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It's like an art museum within a library.

In a ceremony presided over by President William Howard Taft, the New York Public Library, the largest marble structure ever constructed in the United States, is dedicated in New York City. Occupying a two-block section of Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets, the monumental beaux-arts structure took 14 years to complete at a cost of $9 million. The day after its dedication, the library opened its doors to the public, and some 40,000 citizens passed through to make use of a collection that already consisted of more than a million books.

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In search for the best American glory ... Burgers .... we ended up for a short hide and seek with #TheBurgerJoint at Parker Meridien.

It took us a good 30 mins search round the block just because we were expecting a hole in the wall right of the streets. Little did we know, this amazing joint was tucked right within a the four walls of a hotel.

The only lead to it was the coloured florescent lights in the shaped of a burger and maybe some directions given of stuff of the hotel.

One of the best Burger over beer meal we had.

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Here are a few interesting things you may not have known about the 131-year-old attraction.
The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.

It was a gift from France, given to America in 1886.

The head of the statue was displayed at the World's Fair in Paris in 1878.

The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom.

She holds a torch and tablet upon which is inscribed the date of American Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). From the ground to the top of the torch the statue measures 93 metres, and weighs 204 metric tonnes.

Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe.

She has a 35-foot waistline

Visitors have to climb 354 stairs to reach the statue’s crown.

There are 25 windows in the crown.

Laboulaye proposed that a great monument should be given as a gift from France to the United States as a celebration of both the union’s victory in the American Revolution, and the abolition of slavery.

Laboulaye also hoped the gift of the statue would inspire French people to fight for their own democracy in the face of a repressive monarchy under Napolean III.

Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower was also behind the design for Liberty’s ‘spine’; four iron columns supporting a metal framework that holds the copper skin.

300 different types of hammers were used to create the copper structure.

The statue's face was said to be modelled on the sculptor's mother, Charlotte

The statue’s original torch was replaced in 1984 by a new copper torch covered in 24k gold leaf.

Although you cannot see Lady Liberty’s feet clearly she is in fact standing among a broken shackle and chains, with her right foot raised, depicting her moving forward away from oppression and slavery.

In high winds, of 50mph or more, Lady Liberty can sway by up to 3 inches, while her torch can move 5 inches.

Lady Liberty is thought to have been hit by around 600 bolts of lightning every year since she was built. A photographer captured this for the first time in 2010.

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What is a trip to #NewYork without your feet through the world famous New York landmark, the #BrooklynBridge

The walking tour gave us some quick history to the construction of this bridge. We took home with us the wondrous view of her from #CircleLineCruise

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.

Construction of bridge began in 1869
It took 600 workers and 14 years to complete.

Total of $15 million to build (That would cost about $350 million today)

Immigrant workers were paid about $2 a day to carry out dangerous underwater work.

More than 20 workers died during construction. Including the man who design the bridge , a German immigrant, John Augustus Roebling.

The two massive columns stands 276.5 ft tall with a total length of 3460 ft.
The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be coated with metal zinc to protect from rust.

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The Niagara Whirlpool is a natural whirlpool along the Niagara River located along the Canada–US border between New York and Ontario.

It is estimated that the whirlpool formed approximately 4,200 years ago by the upstream erosion of the Niagara Escarpment by the Niagara River.

The whirlpool naturally spins in a counterclockwise motion during normal flow. When more water from the river is diverted to the surrounding hydroelectric power plants, however, the flow often reverses.

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Blessed with a beautiful weather, even a #rainbow at the rainbow bridge.

How awesome is that.

Was prepared to get our feet wet but we didn't ... felt like a score. 😎

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Greeted by rain upon arrival made everything colder and wetter. On top of being under dress for the weather, we ended up with wet socks from #BehindTheFalls where we experience the power of the fall. Fancy a bath? 😆 Maybe not.

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The house that roof us for a few days in Boston. Kid of the concreat city had to gingerly walk around the house avoiding creaking floor boards so we do not disturb our lower deck neighbour. I think we learnt some ninjutsu (Ninja Skill) 😅

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The Muses of Inspiration Hail the Spirit,

The Messenger of Light,
The 16'x50' panel running along the Bates Hall entrance wall. This view depicts three of the right-side muses against a backdrop of sea and sky. The figures and perspective were rendered in a particularly "flat" manner so as to remain faithful to classical fresco painting, in which the rendering was meant to retain its identity as the surface of a wall

Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre, 1824-1898

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