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New York
New York
#About the City of New York

If you call it Manhattan, New York, the New World, or the Big Apple, this city doesn't need any introduction. Many who visit here for the first time say they felt as if they had been there before. The reason is clear - this city is in so many movies, TV shows, songs, books and plays, and that's impossible to count. It seems that every corner here is familiar.

And not only the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty that visitors seem to recognize and are worth going to see. New York has many spots, attractions and parks, it is fascinating in its vibrant immigrate neighborhoods, famous streets, designer stores and entertainment areas, museums that offer incredible art collections from the best artists around the world. There are a number of architectural icons and mega stores that provide a bigger than life shopping experience.

With Wall Street and the UN Headquarters, this city is the center of trade and statesmanship around the world. It has an intriguing modern political history, and everything here is big, including the tragedies, like the attack of 9/11.

New York City is the ultimate places for cultural experiences, art and music of all kids. Everyone in the city is career oriented and searching for a career of their own. In the neighborhoods live musicians, actors, dancers, poets, designers, artists, and flocks of business and diplomat men and women.

The New York author Truman Capote said once that New York is "the only unique city." We think that too, how about you?



#Must-See Sites

Want to see the most popular places in the city? - Click on the tag "Must see in New York".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4e3y_Vq72M


#With Children

On a family vacation? Click on the tag "Attractions for children in New York".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70LMWKFloP0


#Places Not to be Missed in Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_8n1PvHZQU&t=2s


#Food

#An Unforgettable meal? Click on the tag "Must eat in New York".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XeVhY215Xs


#Tip

In restaurants and pubs in the United States and Canada, it is polite to put a 10%-15% tip.

In the United States about a 15% tip is given to taxi drivers.

It is the custom to leave a minimum tip, even if the service was not to your liking.



#Interests
Interested in certain things? - Click on the tag "Interests".



#United States Country Code

+1


#Savings

For Broadway Shows - buy tickets for the Broadway shows at the ticket booth TKTS in Times Square.

See free attractions under the tag "Free".

Transportation - A MetroCard today costs $8 per day, and about $27 for a week for unlimited rides on the metro and buses.

Entertainment - Free movies under the open sky - a great New York tradition, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/film


#Shopping

See the link below for shopping recommendations.



#Electric Outlets
The required types of plug are Types A or B.



A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/HiZXABMNCUY


Fast Track:

https://youtu.be/MRAZ_mSLXrA


The City in Full View:

https://youtu.be/TmDKbUrSYxQ
Governors Island
Governors Island
#About the Island Where the British Governor of New York Sat

One of the well-kept secrets of New York is a close by island, where no one lives, and is only a few minutes away from Manhattan. It is open to visitors every summer, only on the weekends.

Governors Island, named so because when England was still in power, the Governor of New York sat here. The island is 700,000 square meters wide, and is considered part of New York City. In the past, the United States military also used the island, as well as the Coast Guard. It is located one kilometer from Manhattan, and from here you can look at the New York skyline.

In 2003 the municipality of New York bought the island for the price of only $1.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is in charge of the island, and its caring and preservation. There are 1,600 trees, and historic buildings, as well as different attractions, like a souvenir shop, a children's art museum, and other seasonal activities.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
#About the Museum

The Immigration Museum on Ellis Island helps visitors learn about the past of people who immigrated to the United States, and this attraction is fit for the whole family. The museum opened in 1990, and is located in an impressive 3-story building. The planner of the building replicated the look and feel of the building that stood here in the 20rth century.

The island was used by the immigration department of the United States, and through here about 12 million immigrants passed, on their way to New York, at the end of the 19th century and towards the beginning of the 20th century. Back then, 98% were allowed to enter the United States, and about 2% were returned to their home countries.

The process of immigrating to the United States took about half a day - it began with a medical exam (to ensure that whoever entered was healthy and not bringing in any disease or illnesses), afterward, a personal interview where immigrants had to explain their reasons for coming to America. Stories tell that back then the immigration building was neglected, and the police force scared the immigrants.

The interactive museum has documents, photos, videos and even theater pieces. There is a monument where 420,000 families of immigrants were commemorated.

