First Timer's Guide To New York City

First Timer's Guide To New York City

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You're in New York City for the first time ever. You've got 72 hours and an appetite for everything. Where do you start? Here's the answer.

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    The Smithsonian museum network isn't just in D.C. Its design museum is tucked in Andrew Carnegie's 64-room mansion and features a gift shop to conquer all gift shops. -- BLOUIN ARTINFO via Foursquare
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    Among the miscellany kept in storage is a pair of fake eyelashes worn by Joan Crawford. The falsies were originally part of a group of more than 80 pairs, which were sold at auction after her death. -- Time Out New York via Foursquare
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    This fascinating museum gives visitors a great insight into what life was like 100 years ago. Walk where your ancestors once walked and see if you can find your last name in the immigrant database! -- New York Habitat via Foursquare
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    Despite its hefty $20 ticket price, the museum attracted its highest-ever number of visitors, 3.09 million, during its 2010 fiscal year. "Monet's Water Lilies" was the most popular exhibit. -- The Wall Street Journal via Foursquare
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    The Full Moon Exhibition in the Rose Center contains more than 75 rarely seen photographic prints from NASA's Apollo missions to the moon and are done in both impressive scale and stunning quality. -- NASA via Foursquare
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    Thank publisher Joseph Pulitzer—yes, that Pulitzer—for stimulating enough American donations to pay for Lady Liberty’s pedestal. His statue is at the walkway near the left entrance to the statue. -- Time Out New York via Foursquare
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    This is some of the most experimental artwork in the world. So when we need a serious shot in the arm of avant-garde, this is our go-to spot. There’s always something provocative on display. -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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    Check out Julie Mehretu's exhibition, "Grey Area," her representation of post-war Berlin in which the dynamism of urban life confronts decay and change. It's open through October 6, 2010. -- The Wall Street Journal via Foursquare
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    Created by Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica after Black Monday 1987. Statue is 7500 pounds. Left on Wall St in middle of night as a gift to the city. More info on this statue via our blog. -- IWalked Audio Tours via Foursquare
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    FREE ACTIVITIES at Coney Island: Fireworks - every Friday night starting in June. Movies - Monday nights on the beach starting in July. Concerts - Thursday nights at 21st and Surf starting in July. -- Luna Park Coney Island via Foursquare
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    It’s small compared with other modern art museums in the city, but it really packs a punch thanks to top-notch collections. We generally come mid-week when it’s not so crowded. -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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    Hanging out on the Met steps is a New York tradition, and billionaire David Koch has pledged "at least $10 million" to renovate the fountains outside the museum. -- The Wall Street Journal via Foursquare
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