1wtcOne World Observatory sits atop what is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center. The skyscraper rises 1,776-feet above Manhattan. One World Observatory, which includes a 360-degree walkway and three-story observatory, is perched at 1,250-feet.

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The views are magnificent and overpowering, as visitors can see landmarks, waterways, and the majestic and always promising skyline. Look towards the invitingly soothing horizon, pick out the many green parks that dot the cement and steel framework of the City, and gaze at the far-reaching waters that surround the island.

o-WORLD-TRADE-CENTER-OBSERVATORY-facebookThe One World Observatory experience begins as soon as you enter the lobby. Prior boarding the express glass elevators that will take you to the observatory in less than 60 seconds, you’ll discover how One World Trade Center was developed and what it took to plan and construct the awe-inspiring building. Plus, you’ll learn some very impressive stats and get some interesting specs concerning the structure.
Visit One World Observatory for the preeminent skyscraping experience in the Western Hemisphere. Special group rates are available for this unique experience.
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Located in Battery Park, the Castle Clinton National Monument was constructed as a fort to guard New York Harbor just before the War of 1812 . Over the course of 200 years, Castle Clinton has gone through several transformations. Once new defenses were built further out in the harbor, the fort was turned over to the City of New York. In 1824, Castle Clinton became an entertainment complex, in 1855, an immigration reception station, and, in 1896, an aquarium. The National Park Service assumed control of the old fort in 1946, restoring it to its original design as a fortification.

Free tours from Park Rangers are available throughout the day. Groups of 10 or more should call to reserve a tour.

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Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth built, is as rich in sports history as any ballpark can be. The site of more MLB World Championships than any other venue, the stadium defines winning and greatness. Yankee Stadium Tours provide fans and aficionados various tour packages. Everything starts with the Classic Tour that includes Monument Park, New York Yankees Museum, the Clubhouse and access to the Bleacher Café in center field. Add-on lunch options are also available. Looking for something a little different, then consider the Twilight Tour and NYY Steak or The Party City Birthday Bash Tour. Both of these are designed for groups with the former requiring a minimum of 20 and the latter serving 12–30. Groups may also make reservations for the Classic Tour. If you’re a baseball fan and a Yankee fan, too, you’ve got to take the tour
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United Nations Headquarters

The United Nations has served as a beacon of hope and peace for over 60 years. Every year over 1 million people come to the United Nations’ visitor center. The UN offers various exhibits and displays and visitors have many opportunities to tour the facility and learn more about the organization. Both audio tours and guided tours are available. Groups are welcome to tour the UN. This is perhaps the most culturally diverse location and organization in the world.

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Originally a town square, Union Square Park serves as the setting for numerous community events and various festivals. It has a long and interesting history starting from when it opened in 1839 to its redesign in 1872 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to accommodate mass congregations of New Yorkers. In 1882, it hosted the country’s first Labor Day parade and in 1970 it was the staging area for the initial Earth Day. Today, it is the site of the popular Greenmarket. The park includes statues of various historic personages including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi, and Marquis de Lafayette. Union Square Park offers visitors plenty of room and a pleasant environment.

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When you think of the New York City, you think of Times Square—the crossroads of the world. They say if you stand in Times Square for one hour you’re bound to see someone you know, no matter where you’re from. Whether or not that’s true, it’s a good indication of just how busy this major intersection is. If you’re looking for discount theatre tickets, special holiday events or the Times Square Visitor Center, you find them all right there. The hustle and bustle that defines the Big Apple is right there. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center to see the Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve Ball on display.

Exciting times are ahead for the square. In 2012 construction will start on the $27 million redesign of the pedestrian plazas between 42nd and 47th Streets with the objective of making the area more user-friendly to New Yorkers and visitors alike. It is anticipated that the renovation will be finished in 2014.

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Van Cortlandt House

Frederick Van Cortlandt built the Van Cortlandt House for his family in 1748 and subsequently developed the property into a successful wheat plantation with a milling operation. Strategic in its location, during the Revolutionary War, the house was occupied in turn by the Colonial and the British armies. In 1886, the descendants of the Van Cortlandt family sold the property to the City of New York for what was to become Van Cortlandt Park.

