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City Beat – Discover New York City

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Exploring New York City, NY    

New York City, NY – In 1626, Dutchman Peter Minuit bought Manhattan Island from the Algonquin Indian tribes for beads, knives and hatchets worth about $24. The newly formed settlement, New Amsterdam was made up of many nationalities. Eventually England gained control and re-named it New York after the King’s brother.     
    New York is the largest city in the nation–the business and entertainment capital of the country. The city offers many fine parks, museums, theatres, and wildlife refuges, even a bird sanctuary.
    Fun ways for the family to see New York City–on a double-decker bus, horse drawn carriage, boats, and walking tours.

New York is divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

MANHATTAN comes from the Native American word Menatay, meaning island.

NEW YORK HARBOR

Statue of Liberty National Monument is located on Liberty Island in Upper Bay. The world’s tallest statue was a gift from France in 1884 and stands 151 ft. high on a 154-foot high pedestal. Museum and Exhibits. Ferry fee.  
More Information:  (212) 363-3200

Ellis Island, in New York Harbor was point of entry for immigrants from 1892-1924. Museums and Exhibits. Ferry fee.  
More Information:  (212) 363-3200

LOWER MANHATTAN
 
Battery Park, on the lower tip of Manhattan Island and the site of the first Dutch fort in 1624. American servicemen who died on the sea in WWII are honored at the East Coast War Memorial. Views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty can be seen from here.

Staten Island Ferry travels from South Ferry, next to Battery Park  to Staten Island and back. It’s a great way to see New York Harbor and views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.
More Information:  (718) 390-5253  

Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is next to Battery Park and houses the world’s largest collection of North, Central, and South American Indian artifacts.
More Information:  (212) 668-6624

Wall Street is located at the site of a former fortress wall that existed in 1653; in 1792 at 60 Wall Street  the first stock exchange began under a buttonwood tree. In 1902 the New York Stock Exchange was relocated to the corner of Broadway and Wall. Free tours.
More Information:  (212) 656-3000

New York City Fire Museum hosts a collection of fire fighting memorabilia from the New York City Fire Department. Admission fee.
More Information:  (212) 691-1303

New York Police Academy Museum displays police memorabilia.
More Information:  (212) 477-9753

South Street Seaport Museum,  12 blocks of shops, restaurants, historic ships, harbor boat tours, and museums including New York’s maritime heritage. Don’t miss the adjacent Fulton Fish Market.
More Information:  (212) 748-8600

World Financial Center is the business and commercial hub of Battery Park City. Mega cor-porations conduct business in four domed towers and under a huge vaulted glass ceiling; im-ported California Palm trees thrive in the Winter Garden.
More Information:  (212) 945-2600

Enclosed pedestrian bridges once connected the World Financial Center to the World Trade Center, a 16 acre office complex. The Twin Towers, which were destroyed by terrorists reached 110 stories high and were a major tourist attraction offering awesome views from the 107th floor observation deck. It is now the site of Ground Zero and a memorial for all.
 
Chinatown, one of the largest Chinese-American settlements in the U.S. offers forty blocks of food stands, markets, plazas, import shops, Buddhist temples, and dim sum restaurants.

Little Italy was settled in the late 1800s and is famous for its restaurants.

Little India offers all types of cuisine, affordable and exotic, and usually at all hours.

Soho – “South of Houston Street” is famous for its cast iron buildings, now a trendy artists’ nook with galleries, shops and eateries.

Greenwich Village is famous for its restaurants, art shops and nightclubs. A walking tour is the best way to see the Village.



 

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