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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Date – Visit New York with Romancing Manhattan Tours

A Day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

What other way to kindle (or re-kindle) a romance than by strolling through one of the most breathtaking museums and public spaces in the world!?

On Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 4pm, you can listen to live classical music on the Great Hall Balcony Bar while enjoying some wine and appetizers (beer and mixed drinks are also available). Oftentimes the light menu is inspired by a particular current exhibition that is going on. You can view all of their menus online. Just remember even though the museum closes at 9pm on these evenings last call is at 8pm. In addition to the Great Hall Balcony Bar there are four other places to grab something to eat that are open to the general public.

May through late Fall (weather permitting), the Rooftop Garden Café is open and has jaw-dropping views of Central Park and the city beyond. There are often special exhibits you can check out as well. If you are visiting the museum during this time then visiting the Rooftop Garden is an absolute must.

Permanent collections that are not to be missed are the Egyptian Collection, which houses 26,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts and objects and is the largest Egyptian collection in the world outside of Cairo. Be sure to stop by the Temple of Dendur while you’re there.

Looking for your knight in shining armor? Or looking to be one yourself? Chivalry is alive and well at the Arms and Armor exhibit which displays many suits of armor and weapons from the medieval period. Use this to inspire a little Old World romance of your own!

Some other personal favorites are the Gallery of Musical Instruments, the brand new Gallery of Islamic Art, the gallery of European Paintings and gallery of Medieval Art. But to plan a special visit of your own, I highly recommend you visit their website, look at the galleries that interest you and map it out on their floor plan. You can very easily get lost here. Have fun (and remember to hold hands).

 

 

The Essentials:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street; Tel: (212) 535-7710. Website: www.metmuseum.org. Hours: Tues – Thurs 9:30am to 5:30pm, Fri – Sat 9:30 to 9pm, Sun 9:30am to 5:30pm, Closed Mondays (except holiday Mondays), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is suggested contribution, so pay as you wish (you can pay a penny, a dollar or you can pay the full suggested contribution, which is $25 as of this writing – it’s up to you).

Some interesting notes:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has over 2,000,000 objects, artifacts and works of art spread across 2 million square feet of exhibit space making it the largest museum in the western hemisphere and second only in the entire world after the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia (yes it is bigger than the Louvre in Paris… MUCH bigger).

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New York City date – Visit New York and enjoy these unique experiences

Pretend you’re fictional husband and wife detective team Nick and Nora and solve a NYC mystery through Accomplice New York, then grab a couple of old fashioned drinks at Bemelman’s Bar.

If you never thought you’d ever have the chance to fantasize you were a detective and have a romantic role-playing adventure with your partner while solving a crime… here’s your chance. You can pretend you’re Nick and Nora Charles, the 1930s and 40s TV, radio and movie detectives inThe Thin Man. Grab yourself a fedora and a little velvet hat and get going!

Accomplice is a brilliantly designed and executed interactive game that is part theater, part scavenger hunt and part tour. You’ll be given a mission, a plot to solve and sent out onto the streets of Manhattan aided by clues and mysterious cast members scattered throughout various locations such as street corners, bars, iconic landmarks, and out of the way spots. The New York Times says “it’s like being in the middle of the Michael Douglas movie The Game”. The adventure lasts 2 ½ to 3 hours and you can choose from Accomplice: New York which takes place in the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho and the Financial District or Accomplice: The Village which takes place entirely in the crooked, narrow streets of Greenwich Village. All games take place Fridays through Sundays onlyand you definitely need to reserve in advance for this. Call or email them to see how far in advance they suggest you make a reservation. You may need to book a month or more ahead of time. They do sell out.

When you’re finished it’ll be late afternoon and you’ll be ready to relax with a good Martini or Old Fashioned. Head uptown to the classy Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel for a little unwinding and conversation. The bar and hotel date back to the late 1920s. There’s no loud music here, just a piano player and occasionally other musicians playing old jazz standards and cabaret style music. The drinks are expensive, to be sure, but you almost feel as if Nick and Nora themselves, or Cary Grant were about to walk in any minute. Make sure you look good. Be comfortable but don’t where white sneakers or jeans if you can help it. Remember, they always looked good back in the day, even when solving mysteries! For the full effect I recommend going in the evening when it’s dark, so you might have a couple of hours to kill (go before 9:30pm and avoid a cover charge – the music starts at 9:30pm). Try going for a stroll up Madison Avenue between 59th and 80th Streets. You’ll see cute little restaurants tucked away on the side streets and even a diner or two if you want to grab a bite to eat first. Be spontaneous and just pick one that looks appealing to you.

