Pilgrim Hill

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I’m standing on “Pilgrim Hill” in NYC – a glorious spot, to be sure (near 72nd street and Fifth Avenue). Look how fantastically beautiful! Those gorgeous Cherry Blossom trees are in full bloom. Actually, Japan gave the U.S. over 3,000 trees as a token of friendship – back in 1912. (In different cultures, cherry blossom trees signify power, innocence,... Read More

The Obelisk

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The Obelisk is the oldest man made object in Central Park, also known as the Cleopatra’s Needle.  The monument standing 71 ft tall and weighing 244 tons took 112 days to transfer from Egypt to New York City.  On January 22nd, 1881 the Obelisk was turned upright while thousands turned out to marvel.  Egypt handed the monument in exchange for funds to modernize their country.... Read More

American Museum of Natural History

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American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, it’s one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions.  People come from all over the world to visit the Museum.  It is gigantic; it covers four city blocks between 77th and 81st on Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.  You can get lost in this place, but have no fear because wherever... Read More

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

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Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City will take place on Saturday, March 17th at 11a.m. and finishes at around 4:30 – 5:00 pm.   The parade starts on 44th street, marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up 79th street near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City started all the... Read More

Soho

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Soho is surrounded by galleries and energy of the arts permeating the beautiful streets of New York City.  Soho stands for South of Houston.  It’s also known as the Cast Iron District because originally the area was built for warehouses and manufacturing facilities.  It hovers over 26 blocks with these cast iron facades.  Some of the finest shops in the city can be found... Read More

FAO Schwarz celebrates 150 Anniversary

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FAO Schwarz celebrates 150th Anniversary by displaying historic toys all around the store. Visit FAO and look back in time at some of your favorite vintage toys – “A Gallery of Historic Toys” will be showcasing 25 vintage versions of toys until April 10.  Bring your kids to the store and show them some of your favorite vintage toys you cherished when you were... Read More

West Village

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The West Village is a special place in New York City.  New Yorkers speak of the hustle and bustle of the city a lot and how they would like to get away now and then; the West Village is one of those places that accomplishes just that.  When you think of the West Village, people immediately think of the word neighborhood.  There are so many areas in the city that give people a... Read More

Dr Seuss

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What a special day today is, March 2nd, 2012 marks the 108th birthday for Dr Seuss.  Theodore Geisel paved the way for teaching kids how to read in an enjoyable fashion.  It was visionary back then.  Making reading enjoyable made kids retain things much quicker and easier.  Most famous for his book “Cat in the Hat “ which sold over 10 million copies since it was written.... Read More

Hudson River Park

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So many amazing things can be said about Hudson River Park, let’s start with it’s the largest park that has been built since Central Park.  The park is 550 acres ranging from 59th Street south to Battery Park of Manhattan.  People love to walk, run and bike along the Hudson River looking over into New Jersey.  The sunsets are spectacular and are for all to enjoy.  The park... Read More

Cop Cot

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What a treat winter has been for New Yorkers this year. This February has been the warmest February on record.  Cop Cot in Central Park is one of the best places to take in this mild winter.  Cop Cot in Central Park is a beautiful little wooden rustic structure.  When you need a brake from New York City’s hustle and bustle, Cop Cot is your spot. Sitting on top of a hill looking... Read More

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off today in New York City.  Famous world designers show off their Fall/Winter 2012 collections at Lincoln Center from Feb 9th to Feb 16th. For more information go to the official Fashion Week website. Click Here Visit Sammy and the City on Facebook and click  ”Like” to be part of our adventures throughout New York City. “I’ve... Read More

Smash

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“Smash is a larger than life drama that follows a cross section of dreamers and schemers who have one common desire – to make it on Broadway. But, becoming a star isn’t for the faint of heart as it will take blood, sweat and tears to survive the oversized egos, conflicting agendas and messy entanglements on the journey to make it to the top” – Series... Read More

The Mall, Winter

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Strolling through the Mall during the winter is like walking through winter wonderland.  The Mall in Central Park is one of the most famous spots in the Park.  Known for being aesthetically beautiful, it is no surprise it’s been in so many incredible movie scenes. From the south end of the Mall called the Literary Walk to the North End right before you come to Bethesda Terrace... Read More

