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31 (122) The Feast of San Gennaro - Little Italy
With the passage of time, Little Italy has become a little less Italy with many of the buildings and streets seemingly just awaiting to be revitalized. For a short while the old magic is recaptured during The Feast of San Gennaro.
"..an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy"
32 (91) Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Clay Pit Ponds State Park contains wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams and woodlands. Evidence of the presence of Leni Lenape Indians, European settlers and the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground provide a rich cultural history. The reserve has over 5 miles of bridal paths but you may have to bring your own horse.
33 (17) Central Park Zoo
Over 1000 animals in relative close proximity allow you to get through the zoo in less than two hours. The rainforest area is one of the Zoo's highlights.
Central Park Zoo
High Fives in Central Park
Step off Fifth Avenue into a rain forest alive with tropical birds, endangered monkeys, and fascinating frogs. Chill out with penguins in a cool Antarctic habitat, or soak up some sun with sea lions (don't miss their famous daily feedings). You can spend an hour or an afternoon experiencing the jewel-like 6.5- acre Central Park Zoo and its residents - more than 130 species, from tremendous polar bears to tiny leafcutter ants, to the gentle creatures of the Tisch Children's Zoo.
34 The New Museum
Out of the Square Thinking By The New Museum
The New Museum is New York City’s premier destination for contemporary art. A site of ongoing experimentation and questioning of what art and institutions can be in the 21st century. The New Museum is at the cutting edge of the cutting edge. Protective clothing is advised :)
35 (60) South Street Seaport and Museum
You could have merry maritime aboard the historic schooner Pioneer or a craft time at the Maritime Crafts Center. We are told the South Street Seaport Museum is free on the third Friday of each month. Check before you go.
With over 30,000 square feet of exhibition space and educational facilities the South Street Seaport Museum has much to offer. South Street Seaport is situated within New York’s largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings. You might feel a short stroll around the neighborhood to be in order.
The seaport dates back to the 1600's and has become a historical landmark with amazing views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge .
The South Street Seaport Shopping Mall is a popular shopping destination. Beyond the shopping and the looking there's a center of activities, events and dining. A visit gives you a myriad of things to do and is quintessentially New York.