Today, the house is the oldest building in the Bronx. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1967 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The building, which has been a public museum since 1897, is impeccably maintained and features two parlors, two bedchambers, a nursery and much more. Elegant, tasteful and historic, this is a real gem. Groups are welcome, and depending up numbers may either participate in a self-guided or guided tour.

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Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry provides free transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan. During the workweek, the ferry transports 60,000 passengers per day and 20 million per year.

The free five-mile trip on the Staten Island Ferry last 25 minutes, but it affords passengers some spectacular views of Manhattan as well as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Because of this, many visitors to New York take a round trip on the ferry. There are over about 55 trips daily from Manhattan to Staten Island and 55 more back to Manhattan.

 

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On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center buildings collapsed killing 2,983 people. Just across the street, St. Paul’s Chapel was to escape destruction. Although covered with debris and dust, there was no physical damage to the building. From that day through May of 2002, St. Paul’s provided meals, beds, counseling, and prayer to the firefighters, police officers, construction workers, and others who dealt with the aftermath of the terrorist attack.

Since that time, over one million people each year have visited to learn of St. Paul’s physical and spiritual role in the rescue effort. The drawings, cards and other items left as memorials or in tribute and encouragement to the rescue workers still can be seen.

St. Paul’s Chapel is part of Trinity Church, which is located south of the chapel on Broadway at Wall Street. Today, St. Paul’s bears the distinction of being the oldest building in continuous use in New York City.

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Radio City Music Hall is one of New York’s iconic performance venues. Known as “the showplace of a nation,” Radio City has thrilled millions with its special performances and grand events. Famous for its precision dance corps The Rockettes, the venue plays host to the annual Christmas show, the Tony Awards, and concerts and shows by some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment. Groups are welcome to take the Radio City Stage Door Tour. You’ll be able to explore the theatre, lounge and corridors. You’ll also go back stage and meet a Rockette. If you’re looking for a guided tour you’ll long remember, then this is it.

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NY Skyride takes visitors on an exciting virtual fly over of New York City. Lasting 30 minutes, participants are able to see and experience the real New York. Narrated by Kevin Bacon, participants are on a specially designed platform that moves in synchronization with an 18-foot high-definition screen. You’ll visit almost three-dozen landmarks, all in climate-controlled comfort. Over 8 million people have experienced the thrill of this breathtaking virtual tour. Get a real value and combine the NY Skyride with a fast-track visit to the Empire State Building. This is a great ride for kids and adults. Groups should make reservations.

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At the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, visitors can learn about American culture through the nearly 40,000 works of art and artifacts that span four centuries. The permanent collection encompasses decorative arts, drawings, historical artifacts, paintings, and sculpture. The Underground Railroad Collection, landscape paintings from the Hudson River School, the folk art of Elie Nademan, and American Board and Table Games are just a few of the museum’s special collections.

The museum offers family programs, audio and video presentations, lectures, performances, and gallery and walking tours. Visit the newly renovated facility and discover why this is museum for learners of all ages.

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New York Harbor Parks has a wide range of opportunities to offer. Throughout the year, visitors can take any and all of the self-guided walking tours: The New Amsterdam Trail explores the city’s Dutch roots; This Hallowed Ground teaches about slavery in Old New York; the New York Freedom Trail or George Washington’s New York delve into the Revolutionary War years. During the warmer months, one can opt for ranger-led walking tours of the following: The New Amsterdam Trail, This Hallowed Ground, the New York Freedom Trail. Self-guided tours can be downloaded from the website.

Seasonal water tours have a different perspective to offer. Gateway to America Official Tours, in partnership with the National Park Service, presents a comprehensive history of the harbor. America: Who We Are addresses the evolving immigrant experience. America’s Frontline focuses on harbor defenses, while Naturally, New York teaches about harbor wildlife and ecology.

Special programs and events are held throughout the year. Be sure to check the website for the latest listings, dates and times.

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The New York Hall of Science is a hands-on science and technology center that not only allows but encourages visitors to interact with over 450 exhibits. Housed in a building that once was a pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair, the mission of the New York Hall of Science is to rouse one’s curiosity and unravel the secrets of science to children, parents, and teachers.

The science center offers special traveling exhibitions as well as a large range of permanent exhibits including: Connections: The Nature of Networks; Hidden Kingdoms: The World of Microbes;
Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond; Rocket Park; and Realm of the Atom.
Whether you enjoy the museum as a family or a school-age group, the New York Hall of Science is sure to please.