Sledding, Pilgrim Hill

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If you are passionate about skiing or sledding and you live in NYC, most likely you were at Pilgrim Hill today.  Known for having some of the steepest slopes, Pilgrim Hill is a winter delight.  The moment came and went pretty quickly as snow turned to slush by noon.  However, this did not sway New Yorkers who are used to moving fast and were going to opportune the limited time... Read More

The New York Palace

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During the Holidays the New York Palace is beautifully decorated inside and out. Visitors and New Yorkers step into the Hotel Courtyard and lobby to check out the breath taking views.  You might recognize the New York Palace from the TV Show “Gossip Girl” which is shot throughout the Hotel and courtyard. The Palace is located in the heart of Midtown on Madison Avenue... Read More

New Years Eve in Times Square

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Visit Sammy and the City on Facebook and click  “Like” to be part of our adventures throughout New York City. New Years Eve in New York City is like no other place on earth.  The scoreboard says it all, over one million people will be in Times Square to watch the ball drop and one billion people worldwide will be watching.  The ball this year has 2700 Waterford Crystal... Read More

Holiday Window Displays on 5th Ave

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They say the best things in life are free, walking down Fifth Avenue and watching the holiday window displays from Bergdorf Goodmanto Saks 5th Avenue all the way south to Lord & Taylor you will see just how true that is.  Start your stroll down Fifth Avenue between 58th and 57th Street – you will come across Bergdorf Goodman where their window displays are featuring the... Read More

Christmas Time

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What better way to celebrate Christmas then to visit New York City during the Holiday Season. New York City truly shines during this special time of the year. I hope everyone around the world gets a chance to someday experience the “magic” that Manhattan has to offer. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Video footage includes Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Citi Pond... Read More

Saks 3D Light Show the Snowflake and the Bubble

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Saks Fifth Avenue presents the light show spectacle “The Snowflake and the Bubble” and Holiday Window Displays.  The light show plays every 15 minutes from 5pm to 10pm running from now until January 6th 2012.  The light show is using state-of-the-art video technology to animate the entire Saks building on Fifth Avenue.  Fiat is Sponsoring this year Holiday Window... Read More

Apple’s New Store at Grand Central

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Every now and then a day falls upon us that you know you are never going to forget. Today was that day for ten of thousands of people at the opening of the largest Apple Store at Grand Central Station.  Might be one of the biggest grand openings a retail store has ever had. Celebrities from Michael J. Fox and Brooke Shields to comedians like Whoopi Goldberg and Jimmy Fallon attended... Read More

Union Square Holiday Market

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Union Square Holiday Market takes place now through December 24th, 2011 - Urban Space management handles the operations.  The market is opened between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.  There are over 100 vendors that offer great holiday gift items from handcrafted jewelry, cloths, toys, arts and so much more.  The market at the very least is such a great place to browse.  This... Read More

Columbus Circle Holiday Fair

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Columbus Circle Holiday Fair takes place now through December 24th, 2011; hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  This is the 7th year for this charming fair and its situated in the perfect location, right off of Central Park and Columbus Circle near the Time Warner Center.  Not to mention you are just south of Lincoln... Read More

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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The 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is going on now through January 2nd, 2012, if you are in NYC during these weeks it is highly recommended that you go see this show.  This is the show’s 79th year where they will set the bar for the holidays. Everybody knows nobody does Christmas like New York City; Radio City Music Hall is one of the holiday staples... Read More

Park Avenue Tree Lighting

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The Park Avenue Tree Lighting held their 66th Annual lighting on Sunday December 4th.  This tradition started way back to 1945 in honoring men and women who lost their lives in World War ll.  Now it it’s a symbol for all who have died defending our country as well as the holiday season.  The lighting will take place at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a ceremony outside the... Read More

