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Macy's
Macy's Herald Square Founded in 1858, this Macy's is the world's largest store as well as an architectural splendor. Macy's is best known for its premier annual events, including the world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and Macy's Flower Show.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Once a notoriously snobby department store, Saks is now a hip place where you'll find the most stylish and trendy lines. The Café on the eight floor makes for an excellent place to have a leisurely lunch or tea break between one's shopping sprees.

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Neighborhoods

Gramercy Park
Gramercy Park is the only surviving private park in New York City. It was developed by Samuel Ruggles who bought this land in 1831 from one-time mayor James Duane. Ruggles drained the marshy site and laid out 66 building lots around a central park. This pattern of development enabled Ruggles to sell lots on the premise that homeowners would have access to a private park -- an exclusive privilege that still draws residents to this location today. The first brick row houses were designed and built by A. J. Davis in the 1840s-50s during the heyday of brownstone construction, and occupied by important professionals and politicians. In the late 19th and 20th centuries the area was home to performing and visual artists. In 1966 the park and surrounding blocks were designated an historic district.

Murray Hill
The history of Murray Hill extends back over 200 years, encompassing both the rise of a great city and the continuous preservation of a residential neighborhood. Murray Hill today possesses a rich architectural heritage that serves as a constant reminder of the fascinating and often colorful people who have lived here.

The landscape of today is very different than that of 1753. Instead of gazing down over rolling hills and streams, one will look up at the towering spires of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings. But if you walk the streets of Murray Hill, you can easily imagine the neighborhood that existed almost 100 years before. From those 100 residences listed in the Social Register of 1892, over 60 are still standing intact. Murray Hill is now, as it was then, a unique residential enclave in midtown Manhattan.

Fashion District
The birth of the Fashion District, also known as the Garment Center, occurred in the 1920s, when a large group of garment manufacturers relocated to Seventh Avenue. New loft space was developed especially to accommodate 'modern' manufacturing and to satisfy labor's demands for safer working conditions. By 1931, this District had the largest concentration of apparel manufacturers in American design. Today, the Fashion District is home not only to garment manufacturers, but also to several other businesses, especially relating to the Internet.

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Nightlife

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Broadway/Times Square
The Great White way is an entertainment Mecca with 40 theaters including 22-landmark Broadway theatres. There are more than 251 restaurants from fast food to elegant, calamari to couscous.

Blue Note
The flagship world's premiere jazz club and restaurant, located in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village has been called 'home' by superstars greats such as Tony Bennett, George Benson, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Oscar Peterson, David Sanborn, Nancy Wilson, the late Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie.

Foley’s Pub and Restaurant
Located at 18W 33rd St (between 5th & 6th Ave), just across the street from the Empire State building, this Irish bar is the home of one of the oldest men's rooms and also a unique collection of baseball memorabilia. You will experience an old world atmosphere combining a warm welcome, friendly service and fine foods. Serving lunch and dinner daily (children's menu available).

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Restaurants

Peter Luger Steak House (zagat profile)
Hailed as one of the best steak houses in the country, this Williamsburg's 'cash-only' 'landmark', is New York's No.1 red meatery for 18 years running.

Carmine's (zagat profile)
This Italian eatery with multiple locations is perfect for large groups with 'family-style' service is 'a favorite for their enormous size portions of 'mama mia' classics.

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Attractions

Chrysler Building
Walter P. Chrysler, the owner of Chrysler Motors, wanted a bold structure, declaring the glories of the modern age and this beautiful architectural building is today's symbol of Gotham.

Central Park
Undoubtedly New York's flagship park, Central Park sprawls across an area of 843 acres and contains 26,000 trees. A natural sanctuary amidst the city's bustle, the park is the favorite playground and picnic grounds for New Yorkers. The park also houses a zoo, lakes, boathouse, sports facilities and entertainment venues, and has been the location of many Hollywood movies.

Ellis Island
Ellis Island was the principal federal immigration station in the United States from 1892 to 1954. More than 12 million immigrants were processed here and it is estimated that over 40 percent of all citizens can trace their ancestry to those who came through Ellis Island.

