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Sightseeing in Brooklyn

Monument / Landmark
“Iconic National Monument opened in 1886, offering guided tours, a museum & city views ”
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Memorial Site
“Make sure to go to the actual museum too! One of the best museums I've been too, and it is free after 5pm on Tuesdays. Go at 4:30pm to get tickets if you do decide to do the free entry.”
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Building
“Memorial fountains, One world trade observatory (overpriced! book on groupon to save a bit), Occulus”
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Plaza
“One of the most iconic Brooklyn plazas, make sure to take a picture with the beautiful "Soldiers' and Sailors'" arch. From here, you can walk across the street to Prospect Park, or a few minutes to the Brooklyn Museum or the Botanical Garden.”
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Building
“At the heart of lower Manhattan. This is the Freedom tower and the 911 museum are right there. This is where you end up if you take the WTC PATH train into the city. From here you can grab other subway lines or walk to the Wall Street area, Battery Park, City Hall and if you're adventurous walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn. There is a walking/biking path on the water that you can take all the way up the west side of the city on the Hudson. Very scenic. You can rent City Bikes here and many other places as a fun way to get around.”
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Cemetery
“From their website: Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors. A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, Green-Wood is a Revolutionary War historic site (the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what is now its grounds), a designated site on the Civil War Discovery Trail and a registered member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. On September 27, 2006, Green-Wood was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior, which recognized its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history. After almost two centuries, Green-Wood is as beautiful as it was at its founding. But such historic beauty is fragile. Time and weather have taken their toll on marble sculpture, granite monuments, brownstone mausoleums, cast-iron signs and landscaped parkland. Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.”
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Monument / Landmark
“Famous statue on Wall Street now featuring the fearless girl. Great photo opportunity and a favorite with tourists. ”
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Building
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“For the most beautiful views of lower manhattan, the statue and bridges, including the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, definitely visit the top floor of One World Trade Center. Get here as early as possible (8 am) because lines will get longer throughout the day. Mondays-Wednesdays are ideal with less crowds. ”
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Island
“Often overlooked by tourists and New Yorkers, Governors Island rest comfortably within New York’s inner harbor. The Island offers great green space, historical sight seeing and panoramic views of Brooklyn, downtown Manhattan and East River. ”
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Memorial Site
“Empty Sky is the official New Jersey September 11 memorial to the state's victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States. It is located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City at the mouth of Hudson River across from the World Trade Center site.”
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City Hall
“City Hall! Please walk around this picturesque area ! Im sure you will love this park with gas lights and a huge fountain! ”
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Monument / Landmark
“The famous arch of Washington Square Park featuring statues of George Washington. ”
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History Museum
“There are often some fun activities here for the kids. Right next to the zoo.”
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History Museum
“This is a great way to see how folks used to live 100+ years ago in pre-wars (albeit well-off folks, not tenement dwellers.) People were TINY 100 years ago. And used gas-lit chandeliers. The kitchen and back yard are to die for.”
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Historic Site
“This is NY's original City Hall built back in 1703. It is where George Washington took his oath of office as the fist president of the US. ”
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Plaza
“Saturday mornings walk the greenmarket, and pick up snacks to eat in Prospect Park. For early rising dog-lovers, the park is leash-free before 9am!”
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