Macy’s during the Holiday’s

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New York City is known for its holiday magic, Macy’s located at Herald Square is at the pinnacle of it all.  The famed window displays has been entertaining crowds for over 100 years now.  Santaland is one of Macy’s Signature concepts for the holidays.  After Santa makes an initial appearance during the Thanksgiving Parade he spends the rest of the holidays on the 8th floor... Read More

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

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The 74 foot, 75 year old Norway Spruce is going to be ready for its close up! On November 30th the tree will be more than spruced up with 30,000 LED environmentally friendly lights, and topped off with Swarovski crystals, 25,000 of them to be exact, in the shape of a star. The tree lighting ceremony draws a crowd well into the tens of thousands and that’s not including the... Read More

Grand Central Holiday Fair

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Grand Central features the Holiday Fair which takes place in the 12000 square foot Vanderbilt Hall.  Its easy just to walk by Grand Central Station as you are passing on the street; but once you are inside you will realize quickly this is one of New York City’s most special places.  Leave it to this New York City landmark to put their best foot forward for the holiday season... Read More

Christmas in New York

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Christmas in New York, where dreams are made of…  It’s no wonder why its the most magical time of the year in the city. With 30,0000 lights glittering on the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and Ice Skaters gliding on the magical ice. It’s not surprising New York City is one of the best holiday destinations in the world. You have Holiday Shopping along Fifth Avenue and... Read More

Twelfth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

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Twelfth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square will be held on Monday, November 28th, from 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM.  The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and Sponsor Time Warner Center will be quarterbacking the evening.  The event starts with an elaborate tree lighting ceremony at 63rd St and Broadway followed by food tastings, entertainment and in-store activities... Read More

Under the Stars, Time Warner Center

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During the holiday season the Time Warner Center features the holiday light show “Under The Stars”.  There are twelve 14 foot stars hanging over the 75 foot atrium.  It feels like you are standing inside of a gigantic Christmas tree.  Not to mention all the beautiful fine shops, Whole Foods and restaurants throughout the center right there for your delight.   These... Read More

Holiday Shopping on Fifth Avenue

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Though New York is known for its great retail shopping all year round, there’s perhaps no nicer time to be shopping in New York City then during the holidays. The famed 5th Avenue is home to world renowned destinations such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany, and countless fashion boutiques. The best shopping takes place between 39th and 60th streets and offers... Read More

Henri Bendel

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Henri Bendel offers a unique shopping experience if you love handbags, jewelry, gloves, scarves, headbands, cosmetics and fragrance. It’s no wonder why this place was picked to be featured in the film “Confessions of a Shopaholic”. If you love accessories and make-up then you would love Henri Bendel. What’s even more amazing its their ultimate girl gift selection... Read More

Arthur Christmas

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Arthur Christmas opens on November 23, 2011, the much anticipated 3D animated movie revealing Santa’s secret on how he gets all the work done in one night. They call it operation Santa Claus.  It’s because of Santa’s high tech operation hidden below the North Pole. Behind all the technology is a story of a family. Santa’s family is just as dysfunctional as any other.  Once... Read More

Gaga’s Workshop at Barney’s Department Store

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Lady Gaga has always kept her fans waiting in suspense for her latest endeavor, why should the holidays be any different.  This year for the Christmas Season, Lady Gaga and Barneys have collaborated to give shoppers a unique holiday experience that only Gaga can offer.  Gaga’s workshop is a 5500 square foot incredible spectacle of books, candy, clothes, toys and etc.  Her... Read More

Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center

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The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center is at the center of it all.  Ice Skating in the middle of New York City with skyscrapers towering over you is such a surreal experience, highly recommended for those visiting during holiday season.  Rockefeller Center is such a special place that you immediately think of the holidays even if you live in New York.  The Ice Skating Rink... Read More

Citi Pond at Bryant Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Bryant Park is located between 40th and 42nd St and from 5th to 6th Avenue.  Citi Pond at Bryant Park is open from October 27, 2011 – February 26, 2012. During the holidays the park delivers a breath-taking experience or just visual beauty for pedestrians passing by.  The shops are very charming and offer that small town feel right in the middle of the most exciting city... Read More

