New York Statue of Liberty

September 28th, 2010

The Statue of Liberty is the most visited tourist attraction in New York. It is also the most well known place in the world. Your trip wouldn’t be complete if you did not pay a visit to the Statue of Liberty in New York. The Statue of Liberty tour offers guided tour for visitors who want to explore the interior of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is dubbed with the nickname “Liberty Enlightening the World”. The whole statue is made of bronze. The architect of the Statue of Liberty is Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It is located at the mouth of the Hudson River. The Manhattan Island is 1.6 miles away from the Statue of Liberty.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886. It is the symbol of the United States. It is also the first thing that that thousands of immigrants witness when their ship reach New York. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the values of the local residents. The Statue of Liberty was built to signify two important values including freedom and independence.

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The Statue of Liberty is actually a gift from France. France suggested the building of the statue as a friendship gift to the United States. It also serves as a commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence. Many people claimed that the signing of the Declaration of American Independence is largely influenced by the French Revolution. The statue signifies friendship between the United States and France. The French built and assemble the statue. The Americans were only responsible for building the platforms of the statue. Due to insufficient funds, the project was postponed to a later date. The construction of the Statue of Liberty was not finished until 1886.

During 1870, The first terracotta model of the Statue of Liberty was developed. The first terracotta model is being displayed at the Musee Des beaux-arts de Lyon. The first smaller version of bronze replica was presented as a gift to Paris on the 13th May 1885. The gift is actually given by the American who are living in Paris at that time. In 1889, the statue was moved to the lle des Crygnes from Place des Etats-Unis.

The construction of the statue costs $2.25 millions francs. The building fund was contributed by the public. Many types of entertainments were conducted to raise the building funds for the Statue of Liberty. Charles Gounod performed the La liberté éclairant le monde (Liberty enlightening the world) in France to raise funds for the Statue of Liberty. In the United States, the building funds are raised through auctions, art exhibitions and etc.

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Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty stands on top of the huge platform. The platform has a star shaped. Lady Liberty is one of the most interesting attractions of all time. The statue has a height of 151 feet. Her right hand is holding a torch light. Her left hand is carrying a table that inscribed the word MDCCLXXVI (1776). The chains on one of the foot are broken. The broken chain signifies the values of American which is freedom and independence. Lady Liberty is wearing a crown with seven points. Each point signifies the continent in the world. The seven points of the crown signifies the seven continents in the world. The platform of the Statue of Liberty has a plaque carved with the words of the poem titled “New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus.

Restoration

The Statute of Liberty underwent repair and maintenance during the mid 1900s. The restoration project is directed by Lee Lacocca. The cost for the restoration project is $62,000,000. To restore the statue, Lee closed it down for two years. During the two years, the workers scrap out the paint from the statue. There are seven layers of paint on the statue. The 1350 iron spines are replaced with stainless steel rods. The torch has been worn down after enduring the weather. The torch is being replaced with a replica. The Statue of Liberty was fully restored and dedicated on the 4th July 1996. The dedication day marks the 100th year anniversary of the original dedication.

Facts

The materials of the Statue of Liberty were built in France. It was disabled in France before shipping to the United States. The materials of the Statue of Liberty arrive in 217 crates. There are all together 350 pieces of materials. The Statue of Liberty is an important culture in America. The Statue of Liberty is featured in many movies. Some of the movies that feature the Statue of Liberty are Planet of the Apes and Ghostbusters. In the movie the Day after Tomorrow, the statue is shown as being encased in a case made from ice.

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In Paris, a statue that resembles the Statue of Liberty is found on the island in Seine River. The statue is designed by the same architect called Bartholdi. The statue seems to be looking towards the United States in the west. Many people claim that the model of the statue of liberty is Isabella Eugenie Boyer. Isabelle Eugenie Boyer is a friend to Barthold. She is also friend to the widow of Isaac Singer. The engineer for the Statue of Liberty is Gustave Eiffel. Gustave Eiffel designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Admission to the Statue of Liberty is free of charge. Since the statue is located on the island, you must take a ferry to reach the place. The ferry rides are available at the Battery Park. You can find the ferry in Manhattan. You can also take ferry ride from the Liberty Park in New Jersey. The ferry fare includes the fee charges for the ride to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Since 11th September, the Statue of Liberty is no longer opened to visitors. However, visitors can still travel to the island and platform. The platform is a museum that exhibits a collection of artifacts related to the history of the statue of liberty. You can see the interior of the statue from the glass view window. At the museum, you will see the original arm of the Statue of Liberty. The original arm was replaced with a new arm during the restoration project that took place between 1984 – 1986.

The island has a large green field where parents can have picnic with their kids.  The Statue of Liberty in New York is a must see for every tourist.

The Statue of Liberty is situated in the New York harbor. It is open during daily operational hours from 9:30am – 5:00pm. The island is closed to the public on Christmas.

Contact Details:

Address: Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004

Phone Number: (212) 363-3200

URL: www.nps.gov/stli/

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New York Museum of Television and Radio

September 27th, 2010

The Museum of Television and Radio offers a large collection of television and radio programmes. The purpose of building the museum is to inform the public how the media had influenced our culture and society. It was established to keep a record of all the television programmes so that the new generation will be aware of them.

The museum is located on the 25th West 52 in the middle of the Manhattan town. Since it is located at the heart of Manhattan town, you can take the public bus to reach it. The museum is open for visitation during the weekdays and weekends. There is another museum similar to the Museum of Television and Radio located in Los Angeles, California. Later, the museum name “Museum of Television and Radio” was changed to “The Paley Center for Media”.

