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New York, New York - It's a Wonderful Town!

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A July 2010 trip to New York by Liam Hetherington

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Quote: The Bronx is up and the Battery's down! Much like Frank Sinatra in the musical 'On The Town' I attempted to visit as many of NYC's iconic attractions as possible. Except I had 4 days rather than 24 hours and I already had a girl...

Broadway Theater

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Attraction | "Come on along and Listen to the Lullabye of Broadway"

Broadway Theater Photo, New York, New York
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Along with London New York is the greatest theatrical centre of the English-speaking world. This goes for both ‘straight’ acting and also for the oft-criticised but phenomenally popular genre of musical theatre. There is a lively transatlantic cross-fertilisation at present. Broadway smashes inevitably transfer across to the West End – and vice versa. At the time of my visit, for instance, Trevor Nunn’s version of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music was hoovering up Tony’s and the taxis were full of adverts for Mary Poppins. However, when I as a Brit think of New York I do predominantly think of musicals – how could I not considering all the famous shows set in New York, from On Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 2, 2010

Broadway Theater
Theatre District, Times Square
New York, New York

Times Square

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Attraction | "Times Square Under the Neon"

Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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What can be said about Times Square that hasn’t been said before? Well, how about: "underwhelming"?I fail to see anything special, remarkable or indeed note-worthy about Times Square. Sorry. It is just an awkwardly shaped road intersection crowded close with buildings, thronged with aimlessly gawping tourists, ADHD-lit by dozens of flickering video screens and illuminated billboards. Okay, so I can see that it might be impressive to some people – people who had never visited a city before, say, or those new to the wonders of electricity. But do these people really exist anymore? Once I can see that this might have been awe-inspiring, the central hub of the ‘Great White Way’. O...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 2, 2010

Times Square

New York, New York 10036

Grand Central Terminal

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Attraction | "Another Hundred People just got off of the Train..."

Grand Central Terminal Photo, New York, New York
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Once given leave to stay by the authorities on Ellis Island immigrants would be funnelled to New York’s train stations, from where they would be distributed out across a continent. Grand Central Terminal was always the biggest of these. But as its name – terminal – implies, it was also the end of the line, and domestic migrants used it to flock to New York to try to make good their dreams. In Copacabana Lola has ‘just arrived, track 17, all the way from Tulsa’ ; in Sondheim’s Company a character remarks that ‘another hundred people just got off of the train’. Grand Central is a place of arrival and a place of departure – how romantic, and how fitting for my first visit to t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

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

Top of the Rock

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Attraction | "Defying Gravity"

Top of the Rock Photo, New York, New York
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If Manhattan is famous for one thing it is its skyscrapers. Okay, the iron-frame construction that allowed buildings to tower so far overhead that they caress the clouds may have been pioneered in Chicago. Okay, so New York no longer holds any of the top 10 tallest skyscrapers in the world (its current best is 15th place). Yet New York more than anywhere else witnessed the apotheosis of the skyscraper. Nowhere else is there such a concentration of these manmade pinnacles lining canyon-like streets, forming their own reefs and mountain ranges. New York and skyscrapers are as inextricably linked as pastrami and rye.Ascending a skyscraper is a must whilst in New York. And essentially t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2010

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

Central Park

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Attraction | "Into The Woods"

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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I have been to some cities in my time which have forgotten one of the key things to make a city liveable: parks. Green spaces provide a heavenly respite from the monochrome city. As New York is perhaps the finest example of a modern city it should come as no surprise that it has perhaps the finest example of a city park. Central Park is adored equally by residents and tourists.Central Park is an 843 acre rectangle of greenery slapped down right in the heart of Manhattan, 2.5 miles long and 0.5 mile wide. Yet it somehow manages to feel more spacious than this, as though one has stepped through a magic portal and been magically transported away from the concrete jungle t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2010

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

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Attraction | "New Art is True Art, Old Art is Cold Art"

Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo, New York, New York
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I am a bit of a museum junkie and ‘the Met’ is known as one of the great museums of the world, consistently ranked alongside the Louvre, the British Museum, the Hermitage and the Smithsonian. While I do like art I am probably more into the artefacts of long-lost civilisations, and it was these I was most giddy about. However, what I found was that – in a large number of cases – the Met suffered from being the new boy on the block; only founded in 1870 it was playing catch-up with the collections of the more established European imperial powers from day one. Simply speaking, t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 2, 2010

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