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NEW YORK CITY | The Travel Empire


NYC: National September 11th Memorial

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The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The Memorial consists of enormous twin reflecting pools situated in the foundations of where the Twin Towers formerly stood. Each pool is nearly an acre in size and feature the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. The perimeter of each pool is bordered with bronze panels bearing the inscriptions of every person who died in the 1993 and 2001 attacks. Names of those lost from the World Trade Center North, Flight 11 and the attack on February 26, 1993 can be located at the North Pool while the names of those lost from the Word Trade Center South, First Responders, Flight 175, Flight 77, Flight 93 and the Pentagon can be found along the South Pool. At each pool water flows from below the name panels down the walls into the basin of each pool where it continues to run down into a smaller rectangular pool that drops off into the center of each basin.

Visitor Passes and Reservations: http://www.911memorial.org/

World Trade Center, Entrance at northeast corner of Albany and Greenwich Streets, New York City

NYC’s Rooftop-Brewed Beers at Eataly’s Birreria

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Enter through the Italian food mecca Eataly to catch the elevator to the 14th floor to find Birreria, an 8,000 square foot rooftop restaurant and brewery that serves up Italian and American craft beers in addition to three cask-conditioned ales brewed on the premises and served through hand pumps at controlled temperatures to best capture their full flavors. Offerings from Baladin, Dogfish Head and Del Borgo drive the draft and bottled beer selection.

The beer-oriented menu draws inspiration from the regional comfort foods of the Italian Alps. Offerings include a selection of house-made sausages, beer and apricot pork shoulder as well as standard cheese and salami choices.

The retractable roof allows makes it easy to take in the views of the Empire State and Flatiron Building year-round.

5th Ave at 23rd Street, 14th Floor

Explore Brooklyn: Carroll Gardens’ Italian Neighborhood

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Since the turn of the 20th century, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens has had an unmistakable Italian identity. A visit to the area today reveals that its storied Italian character is still an essential part of this charming community.

LUCALI: Old fashioned, thin-crust, brick oven pizzas…one of the best in the city, expect long lines. Cash only. 575 Henry Street near First Pl.

BROOKLYN SOCIAL: A former Italian social club, this modern bar maintains an air of nostalgia and classic elegance. With slow turning ceiling fans overhead and scratchy Italian opera in the background, grab a seat at the wooden bar to enjoy classic cocktails like the Negroni or more contemporary interpretations like the Riposto (vodka, tangerine slices & rosemary). Cash only. 335 Smith Street between Carroll and President Streets

CARROLL PARK BOCCE COURTS: Developed in Italy during the 19th century, bocce is a game typically played on a court of crushed stone where players attempt to score points by throwing and landing their balls closest to the target ball, or pallino. Stop by the park’s bocce courts to try your hand at the traditional Italian game or take a seat on a nearby bench to watch the matches between the court’s regular players and resident Italians. President and Smith Street

Rained out in the park? Head over to Floyd, located in neighboring Cobble Hill, to get your game in on the bar’s 40 foot indoor court. If you think you have gotten the hang of it, try signing up for the bar’s year round bocce league. 131 Atlantic Avenue between Henry and Clinton Streets

FRANKIES 457: A former Italian social club converted into a dining space serving seasonal Italian fare, Frankies 457 embodies Old World charm and unpretentious sophistication. Go for an assortment of antipasti and crostini or seasonally fresh Italian sandwiches on freshly baked rosemary focaccia. Cash only. 457 Court Street between Luquer and 4th Pl.

D’AMICO FOODS: The D’Amico family has been serving Carroll Gardens since 1948. This coffee shop is a perfect stopover for a specialty roasted small blends, each named for the surrounding neighborhoods, or a traditional espresso or cappuccino. 309 Court Street at Degraw Street

NYC Guide: The Unofficial “Little Britain”

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The campaign for the official designation and street renaming of Little Britain may have been killed by Community Board 2, but the neighborhood residents behind the push still maintain a strong presence in this small stretch of the West Village. The campaign sought to have the area encompassing West 11th Street and West 14th Street between 6th Avenue and Washington Street become the official overseas home of the city’s British contingency. Until the campaign is revived be sure to check out these Brit-centric spots for your own taste of England in NYC.

Tea & Sympathy: Authentic English tea and fare at 108 Greenwich Ave.

A Salt and Battery: Fish and chips shop at 112 Greenwich Ave.

John Lennon’s First NYC Apartment: 105 Bank Street between Greenwich Street and Washington Street

Myers of Keswick: Savory and sweet baked goods, gifts and groceries at 634 Hudson Street between Horatio Street and Jane Street

NYC Guide: The Classics

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Trapping inside their walls the history of a city that has existed as a cultural and artistic center since its development flourished in the 19th century, the historic taverns of New York City each capture a unique moment in time, the stories of legendary artists, and the ambiance of the periods that made them known. From E.E. Cummings’ famous poem “I Was Sitting in McSorley’s” to the remnants of the Great Fire of 1776 that helped construct the Ear Inn, these bars offer an atmosphere as colorful as their history.

White Horse Tavern: Legend has it that in 1953, Dylan Thomas died after taking 18 shots of whiskey at this historic New York bar. Other more fortunate, but equally notable patrons have included The Clancy Brothers, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Jack Kerouac. The walls of the bar are lined with the bohemian history and portraits of the artists who made the bar infamous. Cash Only. 567 Hudson Street at 11th Street

McSorley’s Old Ale House: Established in 1854, this classic Irish bar only asks that you follow one rule: “Be Good or Be Gone.” If that is not too much to ask you’ll find plenty of camaraderie and history inside. Make you way across the sawdust covered floor to the bar, where you must buy beer two mugs at a time and are limited to the bar’s own light or dark ale. Cash Only. 15 East 7th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue

Ear Inn: A former smuggler’s den and brothel, the bar formerly known by its green doors was given its current name in the 1970’s when new owners painted a portion of the “B” on the outdoor neon “Bar” sign to read “Ear.” Housed in an 1817 Federal townhouse formerly owned by James Brown, President George Washington’s former aide, the bar has a rich history. However, history isn’t the only thing lingering inside this bar, the upper level is alleged to be haunted by a former boarder, a sailor by the name of Mickey. 326 Spring Street between Greenwich Street and Washington Street