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The Top things to Visit in New York

The Top things to Visit in New York

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The city that never sleeps. The capital of the world. The City. The Big Apple.

Most romantic cities in the world

Whatever you want to call it, New York is one of the few cities in the world whose charming is always intact: the place everyone wants to visit at least once in a lifetime. Being it a romantic journey or a lonely trip, with your family or with friends, New York and its many attractions can always offer a new experience.

Reaching New York is simple, thanks to its 3 enormous airports, JFK Kennedy, Newark and La Guardia, which connect the Big Apple with hundreds of destinations worldwide.

In order to fully enjoy your stay in New York, the best idea is to book a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Our main suggestion goes to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, a stone’s throw from the main destinations and most fashionable districts. We suggest you buy a New York Pass or a City Pass, allowing you to visit several museums and monuments such as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building at a lower price, sometimes also skipping lines. These 2 passes have a different price and a different validity, so to meet tourists’ needs.

 

Once in the city, you only have to make up your mind about where to start to discover this multicultural metropolis.

Without a doubt, the first visit must be for her. Outstanding and impassible, the Statue of Liberty is the referring point for those willing to discover the city. A gift from France to celebrate the centenary of the Independence War, the Statue of Liberty became a symbol of democracy and freedom. Located on Liberty Island, it is 93 meters tall. The most courageous ones may climb its 357 steps leading up to its crown and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. The Statue of Liberty was also the first thing immigrants saw of the American soil. Close to Liberty Island, you can visit Ellis Island, once the checkpoint for immigrants and now the Museum of Immigration holding the old registries of those coming to the United States. You may discover Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro’s ancestors, or your great-grandfather.

Statue of Liberty Photos

Another symbol of New York is the World Trade Center, so sadly famous for September 11th attack in 2001. Ground Zero, the museum and memorial, now stands where the Twin Towers used to be, to remind a day which inevitably left its mark in the entire world.

Another icon of the city is the Empire State Building, which has been the town highest building for a long time. Reaching the 86th floor terrace gives you an incomparable view of Manhattan. Seeing it at night uncovers a world of lights. And talking about lights, you surely cannot miss a visit to Times Square, the neon place we saw in so many movies, with its big animated ads.

Though New York is often considered a cement jungle with its skyscrapers up to the skies, the city is also famous for Central Park, 3-square kilometers green lung. A relaxing afternoon there is absolutely a must. You may jog, rent a bike or take a walk along the many pathways and hung around its small lakes. The continuous transformations of the city give new life to old decaying areas, just like the Meatpacking District, once considered the New York butchery and now home of the High Line, a 2-mile overhead park along an abandoned and still visible railway.

In New York you cannot miss some art and culture! The city is home of some of the most famous museums in the world such as MOMA (Museum of Modern Arts) where you can see paintings like Van Gogh’s The Starry Night or Andy Warhol’s golden Marilyn Monroe.

Always talking about modern art, you should see a museum that was built as an artwork itself: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as an upside-down Tower of Babel, its circular corridors display artworks of artists like Chagall, Modigliani and Picasso.

For those willing to experience both classical and modern art, your destination is the Metropolitan Museum, also known as The Met.

Last but not least, the American Museum of Natural History is a must for those who like or want to find out about, anthropology, paleontology and zoology.

Discovering New York also means taking a walk around neighbors that made the story of the city, whose charm is still intact. Greenwich Village has been the cradle for many artists. Modern jazz, folk music and new series like Friends and Sex and the City took place there.

To experience the Italian atmosphere, you can stroll around Little Italy, the first quarter that welcomed immigrants from Italy.

Next to Little Italy is Chinatown, home to Chinese New Yorkers, which turns yellow and red for the Chinese New Year’s Day as dragons fill the streets.

Long Island, on the other hand, is home of one of the most populated boroughs of New York: Brooklyn. To get there, you must cross the East River on the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. We recommend you cross it on foot so you can enjoy the view over Manhattan.

If you feel hungry after so much touring, you can have a hot dog on the go. But if you fancy something sweet, it is time to taste cheesecake, the sweet symbol of New York. We recommend that at Two Little Red Hens, in the Upper Est Side.

What about you? Ready to leave for New York?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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