New York State Things to Do

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New York State Things to Do

  • Times Square

    New York City Things to Do

    It's a magical place. There's an ocean of lights and animated billboards; colours and images flow vertically up the side of the great buildings that surround the square. It's enough to grab the attention of any passerby, and the square gets plenty of those: the population of a small European capital city walks through every day. It's a magical...

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  • Botanical Garden

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    The gardens are a wonderful place to find yourself in. Although not as big as the New York Botanical Gardens, they still deserve a visit. As a child I would visit the gardens on special occasions, usually Easter or for Mother’s Day. The gardens weren’t of special interest to us children (who wanted to see plants anyway, what fun was that?), but my...

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House...

    Buffalo Things to Do

    America's most famous and loved architect built a house in Buffalo for Darwin Martin. You get the opportunity to see this labour of love. Many people have worked lovingly to restore and rebuild this special treasure. It is worth a visit. At least have a look at the website. Tours can be pre-booked. Also lookout for Wright's other most famous...

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  • New York Botanical Garden

    Bronx Things to Do

    I've been to the this Botantical Garden more times than I can remember. It's huge and a wonderful place to spend a day with your family or loved one. Accordingy to the Tram Guide, the gardens were modeled after Kew Gardens in London. The gardens are quite expensive to visit and if you want to visit all the different gardens and ride on the Tram,...

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  • The Westchester Mall

    White Plains Things to Do

    The Westchester Mall is the "high" end mall of the area. The Mall has Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom's, Potery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Bose, Express, Tiffany & Co, Coach, Luis Vuitton, Burberry and other retail stores. The Mall also has a food Court and P.F. Chang's as food options. There is a Red Door Salon for pampering if that's what you're needing...

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  • Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

    Binghamton Things to Do

    Before leaving Binghamton after our friend's wedding shower there the day before, we decided to pay a visit to the local zoo. It's definitely one of those cagey type zoos, which I felt bad about, but we did see some unusual animals I'd never heard of before. We watched the binturong (bearcat) as I applied sunscreen to our squirming toddler. The...

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  • Rockaway Beach

    Queens Things to Do

    Of all the beaches in the city Rockaway is one of my favorite. The beach is much cleaner than most others in the five boros and it isn't as crowded. We enjoy spending a nice hot summer day relaxing and enjoying the beach as often as we can and most recently spent a few hours in the afternoon catching some sun. If you decide to "bathe" in this...

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  • Corning Museum of Glass

    Corning Things to Do

    Excellent museum, with a large historical collection, a didactic area about new technologies, a large shop, and a living demonstration of Steuben’s staff. I've seen some other glass museums in the world after being there, but Corning keeps being number one.

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  • The Thousand Islands

    New York State Things to Do

    So your dream as a vter is to go to a place a salad dressing is named after will this is your place-- Thousand Island. (Well you could also go to Caesar’s restaurant on 5th and revolution in Tijuana Mexico but that is another story). Anyway this is a place the supper rich in the USA and Canada started building home on the islands in the late 18...

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  • Central Park

    New York City Things to Do

    Central Park is immense. Not just in fame, or in size but in the sheer strength of will it took to carve the park out of the rocky, swampy soil that it was built on. Manhattan lies on a delta of long lost rivers. The natural course of water is to flow through and under the city. And it continues to do so, forcing the New York subway to pump out...

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  • Coney Island

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Coney Island is so infamous for a reason. Sure, it's undergone some recent development (Luna Park) and now you're less likely to get tetanus from walking on the sand, but there's still a good amount of grit to the area. You can still "shoot the freak" on the boardwalk or watch old men get into arguments. There's plenty to do, the arcade games, the...

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  • Flushing Meadow/Corona Park

    Queens Things to Do

    This place was the site of the 1964(?) Worlds Fair. The fair left its mark leaving a few great sites to see. One being the globe in the central fountain. It is huge. In the summer there is water shooting up all around it making it look to be floating. Yeah it looks like a ribcage with countries as skin patches but its nice to see if you dig a whole...

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  • Finger Lakes

    New York State Things to Do

    The Finger Lakes are located in central New York state. Their linear shape was formed by glaciers during last Ice Age. The longest is over 60 km (40 mi) long and about 5,5 km (3,5 mi) wide. They look on a map like fingers. As far as I remember, there were eleven of them. This place is well known for its wine - vineyards can be found everywhere.

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  • Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

    New York City Things to Do

    UPDATE: Ellis Island is still undergoing repairs due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, but it is currently open on a limited basis. See the website for details. When you visit the Statue of Liberty, be sure to visit Ellis Island as well. This place has special meaning to many Americans because this is the first U.S. soil our ancestors set foot on....

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  • Brooklyn Bridge

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Great images to take from the Brooklyn Bridge of Lower Manhattan! This bridge is nowhere near the busiest of New York's Bridges--George Washington Bridge into the Bronx from New Jersey is the nation's busiest, but Brooklyn Bridge has the views.

