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New Street Murals Animate World Trade Center in New York City

By Samantha Zúñiga-Levy

Posted on 08/27/2018, 6:00 AM

Ever since the events of 9/11, New York City has faced the challenges of rebuilding the area around the Twin Towers as well as finding an appropriate aesthetic for the site—tasks that have been especially difficult given the emotions involved.  In early 2017, Silverstein Properties, the World Trade Center's main developer, invited 50 street artists to do what they do best all over the 69th-floo...

Huge New Sculpture Planned for New York City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Rendering for "Vessel," a monumental sculpture planned for New York City (image: designboom/Twitter) Yesterday the plans were unveiled for a new 150-foot, $150-million sculpture that will stand amid a cluster of skyscrapers being built near the Hudson River in Manhattan.    Designed by British artist Thomas Heatherwick and dubbed "Vessel," the concrete and steel structure looks so...

Glamping in the Heart of New York City—For $2,000 a Night

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2016, 12:45 PM

The W New York hotel is offering guests a chance to go camping in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.  The hotel's Extreme Wow Glamping Suite is a colorful, 12-foot yurt decked out with rattan chairs, lanterns, and a faux fire pit. And here's the best part: it's set up on an outdoor terrace on the building's 17th floor, where you can take in excellent views of the Manhattan skyline. Rates ...

Elevated Park Opens at WTC Site

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 8:45 PM

An elevated park overlooking the World Trade Center memorial opened in New York City on Wednesday. Modeled after Manhattan's popular High Line, the 1-acre, $50 million Liberty Park helps cover up a security building used to screen vehicles entering the site of the September 11 attacks. The park's most striking feature is its "Living Wall," a vertical garden featuring more than 22,000 plants. Lo...

New York City Copter Tours Chopped

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/02/2016, 7:00 PM

  New York authorities just took a blade to the city's tourist helicopter industry: In an agreement that was jointly announced by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Helicopter Tourism and Jobs Council, helicopter operating companies agreed to reduce flights by about 50% annually within a year. All tourist flights would end on Sundays beginning April 1. Over...

Manhattan's New Tourist Sight: Jerry Seinfeld

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/02/2015, 4:30 PM

The modern tourist landscape New York City continues to co-opt some of Las Vegas' best ideas: In 2013, Billy Joel announced his once-a-month residency at Madison Square Garden, giving Americans with no interest in Broadway a regular reason to fly to Midtown Manhattan for a show. Joel's stint is currently set to end in April, but Jerry Seinfeld has risen to fill the gap. Starting in January...

New York City’s Latest Culinary Trend Is One That Your Mother—And Your Cardiologist—Will Approve Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2015, 10:30 PM

About five years ago came the parade of pork, in every form under the sun, the fattier the better. That trend was followed by the “Cronut” phenomenon: normally sane people getting up at 4 am or earlier to wait online in front of a tiny bakery to taste an unholy marriage of croissant and donut. But since New York City taste buds often set the agenda for what’s eaten across North America—don’t b...

Sneak Peek of the New World Trade Center's Observation Deck

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/10/2014, 2:00 PM

The final tourist amenity at the new World Trade Center site, which some visitors still call Ground Zero, has announced what it'll offer tourists when it opens in the spring. The observation deck, called One World (which would have been a better name for the whole building, come to think of it), will be on the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors. The main views will be on the 102nd, where floor...

Ellis Island's Haunting Hospital Ward Now Open

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/14/2014, 2:45 PM

After years of begging from Americana buffs and urban explorers, the spooky and historically crucial Hospital Complex of New York harbor's Ellis Island is now open for guided tours after years of decay and abandonment. Most people identify Ellis Island with its regal Main Building, through which some 12 million immigrants passed in the six decades it served as New York City's principa...

Ever Heard of the "Upper West Side"? It's My Own Favorite Stomping Ground, Which Apparently Stamps Me as Something of a Square

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2014, 5:15 PM

         Let me start with a disclaimer:  I am well aware that visitors to New York come here for the city's most famous sights:  the U.N., Broadway Shows, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, the "Met", Museum of Modern Art, the Opera, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue.  But they miss something, in my prejudiced view, by failing to sample the unique New York life that several major ...

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