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Pausing in New York

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A September 2007 trip to New York by rufusni

Top of the Rock Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: A whirlwind of a city that is too much to handle in two days but what fun

Pausing in New York

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Wall Street Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
A quick pause in NY was all that I could manage this time in the US, and nearly worked out to be two full days with a little juggling of trains and a cancelled flight. Of course two days are never going to be enough to spend in New York but that means packing in as much as possible. This was my first time in New York, (except for flying through airports) and I loved the hustle and bustle of the city - it has a completely different atmosphere. Coming from a country that has no skyscrapers, and even relative few high-rise buildings, the vertical aspect of the city was a very different sensation, that was in someways very dramatic but also unsettling. It has a very unique energy to the city - w...Read More

Staten Island Ferry

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Staten Island Ferry Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
I have to admit I like free things and what better than a free ferry trip in New York past one of the most famous figures in the world - the statue of liberty.First thing to note is that the subway station (South Ferry) at the ferry terminal is shorter and so only those on the front few cars can get off - so don't get into the last subway car!The orange Staten Island ferries can only be described as distinctive as you see them head towards the terminal - they certainly aren't beautiful. They are functional, and there is plenty of outdoor space to look at the great views over the harbour, the NY skyline, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island,...Having spent the morning travelling and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2008

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

Top of the Rock

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Attraction | "Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)"

Top of the Rock Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Having heard my sister's story of waiting for hours to get to the top of the Empire State Building, I listened to a colleague's advice that the Top of Rock generally had smaller queues and that you could pre-book tickets for a particular time.In the end I didn't book tickets, but I had no problems walking in and there was no queueing as such. Unusually, when you come in the entrance is on 50th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue, you go down a floor to the ticket desk, and then up to a mezzanine level for a short introduction to the building. You can even have your photo taken as part of the famed black and white photo of the workmen having lunch on a steel beam. (There are several official ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2008

Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York
(212) 698-2000

Times Square

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Attraction

Times Square Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Times Square with its neon lights and advertising signs has become a popular spot for tourist to wander around especially in the evening time. Its name came from the move of the New York Times to what was Longacre Square in the early years of the 20th century, and so the name was renames. The first electrified advertisement appeared about the same time, the beginning of what has become a dense electric jungle of neon billboards. But then the area gained a seedy reputation but this has gone with an attempt to 'clean' it up in the nineties and make it more family friendly. Various companies including Disney and Hershey's were encouraged to open up large stories around Times Square. The area now is dotte...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 4, 2008

Times Square

New York, New York 10036

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Attraction | "Metropolitan Museum of Art (The)"

Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo, New York, New York
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This is a very pleasant art museum to visit, quite airy and spacious, however it needs to be given the many people that come to visit.The entrance to the building is quite grand with imposing large stone stairs leading up to the entrance. Once inside the large entrance hall, there are three different entrances to the collections - which is confusing but it makes no difference in terms of buying tickets- but probably pick the one with the shortest queue to purchase your ticket. Now here is the brilliant part - the museum only has suggested ticket prices - about $20 for an adult ticket, but you are not required to pay that much. If you feel that you can afford such prices you are helping to fu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

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