New York, New York


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Just hop in a yellow cab and check out the sights. Later, after you stop for lunch to enjoy some NY style pizza in Little Italy, you can test your New York know-how over some frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity. Take the quiz below to learn more about the city, then check out some of the sites in the slideshow below.

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The current building known as Grand Central Terminal (not station) is the third version of this iconic train hub which still serves millions of New York commuters.

The terminal was once infamous as a broken-down depot commuters couldn't leave fast enough, but massive renovations in the 1990s made Grand Central grand again, uncovering its stunning astronomical ceiling and adding shops, restaurants and a high-end food court.


Construction began on what was once the world's tallest building began on March 17th, 1930. Built in the midst of the depression, the building's height was crucial because the Chrysler building, going up just a few blocks away, was also vying for the title of 'highest.'

Originally, the building was also meant to serve as a port for dirigibles (think the Goodyear Blimp), but the plan was abandoned when wind conditions at 1,350 feet proved to be too treacherous.

The Empire State Building was the tallest in New York when it was constructed and is the tallest today -- but it wasn't from 1970 until 2001, when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were still standing.


First conceived of in 1844 as an oasis for the 500,000 people living in lower Manhattan, a city commission paid more than $5 million for the land between 59th and 106th streets between 5th and 8th Avenues. The park was eventually designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and was completed in about 1872.

Today, the park serves the more than 8 million residents of New York City and has many important sites of its own, including the Strawberry fields memorial to John Lennon, the Public Theater, Sheep's Meadow, and the Great Lawn, where free concerts are often held throughout the summer months.

Of the many walkways in the park, only one follows a completely straight path: the Mall.


The statue, a gift from France in 1886, is an icon of America and of New York. For many immigrants to the U.S. between 1892 and all the way through 1954, the statue was the first thing they saw as their ships entered New York Harbor before they began their journey to becoming citizens.

Though it has long served as a symbol of New York and once even appeared on New York State license plates, it's actually located on an island much closer to the mainland of New Jersey.

Tourists today can take a ferry to the island to see the statue up close. Since September 11th, 2001, the statues crown has been closed to visitors, but you can expect it to reopen in July of 2009.


The Coney Island Cyclone is a part of Astroland, the amusement park behind the Coney Island boardwalk.

When the wooden roller coaster was built in 1927, it cost 25 cents to ride. Today, it will run you about $8, but if you want to ride again (it only lasts about two minutes), there's an option to pay just $5 for a second turn.

A Brooklyn institution just around the corner from the Cyclone is Nathan's, the world's most storied hot-dog stand -- but you might not want to grab a bite there just before you ride.


One of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S., the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883 and connected Brooklyn and Manhattan, changing the cultural landscape for both. It was originally called the "Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge," but after an 1867 letter to the editor in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, it popularly became known as just the Brooklyn Bridge.

A fun tourist 'must do' involves walking from the Manhattan to Brooklyn side of the bridge and having pizza at Grimaldi's, which is nestled underneath the bridge.


Home of NBC broadcasting, the famous Christmas tree, Saturday Night Live, and yes, even Channel One News, this tower of shops and offices was the grand business accomplishment of John D. Rockefeller, which he thought of as a 'city within a city.'

About 200 flagpoles ring Rockefeller Center, flying the standards of United Nations member states and U.S. states and territories. At the center of the plaza, a signature ice-skating rink becomes outdoor restaurant seating during warmer months.

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