The Museum and Ellis Island:

https://youtu.be/wckFtoHSqKw
The Statue Of Liberty
Statue Of Liberty
#History of the Statue of Liberty

The statue is actually named "Liberty Enlightening the World" and is known by the name Statue of Liberty, created by the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Originally Bartholdi planned to place the statue in the Suez Canal, but the Egyptian government could not find the funding for the construction of the statue, and the project was delayed.

Finally, it was funded by the French government, and given as a gift to the American people, and inaugurated in 1886, when the base building was funded by the readers of an American newspaper as a donation. After a few years the island on which the statue stands received the name "Liberty Island," and the statue became a symbol for New York City, and for the United States in general.

The statue is of the goddess of freedom, and who shines freedom to all continents on Earth, symbolized by her seven-thorned headpiece on her head. The torch held by the goddess lights the way for all those arriving in the United States. In her other hand, she holds a tablet with the date independence was declared in the United States, written in Roman numerals. The height of the statues from the bottom up, is a little more than 92 meters. The flame was exchanged a few years back to a torch made of gold, and the new torch was placed in the atrium inside the statue itself, from where you can climb to the top of the statue.


#What does the Statue of Liberty Symbolize?

The Statue of Liberty is the most famous symbol in the world for the free world and democracy. It symbolizes the values that America believes in, like the right for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It stands there, impressive and so tall on Liberty Island, overlooking the New York Harbor, standing its ground as one of the most impressive statues in the world.

The statue was designed by the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and the architect Gustav Eifel, and was a friendly present from the French for the 100 year anniversary for American Independence, in 1846.

The large and amazing statue, made of copper, steel and iron, is designed with classical elements and iconography. If you were wondering, Iconography is the study of symbols and images, the images and modes of description in the various arts in a certain period.

Its design is what made the statue the most amazing technical achievement of the 19th century. Visitors can climb up to the crown of the statue. The view of the port from the crown is almost incomprehensible. It is New York City and you are not dreaming!



#What Was the Colossus of Rhodes?

Emma Lazarus, a Jewish American poet, wrote her most famous song called "The New Colossus" in 1883. The first two lines of her song are etched into a metal plaque at the base of the State of Liberty in New York - "Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land..." So who was the brazen giant of Greek fame?

The song talks about a similar statue to the Statue of Liberty that stood more than 2,000 years ago, on the Greek island of Rhodes. The Colossus of Rhodes was a very large statue of the Greek god Helios that was 34 meters tall. It stood near the port of Rhodes, and is considered one of the ancient world wonders. The Colossus is a modern name given to the statue for its large dimensions, from the name Colosseum.

The Colossus was built in the memory of the amazing and surprising victory of the people of the small island of Rhodes over the large army that occupied the island for a year. So it was built by the decision of the island locals by the artist Chares, as a monument to the god of the sun, Helios, the patron of the island. The statue was placed at the entrance to the port where ships entered, and they used to sail through his legs.

In 226 BC the Colossus collapsed during a strong earthquake. The residents of the island saw this as the will of the gods, and it was never rebuilt. The beauty of the statue continued to impress people, even in ruins, and it was maintained by the locals in this condition for many years. During the Arab conquering of the island, the ruins were stolen and destroyed, and any remains were sold as metal scraps.



#How as the Statue Damaged During the Black Tom Explosion?

The Black Tom explosion was a terrorist attempt by German agents that happened in Jersey City in New Jersey, on July 30, 1916. The purpose of the explosion was to damage American ammunition that was on its way to the Allies during World War I. This incident, that happened before the United States officially joined the war, is famous for the damage it caused to the Statue of Liberty. However, it did no damage to the war efforts. The United States joined the fighting in the war together with the Allied forces, and defeated the Germans.



#Tips

In order to climb the Statue of Liberty, you need to order your place 3 weeks in advance, in the link below.



A Closer Look at the Statue of Liberty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r7i8riYCe0

New York

Battery Park
Battery Park
#The Origin of the Name Battery Park

The public Battery Park is located in Manhattan in New York City. If you were wondering about the origin of the name, the park is named after a battery of cannons that was located here, at the beginning of the 17th century, during the Dutch and British rule of the city. The purpose of the battery of cannons was to protect the port of New York.

