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  • Henry’s Take
    San Diego, CA1,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trail Series, Part 30
    Fore•sight
    The ability to foresee; the act of looking forward; a view of the future.

    I can’t claim to know the details of the conversations taking place in the mid-1800’s about the future of NYC, but it is clear to me that at least some of those voices demonstrated incredible foresight. While some proposed that public grounds be constructed in order to establish the city’s international reputation as being commensurate with that of London or Paris, others understood that a rapidly expanding populace would benefit from an escape from the congestion of city life, even if for just an afternoon. And thus, Central Park was planned and created.

    I once heard these 843 acres described as covering “an irregular terrain”, which I find a creative illustration of the rolling hills throughout and consistent mixture of paved, unpaved, and uneven surfaces. This, however, should not discourage those with mobility issues from setting out for this NYC gem as the myriad of paved paths are extensive and widely accessible.

    Opened in 1859, it is the first landscaped public park in the United States, welcomes 42 million visitors annually, and requires more than 300 employees to maintain to it.

    If your goal is to cover as many uninterrupted miles during your workout as possible, you’ll be pleased to learn that the interior paths within the park are entirely paved and provide clearly delineated and separate lanes for walkers, runners, and cyclists. Now should that create within you an implicit faith that your safety is assured? Not hardly. Be sure to keep your head on a swivel ‘cuz this is New York City baby and it stops (let alone slows down) for no one!

    And that’s…Henry’s Take.

    #centralpark
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • Velox
    Velox171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked the High Line and took a whole afternoon to soak up the city centre tranquility and green-ness. Elevated above the traffic and at eye-level with residents' window-boxes, balcony gardens make the High Line a fascinating and almost surreal experience. The setting instills a sense of calm and quiet with most if not all people speaking quietly and calmly as if in a holy place. If you're up for a relaxing walk and want to take the pace off your time in NYC , the High Line is to be recommended.
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN4,994 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Broadway is the busy thoroughfare that cuts diagonally through Midtown Manhattan passing through Times Square, Herald Square at Macy's and near the Empire State Building and ends at Union Square after passing by the much-photographed Flatiron Building. However, in truth, Broadway describes New York's theater district as many of the best-known theaters in town are located on or near the street. Taking in a Broadway show is a must-do experience when visiting NYC.
    Written 30 March 2024
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  • Velox
    Velox171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is something every visitor to NYC should do. The bridge itself seems to exude the confidence of NYC - even in the rain. Walking north - south means you're pretty soon in Dumbo which itself is worth the visit, so if you're travelling to Dumbo, give yourself a treat and walk the bridge/
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • soinic
    Lux.2,452 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Central Train Station is one of the most visited destinations in NYC.

    It offers sights, history, architecture, dining and shopping.

    The most iconic and wellknown sights are: the turquoise and gold celestial ceilung mural and the info booth topped with a four-sided brass clock.

    Pay also attention to details: one souvenir to take home in my heart ❤ is the shiny golden brass letter box.

    We visited on a w.e. and unfortunatly the Grand Central Oyster Bar was closed ...

    I first visited GCT decades ago and was overwhelmed. Each time I return here it's a highlight. Great aura!
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • Ellie K
    Birmingham, UK282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Manhattan Skyline is a very impressive view and reminds me of when New York features in films and tv shows. It was great seeing this view for free from the Staten Island Ferry.
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • Steven K
    Tillamook5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good historical detail Claire was able to answer all my questions and keep it interesting but I HATE Trip Advisor for “requiring” more characters than I need!
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • michelle c
    Melbourne, Australia133 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a way to see the Statue of Liberty for free
    Walk past all the sprukers to get the ferry terminal and all is good
    Photos better on way over to the island
    Can explore is you have the time
    Runs every half hour
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • BlackMambaNumberFive
    Wilmington, NC152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped by this park when another event did not work out. We were greeting by a beautiful fountain that looks like a bouquet. We could have browsed around several stalls and eaten at the park as well. Good location right next to the subway.
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • Graham
    Wishaw, UK231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exhibits in the free Polanski Exhibition including Charles Dickens writing desk and chair, The Guttenburg Bible and i was particularly pleased to see Adam Smith's On the a wealth of Nations first edition. The architecture inside and out the library is beautiful. There are other exhibited such as art and an arctic photography exhibition.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • soinic
    Lux.2,452 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an iconic landmark not to be missed, we "visit" Rockefeller Center each time we are in NYC.

    "Free activity"

    The "Channel Gardens" are nice to have a look at ...
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • Anna E
    Towcester, UK339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’m not a religious person but I like visiting cathedrals/ old churches as I find the architecture and history quite interesting. There’s almost always a quiet calm about them which offers respite from the craziness of a city!

    St Patrick’s is free to enter and has a bag check which is quick and simple.

    It’s a beautiful place inside and out and worth a visit.
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • Caroline S
    East Sussex, UK130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit, but Saturday may be the wrong time because it was simply packed with people. Hard to get a spot to eat. So much choice, great atmosphere , well worth a visit. Just pick a better time to go.!
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Monica S
    Cleveland, OH6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want to shop at the best high end stores in NYC, you will want to go to Fifth Avenue. You will find Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston, Cartier, Saks, Longchamp, etc. on Fifth Avenue. So many more attractions are on Fifth Avenue as well.
    Written 27 April 2024
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