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New York City

New York City's tale commences in the early 17th century when Dutch explorers established the settlement of New Amsterdam on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. The Dutch traded with Indigenous peoples and built Fort Amsterdam, the nucleus of the city.

In 1664, the English seized New Amsterdam, renaming it New York in honor of the Duke of York, later King James II. Under British rule, the city thrived as a trading post and center of commerce, with Wall Street symbolizing its financial prowess.

The American Revolution saw New York as a critical battleground, and George Washington's forces retreated to the city in 1776 before liberating it from British occupation.

New York was the capital of the United States from 1785 to 1790. The location of United States capital changed many times until the establishment of the District of Columbia and the founding of Washington DC as the nation's fixed capital.

The 19th century ushered in an era of rapid growth and innovation. The Erie Canal, completed in 1825, linked the city to the Great Lakes, and waves of immigrants transformed New York into a melting pot of cultures. Iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park were established during this era.

The 20th century brought New York to the forefront of the world stage, with cultural movements like the Harlem Renaissance and the birth of modern skyscrapers. Manhattan's skyline grew ever skyward, with the Flatiron Building and the Empire State Building gracing the cityscape. The tragic events of 9/11 reshaped the city's resilience and unity.

Today, New York City stands as a global cultural, financial, and artistic capital, its five boroughs telling a story of resilience, diversity, and ambition.

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Top Historical Places

African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument is a monument at Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street) in the Civic Center section of Lower Manhattan, New York City. The site contains the remains of more than 419 Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries in a portion of what was the largest colonial-era cemetery for people of African descent, some free, most enslaved. Historians estimate there may have been as many as 10,000–20,000 burials in what was called the "Negroes Burial Ground" in the 1700s. The five to six acre site's excavation and study was called "the most important historic urban archaeological project in the United States."

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Central Park

Central Park is an urban park in New York City located between the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan. It is the fifth-largest park in the city by area, covering 843 acres (341 ha). It is the most visited urban park in the United States, with an estimated 42 million visitors annually as of 2016.

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Monday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Thursday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Friday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Saturday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Sunday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in the Turtle Bay neighborhood on the East Side of Manhattan, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue near Midtown Manhattan. At 1,046 feet (319 m), it is the tallest brick building in the world with a steel framework, and was the world's tallest building for 11 months after its completion in 1930.

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island is a federally-owned island in New York Harbor that was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States. From 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed there under federal law. Today, it is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is accessible to the public only by ferry. The north side of the island is the site of the main building, now a national museum of immigration. The south side of the island, including the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is open to the public only through guided tours.

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Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 102-story tall skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan Constructed between 1930 and 1931, the structure cost more than $40 million dollars to construct, which today would amount to more than $534 million dollars.

It is one of the most famous pieces of Art Deco architecture in the United States, joining the Chrysler Building, in Chicago, as one of the most recognized Art Deco styled structures. The Empire State Building was the tallest man-made structure in the world from 1931 until 1970.

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Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Federal Hall

Federal Hall is a historic building at 26 Wall Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. The original building served as New York's first City Hall. It was the site where the colonial Stamp Act Congress met to draft its message to King George III claiming entitlement to the same rights as the residents of Britain and protesting "taxation without representation".

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Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular 22-story, 285-foot-tall (86.9 m) steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan. Designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Dinkelberg, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city upon its 1902 completion.

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One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center (also known as One World Trade, One WTC, or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. One WTC is the tallest building in the United States, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center.

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Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

September 11th Memorial

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum remembers the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers that were destroyed during the September 11 attacks.

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Hours

Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. The cathedral occupies a city block bounded by Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, 50th Street, and 51st Street, directly across from Rockefeller Center.

The cathedral is a New York City designated landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Hours

Monday: 6:30 AM – 8:45 PM
Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 8:45 PM
Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 8:45 PM
Thursday: 6:30 AM – 8:45 PM
Friday: 6:30 AM – 8:45 PM
Saturday: 6:30 AM – 8:45 PM
Sunday: 6:30 AM – 8:45 PM

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The Statue is seen by many people to be the symbol of freedom, and as a welcoming sign to immigrants who came to the United States looking for a better life.

Lady Liberty was built by a man named Gustave Eiffel, who also built the Eiffel tower in Paris, France. The Statue of Liberty came over to the United States in pieces. The head and the torch were finished first, and these two parts were shown in Philadelphia and other cities before being put together with the rest of the statue. She was unveiled and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who had been the governor of New York, in 1886.

The statue has had some changes over the years to help keep it protected. One of the biggest changes was in 1984 when the original torch was removed and a new torch was added. The new torch is copper with gold to reflect the sun.

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Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Time Square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan. Brightly lit by numerous billboards and advertisements, it stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets, and is sometimes referred to as "the Crossroads of the World".

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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre (39,500 m2) public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. One of the best known of New York City's public parks, it is an icon as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. 

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Hours

Monday: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Thursday: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Friday: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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