Already back then, the area was popular among visitors who came for vacation on the river banks. After the American Independence War, celebration festivities were held here as the last of the British soldiers were leaving the city.


#About the Park

The park where you are now located was set up in the 19th century, and on its land was the Castle Clinton, that changed ownership to the City of New York. By the way, only in 2005 were the remains of the walls and battery exposed that stood here 200 years ago.

In the park are a few monuments: The East Coast Monument that was erected for the commemoration of the Navy and soldiers of the United States that fell in the Atlantic Ocean in World War II, and their bodies which have never been found. Other monuments are the one for the Korean War, the "Peace Garden," a monument dedicated to the victims of AIDs, and the monument for the September 11th attack called "The Counting." This globe, that was located at the center of the trade centers, and what was left after the terrible attack.

In 2005, the landscape architect Piet Oudolf added the spiral fountain, and 35 illuminated and interactive jets of water. This is an attraction for children, who will also be interested in the sea glass carousel that will take them to experience in the deep sea.


#The Park for Tourists


Today the park spreads widely across a large lawn, and it is possible to look over the Statue of Liberty, and onto Ellis Island. In the park is also a rose garden with thousands of plants. Over 4 million visitors come to the park each year.

Here you will find vegetable gardens, benches, running and walking trails, a promenade, quiet corners under trees, and concerts that take place under the open sky. This is an ideal place to stop, relax, have a picnic, or just look over the wonderful views.



#The Castle Clinton

The Castle Clinton is a fortress that was built on a nearby island, that subsequent landfill expanded the island into incorporated mainland Manhattan, before the War of 1812, to protect the city. The fort is named after the mayor of New York City at the time, DeWitt Clinton. Later on, they dried up the sea that was between the fortress and the park and today it is part of the park.

After the war the Castle was transferred under the ownership of the city of New York and became a public park. The fortress grounds, or Castle, were covered in the mid-19th century and became a public theater, of the first in the city.

The Castle continued to fill different roles throughout American history. Among other things, it was used as a primary absorption center for immigrants. Later on it was turned into the first National Aquarium, and today is a visitor center, where tickets are sold for sailing trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.



Battery Park:

https://youtu.be/1-dxf7dSiMA
Clinton Castle National Monument
Clinton National Monument Castle
#About the Historic Fort that Became a Monument

The Clinton Fort is a piece of nostalgia that belongs to the history of Manhattan. It was built between the years 1808-1811 and is the last fort to protect the city, back in the days when it was called New Amsterdam.

The Fort has had many uses throughout the years. It was used as an area for the United States Military, but a few years later the military was moved and the fort was renovated and became a public theater until 1855. Later on, the fort was used as an absorption center for immigrants into the United States, and was even the National Aquarium of New York.

In 1945 the place was titled a National Monument, and the fort was restored to its original appearance from the past. Castle Clinton was named after the mayor of New York in 1825, DeWitt Clinton.
Trinity Church
Trinity Church
#About Trinity Church

In 1696 the community church for the Episcopal Diocese of New York in Manhattan was established. The mayor governor of that time, Benjamin Fletcher, approved the land purchase by the Anglican community for the church. The parish received its charter under King William III, the King of England, in 1697.

The church, like it is today, is an example of Gothic architecture, and was designed by Richard Upjohn. Today the church constitutes a historical monument for its architectural importance and its place in the city of New York.

Notice especially the pointed turret, in its neo-Gothic style, at the height of 85.6 meters. Even with the tall buildings built around, the church is still a center of religion and an impressive pillar.

At the church's garden, there is a cemetery where Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, and many more are buried.

The church tower today holds 23 bells, the heaviest among them weighs 1,200 kilos. Eight of them used to hang in the original tower, and three were added at a later date. They are rung by an automatic mechanism and enables the ringing of the bells.

The church holds regular prayer and mass during the week and sometimes holds special events and Christenings.
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
#About the Most Famous Stock Exchange in the World

The New York Stock Exchange building was built in 1817. The Stock Exchange is the largest in the United States and the second largest in the world in the number of companies that trade here. Today, over 3,000 companies are traded here, equaling about $20,000 billion. Before 1817 the stock exchange was operating, only it was located in Wall Street itself.

