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The Top Five Must See Historical Places in New York City

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The Top Five Must See Historical Places in New York City – By Ray Chin

Everyone knows that New York City is rich in history, and most realize that is an evolving city as well.  If you know where to look, you can still discover bits of NYC’s past.  From Fraunces Tavern to Grand Central Terminal, here are the top five must see historical places in New York City.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal (89 E 42nd St) first opened in 1913 and it is still a major transportation hub.  Here is a fun fact: there is a hidden train track in Grand Central Terminal, Track 61. This track was used to transport President Franklin D. Roosevelt to NYC.  Also the famous constellations on the ceiling are actually reversed, so that one would see the ceiling as how the gods would view the stars. There are quite a few secrets about the Grand Central Terminal, such as the whispering gallery and a hidden bar. To find out more about these secrets, we suggest taking a scavenger hunt or a tour of Grand Central Terminal.

Wall Street and The New York Stock Exchange

Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange (11 Wall Street) are the financial center of the world.  One of the more interesting facts about Wall Street is that back on September 16, 1920, Wall Street was attacked by terrorists and they were never caught.  If you are visiting the area today, you can still see some of the damage from this attack on 23 Wall Street, 95 years later.

Bloody Angle

Doyers Street is a quite unassuming street in the heart of Chinatown but it hides a dark history.  It was once the bloodiest street in the United States with more violent deaths occurred here than any other street in the USA.  The secret passageways that were once used as an escape route are now the location of a few small businesses. Today, Doyers Street is the home to the popular restaurant, Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers St), the oldest tea parlor in Chinatown.  You can learn more about the fascinating history of Chinatown and Little Italy and sample some of Nom Wah’s delicious

 dim sum on a Chinatown and Little Italy food tour  from Ahoy New York Tours & Tasting.

 Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern (54 Pearl St) is the oldest bar in New York City.  It played an important role before, during and after the American Revolution.  It served as the headquarters for George Washington and it was a venue for the peace talks with the British.  Today it is a restaurant and museum and visiting Fraunces Tavern is truly a blast from the past.

Cleopatra’s Needle

There is an obelisk on the east side of Central Park on 81st Street that seems out of place in New York City.  The obelisk actually has nothing to do with Cleopatra and it was originally built in Heliopolis in 1450 BC.  Cleopatra’s Needle is in fact the oldest man-made object in Central Park. The obelisk was a gift from Egypt to New York/US to increase trade between the two countries.  The New York obelisk is part of a pair with other obelisk located in London.

This is a guest post written by Ray Chin, a blogger for Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting, a walking food tour of two historic neighborhoods Chinatown and Little Italy.  With tastings ranging from creamy mozzarella from the oldest Italian cheese shop in America to the delicious original egg rolls from the oldest dim sum parlor in Chinatown, it is a ton of fun!

New York History and Travel

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We’ve just re-launched our New York Travel section here at Travel Highways and History and also have some excellent detail on the very interesting History of New York, which for you movie buffs was not nearly as tied up in the violent gang related bloodbaths depicted in Francis Ford Coppola’s film “Gangs of New York”. Although there were gangs around the Five Points area, the level of malice and organization in the film appear to be historically…. exaggerated to say the least. Here’s a better historical background of the Five Points.

For most travelers the words “New York” conjure images of one of the world’s largest and busiest cities. Wall Street massive wealth starkly contrasted with the poverty of other areas, the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, and much more.

However New York is much more than a city. The State of New York is fairly large by East Coast standards and offers a diverse landscape of ocean, mountains, and farmland. Long Island contains long stretches of sandy beaches. The Adirondack mountains in Northern New York are one of the USA’s most pristine wilderness areas, set aside long ago as a natural preserve. The Catskills are not as rugged as the Adirondacks and are known more for the resorts catering to New York’s early elite as for their natural beauty. Farming is bigger in New York than most realize, with many dairy farms, an active apple orchard industry, and farming Sugar Maple trees for the sap that is boiled down to make Maple Syrup. As a child who grew up in Northern New York one of my very fondest memories was heading out to the forest to watch the grizzled old men collect sap in buckets hanging from the sugar maples. The sap was the consistency of sugar water but was then boiled in large, open vats and stirred gently until it became a thick amber syrup. I still remember the taste of the warm samples, scooped out of the vat into tiny paper cups for the “tourists”.



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