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• In the early 1800s the canals were built to allow extended commuting. These canals connected the Hudson River and Lake Erie. • Ellis Island is the hub for historical data on immigration. Originally, immigrants were processed through Ellis Island and Battery Park which was known at that time as Castle Clinton.

Interesting Facts • The population of New York consists of 19,465,197 citizens. • The state’s name derived from James Stuart, the Duke of York. • Originally the Iroquoian and Algonquian Indian tribes inhabited the state. • Dutch settlers claimed the territory in the 1600s. Henry Hudson was the first of these settlers to claim the region. • Dutch fur trading posts allowed indigenous Indian tribes to sell pelts for profit to Dutch merchants trading within the area. • Within this century the Dutch settlers created colonies within the Hudson River Valley until the 1664 annexation of the New Netherland colony by the British. • A large majority of the Revolutionary War was fought within New York territory. • By 1788 New York had become a state and its constitution was enacted.

• Ellis Island ceased immigration processing in 1954. The island is now included in the Statue of Liberty monument. • The National Origins Act ceased immigration through Castle Clinton and Ellis Island. • A 1998 settlement established that the 27 acres addition to Ellis Island belonged to New Jersey. The original property was ruled as part of New York. • Ellis Island closed for a lengthy duration due to fire regulation contraventions. It was reopened in 2009. • The Statue of Liberty and museum connection require that visitors acquire a Monument Access Pass to visit the locale. The pass is only available within New York and visitors must purchase it before boarding the ferry. Only 3,000 passes are sold each day. • Visitors are no longer allowed to visit the interior of the Statue of Liberty. • Only criminal cases that fall within federal law possess the possibility of receiving the federal death penalty. Within state law, executions ceased as of 1963. • Sports teams within New York include the Mets, Rangers, Islanders, Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets. • The 2012 Summer Olympics will be held in London instead of New York, although New York City placed a bid. • Colleges in New York include Cornell University, Stony Brook University, University at Buffalo, and University of Albany.


ATTRACTIONS House of Frankenstein Wax Museum 213 Canada Street, Lake George (518) 668-3377 • The House of Frankenstein Wax Museum features wax figures in which you would typically find within the House of Frankenstein movie. These wax figures depict scenes found in this classic horror movie and more. Each sculpture is life like and guaranteed to make you scream. Continues on inside back cover

Wedding Venues The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, New York, (212) 336-6800, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers provides an exceptionally beautiful waterfront venue for your wedding. With this venue you have an extraordinary view of the Hudson River. The loft space provides you with lanterns, hardwood floors, and exposed ceilings. The Prince George Ballroom 15 East 27th Street, New York (212) 471-0882, The Prince George Ballroom provides for an exquisite wedding and reception. The large scale ballroom boasts beautiful columns and ceiling carvings that add to the elegance of your wedding. The ballroom allows room for up to 300 guests. Planning services are available with prior arrangement.

Gotham Hall 1356 Broadway, New York (212) 244-4300, Gotham Hall is the ultimate wedding venue. From golden railings to beautiful columns that allow for beautiful draperies you find that this impressive venue allows you to plan a wedding fit for a princess. Reserve your wedding planning today and create your dream wedding from start to finish. The Fondry 42-38 9th Street, Long Island City, (718) 786-7776, The Fondry allows you a wealth of wedding options. You may rent the banquet hall, the courtyard with a tent, the terrace, or the greenhouse. All of these options are centrally located within the hotel grounds. You have the option to reserve catering services on your own or through a wedding planner.

Clearview Park Golf Course 20212 Willets Point Blvd, Bayside (718) 229-2570, Clearview is among the top choice golf courses for New York golf enthusiasts. This premier golf course is an 18-hole championship style course complete with rolling terrain and tree lined grounds. On-site you find a newly renovated clubhouse which welcomes visitors and members alike. Douglaston Park Golf Course 6320 Marathon Parkway, Douglaston (718) 224-6566, The Douglaston Park Golf Course features an 18-hole course spanning over 5,000 yards. This course was constructed in 1926 and designed by William H. Tucker with the aid of Stephen Kay. With its unique design the course features water hazards and lush greenery presenting the ultimate golfing experience.


