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New York, New York

When visiting New York City, it's just not enough to see what's right in front of you. Look up at the magnificent skyscrapers, serving as cavernous monoliths holding all that pulsating energy within. Wander over to Times Square and be mesmerized by the blinking, flashing, glittering billboards as they command your eyes upward to take notice.

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Ride the elevator to the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building (350 Fifth Ave.) for a birds-eye view of the city. From the observation tower, you can see about 50 miles on a clear day. After you have fun identifying landmarks from your lofty perch, check out the visitor center's interactive sustainability exhibit to learn how the building is taking steps toward energy efficiency.
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Girls squeal in excitement at American Girl Place (609 Fifth Ave.), where dolls are decked out in fashionable accessories and can visit the hospital or hair salon. Toys “R” Us (1514 Broadway) in Times Square also amuses kids with a Ferris wheel, menacing T-Rex, enormous Barbie dollhouse and a Build-a-Bear Workshop that inspires creativity as kids design their own stuffed animals.
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Shopping

Given space considerations, the typical suburban shopping mall doesn’t exist in Manhattan. Massive vertical monoliths jutting skyward are the norm and often include restaurants, offices and residences. The Shops at Columbus Circle , in Time Warner Center, presents an intriguing blend of luxury and specialty retailers enhanced with upscale dining options. Situated in the midst of the Fifth Avenue shopping mecca, Rockefeller Center sports a sophisticated collection of shops dotting its plazas and concourses, while high-end boutiques surround an atrium adorned by pink marble and waterfalls at Trump Tower , 725 Fifth Ave.
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