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History

The first museum was built in 1975. The first museum was built by William S. Paley. William wanted to make the television programmes become part of the U.S. history. He suggested building the museum and the project was eventually fulfilled. The first museum was built on a site in East 53 Street. When the museum expanded, it moved to a new building created by Philip Johnson. Seeing the success of the New York Museum of Television and Radio, the California state opened a similar museum in Los Angeles in 1996.

The Museum of Television and Radio is different than the regular museum in that it does not display artifacts. In fact, the museum consists of several screening rooms and theaters. Most of the rooms in the museum are screening rooms. The museum houses two large theaters. The library is equipped with a large collection of videos. Once you choose a video, you can insert it to the console and watch it in the library. You can watch the movie individually or with family. The individual console is used to watch the movie individually. The family console is suitable for a group of people who wants to watch the movie together. Each visitor is limited to four videos per visit.

What’s To Do and See?

The museum does not collect every single programme that is broadcasted on the television. The chosen movies must have impact on the society and culture. Shows that do not impact the society will not be considered for inclusion. The museum claims to have more than one hundred and twenty thousand programs. The oldest programme is aged more than 90 years ago. It has a comprehensive collection classical radio announcement from the 1918 – 2010. Modern television series are also included in the museum. Examples of modern television series in the museum include Friends and Desperate Housewife.

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Examples of the collection

The Museum of Television and Radio offers collection of television programs in the overseas countries. It offers more than 700 videos from around the globe. The collections of overseas television programmes are available in many categories such as mental, culture and language. If you like a television programme, you can sit down and watch it at the screen.

In addition, the Museum of Television and Radio is equipped with a theatre. The theater is used to broadcast popular television series to the tourists. Tourists can watch all kinds of programmes in the theater. In the museum, you will find many commercial programmes that are broadcasted in the television in the early 20th century can be found at the museum. Visitors will watch the show together in the theater. The programmes at the theater can also be found at the collection library.

The museum brings together many professional people that are involved in the media. The visitors can join the public program and learn about the history of the television programmes in New York City. During the public program, you will see many journalist and actors.

The admission to the museum is not free of charge. The admission ticket allows you to gain access to all the videos in the library collection. If you join the museum membership, you will be able to spend a longer time at the theater to watch the movies. Members also get discount on events that are organized at the museum. Members have the opportunities to watch the preview of the upcoming seminars.

Children will love to enjoy the classic and contemporary collection in the museum. They will experience the hands on activities in the workshop. The Recreating Radio workshop allows parents and their children to expand their knowledge about the radio programmes such as sound effect, reading the script and etc.

On the main floor, there is a gift store where visitors can purchase souvenirs. The Gloria and David L. Wolper Museum Shop sell general items that focus on the television and radio theme. The general items for sale at the gift store include T-Shirt, Postcards and Posters.

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Museum of Television & Radio Tourism Information

The museum can be accessed from several parts of New York City through public transportation such as bus, taxi cab and subway line. If you are traveling by car, you can reach the museum through N. Beverly Dr., and Burton Way. The general admission fee to the museum is $10.  Students and seniors are charged $8 per admission. Children under 14 years old are charged $5 per admission.

Members get free access to the Paley Center for Media. Members also can have discount in public program and tickets of the events.

From Wednesday to Sunday, the opening hour of the museum is 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 0
On Thursday; the museum is open from 12 p.m. to 8pm. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday. It is also closed on the major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Independence Day. Guided tour is available at the museum. There is no on site restaurant at the museum. Visitors are not allowed to bring in food and drinks into the museum. However, there are a number of restaurants located nearby the museum. Visitors cannot bring camera to shoot photo in the museum. Camcorder is prohibited in the museum. If you want to find out more information, you can call 310-786-1091.

Contact Details:

Address: Fl 6, 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019-6129, United States

Phone Numbers: (212) 621-6600,(310) 786-1091

URL: www.mtr.org

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New York Museum of the City

September 27th, 2010

The Museum of the City of New York is an interesting museum to visit.  It was established during the early 1920s. The museum is nonprofit but it does collect entrance fee from the tourists. The purpose of the museum is to keep a collection of all kinds of materials in New York.

Visitors have the opportunity to view a large collection of artifacts. The museum frequently updates its collection so that it will remain a favorite place among the local and international visitors.

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The original building was built in 1923. However, it was relocated to the current building in 1930. The design of the current building was created by Joseph J. Freedlander. The state of New York City bestowed an award called “The Hundred Year Association of New York” in 1982. The award was done in conjunction with the outreach program to promote the city.

The Museum of New York City showcases items to depict the history of New York City. The oldest artifact in the museum can be dated back to 1623. Some of the artifacts in the museum include books, manuscripts, and furniture. Visitors will get to know the history of the New York City exploring each of the artifacts presented in the museum. The artifacts from the Depression period are also available.

Changing Exhibitions

The museum offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The items in the temporary exhibition reflect the past and future of the New York City. Some of the popular temporary exhibitions include the Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing an Immigrant Community and New York Rises: Photographs by Eugene de Salignac. The Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing an Immigrant Community tells about an old newspaper that used to have a higher readerships that the New York Times. The New York Rises: Photographs by Eugene de Salignac showcases the photographs taken by a man who has been with the New York City Department Bridge/Plants and Structures for thirty years.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Timecapes is a multimedia show that tells how the New York City becomes settled by the European and African immigrants. The 25 minutes shows inform the audience how the New York is transformed from a tiny settlement into the world largest metropolitan.

