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September 11 Memorial Museum

September 11 Museum

New York’s National September 11 Memorial Museum is hallowed ground…and a powerful experience.  Located on the precise site of the immense tragedy, it is an innovative museum, memorial and final resting place for most of the victims.  The museum’s exhibitions, found seven stories below ground at bedrock level, chronicle the attacks and honor the nearly […]

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The Underground Railroad in New York City

Harriet Tubman Memorial

The Underground Railroad, a network of safe havens that helped American slaves escape captivity, ran directly through New York City.  In fact, the New York stops were an important junction on the journey to liberty.  In dozens of homes, churches and businesses throughout the city, brave New Yorkers helped thousands of African American slaves escape […]

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George Washington’s New York

Washington Federal Hall

New York City was the scene of some of Washington’s greatest military trials and political triumphs. Washington called the city “a post of infinite importance”—and he may even have coined the term “New Yorker”. So it comes as no surprise that several important sites associated with Washington’s life and career are in New York City, […]

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New York’s African Burial Ground

African Burial Ground

New York City’s African Burial Ground is a hallowed place in Lower Manhattan.  A national monument, it is the historic final resting place of approximately 15,000 African New Yorkers, both free and enslaved. History of the African Burial Ground Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the African Burial Ground was the most significant site for […]

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The Lower East Side: Exploring Lower Manhattan’s Hot ‘Hood

Ludlow Street, NYC

America is a “melting pot,” and New York’s Lower East Side? The heart of the cauldron. For two centuries, the neighborhood has been the crowded, chaotic home to wave after wave of immigrants. The energy of the new arrivals infused the teeming streets, and the culture that developed on the Lower East Side profoundly changed […]

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Haunted New York Cemeteries

St Pauls Churchyard, NYC

Some New York cemeteries are lovely, some are creepy, and some are… haunted. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, New York City has always been crowded. Space and real estate are such limited (and valuable) commodities that disposing of the dead has posed some unique challenges. Potter’s fields have become treasured parks […]

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NYC’s Classic Italian Neighborhoods

Little Italy, NYC

New York City welcomed millions of Italian immigrants in the late 19th and 20th Centuries, becoming home to the nation’s largest Italian population.  The new Italian Americans created tight-knit communities in which they established churches, communal organizations, continued cherished traditions, and produced plenty of great food. While most of the Italian immigrant families have left […]

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