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That is a sidewalk vestibule. The idea is to have an extra door between the building's interior and the outside, so as to reduce the amount of air exchanged when people go in and out. In winter, warm air stays inside and cold air stays outside, reducing the building's heating costs and avoiding uncomfortable drafts for diners sitting near the door. You ...


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These structures are generally sidewalk sheds, as they usually serve to protect the sidewalk during construction, demolition, and certain types of renovations as required by the building code (such as those involving the exterior facade or hoisting equipment). They're intended to protect people on the sidewalk without causing the disruption and harm to ...


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While I do not know what they are called, their purpose is to keep heat inside by creating an extra air chamber between the inside which is heated and the outside. These are usually removed in the warmer months.


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Reservations to climb up to the crown of the Statue of Liberty sell out as much as six months in advance for travel during peak periods. In the low season, you might be able to find tickets as little as two or three months in advance, but there are only about 400–500 tickets issued daily, so the further ahead you can make plans, the more likely you will get ...


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You should be able to look on your banks website (or go in and ask) and see what charges they do for this sort of thing. They probably charge a fixed percent of the amount spent. For example, my bank charges 2% any time I pay in a different currency, where as if I withdraw different currency from a cash machine it charges 1.5% and a £1 fee for withdrawal. So ...


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Years ago, I took the long distance bus from Washington DC to Niagra Falls. While the majority of the journey was at night, the last few hours were in daylight. To be honest there was little to see or do. There was no commentary from the driver, just brief announcements of the next stop coming up. After all, this was not a tourist bus, but just a cheap ...


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If you're willing to spend a little more to save time, you should probably take a yellow taxi, especially if you're tired. The fare from JFK to Manhattan is flat; these days it is about $56 plus tips and tolls. If you tell the driver to take the Brooklyn Bridge, which has good access from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and to the FDR Drive, there will be ...


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I'd do the same as you would at home (the USA is not that different than the UK). Get some US money before departing for things like taxi so you do not have to search for an ATM when landing; or need to use the airport exchange agencies. Pay cash for things you are used to pay cash, pay with debit card when you usually pay with it and use credit card like ...


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Take a walk along the High Line. It’s a former elevated freight railway line that has been converted into a walkway or linear park. https://www.thehighline.org/ You might find some other interesting things to do nearby.


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As for spots in Brooklyn, lots of people go to Coney Island/Brighton Beach for the 4th. I'll warn you it gets a bit crowded. As for seeing fireworks on the East River, I'd suggest maybe checking out Franklin D Roosevelt Park on Roosevelt Island or maybe Gantry Plaza State Park (Long Island City). It could also be fun to check out a rooftop bar. However, ...


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You can use your MetroCard to pay for the PATH train. The fare is currently $2.75 one way. Note that there is no free transfer between PATH and MTA; you pay separate fares on each system. No part of the New Jersey Transit system accepts MetroCard stored value or passes. They have a completely separate fare system and tickets.


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The MTA's webage on the Q Service doesn't answer the question. The Wikipedia article on the Q line, however, says the Q service crosses the East River on tracks which lie on the south side of the Manhattan Bridge. Here's a screenshot from that page: Since the two bridges are less than a half-mile apart, you should have a good view.


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This year's "stunning display of patriotic firepower" is once again brought to you by Macy's. You'll want to be on the eastern waterfront of Manhattan or the opposite waterfront of Brooklyn. It will be crowded, but you might enjoy checking it out. You can see a bit of the fireworks from the fringes. Another popular thing to do is to find a rooftop ...


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As of July 2019, the (Q) Broadway Express - Brighton Local runs from 96 St - Av on the IND 2nd Av Line down the BMT Broadway Express tracks, across the Manhattan Bridge (south side, facing Brooklyn Bridge), and down the BMT Brighton Beach Line to Coney Island - Stillwell Avenue. It runs on the Manhattan Bridge at all times, including late nights and ...


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You need to make sure that you have a metro card as you can not buy one at Hudson’s or any outlet in JFK. Take the Q10 Bus from T5 going to Kew Gardens union TPK Station.Get off Lefferts Blvd and Cuthbert Rd. From here you can catch the A or C train into Manhattan. If you didn’t have a metro card pay 2.75 on the bus so make sure you have change. This is time ...


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I like to use Rome2Rio to get a quick overview of multiple transportation options between two points, whether within a city or across the world. By default it will display results broken down by mode of transportation, and for each mode, showing the estimated time and cost. For each mode, you can click on it to get more details such as the exact routes and ...


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The Shuttle is located at poor locations for transfers to the numbered lines at both ends but is much shallower depth wise. This has to do with the history of the line, and results in a long but flat walk in Grand Central and a connection to the 2/3 requiring differences in elevation. The 7's elevators at Grand Central are out of service as of December ...


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Note: This answer specifically refers to public transportation options, as it is assumed by default that Manhattan traffic + Lincoln Tunnel traffic will be horrendous. As noted by phoog in the comments, airport shuttles and taxis will likely be faster than public transportation when traffic is low. From 78/2nd to Newark, the most effective way to go by ...


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Rental car prices and availability will vary dramatically based on demand. If demand is high for a specific period, then as you get closer to that time the prices will go up (sometimes significantly!), and individual locations may sell out. If demand is low, prices may drop as you get closer to the date. Generally the best option for someone in your ...


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The first thing is to check with your bank about the fees. If everything is free If you can make withdrawals in the US without large fees and the currency conversion rate is good then you can use your debit card everywhere and withdraw money whenever you need any. This is my prefered way. If there's a withdrawal fee Like my bank has for non-euro ...


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Report about July 4, 2019 that may help others in future years. There are dozens of firework shows, all over Brooklyn. The biggest are near the Brooklyn Bridge, but the riverside areas are extremely overcrowded, and you are unlikely to get a good view even if you jam in. If you can find yourself a rooftop view you can see the fireworks from all over. ...


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The documents you will need to send are: Passport Passport request letter TT Services Consent Form (2 Copies, For each Passport) A Sheet paper with your contact information (Name, Address, Phone & Email) A prepaid Return envelope from UPS, USPS or DHL (For each Passport) Package transmission USD$19.90 (ALSO for each passport; AND If you took the ...


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Only difference is knowing you have a ticket for that date, where as walk ups could have to wait if the venue is at capacity


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Turns out it was not close to full, when I went in the summer. I asked the attendant, and she said they are never full. So the answer is no, it is not likely to be full. It is in fact very very unlikely.


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