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The world-class New York City Ballet is awe inspiring, breathtaking and powerful. The highest amount of technical proficiency is demanded of each dancer and the productions feature choreography by some of the most dynamic talents on the planet. First-time visitors to the ballet may want to engage in a docent-run First Position Talk, which is held prior to the start of specified performances. Patrons will receive introductory comments concerning the ballet they are about to see and may also ask questions. Dancer Chats, Studio Talks and seminars are also available. The New York City Ballet will sweep you off your feet.

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NBC Studio Tours

Television is a part of our everyday lives and NBC continues to be a major player in the market with the long running Today Show, the unpredictable Saturday Night Live and the groundbreaking Dr.Oz Show. NBC Studio Tours started in 1933. Today’s tours take visitors through the NBC Sharp Globe Theater, Broadcast Operations and the Make-up Room. Participants can produce their own news and weather program in NBC’s High Definition Mini-Control Studio. Live studio experiences are available. Educational, insightful and fun, NBC Studio Tours offer a fantastic group experience.

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When it opened its doors in September of 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue became the first synagogue to be built by East European immigrants in America, many of whom initially settled on the Lower East Side. The religious sanctuary was a testament to the fact that Jewish immigrants now could worship openly and freely. Today, this National Historic Landmark offers visitors a view of the 70-foot high vaulted ceiling, hand-painted ceiling decorations, beautiful hand-stenciled walls, magnificent stained glass rose windows, and elaborate brass fixtures.

The museum tells the story of Jewish immigrant life at the turn of the last century, offering the guided tour: From Ellis to Eldridge: Immigrant History. For those interested in the building and the 20-year plus restoration of the synagogue, there is the daily tour: Beyond the Facade: Architecture & Preservation. Walking tours of the Lower East Side neighborhood delve into the history and the evolution of the area.

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Go back to a time when 61st Street was the country and the Mount Vernon Hotel was a sanctuary for those who wanted to get away from it all. Built in 1799, it first served as a carriage house and was then transformed into a hotel in 1826. Now the structure stands in the middle of the hubbub of Manhattan as one of the seventh oldest structures in the city. Restored and refurbished, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden offers eight totally furnished rooms reflecting 19th century taste and style and a wonderful garden. There are three different group tours offered and various special programs. Go back to another place and time.

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The Metropolitan Opera has a history that reaches back almost 130 years. This impressive cultural resource attracts some of the finest singers, directors and designers from around the globe. The Met, which offers world-class productions of new and classic operas, calls Lincoln Center its home. Although included in the Lincoln Center Tours, the Metropolitan Opera also provides daily tours during its performance season. Tours conducted by the Met differ from those offered by Lincoln Center—only the Met takes you backstage, offering visitors insights into how the company works and how productions function. A visit to the Met is a cultural highlight for anyone and everyone.

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The Seabury Tredwell House was built in 1832 and occupied by the Tredwells, a merchant family from 1835 to 1933. Today, it is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is the only home in New York City to have survived intact, both inside and out, from the 19th century. The Greek Revival period rooms of the Merchant’s House show the lifestyle of this wealthy merchant family and their Irish servants. The collection includes over 3,000 items that were the possessions of the Tredwells, among them furniture, household items, decorative arts, and clothing. The 19thcentury garden also is open to visitors. 

 

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The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a true arts complex, offering performances in a range of disciplines including music, dance and theatre. The Center, which is also a rich resource for theatre historians, offers daily tours that include special group rates. Go behind the scenes and into the spaces that have been occupied by some of the greatest performers and artists on the earth. Each daily tour offers something different as you might end up sitting in on a rehearsal, seeing a star or stand on a stage where Baryshnikov danced or Pavarotti sang.

Lincoln Center also provides two specialized tours. The Art and Architecture tour introduces patrons to the amazingly rich art collection housed at the Center and the Jazz at Lincoln Center tour is devoted to investigating this definitive American art form.

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NEW YORK CITY - JUN 9: Tourists enjoy Governors Island, June 9,

Although small in size, the location of this island has assigned it a prominent place in the area’s history. In turn, it was occupied by Native American tribes, the Dutch, the British, and the Americans. The name Governors Island evolved from the British declaration that the island would be for the “benefit of His Majesty’s Governors.” However, it wasn’t until 1784 that the island officially was so named. The island was to serve as the site of military functions until 1966 when the Coast Guard assumed control until 1996.

