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Santa Comes to TownEvery year the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade ends with Santa coming to a stop in front of the department store on 6th Ave, marking the beginning of the Christmas season in the Big Apple. Come explore some of the timeless traditions of Christmas in New York City. 960 1280
Empire State BuildingAt the center of the iconic NYC skyline sits the Empire State Building. During the months of November and December, the top of the building is lit up with red and green lights to celebrate christmas. The first lighting each year coincides with the opening night for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 960 1280
Speaking of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, don’t miss out on seeing the Rockettes’ show-stopping leg kick precision chorus line 5 days a week during the holidays at Radio City Music Hall.
Rockefeller Center Christmas TreeStarted in 1933, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has become a timeless tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike. The tree is on average between 69 and 100 feet tall, and its lighting ceremony is accompanied with a live broadcast in early December. 960 1280
5th Avenue Holiday Window DisplaysShopping in NYC during the holidays can be a nightmare due to the tourist-packed streets. But there is definitely a redeeming quality to making the trek into the crowds: holiday window displays! Every year in mid-November, the biggest department stores in New York City create one-of-a-kind presentations of holiday-cheer in their exterior windows, usually with an original theme or throw-back to years past. (Shown here: one of Macy's Herald Square 2014 holiday window displays). 960 1280
Sledding in the CityIf weather trends stay on course for New York City, you'll want to prepare yourself for some major snow this holiday season. Take advantage of the wintery weather and join the fun at any of the dozen local parks for some sledding! Prospect Park in Brooklyn (pictured here) or Central Park in Manhattan are classic locations to enjoy some slip-sliding fun. 960 1280
Dyker Heights Holiday LightsFor a look at what happens in the boroughs during the holidays, take a trip to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and tour their annual holiday decorations. The residents won’t label it a competition, but it’s hard not to see it that way when each new year brings bigger and brighter displays. 960 1280
City College of New YorkThe City College of New York was the first college in The City University of New York system. Since its doors opened in 1847, the school prides itself on serving a diverse student body. When CCNY sought a new home it considered 40 different sites before selecting land between St. Nicholas Terrace and Convent Ave, stretching from 138th street to 140th in Hamilton Heights. This is where the school remains today. CCNY offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs along with 13 doctoral programs. 960 1280
Make My Cake BakeryOne of the sweetest landmarks of Harlem is Make My Cake. There are two locations -- one on St. Nicholas Ave and one on Adam C. Powell Blvd. The bakeries are a tribute to Josephine Smith ("Ma Smith") who combined southern baking traditions with Harlem soul. Thousands of people visit each year seeking their well-known German Chocolate and Red Velvet cakes and Sweet Potato Cheesecake. 960 1280
Marcus Garvey ParkIn 1973, Mount Morris Park was renamed Marcus Garvey Park to honor the man who was an advocate of black nationalism and economic self-sufficiency. The park itself played a role in colonial times and was often referred to as Snake Hill because of its reptile population. British fortifications on the site of the park were used to guard the Harlem River during the Revolutionary War. Today the park is home to playgrounds, a community center, an amphitheater and a pool. 960 1280
The Maysles CinemaLocated on Lenox Ave, the Maysles Cinema is the only independent film house north of Lincoln Center. The film house not only shows documentary films, but then encourages dialogue around it. Filmmakes are invited to attend the screenings and actively participate with the viewers afterwards. 960 1280
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureThe Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library (part of the New York Public Library system) devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. It houses over 10,000,000 items such as manuscripts, photos, books, videos and sheet music. It also sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture. 960 1280
Chill BerryOne of the newest landmarks in Harlem is Chill Berry, a frozen yogurt shop. With the belief that everyone should be able to eat healthy snacks, husband and wife team Jason and Tiffany Martin opened the store to help provide an alternative. The self-serve model allows customers to buy as little or much as they want. This is the first fro-yo store in Harlem. 960 1280
Columbia UniversityColumbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by King George II of England. It's the oldest high learning institution in New York. In 1784 it became Columbia University and in 1897 it moved to its present location on Morningside Heights at 116th St. Today the school offers graduate and undergraduate programs along with law, medical and teaching schools. 960 1280
Minton's PlayhouseMinton's Playhouse was an iconic jazz venue that used to be part of the Cecil Hotel at 210 West 118th St. It has been closed but it is rumored that it will reopen in Spring 2012 as an entertainment complex with a club and lounge. The new owner wants to bring jazz back to the area. 960 1280
Hue-Man BookstoreThe Hue-Man Bookstore is the largest African-American bookstore in the country. The store offers a variety of books, author appearances and community events. It strives to bring together members of the community and show others all the great things Harlem has to offer. 960 1280
House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New YorkDid 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 960 1280
Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in PittsburghDid 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 960 1280
King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in PhoenixDid 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 960 1280
Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in RichmondDid 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 960 1280
The Kryptonite at Ike's in San FranciscoDid 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 960 1280