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Lake Success Golf Club 318 Lakeville Road, Great Neck (516) 482-4012, Lake Success Golf Club offers enthusiasts with an extravagant experience. This full service golf club features an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, dining hall, and a fully stocked pro shop. Tee times are available with prior arrangements whether you are local or staying at a hotel in the area. Spring Rock Golf Center 377 Denton Avenue, New Hyde Park (516) 739-0167, Established in 1994, Spring Rock Golf Center has a parking lot large enough for 250 cars, two miniature golf courses, refurbished landing

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area target greens, and Range Servant dispenser. On-site there is a snack bar with an excellent selection of drinks and snacks and a bakery. A pro golf shop is available for all of your equipment and apparel needs. Wheatley Hills Golf Club 147 East Williston Avenue, East Williston (516) 747-8822, Wheatley Hills Golf Club offers excellence in golf and dining. This club is not open to the public and does require a membership to play and to dine. With your membership you receive discounts on tee time reservation and excellent game rates. The on-site restaurant offers a variety of excellent dishes and drinks. The Village Club at Lake Success 318 Lakeville Road, Great Neck (516) 482-4012 • The Village Club at Lake Success is an exclusive club, which offers a club for both men and women. This club is located in a pristine locale with breathtaking views. Tournaments are held often at the Village Club. A pro shop and restaurant are located on-site. This restaurant offers the best in gourmet dining. North Shore Country Club 500 Shore Road, Great Neck (516) 676-4225 • The North Short Country Club offers an 18-hole championship golf course, swimming pools, and tennis. Patio seating is available at poolside and the restaurant offers terrace and indoor seating with excellent menu options. The clubhouse is idyllic for special events and social gatherings. Members have the option to reserve this clubhouse for these events.

Don’t Leave NY Without Seeing.... Empire State Building 350 5th Avenue, New York, (212) 736-3100, The Empire State Building is among the tallest buildings in the country. From this building you receive one of the absolutely best views of the city. Throughout the building you find documentation for visitors that tells the history of the building and New York. Grand Central Terminal 87 E 42nd Street, New York (212) 532-4900, The Grand Central Terminal is the transportation hub of New York. Within this building you also discover dining and shopping opportunities. The building boasts an exceptionally beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture. Statue of Liberty Liberty Island, New York, (201) 915-3400, The Statue of Liberty has become a symbol for freedom and friendship throughout the country. Originally it was a gift from a French designer as a token of friendship after the French Revolution. The statue has been closed at varying times for renovations. Continues on page 11

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Looking to get away without the expense and time of travel? Here are a couple of great escapes that are right in our own backyard.... Anatasia’s Bed and Breakfast 8 Mead Street, Hempstead, (516) 612-2093, Anatasia’s Bed and Breakfast offers for a more rustic accommodations. With country style décor and a relaxed atmosphere, you and your could find yourselves swept away in grace and luxury. Complementary breakfast is served daily and all guest rooms have an excellent view of the area.

Gracie Inn 502 East 81st Street, New York (212) 628-1700, Guests with allergies will find their stay at Gracie’s Inn vastly enjoyable. All bedding and room fixtures are allergen free and offer for a pleasant stay. Rooms provide a quaint and cozy hotel experience with luxurious bedding and updated furnishings. This smaller scale hotel is convenient to all major attraction in its local area.

Allie’s Inn Bed and Breakfast 313 West 136th Street, New York, (646) 283-3068, Allie’s Inn Bed and Breakfast provides colorful guest quarters with the ultimate boutique experience. This beautifully designed bed and breakfast provides for apartment style accommodations with all of the creature comforts of home with excellent additions. Each apartment style guest room comes complete with a full kitchen, living room, bedroom, and private bathroom.