85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

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The 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Paradestarts on Thursday morning – November 24th. This is one of the biggest Parades in New York City and has become a theme for what Thanksgiving is all about throughout the country.  Over 3 million people are lined up along the path of the parade from its beginning to its end.  You want to feel New York ’s energy, then make... Read More

Bow Bridge, Autumn

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It has often been said that autumn is one of the most romantic seasons in New York, so it’s not surprising that the Bow Bridge, one of the park’s most famous and romantic locations has been the silent star in many movie scenes, including films like Autumn in New York! This bridge whose walkway consists of South American hardwood is the second oldest cast iron bridge in America.  Measuring... Read More

Cherry Hill, Autumn

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One of the most spectacular places in the park in autumn is Cherry Hill, aptly named for the cherry trees on the slope of the Lake nearby.  The colors of fall can naturally be seen atop the trees as but are also beautifully reflected in 20-acres of water, the second largest body of water in the park so have your cameras ready. You can either enjoy the view from the outskirts on... Read More

Lake

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The Lake, Central Park’s second largest body of water (the Reservoir is the largest) spans about 20 acres and is centrally located between 71st and 78th streets. Before the creation of nearby Wollman Rink, the Lake served as a central winter gathering place and on one record day supported up to 40,000 ice skaters.   Though you can’t ice skate on it anymore, you can still enjoy... Read More

Wollman Rink

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Skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park is a tremendous spirit lifting experience.  Hearing the skates glide across the ice with the wide open sky above is so exhilarating.  It’s a cross of some many special things; you have the Central Park South skyline, you get the feel of nature from the park, as well as the recreation of skating all in one, wow.  If you happen be... Read More

The Mall, Autumn

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As we begin the autumn season most people will be thinking of getting out to the country to witness the changing colors of the leaves known as fall foliage. But you don’t need to get out of the city to witness the beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. Just step out into everyone’s backyard…Central Park. The park really does take on a different personality in... Read More

Gapstow Bridge

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The Gapstow Bridge is one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in all of Central Park.  Many movies scenes have been filmed here.  Known for its rustic stone structure, the bridge offers some of the best views in the park.  The Gapstow overlooks the Plaza Hotel, one of New York City’s most famous spots.  When you are standing on the bridge you get the feeling that you... Read More

Reservoir, Autumn

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When weather permits, exercising at the Reservoir in Central Park is quite the experience.  New Yorkers and Visitors, we are all in luck, aesthetically, Autumn is the best time of year to be in the park and to get cool weather like this is truly a gift.  Head over to the Reservoir and walk or jog the 1.58 mile track surrounding a 106 acre body of water.  If you think you have... Read More

The Pond, Autumn

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The East 62nd Street entrance to Central Park is home to The Pond. Located steps away from The Plaza Hotel, Grand Army Plaza and the 5th Ave Apple Store, this entrance offers a quick escape from the hectic rush of the holiday shopping season.  If you’re visiting NYC you’ll probably already have your camera in hand and you’ll be glad you do.  If you’re... Read More

Bethesda Terrace Autumn

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With just a week or two left to see the most incredible Autumn colors in Central Park, you need to get those cameras out and head over to the Bethesda Terrace.  This spot is the most photographed place in Central Park.  The fountain, also known for its Statue of an Angel, blessing the pool, where people from all over the world come to relax and observe.  Just beyond the Fountain... Read More

Model Boat Pond, Autumn

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Conservatory Water is the home of the remote control sailboats, and also known as the “Model Boat Pond”.  Conservatory Water offers spectacular views of the fall foliage all around the Pond.  In the reflecting water of the Model Boat Pond you can see beautiful and picturesque colorful fall foliage, as well as Upper East Side buildings. Bird watchers folk to this... Read More

Prince Charming

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Sammy attended the 11th Annual Halloween Pet Costume hosted by Wendy Diamond, Animalfair to support the Humane Society of New York. This event was held on October 26th at the Copcabana, 268 w 47th st. New York NY 10011. Sammy had a fabulous time and was dressed as Prince Charming – he met Wendy Diamond, Dylan Lauren, Sara Haines, Bravo TV’s Mad Fashion’s Chris March... Read More

