg is some of the most colorful. Besides the typical tags, there are some beautiful murals, memorial art, and keep your eyes peeled for the aliens! Take the JMZ to Marcy or Lorimer or the L to Bedford

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  • Cloisters & Fort Tyron Park

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    A walk through Fort Tryon Park in the middle of a March snowstorm - it really feels as as you are long way in both time and place from the rest of Manhattan. Originally this area was a private estate. It was purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1917, and then donated to the city. Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (son of the landscape architect for Central...

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  • Coney Island

    Brooklyn Off The Beaten Path

    Coney Island! The Stillwell Avenue Station has been totally re-done. It's quite a sight. Also, try to catch a Cyclones game, if you can! It's a great stadium, and it's not as expensive as Yankee Stadium! If you take the F train, D train, or Q train to West 8th Street in Brooklyn (all the way down!), you will be able to experience Coney Island....

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  • Greenwich Village

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    “Heaven have mercy on us all—Presbyterians and Pagans alike—for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending” —Herman Melville (1819-1891) Established in 1846 as the Thirteenth Street Presbyterian Church, the Village Presbyterian Church came about as the result of a 1910 merger with the Fourteenth Street...

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  • The Verrazano Bridge

    Brooklyn Off The Beaten Path

    After having a nice brunch in Bay Ridge, make your way down to the water. You can't walk over the bridge, but the view is wonderful from the long walkway by the water. It can be difficult to get there without a car, but buses do come close. Otherwise, take the R train to Bay Ridge and just keep walking west. There are several crosswalks over the...

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  • Columbia University & Morningside...

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Columbia is one of America's oldest and best-known colleges. Originally created by charter as early as King George II's time, the first institution met far downtown near Trinity Church. Over time the university migrated to midtown and finally to its present site in lower Harlem between 114th and 120th streets. Today the campus hosts a number of...

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  • Brighton Beach

    Brooklyn Off The Beaten Path

    if you're on brighton beach in the summer, don't bother eating at any of those overpriced restaurants on the boardwalk; instead, buy some food at any of the russian stores like Odessa, National and my personal favorite, Brighton Bazaar on Brighton 11th street (be sure to get the "shashlick" and "salat olivye") and make yourself a nice picnic on the...

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  • Roosevelt Island

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Manhattan's other island, easy to get there and you can also get there by cable lift, gas is much to see and do there, the suggestion from me, not many people know about the procedures island in the middle of New York, check out more at procedures link: http://www.rioc.com/

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  • Brooklyn Museum of Art

    Brooklyn Off The Beaten Path

    The Brooklyn Museum of Art is lovely. After a major renovation, it looks and feels bright and well ordered. The American collection has especially improved. The main rotunda has been fixed up and it's no longer a hazard. It has an extensive permanent collection, and many traveling collections. A while ago, THE DINNER PARTY came to rest here. One...

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  • Coney Island

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    A southern beach in Brooklin, where you can visit the aquarium but this is not what impressed me the most. There is a vintage feeling on the place and a pier full of people fishing on a beautiful sunset. It worth a half day tour.

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  • Gramercy Park & Union Square

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    This walking tour commences Sunday mornings at 11am and is conducted by volunteers, our guide a retired 65 year old man had lived his whole life within 2 km of Madison Square Park. His knowledge of the area was outstanding and he would brighten it up with stories of shootings in the best restaurants. The Flatiron district was once the centre of the...

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  • Riverside Park

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    “It sure has been a pleasure for us to broadcast for the sailors and soldiers.” — Bob Hope (1903-2003) The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Monument honors Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in America’s War Between the States. Located at 89th Street and Riverside Drive in Riverside Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side it was dedicated on...

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  • West Village

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Hitting the pavement is the very best way to truly make New York your own. There are lots of green spots between and in the shadows of our dazzling high skyscrapers, as well as little known fountains and waterfalls, cobblestone streets and mews, tiny steeple churches tucked away in remote corners and 18th and 19th century buildings with endlessly...

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  • DUMBO, Brooklyn

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Jacques Torres Chocolate Factory/Store is a neat place to visit. If you've always wanted to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge anyway, this could be considered the "pot of gold" at the other end of the bridge, and a perfect place for a break. It's located in DUMBO, an acronym for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Up until a few years ago this was...