Mount Morris House Bed and Breakfast 12 Mount Morris Park West, Manhattan (917) 478-6214, With the exhaustion of bright reds and brilliant hardwood, the designers of Mount Morris House Bed and Breakfast offer you the opportunity to recapture elegance. With a stay at this beautiful B&B you and your loved one are provided spacious guest rooms featuring private baths and elegant furnishings.

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Top 5 Most Visited Parks in the United States

Have you ever wondered which national parks receive the most visits? Each of the following national parks has over one million visits each year. Excellent activity, opportunities are listed, below for park visitors. Statistical data are provided. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee (828) 497-1900 • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has had 9,463,538 visitors. Within this majestic, national park is the opportunity for camping, bicycling, and touring of the area. Wildflowers are abundant, and waterfalls are found near each lake and stream. Grand Canyon National Park 2 Albright Avenue, Grand Canyon, Arizona (928) 638-7888 • The Grand Canyon National Park has had 4,388,385 visitors. This state park offers the opportunity for hiking and camping. The Grand Canyon is the largest land formation in the United States. On-site, you find waterfalls and large lake areas. Lodging near the park allows, for scheduled tours of tribal lands and forests near the Grand Canyon. Yosemite National Park PO Box 577, Yosemite National Park, California (209) 372-0200 • Yosemite National Park has had 3,901,408 visitors. This national park spans 1,200 square miles. On-site you find deep valleys, wilderness, and towering sequoias. The park offers the opportunity for camping, hiking, and snow-packing. You will see wildflowers in the spring and a broad spectrum of fall colors in autumn. Yellowstone National Park 200 Old Yellowstone Trail, Gardiner, MT (307) 344-7381 • Yellowstone National Park has had 3,640,185 visitors. This national park spans through three states: Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Onsite, you find Old Faithful and numerous other geysers. You will also find the hot springs. Wildlife is abundant; you will see bears, wolves and bison. Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park, Colorado (970) 586-1206 • Rocky Mountain National Park has had 2,955,821 visitors. This national park spans 8,000 feet. It features grassy valleys and high altitude. On-site, you find the option to camp and hike. There are at least 200 campsites located on-site. You will find abundant wildlife and lush meadows.

Top 5 Water Parks in the U.S. These water parks are top rated for features, location, and competitive pricing. Within these water parks, you find excellent slides, restaurants, and children’s areas. Schlitterbahn Waterpark 33261 State Park Road 100 South Padre Island, TX (956) 772-7873 • Schlitterbahn Waterpark has body slides that span 65 acres. There are three mini-parks within this location. For the children, there is Tadpool Kiddie Pool. The lagoon hot tub is idyllic for adults and is located near the kiddie pool. Food and beverages are available through the on-site restaurant. Noah’s Ark 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (608) 254-6351 • The Black Anaconda is located at Noah’s Ark water park. This water coaster is the biggest in the country. The Octoexplorer was constructed with children in mind and boasts several great fixtures to keep them playing for hours. Water World 1800 West 89th Avenue Federal Heights, Colorado (303) 427-7873 • Water World is a combination water and theme park. Among its greatest features are the Zoomerang, Ragin’ Colorado, and The Voyage to the Center of the Earth. This water park has an area designed especially for families called The Big Top Family Fun Zone. Water Country USA 176 Water Country Parkway Williamsburg, VA (800) 343-7946 • Water Country USA is a time warp, on its own. This 1950s themed park features Surfer’s Bay, Quest Dive Show and Cow-a-Bunga. Onsite you find a restaurant, heated pools, and a children’s play area. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park 1534 West Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena, Florida (407) 939-6244 • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park boasts a wealth of theme rides and water attractions. This water park is located within Disney World and offers pass to include other popular attractions within the park.

