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Ultimate Urban Experience in Gotham

You won't have trouble staying awake in the "city that never sleeps." The greatest metropolis on Earth is chock-full of things to do, including the Met, MoMA, Broadway musicals and plays. Get an outdoors fix at Central and Battery Parks, or sip cocktails with the pretty people at trendy nightclubs.
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What to Do

National September 11 Memorial & Museum
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Visit ground zero, where there is a moving memorial and museum dedicated to 9/11. This emotional sight has 2 large pools where the twin towers once stood. For all New York City travelers, this historic place is a wonderful way to pay respect to the victims and families affected by the 2011 tragedy. Admission to the memorial is free, and you can buy tickets to the museum for a small fee. 960 1280

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Broadway

Broadway

Broadway is not just for the theater; it’s one of the best shopping streets in all of New York City. No matter what your shopping desire is, Broadway definitely has it. This long street stretches from the top of Manhattan to the bottom. One of its most concentrated shopping areas is in SoHo, in the lower portion of Manhattan. You’ll see tourists and fashionistas of all types on Broadway. As a traveler, you’ll fit right in. 960 1280

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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is the destination for all fashionistas. Historically, New York Fashion Week occurred in this Midtown park. Now, Bryant Park is a great place to sit, people-watch and even play a game of chess or bocce. Once you’ve regained your walking strength, take a trip down Fifth Avenue for some window shopping. You’ll love the fashion-filled vibes of this NYC spot. 960 1280

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Central Park

Central Park

If you’re visiting NYC, this famous urban park is a must-see. Central Park is 1.3 square miles of greenery and ponds, smack dab in the center of Manhattan. Ride paddleboats on a park pond, have a picnic on one of the many grassy areas, or walk along the twisting and turning paths. The possibilities are endless. If you’re traveling with little ones, the Central Park Zoo is always a hit. This destination is guaranteed fun. 960 1280

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Coney Island

Coney Island

You can’t go to New York without trying a hot dog (unless you’re vegetarian or vegan — then you get a free pass). Coney Island has the best hot dogs in all of Brooklyn. Be warned that it’s a hike from Manhattan, but the fun theme park is definitely worth the trek. Every year, on the Fourth of July, Coney Island has a famous hot-dog-eating contest for both men and women. In 10 minutes, competitors eat more than 50 hot dogs. Who will win the next competition? 960 1280

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is a nice way to remember and celebrate the past of our great nation. See immigration books dating back to 1892. You’ll need to take a ferry to Ellis Island, but the ride on the Hudson gives a great view of the city. Make it a joint trip with the Statue of Liberty; the ride from Ellis Island to Liberty Island is pretty simple. Book your ferry tickets today. 960 1280

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Stand atop the architectural wonder of the Empire State Building. It’s both breathtaking and romantic. Gawk at the buzzing city from the observation decks, and you’ll definitely be in awe. Also check out the view of the building from below, because its floodlights change with the seasons and for special occasions. If you’re interested, check out the Empire State Building tower light calendar. 960 1280

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Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

If you’re trying to save some bucks, plan a trip to Grand Central Station. This free tourist attraction is abuzz all day long. The architecture of the grandiose train station is stunning. Be sure to check out the mysterious mural at Grand Central while you’re there, too. When you’re done at the station, hop on the subway to your next destination, or you can visit the Chrysler Building, which is just a short walk away. 960 1280

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The Hudson River

The Hudson River

Walking along the Hudson is one of the most treasured pastimes of all New Yorkers. Get onto the walking path via West Houston Street, and you’ll be able to admire the river at your leisure. Boats are constantly passing by, which is always fun to see. If you’re feeling especially active, take a run or even bust out your rollerblades. Walk to Little Italy via Canal Street when you’re done to grab a bite of delicious Italian. 960 1280

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Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Art enthusiasts flock to the MoMA every year for quirky and cool art displays. This museum features many out-of-the-box artists who will surely get your mind going. One cool thing to check out is the permanent helicopter display that hangs from the ceiling as you approach the stairs leading up to the second floor. If you need a little fresh air, sit outside in the sculpture garden. 960 1280