 

The Essentials:

Accomplice, Tel: (212)242-1524www.accomplicetheshow.com

Bemelman’s Bar (inside the Carlyle Hotel), 35 East 76th Street, entrance on Madison Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets. Tel: (212)744-1600

 

Some interesting notes:

The Carlyle Hotel is where former president John F. Kennedy supposedly had his affair with Marilyn Monroe. Look for his picture on the wall when you enter the hotel but before entering the bar.

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The Breakfast at Tiffany’s Date – visit New York

The Breakfast at Tiffany’s date

This is a good weekend afternoon date. Get the popcorn ready, get comfy and snuggle up to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s a classic romantic New York movie with George Peppard and the timeless, inimitable Audrey Hepburn. It is loosely based on the Truman Capote novel of the same name and is also a bit of a New York time capsule, having come out in 1961. Directed by Blake Edwards, it won Henry Mancini two Academy Awards for Best Musical Score and Best Original Song (Moon River). Healso garnered a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. Mrs. Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her memorable role as the naïve, eccentric Holly Golightly.

Now for some fun. How about taking a stroll past Holly Golightly’s Upper East Side apartment and then shooting straight to Tiffany’s to have something engraved, just like Holly and Paul did in the movie? How awesome is that? The green-and-white candy-striped awning at 169 East 71st Street (between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave) may be gone but you’ll still recognize the white limestone-colored townhouse (adjacent to the left of the brownstone). A nice walk would be to start at Park Avenue and 71stStreet and walk to 3rd Avenue, stopping a moment to gaze at that location where such a warm and touching (and often funny) love story took place.To continue your walk, make a left on 3rd Avenue and walk up to 78thStreet. Make a left on 78th Street. This four-block stretch is one of the most beautiful blocks in the city. Notice all the beautiful townhouses and brownstones, the different types of architecture, the abundance of trees overhanging the street. From Park Ave and 71st St to 3rd Ave to 78th St to 5thAve is about a 25 minute walk so make sure you pick a day when the weather is nice. This is a great stroll through a beautiful neighborhood.

 

When you get to 5th Avenue and 78th Street there’s a good chance you won’t want to walk another 20 minutes to Tiffany’s on the corner of 5thAvenue and 57th Street so just go ahead and hail a taxi for a quick ride (hopefully, if the traffic on 5th Ave isn’t too bad). Tiffany’s will be on the far left corner. Now remember in the movie when Paul, a struggling writer with no money, asked the man behind the counter to engrave something for Holly? He bought something inexpensive ($10 I think it was) andmade this romantic gesture to Holly. Go ahead and do the same thing! Hopeless romantics will love this. Of course you will probably not find anything for $10 but let’s have some fun with the counterperson and ask them if they’ve ever seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s and if they remember that scene when Paul and Holly were in the store. If not, go ahead and explain it to him or her. No doubt they will try to be as helpful as possible. Who can resist such unbridled romance as this!

 

The Essentials:

Holly Golightly’s apartment, 169 East 71st Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Tiffany’s, 727 5th Avenue at 57th Street. Tel: (212)755-8000.www.tiffany.com.

 

Some interesting notes:

Author Truman Capote originally chose Marilyn Monroe to play the lead role but ultimately Paramount Pictures had the final saying and decided to go with Audrey Hepburn. Inside Tiffany’s along the wall to the left when you enter you’ll find the Tiffany diamond. It’s a 128.5 karat yellow diamond with 90 facets. It’s considered priceless. Only two women ever wore this diamond: Mrs. Mary Whitehouse and Audrey Hepburn during publicity photo shoots for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

 

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Romantic Dates in New York City – Visit New York

The Romantic Movie Locations Date – ice skating, frozen hot chocolate, the Empire State Building and one really big sandwich!(Movies: Harry Met Sally, Serendipity, Sleepless in Seattle)

This can be a lot of fun if you’re a big movie fan. And if this kind of a date excites you, just make sure your partner-in-crime is as equally excited as you are! To make this adventure even more fun you could even do a movie marathon night the day before your date, watching these movies first and then going out and having fun visiting the locations.

