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Liberty State Park: December 27, 2009

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    With a spectacular backdrop of the harbor, Liberty State Park offers visitors plenty to explore and learn as well as providing them with that postcard photo opportunity. Given to the nation by New Jersey in honor of the bicentennial in 1976, the park is just a quick trip across the harbor and is home to natural areas, local history, and educational programs for the whole family. Located in the most densely populated state in the nation, Liberty State Park is a precious 1,112 acres of open space. Less then 2,000 feet from the Statue of Liberty, the park offers up-close views from a two-mile-long waterfront promenade. Visitors can even hop on a ferry to visit the Statue and Ellis Island.

Manhattan Waterfront Greenway - Battery Park City

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    The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a 32-mile route that circumnavigates the island of Manhattan. The greenway builds on recent efforts to transform a long-ignored and derelict waterfront into a green attraction for recreational and commuting use. Wherever possible, it runs along the shoreline and thus reclaims the waterfront for pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and other users of non-motorized transportation.

The Brooklyn Bridge

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    Construction began on January 3, 1870. The Brooklyn Bridge was completed thirteen years later and was opened for use on May 24, 1883. The Brooklyn Bridge might not have been built had it not been for the assistance of Emily Warren Roebling, who provided the critical written link between her husband, Washington Roebling (the Chief Engineer), and engineers on-site. Most history books cite Washington Roebling's father John Roebling and Washington Roebling as the bridge’s builders. Early into construction, however, John Roebling’s foot slipped into a group of pylons from the shake of an incoming ferry. This badly crushed his toes, causing those toes to be amputated, leaving him incapacitated; he later died of an infection related to this injury and leaving his son, Washington Roebling, in charge of the bridge. The actual construction started under the younger Roebling.
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