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  • Isamu Noguchi Sculpture Garden

    Queens Things to Do

    This place is a little out of the way but for those who seek you will be very satisfied. This is the studio of Isamu Noguchi, and after his death they turned his place into a museum. Has many Japanese hints such as a huge backyard with many native Japanese shrubery and rock garden. The Art Loop bus will take you to this from PS1. He was a very...

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  • Storm King Art Center

    New York State Things to Do

    This huge sculpture garden about 300 hectors almost a square mile tucked in to the rolling hills of the Hudson valley really with the Schunnemunk Mountain Mountainville Conservancy as its backdrop. Very special Art in a very unique atmosphere. The light dancing on the sculptures and the interaction of clouds rain and sun really makes this place a...

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  • Empire State Building

    New York City Things to Do

    Until a few months ago, the Empire State Building was once again the tallest buildng in New York City. Although now #2, it is still an icon and world-wide symbol of NYC. Building started shortly after the Crash of '29. With 3,000 men working, the building rose 4 1/2 stories a week. On May 1, 1931 the building was officially opened. Although the...

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  • New York Aquarium

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    As a child I remember my parents taking us to the aquarium at least once every summer, usually after a few hours of spending time in Coney Island. I recall that my mom would go nuts looking for me as I would run off ahead of them to see my favorite exhibit here at the aquarium. Mom always knew where to find me. I would love to spend hours just...

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  • NYs Other Chinatown (and Koreantown)

    Queens Things to Do

    Flushing Queens is a realer (is that a word?) Chinatown or Korean town then what you get in overtouristpopulated ChinaTown in downtown Manhatten. Once you get off the subway you are whisked into another world. Just roaming around feels like you left NY completely and ended up in Seoul or Shang Hai I can't tell which. I know Korean letters have alot...

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  • Rockefeller Center

    New York City Things to Do

    Always heard about Rockefeller Center on TV. David Letterman? or a special. Then, there is the iconic winter skating at the center. So, we made a short side trip to stop by. We were between meals and looking for the Nintendo store. It's rumoured to have the earliest release and free trials of the newest games. Found Nintendo (south off the sunken...

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  • Heights Promenade

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    The Brooklyn Heights Promenade became a favortie place for me to take that special someone. I didn't visit the Promenade even though I lived in Brooklyn until after I was dating my then to be husband. It's a beatiful promenade where you can just sit and watch the sunset over NYC. Before the World Trade Towers came down, this was the place to come...

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  • Astoria Park

    Queens Things to Do

    This park sits in Northern Queens in Astoria. The park has a pool there that is tremendous, people say the 2nd largest in the country but who knows what that means. The Tri Boro Bridge is there o the south end and cutting through the middle is the Hells Gate bridge. I believe its called Hells Gate cause some boats have gone down in the river below...

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  • Chinatown

    New York City Things to Do

    New York City has the largest Chinese population outside of Asia, and Manhattan's Chinatown is one of the oldest population centres in the West. It's tucked up right alongside the shiny buildings Financial District, but it's full of far eastern flavour, complete with hanzi signs, aging tenement buildings, outside wall staircases, and markets...

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  • Grand Army Plaza

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Meant as a grand entrance to Prospect Park, the Arch was designed by John H. Duncan (he later went on to design Grant’s Tomb in NYC) after being choosen by two experts appointed by the Soldiers and Sailors Monument Commission from thrity-six entries. He proposed a free standing memorial arch of classical style something similar to the Arc de...

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  • PS 1 Contemporary Art Center

    Queens Things to Do

    This si one of the most interesting places to see modern art. Its in affiliation with the Museum of Modern Art. Just walk all around this place and don't forget to look in nook and crannies because you may just find an installation under that toilet seat.

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  • Brooklyn Bridge

    New York City Things to Do

    They call it the Bends. It's not as if Brooklyn Bridge invented the condition - they'd known about it for centuries, but it was here that decompression sickness entered the public imagination. The construction of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world was a mammoth undertaking and extremely dangerous. It cost the life of its...

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  • Museum of Art

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    The musuem is the second largest art museum in New York City and also one of the largest in the US. Housed in a Beaux-Arts building is the expansive collections of 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings which makes it one of the premier art institutions in the world. The collection spans from the rich artistic heritage of world cultures and...

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  • South Street Seaport

    New York City Things to Do

    Berthed on the South Street Seaport are historical ships that range from a little tugboat, the W.O. Decker to the four-masted Peking and my favorite, the blazing red-colored light ship Ambrose (see pictures). Although I've never done it, the schooner Pioneer is open to visitors. In all, South Street Seaport contains America's largest collection of...

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  • Park Slope District

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Manhattan has Park Avenue, Brooklyn has Park Slope! Don't miss this beautiful historical residential area of Brooklyn, located along the Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West, passing by the Grand Army Plaza. This stylish area of Brooklyn became home for a Brooklyn elite in 1800's. Today Park Slope is the largest and the most beautiful (and...