Today, Governors Island is a national historic landmark district open to the public for several months during the summer and early fall. Located about one half mile from the southern tip of Manhattan, access to the island from Manhattan and Brooklyn is by both free and paid ferry rides. Activities on the island include free National Park Service walking tours, bicycle riding, picnicking,

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A time-honored joke asks: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The answer…practice, practice, practice. Indeed, the luminaries who have graced Carnegie’s stage have ascribed to such advice. However, if you want to get to Carnegie Hall without engaging in any practice at all, then Carnegie Hall Tours may be your ticket to get on and behind one of the world’s most famous stages. Rich in history, beautiful in design and first-rate in artistry, Carnegie Hall has offered patrons premiere performances for over 110 years. Get a backstage view of what continues to be one of the most prestigious performance venues in the world.

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Bryant Park in New York at night

Bryant Park

Located behind the New York Public Library, Bryant Park is a welcoming oasis of natural beauty and human design. The park, which includes an array of seasonal gardens, public monuments and various amenities, is a wonderful spot to picnic, socialize or simply relax.

Designed in the French classical style, the park offers visitors a truly special ride on le Carrousel. This exquisite amusement ride includes replicas of more than a dozen traditional carousel animals that travel around and around to French cabaret tunes. At Bryant Park there are shops, games to play such as Ping-Pong and chess and much more. This is a beloved refuge in the middle of Manhattan. The park offers opportunities to relax, dine al fresco with a bag lunch, and enjoy beautiful city views at evening. It is a stunning location with buildings towering above the trees, lots of chairs and tables, live public events, etc. Very conveniently located, it is a short walk to the 42nd Street and Times Square theatres.

Bryant Park Le Carrousel

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The Brooklyn Bridge as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York

When completed, Brooklyn Bridge Park will stretch 1.3 miles along the East River. Parts of the waterfront park already are open to the public, offering visitors a myriad of experiences. For those in need of a time out from a busy touring schedule, the Pier 1 section offers expansive lawns for picnicking, a playground, a waterfront promenade, and lush landscaping. Pier 6 adds seven more acres to the park and offers a playground and three regulation-size sand volleyball courts. From Pier 6 there is free weekend ferry service during the summer to Governor’s Island.

Recently renovated, the Empire-Fulton Ferry area of Brooklyn Bridge Park is home to the historic and beautifully restored Jane’s Carousel that will operate year-round. Just north of the Brooklyn Bridge is the Tobacco Warehouse. Built as a tobacco customs inspection center in the 1870s, it is a reminder of shipping activity that once dominated the waterfront.

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Located on the southern tip of Manhattan, historic Battery Park, with its lovely flower gardens and  waterfront, is a wonderful area to visit. Originally, it was the world’s first official immigration center, welcoming millions of people from Europe and other continents who had come to this land to start a new life.

Today, Battery Park hosts summertime concerts and serves as the dock for ferries going to historic Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Rich in history and a favorite of New Yorkers since the late 18th century, Battery Park is an interesting and beautiful place to visit.

liberty-helicopters_logoIf you’d like to get a bird’s eye view of the city and its environs, then Liberty Helicopter, Sightseeing Tours are a perfect way to do just that. With a fleet of 10 topflight helicopters and an impeccable safety record, the tour service provides customers with various options. Take the New York, New York Tourto get acquainted with each of the five boroughs that comprise this diverse city, or soar in The Big Apple Tourto garner spectacular views of the some of the city’s iconic landmarks. There’s even a special Romance/VIP Tour. Fly up, up and away to see New York in a way you never have before.

Liberty Helicopter Sightseeing Tours

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Tenement MuseumIt is an unusual idea making a tenement into a museum. But that’s what the aptly-named Tenement Museum is. The museum, which may only be seen by guided tour, offers various programs regarding the roles of immigrants in the US. There are seven different tours with four lasting one hour and two others 90 minutes. The seventh tour is an in-depth experience lasting two hours and focusing on immigrants weathering difficult times. The museum features authentic furnishings and accessories as it recreates the living situation that faced most of the people who came to America’s shores in the late 19th through the early 20th century.

