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New York Confidential

A travel journal to New York by The NYC Expert

Quote: New York City is the world's greatest city and I enjoy sharing it with visitors.

New York Confidential

Overview

Quote:
I like to share with visitors my experiences walking across the Brooklyn Bridge; sampling food in Little Italy, Chinatown or the East Village; riding the Staten Island ferry; seeing New York from the World Trade Center or the Empire State Building; shopping at Macy's or Century 21; visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; and exploring the many hidden treasures of New York City.

Quick Tips:

Visit the Museum of the American Indian at the bottom of Broadway! Best of all, it is free!

Best Way To Get Around:

New York City has the best mass transit system in the country. Don't be afraid to ride the bus or geton the subway! Above all, walk!

Second Avenue Deli

Restaurant | "Second Avenue Kosher Deli"

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It is always a great place to have traditional kosher East European Jewish food. The combination corn beer or pastrami sandwich with matzo ball soup is recommended. The service is great. Eat in the Molly Pico Room where you can see her entertainment career displayed on the walls. In front of the deli is the Yiddish theatrical walk of fame that include such names as Paul Muni and Fyvish Finkle.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2000

Second Avenue Deli
156 Second Ave
New York, New York 10003
+1 212 677 0606

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I like sharing my Jewish roots with people of all ethnic backgrounds. I grew up on my mother's stories about living on the Lower East Side. As I have conducted tours on the Lower East Side, many of the people I have visited have become my good friends. You can sip wine with my good friend Norman Schapiro at the kosher winery in New York City. He always has an anecdote about the 'good old days' -- after World War II. Or you can hear Rabbi Spiegel speak about the First Roumanian Amerian Synagogue where Tucker, Merrill, and Peerce got their start as cantors. Or you can hear Al Orensanz speak about the oldest original synaoguge building in New York City, the Norfolk Street synagogue. Or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2000

Jewish Lower East Side
Between Chinatown And The Williamsburg Bridge
New York, New York

Staten Island Ferry

Attraction | "Staten Island Ferry Ride"

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You can get a wonderful view of New York Harbor including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, all for free! You can use bus transportation to explore Staten Island, especially the Snug Harbor Cultural Center or Richmondtown Restoration, NYC's version of Colonial Williamsburg.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2000

Staten Island Ferry
Whitehall Ferry Terminal
New York, New York 10004
(718) 390-5253

Brooklyn Bridge

Attraction | "Brooklyn Bridge Talk and Walk"

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This the most wonderful bridge in the world! You can walk across the bridge in 21 minutes! or take my expert commentary and it will take 1 1/2 to 2 hours! I've walked across the bridge over 1000 times and each time the experience has been exciting and different as if I were doing it the first time! Discover how the longest bridge of the 19th century was built by a woman engineer and many other astounding facts such as the first bridge to be illuminated at night by electricity. Find out why P. T. Barnum walked elephants across the bridge and how Paul Hartonian sold the bridge for real!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2000

Brooklyn Bridge
Access At Tillary Street And Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY

Financial District

Attraction | "The Financial District"

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Discover how Wall Street evolved from a stockade protecting the infant colony of New Amsterdam into the world's greatest financial center. Find out Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, J. P. Morgan, and Joseph Kennedy contributed to the evolution of the New York Stock Exchange. Some of the places we can visit are the Museum of Financial History, Federal Hall, New York Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, and J. P. Morgan.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2000

Financial District
Wall Street
New York, New York

Financial District

Attraction | "Washington's New York"

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Discover how George Washington was a true New Yorker in peace and war from enrolling his step-son at Columbia, attending plays, liberating New York City from British control, and launching the first year of his presidential administration in the Big Apple. We will visit City Hall where George Washington had the Declaration of Independence read in 1776 and the site of Federal Hall where he took the presidential oath in 1789.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2000

Financial District
Wall Street
New York, New York

Rockefeller Center

Attraction | "Rockefeller Center"

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Visit America's oldest shopping mall. You can spend an entire day in the heart of the city. You can see great statues like 'Atlas' facing St. Patrick's Cathedral. The change of seasons bring change of flowers, plants, and statues to the sidewalks of the center. The beautiful art deco of the 1930's is reflected in the art and architecture of the center. The GE Building, the former RCA Building, is one of the centerpieces. NBC has its studios here. You can enjoy grat dining at the Rainbow Room. Radio City Music Hall, the world's largest theater, still hosts live shows and movies. You can enjoy ice skating at the rink in season. It is unfortgetable experience to see the lighting of the Christmas ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2000

Rockefeller Center
49th to 50th streets
New York, New York 10020
(212) 632-3975

Grand Central Terminal

Attraction | "Grand Central Station"

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This is what an office building should be: functional, inspiratonal, and beautiful. Hundreds of thousands of people come and leave the building every day in the course of their travels. If you pause, you can take in the inspirational and the beautiful. The exterior has a pediment of Greek mythology reflecting themes of commerce and travel. The constellations in the ceiling inspire you. The beauty of the walls fills you with awe. You can explore the many different caverns of delights at your own pace. Best of all, you can always sit down and enjoy the views of this magnificent structure.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2000

Grand Central Terminal
87 E 42nd St
New York, New York
(212) 340-2210

Battery Park

Attraction | "Castle Garden and Ellis Island"

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You can take my public tour or request a private tour at drphil1@aol.com or find more information at www.newyorktaklsand walks. Step back in time to relive the experiences of your parents and grandparents. More than half of America's immigrants passed through Castle Clinton and Ellis Island in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Castle Garden is set in Battery Park, one of New York City's oldest parks. It offers a magnificent view of New York Harbor and of the Statue of Liberty. Castle Garden was originally an Indian village on an islet off Manhattan just before the coming of the Dutch. A fort was hastily built in 1811 to protect New York Harbor. It was redesigned to become ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2000

Battery Park
Battery Place
New York, New York 10004
(212) 809-5508

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