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USATourist News Magazine by Elizabeth Blair
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USATourist News Magazine

July 2009 - New York, NY

In this issue:

July is a special month here in the United States. July 4th we celebrate Independence Day. The weekend will be full of parades, firework displays and plenty of entertainment in every town in America. If you will be visiting during this time, you are in for a treat. You are also in for a good time if you're heading to New York City, one of the top US cities for tourists, and that's where we're headed today. There is so much to see and do you can easily spend as long as you like exploring the city. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are several of the city's "not to miss" attractions:

New York Skyline

The Empire State Building is once again the tallest structure
in the New York Skyline.

The Empire State Building is the tallest building in the NYC skyline

No matter what time of year you visit, you will be comfortable on the 86th floor Observatory. At the height of 1,050 feet (320 meters) the floor is reached by high speed, automatic elevators. The floor offers a glass-enclosed area (heated in winter and cooled in summer) and outdoor promenades are on each side of the building. For an additional charge you may visit the 102nd Floor Observatory. The views from these spots are absolutely astounding and will make you appreciate New York even more.

Tip: Everyone must go through a security check point when entering the building. Glass and bottles are prohibited on Observatory. Cameras and camcorders are allowed but no tripods.

See the Lights on Broadway

It isn't a trip to New York without seeing a show on Broadway. Broadway refers to (around) 40 professional theatres holding a minimum of 500 seats in Manhattan's Theatre District. Performances include musicals and stage plays and frequently feature well-known actors. The best seats are obviously the most expensive; however, less desirable seats can be purchased for less.

Tip: If you're looking for a bargain and don't mind last minute plans, consider lining up for same-day tickets at one of three TKTS Discount Booths which offer up to 50% off ticket prices.
The three booth locations are:

  1. The Times Square Booth (day-of-performance tickets only).
  2. The South Street Seaport Booth (tickets for evening performances on the day of the performance, and matinee tickets the day before).
  3. The Downtown Brooklyn Booth (tickets to evening performances on the day of the performance, and matinee tickets the day before as well tickets to Brooklyn performing arts events).

Beware: You may have to wait well over an hour (even several) to get tickets to the show you want. Learn more at the official Theatre Development Fund web site: http://www.tdf.org/

Tkts Booth

A visit to the Tkts Booth in Times Square is a great way
to catch a show on a budget.

Make sure you have tickets to the top-selling shows before you arrive in the city: http://www.newyork60.com/

Times Square

Times Square is one of most famous New York landmarks. This major intersection is backdrop for many movies, television shows and commercials with its flashy lights and billboards. Of course, it's also the location for the annual New Year's Eve celebration (if you go, dress warm and get there early to claim your spot).

If you'd like some ideas for what to do in the Time Square area (and directions), the Times Square Information Center is at your service. It's located in the restored landmark Embassy Movie Theatre on 7th Avenue, between 46th and 47th Streets, and open Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 8pm.

Central Park

Central Park sits in the center of Manhattan. Among its 843 acres (341 ha) are lakes, ice rinks, baseball fields, tennis courts, 21 playgrounds, a carousel (the park's fourth), Central Park Zoo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and more. Central Park was the first public park built in America (a contest was held to find the design) and includes the Bethesda Fountain. It measures six miles around the perimeter and has 36 bridges and arches. The 1872 Belvedere Castle is one romantic aspect of the park, offering fantastic views of the park and other attractions.

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle in Central Park adds charm to this one of a kind park.

Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3 is a popular restaurant in the Upper East Side of Manhattan located at 225 East 60th Street. The most popular menu item is called "Frrrozen Hot chocolate" (Oprah featured it on her daytime talk show, enhancing its popularity even more). Over the last several years the shop has added some extravagant desserts to their menu.

In 2004, in honor of Serendipity 3's 50th anniversary, the shop introduced the "Grand Opulence" sundae for $1000. The Guinness Book of World Records titled it the most expensive dessert.

In November 2007, "Frrrozen Haute Chocolate," made the Guinness World Records with a price tag of $25,000.

Climb to the Crown

In 1924 the Statue of Liberty, given to the U.S. from France, was designated a National Monument. Visiting this landmark is on many people's list of "things to do" - especially climbing the 168-step double-helix spiral staircase to look out the crown. Unfortunately, the crown was closed to visitors since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But the exciting news is that beginning July 4, 2009 the public will once again be able to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

Here are some fun facts about the Statue of Liberty provided by the National Park Service:

  • The 25 windows in the crown symbolize gemstones and the heaven's rays shining over the world
  • The seven rays of the crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world
  • The Statue of Liberty's face was said to be modeled after the sculptor's mother
  • The statue gets struck by lightning many times each year
Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of America's most treasured monuments.

Access to the crown will be limited to 10 people at a time, guided by a National Park Service ranger. An average of 240 people will visit the statue per day. Crown tickets may be reserved up to a year in advance at http://www.statuecruises.com.

The Statue of Liberty will be open for the next two years, then closed again for "work on a long-term solution that will improve safety and security permanently," according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Memorable New York City Tours and Attractions

Unique, architectural, historic walking tours with Patriot Tours - one of the highest rated tours in New York City!

See the sights on the city's only double-decker buses and Click here to receive $5 off any tour you purchase. CitySights New York!

Take a tour of Manhattan with a personal photographer! PhotoTrek takes you to the most exciting scenic attractions in New York City and captures your experience in amazing photos.

Want to find fabulous deals on designer clothing? Shop with Pamela Parisi - the Elegant Tightwad as she takes you on a fun tour through New York City's famed Garment district.

Looking for that perfect gift or souvenir? Browse http://www.NYCwebstore.com

Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair

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