The Stock Exchange was built on the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street in Manhattan. It is managed by the stock exchange board of directors, which handles the day-to-day operation of stock exchange systems, handling of listed companies and the approval of new candidates as stock exchange members.

About half of all trade occurs here, and the other half electronically over the computers. Each hour, huge amounts of money is traded here, with thousands of different stocks and values.

The New York Stock Exchange was established in 1792, northeast of where the building is located today. The original building reminds of a Greek temple, where Federal Hall sits. From here you can see the statue of George Washington that was placed here a few years earlier, after he was sworn in as President of the United States.


#Wall Street's History

It's amazing to think how such a small street, almost an alleyway in south Manhattan, turned into the most important place in the world of finance.

In downtown Manhattan, a long time ago Wall Street was built along a wooden fence (wall), created to protect the island, for fear of a British invasion. No remains of the fence are left today, but when it was still standing, in 1685, Wall Street was paved 32 years after the fence.

Later, stocks began being traded, and the local stock exchange was created. In the southern states, like Virginia and Georgia, there were already stock exchanges, and also in Canada to the north. Anyways, this incredible and almost unexplainable phenomena began happening, and it became the New York Stock Exchange, the same one that sits in the small street in Manhattan, the central nervous center of the world's businesses.

This happened because in Manhattan sat the Bank of New York. In 1792 the bank procured 24 stockbrokers, people who traded stocks, for a conference where it was agreed to begin selling stocks in an organized market. Naturally, the stock exchange that was chosen was in Manhattan, and the first stock to be traded, was for the Bank of New York, the founder and first member of the stock exchange.

After the end of the War of 1812, the building of the stock exchange began, and it began to expand. Three years later, a book of rules was legislated, Book of Laws and Regulations of the New York Stock Exchange, and in 1817 all the brokers of New York came together on 40 Wall Street.


The Museum of Jewish Heritage
Museum of Jewish Heritage
#About the Jewish Museum of New York

The Museum of Jewish Heritage, located in southern Manhattan, is a living and moving monument for the Holocaust. It was opened in 1997, and was dedicated to the research of Jewish history, community life and culture at the beginning of the 20th century. The museum succeeds in telling the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the Jews who experienced it for themselves, with personal items and photographs.

The hexagon shaped building points to the six corners of the Star of David, and in parallel reminds of the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.

In the museum are two big permanent exhibits about Jewish culture. There are also many temporary exhibits here. There are no less than 800 items of art, 2,000 photos and videos of different people interviewing for the museum. The museum holds performances, music concerts, lectures, and discussions for the entire family. Outside the museum building is a garden, named "Stone Garden," where 18 stones are presented, each with containing a miniature oak tree that grows out of stone.

In 2005 the museum received a $20 million donation from the New York Cares Organization to promote education and knowledge. At the same time, the museum acts as an extension for the Auschwitz Synagogue in Poland.
World War II Memorial
#About the Memorial

The special memorial in front of you was established for the 4,609 American soldiers, who fell during World War II, and their burial place is unknown to this day. The Memorial is located in Battery Park in Manhattan, on a square the size of 1,500 square meters. The Memorial was inaugurated by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The Memorial is built so that at the center are 8 granite walls, 5.8 meters in height, with the names of the missing soldiers etched into the stone, their names and home states listed.

At the center junction between to main walls, you will see a bronze statue, created by the sculptor Albino Manca. The statue stands on a nest from black granite, a white-headed Eagle, considered to be the national bird of the United States. In his claw is a bouquet of bay leaves, which he places on a wave. Throwing a wreath over a sea grave is a moving tribute of grief.
Grand Army Plaza
#About the Plaza

The Grand Army Plaza is a square located in Brooklyn in New York.

In this square is the victory gate nicknamed the "Victory Gate for Soldiers and Sailors." The gate was inaugurated in 1892 by the President of the United States of the time, Grubber Cleveland. The gate is closed to visitors, though from time to time events take place here. One can climb a staircase that will give you a view of the park.

If you look across from the victory gate and its surroundings, you can see the memorial statue of John Kennedy, and statues of generals from the American Civil War of the United States, these statues were designed in 1894 for the gate. The statues were added nine years after the inauguration of the gate, a plan that was meant to improve the look and feel of the park.

