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Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Summed up by the phrase, 'the city that never sleeps,' New York is electric no matter the time of day. There is always a constant buzz in the background, kind of like the hiss you once heard between songs on your favorite cassette tapes. At any...
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11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
There are two main reasons to visit this small midtown park, which takes up the three city blocks between Madison and Fifth avenues from 23rd to 26th streets. The first is that its lawns, benches and temporary art installations all have views of...
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353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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While there are still a few processing warehouses that nod to the name of this historic west-side district, what mostly gets packed here these days are the swanky nightclubs that punctuate its cobblestone streets. After-dark crowds...
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99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
The High Line, a defunct elevated train track that was reimagined as a linear pedestrian park, immediately became one of the city’s best-loved public spaces for both locals and visitors when it opened in 2009. Start at the southernmost entrance,...
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476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
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The main branch of the New York Public Library is one of the country’s grandest Beaux Arts buildings, a temple to learning on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets. At the end of the 19th century, John Bigelow, who oversaw the Tilden...
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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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Stepping into the enormous main concourse of this landmarked architectural jewel—with its sweeping granite staircases, hulking columns and 38-meter (125-foot) ceilings painted with night-sky constellations—can be a jaw-dropping experience. What’s...
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SoHo, New York, NY, USA
It's much less crowded above the streets...
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New York, NY, USA
What better way to explore these two adjacent, culturally rich downtown enclaves than by tasting your way through them? Ahoy New York’s three-hour walking tours (which, conveniently, take place during lunchtime) let you learn all about the history...
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One of the finest views in Manhattan (or Brooklyn, for that matter) can be had from the pedestrians-and-bicyclists-only path across this stately bridge. Spanning 2 kilometers (1.3 miles) over the East River and connecting two of the city's...
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89 South St, New York, NY 10038, USA
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New York City as we know it today began as a bustling port—which is why this landmarked downtown district contains some of the city’s oldest architecture. Many mercantile buildings, brick row houses and cobblestone lanes here date to the early...
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New York, NY, USA
Between the early 1890s and the mid-1950s, some 12 million immigrants began their new lives in the United States by passing through this New York Harbor island processing station. Today, the descendants of those immigrants comprise more than half...
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101, One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007, USA
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“See Forever” is the tagline of the city’s newest, and it might be said, most heroic observation deck—set atop One World Trade Center, which is currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The adrenaline rush starts with a ride in a...
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180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA
Make a visit to the striking and solemn National September 11 Memorial, where two cascading waterfall pools are set within the original footprints of the fallen Twin Towers. You may also decide to visit exhibits chronicling the harrowing events of...
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350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118, USA
If walking through New York’s streets seems chaotic, try getting above it all—with a panoramic view from the top of the city’s most famous skyscraper. From above, the beautifully engineered order of the buildings, parks and thoroughfares below is...
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is often on lists of must-visit places in New York, and for good reason. The museum’s impressive collection of contemporary art is unparalleled and allows guests to study art by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso,...
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Theater District, New York, NY, USA
New York’s world-famous theater district, long known as the Great White Way for the brilliant lights that illuminate it at night, encompasses 40 different theater venues, which are scattered along the midtown stretch of Broadway and its...
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253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027, USA
Since it first opened its doors in 1914, this celebrated Harlem concert venue has hosted some of the brightest lights of R&B, jazz, blues, gospel and soul music. In fact many stars (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and James Brown) got...
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New York, NY, USA
Just a block and a half from Loews Regency sits New York's landscaped wonder and one of the greatest urban parks in the world, Central Park. Stretching between 59th and 110th Streets and Fifth and Eighth Avenues, the park covers a total of 843...
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1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
If you can only visit one museum in New York, this should be it; the Met’s hallowed halls contain one of the most dazzling and comprehensive classical art collections in the world. More than two million works are on display here, spanning more...
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Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
Securing a private audience with a vulcanologist is unnecessary, like AFAR writer Chris Colin did when he took his 4-year-old to the Museum of Natural History. Adventure programs, an array of drop-in science events, and the hands-on discovery room...