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The exhibition titled “Perform” informs the visitors how the theaters in New York are developed. In this exhibition, you will find a variety of costumes and photographs. By exploring the costumes and photographs, you will learn about the development of the theatre in New York City. You will find out how art had impact on the city.

The exhibition titled “New York Interiors” lets visitors explore the environment where the Dutch settlers used to live many years ago. The exhibition covers the period from the earliest settlement to the modern period. It is interesting to explore the different time periods of the exhibition.

The exhibition titled “New York Toy Stories” display various kinds of toys in the past including dolls, and games. The most prominent item in the exhibition is the Stettheimer dollhouse. Besides, tourists can checkout a separate dollhouse gallery.

The Rockefeller Rooms is located on the 5th floor of the museum. The Rockefeller Rooms display the Baron Robbers recreation of houses.

Public Programs

The Museum of the City of New York organizes several educational programs every year. Some programs are free is you can show the admission ticket. Other programs require the participants to pay a fee. You can find out more information about the educational programs from the customer center at the museum. The programs are available in a wide range of topics. The program educates the visitors about the role played by women in the Spanish Civil War. In addition, the programs also educate the visitors about the different ethnics, popular sportsmen, and theatre. Most of the programs are family friendly. Children can have hands on experience at the exhibition. You can ask questions and learn about the history of New York City. The Museum of the City of New York frequently organizes cultural events.

The museum store is available from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday. It is open from 10 o’ clock in the morning to 5 o’ clock in the afternoon. The store offers a variety of gift items for tourists. The gift items have a New York history theme. Some of the souvenir being sold at the store includes books, maps and posters. If you want to buy a souvenir, you can visit the museum store. You can also buy the souvenir for your friends and relatives.

Visiting the Museum

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The opening hour of the Museum of the City of New York is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is open from Tuesday to Sundays. It is closed on Mondays. It will be opened on Monday if that day happens to be a holiday such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. You can reach the museum by bus, subway and taxi cabs. The museum is fully equipped with handicapped facilities. The wheelchair lift allows people who have problem moving around to reach the auditorium. Headsets will be provided for people who suffer from hearing problem while in the multimedia gallery. Visitors above 65 years of age will be offered discount. Students are also entitled to receive a discount. Families can receive a special entrance ticket rate.

Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York is a place where you can explore the full length of the history of New York. There is no museum that can better explain the history of New York. At the museum, you will find exhibitions of all the aspects of the New York City including cultural, and ethnic.

The purpose of the Museum of the City of New York is to educate the Yankees about the history of their home state. It is a great learning resource for children. Many lectures about the history of New York are being held in the museum. If offers exhibitions and publications regarding the history of New York City for the future generations. If you are interested in visiting the Museum of the City of New York, you can call 212-534-1672 to find out more information.

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Contact Details:

Address: 1220 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029, United States

Phone Number: (212) 534-1672

URL: www.mcny.org

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New York National Museum of the American Indian

September 27th, 2010

Before America was occupied by the European, it was home to the American Indians.  The American Indian is the native of the United States. The museum has a huge collection of the history of the American Indians. If you want to learn about the American Indians, you can visit the National Museum of the American Indian. Here, you will find out the lifestyle and cultures of the American Indian. Tourists can learn how the American came to occupy the land for more than ten thousands of years.  The full name of the museum is Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). It was originally built in 1989. It also runs and managed three facilities. The three facilities are located in Washington, Maryland and New York City.

The George Gustav Heye Center houses the National Museum of the American Indian. The museum was established to pay respect to the American Indians including literature, art, and skills. The admission to the museum is free of charge. It is a popular attraction place for both local and international visitors.

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What’s To Do and See?

Tourists will be amazed at the architecture of the grand building. The style of the museum building reminds one about the Greek Temple. The National Museum of the American Indian has a magnificent architecture. It is located in the Alexandar Hamilton U.S. Custom House. If you are at Battery Park, you can walk to the museum. The museum has a beautiful interior design. The floor and wall are made from white marble. The white marbles are polished and shiny. The ceilings of the museum are painted. The architect of the National Museum of the American Indian is Cass Gilbert. The construction of the National Museum of the American Indian comes to a completion in 1907. The museum covers an area of twenty thousand square feet.

The galleries are arranged within the semi circle of the rotunda. If you visit the National Museum of the American Indian, you will notice that the galleries are arranged in a winding and maze like. The semi circle shape of the rotunda prevents the tourists from getting lost while browsing the gallery.

The NMIA has two stories. Though the building has two stories, it offers a large range of American Indian artifacts. If you want to explore every single artifact in the museum, you must spend at least four hours. Some artifacts have many texts.

The museum offers a lot of artworks contributed by Native American Indians. Some of the artworks are contributed a long time ago. Contemporary American Indian artworks are also available.

The museum features more than 1,000,000 items that focus on the Native American Indian theme. The collection of over 1,000,000 items is contributed by George Gustav Heye. George donated a large collection of American Indian artifacts so that there will be more exhibitions items in the museum. The items donated by George include wood and stone sculpture obtained from the North West Coast. Other things included in the collection are clothes, bonnets, basket, pottery and etc. Navajo weavings are available in the museum. The museum features exhibitions of the different American Indian tribes such as Mayan items and Olmec items. The gold and textile by the Andean people are also on display at the museum. While visiting the museum, you will observe the feathery items.

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The items in the museum represent the cultures of the major American Indian tribe. The period of the collections ranges from the Paleo Indian period to the present day.