In 1932 a classic fountain was built, where figures of the god of the sea Poseidon and two naked ladies representing wisdom and peace. The fountain was planned by architect Edgerton Swarthout, and executed by Eugene Savage.

In 1973 the square was designated a conservation site, and in 1975 it was declared a historic site in the city of New York.
Ground Zero
#About Ground Zero

Not many know this, but the term Ground Zero does not refer to the place where the Twin Towers stood, but describes a point on the ground where there is an explosion. Mostly it is referred to in the case of atomic or other large bombs and was first used in a New York newspaper 'the Times' when describing "Ground Zero" in Japan.

In recent years, not surprisingly, the term has been coined for the destruction area after the 9/11 terror attack in New York in 2001. Two kidnapped planes crashed into the Twin Towers, known as the World Trade Center, and the towers collapsed and thousands of people were killed.

Since the cornerstone was laid until it was opened to visitors 11 years later, there was great fear of additional terrorist attacks. Only in 2006 was a plan approved for a new building designed by an architectural team led by David Childs. In the complex you can find the memorial for the events of September 11th, the museum that memorializes the events, and a white oak tree, a survivor of the disaster, that is nicknamed the 'Survival Tree."

Many of the city's tourists come here to pay respect to the 3,000 victims who lost their lives here. Every year, on September 11th, a memorial ceremony takes place here, called "Tribute in Light." During the ceremony, two vertical beams of light are projected, resembling the towers that stood here.
Woolworth Building
#About the Building that was Once the Tallest in the Word

The Woolworth skyscraper was planned by Cass Gilbert, and it is the height of 241 meters. The 60-floor building was "the tallest building in the world" between 1913 and 1930. Until today, the Woolworth building is one of the top 20 tallest buildings in New York. The building was designed in the neo-Gothic style, imitated buildings in European capitals, and is considered one of the oldest skyscrapers in the city.

The initiator of the building was Frank Woolworth, the same one the building is named after. Woolworth's purpose was to use the building as offices for his company. For that, he hired the services of Gilbert the architect. The building was originally planned to reach the height of 130 meters only, with 20 floors. By the end of the planning, a few more meters were added. The cost of the building was $13.5 million.

In 1998 the building was sold to Witkoff Group for $155 million.

During the terror attack on September 11, 2001, the nearby Twin Towers were destroyed, and the Woolworth building was also damaged. It was cut off of electricity and landlines for a few weeks. However, the damage of the building compared to its neighbors was minor.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
#About the Promenade Where Manhattan can be Viewed in its Full Glory

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is considered special, since it is not so well-known by tourists. And this would be a large miss, because the view is so breathtaking, with the fresh air and romantic atmosphere, that this place is a must-visit destination.

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade stretches along the Brooklyn coastal line, about 3 kilometers long, and the magnificent Manhattan skyline is seen from here, the most famous urban skyline in the world. From here the Manhattan skyscrapers are revealed, as well as the horizon of the most famous island in the world, in full force. Notice Wall Street, to the spot where the Twin Towers were once located, where today the new One World Tower is, replacing them after they fell down during the terror attack on September 11, 2001.

Along the promenade you can see the prestigious Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, where there are many stores, cafes and restaurants, along with a variety of clothing stores, boutiques, and galleries.

If you are hungry, continue along to Atlantic Avenue, where there is a large concentration of very delicious Middle Eastern restaurants.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
#The Green Gardens of Brooklyn

You were looking for a green space in urban Manhattan? Try going to Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The gardens were established in 1910, and were renovated in 2005. It spreads out across a mass piece of land of 210,000 square meters, and you will find gardens of different kinds.

The rose garden here holds 1,200 species of roses and 5,000 rose bushes. It was planned by Montague Free, who was the botanist of the Botanic Gardens.

The Cherry Tree gardens have more than 200 cherry trees, and 42 different species. The trees were planted after World War I, and just like in Japan, each year the "Sakura Matsuri" festival takes place during the cherry tree blossoms.

The Japanese Garden was opened in 1915, and was designed by landscape architect Takeo Shiota. Here you can see a small Shinto temple, for the old Japanese religion, a coy pond, tea house, and small island.

The Shakespeare Garden is the fourth garden here. This is a British style garden that has 80 species and plants, all mentioned in texts from Shakespeare.

