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New York, New York; So Nice They Had To Name It Twice

Updated on July 31, 2013

Bite The Big Apple

In a New York Minute is one of my favorite sayings, and it is so true; at any time of the day or night you can find something to do in the city that never sleeps. Like Rome, London, Paris and other world class cities, it's an overwhelming undertaking to be a stranger in this strange land.

Chelsea Hotel
photo © by Judy Ferony

You can live here your whole life and not see it all, especially when you consider the fact that most people don't even leave the isle of Manhattan when they come for a visit; perhaps with the exception of getting off the Staten Island Ferry in Staten Island to turn around and come back to Manhattan.

Visiting The Space Shuttle Enterprise

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Space Shuttle Pavilion

The official opening date to the general public is tomorrow, July 19, 2012; here's some good advice, the only way to avoid a long line to but tickets is to buy the tickets online. Know before you go that they DO NOT let you inside the Space Shuttle you can walk under it (it's about 10 feet off the ground) and you can look into the cockpit in the front of the nosecone (there are steps to climb in order for you to do so). The tickets range in price from $16.00 to $30.00 and there is a short movie for you to view on this shuttle's history (it was the first space shuttle).

Did you know that when the shuttle is heading into space it is going as fast (or faster) than a gunshot? Well I hope this was helpful and I will eventually get over to the Intrepid and add some of photographs; you can go to the museums web page and buy tickets if you'd like:

Space Shuttle at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

photo by Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum via FaceBook download

The MTA: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Getting Around In New York City

Manhattan is a piece of cake (for the most part), it's made of a grid system except for Lower Manhattan and (to a lesser extent) Inwood. The MTA has a good Transit Museum you might want to visit; and they sometimes run some of their vintage Subway Trains through the now closed City Hall Station (but you'll have to research that for yourself, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to when they do this). You should always check their website for changes in service and weekend / night work being done; they have a new Fast Track program that shuts down whole train line a few nights in a row to get much needed work accomplished with minimal impact on straphangers (people who ride the trains a term born of the old subway train straps that have long since been replaced by metal rails or loops).


I'm just going to concentrate on Manhattan, most tourist don't venture out of this borough; the most important lines to remember are the crosstown buses and the buses that run the length of Manhattan. There's a crosstown bus at all the major streets W. Houston St., 8/9th, 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 50th, 57th, 66th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th, 106th and 116th streets to name a few. There are a couple of buses that run the length of Manhattan (give or take) the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 15 however the fastest route is the subway when it's running normally; you want to try to avoid being in rush hour traffic (especially if you are thinking of using a Yellow Cab), most tourists are here for a few days and time should be used wisely. Of course if you're fit and like to walk, NYC is a great walking city; I've walked from 86th to the Battery and back on a number of occasions, there's no better way to see the city than to walk it.

Here Is New York - by: E.B. White

This is a wonderful little book that you can read in a day; a very fast paced and timeless observation of New York City, a city that constantly changes is some ways and yet remains the same in other ways. Like The Grateful Dead say "New York, has the ways and means but just wont let you be!".

Cooper Union Building - Modernity At The Cutting Edge

Dutch New York

In 1609 Henry Hudson Sailed Into New York Habor ...

...he departed from Amsterdam in April and sailed into The Upper Bay on September 11th.

Between 1611 and 1614 Adriaen Block explored these shores; blue fish, porpoises, whales and abundant schools of fish greeted the first settlers, the Dutch.

1626 - 1632 over 50,000 Beaver Pelts were shipped from New York to the Netherlands by 1657 over 38,000 Beaver Pelt had been shipped abroad to Europe used for broad brimmed hats, they were the fashion statement of the time. The Dutch government originally sent about 30 families after the initial voyages, they were mainly French Protestants (Waloons) from Belgium and were stationed from New Netherlands to Fort Orange (near Albany).

The Statue of Liberty National Monument

Planning Your Visit To Liberty Island A Part Of The National Parks System

Dedicated in 1886 and designated as a National Monument in 1928 she was a gift to America by the people of France; designed by Auguste Bartholdi, who also oversaw the statues assembly in New York.

My best advice to anyone planning a visit to The Statue of Liberty is to get there early and don't take anything with you but yourself; meaning, after 911 there is a serious amount of security you must go through. The other thing to consider is the long lines that form to get your tickets, go through security and board a boat; if your traveling with elderly or young people, and it is a hot day make sure you bring water and stake out your bathroom options in advance.

