NEW YORK GUIDE
New York is the nerve centre of the nation, leading in manufacturing, foreign trade, commerce and banking, book and magazine publishing and theatrical production. New York City is home to three airports, one of which (John F. Kennedy International Airport) is one of the busiest airports in the world. With incomparable museums, attractions, restaurants, hotels, theatres and shopping venues, New York City attracts visitors from all over the world. It is estimated that 56.5 million people visited New York City in 2014.
Uncover Travels guide to three nights in New York covers all of the must-see sights with recommended places to eat and a suggested hotel in a great location.
Day One - Check in to the Yotel. Walk to Times Square, New Yorks busiest intersection to take in the ambiance and the billboards spectacle. Have lunch at Tonis di Napoli and then walk to the Empire State Building (approx. 15 minutes) to visit the observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors. In the evening head to BB King's Blues Club and Grill for dinner and live entertainment.
Day Two - Hop on the Big Bus Tours Downtown route, which will take you through Chinatown and Little Italy. Get off at Battery Park and take the Liberty Island Ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. From Battery Park take the Big Bus to the next stop and have lunch at Don Giovanni Ristorante and then walk along the High Line. Have an early dinner at the Playwright Irish Pub near Times Square and then take the Big Bus Tour's Night Tour, a non-stop route that will take you across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Day Three - Hop on the Big Bus Tour's Uptown Route. Get off at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and spend some time enjoying the wonderful exhibitions. The entrance fee is a recommended fee and you can pay as much or as little as you like.Get back on the Big Bus to the Central Park South, have lunch in one of the many nearby restaurants and then wander through Central Park. In the evening have a slice of the world's most fabulous cheesecake at Junior's and then catch a show on Broadway.
Day Four - Store your bags with the Yotels luggage-storing robot and get a taxi or the subway to the heliport in Down-town Manhattan for a helicopter tour. Walk to Ground Zero and One World Trade Centre (approx. 20 minutes) and then return to the Yotel to pick up your bags and head to the airport.
Three Nights in New York
Plan your trip to NYC and book tickets online before you go to save waiting in long queues and to ensure that you can see all of the sights.
Buy tickets for the Big Bus Tour online before you go. We rec-ommend the Liberty Package, which includes the Uptown and Downtown Routes, Brooklyn and Night Tours and the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
If you would like to visit the Statue of Liberty Pedestal or Crown you will need to purchase those tickets too as the Big Bus Tour tickets will only give you access to Liberty Island (if included in the Big Bus package). Be sure to book well in ad-vance, as crown tickets sell out weeks in advance. You can also purchase Priority Entrance tickets to skip the long queue for the ferry and tickets for the Hard Hat Tour of Ellis Island.
We recommend the VIP Main Deck + Top Deck Express Ex-perience tickets for the Empire State Building. This will allow you to skip the long queue for the elevators and to access the main observatory on the 86th floor and the observatory on the 102nd floor.
Purchase your Broadway tickets in advance to get the best seats. We recommend Les Miserables, which is playing at the Imperial Theatre until 4th of September 2016.
Book your helicopter your online with Zip Aviation; we rec-ommend the Big City Tour. You can also purchase a personal-ised, high definition video to remember your experience.
Book in Advance
Until 1956 Liberty Island was known as Bedloes Island after Isaac Bedloe, a Dutch colonist, merchant and ship owner, who bought the island in 1667. The 12 acre island has had many names and was originally known to the Delaware Indians asMinnissais (meaning Lesser Island) and to early colonials as Great Oyster. For a short period following Bedloes death in 1673 the island was known as Love Island after then Governor, Colonel Francis Lovelace, who wanted to allow people facing civil charges to live there safely.
Throughout the times during which it was known as Great Oyster (one of the Oysters Islands), it was inhabited by the Native Americans who harvested shellfish and hunted small animals there.
Following the death of Isaac Bedloe, in 1732, the City of New York took control of the island and used it as a quarantine station, inspecting incoming ships for smallpox. In 1746 it was purchased by Archibald Kennedy, who built a house and a
You will have to purchase specific tickets to visit the pedestal or the crown - make sure to buy them well in advance
lighthouse and tried to rename it Kennedy Island. Just two years later it was once again used as a quarantine station and in 1758 it was sold to the City of New York.
The city erected a hospital, known as a pest house for patients who were suffering from infectious diseases. During the American Revolution it became an asylum for Tory refugees (American colonists loyal to Great Britain) and then in 1776 colonial forces attacked the island and burned down the houses. After the American Revolution the French were ceded control of the island and the American government realised the true value of this island with its strategic position giving a clear view of theentrance to New York Harbor and New York City.
The French were asked to leave in 1796 and a number of forts were constructed throughout the harbour and the city to protect New York from invasion. On the island an eleven-point, star-shaped fort initially known as Works on Bedlow Island (later re-named Fort Wood) was constructed. The fort served as an ordinance depot between 1851 and 1876 and the army remained active on the island until 1937.
The idea of the Statue of Liberty born in 1865 when douard Ren de Laboulaye, a French political intellectual and anti-slavery activist, proposed the creation of a monument representing Liberty for the United States. He
believed that the passage of the 13th amendment, stating the abolishment of slavery in the United States, was a milestone and proved that justice and liberty for all was possible. Auguste Barthodi, a sculptor and a friend of Laboulaye, was a great supporter of the idea and began to design the statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.
Ten years after Laboulaye came up with the idea he announced the project and the formation of the Franco-American Union as its fundraising arm. It was agreed that the French people would fund the statue and the American people would fund the pedestal on which it would stand.
In 1885 Barthodi completed the statue. It was disassembled, packed in more than 200 crates and shipped to New York. Over the next four months the statue was reassembled and mounted on a pedestal. On the 28th of October 1886, President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the statue.
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World depicts a woman holding a torch in her raised right hand and a tablet in her left, upon which is engraved July IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4th, 1776), the adoption date of the Declaration of Independence. It is said that Barthodi modelled the face of the statue, which is over 8 feet tall, on his mother. By the feet of the statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny
and the seven rays on the crown of the statue represent the seven continents.
The skeleton was made with the assistance of Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, andEugne-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. It was built from iron pylon and steel that allowed the copper skin to move independently. The statue was made using a technique called repouss, creating the skin by hammering large copper sheets, 3/32 of an inch thick, onto the skeleton. Duringthe restoration of the statue which was completed in 1986, the new torch was covered with thin sheets of 24k gold.
The statue now stands at 305 feet and 6 inches tall (approximately 93 metres), including the pedestal. The weight is 225 tons (450,000 pounds) and there are 154 steps leading from the pedestal to the head. The design of the skeleton took into account the strong winds of up to 50 mph that the statue would endure in New York Harbour and allows the skeleton to sway up to three inches and the torch to sway up to six inches.
Liberty Enlightening the World
At 103 stories and 1,250 feet (381 metres) tall, theEmpire State building was once the tallest building in the world. It held the title for over forty years (the longest any building has held the title) until the completion of the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in 1972. Now over twenty buildings surpass the Empire State building in height but it has remained a world-famous architectural icon. It is also one of the largest office spaces in the world with 2,850,000 rentable square feet.
The construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1889 spurred a skyscraper race amongst American architects. In 1909 the Metropolitan Life Tower was completed at 700 feet tall, in 1913 the Woolworth building beat it at 792 feet, then the Bank of Manhattan building took the lead at 927 feet. Walter Chrysler joined the race but kept the height of the project a secret until the buildings completion and it was during the construction