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Top of the RockThe Top of the Rock offers visitors a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. The indoor decks on the 67th and 69th floors and outdoor observation deck on the 70th floor provide unobstructed views of the entire region, from the amazing city skyline to the lush green carpet of Central Park. Group rates are available for those who plan ahead. You’ll feel as if you’re at the top of the world when you’re at the Top of the Rock.

 

 

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The Statue of LibertyThe Statue of Liberty, designed by the French artist Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. Finished in 1884 and dedicated in 1886, Lady Liberty was designated as a National Monument in 1924.  Those traveling on the waterways that surround the city can see the Statue of Liberty from various  vantage points. Visitors who prefer to visit Liberty Island can take the ferry from either New Jersey or New York.

 

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St. Johns CathedralThe Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is the seat of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The cathedral was designed in 1888 and construction began in 1892. It is still unfinished.  Magnificent architecture and beautiful stained glass windows define this Gothic Revival cathedral, the nave of which exceeds the length of two football fields. The 162-foot dome could house the Statue of Liberty. The Cathedral’s Great Rose Widow, made of more than 10,000 pieces of glass, is the largest stained-glass window in the United States.

 

There are various public tours, including a Vertical Tour that takes visitors up 124 feet for spectacular views of the cathedral and New York City. In many different ways, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is awe-inspiring.

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Spirit of New York CruisesTHE MOST ENTERTAINING WAY TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE NEW YORK.
The Spirit of New York on New York Harbor delivers the most entertaining and unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and spectacular views. Cruising year-round from Chelsea Piers, the Spirit of New York offers Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Cocktail, Moonlight Cruises and much more!
LET THE SPIRIT MOVE YOU.
Grand buffets. Breathtaking views of New York from the Hudson River. DJs playing Top 40 hits. And an amazing wait staff singing show-stopping favorites. All included for one price. For your next special occasion or just a unique way to get out on the water in New York, come aboard today!
THE BEST SIGHTS OF NEW YORK ARE FROM THE WATER.
The Spirit of New York will deliver all of New York Harbor to your tableside. Get up-close to the Statue of Liberty. Cruise under the breath-taking Brooklyn Bridge. Admire the South Street Seaport and the Financial District. No other place in New York will show you the city like this.
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south street seaport logoLocated along the Lower Manhattan waterfront, the South Street Seaport is a dynamic, thriving community that’s composed of diverse shops, restaurants and attractions. Outdoor concerts, various recreation activities along the beach and waterways, a farmer’s market and street performers are all a part of the South Street Seaport experience. Enjoy a day of shopping, dining and entertainment, ride a bike or take a boat ride. This is a quaint community that welcomes visitors.

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The Skyscraper MuseumIf there was ever going to be a city that had a museum dedicated to skyscrapers, it’s certainly the tall-building capital of the world—New York City. The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the amazing architectural history and heritage that defines Manhattan and the individuals who have been influential in the development of these major vertical structures. There are numerous permanent displays, including an examination of the Twin Towers, an overview of rebuilding Ground Zero, various detailed mini-models of Manhattan and a photographic rendering of Lower Manhattan. There also are numerous new exhibits being developed and displayed. The Skyscraper Museum is one tall undertaking.

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The terms “state-of-the-art” and “high tech” do not do justice to the Rose Center for Earth & Space. Part of the American Museum of Natural History, the Rose Center includes the Hayden Planetarium, which is the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence. Take a field trip to the moon, see the universe being created or search for other forms of intelligent life. Visit exhibits in the Hall of Planet Earth, Hall of the Universe, and Cosmic Pathway. Public and group tours are both available. Fascinating, illuminating and vibrant, the Rose Center for Earth & Space will transport you to places of which you have only dreamed. 

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ripleys logoRipley’s Believe It or Not, New York is filled with the weird, wonderful and mysterious. It is known for highlighting odds facts, strange happenstances and freaks of nature. In the first half of the 20th century, Robert Ripley, who was a cartoonist, adventurer and collector, sought out the strange and unusual in foreign and exotic lands. He turned his passion for discovering oddities into a highly lucrative career. Ripley’s Believe It or Not, New York includes the Odditorium, where you’ll see, amongst other things, a six-legged cow, a lock of Elvis’ hair, 24 shrunken heads, a section of the Berlin wall, and a life-size albino giraffe. There are 20 galleries on two floors featuring videos and photos, archives and interactive exhibits. The venue also offers some of the strangest performances you’ll ever see in its Sideshow Wonders. If you love the odd, you’ll love Ripley’s Believe It or Not, New York.