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  • Ground Zero - World Trade Center

    New York City Things to Do

    After the disaster of September 11th 2001 the city of New York decided the best response to losing the World Trade Center was to rebuild it. Instead of simply replacing the twin towers they decided to rebuild the entire complex, made up of six towers (replacing some of the seven buildings lost or damaged in the attacks) a major transportation hub,...

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  • Fulton Ferry Landing

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Along with the Brooklyn Promenade the Fulton Ferry Landing is a great place to visit if you want to get some fantastic views of the NYC skyline as well as where you can hop on and off of the NYC Water Taxis. Its also a great place to people watch where you'll get a glimpse of people from all walks of life, visitors as well as locals. In the mood...

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  • Wall Street

    New York City Things to Do

    It is the most impressive building in Wall Street, with columns recreating Greek architecture. Its staircase functions almost as a balcony over the place, with tourists disputing the angles to take their photos and resting a little, with the security strong apparatus "telling" that there must be some safer places in town and inviting to move on.

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  • Williamsburg Bridge

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Starts in Brooklyn lands in Manhatten. Jumps the east river from the new hip to the past hip. A walk across will drop you into the lower east side from Willamsburg Brooklyn as so named. On the walk over, app. 40 minutes, you will be rewarded grand veiws of Manhatten, the river and the shorelines of both boros. There will be many aquantices doing...

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  • Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry

    New York City Things to Do

    Richmondtown is a village at the center of Staten island. The reason I went there was the historic Richmond town, a town that is actually an open-air museum! It opened at 1958 and you can see 27 historic buildings that were built there since the 17th century. There is a central Info Center where you pay the entrance fee ($5) and they give you a...

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  • Prospect Park

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Opened in 1993, the zoo is a wonderful spot to spend a couple of hours. Nestled in Prospect Park, you can meet wallabies and prarie dogs. While it cannot compete with the Bronx Zoo, it is a nice way to spend the afternoon. October 30 - April 1, 2006 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily April 1 - October 31, 2006 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekday 10:00am -...

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  • Soho District

    New York City Things to Do

    Many of us who have watched movies and TV series have seen these ladders, or similar around New York. There were a TV serie "Tales from Soho" and of episode was named according to the ladders (The Ladder). The serie is older than I am, so I think only seniors remember, of course there might have been some re publishing. The ladders are nice and...

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  • Waterfront

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    FBF was New York City's first municipal airport, but never succeeded as a commercial airport--instead it became the site of a few record breaking flights during the "Golden Age of Aviation" --especially in 1932 and 1933. Many transcontinental record breaking flights originated here as well Wiley Post's Around the World Flight and "Wrong Way...

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  • Greenwich Village

    New York City Things to Do

    The area of Bleecker & Macdougal St in the village is an enjoyable walk, both day and nightime. There is so much history and for me so many musical ghosts to chase. Some of the best music & major influences from my teen years originated in this part of town. from my favorite Fred Neil ... (Here's a classic & beautiful Fred Neil 'Dolphins' clip...

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  • Public Library

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Located in the heart of Brooklyn, visit this large public library. The library contains more than 1.5 million books, magazines, and multimedia materials, free Internet access throughout the building, and a Multilingual Center for non-English speakers and those interested in linguistics. The library opened on February 1, 1941. The library’s...

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  • St Patrick's Cathedral

    New York City Things to Do

    In 1853 architect Hames Renwick was hired to design St. Patrick's Cathedral. The cornerstone was laid in 1858 and With several delays, it wasn't until 1879 that the Cathedral was completed and open, although the The 330 ft. spires were added from 1885-1888. It was described as the glory of Catholic America and is the largest Catholic Cathedral in...

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  • West Indian Day Parade

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    Jump Up! It's a BIG party... and TONS of fun! Every Labor Day, just remember: it's the West Indian Day parade and lots of Floats, music and great food are served up for you the Visitor! I'm upset with VT not having a Bedford Stuyvesant Section of Brooklyn, by the way. Oh well. Note this photo: it's a FLOAT by FRITO-LAY. How cool is that?!

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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

    New York City Things to Do

    The Met is the largest art museum in the Americas, and one of the three biggest in the world. It's second only in visitors to the Louvre. It's enormous. I got lost in the museum for a good part of a day in the museum and still managed to miss dozens of works I really wanted to see, like Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware, Van Gogh's Self...

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  • Old Stone House

    Brooklyn Things to Do

    The Battle of Brooklyn was fought in Brooklyn between August 22 and August 27, 1776. The Battle of Brooklyn (also known as Battle of Long Island) was the first engagement of the army of England and the army of the United States of America. It was the largest battle of the War for Independence. The exhibit at the Old Stone House tells the story of...

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  • Battery Park

    New York City Things to Do

    I like Battery Park because it's one of the oldest places in New York City, and one of the newest. It's old because it's the area when the Dutch landed to found New Amsterdam in the 1620's. It's one of the newest as it's actually mostly on landfill south of the natural island of Manhattan. Here is a park with a sea breeze on hot afternoons, the...

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