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Pizza

Pizza

Brooklyn has some of the best pizza in New York. But the city’s best slice is constantly up for debate. No matter where you go, you’ll want to try a piece of thin pizza, which is New York’s signature. One place that is definitely worth the long line is Grimaldi’s. This destination surely has one of the best slices of cheese pizza in the world. 960 1280

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Visiting New York in the winter? Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. This public square is famous for its large Christmas tree that’s admired throughout the holiday season every year. The gargantuan tree stands at an impressive 75 feet tall. Rockefeller Center is fun any time of year, though. Many news channels are located there, so you’ll feel definitely feel the industry buzz. 960 1280

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Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Foodies of all kinds will love the Smorgasburg. This local flea market happens every Saturday and Sunday in Brooklyn and hosts 100 food vendors, rain or shine. Sample some delectable cheeses that will blow your mind. From Sunday’s market location, take your food over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a picnic. And when you’re done at the Smorgasburg, explore the fun boutiques and side streets that Brooklyn has to offer. 960 1280

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St. Marks Place

St. Marks Place

Go off the beaten path on this hip street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Take the subway to Astor Place and walk over to St. Mark’s Place. There, you’ll find tons of cheap souvenirs for your family, as well as cutting-edge tattoo parlors to admire. There are many small, cheap restaurants around, too, just waiting to be discovered. 960 1280

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Climb the crown of the Statue of Liberty during your New York extravaganza. Or, if you’re hoping for a more laid-back trip, marvel at Lady Liberty from the pedestal. You’ll love the relaxing ferry ride on the Hudson from Manhattan to Liberty Island. Be sure to book your reservation for the statue and ferry far in advance, as they tend to fill up quickly. 960 1280

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a massive attraction on the city’s Museum Mile, with art for everyone to enjoy. Plus, admission is free (or you can give a small suggested donation). Even if you’re not really into art, the Met is a wonderful place to just sit and eat a slice of NYC pizza or a classic city hot dog. If you’re more daring, visit the top of the museum for a gorgeous view of the city. Grab a drink at the Roof Garden Café for a fun and memorable outing. 960 1280

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Times Square

Times Square

Kick off your New York City adventure in the electric hub of the city. Times Square is the go-to destination for eager theatergoers, shopping enthusiasts and lovers of culture. Take your picture with an entertainer in the square and post it for all your friends to see. Don’t miss Times Square on New Year’s Eve, either: it’s famous for its huge celebration on the last day of the year. 960 1280

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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park

Greenwich Village boasts one of the coolest sites Manhattan has to offer: Washington Square Park. Its gorgeous arch resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The park also features a picturesque fountain that children play in during the summertime. And it is the hot spot for musicians to try out their material. If you’re looking for a relaxed afternoon, perch yourself in the midst of this exciting park. 960 1280

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Where to Eat

House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York
House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York

House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York

Did You Know? The invention of sandwiches is named after John Montagu, the 4th earl of Sandwich, who in 1762, famously ordered a slab of meat between 2 pieces of bread so he could eat with 1 hand and play cards with the other.

Dish 1: House-Smoked Rueben
Where: Katz’s, 205 East Houston St, New York, NY 10002
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Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in Pittsburgh

Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in Pittsburgh

Did You Know? The first recorded sandwich was by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century B.C. He started the Passover custom of sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices and wine between 2 matzohs to eat with bitter herbs.

Dish 2: The Original Stuffed Sandwich
Where: Primanti Brothers, 48 18 St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix

King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix

Did You Know? French influence in the 1800s made wheat bread popular in Mexican cities. From the unique Mexican bread called "telera", the Mexican sandwich, or "torta" was born.

Dish 3: King Torta
Where: Los Reyes de la Torta, 9230 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
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Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in Richmond

Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in Richmond

Did You Know? The sandwich became popular in the American diet when bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, making it easier for them to be made.

Dish 4: Battleship Sandwiches
Where: The Black Sheep, 901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220
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The Kryptonite at Ike's in San Francisco

The Kryptonite at Ike's in San Francisco

Did You Know? The word "butty" is often used in Northern areas of the United Kingdom as a synonym for sandwich.

