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New York, New York; So Nice They Had To Name It Twice
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.
photo Â© 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.
New York City
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:
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
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.
New York Related Books
The Empire State Building - Completed in 1931 by architects Shreve, Lamb & Harmon
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
- American Progress by Jose Maria Sert's 1876 -1945
- Wisdom by Lee Lawrie 1877 - 1963
- Panels honoring construction workers by Gaston Lachaise 1882 -1935
- News by Isamu Noguchi 1904 - 1988
- Industries of the British Empire by Carl Paul Jennewein 1890 - 1980
- Intelligence Awakening Mankind by Barry Faulkner 1881 - 1966
- Portals by Josef Alber 1888 - 1976
- Winged Mercury by Lee Lawrie 1877 - 1963
- The Story of Mankind by Lee Lawrie 1877 - 1963
- 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 piÃ±atas. 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.
Popular New York City Tourist Attractions - Points Of Interest in New York City
- Statue of Liberty
"Give us your poor ....
- Wikipedia Statue of Liberty
Designed by FrÃ©dÃ©ric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France ...
- Ellis Island
The Golden Door to America for the 17 million immigrants who first set foot on American soil there. Forty percent of Americans today can trace their roots to an ancestor who was among those brave and determined individuals.
- New York's Central Park
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- Saint Patrick's Cathedral NYC
Each year, more than 5.5 million people visit St. Patrick's Cathedral. Our new website extends the experience with features on history, architecture and prayer.
- The High Line
The official Web site of the High Line and Friends of the High Line
- Grand Central Terminal
One of the most famous train stations in the world.
- New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the history of New York and the nation through art and history exhibitions and public programs.
- One World Trade Center
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP One World Trade Center
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.