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Belvedere Castle

Italian for “beautiful view,” Central Park’s Belvedere Castle delivers on its name, big time. Originally built as a “Victorian folly” -- a structure created to provide a beautiful backdrop, but without a real purpose -- the castle found its calling when the National Weather Service began putting its measurement tools on the turrets. Whether it’s raining or sunny, the castle’s 2 balconies are the perfect place to take in the Big Apple’s views.

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Liberty Island

On the day none of us can forget, she stood as a reminder of a nation's ideals. Take a journey across New York Harbor to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty greeted generations of immigrants on their way to Ellis Island. Ten years after Sept. 11, what does Lady Liberty symbolize for you?

Gansevoort Meatpacking

You can’t beat the view from this rooftop pool atop the Gansevoort Hotel in New York’s sleek Meatpacking District. The heated 45-foot stretch of water is open year-round, so even January guests can enjoy the underwater music and small plates and cocktails at Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge. After laps, robe up and head back to one of 186 guestrooms, many of which have bay windows, Juliet balconies and overlooks toward the Hudson River or New York skyline.

Central Park Lake

Central Park is magical year-round, but in spring it has an added vibrancy as its 80 acres of woodlands and many of its thousands of species of flowers come into bloom. Stroll meandering, bench-lined pathways. Rent a rowboat to view migratory birdlife around the park’s 22-acre lake. Fish in the Harlem Meer. Or make like a New Yorker and spread a blanket on the sprawling Sheep Meadow to bask in the warm and welcome sun. Spring has indeed sprung.

World Trade Center Memorial

This Patriot Day, the reflecting pools and waterfalls of the National September 11 Memorial continue to move the millions of visitors who pay their respects at the footprints of the original Twin Towers. The largest manmade waterfalls in North America, these waters represent a spirit of renewal, offering a welcome respite from the bustling city streets and a place where passersby can peacefully admire this new American landmark.

Westminster Dog Show 2013

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The top dogs strut their stuff at the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. From Tibetan terriers to springer spaniels, more than 2,700 dogs compete for the title, “Best in Show.”

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Pups on Parade at Westminster Dog Show

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Tibetan terriers, Shetland sheepdogs, Pekingeses and more compete for the ultimate title of Best in Show at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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