The Good, the Bad and the Utterly Absurd -- a Tour of NYC

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The Forgotten New York

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Great site, Missy. Thanks!

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Urban Legends

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Of course, we all know that the secret society under the city is not an Urban Legend but clearly not everybody is so discerning.

Check out some other urban legends here:
http://www.delorenzosdugout.com/urbanlegends.htm

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Ride the Beast

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Now, now! I know what some of you are thinking -- but this is a boat!

Thanks, J'Ecris, for the reminder.

http://www.allnewyorktours.com/Body.asp?Page=TourDetails&tour=NYC-W0024

or

http://www.sightseeingworld.com/tourdetailmain.asp?TourCode=328

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The Cloisters

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The Cloisters may be my favorite NYC museum. It's part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the same admission fee gets you into both places. Unfortunately, they're a bit far apart but bus or subway will get you there easily enough.

The building incorporates multiple medieval cloisters and the collection houses stained glass and tapestries and it all has a definite tunnel-ish feel. Vincent and Catherine would be quite at home.

A few websites:
http://www.inetours.com/New_York/Pages/Cloisters.html

http://travel.webshots.com/album/487227192jaIBcH

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/HAR/HAR015.htm

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Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

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Here's a cool site with lots of photos of NYC -- including some 360 degree panoramic shots (and some subway grills!):

http://www.urban75.org/photos/newyork/

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Churches

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New York City is not short of churches of every denomination. Brooklyn alone is known as the "Borough of a Thousand Churches." No matter what your religion or lack thereof, the buildings are beautiful.

There's not room for all of them, but some of the more well known are:

St. Patrick's Cathedral
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medny/stpat1.html

Old St. Pat's
http://www.oldsaintpatricks.com/
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/SOH/SOH038.htm

St. Bart’s
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID034.htm

Cathedral of St. John the Divine - started in 1887, it's still a work in progress!
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/HAR/HAR002.htm

St. Malachy’s - The Actor's Chapel - in the heart of the theatre district
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID164.htm

Also beloved by actors -- The Little Church Around the Corner
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GRP/GRP025.htm

Trinity
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/LM/LM047-TRINITYCHURCH.htm

These ought to keep you busy for a while. Go look at some churches -- I'm taking tomorrow off. Back Monday with more.

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Artists

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If Kristopher Gentian were alive today (is he? isn't he?), he might have chosen to have some of his work exhibited on the internet along with other New York Artists

Here are a couple of sites dedicated to New York Artists. Maybe later we can find some sites dedicated to art featuring New York.

http://www.newyorkartists.net/

http://www.newyorkartworld.com/artist.html

http://www.anny.org/

http://www.nyartistscircle.org/

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Art

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Yesterday we looked at artists in New York. Today we can look at New York in art.

Here are a few sites with paintings of New York City-- no particular order -- just have fun browsing. The internet is much easier on the feet than museums and galleries.

http://www.artplaces.com/west/gallery-new-york-city.php

http://www.newmanfinearts.com/newyorkthumbs.html

http://www.safran-arts.com/nycindex.html

http://www.dolice.com/page6.html

http://www.matteopericoli.com/ (Thanks, Sobi!)

http://www.mcny.org/collections/painting/maincatalogue.htm

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Breakfast Table Reading

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Here are some facts about Catherine's alma mater, Columbia, and about New York City. Amaze and astonish your friends, prepare to appear on Jeopardy, be ready for "Trivial Pursuit -- the New York Edition!"

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/admissions/ugrad/viewbook/sect7.html

But, beware -- it seems this site hasn't been updated since 1997. Still interesting, though.

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"Found as a babe outside St. Vincent's hospital. . .&am

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That's the story, right? Of Vincent's finding?

There are two St. Vincent's actually -- one in midtown and one in the Village. For some reason, I always think they mean the one in the Village but here are links to both in case you want to know more about them:

St. Vincent's Midtown
http://www.stvincentsmidtown.org

St. Vincent's downtown
http://www.svcmc.org/body.cfm?id=32

Wiki entry about St. Vincent's
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Vincent%27s_Hospital_%28Manhattan%29

Meanwhile, if you want to find out more about St. Vincent himself (there are more than two of them, though, so good luck!) or maybe even Saint Catherine, you can look up saints here:

http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/patron02.htm

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Subways

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The Subways

Although Joe didn't think Catherine had ever heard of them, Vincent traveled by subway now and then. Never after the first season, though, when it was discovered that his method of transportation was causing some NYC teenagers to attempt the same feat -- a very bad idea since there actually isn't room to ride safely on top of speeding subway cars.

So stay inside the train and stand back from the edge of the platform!

Plan your route using the interactive subway map.
http://www.brail.org/transit/nycall.html

or, find out more about the history, artwork, trains, etc at this extensive site
http://www.nycsubway.org/

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How to Speak New York

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Many New Yorkers have no identifiable accent -- and some could never be mistaken as coming from any other place in the world.

Ya want I shuhd tell y'bowdit? No prahb --

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York-New_Jersey_English

http://www.nyc24.org/2003/issue3/story5/

And then there's New York City slanguage:
http://www.slanguage.com/newyork2.html

As for Brooklyn -- fuhgeddaboudit

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So You Think You Know New York?

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You could take the Big Apple Quiz and see. Be warned. The site seems to have pop-up ads.

http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/departments/education_1/?page=quiz90&Quizid=90

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United Nations

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I don't think we ever saw it on the show but New York City is home to the United Nations. It sometimes irritates us when something major is happening and the President comes to the UN and traffic is tied up for hours -- but mostly we're proud to host the UN.

UN official site:
http://www.un.org/

Wikipedia's entry on the UN
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations

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The End of the Line (maybe)

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It's been a lot of fun digging up these websites but I have run out of ideas. If I think of something else in the future, I'll add it but for now I leave you with the following:

Every year the Village Voice seems to do an issue on the "Best of NY" Here are links to the 2006 and 2003 issues:
http://www.villagevoice.com/bestof/2006/
http://www.villagevoice.com/specials/bestof/2003/detail.php?id=3848

(Don't ask me where 2004 and 2005 are!)

And here is a great article from National Geographic:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/features/insidersny0505/insidersny.html

Finally, if after all this touring around New York City, your feet hurt. . . you might be able to find a remedy at:
http://www.otan.dni.us/webfarm/emailproject/feet.htm

Thanks for taking the virtual tour! Come visit us in person some day.

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