New York Journals

Big Attractions in New York

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A travel journal to New York by Safiri

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: A journal for those who wish, for whatever reason, to read about the tourist attractions on the beaten track in New York City: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, and the famous locations you recognize from movies.

Big Attractions in New York

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This journal is meant to give info on the Big Attractions around New York. If you want off the beaten track, this is not the journal for you. (I have others--check them out!) This is meant to provide reviews of the really famous New York sights, the things that everyone will ask you about when you go home. So really, they're all highlights: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Metropolitan Museum, the Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Times Square, Central Park. You've probably seen all of them in movies or on the news--wouldn't it be neat to see them in person?In fact, though, some are much more exciting than others. The Met will occupy all the time you care to give it, but it's hard to s...Read More

Statue of Liberty

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Attraction | "Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island"

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York
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The Statue of Liberty is a great tourist destination for lots of reasons. First, of course, is the statue itself, which really is a very impressive sight: it's massive and really rather beautiful, and the views of downtown from Liberty Island are lovely. Second is the fun of getting to the island: you have to take a ferry from Battery Park, which is always entertaining, though it can be extremely cold in winter. Third is the people-watching: real New Yorkers never go to places like the Statue of Liberty, unless they're escorting out-of-town guests, and as a result, the line for the ferry is even more delightfully international than most of New York.Entrance to Liberty Island is free, but in order t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York, New York 10004
(212) 363-3200

Empire State Building

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Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
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There are pros and cons to the Empire State Building. The pros: It's one of the most famous buildings in the world, and you can feel a little thrill thinking about the fact that you're in the very place where King Kong once placed his mighty foot. Also, the view really is spectacular, especially at sunset. The Empire State Building is located on 34th Street and 5th Avenue, so you have a close but not too-close view of the other skyscrapers, a vista to the south of New York Harbor, and to the north the full extent of Central Park. If you're not really oriented in the city yet, this is a great place to figure out what's where. The Empire State Building is open from 8am to midnight, so it's sure to fit i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York 10118
(212) 736-3100

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Attraction

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The Metropolitan Museum of art - on 5th Avenue at 82nd St - is one of the world's great museums. It's got something of everything, and it's essentially free. You enter the Met by going up the gigantic, imposing marble staircase facing Fifth Avenue. (There's a special entrance for the disabled around to the right.) The stairs themselves are a New York institution, a good place to hang out and watch the world, eating a hot salted pretzel or an ice cream cone from one of the vendors on the sidewalk. Once you're in the lobby, though, you may feel confused, because it's not instantly clear where to go next. This is because you have a lot of options. There are coat checks immediately to the left ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2006

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028
(212) 535-7710

World Trade Center Site

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Attraction | "Ground Zero"

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It's hard to say if this counts as a sight at the moment. Until the city of New York finally finishes wrangling and builds something at Ground Zero, what people go to look at there is an absence: a huge hole in the ground, several hundred feet deep, surrounded by a chain-link fence.For people who saw the Twin Towers while they were standing, the sight has to be impressive: they were enormous -- not very beautiful, but very large, and their absence is shocking; the volume of material that had to be carted away is staggering. For people who never saw the Towers, the size of the remaining hole gives a sense of their scale: larger than most city blocks, several stories deep, with, at least last ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2008

World Trade Center Site
Vesey Street, West Side Highway, Liberty And Church Streets
New York