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New York Water TaxiSeeing New York from the deck of one of New York Water Taxis offers visitors a unique experience that one will not forget. Dazzling vistas of the iconic New York City and New Jersey skylines and intimate views of celebrated infrastructure and monuments unfold as the taxis ply the waters of the Hudson, the East River, and the bay.

New York Water Taxi offers sightseeing tours, private charter events, and water borne transportation for the tourist and resident alike. Take a guided tour or go at your own pace.A Hop-On/Hop-Off tour allows you to hop on and off as many times as you like at any one of four convenient piers. Have a blast exploring! Just a few of the many sites to visit are the Financial District/Wall Street, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Times Square/Broadway, the Museum of the American Indian, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

Your Hop-On/Hop-Off Harbor Cruise can be coordinated with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. In addition, the cruise offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Governors Island and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Whether tourist or resident, New York Taxi offers new vistas and new insights to complete your total New York experience.

 

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New York Transit MuseumImagine a New York without its extensive public transportation system? Impossible. At The New York Transit Museum, enjoy exhibits such as the Steel Stone & Backbone: Building New York’s Subways 1900-1925 and On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses. Learn about construction methods and the people who built New York’s first subway line. Explore the last 175 years of transportation history in the city in an exhibit includes a detailed simulated traffic intersection, a child size trolley and a 12-seat bus. The New York Transit Museum is interactive, educational and a lot of fun. Climb aboard for a great experience. Guided 90-minute group tours require a reservation. There are also various podcast tours that may be downloaded.

 

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New York City Fire MuseumThe FDNY’s original museum opened as the Fire College Museum in Long Island City in 1934. In 1959 the collection was moved to the spare bay of a working firehouse at 100 Duane Street in Manhattan, where it remained until the Home Insurance Company presented its own extensive collection of fire memorabilia to the city in 1981, making a move to larger space imperative. A new non-profit, The Friends of the New York City Fire Department Collection, was created to raise funds to renovate the former quarters of Engine Company No. 30, a 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse on Spring Street, and in 1987, the New York City Fire Museum opened its doors.

 

   Displays illustrate the evolution of firefighting from the bucket brigades of Peter Stuyvesant’s New Amsterdam through the colorful history of volunteer firefighters to modern firefighting techniques and equipment. The Museum also houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who made the Supreme Sacrifice on 9/11 and features a number of firefighting artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site. A video room and a mock apartment with an artificial smoke machine and black-lighted fire hazards are used in the museum’s fire education program for school children ages K through 12.

 

   The New York City Fire Museum attracts 40,000 visitors a year from all over America and almost every country in the world. Retired FDNY firefighters proudly volunteer to relate stories of New York City’s “Bravest” and with the help of the Museum’s stunning collection, tell how they got to be that way.
 
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The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden has stunning exhibitions and special events to offer visitors throughout the year. In the warmer months, visitors can tour gardens filled with roses, perennials and ornamental conifers. In late fall, a visit to the enchanting annual Holiday Train Show is a must. In March and April, the Orchid Show offers dazzling displays of over 300 different types of orchids. Learn about herbs, sustainability, plant science and history. Visit the home gardening center or stroll through a rock garden. Beauty, grace and ingenuity define the serene and welcoming natural environment.Tour groups are welcome and may enjoy self-guided, guided and/or customized tours.

 

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sept11_logo“The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

“The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.
“The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.”

 

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If it pertains to New York art, culture or life, then there’s a good chance you’ll find it here at the Museum of the City of New York. There are over 50,000 photographic images and numerous exhibits related to important venues, premium artists and performers, great moments, and the lives of everyday citizens and neighbors. This museum offers a portrait of the city that is simultaneously intimate and panoramic. Lectures, performances and films are all part of the museum experience. Groups are welcome and can include curator-led, docent-led or self-guided tours; arrangements must be made two weeks in advance. The Museum of the City of New York is a total New York experience for everyone.