Governors Island: The First Dutch Settlement - One Known As Newton's Island

Castle William
Castle William

Covered with Walnut and Chestnut trees (which inspired it's Dutch name Newton Island), this island was the first area where the Dutch settled due to it's logistics, they figured it's much easier to protect and defend from an island standpoint. Adriaen Block named the island Noten Eylant (Nutten oe Newton Island) and this remained the island's name from 1611 to 1784. The island's current name is from British colonial times when it was used by New York's royal governors.


There are two fortifications on the island, Fort Jay and Castle Williams the latter also serves as a military jail during WW2, from 1966 to 1996 it was a Coast Guard installation and a city within a city complete with movie theaters, church, bowling alley and supermarket (among other out buildings), and officer's houses.

Governors Island is a nice day trip and opened seasonally; the ferry ride is free and the island is a nice place to walk or ride a bike, bikes can be rented and it's about 2 1/2 miles around the Island. There are a few places to eat, art exhibits and other scheduled events, it's best to check their website and plan accordingly. I suggest you get out there as early as possible, and don't wait for the last minute to leave especially if an event is going on; the lines for the ferry get very long and you can have a substantial wait (in the sun or rain) to get on the ferry back to the mainland.

The Empire State Building - Completed in 1931 by architects Shreve, Lamb & Harmon

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

John Jakob Raskob was a businessman who held very prestigious jobs in finance at General Motors and Du Pont (where he retired from in 1946); he also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and it is he whom the most tallest building in the world (at the time) was built for by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. Raskob was also famous in his opposition of Prohibition of Liquor.

The 102 story landmark was built during the Great Depression; as a matter of fact when it first opened it's doors to tenants it was nicknamed "The Empty State Building" times were so hard. Times were so tough that would-be iron workers would line up at the bottom of the project to see if one of the workers would fall off, in hopes of being their replacement. The pay was good, the men made $15 a day for a 10 hour shift (even the water boys made $5 a day); that sure was a lot of money during The Depression.

Rockefeller Center Artworks

  1. American Progress by Jose Maria Sert's 1876 -1945
  2. Wisdom by Lee Lawrie 1877 - 1963
  3. Panels honoring construction workers by Gaston Lachaise 1882 -1935
  4. News by Isamu Noguchi 1904 - 1988
  5. Industries of the British Empire by Carl Paul Jennewein 1890 - 1980
  6. Intelligence Awakening Mankind by Barry Faulkner 1881 - 1966
  7. Portals by Josef Alber 1888 - 1976
  8. Winged Mercury by Lee Lawrie 1877 - 1963
  9. The Story of Mankind by Lee Lawrie 1877 - 1963
  10. Wall Drawing 896 (created in 1999) by Sol Lewitt

Ethnic Shopping & Food in New York City

Broadway, Astoria Queens - Astoria has the largest Greek community outside Greece with restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries on Broadway. Subway “N” or “W” Broadway.

*Also go to Poseidon Bakery 629 9th Avenue, New York, 10036 (212) 757-6173


Main Street, Flushing Queens - Flushing’s Chinatown offers bakeries, food, gifts, restaurants, herbal remedies, and acupuncture. Queensborough Library has material in 40 languages. Main St. Flushing, Queens. Subway “7” Main St.

*Also see Chinatown in Lower Manhattan


74th Street, Jackson Heights Queens – New York’s Indian community’s shop windows are filled with ornate gold jewelry and rich saris. Food stores are redolent with spices. 74th St. Jackson Heights, Queens. Subway “E” “ F” “R” “V” Roosevelt Ave.

*Also see Curry Hill just south of Murray Hill, Lexington Ave. between 26th & 29th St.


Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights Queens – Around the corner from Indian 74th Street, loudspeakers play Latin American rhythms, street vendors sell hot churros (fried dough), and shops offer music, foods, gaucho boots, hats and piñatas. Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, Queens. Subway “E” “ F” “R” “V” Roosevelt Ave.


Arthur Avenue, Bronx – In this Italian neighborhood, dozens of small, family-run stores sell everything from Italian wines, handmade pastas, and sausages to rosaries and votive candles. Arthur Ave., Bronx. Subway “4” Fordham Rd. (you can also take Metro North to Fordham).


Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint Brooklyn – Shops in America’s largest Polish community are laden with home made kielbasas, and babkas, statues of saints, Polish books, music, and cosmetics. Nassau Ave. Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn – Known as “Little Odessa”. Russian is the first language on this busy street selling everything from smoked fish to Russian dolls.

Brighton Beach Ave., Brooklyn. Subway “B” “Q” Brighton Beach


13th Avenue, Borough Park – The main street of Borough Park, home to America’s largest Orthodox Jewish community, bustles with shops filled with religious articles, tempting baked goods, children’s clothing, and linens. 13th Avenue Borough Park, Brooklyn. Subway “d” 55th St


18th Avenue, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn – Though the old-world Italian community is slowly giving way to other nationalities, the street still offers generous samplings of authentic Italian foods and coffee shops. 18th Ave., Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Subway “D” 18th Ave.


Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn – This Middle-Eastern shopping center offers baklava and many varieties of olives, dried fruits, and spices. Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. Subway “R” Court St.


The New York Times Crossword Puzzle - 500 Supersized Sunday Crossword Puzzles

More New York History & Tidbits

This Lens will always be a work-in-progress just like it's namesake; New York, a city that never sleeps and is always changing.

Did you have a "New York Experience" you'd like to share? - Or you can just say "Hi" if you'd like.

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      othellos 3 years ago

      Cultural center and modern movements. Soho & Village. A lot of other places that slip of my mind right now as a student in NY in the late '70s. Excellent lens plenty of memories. Thanks:=)

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: Thank you my fellow Squidooer and Google Plus'er ;-)

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I'm revisiting your lens on this great city. Blessings

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      Mellithorpe 4 years ago

      Love your lens. I've never been to New York but plan on visiting there someday.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: Most of the good old school bagel places are gone in NYC; it's all become very homogenized (kinda sad, welcome to Bloomberg's New York).

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Great pizza in NYC but their bagels come in 2nd to the ones from Montreal Canada

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Aw, thank you very much; you earned your wings in my book ;-)

      Your participation on my Lenses is always appreciated.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I visited and liked this lens before, now that I am a Squid Angle I come bearing blessing. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @Phillyfreeze: It was my pleasure, you were a part of two great communities (my family was originally from East Harlem when they first came to this country); the Village is still great but not the Artsy place it use to be, although there are some Old School residents still living there in rent stabilized and rent controlled apartments.

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      Ronald Tucker 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Having attended college in New York City...I have fond memories of Greenwich Village(my college was locate here) and living in Harlem a few blocks from Alexander Hamiltons home and the campus of City College on Convent Avenue.

      Visting some of the great museums and the navigating the hustle and bustle of Mid-Town Mahattan was invigorating mentally( kept me on my toes)! Thanks for reviving some wonderful memories of the Big Apple!

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I never go to New York and I plan to visit this city before my 40th birthday

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      I was only there once, in 2001 for a week. I wish I'd had more time, and that it wasn't a "working" holiday ~ I think I could have "belonged" very quickly LOL

      Liked and Blessed by a Squid Angel ~ Please add your lens to the October Plexo for my October Blessings

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      that quiz was tough! fun lens!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I return visit and recommend for other lenses

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Stopped back to bless this lens.

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      EMangl 4 years ago

      have unforgettable memories about new york and the st.moritz on the park

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Looks like there's a lot of interesting places to visit there.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Zodiacimmortal: Thank you I appreciate that.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @jmchaconne: Same here, and I'll add, Ring-O-Leaveo, and Johnny Rides the Pony too ;-)

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      jmchaconne 5 years ago

      I played Skully, stoop-ball and stick-ball, and cooled off under a fire hydrant.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Adding to my Yonkers NY lens (will publish it by end of week)

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Here you go making me homesick again! ;) I lived in Manhattan until I was in my late 30s, and although I moved to Boston quite a long time ago, I still miss it at times like this. So much has changed since I left, but so much remains the same in this vibrant city like no other. Blessed!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I just came home from 2 weeks in NY. You have to include the new 911 footprint. It was amazing.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi, you're a doll. Well you can always stay at Hotel Deadicated if you don't mind toughing it out in the Bronx. Lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You are a wealth of information, insight and practical advice and this is as close as I've come to a New York experience. I guess I've always heard of Manhattan but didn't know it really is the hub of most tourism, makes sense now that I think of it after going on the tour with you!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @TonyPayne: Thanks Poddy, just let me know if you do decide to come back; maybe I can give you some ideas for your visit, I passed the Tour Guide Test (I'm happy to say). Thanks again for your kind words and participation.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @EnjoyLens: Thank you 8-)

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: I'm glad you had some nice visits; it's always good to have friends here too. Sadly, many New Yorkers (like myself) can't even afford a Broadway show; I'd like to do one for my next staycation, I'll have to hit the Ticket Booth in Times Square (ha ha, they use to sell standing room tickets, not sure if they still do that).