On top of that, the museum has a collection of over ninety thousands photographs about the Native American.  Besides, the museum has an archive for audio visual media, documents and etc. Every year, the National Museum of the American Indian will hold a festival to publicize the documentary films of the American Indians.

Exhibitions

Apart from the permanent exhibition, the museum offers a large range of temporary exhibition. Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination showcases masterpieces from artists that depict the Native Indian landscape. The masterpieces feature the landscape of the American Indian in several aspects including home, culture and etc. The masterpieces in the Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination exhibitions are contributed by Jeffrey Gibson, Erica Lord, Emmi Whitehorse and Charles Lavadour.

The exhibition titled “Beauty Surrounds Us” offers 77 items taken from the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was conducted to fulfill the inauguration of the Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures. Some of the items displayed in the exhibition “Beauty Surrounds Us” are An Eskimo cribbage board, and dancing stockings. There is a trumpet from the pre Colombian period in Mexico in the exhibition as well.

Public Programs

The museum regularly organizes educational programs for adults and children. Native American musicians will perform at the public program. Children can experience hands on activity in the hands on workshop. Family friendly programs are available. The family programs allow parents and their children to explore the exciting history of the Native Americans. Through the public programs, the visitors can learn about the American Indian traditions.

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The Store

The museum is equipped with two gift stores. The gift stores are located on two different floors. In the gift store, you will find American Indian souvenirs. Most of the souvenirs are crafts and artwork made by American Indians. The gift store is open from 10 o’ clock in the morning to 5 o’ clock in the afternoon. If you want to find out more information about the gift store, you can contact the receptionist at the information booth.

Visiting the Museum

The admission for the National Museum of the American Indian is free of charge. The opening hour of the museum is from 10 o’ clock in the morning to 5 o’ clock in the afternoon. The museum extends its opening hours to 8 p.m. on Thursday. It is not open on Christmas, which is the 25th of December. The museum can be accessed by the handicapped people. You can access the museum by using bus, subway train, and taxi cab.

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The National Museum of the American Indian is visited by more than two hundred and fifty thousand tourists per year. 1 bowling green is a similar institution that showcases the history of the American Indian. At 1 bowling green, you will find artifacts that depict that life of the American Indian including culture and society. Though a large part of the artifacts of the museum are traditional items, there are a good number of contemporary artifacts. If you are interested in visiting the National Museum of the American Indian, you can call 212-514-3700 to find out more information.

Contact Details:

Address: 1 bowling green, New York, NY 10004, United States

Phone Numbers: (212) 514-3700

URL: www.nmai.si.edu

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New York City Fire Museum

September 27th, 2010

New York City Fire Museum is one of the most interesting museums in the New York City. The museum is a 1904 firehouse located in the Soho district of the New York City. The building features a Beaux Art architecture design. The New York City Fire Museum offers a collection of fire fighting artifacts. The oldest artifacts can be dated back to the 18th century. You will have the opportunity to see the exhibits of different models of fire engines. The Pre civil war fire engines are also available at the exhibition in the museum. Children and adults will have fun exploring the fire engines in the museum.

What to See in the New York City Fire Museum

The New York City Fire Museum has a lot to offers the tourists. You will be able to see all types of fire engines artifacts. The lanterns and tools used by the fire fighters a century ago is available for view at the museum. The painted leather buckets are among the most interesting artifact in the museum. You will be able to see the parade hats in the museum. Some of the miscellaneous tools used by the fire fighters in the old days include alarm box, ladder wagon and trumpets.

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The Farmham engine is the first fire engine used by the fire fighter in the United States. The visitors will be able to explore the engines in the Farmham engine. The Farmham engine is equipped with two arms. The two arms can be pushed up and down.

There are many types of fire engines being displayed at the New York City Fire Museum. Hand pump fire engines are available in the exhibition. Tourists can explore different models of hand drawn fire engines that exist throughout the history. The smallest fire engine is as large as a piano box. The largest display fire engine is the double decker Philadelphia fire engine. The double decker Philadelphia fire engine made its appearance in the Statue of Liberty parade in New York City.

The parade room offers many exhibitions on the traditions of fire fighting in the history.

The walls of the museum are filled with paintings and photography. The paintings and photography reflects the fire fighting scenes in New York City. The map of Manhattan city is also being displayed in the museum.

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The fire fighting field has changed a lot since a few years ago. Thus, the museum also displays the modern tools and clothing used by the firefighter nowadays. Tourists can explore the rescue tools used in fire fighting including Jaws of Life. The uniforms of the fire fighter are exhibited in the museum as well.

In the 911 memorial section, you can explore the memorial exhibition of the victims. The 911 memorial sections were developed to pay respect to the fire fighters who died while rescuing people from the World Trade Center. The 911 event refers to the terrorism attack at the World Trade Center on 11th September 2001. In the process of saving the World Trade Center, three hundred and forty three fire fighters died.

The New York City Fire Museum offers more than twenty guided group tours. The guided group tours are led by a fire fighter.  During the tour, you can ask questions and the fire fighter will answer you. The fire fighter will offer an introduction about the history of the museum during the tour. After the brief introduction, the fire fighter guide will lead you to the apparatus room. The first floor offers interactive exhibitions on how to take precaution to fire danger. The tour includes a one hour visit to an apartment that is equipped with black lights and safe smoke. By visiting the apartment, the visitors will realize the importance of taking fire safety precaution.