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  • Dakota

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    As you get to the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West, you usually find a small crowd of people taking pictures of The Dakota, a private appartment building that was built between 1880 and 1884. Although this very elegant building has had its fair share of famous residents, including Judy Garland, Jack Palance and Roberta Flack, none were...

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  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    This is my favorite one..she looks so real.. they also have an awesome gift shop at the end of the tour. the tour is self paced so you can take as long as you like.. everyone should go. I truly enjoyed this wax museum alot.

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  • Chinatown

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Lower Manhattan's Columbus Park, once a refuge for immigrant Italian laborers, is now a central meeting place for Chinese residents of "Chinatown" which it borders on the west side located at the intersection of Mulberry and Bayard Streets. The original statue of Christopher Columbus has long been removed to Central Park. And the pavilion built in...

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  • Ground Zero

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown. —Frederic G.W. Fenn, “Ode to our Firemen,” 1878 Stop by the 132 West 10th Street firehouse of Squad 18 in the West Village to thank these men for the outstanding job they perform everyday, and especially on September 11th 2001. Several...

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  • Queens

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Its a park that is also an art space. Movie Nights normally held on Wednesday normally displays local artists from varying descents or international and to go along with it they will serve the food the movie is from or where it takes place. There is also normally a dancer there to teach you the moves that come from that particular country. There...

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  • Staten Island & Staten Island Ferry

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    (work in progress) Riding the Staten Island ferry is one of my absolute favourite things to do in New York - and in a city that can be painful on the pocket, it has the added benefit of being absolutely free! Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City, and the ferry provides the quickest and most convenient way of travelling...

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  • Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Might be your last chance. Seems Fortunato Brothers could be part of a mafia seize if conviction holds. So take the opportunity to sample some of the fabulous Italian desserts with a cappuccino. Or some of the best homemade gelati around NY. Try the spumoni and pistacio. Atmosphere is what you might expect from a community of generations of...

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  • Battery Park

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Here it tis - Castle Clinton - and the kids had a great time while we purchased out tickets for Ellis Island. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, Castle Clinton represents not only the growth of New York City, but the growth of a Nation. First intended to keep out a British invasion in 1812, the Castle has transformed over the years to...

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  • The High Line

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    a wonderful lush and endless fun to watch, a long street with a lot of different things and a plate that is not perhaps the usual tourist information about New York. take you there one day. Then there are quite a few nice markets and restaurants nearby too 122 Gansevoort St New York, NY 10014 Neighborhoods: West Village, Meatpacking District

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  • Harlem

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Though a relatively minor engagement, this battle showed the American troops that they could win in battle after the disastrous loss on Long Island. On Sept. 16, 1776, the Americans still controlled northern Manhattan although the British had captured the sourthern portion of the Island. American skirmishers met British troops near the intersection...

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  • Holiday Season

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    if you're going to New York this Christmas, you can always take the opportunity to visit The Saks Fifth Avenue window displays, Displays are located right across Fifth Avenue from the Rockefeller Center Promenade. Barneys NYC and Bergdorf Goodman. Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall. And and also visit...

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  • Bryant Park

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Bryant Park is a rather lovely open space (lots of trees, flowerbeds, lovely green lawn) behind the NY Public Library. As well as having tables and seating (and many, many people enjoying their books in the shade) there's an area for petanque (a French bowls game). And lots of events, of course... But it's worth seeking out Bryant Park simply for...

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  • St. Paul's Church

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    This is the church near the World Trade Center in New York City that withstood the blast from 9/11. It is located at Broadway just north of Fulton Street in downtown Manhattan. Open to the public with no admission fee though donations are welcomed. St. Paul's was completed in 1766 and was known before 9/11 as the place where George Washington...

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  • Narrowest House

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Built in 1822, the year there was an outbreak of yellow fever in Lower Manhattan, 17 Grove Street is the best and most complete example of The Village’s wood-framed houses, which were banned in 1866 for fire safety reasons. The window sash maker William Hyde built the house originally with two stories; the third story was added in 1870. The...

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  • Trinity Church

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Trinity Church on Wall street marks the spot...I particularly like the 'Prince Philip stood nearby' comment! :-) Seriously, this church is well worth seeking out. It's old (in USA terms), with the first church on the spot built in the late 1600s. The present building isn't so old...it's the third version of the church, consecrated in 1846. I...

