Statue of Liberty | An Iconic Symbol of Freedom

by Denise Marie

Installed on a small island in the New York Harbor in the late 19th century, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States. Accessible only by official ferries, this national monument is one of the most visited tourist attractions in NYC.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

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Highlights

After landing on Liberty Island, visitors are encouraged to browse the Statue of Liberty Museum. Open to the public since the spring of 2019, the museum is one of a few major installations on the historic island in decades. Guests can explore up to 26,000 sq feet of galleries that are split into three sections. The exhibits present detailed information on the history of the iconic monument that was designed in France. The main highlight at the all-new museum is an original torch that was installed on the statue in the late 19th century.

After learning about the fascinating history of the Statue of Liberty, visitors should proceed to the famous pedestal, an architectural masterpiece that’s attributed to Richard Morris Hunt. When you reach the top of the pedestal, you’ll be rewarded with great views of the neighboring Ellis Island and New York Harbor. Space is extremely limited inside the pedestal, so all guests should make reservations in advance. Similarly, reservations are highly recommended for access to the crown. The climb to the crown’s observation area is 146 stairs.

After a visit to the top of the monument, you could refresh and recharge at the Statue of Liberty Crown Cafe. This casual restaurant serves sandwiches, hamburgers, French fries and other classic items in American cuisine. Don’t forget to buy some cool souvenirs at the adjacent gift shop inside the new museum. From history books and figures to plush toys and house decor, the store sells fun items that celebrate one of America’s most iconic landmarks.

How to Get There

The Statue of Liberty dominates the landscape of Liberty Island, a 14.7-acre island in the middle of the New York Harbor. You can only reach this small island by riding a ferry from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan or Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Both ferry routes also stop at Ellis Island, which is situated less than 2,000 feet away from the world-famous national monument. Public transit is readily available near the Statue Cruises docks in Lower Manhattan. For example, the Bowling Green and South Ferry subway stations are located within walking distance of Battery Park.

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Carnegie Hall | A Century of Outstanding Music & Concerts

by Denise Marie

Built in the late 19th century, Carnegie Hall is one of the most iconic music venues in New York City. This historic entertainment center features three original halls that have been thoroughly preserved. A museum and guided tours provide great insight on this renowned concert hall that still hosts weekly shows.

History and Facts

One of the wealthiest industrialists in America during the late 19th century, Andrew Carnegie paid for the construction of a grand concert hall that would bear his name. Based in New York City, William Tuthill designed the building in the Renaissance Revival style.

In the spring of 1891, Carnegie Hall opened as one of the premier entertainment venues in the nation. Notable Russian composer Tchaikovsky was one of the first performers at the venue. Since then, the hall has hosted some of the world’s most renowned orchestras.

Having deep connections to New York City, legendary Jazz artists have also taken the stages at this iconic hall. Just after celebrating its centennial anniversary, the facility was heavily renovated to meet modern standards. In the late 1980’s, the Carnegie Hall Tower transformed the dynamic skyline of Manhattan. Standing 757 feet tall, this modern skyscraper was designed by the renowned architect Cesar Pelli.

Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium / Ronald O. Perelman Stage

Carnegie Hall (Photo Credit: Jeff Goldberg / Esto)

Facilities and Amenities

Established in 1991, the Rose Museum presents the history of Carnegie Hall in chronological order. This small museum displays photographs of notable performances and other events in this legendary concert hall. Manuscripts with music sheets and autographed posters are some other highlights in the galleries.

Visitors are also invited to the guided tours that normally last just longer than an hour. The tour offers behind-the-scenes views of Composers Alley and the Perelman Stage inside the Stern Auditorium. Traditionally known as the Main Hall, the elegant auditorium has more than 2,700 seats. Featuring just under 600 seats, Zanker Hall is reserved for more intimate performances by Jazz and pop artists. Additionally, the 268-seat Weill Recital Hall hosts concerts, speeches and other presentations.

Location and Getting There

Standing on 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, Carnegie Hall is best accessible by the NYC Subway. The N, Q, R and W trains stop at the 57th Street station that’s located just across from the concert venue. The M7 and M104 buses of the MTA also stop near this historic music center. There are also plenty of parking garages in the Theater District.

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Coney Island: Where New Yorkers Come to Play

by Denise Marie

Occupying the southern tip of Brooklyn, New York, Coney Island is a historic district with an oceanfront boardwalk and plenty of family-friendly activities. For generations, this vibrant neighborhood has been a major hub for entertainment and recreation.

History & Attractions

Coney Island began attracting visitors in the 1800’s, because it became accessible to areas around New York on newly built roads, and yet it was still far enough away to offer a taste of a real vacation. The first hotels were built in the 1830’s, streetcars reached the area in the 1860’s and steamships began coming in the 1880’s.

It was at this same time that Coney Island began to develop its now iconic amusements. The first carousel opened in 1876, the first hot dog stand came in 1916.

In the 1920’s, the Rigelmann Boardwalk is one of the top attractions in Coney Island. Stretching 2.7 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, this wooden boardwalk is lined with shops, kiosks, amusement parks, recreational parks and high-rise residential properties.

The New York Aquarium is centrally located on this historic boardwalk that retains vintage charm. In business since the 1950’s, the aquarium is home to hundreds of aquatic species. Some of the themed exhibits include Sea Cliffs, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! and Sharks, Rays & Turtles. Additionally, the Aquatheater is an outdoor venue that hosts thrilling performances by sea lions. A beautiful coral reef with tropical fish is on display at the Conservation Hall.

Families looking for thrilling adventures in Coney Island should buy tickets to the Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. From the Dizzy Dragon and Mini Pirate Ship to the Wonder Wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl, the amusement park has more than a dozen fun rides.

Inspired by an original theme park that lined the boardwalk in the early 20th century, Luna Park includes more than 20 rides, such as the Cyclone, Thunderbolt and B&B Carousel. Additionally, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is perhaps the most notable annual event in this waterfront neighborhood.

During the summer season, the beach-going population in Coney Island surges to peak levels. Restrooms, lifeguard stations and other essential amenities are available on the popular urban beaches that span approximately 3 miles.

The Steeplechase Pier roughly marks the midpoint of the beaches along the boardwalk. Additionally, Manhattan Beach Park has a public beach and various recreational facilities, such as tennis courts and basketball courts. If you’re interested in minor league baseball, check out the Brooklyn Cyclones at the MCU Park that’s conveniently located on the north side of the boardwalk.

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Coney Island & Hot Dogs

When you come to spend the day on Coney Island, you simply must have a hot dog. Coney Island is one of a few places that claims to have invented the modern version of hot dogs, back in 1870 when a German immigrant to named Charles Feltman began selling German sausages in fresh bread rolls right here on the island. Today, there are dozens of hot dog vendors all up and down the boardwalk. The most famous is the original Nathan’s hot dog stand, which was the beginning of a massive hot dog empire, and which still hosts the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest every year.

Location and Getting There

The Coney Island-Stillwell Station is the busiest public transportation hub in Coney Island. You may take the D, F, N and Q NYC Subway trains to this rail station, which is also served by several MTA bus routes. Additional subway stations are located on Ocean Parkway, Brighton Beach Avenue and near the New York Aquarium on West Eighth Street. Running through most of Brooklyn, the Belt Parkway provides direct access to this waterfront district.

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