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Santa Comes to Town

Santa Comes to Town

Every 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

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Wollman Rink in Central Park

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Make the best of New York City's cold weather and enjoy ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park (on the east side between 62nd and 63rd Streets). 960 1280

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

At 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

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The Rockettes

The Rockettes

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.

 

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Started 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

Rob Young from United Kingdom (Christmas @ Rockefeller Plaza) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays

5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays

Shopping 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

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Gigantic Holiday Cheer

Gigantic Holiday Cheer

Giant ornaments are displayed annually during the holidays at different locations in NYC, including Rockefeller Center (across the street from Radio City Music Hall) on 6th Avenue. 960 1280

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Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

Open yearly from mid-November to Christmas Eve, the Union Square Holiday Market is the perfect place to get unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list. 960 1280
Sledding in the City

Sledding in the City

If 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

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Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

For 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
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City College of New York

City College of New York

The 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

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Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

This state landmark was built in 1914. Its mission is to honor the influence and advance the contributions of African-American artists. It has various concerts, amateur night and educational programs. 960 1280

chokola, flickr  

Duke Ellington was a famous African-American composer who was best known for his contribution to jazz. To honor his memory a statue of him was unveiled in 1997. The statue by Robert Graham is 25 feet tall and depicts the Muses holding up a grand piano and Duke himself. It stands in the Duke Ellington Circle, a shallow amphitheater on 110th street, also known as the boundary between Central Park and Harlem. It is also the future site of the Museum for African Art. 960 1280

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Make My Cake Bakery

Make My Cake Bakery

One 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

Make My Cake  

The Studio Museum

The Studio Museum

The Studio Museum is a showcase for artists of African descent and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It has been open since 1968. 960 1280

Ray A. Llanos  

Lenox Lounge

Lenox Lounge

The Lenox Lounge has played a large role in Harlem's community since it opened in the late 1930s. The club served as the backdrop for many jazz legends. Today, it still showcase the best talent in jazz, along with a menu of amazing eats. 960 1280

Paul Sableman, flickr  

Marcus Garvey Park

Marcus Garvey Park

In 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

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The Maysles Cinema

The Maysles Cinema

Located 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

Romer Pedron and Karia Hill  

Red Rooster

Red Rooster

The Red Rooster serves comfort food that celebrates the roots of American cuisine. It has a large dining room and bar. The head chef, Marcus Samuelsson won Top Chef Masters 2. 960 1280

Paul Brissman  

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The 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

Romer Pedron and Karia Hill  

Chill Berry

Chill Berry

One 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

Romer Pedron and Karia Hill  

Food for Life Supreme

Food for Life Supreme

The Food for Life Supreme restaurants, including the 116th St location in NY, are all about health eating for the mind and body. They use quality ingredients and prepare them in a new, healthier manner. 960 1280

Romer Pedron and Karia Hill  

Columbia University

Columbia University

Columbia 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

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Minton's Playhouse

Minton's Playhouse

Minton'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

Mr. 119th street, flickr  

Chez Lucienne

Chez Lucienne

This French bistro is an unexpected surprise in Harlem. The owner fell in love with the area and decided to open an affordable French destination. The food and atmosphere have gotten great reviews and the restaurant seems to have filled a need in the city. 960 1280

Romer Pedron and Karia Hill  

Hue-Man Bookstore

Hue-Man Bookstore

The 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

Romer Pedron and Karia Hill  

Malcolm Shabazz, Harlem Market

Malcolm Shabazz, Harlem Market

This permanent outdoor market is the place to go to find African crafts, clothing and art. It has a colorful and friendly atmosphere with reasonable prices. 960 1280

Robyn Lee, flickr  

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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