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  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Apparently this great immigration museum so far is only popular among New Yorkers themselves. When I went there, I was the only international tourist and one of only 3 people with a non-New York background! Don't ask me why that is like it is, but everybody who's not going there is missing a very interesting and very enlightening place. The museum...

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  • Woodlawn Cemetery

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    (work in progress) One of the many charming aspects of Gereen-wood cemetery in Brooklyn is the sheer diversity of New York's famous sons and daughters that it now serves as last resting place for. A very helpful map of the cemetery which illustrates the graves of a couple of dozen of Green-wood's most famous inmates is issued free of charge by the...

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  • John Lennon Memorial

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Bow Bridge in Central Park is one of the most handsomely designed cast iron bridges in the world. It spans sixty feet across the Lake, linking the cultivated and flowering landscape of Cherry Hill with the rustic and sprawling woods of the Ramble. From here you also have a great view on the upper west side. The true "value" of Bow Bridge, completed...

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  • Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Cathedral of St. John the Divine: A work in progress since 1892, if ever finished it will be the world's largest Episcopal cathedral. It is absolutely gorgeous! Get there by taking 1 or 9 train to Cathedral Parkway or by bus on the M4,M11,M18,M104. Tours are done at 11am on Saturdays and 1pm on Sundays. Combine the cathedral along with a visit to...

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  • George Washington Bridge

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Offers a wide variety of recreational, athletic and arts experiences for all ages, interests and abilities. There are pools, skating/ ice-skating rink, carousel, tennis courts, basketball courts, softball field, hand/paddleball courts, running track, football/soccer field, cultural theater, amphitheather, athletic complex with fitness room, picnic,...

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  • Bronx

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    The Tic&Tac twins from the Bronx perform one of the best and funniest street shows I've ever seen. Catch the amusement in Washington Square - Saturday and Sundays from 1pm. Tic&Tac are breakdancers, but there's a lot more to the show: they are funny, and have excellent lines to sell themselves. You might even become part of their show as they...

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  • Chelsea Hotel

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Another New York City hotel that's been associated with literature for over a century is Hotel Chelsea, located at 222 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Ave). Built in 1883, this hotel has always doubled as a long-term residence for writers and artists, and its famous guests list includes writers Mark Twain, O. Henry, William S. Burroughs,...

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  • New York Botanical Garden

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Want to get away? This is the place. Well landscaped and designed gardens, beautiful trees and flowers and birds. This was a mini vacation all by itself. We went to see the Henri Moore sculpture exhibition. 20 sculptures placed in the landscape. It is too bad they can't be permanent because they truly enhanced the gardens. There is the visitors...

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  • Markets

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    all the good food, and drinks. A real market with the most, and take in the historic New York. Hours: Monday - Saturday: 7am to 9pm, Sundays: 8am to 7pm Address: 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets), New York, NY 10011

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  • Hoboken

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Take the ferry from the World Trade Center to Hoboken, the birthplace of Frank Sinatra. This town, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan, has one of the best views of the city. It has also become a very charming yuppie communiity. There are tons of restaurants and cute shops for everyone. And it has a beautiful view of Manhattan. It's easy...

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  • American Museum of the Moving Image

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    I place this tip under the 'Off the Beaten Path' heading because it is located in Astoria, Queens and for most tourists it is quite a bit off the beaten path. All aspects of the moving image are covered- from the cards you flip through to see an object move down to contemporary movies and TV. There is also a room devoted to TV computer games-...

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  • Madison Square Park

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    Actually, Madison Square Park is a pleasant little spot anyway. Set on the edge of the Flatiron district (and with some pretty good views of said building), it has trees and grass and shade. And a special places for dogs to meet their friends and do their business (a bit whiffy on a seriously hot July day, but better than doing business all over...

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  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    I was a drunk walking in the lush drownings of a hot, muggy New York City night. I stumbled upon St. Patrick's Cathedral. It's been around since 1858 and is the primary Roman Catholic Church in Manhatten. In fact it is the largest Gothic Style Church in the United States. It seats around 2200 people and is over 400 feet tall. The doors have...

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