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Castle Clinton National Monument
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Castle Clinton National Monument is a 19th-century fort on the southern edges of Manhattan’s Battery Park. Built to keep the British at bay, the sandstone fort is now a ticket point for ferries to Liberty and Ellis islands. Stay awhile and explore the original gunports and the small museum that charts the fort’s history.

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Belvedere Castle
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Dreamt up by Central Park landscape designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Belvedere Castle is a turreted, Victorian-era landmark that sits atop Vista Rock, the second-highest point in Central Park. From its perch, the castle offers some of the best views of the Great Lawn and the wooded Ramble.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a calming, 52-acre (21-hectare) oasis in the middle of a busy borough. Located adjacent to Prospect Park, the garden boasts an impressive selection of plants, flowers, and trees. The Children’s Garden addresses sustainability, while the Fragrance Garden encourages everyone to stop and smell the flowers.

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Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum
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Located in her hometown of Jamestown, New York, the Lucille Ball Museum is an homage to all things I Love Lucy, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, as well as the couple who created it. A must for fans of the show, step onto exact recreations of the I Love Lucy sets, admire Lucille and Desi’s awards, check out original costumes, and soak up the lives and legacies of Ball and Arnaz.

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Madison Square Garden
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Billed as “the world’s most famous arena,” Madison Square Garden—colloquially known as the Garden—has been a mecca of sports and entertainment for over half a century. Home to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, the Midtown Manhattan venue also regularly hosts wrestling and other sports events, concerts with world-renowned artists, and more.

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TriBeCa
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Among Manhattan’s toniest areas, trendy Tribeca is known for its high-end eateries, cobblestone streets, and expensive loft apartments. That ritzy reputation has made Tribeca a favorite of celebrities and high rollers, though the Tribeca Film Festival and the area’s proximity to major landmarks makes it popular with visitors, too.

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Lower East Side
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Once a hub for newly arrived immigrants, then later, a gritty part of New York City largely populated by struggling artists, the Lower East Side is now one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. You’ll find unique boutiques, small galleries, and plenty of character in this district bordered by East Houston, Essex, Canal, and the Bowery.

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Hudson Yards
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One of NYC's newest neighborhoods, Hudson Yards is a glistening complex of buildings hugging the Hudson River, near the High Line. Visitors can shop, dine, and enjoy the arts, head to the Shed for cultural events, walk around the Vessel—a large piece of public art—and enjoy the view from the Edge, a glass-sided observation deck.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the world's premier art galleries. The collection’s 150,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art include works by Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Pollock, and others. After a renovation, completed in 2019, the museum now boasts more space for performance art and interactive programs.

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
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Crossing the mouth of upper New York Bay and linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (previously Verrazano-Narrows) is the longest suspension bridge in the U.S. A marvel of engineering, the bridge was completed in 1964, and more than 200,000 vehicles pass on it daily.

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General Grant National Memorial

General Grant National Memorial

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Located in Upper Manhattan, the General Grant National Memorial is the final resting place of Civil War hero and former president General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia. Also known as Grant’s Tomb, this imposing, domed marble and granite structure is the largest mausoleum in the country.

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Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake

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New York's Finger Lakes make up one of the state's most popular vacation destinations, and Cayuga Lake is the longest of the 11 bodies of water, stretching roughly 40 miles from Ithaca at its southern tip to the marshes of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the northern end. Like all Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake is narrow, only 3.5 miles at its widest point.

The Fingers Lakes region is known for wine-growing and outdoor attractions, both of which draw many visitors. With forests, waterfalls, marshes and rivers, travelers visit to go hiking, boating, fishing and more. There are also museums in lakeside towns and historic attractions.

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Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place

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Formerly known as the World Financial Center, the office complex known as Brookfield Place was renovated after 9/11 and has been the home of numerous financial companies like Merrill Lynch and American Express.

Today, this incredible architectural masterpiece that overlooks the Hudson River, is a destination for art-lovers, shoppers and foodies, thanks to a wide variety of boutiques, high-end stores, art installations and top-tier restaurants. Visitors can relax on park benches near the waterfront, enjoy strong drinks at one of the lively watering holes, or shop for unique items at some of the nearby retailers.

