Day 1. United Nations   (24 Dec 2008 Wednesday)
7am depart Norfolk, MA for New York City
    Estimated distance of 230 miles and 3 1/2 to 4 hours of driving time.
11am to 2pm United Nations Headquarters
The United Nations Headquarters in New York is located on First Avenue between 42nd Street and 48th Street. Guided Tours are conducted Monday through Friday from 9:30am-4:45pm. Admission $14 / $9. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Tours in English normally leave every half hour and last for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Please call 212-963-TOUR (8687) for up-to-date information. Opening hours are subject to change.
The guided tour of the United Nations starts with a brief overview of the Organization and its structure. The main part of the tour consists of a visit to the chambers of the Security Council, the Trusteeship Council and the Economic and Social Council, which are located in the Conference Building. Visitors also see exhibits on such topics as peacekeeping operations, decolonization and disarmament. An art collection, presented by Member States, is also part of the visit. It consists of tapestries, murals, mosaics and sculptures.
The final stop on the tour route is the General Assembly Hall, the largest and best-known room. Visitors are then escorted to the Public Concourse where the United Nations Postal Counter, the Gift Centre, the United Nations Bookshop, a coffee shop and restrooms are located.
When you pass through the gates of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, you enter international territory. The land does not belong to just one country, but to all countries that have joined the Organization. The United Nations has its own security and fire forces, issues its own postage stamps and conducts business in its six official languages. Since 1952, over 37 million people have taken the tour of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Every year nearly a million visitors from all over the world come through the gates to see the place where world leaders meet and international issues are discussed.
Website: http://www.un.org/tours/
3pm hotel check-in Travell Inn
515 West 42nd Street, New York NY 10036
(between 10th and 11th) Phone (212) 695 7171
The perfect combination of convenience, comfort & value. Whether you are traveling to New York City for business or pleasure, the Travel Inn is perfectly suited to meet all your needs. Room rate is $175 + taxes per night parking included. Total of $403.81 for 2 nights.
Website: http://www.thetravelinnhotel.com/index.asp
6pm til late Times Square
When the New York Times erected a new building on 43rd Street at the turn of the 20th century, the neighborhood took on the name "Times Square." In celebration of the new building, the Times publisher threw a New Years Eve party. In the early 1980s, the city made major efforts to restore the neighborhood to its former, more wholesome, glory. Now it is the site of the most famous New year's Eve countdown in the world. The famous ball drop atop One Times Square has been a tradition dating back to 1906.
The theaters of Broadway and the huge number of gaudy animated neon and television-style signage have long made it one of New York's iconic images, and a symbol of the intensely urban aspects of Manhattan. Times Square is the only neighborhood with a zoning ordinance requiring tenants to display bright signs. The density of illuminated signs in Times Square now rivals Las Vegas.
Day 2. Chinatown and South Street Seaport   (25 Dec 2008 Thursday)
7am depart Norfolk, MA for New York City
    Estimated distance of 230 miles and 3 1/2 to 4 hours of driving time.
11am Lunch in Chinatown
Chinatown is New York City's most famous and largest ethnic neighborhood. Although the Chinese originally immigrated to this area of the city, this neighborhood is now inhabited by a variety of Asian groups. It is a colorful and vibrant area of the city. Many shops offer bargains on clothing and leather. If you walk down Canal Street in the open markets where you can buy knockoffs of most anything and everything. Most of the Chinese restaurants can be found near Mott St., there are literally hundreds of them. Need a break from the congestion of Chinatown, relax in Columbus Park, or see the Buddhist Temple on Mott Street, which has a collection of over 100 Buddhas.
Source: http://www.mustseenewyork.com/chinatown.html
While some tourists in NYC visit the East Side of Manhattan, others wish to experience the "Far East" side. Squeezed into a tiny area of lower Manhattan, Chinatown has remained an immigrant enclave and retained its unique cultural personality. Starting on Canal Street, business pours out of storefronts and onto the sidewalk where the art of bargaining is always handy. Although many of the items sold on Canal Street tend to be standard items like watches and purses, there are several stores (especially on the south side) offering many unique Chinese items. Of course, nothing is more unique than their unusual foods and remedies. A walk through the crowded aisles will expose you to a world of curious fruits, roots, and who knows what else!