Dish 5: The Kryptonite
Where: Ike's, 3506 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
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Rickshaw, the Standard Hotel
Rickshaw, the Standard Hotel

Rickshaw, the Standard Hotel

Rickshaw, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon and Ginger beer. Fill with ginger beer. Serve in a high ball glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Raspberry Ricky

Raspberry Ricky

Raspberry Ricky, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 2 spoons fresh bramble mix and 1 oz sour soda. Pour all ingredients except soda into mixing glass with ice. Shake and pour into tall glass with ice. Add soda. Garnish with raspberries.The bramble mix is made in-house by cooking berries in sugar until the berries make their own juice. This is taken off the flame before the beries break, so the mix consists of whole berries with a sweet syrup.
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Chanel No. 9

Chanel No. 9

Chanel No. 9,The James New York
Ingredients: A blend of 9 different floral and botanical liquors delicately blended with champagne and 'strawberry pearls'. While Chanel No. 9 is so coveted that we were told the recipe and ingredients had to be kept secret, let us just tell you ' it tastes as beautiful as it looks.
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Jalisco Gimlet

Jalisco Gimlet

Jalisco Gimlet, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz tequila, 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz simple syrup and 1 oz grapefruit juice. Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into martini glass. Top with lime zest. Garnish with grapefruit.
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Melon Mash

Melon Mash

Melon Mash, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum, 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Watermelon Juice and Splash of each Fresh Lime Juice & Simple Syrup. Shake and strain all ingredients. Serve in a martini glass.
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The African Queen

The African Queen

African Queen, The Maritime
Ingredients: 2 oz Starr African Rum, 1 oz strawberry puree, 3 mint leaves torn and 2 limes squeezed. To make: Shake and serve in large rocks glass and garnish with lime and mint.
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The Cosmonaut

The Cosmonaut

Cosmonaut, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz vodka, 2 oz Lillet and 1 oz elderflower cordial. Shake all ingredients and strain into martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
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The Cartel

The Cartel

The Cartel, James New York
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Herradura Silver Tequila, 1 oz Canton Ginger Liquor, 2 oz Pineapple juice, 1/2 oz Honey Syrup and 4 dashes of Peruvian Bitters. Build in tin, shake with ice, strain into rocks glass, garnish with pineapple wedge.
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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight, James New York
Ingredients: 1 oz St Germain Elderflower Liquor, 3/4 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, 2 oz Rose Wine and Splash of grapefruit. Build in wine glass, stir with ice, add a splash of soda and garnish with a mint sprig.
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RARE Fashion

RARE Fashion

RARE Fashion, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 2 oz Hendrick's Gin, 3/4 oz simple syrup, 4 slices each of green apples & cucumbers and a Splash of lime juice. Muddle, strain and serve in a glass on ice.
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Fashionista

Fashionista

Fashionista, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum, 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Lychee Puree, 1/4 oz Passion Fruit Puree and Splash each of Lime juice & simple syrup. Shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.
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Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant, James New York
Ingredients: 1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum, 1 oz Luxardo Amaretto, 1/2 oz Morlacco Cherry Liquor, 1 bar spoon of Pomegranate molasses, 3 oz Coconut Milk(unsweetened) and 1/4 oz Lime Juice. Build in tin, shake with ice, strain into coup. No garnish.
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Swing Du Paris

Swing Du Paris

Swing Du Paris, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice, Splash of lime juice, 2 slices of jalapeno and 10 leaves of cilantro. Muddle, strain and serve in a martini glass.
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Southern Gentleman

Southern Gentleman

Southern Gentleman, James New York
Ingredients: 2 oz. Johnny Drum Bourbon, 1 oz Sweet Tea, 3/4 oz Honey syrup, Mint, Grilled Frozen Lemon Halves and 2 dashes Orange Bitters. Chill rocks glass, in glass shaker muddle 6-7 mint leaves, build cocktail and stir with ice, fine strain into the chilled rocks glass and garnish with two frozen grilled lemons and mint bouquet.
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Whiskey Punch

Whiskey Punch

Whiskey Punch, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz rye whiskey, 1 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz orange juice, 1 oz simple syrup and Prosecco. Pour all ingredients except Prosecco into mixing glass with ice. Shake and strain into tall glass with crushed ice. Add Prosecco. Garnish with an orange twist.
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