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    Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your New York New York hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Imperial Hotel in Delhi, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, Claridge's in London and the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. are internationally renowned hotels.

    Places to See in New York

    The numerous attractions of New York City itself include L & B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn, famed for its Sicilian pizza; Grimaldi's pizzeria at No.1 Front Street in Brooklyn; Lombardi's in Little Italy, serving pizzas since 1905 and claiming to be the first pizzeria in the USA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Morgan Library; the Rockefeller Center; cosmopolitam Brooklyn; the theatres of Broadway; Junior's in Brooklyn, famed for its cheesecake since 1950; the Guggenheim Museum; the Cathedral of St John the Divine; Sardi's in Manhattan, opened in 1927, probably the most famous restaurant in the USA and home to a magnificent display of celebrity caricatures; South Street Seaport with its shops, museum and the tall ship Peking; the famous Rainbow Room restaurant; the Museum of Modern Art or MoMa; the financial world of Wall Street; the American Museum of Natural History; the United Nations Headquarters; Times Square; Katz's Deli in Lower East Side, famed for its hot dogs and pastrami sandwiches since 1888 and the site of Meg Ryan's fake orgasm in When Harry Met Sally; Gallagher's Steak House in Manhattan, founded in 1927; the Coney Island seaside resort; Nathan's Famous hot dogs, served to British royalty by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; Columbia University; Carnegie Hall; Chinatown; the huge Central Park; the historic Keens Steak House in Manhattan, with its huge display of smoking pipes; the Bohemian Greenwich Village; the Chrysler Building; Manhattan Island; Carnegie Deli, founded in 1937 and famed for its huge pastrami and corned beef sandwiches; Ellis Island; Grand Central Terminal; the Empire State Building; the Brooklyn Bridge; Serendipity 3 restaurant with its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate; the Art Deco Waldorf-Astoria Hotel; the 21 Club in Manhattan, once a speakeasy; New York Public Library where some of Christoper Robin Milne's original toys, including Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore, are on display in the basement; Cleopatra's Needle; the elegant Russian Tea Room, first opened by Russian emigres in 1927; Macy's Department Store in its Beaux Arts building on Herald Square, still one of the largest department stores in the world and the first to have an in-store Santa Claus (it was the setting for Miracle on 34th Street); Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, said for many years to be the best steak house in New York; Grant's Tomb; the elite Park Avenue; breakfast at Tiffany's, perhaps the most famous jeweller in the world; Washington Square; the Lincoln Center including the Metropolitan Opera House; the shopping Mecca of Fifth Avenue; the Statue of Liberty; Madison Square Gardens; and the Plaza Hotel.

    Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Widgeons, canvasbacks, bobcats, turkey vultures, porpoises, screech owls, fishers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, diamondback terrapins, common loons, horseshoe crabs, bald eagles, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, painted turtles, blue-winged warblers, big brown bats, smooth green snakes, great horned owls, woodchucks, northern shovelers, beavers, great blue herons, black vultures, minks, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, common egrets, snapping turtles, common goldeneyes, spotted salamanders, pileated woodpeckers, Eastern cottontail rabbits, coyotes, spotted turtles, pilot whales, Baltimore orioles, woodcocks, piping plovers, Eastern bluebirds, ospreys, bobolinks, black-crowned night herons, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, porcupines, snowy egrets, black racer snakes, milk snakes, red-breasted mergansers, gray foxes, ruffed grouse, brown thrashers, belted kingfishers, American goldfinches, spring peepers, peregrine falcons, opossums, otters, great egrets, White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, red-winged blackbirds, Eastern chipmunks, muskrats, scarlet tanagers, box turtles, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, cardinals, pintails, weasels, whip-poor-wills, common nighthawks, snowshoe hares, oldsquaws, black bears, snowy owls, raccoons, brown garter snakes, leatherback turtles, white-winged scoters, fiddler crabs, black capped chickadees, Eastern gray squirrels, bobwhite quails, bottle-nosed dolphins, rufous sided towhees, harbor seals, little brown bats, red foxes, water snakes, hooded mergansers and sea turtles are among the wild animals of New York State.

    Myths, Ghosts, Folklore, Legends, Monsters and Scary Stories in New York State

    The finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; and the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; and the ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; and the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.


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