Hell’s Hundred Acre is a region that is well known for the highest count of death caused by fire. The tour is led by retired FDNY personnel. The tour lasts for 4 – 5 hours. Some of the interesting features of the tour include a visit to the Engine 31, and five places that are most vulnerable to fire. A visit to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Ground Zero is included in the tour. The guide will also bring the visitors to the 911 museum. Each tour consists of a minimum of 10 people. When the tour ends, the guide will lead the visitors back to the New York City Fire Museum.

The museum is equipped with a gift store. The gift store offers FDNY souvenirs. In the gift store, you will find a large range of items for sale including toys and pins.  Tourists can shop the items in the museum gift store on the internet.

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The New York City Fire Museum has a large space for organizing special events such as wedding, and birthday party. It offers three thousand feet of space for rental. If you are interested in renting the space, you can call the customer service at the New York City Fire Museum.

New York City Fire Museum

The New York City Fire Museum can be accessed from several areas. You can reach the museum through public transportation such as bus, subway and cab. It is open for visitation during the weekdays and weekends. The opening hours of the New York City Fire Museum differs in various seasons throughout the year. The museum can be accessed by impaired people. If you are driving, you can park the car in the car park in front of the museum.

Both adult and children will be fascinated by the items displayed in the museum. The children love to explore large machinery and trucks. You will learn about the events that happen during the colonial times. In addition, you can learn about the fire fighting history of New York in an interactive way. The museum not only shows a large range of fire fighting artifacts but it also symbolizes the brave spirit of the fire fighting men in New York City. If you are interested in visiting the New York City Fire Museum, you can call the customer service center at 212-691-1303 to find out more information.

Contact Details:

Address: 278 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013-1405, United States

Phone Number: (212) 691-1303

URL: www.nycfiremuseum.org

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New York Public Library

September 27th, 2010

New York Public Library is originally built in 1886. It is one of the largest libraries in the United States. In the New York Public Library, you will find four research libraries. The library manages and controls eighty other libraries in the neighborhood. It has a total of 2,000,000 registered members. The most prominent building in the New York Public Library is the Main Research Library. The Main Research Library is located on the Fifth Avenue. The Main Research Library offers a large reading room. Two carved lions can be seen standing on the entrance.

History

New York Public Library is a combination of the Astor Library and Lenox Library. The Astor Library is financed by John Jacob Astor. The Lenox Library is a much smaller library located in the Frick Museum. Samuel J. Tilden offers a grant of $2.4 million to fund the construction of the New York Public Library. Andrew Carnegie donated $5.2 million to fund the building of the neighborhood libraries in 1901. The main research library was officially open for public visits in 1911.

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The eighty neighborhood branches of the New York Public Library are located in Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island. The library systems in Queens and Brooklyn are different that the New York Public Library. Besides the Main Research Library, there is the Schomburg Center for Black Research and Culture. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is one of the libraries in the library system. The Science and Business Library is a research facility in the New York Public Library.

The Main Research Library

The Main Research Library is located at the 5th avenue and 40th Street. It was first built in 1911. The architectural firm responsible for designing the Main Research Library is Carrere and Hastings. The research library offers more than seventy five miles of open shelves. Room 315 is the leading reading room in the main research library. The reading room has a length of 78 feet and a width of 297 feet. The ceiling of the library reaches up to 52 foot. Many university students visit the reading room to perform their research. In the Great Depression, New Yorkers who are unemployed come to the library to expand their knowledge in different professional fields. The materials in the reading room can offer college level education to the public.

The two lion statues are located in front of the entrance to the main research library. The main research library can be spotted by the huge library logo. The lion statues are made of pink Tennessee marble. The architect of the lion statues is Edward Clark Potter. The lion statues are the symbols of the library. The lions are bestowed with many nicknames by the local residents. The two lion statues are called Astor and Lennox respectively. The nicknames Astor and Lennox are derived from the founders of the library. In the Great Depression period, Mayor La Guardia called the two lion statues as Patience and Fortitude. Nowadays, the two lion statues are known as Uptown and Downtown.

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The New York Library in Popular Culture

The Main Research Library in the New York Library was featured in several books and television shows. Some of the movies that feature the main research library include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Wiz and Spiderman. The Main Research Library made its appearance in the movie titled Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley. The television series called Seinfeld also show the Main Research Library.

Ask a Question

The New York Public Library offers telephone reference system. The telephone reference system is built in 1968. You can use the telephone reference system to get answers to your questions. The telephone reference system is being managed by 10 researchers. The ten researchers hold various degrees including child psychology and English literature. The service of the telephone reference system is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The researcher is to answer your question in 5 minutes. The researchers will not call back the person who asked the question.

Nowadays, the people ask their questions through email and telephone. If you send the question by email, you will have to wait for 35 minutes for the researchers to respond. The researchers are not allowed to answer certain questions that violate the library rules including homework, assignment open ended philosophical questions, and etc. To find out the full list of questions that cannot be answered by researcher, you can check with the library rules.

Visiting the New York Library

The main reading room can be visited by everyone. If you live in New York, you can apply for a free New York Public Library Card. If you are a tourist, you can apply for a library card at $100. The access card allows non residents to access the research materials in the library. Tourists who applied for an access card cannot have access to the circulating materials in the library.

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You can apply for the library card on the internet. The library card can also be applied at the Public Library location. Before you are allowed to borrow books, you must present the library card at the New York Public Library. The library card allows you to download eNYPL content, perform research at the Library database and borrow reference materials. Children aged less than 11 years old must apply for the library card at the library. Children can also apply for the library card at events sponsored by the library. Parents must accompany the children during the application of the library card. Parents have put their signature on the library card application form.