 

Now, while there are many great romantic movies shot in NYC (probably more than any other city in the world) I chose three fairly mainstream movies for you to have fun with. You can even turn this into a twice-a-year tradition where you watch a few movies set in New York and then prepare a day to visit and explore some of the locations from key scenes in the movie.  Some other romantic movie favorites shot on location in New York are 9 ½ weeks, West Side Story, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, An Affair to Remember, You’ve Got Mail and Maid in Manhattan.

 

First is When Harry Met Sally with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Remember that scene? You know the one I’m talking about… uh huh… yes… that one – the “I’ll have what she’s having” scene where Sally fakes an orgasm right in the middle of a crowded delicatessen. Well, that’s how good Katz’s pastrami and corned beef sandwiches are! So head on downto Katz’s Delicatessen on the corner of Houston and Ludlow Streets in downtown Manhattan. Order a pastrami or corned beef on rye or a Reuben sandwich and let the swooning begin. Be sure to get some pickles! (And if you decide to re-enact this scene yourself in front of your date, please be sure to write to me and let me know the reactions you get from nearby diners!) You will notice a sign above the table Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat at when they filmed that scene on location right here at Katz’s Deli. You will need to get a ticket when you enter and then get on line (there’s always a line). The counterman will mark your ticket. You MUST not lose your ticket or you may have a problem when you leave. You will need to show your ticket to the cashier when you leave and pay the amount written on your ticket.

 

Next, if it’s November through March (always call ahead and make sure they are open) hop a cab or take the subway to the 59th Street and 6thAvenue entrance to Central Park. The Wollman Rink is a two minute walk into Central Park from this entrance. Follow the footpath directly into the park and stay to the right. (subways: Take the A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th Street or the N or R to 5th Ave/59th St or the B, Q to 57th Street). Once you’re there remember the love story shared here by Jonathon and Sara (played perfectly by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale) in the 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity. There were actually two scenes filmed here, one in the beginning when they’re skating together and the one at the end when they find each other after being apart.

 

After your romantic escapades on the ice take a 15-minute walk (or a quick cab ride) over to the extremely popular Serendipity 3 on 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues for their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate (it’s out of this world delicious!) – or if doing this date April through October head straight to Serendipity 3 after Katz’s Deli. Jonathon and Sara drank theirs together at an upstairs table. There can be a long wait to get in here and they do not take reservations. So you’ll just need to give your name to the host or hostess and wait for your name to be called. While waiting you can check out the many home décor or antique shops along 58th and 59thStreets between 2nd and 3rd Avenues (known as Designers and Decorator’sWays) or spend some time at Dylan’s Candy Bar on the corner of 60thStreet and 3rd Ave.

 

The final part of your date honors that classic of classics romantic film Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan by taking a trip to the top of the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck. What a great scene that was! The view from here is just as classic as the movie itself – sweeping, jaw-dropping views that are sure to excite and inspire. Keep in mind that there is also an enclosed 102nd floor observation deck. That is not the one we are talking about here (however the 102nd floor one was where Cary Grant waited for Deborah Kerr in Affair to Remember). Purchase and print your tickets online at www.esbnyc.com. The line to get to the top can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. If you want to drop some extra cash you can opt for the Express Pass which lets you bypass the line. You will see this option on the website when you get your tickets.

 

The Essentials:

Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street on the corner of Ludlow Street (Lower East Side). Tel: (212)254-2246.www.katzsdelicatessen.com.

Wollman Skating Rink, Central Park. Tel: (212)439-6900. Check the website for updated hours and pricing: www.wollmanskatingrink.com.

Serendipity 3, 225 East 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Tel:(212)838-3531www.serendipity3.com.

Empire State Building, 350 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets. Tel:(212)736-3100. The Observatory is open every day, including weekends and holidays from 8AM to 2AM. www.esbnyc.com. Prices as of this writing: $25 or $47.50 for the Express ticket (main deck).

