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Uncle Sam's New York's New York Up, Down and Sideways Tour

March 16, 2009 - by City Guide News Desk
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Experience New York from a whole new angle with Uncle Sam’s New York’s Up, Down and Sideways Walking Tour. Get rushed to the top of the Empire State Building for a comprehensive and informed birds-eye-view of some of New York’s largest and far reaching landmarks. From Central Park to the Flat Iron Building, the Brooklyn Bridge to Ground Zero, Uncle Sam’s New York offers you a VIP pass to the top for a breathtaking view of all that is New York. Afterward, hit the streets to capture some of the most famous and active parts of Midtown Manhattan.  

The following sites are discussed and explored on this tour by Uncle Sam’s New York:

Empire State Building - The Empire State Building is composed of 102 stories and is 1,250 feet high plus its antenna. It was built in just 14 months from 1930 to 1931 and was the tallest building in the world for 42 years. Its completion coincided with the great stock market crash of 1929 and therefore faced economic hardship in its first years, even being dubbed “The Empty State Building” because of its initial lack of tenants. To combat this, the owners opened up their 86th Floor Observation deck and charged money for it.  That is what eventually saved the building from bankruptcy until the office space became self-sufficient some 20 years later.

NYC 5 Boroughs - New York City is composed of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx. The word borough comes from the Spanish “barrio” for “neighborhood.” Manhattan is the oldest, densest, most built-up, and most famous of the boroughs. To the east are Brooklyn and Queens, which occupy the west end of Long Island.  Queens is the largest borough in geography; it’s about the size of San Francisco.  Brooklyn is the largest in populace with 2.5 million inhabitants, and if it were to separate from the rest of New York, it would in itself be the fourth largest city in the U.S.  To the south is Staten Island which is the smallest in populace with half a million inhabitants.  To the North is the Bronx, the only part of New York City that is connected to the North American mainland.   

The Flatiron Building - The Flatiron Building was called The Fuller Building when it opened in 1902 but was quickly nicknamed “Flatiron” because of its triangular shape, looking like an old fashioned tailor’s flat iron, narrow in back, wide and flat in front.

The Chrysler Building - As we turn farther north, the most prominent building, the Chrysler Building, is the most representative example of art deco architecture in the city and is arguably the most beautiful building in New York. The chrome steel spire is bottomed with eagle heads that are modeled after actual Chrysler automobile hood ornaments while the curves on the spire are reminiscent of hub caps.  Ironically, the Chrysler Corporation no longer has office space in the Chrysler building.

Herald Square - Herald Square is named for the New York Herald which was, in its heyday, the most widely read newspaper in the U.S. Now, of course, the landmark that is most prevalently unmissable here is Macy’s department store.  With over 2 million square feet of selling space, Macy’s is advertised as the largest department store in the world.

Times Square - Times Square, arguably one of the most famous metropolitan landmarks in the world, used to be called “Longacre Square” named after a plaza in London.  It was renamed “Times Square” in the first decade of the 20th century when the New York Times newspaper made a surprise move from newspaper row down by City Hall up to what was in those days the edge of the city. 

For more information on Uncle Sam's New York tours, call 917-655-0906 or visit Tickets for the Up, Down and Sideways Tour can be purchased by clicking here.

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