“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.
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If you had to choose the hippest, narrowest, outdoor park in America, Manhattan’s High Line would win, hands down. Formerly an elevated track for a railroad, the downtown High Line was reimagined as an urban park with views. Pedestrians get bird’s-eye views of apartment buildings, the Hudson River and streets of the Meatpacking District below. Straddling the High Line is the dramatic, 18-story Standard Hotel -- you’ll find it in the dictionary under “urban hip.” It’s the perfect headquarters for exploring lower Manhattan and that very cool park.
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.”
Bob Hope, Cary Grant and the Trapp Family Singers all passed through the gates of Ellis Island, the immigration inspection station in Upper New York Bay that welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States from 1892 to 1954. In fact, they say almost half of the people in the United States today are descendents of Ellis Island immigrants, and the Immigration Museum erected at the site was the place that told their stories. But in October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the island; the museum was flooded and the island remains closed to visitors until repairs are made. In the meantime, interested visitors can help by contributing to the Ellis Island Foundation.
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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.
Tibetan terriers, Shetland sheepdogs, Pekingeses and more compete for the ultimate title of Best in Show at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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.