 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers exhibits of artwork from across the centuries. Works from the Post Modern era, Ancient Roman period, Impressionist movement and many other historical epochs and cultures are at the museum. Special educational programs, performances and exhibits are available. On any given day, the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers close to 30 exhibits, 14 guided tours, various family programs and gallery talks, age-specific presentations and films. Special accommodations can be made for groups that contact the museum ahead of time. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a definitive resource for art from across time periods and around the world.

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Manhattan by SailThe folks at Manhattan by Sail know that there is nothing else in the world like sailing. Manhattan by Sail offers its customers a unique experience when they board one of their schooners. Take the Shearwater, an 80-foot, 48-passenger that is New York’s only designated floating landmark, and you’ll feel as if you’re transported back to the era of the Great Gatsby. Or sail on the Clipper City, a 144-foot steel replica of the 19th century schooners that helped make America run effectively and efficiently. You’ll sail the harbor, enjoying wonderful views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the majestic Manhattan skyline. Special charters and catering options are available. Tours start in April and run through the fall.

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Madame Tussauds New YorkIf you want to feel as if you’re surrounded by greatness, then a visit to Madame Tussauds New York should be on your to-do list. The world-famous wax museum presents historical figures, political and world leaders, pop stars, cultural icons, record-breaking athletes and Hollywood and TV stars in life-size replicas. There are daily sightings of Elvis Presley, Lady Ga Ga, Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana and hundreds more. You can even find out what the real Madam Tussauds looked like. Madame Tussauds New York is a fascinating experience for young, old and everybody in-between.

 

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex offers visitors exciting experiences in science, technology and history. With the aircraft carrier Intrepid as its primary base, the museum utilizes all levels of this great, restored vessel. Commissioned in 1943, the Intrepid helped defeat Japan in World War II and was later involved in picking up astronauts after they splashed down. Today you can walk its decks, view its extensive display of aircraft and get a feeling for what life was like on this floating city. In addition to the Intrepid, the museum features the Growler, a “top-secret” Navy submarine, and the Concorde, the fastest passenger jet in the world. This is a full sea, air and space experience.

NASA’s space shuttle prototype Enterprise arrived in the summer of 2012…

On December 11, 2011, a ceremony onboard the Intrepid marked the shuttle’s transfer of ownership to the aircraft museum. While the Enterprise was not launched into space, it was used for 16 approach and landing tests in the 1970’s, eight of which were manned by teams of NASA astronauts.

On April 23, 2012, the Enterprise was flown atop NASA’s shuttle carrier aircraft to New York’s JFK International Airport. During that summer, the shuttle was transported by barge to the Intrepid museum complex. At present, the Enterprise is displayed on the deck of the aircraft carrier.  Eventually, however, it will become part of new museum facility to be built across the street from the pier.

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facade of Empire State Building in New YorkPart of the majestic Manhattan skyline for 80 years, the 102-story Empire State Building stands over 1,200 feet and is the second tallest building in Manhattan. Visitors may enjoy spectacular views from both the 86th floor and 102nd floor observatories. Be sure to include the exhibit on the 80th floor that celebrates the engineering and construction feats of the Empire State Building’s architects, builders, and laborers.

Express tickets are available, for a higher price, if you don’t want to stand in line for the elevator. If you haven’t been to the Empire State Building, the views from its upper floors are an essential part of the prototypical NYC experience.

 

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Ellis Island.“Island of Hope, Island of Tears”

How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions?  If you answered “Whatever it takes,” you echo the feelings of the 12 million+ immigrants who passed through “America’s Golden Door” from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.

Liberty and Ellis Islands are accessible only by Statue Cruises ferry. Docking of private vessels is prohibited.

 

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Discovery Times SquareMore than a museum, Discovery Times Square is the destination for discovery through unique and immersive exhibits in New York. Here, events epic and rare come to life by connecting you to the greatest human stories ever told. Intelligent, exciting, and moving – it’s the experience that counts.

 

New York has always been something of a stage – a showcase for debuts and second acts. And so it is fitting that in the vast space that once housed The New York Times printing presses, Discovery Times Square now offers headlines of a different, but equally compelling sort.

 

From the icy waters of the Titanic’s final resting place to genius mind of Da Vinci and the riches of King Tut, Discovery is proud to celebrate the world with the world class exhibits of the new Discovery Times Square.

