Author Archive | Jeff Dobbins

10 Must-See Sights of Central Park

Central Park Lake

Central Park is the great, green heart of New York City.  The 843-acre green space (two and a half miles in length and a half mile in width) includes meadows, forests, lakes, monuments and spectacular architecture. In fact, the area is so vast and the delights so plentiful, it can be difficult to select the […]

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Ellis Island ferry, Its History And What to See

For millions of immigrants streaming into New York, Ellis Island was the final gateway to a promising new world. It is said that as many as 40 percent of Americans can trace their lineage through Ellis Island. So it’s little wonder that Ellis Island is more than a national monument – for many it is […]

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New York’s Easter Parade 2015

New York Easter Parade

Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet, And of the girl I’m taking to the Easter parade. Irving Berlin In a city that loves a parade, New York’s Easter Parade is a one of a kind spectacle. Neither a typical parade or a sacred rite, the Easter Parade is an informal procession […]

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The Flatiron Building: A New York Icon

Flatiron Building, NYC

In a city of striking architecture and towering structures, the Flatiron Building is one of New York’s most celebrated skyscrapers. Its elegant design and narrow wedge shape (which seems to defy the laws of physics) has intrigued New Yorkers for over a century. The Flatiron has been the subject of paintings, photos, postcards and films, […]

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Jazz Clubs in Harlem

Minton's Playhouse, NYC

Jazz was born in New Orleans, but it evolved and flourished in Harlem. Legendary artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis played Harlem. Jazz genres like Swing, Bebop, Latin and Cool Jazz were born there, and the neighborhood once teemed with renowned Jazz clubs. Now, after decades of decline, […]

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Statue of Liberty Ferry and Visitor Information

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most-recognized statues in the world. Not to mention, of course, a symbol of America… and of the world! The easiest way to visit the Statue of Liberty is on our Statue of Liberty tours. Our fully-guided tour boards first thing in the morning, with reserved tickets to one […]

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Explore NYC’s Black History (Updated 2015)

African Americans have been an integral part of NYC since it’s founding.  While the first Black residents were bought to the city against their will, African Americans eventually streamed into NYC from all over the country (and the world), seeking a better life.  February is Black History Month.  Here are some ways to celebrate the […]

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