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Inwood Hill Park Trail Seaman Avenue, New York The Inwood Hill Park spans 196 acres. The available walking trail is up to two miles which allows for a nice walk with your dogs. The trail typically takes about an hour to complete. Trail requirements insist that your dogs are on a leash that is no more than six feet. Staten Island Greenbelt Trail 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, (718) 667-2165 The Staten Island Greenbelt Trail is three miles long and has a typical duration of two hours to complete. Elevation is 245 feet. You may acquire trail maps and information from the Greenbelt Conservancy. You are required to keep your dog on a leash at all times. Hunter Island Trail Pelham Bay Park, Bronx The Hunter Island Trail is a little over two miles and takes up to one hour to complete. The elevation is 21 feet. You acquire maps and other

information from Pelham Bay Park. It is recommended that you wear bug repellent during the summer months. You are required to keep your dog on a leash of no longer than six feet. Prospect Park Trail Park Avenue, Prospect The Prospect Park Trail is almost three and one half miles in length. The trail takes up to two hours to complete. The elevation is 180 feet. You acquire information from the Prospect Park Alliance. You must keep your dog on a leash of six feet at the most. Van Cortlandt Park Trail Yonkers The Van Cortlandt Park Trail is a little over five miles. The trail requires at least three and one half hours to complete. The elevation is 10 feet. Maps and information are available through the park visitor center. All dogs are required to be leashed on a leash that is no more than six feet in length.

The Law is WHAT ? • In Arizona there is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.

• In Connecticut it is illegal for anyone to cross the street on their hands.

• It is illegal in Alaska to tether a dog into the roof of your car.

• In Durango, Colorado it is illegal for anyone to swim in a pool or river during daylight hours.

• There is a pending lawsuit against Cookie Monster in Illinois due to the violation of a law prohibiting monsters from enter Urbana’s corporate limits.

• In Arizona It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.

• In the state of Indiana it is illegal to take a bath during winter.

• It is illegal to sing while wearing a swimsuit in Sarasota, Florida.

• In Iowa kisses can only last five minutes at the longest.

• Within the city of Nogel, Arizona it is illegal to wear suspenders. • Utah is the only state where you can buy Viagra without a prescription. • In the state of Alabama it is illegal to purchase a bag of peanuts after sunset. It is also illegal to purchase them prior to sunrise the next day. • It is illegal for anyone to dedicate any parking spaces to a patron saint of television in the city of Santa Clara, California.

• Jonesboro, Georgia made it illegal to say “Oh, Boy!” within the city limits. • It is illeagal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs in Arizona. • Men in Idaho are legally restricted from giving a loved one a box of candy weighing

less than 50 pounds.

• It is illegal to catch fish with one’s bare hands in the state of Kansas. • According to a law in Kentucky, citizens are legally declared sober, as long as this person can hold onto the ground. • It is legal for women to wear

swimming suits on highways as long as they have a club or are escorted by two police officers. • Married couples are not allowed to sleep in the nude in any rented rooms in Salem, Massachusetts, according to state law. • According to Michigan law, it is illegal to hitch a crocodile to a fire hydrant. • In Nebraska, it is illegal for married couples to have sex in a hotel room unless they both are wearing a clean, white cotton nightshirt provided by the hotel owner. • In Mohave County, Arizona a decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.

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Theatre Bayside is the ultimate locale for entertainment venues. Among these venues are performing arts centers, concert halls, and theatrical stages. Past performances have shown the likes of musical and theatrical legends throughout the ages. Broadhollow at Elmont 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont (516) 775-4420, The Broadhollow at Elmont offers theatrical performances including off Broadway productions and dinner theatre. Among the popular performances hosted at this theatre is Nine a on stage version of the ever-popular film. The Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, New York (212) 465-6500, The Beacon Theatre is considered the older sister to the Radio City Music Hall. With that said it is an elegant large scale theatre complete with crystal chandeliers and a massive stage. This theatre has hosted performances by numerous legends through the years and aims to please the most fickle of visitors.