 

Discovery TS also features exclusive retail experiences — The Discovery Store featuring the latest in games, DVDs and other products from the #1 nonfiction company in the world, Discovery Channel, and The New York Times Store with a wide range of exclusive items perfect for the newspaper enthusiast or history buff.

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New York, NY 10036

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circle line sightseeing 42Sightseeing cruises, Beast Rides and special adventures are all offered by Circle Line Sightseeing.  Spend three hours circumnavigating the Island of Manhattan, relishing the sites and sounds of the waterway and the city. Or take a 75-minute cruise to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the World Financial Center.  If you’d rather a thrill ride, during the summer you can climb aboard the Circle Line Sightseeing Beast Ride. You’ll whip through the waters that encircle the island.  A variety of special cruises are offered throughout the year, such as the annual Oktoberfest, New Year’s Eve Fireworks, and the Phantom’s Halloween Masquerade Cruise. Be sure to check Circle Line Sightseeing often—there’s a lot to do and see on Circle Line Sightseeing.

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Circle Line DowntownCircle Line Downtown offers thrilling, romantic and peaceful cruises of New York Harbor. Looking for something to get your pulse going, then get on the Shark Speedboat Thrill Ride. Or take the ZEPHYR Liberty Seaport Cruise, a one-of-a-kind yacht that exudes elegance and power. You’ll see some of the Big Apple’s most renowned sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler
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Be sure to check with Circle Line Downtown periodically for the special cruises available throughout the year. A Fall Foliage Cruise, the Statue of Liberty 125th Anniversary, Breakfast with Santa, Seaport Music Cruise—these are just some of the special events that are available.

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cmomKids will love the hands-on exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). The fun and informative exhibits focus on early childhood learning, healthy life styles, world culture and creativity. Live performances, guided tours and classes for kids and adults are all available.  Exhibits constantly are changing and often will include some popular learning-based television show or favorite children’s literature. At the CMOM, learning means being involved and having fun!

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Central Park ZooConnecting People to Wild Nature

The Central Park Zoo is a great diversion for those looking to get away from the glare and blare of Manhattan. Nestled in Central Park, the zoo features the Tisch Children’s Zoo , which is perfect for the little adventurer who wants to get close to some furry friends. The Central Garden and Sea Lion Pool is a great place to enjoy some restful moments or to commune with the lively, featured acrobatic mammals. The Polar Circle includes an indoor bird colony of penguins and puffins and an outdoor pool environment that serves as home for the zoo’s polar bears. There’s a lot happening at the Central Park Zoo!

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The Bronx Zoo

 

The Bronx Zoo is where wondrously exotic creatures and exciting exhibitions await. Pandas, polar bears, lemurs, elephants, rhinoceros and many more amazing animals call the state-of-the-art Bronx Zoo their home. You’ll find that birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects are plentiful.  There are numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits and rides. Take a trip to Tiger Mountain and learn all about these cool cats or enter the mesmerizing World of Reptiles where you can try to spot that master of disguise, the Malaysian leaf frog. The Bronx Zoo offers visitors a rich and rewarding experience with dwellers from around the wide, wild world.

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American Museum of Natural History

Take a tour of the human brain, get to know dinosaurs up close and personal, experience the Butterfly Conservatory, or marvel at the gems and minerals on display. A visit to the museum is an adventure to be sure. The permanent exhibits feature dinosaurs, gems and minerals, biodiversity, human origins, ocean life and African mammals. Don’t forget to inquire as to the special exhibitions that change periodically.american museum of natural history
The kid-friendly American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) will entertain you with live shows, lectures and its magnificent IMAX Theater. Whether you take a guided tour or explore the museum on your own, an educational adventure filled with wonderment, insight and excitement awaits you.
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The distinction “American” in the museum’s name refers more to where the museum is located rather than the focus of its content. The museum collection includes both American folk art and the works of international self-taught artists. To help visitors attain a better understanding of American folk art, the museum’s collection includes contributions of the many diverse groups who contributed to American culture.

The collection at the American Folk Art Museum includes early portraits, landscapes and seascapes, sculptures, trade figures, signs and weather vanes. In addition, furniture, pottery, needlework, rugs, quilts, and coverlets reflect both the history and the artisans’ skills of the period. Works of contemporary artists reveal the evolution of styles and trends over the years.

Visitors are invited to tour the museum on their own or arrange for a guided group tour.

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