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A June 2007 trip to New York by onesundaymorning

Central Park Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Two days in Central Park and the Statue of Liberty

New York, New York

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Overview

Harbor Photo, New York, New York
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New York is one of my favorite places in the world, because there are so many things to do that, regardless of how many times I visit, I don’t have to repeat anything twice. Central Park is one of my favorite places to go. It is worth a trip all of its own. During this trip I spent almost a full day there and only covered a third of the park and still didn’t fully explore everything in this area. Visit Strawberry Fields for a tribute to the Late John Lennon, and be sure not to miss the Central Park Zoo. It’s small, but well thought out. The rainforest exhibit is amazing and not to be missed. In the penguin habitat, the penguins will swim up to people who are lining the windows looking into their tank....Read More

Broadway Hotel & Hostel

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Hotel | "Broadway Hotel n Hostel"

Broadway Hotel & Hostel Photo, New York, New York
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The Broadway Hostel n' Hotel. Wow, what to say? I picked this hostel over a nice one that I stayed at only a few blocks away because it was rated one of the top 10 hostels in the world. After staying there, I have to question if the reviewers went to the same hostel as I did. For $30 a person I got a room with two bunk beds for the night. The lobby was dark and dank, but the people at the front desk seemed genuinely nice. I should have suspected something was wrong when I realized that they didn’t have a cash register, but instead all of the money was kept in an envelope.The hallways to the rooms were tiny and the walls were warped. All I could think while walking down it wa...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 3, 2007

Broadway Hotel & Hostel
230 West 101 Street
New York, New York 10025
(212) 865-7710

Serendipity 3

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Restaurant

Serendipity 3 Photo, New York, New York
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There is a trick to getting service at Serendipity 3; don’t wait outside. The inside waiting is small so most people wait outside. The host tells everyone that there is an hour wait time, but she never goes outside to call people in. If you stay inside you can cut that hour down to about 10-20 minutes.Although the name may seem odd (it pays homage to the three people who started the restaurant also known as the Serendipity 3) this isn’t your average popsicle stand. Located in a basement on East Fifty-Eighth Street everyone from Bill Clinton to Andy Warhol has eaten here.Serendipity is a hodge podge of items. The inside looked appropriate for the Mad Hatter to have his tea party th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

Serendipity 3
225 East 60th Street
New York, New York 10022
(212) 838-3531

Statue of Liberty

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Attraction | "Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island"

Harbor Photo, New York, New York
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The idea of the Statute of Liberty conjures up many different ideas of what it is, but almost everyone’s first though when they see it is "wow, it’s small." The Statue is 152 feet tall and weights 225 tons. France gave the statue to the US in 1865 as a sign of friendship and close historical ties between the two countries (France helped the US win their independence from Britain during the Revolutionary War). The ferry for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island leaves every 15 minutes from Battery Park starting at 8:30am. Tickets ate $12 more if you want an audio tour. If you want to go into the Statute then order the monument time passes online. They sell out quickly, and when you get to the Statu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2007

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

World Trade Center Site

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Attraction | "Ground Zero"

World Trade Center Site Photo, New York, New York
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I’ve taken several trips into New York since September 11th, but have managed to avoid this area. Like most people that day fills me with more emotions then I can put into words. I lived in Pennsylvania and remember listening for the sound of the lost plane that was lost over my state. I remember sitting in graphic design when the department secretary came in to tell us that a plane hit the World Trade Center. I remember when it wasn’t an accident and it became an attack. I remember trying to track down friends who were to be in the towers that day. I remember sitting with my career counselor as she got the call that her son missed his flight earlier that day and wasn’t on Flight 93. I listened to my ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2007

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

Central Park Zoo

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Attraction

Central Park Zoo Photo, New York, New York
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It’s not a large zoo, but somehow they have managed to create a beautiful environment and pack quit a few animals into Manhattan. Admission is $6 for adults and $1 for children. The entrance costs covers the zoo as well as the separate children’s zoo. In the middle of the zoo is the sea lion tank, where very social sea lions swim near the glass sides of the tank and even pop up to the top and swim around to the delight of everyone. Past the seal lions is the cold climate animals, penguins, polar bears, and puffins. The penguin habitat is a breath of fresh air on hot city days. While there I found that several of penguins were awaiting the hatching of their eggs and the guide in the habi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

Central Park Zoo
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10021
(212) 439-6500

Central Park

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Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
I’ve visited New York several times, but never spent much time in Central Park, what a mistake. I never realized how beautiful or expansive this park was. Covering 843 acres the park includes a zoo, restaurants, a castle, several statues, a museum, as well as two ponds. There is so much to do here that Central Park could be a trip in itself.The park isn’t hard to find either. Look for the first sign of trees; the park is full of them. Being in Central Park truly makes me feel like I left the city and was back home in Pennsylvania. Throughout the park there are directories of where to find specific sights in the park; however it is almost better to print out a map of the park before you go because ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

Toys 'R Us

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Attraction

Toys 'R Us Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
When I told my grandmother that I had to take her into Toys R Us she though I was nuts, but just stepping into the store converted her. This is a Toys R Us unlike anything before, a child’s paradise. The store can only be described as a cross between Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, Disneyland, and Santa’s Work Shop. Once inside the doors employees will ask if you want a commemorative picture taken, but they are almost invisible amongst the colors, sounds, and the ferris wheel that is staring at you. This store houses a three-story ferris wheel that is decorated each car with a different theme such as My Little Ponies, Toy Story characters, and Scooby Doo.The Lego section of the store mak...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 3, 2007

Toys 'R Us
24-30 Union Square
New York, New York 10003
(212) 798-9905