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  New York City Site of the Week 2005  
On this page we'll spotlight another New York City website each week. If you have an NYC area favorite that you'd like us to consider for inclusion on this page, send it to us.

The links published on this page do not constitute an endorsement of any kind; these links are for your information only.

Site of the Week 2006


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Want to see all the Christmas/Holiday lights and decorations in the City? Here's a good place to start, listing many of the major ones, with addresses and more info.  
The official website of Carnegie Hall allows you to check all upcoming events, buy tickets online, support the Hall in many ways, and learn about the history of Carnegie Hall. You can peruse a glossary of musical terms, see seating charts (did you know there are three different stages making up Carnegie Hall?) and learn about nearby parking, plus much more.
  12/11/05 At the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's webcam site, you can see live pictures of most of the City's bridges and tunnels, to help you in making your driving plans into, out of, and around New York City.  
  12/04/05 The New York City Voter Assistance Commission can help you learn about the candidates to vote for (or against), find out where your voting place is, to volunteer to assist at polling places, vote by absentee ballot, and much more.  
  11/27/05 The Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, "to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of modern and contemporary visual culture..." (part of its mission statement). Great website, great New York space, great museum.  
  11/20/05 Curbed is a news and gossip site about real estate, rents, and neighborhoods in New York City. It publishes rumors, conjecture and opinions as well as accurately reported factual information. Sales and rental prices, celebrity deals, new developments, amusing broker stories, hot restaurants, and the latest neighborhood gossip is found on Curbed.  
  11/13/05 The New York Minute Show bills itself as the definitive insiders guide to New York City. This is an online guide to New York City delivered in audio, video and text format. The show is RSS and podcast enabled, which means that you can automatically subscribe to content updates using special software.  
  11/06/05 The Straphangers Campaign, now 25 years old, is all about advocating for those who ride New York City's buses and subways. You can write a complaint or a compliment about the line you ride on every day, there are opinion polls, games, maps, even links to rider diaries. You can also check out how a certain line rates according to certain criteria. Also a very good set of links to other NYC transportation sites.  
  10/30/05 Build It Green! NYC is a program of Community Environmental Center (CEC) and is a non-profit retail outlet for reusable, environmentally friendly and low-cost building materials. Sales proceeds from their "Restore" helps Habitat For Humanity in New York City build simple, decent homes for ownership by New Yorkers in need. Salvaged materials are taken from a variety of buildings about to be demolished in New York City. These may include antique architectural elements.
Surplus materials are donated by building suppliers, contractors, and residents interested in protecting the environment and reducing their waste.


The New York City Marathon attracts many world-class professional athletes, and is one of the world's great road races. There are many thousands of participants each year, and is quite a spectacle on the streets of New York City. There is more than $500,000 in prize money, but competition is also for the chance to excel in the media capital of the world before two million cheering spectators and 260 million worldwide television viewers.  



Want to turn a vacant lot near you into a community garden? Since 1973, Green Guerillas has helped thousands of people realize their dreams of doing just that. In conjunction with grassroots groups throughout New York City, they strive to strengthen underserved neighborhoods through community gardening. People grow food, plant flowers, educate youth, paint colorful murals and preserve their gardens as vital community centers for future generations.  


If you love New York City and you love weblogs and blogging, then nycbloggers will interest you. People from all walks of life live, work and blog in NYC, and here are links to nearly 6000 of them, with maps to show you where they're located. You can find them by borough, by interest, by content, etc. Bloggers may post their diary, musings, news clips, rants, photos, or anything else - a huge range of topics.  


At, you'll find lots of information about the City's subway system that you won't find anywhere else, including photos (40,000!) and information about subway cars past and present as well as tokens and token booths, stations, power generation, signals and rail yards. A big plus is a whole section of old maps - if you love old maps this is a treasure trove. There are also links to other sites on subway-related material, links to books about the subway, and a guide to existing MTA subway artwork.  
  09/25/05 Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, New York's Museum of Modern Art is one or the world's premier modern art museums. Presented are exhibitions and educational programs of great significance, a library, archives and conservation laboratory recognized as an international center of research. The museum's mission is to encourage a deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art.  
  09/18/05 Want to make a difference in the world, or just make your neighborhood better? Check out Volunteer Match, enter your zip code, your interest area and how far away from home you're willing to travel, and you can find many opportunities to help out, either in your area or in another city or state.  
  09/11/05 Everything you ever wanted to know about the upcoming World Trade Center Memorial, to be built on the site.  
  09/04/05 At, you can plan your trip door-to-door within NYC by subway and/or bus. Find out the distance and traveling time between two points or more, or directions from point A to point B, and points in between. Even get info sent to your cellphone or PDA.  


Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden virtually, then go see it in person and up close. Read about hours and admission fees, visitor services, and what's new at the Garden. Get travel directions and learn about recent research.  


At the New York Better Business Bureau online, you can get member information, file a complaint, and check out a business or charity, and check out their resource library.  


