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After being in Times Square, we had fun in Central Park – on the carousel horses we rode around and around, saw zoo, and then sat in rowboat and I made Ditch row me around pond!

Should we see sports teams, a play on Broadway, or take ferry ride? Ditch whined -- he was so hungry.

Should we eat pizza with a crust that is thin or New York cheesecake or go to a deli and have roast beef, pastrami, pickles, bagels, lox – that’s fish – and maybe salami? Guess what we ate? All of them!

We then went for a long walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Go and see it! They have paintings to see and huge sculptures. They also have old armor. Even Ditch liked it and didn’t whine like a baby duck.

Did you know that there is a New York City Fire Museum? There is! Ditch and I sat on fire trucks and met many firemen. They are so much braver than me. They like helping everyone.

Then we walked across a huge bridge – the Brooklyn Bridge. Actual fact – you can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge from New York City to Brooklyn.

From bridge we could see many buildings and Statue of Liberty and other bridges from our bridge!

New York has so much to see that my eyes started hurting. We went to Grand Central Station. It’s biggest train station in America. So many people and two gophers – me and Ditch – walking around fast trying to get to their train on time.

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Times Square and a Broadway Show

Nothing shows the bright flashing lights of New York City like Times Square. The area is filed with large buildings that have enormous television screens on their sides, flashing marquees, television studios, street performers, department stores and Broadway shows. Times Square is one of the centers of activity in New York City and a great place to people watch and observe busy city life. Browse through the local paper to check out what is playing at the wonderful Broadway Theaters. All kinds of shows, from musicals and dance revues to Shakespeare are playing at any given time.


Central Park

This huge 843-acre park, smack dab in the middle of Manhattan, is one of the most famous parks in the world. It is filled with beautiful lawns, meadows, walking trails and twenty-one playgrounds. Inside the park, you will also find dozens of statues, including one of Alice and Wonderland, countless benches, covered bridges, and spectacular fountains. The Central Park Zoo, Friedsam Memorial Carousel, The Dairy, Wollman Memorial Rink (ice skating in the winter and carnival rides in the summer) and the Marionette Theater at the Swedish Cottage are all go-to stops. If you are looking for a little time near some water, take a 1.58-mile walk around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, watch the swans at The Pond, or rent a rowboat at the 18-acre lake at the Loeb Boathouse.


The Statue of Liberty National Monument

The Statue of Liberty National Monument is one park that includes Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty lives, and the immigration center Ellis Island. These two monuments are located in New York Harbor and are visited by taking a ferryboat ride. The 305-foot tall Statue of Liberty was given as a gift to the American people over 100 years ago from France as a symbol of friendship. After arriving at the 12-acre Liberty Island, take a ranger guided tour, visit the original torch in the museum at the base of the statue, or head up the 168 steps to the observatory or 354 steps up to the crown for some great views of the harbor. Don’t forget to become a junior ranger!


Ellis Island

Collect another Junior Ranger Badge at this important place in United States history. Ellis Island was the first stop that people moving to America, from 1892 to 1954, made before entering the United States. During those sixty-two years, twelve million people came through the Immigration Center on their way to a new life. This National Park has a museum to honor these people and their stories. Visitors can view a video, visit the Registry Room, and see the items left behind in the Baggage Room. On your way back to the ferry, walk along the Wall of Honor where 600,000 names of immigrants have been engraved in their memory.


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New York Style Pizza

Everything you need to know about what makes New York pizza so unique begins with the crust. It’s a thin style crust that first showed up in New York in the early 1900s. The outer crust is puffy and bread-like and as it gets closer to the middle of the “pie” it gets thinner. New York style pizzas are baked directly on the oven racks to cook, so the crusts are dark brown and sometimes look black. Pizzas in New York are wider than in other parts of the country, usually 18 inches around, and sliced into eight equal triangles. A single slice is so huge that it is tradition to fold them in half and eat them like a sandwich. The most common toppings for New York style pizza are mozzarella cheese and a light layer of tomato sauce. Grab a slice on the street or a whole pie in one of the city’s many great pizzerias.


"In New York City there is only one way to eat pizza".


"Fold slice in half New York style?"


"No! Fold pizza in half and shove in mouth!"



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Digging History

1524

The first European explorer, Giovanni da Verrazano of Italy sails into New York Harbor.


1609

Henry Hudson, an Englishman, claims the area of New York for the Dutch East India Company.


1625

The Dutch West India Company establishes the first settlement in the area and names it New Amsterdam.


1626

Peter Minuit of the Dutch West India Company purchases the island of Manhattan from the Native American Lenape Tribe.


1664

The British take control of the city from the Dutch and rename it "New York" after the English Duke of York.


1673

The Dutch take back control of New York from the British.


1674

The Dutch give control of New York back to the British.


1783

The British give up control of New York.


1785

New York is named first capital of the United States.


1790

New York City becomes the largest city in the United States.

The nation’s capital is moved to Philadelphia from New York.


1792

New York becomes the financial capital of the United States with the opening of the first U.S. stock exchange.


1883

The Brooklyn Bridge is completed over the East River.


1886

The first ticker tape parade in honor of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty is held.


1904

The New York City Subway opens with a 26-minute ride from City Hall to W. 145th Street.


1909

The Manhattan and Queensboro Bridge opens over the East River.


1913

Grand Central Terminal opens.


1931

The Empire State Building begins its 42-year record as the world's tallest building.

The George Washington Bridge opens over the Hudson River.


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