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    Places to See in New York

    The numerous attractions of New York City itself include the shopping Mecca of Fifth Avenue; the elite Park Avenue; the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; Ellis Island; Carnegie Hall; the historic Keens Steak House in Manhattan, with its huge display of smoking pipes; the Lincoln Center including the Metropolitan Opera House; Serendipity 3 restaurant with its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate; Junior's in Brooklyn, famed for its cheesecake since 1950; the Coney Island seaside resort; cosmopolitam Brooklyn; New York Public Library where some of Christoper Robin Milne's original toys, including Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore, are on display in the basement; the Brooklyn Bridge; L & B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn, famed for its Sicilian pizza; Times Square; the famous Rainbow Room restaurant; Madison Square Gardens; the huge Central Park; Cleopatra's Needle; Washington Square; Carnegie Deli, founded in 1937 and famed for its huge pastrami and corned beef sandwiches; the American Museum of Natural History; Sardi's in Manhattan, opened in 1927, probably the most famous restaurant in the USA and home to a magnificent display of celebrity caricatures; Grimaldi's pizzeria at No.1 Front Street in Brooklyn; the elegant Russian Tea Room, first opened by Russian emigres in 1927; South Street Seaport with its shops, museum and the tall ship Peking; the Art Deco Waldorf-Astoria Hotel; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Guggenheim Museum; the Empire State Building; the theatres of Broadway; the United Nations Headquarters; the Statue of Liberty; Columbia University; the Morgan Library; the Rockefeller Center; the financial world of Wall Street; breakfast at Tiffany's, perhaps the most famous jeweller in the world; the Museum of Modern Art or MoMa; the Plaza Hotel; Katz's Deli in Lower East Side, famed for its hot dogs and pastrami sandwiches since 1888 and the site of Meg Ryan's fake orgasm in When Harry Met Sally; Chinatown; Grand Central Terminal; the Bohemian Greenwich Village; the Cathedral of St John the Divine; Manhattan Island; Lombardi's in Little Italy, serving pizzas since 1905 and claiming to be the first pizzeria in the USA; Gallagher's Steak House in Manhattan, founded in 1927; Macy's Department Store in its Beaux Arts building on Herald Square, still one of the largest department stores in the world and the first to have an in-store Santa Claus (it was the setting for Miracle on 34th Street); Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, said for many years to be the best steak house in New York; Grant's Tomb; the Chrysler Building; the 21 Club in Manhattan, once a speakeasy; and Nathan's Famous hot dogs, served to British royalty by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    State Parks, Nature Reserves, State Forests, National Forests, National Parks and Refuges in New York State

    Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca; Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex; Nelson Swamp Unique Area; Sam's Point Preserve, a National Natural Landmark and the habitat of bears and other wildlife; Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area; Catskill Park with its forest inhabited by bears, bobcats and other animals as well as, perhaps, the Catskill gnomes; the wild Adirondack Park, inhabited by black bears and increasing numbers of moose and with its famous Great Camps, wilderness lodges of the wealthy; Watkins Glen State Park, on Seneca Lake, with its cliffs and eighteen waterfalls; Allegany State Park near Salamanca, with black bears, beavers and more, often revealed in the evening by spotlights around Red House Lake; Great Swamp Conservancy; Finger Lakes National Forest; Letchworth State Park with its waterfalls and the Genesee River Gorge; Niagara Falls State Park, the first state park in the USA; Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary; Sterling Forest State Park; Robert Moses State Park in the Thousand Islands area; the Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains; and Labrador Hollow Unique Area, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of New York State.

    Legends, Ghosts, Scary Stories, Monsters, Folklore and Myths in New York State

    The Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; and alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; and events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; the ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); and the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.


    America welcomes careful drivers; also pilots and passengers, for that matter. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see San Diego, Houston, Detroit, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Boston, Minneapolis, Skagway, San Francisco, St Louis, New Orleans, Miami, Fairbanks, Corpus Christi, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, New York, Atlantic City, Sacramento, Savannah, Los Angeles, Chicago, Indianapolis, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Juneau, Honolulu, Washington DC, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Anchorage, Seattle, Lake Tahoe and Sitka. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Niagara Falls, the Okefenokee Swamp, the wild west town of Tombstone, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Disney resorts, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Ozarks, Mount Rushmore, the Florida Keys, Mount Rainier National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, Glacier Bay National Park, the Adirondacks, the Everglades, the California coastline, Yellowstone National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Appalachians, rodeos, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Route 66 and Bryce Canyon are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. From, a heartfelt Bon Voyage!

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