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @tjustleft: It's do-able, now days I think many people choose to stay in the outer boroughs because the hotels are more affordable; on the tour I went on last week the family I met was staying in Queens and they were happy with that choice.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @golfspice: I'd love to go to England, there'd be so much to see, I wouldn't know where to start. I also like the Brooklyn Bridge area and Lower Manhattan in general, that's where most of the history is.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @hartworks lm: Wow, you'all are brave most people don't venture out into the boroughs; which is a shame, it's the best place to experience the local color and characters.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @SquidooMBA: Thank you for visiting and participating on my Lens; if you do visit with the intention of taking in some shows don't forget the ticket booth in Times Square where you can get deeply discounted tickets the day of the show (get there as early as possible).

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @savateuse: There's always something new (or old) to see that's for sure; I discover things that are new to me all the time. Thank you for visiting my Lens and participating.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @dlobel: Hey there fellow Bronxite, thank you for stopping by and saying "hi", and taking the Quiz. The Bronx gets put down a lot but I find the people are of great spirit and I have so many good neighbors in my building.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: Thank you for your participation on my Lens and your kind words, from one New Yorker to another; my niece went to school up at St. Rose, it's beautiful up there. There's also alot of history in upstate New York, the Dutch sent families to live here in Manhattan and further up the Hudson as well.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I lived in the Bronx, Queens and Yonkers, and worked in Manhatten....love it, I'm in the Albany area now and still get to visit. NIce lens!

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      Debra Lobel 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I'm from The Bronx and just wanted to say "hi". Loved your quiz. I aced it.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      I've been to New York a couple of times, visiting friends - I loved my time there!

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      I have been to NY about 20 times and have really enjoyed my times there. I have been to Mets games, Yankee games, museums and a lot of really nice restaurants. I need to take in some shows on my next trip. Great lens.

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      I grew up in D.C. and we would sometimes go to New York New York and see various sights. I remember once we were on our way to visit friends in some borough, I don't remember which. I would have been about 10. My dad and stepmom got hopelessly lost and would not listen to my implacable logic about street numbers. Eventually they did and we got where we were going! I loved being right, of course, enough that it's the first story that comes to mind.

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      golfspice 5 years ago

      Celebrated a birthday in New York while visiting from England, which has never been forgotten. Difficult to choose a favourite place, but Brooklyn Bridge did it for me. Perhaps I'll get back there one day.

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      tjustleft 5 years ago

      I would love to see New York and your lens makes me want to even more :)

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh, New York New York? Indeed I have had a couple of exciting experiences there. Many moons ago, I got to see the tall ships in person. Then, we returned with some friends and spent a long wintery weekend there doing the sites and Broadway. My kind of town!

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens on New York, a little different to the rest and some really interesting historic and cultural information presented in a fun and easy to digest format. We spent a long weekend in Manhattan 4 years ago and it was wonderful. My wife and I both co-operated on a lens about our "New York City Break" and would love to go back. There is so much to see there.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @shreeve21: Well if you do you have a Squidoo friend you can always look-up.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Your welcome, it's my pleasure. I reading your "A How-to for the Retired" Lens, and there's some awesome information there, highly recommended reading. Just let me know if you do; I'll help you out in any way I can.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi never been to NYC but, would love to visit. A visit to NY is at the top of my bucket list. Love the place, thanks for sharing.

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      shreeve21 5 years ago

      oh man, some day!! Maybe squidoo will help me pay for a trip to New York, New York. I can only hope...

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @kimbesa2: Hey, just let me know, if I'm able to, I'd meet up with you; thank you so much for your participation on my Lenses, BTW I really enjoyed your Inspector Lewis Lens 8-)

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Haven't been to New York in 25+ years, but I'll get back there, too! I love the Upper West Side!