Got a question about any of the area airports, or the PATH system, or the AirTrain, or the bridges and tunnels operated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey? Or about the EZPass? Or about planning a trip? This site will help you with your questions.  
  08/07/05 The Children's Museum of Manhattan, on West 83rd Street, is a fascinating not-for-profit institution which tries to engage children and families in learning using interactive exhibits and educational programs. Find here info on their exhibits, group visits and classes to take, among other things.  


"Welcome to Brooklyn, where New York City begins," as the Brooklyn Borough President says on the home page of this all-about-Brooklyn site. Photos, Only in Brooklyn activities listings, an interactive Brooklyn map, links to other New York sites, even poetry from Brooklynites, it's all here.  



The New York Hall of Science is New York City's only hands-on science and technology center, and has been wowing kids and adults alike for many years. Find out why at their website. The Hall, located in Queens, features more than 400 hands-on exhibits. Visit and explore the wonder and excitement of biology, chemistry and physics.  



The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce represents more than 100,000 NYC businesses and its website is full of great information, an events calendar, a business-to-business resource page, information on starting a new business and trade opportunities.  


Find out about special exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, learn more about their permanent collections, become a member, buy items of interest at their online store, see a calendar of events - just a few of the things to see and do at this site.  


Friends of the High Line (FHL) is a non-profit organization working on preserving and finding new uses for the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long historic elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan from 34th Street down to the West Village.  


Staten Island is New York City's most remote borough, but still very much a part of the city, despite secession rumblings now and then by some who live there. This site is the official web presence for the Borough and is the website for the Borough President as well. It lists links to major attractions including parks on the Island, along with maps of cultural and zoning interest. You can join a mailing list, read news or contact the Borough President.  


The Bronx Zoo right here in New York City is the flagship of the largest network of metropolitan zoos in the country, and is the heart of the Wildlife Conservation Society and its work to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. There are over 4,000 animals in many award-winning exhibits throughout the Bronx Zoo.  



The New York Landmarks Conservancy says their mission is to preserve, revitalize, and reuse New York’s architecturally significant buildings through pragmatic leadership, financial and technical assistance, advocacy, and public education. It has succeeded in preserving and protecting New York’s extraordinary historic buildings and neighborhoods through the generosity of annual donors – people who care about New York.

  06/05/05 Since 1879 the Bowery Mission has been helping to feed, house and clothe people in need.  
  05/29/05 What's new in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, a park designed in the 1860s by the same team that created Central Park in Manhattan and many other parks across the country? Volunteer to help, get information on events happening there, learn the history of the park, information on destinations within the park, and links to other Brooklyn sites.  


Back In The Bronx, a magazine and website, allows visitors to share their memories of growing up and living in the Bronx. There is a Bronx trivia test, a gift shop, and inexplicably, a list of Bronx candy stores, among other things.  
  05/15/05 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the premier cancer center in the world, on the upper east side of Manhattan. Learn about cancer treatment and prevention, pediatric cancer care, clinical trials, press releases, etc.  


Free Arts NYC is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the healing powers of the arts into the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families. Through painting, dance, drama, writing, music, sculpture, photography and other outlets of creativity, Free Arts volunteers help children and families express emotions, gain self-confidence and develop positive methods of communication.

  05/01/05 Good Jobs New York says on it's website that it "promotes policies that hold government officials and corporations accountable to the taxpayers, particularly when economic development agencies give expensive subsidies to large corporations that threaten to leave New York City. Since 1994, the state and city have announced more than $2 billion in subsidies to NYC companies in the name of "job retention.""  


AIDS Walk New York is coming up on May 15, 2005. See their website to make a donation, sponsor a walker, learn about the disease, find out who benefits from the funds raised by the walk, check job opportunities, etc.  
  04/17/05 The Queens Public Library - all about the network of public libraries in the borough of Queens. Locations and hours of operation, links, research,  sections for kids and teens, upcoming events and much more.  
  04/10/05 The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) website tells us it is New York State's largest student-directed consumer, environmental and government reform organization, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group established to effect policy reforms while training students and other New Yorkers to be advocates.  
  04/03/05 The Staten Island Ferry, as much a New York institution as anything. Links to Staten Island institutions, ferry schedules, historic photos, interesting information on both terminals, and special events.  


Transportation Alternatives is a New York City area non-profit citizens group working for better bicycling, walking, public transit - and fewer cars.  
  03/20/05 The Museum of the City of New York. On this site you'll find exhibitions, an upcoming events calendar, research, and lots of information on the history of the greatest city in the world. You can even order tickets, buy books, posters, videos and photographs, t-shirts and much more at their online store.  
  03/13/05 The official site of the Empire State Building. Everything you ever wanted to know about one of the world's most famous buildings, including lighting schedules and what the colors are meant to celebrate or commemorate.  
  03/06/05 New York Auto Show - All about New York's premier new car show, which is coming up Mar. 25 - Apr. 3, 2005.  
  02/27/05 NYC & Company - New York City's official tourism site.  
  02/20/05 Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development - Look up information about residential buildings citywide, including Housing Maintenance Code violations, registration information and more.  
  02/13/05 Metropolitan Transportation Authority - Everything you want to know about the transit system in and around New York City, including bridges and tunnels.  
  02/06/05 Overheard in New York - Things people actually overheard on the street or subway, etc.  



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