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Strong National Museum of Play

Strong National Museum of Play

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While we might not regularly think of it as such, simply sitting down to play for a while is a science unto itself. What is it that captures the imagination or piques a particular interest, and what form of playing is educational—rather than just passing time? These are some the questions explored at the National Museum of Play—formerly the Strong National Museum of Play in the city of Rochester, New York. There are interactive and hands on exhibits on everything from video games to action figures, and the center has a way of bringing out the kid in even the most serious of adults. There’s a video arcade full of classic games and enormous exhibits on Sesame Street, and even an indoor butterfly garden that is filled with 1,000 butterflies. While the center is heavily geared towards kids, it ends up being a family outing that everyone in the party can enjoy, since it’s hard to go wrong when visiting a building full of 400,000 toys.

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Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

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Carnegie Hall is one of New York's most iconic performance centers, having hosted musicians from Judy Garland to Benny Goodman. Today, the hall's diverse programming includes everything from solo acts to orchestras, and seeing a music performance at Carnegie Hall is a highlight of a New York City visit.

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United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters

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One of New York City's most iconic buildings, the United Nations headquarters occupies several blocks of Midtown Manhattan near the East River. The complex is comprised of a number buildings, including the domed General Assembly Hall, the Visitor Centre, and the Secretariat Building, a high-rise completed in the early 1950s.

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Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls

Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls

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Since 1996 Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls has been a destination for travelers who want to relax, unwind and let loose after a day exploring the incredible landscapes of this true travelers paradise. Located just minutes from the falls, this iconic restaurant offers up a classic menu of American fare in a setting that’s a real nod to pop culture. Enjoy burgers, milkshakes and fries surrounded by music memorabilia, including instruments, clothing, gold records and other items from top entertainment icons.

Hard Rock Café is more than just a popular eatery—traveler can catch performances of local and national stars on the restaurant’s stage many nights of the week. Just check their calendar for a listing of events and get ready to enjoy an evening of live entertainment after a day outside.

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Bowling Green

Bowling Green

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The oldest public park in New York City, Bowling Green dates to the 17th century and is firmly rooted in the city’s early development and history. Located in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, the park now serves as a refuge from the traffic and skyscrapers, and is home to the city’s totemicCharging Bull sculpture, added in 1989.

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Erie Canal Museum

Erie Canal Museum

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To learn about the 200 year history of the Erie Canal, head to the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. Housed in the Weighlock Building (which was built in 1850 and once weighed cargo passing through the canal), the museum holds artifacts, interactive exhibits, and a full-sized replica of an old canal ship.

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Meatpacking District

Meatpacking District

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New York City’s Meatpacking District is a 24-hour destination known for its fashion, nightlife, and dining scene. Located on Manhattan’s west side, the neighborhood spans approximately 20 square blocks and is home to some of the city’s hottest nightclubs, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Frederic Remington Art Museum

Frederic Remington Art Museum

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Fans of the famed painter and sculptor Frederic Remington will love the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg that’s dedicated to the artist’s life and work. Visitors can wander the halls of his former home—now an impressive gallery—where an entire lifetime’s worth of work is on display.

Well-informed docents unlock stories of Remington’s life, family and techniques during extensive tours of the museum. While paintings depicting the Wild West are among some of the most iconic Remington works, travelers say it’s the great bronze sculptures housed in this newly renovated museum that make for a truly memorable visit.

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Macy's® Herald Square

Macy's® Herald Square

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A New York City icon for over 100 years, Macy’s®Herald Square is one of the world’s most famous department stores. For many, a trip to NYC would not be complete without a couple of hours spent browsing the store’s many wares or enjoying the holiday window displays.

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Ground Zero Museum Workshop

Ground Zero Museum Workshop

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The tiny but jam-packed Ground Zero Museum Workshop explains what it felt like to be in the middle of the aftermath of the tragic September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Visitors can wander the rooms to see more than 100 exhibits, including walls covered in rare photos, artifacts, and inspiring tales of first responders, New York City Fire Department firefighters, police officers, and other USA heroes who participated in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site. Video and audio stories supplement the photographs taken by museum founder Gary Marlon Suson, who spent seven months as the only official FDNY photographer allowed to document the recovery period at Ground Zero.

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Madame Tussauds New York

Madame Tussauds New York

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While New York City may be home to some of the world’s biggest celebrities, a visit to Madame Tussauds offers a far better chance of getting starstruck than walking the streets of Manhattan. Get up close and personal with the likes of Barack Obama, Serena Williams, and Brad Pitt at this wax museum in the heart of Times Square.

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