The New York City Public Library is equipped with wireless internet access. If you bring a laptop, you can gain access to the internet from any location within the library. The computer must have an 802.11 wireless card. The LAN network of the New York City Public Library is NYPL. Once you have switched on the wireless device, you must locate the LAN network called NYPL. The NYPL wireless network is not locked with a password. Once you have connected your wireless device to the NYPL, you can surf the internet.

Every year, the New York Library is visited by about 15,000,000 people. Out of the 15,000,000 people, only 1,860,000 people have library cards. The New York Library frequently updates its library. Every week, about ten thousands materials are added to the library.

Contact Details:

Address: 33 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002-6804

Phone Number: (212) 964-6598

URL: www.nypl.org

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New York Subway

September 27th, 2010

The New York Subway is a prominent landmark in the New York City. It is as famous as the Statute of Liberty. It contains several railway routes that connect people between the cities every day.

It ranks as the top ten busiest railway stations in the world. The subway system in London and Mexico city has a lower number of boarding compare with the New York Subway.

The New York Subway is a large network of railway system that consists of four hundred and seventy stations. The route of the railway system is approximately 230 miles in length. The New York Subway has its own history background.

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According to a 2005 statistic report, the New York Subway serves more than 1.45 billion passengers per year.  The report shows that six and a half million people access the stations in the New York Subway system. The numbers of passengers will increase as the petrol cost increase each year.

The New York Subway is a property of the state of New York City. Currently, the upper east section of the subway is under construction.

Contrary to its name, it runs both underground and aboveground. About forty percent of the routes are located on top of the surface. In places that are packed with high rise building, such as Manhattan, the subway runs underground. The purpose the train runs underground is to save space. By using the New York subway, passengers can travel to their destination within minimal time.

History

The New York Subway consists of numerous routes that connect the residents in New York with other cities and towns. In the past, the railroad is the first transportation method to connect the New Yorkers with Coney Island. The railroad in Manhattan and Brooklyn are the first to be built in the New York subway system.

During 1898, many counties join forces to connect the cities and towns in the Greater New York region. The developers feel that the best way to connect the cities is to use a subway system. The cost of the subway system is expensive. It will be too expensive for a private company to bear all the cost. Hence, it obtains a contract with IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit Company) to develop the subway system. The contract states that a part of the profit will go to the IRT.

The first subway carries passengers from City Hall to the Bronx region. The construction of the first subway is completed in 1904. Later, more subway routes are being added. The developers originally hesitated on whether to use direct current or alternating current for the subway. They finally decided to use the direct current proposed by Thomas Edison. The New York subway uses direct current.

Since 1913, the city had entered into several agreements with the IRT and BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transport Company). The purpose of the agreement is to increase the number of subway routes. Each agreement focuses on joining several cities through subway. In this way, the cities and town in the whole New York state are joined together by subway train.

The city collected enough fund to build its own subway system. The fund was obtained from investment in the private sector. Eventually, the Independent Subway System was built. The IND system is the most advanced subway system in the world. The IND system was build after the BRT and IRT Company is purchased by the city. The city took over the BRT and IRT company during 1940. The damaged subway lines in the city are removed.

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The city continues to add lines in order to cover all the suburban areas. Most of the subway system fell under disrepair. During the 1980s, the subway system had deteriorated and is not safe for use by the passengers. The restoration work of the subway began in the 1985. Today, the city continues to perform maintenance job in the subway station.

Stations

The New York Subway system offers a number of lines including the IRT Line, BMT Line, IND Line and Staten Island Rapid Transit. The IRT lines in the New York Subway system include Interborough Rapid Transit East Side Line, Interborough Rapid Transit West Side Line, Interborough Rapid Transit Grand Central/Times Square Shuttle, Interborough Rapid Transit Flushing Line, Bronx Interborough Rapid Transit – Woodlawn Line, Bronx Interborough Rapid Transit – Lennox/White Plains Rd. /Dyre Avenue Line, Bronx Interborough Rapid Transit – Pelham Line, and the Brooklyn Interborough Rapid Transit Line.

The BMT Lines offered in the New York Subway system include   Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  Astoria Line,  Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  Brighton Line, Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  Broadway Line, Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  Canarsie Line, Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Culver Line, Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  Jamaica Line, Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  Myrtle Avenue Line, Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  Sea Beach Line, Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  West Side Line, and Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit  4th Avenue Line.

The IND Lines offered in the New York Subway system include Independent Subway System 6th Avenue Line, Independent Subway System 8th Avenue Line, Independent Subway System Concourse Line, Independent Subway System Cross town Line, Independent Subway System Fulton Line, Independent Subway System Queens Boulevard Line, Independent Subway System Rockaway Line, and Independent Subway System World’s Fair Spur.

Many New York City subway stations have mezzanines. The mezzanines allow the passengers to enter the subway station through several entrances and go to the right platform. The platform has a length of 500 – 600 feet.  There are many types of platforms including 2 track line, 3 track lines, and 4 track line. The 4 track line is equipped with an island platform.

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Cars

The New York City subway station has used a variety of cars including R142/R142A and the R62/R62A cars.

Coding

If you observe the subway trains, you will notice numbers and letters on them. The color code is used to group the trains into the main lines. It was developed to make the system less complicated to the public. However, the New Yorkers are more used to the letter and numbers signs.