The Garden of Scents is the fifth garden and is dedicated entirely to the blind. In the garden you will find Braille signs showing information about the various plants and visitors are instructed to touch and feel the different leaves. Here you will find four types of plants: those that are meant to be touched, plants with fragrant leaves, plants with fragrant flowers and herbs. The garden is accessible and adapted to the handicapped and the plants are at their height. A fountain with clean water will allow you to wash your hands after touching the plants.

Enjoy!
New York City Hall
#About the Ancient City Hall Building in New York

The City Hall of New York is located in lower Manhattan. This is the third building City Hall built for the city, and its construction took 9 years, between 1802-1811. The building presents a historic site, and it is the oldest building among the operating City Halls in the United States.

In 1802, because of the need to change the old municipality building, a competition was held for the design of the new building. The winners were John McComb Jr. and Joseph-François Mangin. Even with the respectable title, they only won a $350 prize. No more, still back then the dollar was worth much more.

The royal dome, decorated windows, and ancient columns are all hallmarks of the building, located in a small and lovely park. Notice the back part of the building. In the past, the planners thought that no one would see the back part of the building, and so the walls were covered with cheap brownstone. Since then, of course, the entire exterior was redone, except for the marble under the dome, that has maintained exactly as it was built.

In the lobby of the building you can see the prestigious stairs, made of white marble. If you ascend them, you will reach the governor's room. In the room you will see a gallery of portraits, and from its windows you can overlook the park. The council room is also interesting, as there is a huge ceiling painting, an impressive painting of New York City.
Tweed Courthouse
#About the Old New York Courthouse

The old Courthouse of New York City, located on Chambers Street, number 52, in Manhattan, was built in a style that developed in the 19th century, based on the classic style of the Middle Ages. Though it has its own design, and is based on simple architecture with many windows.

The name of the building was given it because of the initiation of William M. Tweed, who stood at the head of the party controlling New York City at the time. Back then, he was also one of the most corrupt politicians around. Tweed was convicted by the court for stealing dozens of millions of dollars from the municipality, and died in prison.

Because of the corruption saga that prolonged the process, the construction was finished only twenty years later, and the design of the building changed from American, to Classical.

The building itself contains 30 courtrooms. In 1984 the building was added to the list of National Historical Buildings, and was declared one of the historic and important buildings in the city.

In 2001 renovation work was completed, and today it is a building for the education department of New York.


Manhattan Municipal Building
#About the New York Municipal Building

An impressive skyscraper, it stands at 177 meters tall, and has 41 floors, located at the junction of Centre and Chambers.

The purpose of the building was to provide space for the city municipality of New York. Up to that time, city municipality offices were spread around different areas of the city, from lower Manhattan to Midtown. The municipality also needed more offices for legal work, especially after the decision to connect the five boroughs in New York into one city in 1898. The Town Hall could not be expanded because of architectural constraints.

The building was built between 1907-1914, and is the first building in New York to be connected to a metro stop station. Populating the building began in 1913, and the offices themselves opened in 1916. Today, you will find 13 city departments, 2,000 employees, and the area of 90,000 square meters.


#About the Planning of the Building

All the savings from not having to pay rent to the different municipal offices around the city, gave it the option to expand, but in the municipality many preferred to reduce the renting and move to a new building, bringing all the offices together. So the government opened a competition for the design and construction of the building.

Until 1907, 4 different competitions were held. The offer that at last won was by William Mitchel Kendall, a young associate in the architecture firm of McKim, Mead and White, back then it was the largest architecture firm in the world, with 100 employees.

The one who pushed him to send in his application was the mayor at the time, George B. McClellan, Jr. Even with the impressive reputation of the firm, this building was their first skyscraper.



#Architecture of the Manhattan Municipal Building

In the building, that was built in a Classic Roman style, you can see different statues and plaques.

Notice the top of the building, where a golden statue was placed in 1913 at 8 meters high, called the Civic Fame. The golden lady, holding in her hand a Mural Crown, a crown designed in the shape of a fence with steeples. The crown has 5 steeples, representing the 5 boroughs of New York.