 

Some interesting notes:

Katz’s Deli still has their old signs in the window from World War II that say “Send a salami to your boy in the army”.

 

The Empire State Building was completed in May of 1931 in just 13 and a half months right in the middle of the Great Depression. During World War II an American B-25 bomber lost in the fog crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building (the building did not incur any major structural damage).

 

Central Park is a completely man-made park, having been mostly marshes and swamps prior to its construction. It was completed in the 1870s and was the first urban park in America. It covers 843 acres (2.5 miles long and a half mile wide) of extremely expensive real estate right smack dab in the middle of Manhattan.

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A date in Brooklyn – Visit New York with Romancing Manhattan Tours

A visit to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn and an early romantic dinner at Saul (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn) followed by drinks at Clover Club (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)

 What an overlooked gem! If the massiveness of New York City’s subway and transportation system intrigues you, then you will love this little, often overlooked museum. The New York Transit Museum, one of the city’s leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since it’s inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity.

The museum’s galleries feature curious and engaging exhibits such as Steel, Stone, and Backbone, which recounts the tale of building New York City’s 100 year-old subway system, and many highly interactive exhibitions such as On The Streets, an in-depth look at New York City’s trolleys and buses.

Since this museum closes at 4pm, you’ll want to get there sometime between 2:30 – 3pm so you don’t have too much time between the museum and the dinner. Allow a good hour to visit this museum.

Tip: Be sure to sneak a kiss or two on one of their vintage subway cars, just like they did in the old days.

After the museum, it’s just a 15 minute walk to your restaurant (see below for easy walking directions). If you have some time to kill before your dinner there are plenty of shops along Smith Street to peruse. Saul is a pioneer in this ever-so-popular hot neighborhood. It’s casual and intimate with an American menu. Their menu changes seasonally so expect nothing but the best and freshest ingredients. Be sure to check out their menu online (see website below). This restaurant does get crowded – and noisy – so be sure to make a reservation just to be safe. For a fun end to a meal you must try their signature Baked Alaska!

 

Tip: ask for table 5A, it’s a corner table.

Walking directions: When exiting the museum turn right on Boerum Place and walk down to Atlantic Avenue. Turn left on Atlantic Avenue and go just one block over to Smith Street. Turn right onto Smith Street and the restaurant will be 2 and a half blocks down on your right (between Dean and Bergen Streets).

For a perfect end to your date, all you have to do is walk four and a half blocks down Smith Street (against the flow of traffic) to Clover Club (Smith Street between Baltic and Butler Streets). The Clover Club is based on an actual club that existed in Philadelphia between 1882 and the 1920s, so the drink menu and atmosphere are reflective of that time period. The bartenders here are extraordinary (mixologists) and the cocktails are sure to impress.  But if you really want to make an impression, order off the menu and ask for the Kick Flip (just trust me on this one, it’s delicious…. and potent!)

Tip: There’s live Big Band jazz on Wednesdays between 8:30pm and 11:30pm. They get very crowded on Wednesday’s so call ahead to reserve a table (there’s no cover charge).

 

The Essentials:

New York Transit Museum, 130 Livington Street in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. Tel: (718)694-1600. Admission: $7 for adults. www.mta.info/mta/museum/ Hours: Tues – Fri, 10am – 4pm; Sat and Sun, 11am – 5pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.

Saul, 140 Smith Street between Dean and Bergen Streets. Tel: (718)935-9844. www.saulrestaurant.com

Clover Club, 210 Smith Street between Baltic and Butler Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Tel: (718)855-7939. www.cloverclubny.com/

 

Some interesting notes:

New York City has the largest subway system in the world with over 700 miles of tracks and 468 subway stations. It was built in 1904 and transports well over a billion people a year.

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Visit New York – Great Dates in NYC

I have an exciting announcement to make. I will be writing my first book about NYC, specifically about great dates and fun things to do in NYC.

We will be posting one to two dates every week, so stay tuned!

Here’s our first one:

Brunch at Antique Garage, followed by gallery hopping in Soho

This is a great downtown date. Antique Garage has a warm, cozy atmosphere, live jazz and an excellent Mediterranean/Turkish menu (the Turkish Meatballs are amazing!). Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm and live jazz can be heard between 1pm and 4pm (there is no cover charge for the music). The restaurant is located in the trendy neighborhood of SoHo.