Empire State Building
Situated in the heart of Manhattan, the Empire State Building attracts 3.5 million visitors every year. This historic landmark of New York built in art deco style soars 1,454 feet in to the atmosphere offering an astounding and panoramic view of the city beneath from its observatory deck on its 86th floor. The tour of the building also features a New York sky ride - a simulated helicopter ride and virtual-reality movie theater.

Grand Central Station
Designed in Beaux Arts style this grand railroad station looks like an evening sky with gilded stars and constellations. It allows New Yorkers something they never get to see - a nighttime sky above the Big Apple. Approaching 42nd Street this facade features a fifty-foot pediment with statues of Hercules, Minerva and Mercury surrounding a thirteen- foot clock. Most importantly, this serves as one of the three most important hubs for New Yorkers - the other two being Port Authority and Pennsylvania Station.

Jacob K. Javit's Convention Center
Known as the market place of the world, this convention center is host to over 90 major trade shows and conventions each year including: the NY International Boat Show, the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, the New York International Auto Show, PC Expo, MacWorld and the American International Toy Fair.

Madison Square Garden
'The Garden', as it's often referred to, is one of the worlds largest arenas and seats more than 20,000 people. It hosts over 600 events yearly, including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, World Championship Boxing, Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey Circus, and numerous concerts. As the home of the NY Knicks basketball team, the NHL Rangers and the WBNA Liberty, it is visited by over 4 Million fans each year.

Statue of Liberty
Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986.

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center's historical and cultural highlights include an underground shopping mall with over 300 shops, the golden statue of Prometheus, the Channel Gardens including the wintertime skating rink and the famous Rainbow Room restaurant. It is also home to hundreds of offices and attracts visitors from the world over.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, is an example of the decorated and geometric style of Gothic ecclesiastical architecture that prevailed in Europe from 1275 to 1400 and of which the Cathedrals of Rheims, Amiens, and Cologne in Europe and the naves of York Minister, Exeter, and Westminster, are among the most advanced examples.

The awesome calm of the cathedral stands in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of the encircling city outside. With a seating capacity of 2,400, this Cathedral stands as one of the largest churches in the U.S. and has been the venue for several famous marriages, sermons and memorial services.

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Arts

American Museum of Natural History
The museum is one of the largest of its kind in the world and ideal for family visits. The displays deal with all facets of natural history, including life size dioramas of animals from five continents shown in their natural habitats.

Carnegie Hall
Andrew Carnegie established this concert hall, which is the most important of stages in America, in 1890. Tours are available to view the location of a century-long performance tradition that has showcased the world's finest artists -- from Tchaikovsky to Mahler, from Horowitz to Callas to Bernstein, even Judy Garland and the Beatles.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the country dedicated exclusively to historical and contemporary design. Exhibits largely focus on work that gives every day items like furniture, computers and toothbrushes a more unique appearance.

Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center Campus is the world's largest cultural complex- the 12 world renowned independent Resident Companies that make up Lincoln Center represent the best in performing arts in America.

Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall has undergone an unparalleled restoration-bringing back all the opulence and splendor of the past while installing state-of-the-art technology for the future. Tour guides at America's greatest showplace lead guests on a fascinating journey through the Great Stage, the active rehearsal halls, and a meeting one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes!

The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art's collection, in formation since 1870, now contains more than two million works of art from all points of the compass, ancient through modern times. The Temple of Dendur is an Egyptology wonderland, while the Islamic art and European art collections are also excellent.

Museum of Modern Art
The finest collection of 20th century art in the world including permanent works by Miro, Picasso, Matisse and later Modernists. Every important medium is on display in the photo collection. As the main location is expanding during July 2002 and 2004, operations have moved to the MOMAQNS.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim, which is considered one of the most significant and controversial architectural landmarks of the twentieth century. It houses Peggy Guggenheim's Cubist, Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist works, and the Panza di Biumo collection of American Minimalist and Conceptual art for the 1960's and 1970's.

Whitney Museum of American Art
Opened in 1931, the museum was designed by Marcel Breuer and is a unique architectural design in itself. It houses one of the world's foremost collections of twentieth-century American art and the Permanent Collection of some 12,000 works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs.

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