Source: http://www.nyctourist.com/chinatown1.htm
South Street Seaport Museum
The South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the history of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities. From transatlantic shipping to immigration to New York’s rise to economic pre-eminence, the waterfront world has played a critical role in developments that have transformed the entire city. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum in 1998, the South Street Seaport Museum is located in a 12 square-block historic district on the East River in Lower Manhattan, the site of the original port of New York City.
The Museum is comprised of over 30,000 square feet of exhibition space and educational facilities in New York City’s largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings. The Museum houses exhibition galleries, a working 19th-century print shop, an archaeology center, a maritime library, a craft center, a marine life conservation lab, and the largest privately-owned fleet of historic ships in the country.
Admission $8 / $6. November-March: Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm
Website: http://www.southstseaport.org/
South Street Seaport
At Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17. When they say “the City” they mean New York. And when they say “not-to-be-missed” they mean South Street Seaport. A thriving community complete with a world-class maritime museum, breathtaking views and more than 100 shops, cafes and restaurants. This renovated American landmark is right on Lower Manhattan's historic waterfront. And the shopping, dining and entertainment are front and center.
Mall Hours Mond-Sat 10am-7pm Sunday 11am-6pm restaurants & bars have extended hours. Website: http://www.southstreetseaport.com/html/index.asp
South Street Seaport, a recreation of a 19th century fishing port is located on the East River at the tip of lower Manhattan. Pier 17 offers many shops, a museum and restaurants that are open all year. The Fulton Fish Market is the biggest wholesale fish market in the country. Check out the Fulton Street Memorial to Titanic Victims, or stop by the Visitors Center in Schermerhorn Row to get the latest on activities in the area. The Seaport offers spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge. Nearby the New York City Civic Center has many historic buildings including: the New York County Courthouse, the Hall of Records, the Municipal Building and City Hall.
Source: http://www.mustseenewyork.com/south-street-seaport.html


Day 3. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island   (26 Dec 2008 Friday)
9am hotel check-out
Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World
Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
The Statue of Liberty National Monument officially celebrated her 100th birthday on October 28, 1986. The people of France gave the Statue to the people of the United States over one hundred years ago in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Over the years, the Statue of Liberty has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as this international friendship.
Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design a sculpture with the year 1876 in mind for completion, to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The Statue was a joint effort between America and France and it was agreed upon that the American people were to build the pedestal, and the French people were responsible for the Statue and its assembly here in the United States. Bartholdi required the assistance of an engineer to address structural issues associated with designing such as colossal copper sculpture. Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower) was commissioned to design the massive iron pylon and secondary skeletal framework which allows the Statue's copper skin to move independently yet stand upright.
Monument Passes are limited by a first-come, first-serve basis per day. You may only enter the monument with a pass, and you can guarantee entrance to the statue by purchasing a reserve ticket with monument pass. There is no entrance fee to enter the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. Ferry fees: $12.00. Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/stli
Ferry departs Battery Park every half-hour beginning 8:30am. Tickets must be reserved and purchased in advance at http://www.statuecruises.com/
Ellis Island
Ellis Island was the former federal immigration processing station which processed over 12 million third class and steerage immigrants between 1892 and 1954 and was named after the former owner of the island, Samuel Ellis. Ellis Island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. It was added to the National Park System in May of 1965 and through extensive restoration, its main building opened over a quarter century later on September 10, 1990 as a national museum of immigration. Ellis Island is federal property partly within the territorial jurisdiction of the both the States of New York and New Jersey.
Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation's premier federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. The main building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990. Today, over 40 percent of America's population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.
From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. Through the years, this gateway to the new world was enlarged from its original 3.3 acres to 27.5 acres by landfill supposedly obtained from the ballast of ships, excess earth from the construction of the New York City subway system and elsewhere.
The three floors of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum were designed as a self-guided museum. The Ellis Island brochure guides visitors through the museum exhibits at their own pace. Allow several hours to explore the museum. See a movie and learn about the island's history and our nation's immigration past by joining a ranger-guided tour. Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/elis
4pm to 8pm drive back home to Norfolk, MA
8pm Home Sweet Home
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