Following your awesome brunch, do a little SoHo gallery hopping (one of the best free things to do in New York). Below you’ll see a walking tourroute that you can follow to get you started. Of course, feel free to allow yourself some of your own diversions as you will no doubt spot a gallery or cool little boutique or store that catches your eye. Here is a short list of 5 noteworthy galleries to check out.

Animazing Gallery (54 Greene St), has a unique collection of original and limited edition animation and illustration artwork

Morrison Hotel Gallery (124 Prince St), features great photography of legendary musicians over the past half-century

Opera Gallery (115 Spring St), a high-end gallery with museum-quality modern and contemporary art from around the world

Moss (150 Greene St), furniture as well as decorative/functional items with an artistic mindset are displayed here and available at this unique gallery/store

Pop International Galleries (473 West Broadway), an exciting art gallery specializing in Pop Art, Urban Art and art and photography that is influenced by popular culture

Suggested gallery walking tour route (once again, be sure to allow for some spontaneity in your journey – great dates always involve a little bit of adventure, surprise and spontaneity):

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Head left when leaving the restaurant and make your first left ontoBroome Street. Go to the next block and make a left onto Greene Street. Animazing Gallery will be on your left (54 Greene St).

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Make a right out of the gallery back to Broome Street and turn left on Broome. Walk 2 blocks to West Broadway and turn right onto West Broadway. Walk just short of 3 blocks to come to Pop International Galleries. It’ll be on your right (473 West Broadway) between Prince and Houston Streets.

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Make a left out of the gallery and walk 1 block down to Prince Street. Turn left on Prince Street and stay on the right hand side of the street. Walk 1 block to Wooster Street. Just a little past Wooster Street on Prince Street is Morrison Hotel Gallery on your right (124 Prince St).

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Make a right out of the gallery and walk 1 block to Greene Street. Turn left on Greene Street and stay on the right hand side of the street. About half way up the block will be Moss on your right (150 Greene St).

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Make a left out of the gallery and walk a block and a half to Spring Street (the block after Prince). Turn left on Spring Street and Opera Gallery will be on your left (115 Spring St).

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* For a little sweet love snack head left out of the gallery past Mercer Street and just before you get to Broadway you’ll see Baked By Melissa on your left. They make tiny little cupcake perfections that you can enjoy by the dozen. So load up on some sugar and get that heart pumpin’!

 

Some interesting notes:

SoHo stands for south of Houston Street. It started off as an industrial manufacturing and warehouse district in the 19th century when city life was concentrated more downtown and neighborhoods further uptown were not quite as settled as they are today. It eventually became abandoned in the early to mid 20th century as the population of Manhattan started moving further uptown to the newer areas (Manhattan grew from south to north; from downtown to uptown). Artists started moving into the abandoned warehouses in the mid 1900’s and loft-style city living began. But it was cheap, gritty and undesirable. With the abundance of artists came galleries and cafes to cater to their lifestyle. Eventually the neighborhood attracted the attention of the real estate industry who became interested in putting this area on the map as New York City’s next hot neighborhood. The acronym SoHo was coined, and the many manufacturing and warehouse buildings were converted into expensive loft apartments. Eventually people started moving in and boutiques and restaurants sprouted up all over the place to cater to this new crowd. Today, SoHo is one of the best places to shop in New York. Many galleries still thrive here but these are not the galleries of the struggling artists of 50 years ago. Nonetheless, gallery-hopping in SoHo is a favorite thing to do for many New Yorkers and visitors and it’s absolutely free!

The Essentials:

Antique Garage, 41 Mercer St. (212)219-1019.www.antiquegaragesoho.com

Animazing Gallery, 54 Greene St. (212)226-7374www.animazing.com.

Morrison Hotel Gallery, 124 Prince St. (212)941-8770.www.morrisonhotelgallery.com

Opera Gallery, 115 Spring St. (212)966-6675www.operagallery.com

Moss, 150 Greene St. (212)204-7100www.mossonline.com

Pop International Galleries, 473 West Broadway. (212)533-4262www.popinternational.com

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Happy 4th of July everybody!