Getting About with the New York City Subway with MetroCard

Passengers can walk down into the subway station and buy ticket at the booths. You can also purchase the ticket from the vending machines. The tickets are stored in the form of Metro Card. After obtaining the MetroCard, you must swipe it at the turnstile. Once you swipe the MetroCard, the turnstile will be unlocked so that you can pass through and proceed to the platform. In the outer boroughs, the subway lines are equipped with elevated tracks. The elevated tracks allow passengers to climb up without effort.

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Most New York City subway stations have globe lamp posts. The globe lamp posts indicated the availability of the station before the MetroCard emerged in 1994. The globe lamp would be green in color if the station is open for 24 hours per day. If the globe lamp is emitting yellow light, it means that the station is open during the daytime. If the lamp post is emitting red light, it means that the station s used as an exit station. Exit subway stations do not offer transportation services. Nowadays, the color indicates different meaning. Today, the green lamps indicate 24 hour entrances. The red lamps mean that the station is a non 24 hour entrance.

Contact Details:

Address: 370 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

Phone Numbers: (718) 330-1234, (718) 330-3322

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New York Transit Museum

September 27th, 2010

The New York Transit Museum offers exhibition about the city’s subway system. The purpose of the museum is to generate public awareness about how to subway system works. It also includes information about the first subway system in the United States. It frequently organizes outreach programme to the local residents in the 50 states.  It offers public programs for children. Visitors can view the permanent and changing exhibitions on the New York Transit Museum website.

History

The New York Transit used to be a local train terminus. Later, more modern transit system is being built and people started to use those stations.  As a result, the New York Transit was isolated and abandoned. The state of New York City decided to close down the station. After some time, the movie director started to use the New York Transit for filming movies.

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In 1976, a suggestion was put forward to transform the New York Transit into a museum. Everyone agreed to the suggestion. Eventually, the station was converted into a museum of the New York transport system.

In 1990, the museum came under the management of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Once the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was in charge, it expands the collection of the museum to include the history of other transportation types including bridge and commuter train.

The Exhibits

The New York Transit Museum offers a number of permanent and changing exhibitions. The lower balcony in the upper museum is used to show exhibitions on the bridge history. The exhibitions in the room adjoined to the museum offers temporary exhibitions. The temporary exhibitions changes from time to time.

Other Things on Permanent Display

The museum offers a large range of memorabilia to remind people of the history of the subway system. There are all kinds of artifacts in the museum such as signs and tools used in the subway.

In the museum, you will find two tracks. The two tracks are filled with various types of cars. The tracks depict the timeline of the car throughout the history.  The two tracks that are on display in the museum are IND and BMT equipment and IRT and BRT/EI cars. The south track is IND and BMT equipment. The north track is the IRT and BRT/EI cars.

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The steel, stone and backbone exhibition shows how the New York subway system is built. The exhibition shows the development of the New York subway system between 1900 – 1925. In this exhibition, you will learn about the different techniques used to build the subway system. You will realize the living condition of the workers who build the transportation system. The steel, stone and backbone exhibition uses photographs, and artifacts to show the history of the New York transit system.

The Fare Collection Exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to touch and explore the exhibited items. In this exhibition, you will see the paper ticket choppers that were used during the 1904. The MetroCard turnstile in the modern day offers the same function as the paper ticket choppers.

On the Streets: New York City and Busses offers interactive exhibitions for the visitors. Visitors will be able to explore the traffic in the highways New York City. The exhibition includes detailed traffic elements such as traffic lights, signs and etc. Children will be able to learn about the transportation system by exploring the exhibition. Children can get into the busses and cabs to explore the facilities inside.

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If you visit the New York Transit Museum, you will have the opportunity to explore the complicated network of the transportation system. The purpose of the New York Transit System is to educate the public about the transportation system history. At the same time, you will learn how the transportation system in the United States works. Every year, the museum organizes educational programs for the public. Bus Festival is one of the yearly programs organized by New York Transit Museum.

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From Tuesday – Friday, the New York Transit Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the New York Transit Museum is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

The admission fee for adult is $5. Children between 3 and 17 years old will be charged with $3. Senior citizens who are age 62 years old and above is charged with the same price as the admission ticket for children. If you are a senior, you are qualified for free entrance into the museum on Wednesday. Museum members don’t have to pay for the admission ticket. Some of the bus that stops nearby to the museum includes B25, B41, B61, and B75. If you want to find out the direction to the museum, you can call 1-718-694-1873.

From Monday – Friday, the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Grand Central Terminal Store is open from 8 AM to 8 PM. On Saturday – Sunday, the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Grand Central Terminal Store is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Grand Central Terminal Store is closed on major holidays and for special events. If you are interested in visiting the museum gallery, please call (212) 878-0106.

Group visits including adult group, school group and youth group are welcome. Visitors can make a reservation for the group guided visit by calling (718) 694-1873. The Reservation Department is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For adult groups, the maximum number of individual is 25 people. For school groups, the maximum number of individuals is 1 class of students. If you cancel your group tour program, you will be charged with a $30 penalty fee.

The museum accepts payment in forms of cash and credit card. It does not accept personal check or company check. Vouchers are not accepted as a form of payment.

The New York Transit Museum is located in the old building at the subway station in Brooklyn Heights. The annex in Grand Central Terminal offers temporary exhibitions from time to time. If you are interested in visiting New York Transit Museum, you can call 718-694-1600 to find out more information.