Tiles Center for the Performing Arts 720 Northern Blvd, Greenvale (516) 299-2752, Tiles Center for the Performing Arts offers a various selection of performances including ballet, orchestra, and theatrical performances. This outstanding theatre offers choir and even Off Broadway productions. The cast presents some of the best in culture and arts. Queens Theatre in the Park 14 United Nations Ave South, Flushing, NY (718) 760-0686, Queens Theatre in the Park is praised as one of the most culturally diverse theatres in the country with a rich history. The theatre has presented some of the most intriguing performances in theatre history and today showcases some of the best in Broadway productions as well as unique originals.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside (718) 631-6311, The Queensborough Performing Arts Center showcases the Professional Performing Arts Series each year. Their performers are a cast of players who specialize in theatre, ballet, and music. The center has featured over 1,100 performances and has been operational for 45 years. Black Spectrum Theatre 177 Street and Baisley Blvd, Jamaica (718) 723-1800, The Black Spectrum Theatre features productions created by and starring the best in African American theatre and film. Each year this theatre presents many touching and often inspiring productions related to issues faced throughout black history and in the modern world.

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DON’T LEAVE Continued Rockefeller Center W 49th and 5th Avenue, New York (212) 632-6868, Rockefeller Center is famous for its large Christmas tree lighting ceremony and skating rink. It is also the location nearest some of the country’s best morning talk shows. It is also the home of Radio City Music Hall. This local is a must for anyone who wants to learn the very essence of the city. Ellis Island Immigration Museum New York, (212) 363-3200, Ellis Island boasts a museum in which many citizens could trace their lineage through the signatures found in the immigration records. The locale was once used by millions of immigrants as a place of registration until the 1950s. The museum also offers a wealth of historical information.

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Maui Maui is the idyllic backdrop for escapism in its purest form. Maui is not only the physical embodiment of the ultimate beach getaway; it is also an otherworldly island in which you discover something new with each visit. Maui is known for its most impressive seafood restaurants and numerous snorkeling opportunities.

Best Vacation Places In the Country These locales are the hot vacation destination in large part due to the outstanding features found within the area. Visitors, who are familiar with these areas have experiences that far exceed their expectations and are truly phenomenal. U. S. Virgin Islands In St. John you discover the Virgin Islands National Park. Although this park is quite lovely, it is not the mainstay for why visitors return so frequently to the area. It is the unexpected and unique beauty of these islands themselves that encourage frequent visits.

New York City New York City is a mish mesh of culture. This metropolis was the influence of feature film, comic books, and the ultimate night life experience. This city is a popular vacation getaway due in large part to the multitude of activities throughout the day and night. The culture shock alone is worth the traveling time for residents of sundown towns. San Francisco San Francisco is the ultimate vacation destination for its permissive atmosphere. This lovely bohemian city presents striking uniqueness and is loved by visitors world-wide. The city offers thousands of activities to fill your days. Popular options are shopping, exceptional dining opportunities, and visits to Chinatown. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. is filled with national landmarks, monuments, and a multitude of sight-seeing opportunities. The Smithsonian Museum alone is a day trip in itself. The capital city not only presents a journey through the history of our nation, but it also has a wealth of night clubs and superb restaurants.

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Secret Caverns 671 County Road 9, Cobleskill (518) 296-8558, Within the Secret Caverns you discover a wedding chamber and much more. As you proceed through the caverns you enjoy an underground boat ride which allows for safe transport through the caverns. At the end you find a 100 foot waterfall. Magic Forest US Route 9, Lake George (518) 668-2448, The Magic Forest presents a fairytale land which includes numerous large scale statues. Throughout this attraction you find a giant Hansel and Gretel, Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, and the Muffler Men. The Uncle Sam statue is the largest of its kind in the world.

World’s Smallest Church Sconondoa Road, Oneida The World’s Smallest Church is located down Sconondoa Road and in the middle of the pond. This tiny church is only accessible by boat. You discover that only two people fit within the church at a time. Kaatskill Kaleidoscope 5340 Route 28, Mount Trempar (877) 688-2828 The Kaatskill Kaleidoscope is, in fact, the largest of its kind in the world. It stands 60 feet in height. Within the structure you view historical shows including characters throughout history like Marilyn Monroe and Abraham Lincoln.

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