Conservatory Garden, Autumn

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Just as the leaves begin to fall there are breath taking views at the Conservatory Garden.  The beauty of the garden remains with thousands of Korean chrysanthemums blooming during the Autumn Season.  It sits on six acres of land and is comprised of 3 garden styles – French, Italian and English.  The Conservatory Garden video was filmed on the last week of October and it... Read More

Halloween Howl – Upper East Side

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On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Sunday before Halloween – Carl Schurz Park presents the “Halloween Howl” where dog owners and their dogs come dressed up for the costume competition at the Park.  With apporximately 15 acres of park space featuring green lawns, waterfront views, basketball courts, windy pathways, benches, two dog runs, events throughout the... Read More

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

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Sammy attended the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade held yesterday in the East Village. Dog owners from all over the city showed up in the East Village with creative dog costumes.  Sammy’s new friend, Simba a Pomeranian was dressed as Lady Gaga. Video of Sammy as a Bumble Bee and Simba as Lady Gaga at yesterday’s event. Simba, a Pomeranian was dressed... Read More

Washington Square Park

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Washington Square Park is in the heart of Greenwich Village – the area is filled with writers, film makers, artists, NYU students, musicians, chess players, and skateboarders.  A lively place to watch street performers, people watch, take photos or a great meeting spot. It has two playground for kids, plenty of grass space, a dog run, and a fountain in the center of the park.... Read More

Strawberry Fields Forever

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John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England on October 9th, 1940 and died at 40 years old when his life was taken on December 8th 1980. He was one of the original Beatles and one of the greatest song writers of his time.  When you think of John Lennon, not only do you think of the Beatles, he was in image for “Love is all you need “ and Give Peace a Chance “.  John moved... Read More

Statute of Liberty

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Statute of Liberty was a gift from france to the United States to symbolize the spirit of freedom. The Statue of Liberty is on a 12-acre Island, which is owned by the Federal Government. The observation platform offers amazing views of New York City and the Harbor. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924.  Nearby Tourist Attractions:... Read More

Castle Clinton

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Castle Clinton was built between 1807 and 1809, as a fort to keep out the British invasion in 1812.  It was made a national monument in 1950 and open to the public in 1975.  Today, it’s a place to buy tickets to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Nearby Tourist Attractions: Staten Island Ferry, Battery Park, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Museum of Jewish... Read More

DUMBO

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DUMBO for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” offers trendy stores, art galleries, great restaurants, and cafés. Its located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, with spacious industrial buildings, lofts and cobblestone streets all around the area. DUMBO includes St. Ann’s Warehouse, with an ongoing event calendar of music and performing arts. Today... Read More

Waldorf-Astoria

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The Waldorf-Astoria is luxury hotel, as well as an Art Deco masterpiece and a New York City landmark. This old fashion, elegant luxury hotel takes up one-square block on Park Avenue.  The Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue opened during the great depression on October 1931. See other Tourist Attractions. Location: 301 Park Avenue, between 49th and 50th.  Read More

Battery Park City

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Take in breathtaking sunset scenery of the New York Harbor at Battery Park and Battery Park City. Battery Park is a 25-acre park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, and Battery Park City is a community with office and residential buildings located northwest of the Park. Children, adults and pets come to explore Battery Park City – you can bike, run, jog, take great... Read More

World Financial Center

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World Financial Center is located in Lower Manhattan at the center of Battery Park City, overlooking the New York Harbor and the Hudson River. The four granite and glass office towers encompasses about eight million square feet of office space, and post-modern architecture, with up to 51 floors, designed by Cesar Pelli. The Winter Garden is in the heart of the World Financial... Read More

Dumbo Art Under Bridge

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The 15th annual Dumbo Arts Festival presents more than 500 artists, 150+ studios, 35+ galleries, 40+ arts organizations and live performances – all free of charge in the Dumbo neighborhood on the Brooklyn waterfront, between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. The festival will showcase artwork in and around Dumbo street corners, parks, bridges, galleries, storefronts, performance... Read More