In the statue's right hand, you will see a shield and branch of leaves, representing victory. The statue was designed by Adolph Alexander Weinman, and is the third of its size in Manhattan.

The main arch of the building allows the transition of vehicles underneath. This arch is neo-Classic, designed in inspiration of the Arch of Constantine, the Victory Gate in Rome. The five domes in the buildings symbolize the five boroughs.

Notice the vaults, the arched roofing of the building's ceramic mantle. They were inspired by the Palace of Farnese in Rome.
Manhattan Bridge
#About the Manhattan Bridge that Shakes in the Wind

The well-known bridge of New York connect between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, it is a huge suspension bridge, with a particularly strong presence. The total length of the bridge from end to end is 890 meters. It was open for crossing on 1909, about one year before construction was officially finished. The cost of the bridge was $31 million.

Originally, the bridge was only supposed to service trains, however with time, it was expanded for new uses. The design of the bridge was by Leon Moisseiff. If the name is not familiar to you, we will let you know that Moisseiff planned the Tacoma Narrows Bridge that collapsed in 1940.

Because this was the third bridge to be built in New York, after the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges, it received the fascinating name - Suspension Bridge Number 3, until the name was changed to the name we all know today.

The bridge has 7 lanes, 4 train tracks, a bike line, and walking paths. About 75,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day, and about 3,000 pedestrians. Another amazing fact is that the trains carry about 320,000 passengers over the bridge every day.


#Design of the Manhattan Bridge

Originally, the design of the was supposed to be innovative and unprecedented. The architect, Gustav Lindenthal, offered to replace the cables that were typical for construction at the time, with steel chains. Even for the innovative and modern idea, it was moved to the side with the coming of a new Mayor, George McClellan Jr.

Finally, Leon Moisseiff was in charge of the construction of the bridge, without much success. The bridge sways and shakes to this day. The train tracks on the sides of the bridge cause the bridge to shake and sway the bridge, and as trains have become more and heavier, the shaking increases. Throughout the years a few renovations have been made to the bridge.

The bridge attracts many tourists who like crossing the bridge, or climb the bridge to get a nice city view.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/bjHVtwZLM30


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/1maozsEGfnc
Children's Museum of the Arts
#About the Museum

What a pleasure to take the little ones to a museum dedicated to them! The Children's Art Museum in New York is suitable for children from 10 months to 12 years. Children here will find themselves creating together with art teachers paintings, sculptures, textile works, stop motion, animations and more.

All these are part of the mission that this wonderful museum has taken upon itself - to promote love and understanding of art among children. The museum also includes programs for children with learning disabilities, adopted children or those who have no home.

The Children's Museum of the Arts was established in 1988 by Kathleen Schneider. It was placed in Charlton Street in New York, and spread on 10,000 square meters. The museum preserves over 2,000 items of children art, created in 50 countries starting in 1930.

The museum is considered to be a great attraction for the whole family, especially if the family enjoys art and art education. Have fun!
City Fire Museum
#About the Firefighter's Museum

The City Fire Museum was established in 1904, in a building where the New York firefighter station was located. There is a reason that the city's firefighters are called heroes. After the 9/11 terror attack they acted bravely to rescue many from the ruins, and many even sacrificed their own lives in the process. The American nation gives them the respect they deserve, and today many visitors come to the museum.

In the museum you can learn about the history of the firefighting station that has been operating for over 100 years, you will see exhibits and documents that glorify the name of the New York firefighters, and even honor those who perished in the terrible terror event, in a monument displaying their pictures and stories. You will also see antique fire trucks, medals of excellence and firefighting equipment.
Brooklyn Bridge
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Saigon Shack
Forward Building
Museum at Eldridge street


אֵאוּרִיקַה - האנציקלופדיה של הסקרנות!

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אֵאוּרִיקַה - האנציקלופדיה של הסקרנות!

שלום,
נראה שכבר הכרתם את אאוריקה. בטח כבר גיליתם כאן דברים מדהימים, אולי כבר שאלתם שאלות וקיבלתם תשובות טובות.
נשמח לראות משהו מכם בספר האורחים שלנו: איזו מילה טובה, חוות דעת, עצה חכמה לשיפור או כל מה שיש לכם לספר לנו על אאוריקה, כפי שאתם חווים אותה.