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I have a great little story to share which I mentioned in an earlier blog post. But for those who didn’t catch it I feel it is appropriate to mention it again here on this very special day, the day we declared our independence and became a free nation. But before I do, I just want to share a thought.

You know, we’re all New Yorkers, each in our own way right? New York is a city of dreams, a place for new beginnings, new starts, big ideas, grand visions, a place where we can become our very best. People have come here from all over the world to start anew.

It’s truly inspiring and exciting and unforgettable when you visit this great city for the first time. It really does bring out something in you. And there is an energy here that you cannot find anywhere in the world. Many people have said that, and it’s so very true.

So I invite you to fall in love with New York. Come here and get inspired, and go back home feeling a newfound energy that you didn’t have before. Get your New York on! Where’s your inner New Yorker?

I want to personally reach out to as many of you as I can and invite you to connect with with me here on our website, Facebook, on Twitter, on YouTube, LinkedIN and anywhere else you can find us.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, interact with you, and help you plan the most amazing trip to New York City you can imagine.

On that note, I wish you all again a happy 4th of July. Be safe, and I’ll see you in New York!

With Lots of Love,
Jason
Founder/Romancing Manhattan Tours

Ya know, one of my favorite little stories to tell on tours is when George Washington and his troops were read the Declaration of Independence down at City Hall Park.

The date was July 9, 1776. Several people in the crowd were so fired up from hearing the reading that they marched down to the Bowling Green Park at the foot of Broadway and tore down the statue of King George III. They then walked the statue up to the local foundry and had it melted down into bullets, which they used against the British. Of course, the perfect irony here is that the British soldiers were being shot by their own king!

And if you go down to the Bowling Green Park today, which by the way is the oldest park in Manhattan dating back to the 1730s, you’ll notice that the tops of the posts of the fence are on even. That is because the top of the posts were finished off with the design of the British Royal crown. Each of these crowns were sawed-off, which is why the tops of each of the posts are uneven, each in its own way.

I love touching the tops of these posts, I really feel a connection to the past and all that actually happened when I do this. Let us never forget the story of the humble beginnings of this great nation of ours.

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Planning a trip to New York City – dates in June to remember

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If you are planning a trip to New York City in June keep these dates in mind!
If you are going to visit New York in June it would be good to remember the date of June 19, 1885. For it is on this day under a cloudy sky that New York celebrates the Statue of Liberty’s arrival from France.
The first completed portion of the statue, her three-story tall arm and torch, spent nine years as a tourist attraction in Madison Square Park (Madison Ave & 5th Avenue between 23rd and 26th Streets). When the body was finished, the arm and torch returned to France and the completed statute was shipped to New York.
The statue consists of 300 copper plates riveted to a steel frame. The steel skeletal frame was designed by none other than Gustaf Eiffel, who would then go on to build the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. The shackles at her feet represent freedom from tyranny, the seven spikes on her crown represent the seven continents and the seven seas, the torch represents enlightenment and the tablet in her left hand has inscribed upon it the date of July 4, 1776, the year we declared our independence.
The Statue of Liberty’s dedication was delayed until October 1886, because of a shortage of funds for her pedestal. We were responsible for raising the money to build the  pedestal upon which the statue would stand. However, New Yorkers were not very forthcoming in sending in their donations and it wasn’t until newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer wrote a letter in his newspaper asking New Yorkers to come forward with their support and promising to print the names of every single person who made a donation no matter how small, did the residents of our city finally send in their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
It is important to remember that the statue was not a gift from the government of France to the government of the United States, it was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States honoring our freedom and democracy that they so desperately wanted.
Although the Statue of Liberty will not be opening until July 4th you can get great views by taking a Harbor tour around the waters of New York surrounding the statue. I recommend New York Water Taxi, I love their boats and their guides for the most part are very good. They have tours that depart from the South Street Seaport as well as Pier 83 on the Hudson River, near the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum.
Also this month in June, Coney Island presents the first roller coaster on June 6, 1884.
On June 25, 1906 architect Stanford White is shot and killed on the roof of the Madison Square Garden he designed by the husband of showgirl Evelyn Nesbitt, Mr. White’s former mistress. That Madison Square Garden was built on the corner of Madison Avenue and 26th St., but today is the location of a prominent feature of the Manhattan skyline, the New York Life Insurance Company building.