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NYC Subway System Tourist Guide: The Do's & Don'ts

Arriving in the Big Apple, folks generally can’t wait to explore the city’s endless wonderland of shops, parks, diners, museums, theaters and nightlife. But to relish the best of New York City's attractions — and get around efficiently and quickly — learn to ride the subway. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to being a good subway rider.

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Insider tips and highlights at the American Museum of Natural History

A place of wonder, the American Museum of Natural History is one of New York City’s most iconic institutions. With so much to explore, it’s hard to see everything in one day, so we asked for a little guidance. Brad Harris, Senior Director of Visitor Services at AMNH, gave us some insider tips and highlights for this landmark institution that will definitely help you leave with more than you came with.

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons come to life

When my kids were growing up, a favorite holiday tradition on Thanksgiving Eve was a nighttime stroll along Central Park West around the American Museum of Natural History to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade balloons come to life. Laid out flat along the closed streets on either side of the museum in the afternoon, the deflated balloons would slowly grow as crews worked into the night, pumping them with helium and covering them with sandbagged nets to keep them from floating away.

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Rainbow Room Welcomes New Era at Rockefeller Center

The Rainbow Room is shining brightly once again, high above New York City on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The legendary restaurant and dance hall is back with the same spirit, style and sophistication. The dazzling crystal chandelier and revolving dance floor are still the centerpieces of the room, just as they were in the 1930s and beyond.

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9/11 Museum's Expansive, Personal Look at an American Tragedy

How does a nation come to grips with one of the most horrific events in its history? Since the 9/11 Museum opened on May 21, more than 430,000 people have visited the expansive underground site to witness the stories and artifacts from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Attendance has exceeded expectations of museum officials, even with the $24 adult entry fee.

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The History of NYC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Whether you’re traveling near or far for your holiday dinner, there is certainly something to be said for spending a day amidst the madness at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—or watching it from your couch at home as your turkey dinner is roasting in the oven. You may watch the parade every year with friends and loved ones, but do you know the immense history behind one of the most exciting traditions in our country?

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