Two square fountains now lie at the base of where the twin towers stood before they were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001. Surrounding them, on bronze parapets, are the names of the victims who died on that horrific day. The 9/11 Memorial Museum has a vast collection of 39,000 objects, as well as oral histories and personal artifacts donated by family members who wish to memorialize the ones they lost. Together, these memorials are a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.
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.
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?
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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 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.
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“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How steadfast are your branches!” Indeed, we can depend on the Christmas tree at NYC’s Rockefeller Center to beguile us with its size and glittering ornamentation year after year. 2013's 76-foot, festooned Norway spruce soars to the sky, capped with a 9-1/2-foot-wide Swarovski crystal star. Throngs have gathered beneath such a tree at Rockefeller Center since 1933 to celebrate the holiday season. This year, once dismantled, the tree will be milled and donated to Habitat for Humanity.