Contact Details:

Address: Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10001

Phone Numbers: (212) 878-0106, (718) 694-1600

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New York Restaurant Row

September 27th, 2010

The Restaurant Row is located in a district where there are a lot of theatres. In the Restaurant Row, you will find many high class restaurants. If you are looking for a high class dining site, you can visit the Restaurant Row. The restaurants in this location offer a wide range of local and international cuisines. The Restaurant Row occupies the blocks between 8th and 9th Avenues. It is one if the best place to dine in the United States.

Barbetta at Restaurant Row

Barbetta is a restaurant offering Italian cuisines. It is one of the oldest restaurant in the New York City. It is owned by an Italian family that settles in the United States. It serves as a prominent landmark in the United States. It offers beautiful interior and exterior design. Customers will have a top notch dining experience at Barbetta restaurant.

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Bangkok House at Restaurant Row

Bangkok House serves a wide range of Thai cuisines. The building consists of an excellent lawn, large balcony and personal rooms.

Broadway Joe Steakhouse at Restaurant Row

Broadway Joe Steakhouse is Manhattan restaurant that serves all kinds of steaks and pasta dishes. It started opened business since 50 years ago.

B. Smith’s at Restaurant Row

B. Smiths offer a wide range of international cuisines. The building houses a theatre. Customers can dine and watch the theatre at the same time.

FireBird Restaurant at Restaurant Row

FireBird Restaurant offers a wide range of Russian art. You will be delighted with the wide range of Russian cuisines served in the restaurant.

Lattanzi at Restaurant Row

Lattanzi offers traditional Italian cuisines. It has two storey of dining areas. It is also equipped with a garden and lounge.

La Rivista at Restaurant Row

La Rivista offers classic Italian cuisines. It features candlelight dinner with piano music.

La Rivage at Restaurant Row

La Rivage is a French restaurant that serves traditional French cuisines.

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Meson Savilla at Restaurant Row

Meson Savilla is a Spanish restaurant that offers a variety of dishes from Spain and Mediterranean regions. The chefs at Meson Savilla restaurants only use the freshest ingredient for cooking.

Pomaire at Restaurant Row

Pomaire offers a variety of dishes and cuisines from Chile. Most of the dishes served in Pomaire are seafood dishes.

Sangria 46 at Restaurant Row

Sangria 46 offers a range of Spanish dishes. Customers can choose to dine inside or outside of the restaurant.

Yum Yum 3 at Restaurant Row

Yum Yum 3 offers Thai and Vietnamese cuisines at a cheap price. The Yum Yum 3 is the third Yum Yum chain of restaurants in the New York City.

Nearby Attractions

Within the proximity of Restaurant Row, there are a lot of tourist attractions. Some of the tourist attractios found nearby to the Restaurant Row are Times Square, Madame Tussaud and etc.  To find out the nearby tourist attractions, you will have to visit the Restaurant Row.  The Gray Line Bus Tours offers its service at 8th Avenue every day.

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If you are looking for a nice dining site, you can visit the Restaurant Row. You don’t have to run around the New York City to find a luxurious restaurant. You can have a fine meal at the restaurant in Restaurant Tow. The Restaurant offers a large range of international cuisines for customers.

Restaurant Row has a church called Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church. The church can be found at 308 W. 46th Street. Visitors are welcome to join the Sunday worship service. The Sunday service is starts on 11 a.m. The worship at Wednesday is available from 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church offers an interesting music program.

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Every year, several events took place at the Restaurant Row district. Some of the events that are organized at the Restaurant Row include 9th Avenue Food Festival, Taste of Times Square, Broadway on Broadway and New Year’s Eve. The 9th Avenue Food Festival is held from the 15th – 16th May every year. The festival attracts more than 1,000,000 visitors from the local region and overseas countries each year. The festival is held from the 37th – 57th Streets. The festival is available from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. At the festival, you will get to buy many kinds of food at a bargain price. The festival features cuisines from around the world.

Taste of Times Square is held on the 7th of June every year. The Taste of Times Square event is located on the West 46th St. Restaurant Bet in between 8th and 9th avenue. The admission to the event is free of charge. You can come and enjoy sample food from more than fifty restaurants. Every year, eighteen thousand local and international people attend this food festival.

The Broadway festival is held on the 13th September. The festival starts from 11:30 a.m. It offers a large range of Broadway musicals. If you like to listen to Broadway music, you can visit the Broadway festival.

The New Year’s Eve festival took place on the 31th of December. The New Year’s Eve festival is held at the Restaurant raw district for about 98 years. The first New Year’s Eve festival was celebrated on the 31th December 1904.

Restaurant Row district can be accessed by the public transportation including subway train, bus, and train and taxi cab. The subway lines that will go to Restaurant Row include A, C, E, to 42nd Street and W, W To To 42nd Street. There are several buses that serve the Restaurant Row district including the New York City Transit, West 46th Street & 9th Avenue and Port Authority Bus Terminal. The trains that serve the Restaurant Row district area include Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, Conrail and other Northern Lines and Metro North.

There is a secure parking lot at Restaurant Row. Street parking is available after 7 P.M. The parking fee is calculated by the number of hours the car is parked in the location. If you don’t want to pay for the parking fee, you can park your car at the south side of St. bet 8th and 9th Avenue. The free parking is available after 7 P.M. When you come to the Restaurant Row district, you will find several posted street parking rules. It is important that you obey the posted street parking rules otherwise you can get fined by the authority.

Contact Details:

Address : 321 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, United States

Phone Numbers: (212) 246-9171,(212) 760-7300, (212) 397-7597, (212) 315-1100

URL: www.restaurantrow.com

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