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It's that time of year again! We're getting ready to see the city of New York lit up in all its glory, snow on the ground, and Santa's on almost every corner. You and I both know not every Santa you walk by is the real deal, and not every one will take all the requests on your kids Christmas list and snap a photo.

NYC Tourist can help you find all the best places to find a Santa Clause to lend an ear to the little ones this Christmas season! Get a picture taken with Little Saint Nick. It's one of the best Christmas in New York souvenirs you could possibly take home with you!

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Hurricane Sandy's path has been the terror of New York City for the past few days, causing flooding, power outages, businesses closing and even deaths. While this natural disasters has put a lot of things on hold, they are not going to be gone for good!

In case you're wondering what's still open in NYC right now, what places in New York City you should be avoiding and when our events that should be taking place these days are to be rescheduled for, we can tell you!

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The Statue of Liberty is one of New York City's most iconic attractions, and it's a must see for every NYC Tourist, but for the past year, Lady Liberty has been having work done. After her year long face-lift the Statue of Liberty reopened on her 126th birthday!

Nearly 3.5 million visitors make their way to the Statue of Liberty every year, but that everyone that wanted to visit the monument before was able to. These renovations and improvements will allow over 25,000 more people to visit annually.

What makes this possible you ask? Well first of all, the new and improved attraction is now wheelchair accessible up to the observation deck! In addition, there are new staircases and an emergency elevator. If you've been before, you know that trekking up those steep stairs before was quite a hassle, but these improvements make for an easier haul for every NYC Tourist, even the handicapped travelers!

Visitors were not allowed inside the Statue of Liberty from September 11, 2001 until 2004, and in 2009 they were finally allowed to climb to the top of her crown again.

Be sure to book your reservations to head up to the crown in advance! Reservations can be made up to one month in advance, so book yours once you start planning your trip! For now, the monument will only be open Thursday - Sunday, but early in 2013, will start to open every day to the public.

Hurricane Sandy is sweeping the northeast right now, so be sure to check the weather in NYC before planning your trip to the Statue of Liberty...

Once all the renovation on the Statue of Liberty are complete (sometime in 2013) the costs will amount to nearly $30 million!

To answer some of your questions about the new and improved Lady Liberty...

  • How many steps to the crown of the Statue of Liberty?
    Before: 354
    Now: 393. It's more steps for you, but slightly less steep than before. We say slightly, but anything less steep than before is a blessing.
  • How tall is the Statue of Liberty?
    She still towers over the city at 151 feet from her toes to her torch, and beneath her is a 89 foot pedestal. Underneath both is a 65 foot foundation. That totals 305 feet from the ground to her tippy-top!
  • What is Lady Liberty made of?
    The Statue of Liberty is made of copper, which has oxidized over the years to form her green color. Despite the other work she's had done, she will remain green.
  • When is the Statue of Liberty's birthday (or the day the statue was finished)?
    The monument was completed on October 28, 1886. After the latest batch of renovations to make the Statue of Liberty accessible to more NYC Tourists, she reopened on her 126th birthday in 2012!
  • For more fun facts, visit the complete Statue of Liberty History!

Check out all the Statue of Liberty discounts and savings, tours and more!

  • The Statue of Liberty Express Cruise runs year round, with an in depth commentary along the way!
  • The Romance/VIP Tour by Liberty Helicopters also runs year round, and even on the holidays! Whether you're in NYC for Christmas (or any of the other great holidays to celebrate here) or you're just on a romantic getaway, this is an exciting way to see share your trip with another beautiful lady!
  • One of the NYC Go Cards is the hop on hop off and Liberty Pass, which saves you 10% on a tour of NYC and admission to the Statue of Liberty!

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It's finally fall! What we've been looking forward to all year long, right? The temperatures are dropping slowly, but not so low that we're layering up heavily like we will be a few weeks from now. But those temperatures are still dropping enough that it gets pretty darn cold at night. What do you do to warm up when the weather gets cool?

Some people like to curl up by the fire.
Others enjoy downing soup and chasing it with a shot of whiskey. Or something along those lines?

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Last week, the 2013 Michelin New York Guide was released, revealing some of the best restaurants in New York City! If you're looking for somewhere to eat on your next romantic trip to NYC or you just want to enjoy a night out with some fine dining, these are the best restaurants that you're going to find in New York!

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Yes, NYC discounts and deals are nice, but free is even better, right? 

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Well NYC Tourists, it's the first full week of fall, and you know what that means! (Well, if you don't, we're going to tell you.) It means that it's time to start gearing up for a new season! Pull out the sweaters and jackets and reds, oranges and browns you've had tucked away in the back of your closet, or go shopping for new stuff! Get ready for some warmer food, more craft beer and fall festivals and events in NYC!

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When NYC Tourists come to the Big Apple, they expect a few things, and generally, great food is at the top of that list. While some NYC Tourists are traditionalists and stick to the Bagel shops and hot dog stands that they visit every time, we like to encourage new  experiences. There are always new restaurants popping up in NYC, and there are so many that have been here for years as well and we know you haven't tried them all! 

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New York City isn't the city best known for their Bring Your Own Booze options, but there are still plenty of great BYOB spots in NYC that are worth a try. Eating out, and drinking out, in NYC can get pretty pricey, but you can cut down the costs a bit and still get your buzz on while you eat with these great BYOB restaurants in the Big Apple. Most of the BYOB restaurants in New York are conveniently located near a store that sells alcohol - trust us, there's just about one of those places on every block - so you won't have to go far from the restaurant to find booze to bring with you!

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Have the Olympics got you feeling a little motivated to get active?

If you're anything like me, eating cheeseburgers and french fries as you watch all the Olympic gymnasts and swimmers and other scantily dressed athletes with perfect bodies, you're probably washing down every bite with a tall glass of guilt (or as most of us like to call it, a delicious beer).

Either way, it can be hard to stomach these stomachs, so we're motivated to start doing something. How about a healthy mix of exercise and sunshine with these great workouts in these beautiful New York City Park!