Photos: Take a Bite Out of The Big Apple

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  1. A full moon rises over the skyline of New York City, as seen across the Hudson River in Weehawken, N.J., on April 25, 2013. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Commuters move through the grand hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Jan. 25, 2013. Since its grand beginnings in 1913, when it was dubbed the greatest railway terminal in the world with an $80 million price tag, Grand Central has been an integral part of New York City. (Brendan Mcdermid / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Revelers cheers under falling confetti at the stroke of midnight during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on Jan. 1, 2014. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. One World Trade Center overlooks the wedge-shaped pavilion entrance of the National September 11 Museum, lower right, and the square outlines of the memorial waterfalls in New York. (Mark Lennihan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout after flying out in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2011, at Yankee Stadium. Located in the South Bronx, the new stadium opened in 2009. (Jim Mcisaac / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Central Park was the first public park built in America. Its 843 acres include woodlands, lawns and water. Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and a New York City Landmark in 1974. More than 25 million visitors enjoy Central Park each year. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the U.S. The cathedral's construction began in 1858, and it opened its doors in 1879. (Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Skaters glide around the rink at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. The ice rink, open between October and April, has attracted more than 250,000 people a year since it first opened on Dec. 25, 1936. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Patrons line up outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem to see Amateur Night. Since 1934, Amateur Night at the Apollo has launched the careers of famous entertainers such as Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and many others. (Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The South Pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City commemorates those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. (Justin Lane / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Pedestrians pass along a walkway under falling snow on the Brooklyn Bridge on Jan. 3, 2014, in New York. One of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S., the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. The Statue of Liberty looms over a visitor as he uses binoculars to look out onto New York Harbor on Oct. 13, 2013, in New York. About 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Coney Island features entertainment parks, rides, an aquarium, a public beach, a boardwalk, fishing and Nathan's restaurant. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. New York City Subway dancer Marcus Walden aka "Mr Wiggles" performs acrobatic tricks on the subway while passengers watch Nov. 23, 2010. More than 4.3 million people ride the New York subway system every day. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of two-mile-long Roosevelt Island - between Manhattan and Queens - was dedicated in 2012. (Paul Warchol / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York has been around since 1924 and includes large balloons, floats and performances. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Visitors view the Manhattan skyline from Rockefeller Center's "Top of the Rock" observation deck. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Pedestrians walk along a path on the High Line park on June 7, 2011, in New York City. The High Line was formerly an elevated railway 30 feet above the city's West Side that was built in 1934 for freight trains. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The moon rises at sunset behind New York's Empire State building, which opened in 1931. At 102 stories high, the Empire State Building is the fourth tallest skyscraper in America. (Gary Hershorn / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
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Gem Hotels, from $139 per room per night
The Cool Yule rate at the Gem hotels in Chelsea, SoHo, and Midtown is about $80 off the regular rate during the holiday season in New York City. You might use the extra cash at the holiday markets that pop up around the city, including Bryant Park, Union Square, and Grand Central Station. Rates start at $139 per room per night.

When: Nov. 20–29 and Dec. 13–29, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14.75 percent or a daily occupancy fee of $3.50. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: thegemhotel.com/coolyule.

Marrakech Hotel, from $139 per room per night

The Marrackech Hotel has created an exclusive package for BT readers that includes two tickets to MoMA, dinner for two at Mama Mexico, and two tickets to Webster Hall's nightclub or Pacha NYC nightclub. The hotel is on the Upper West Side, just two avenues from Central Park. Rates start at $139 per room per night, or $417 for the required three-night stay.

When: Jan. 3–Feb. 28, 2010; add $30 per room per night for Dec. 20–29, 2009. Not available Feb. 14.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14.75 percent or a daily occupancy fee of $3.50. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a three-night stay. Use promo code BT09.

Contact: 212/222-2954, marrakechhotelnyc.com.

Hotel Metro, from $156 per room per night
Expedia just launched a New York City sale, with hotels as low as $86 a night. We spotted the Hotel Metro, which has a rooftop terrace with views of the Empire State Building, one block away. The $156 rate includes breakfast.

Book by: Nov. 2, 2009.

Ten things not to do in New York City When: Through Dec. 31, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14.75 percent or a daily occupancy fee of $3.50. Based on single or double occupancy.

Sanctuary Hotel, from $159 per room per night

The Portland Hotel at Times Square is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation to become the Sanctuary Hotel. Currently, there are nine Sanctuary Studio rooms available at the Dress Rehearsal rate, about 50 percent off what rooms will cost when the renovation is complete. Guests who follow up by e-mailing their feedback to a hotel executive will also receive a $50 credit for a future stay. Rates start at $159 per room per night.

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When: Through March 31, 2010.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14.75 percent or a daily occupancy fee of $3.50. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code DRESS1.

Contact: 212/382-0600, portlandsquarehotel.com.

The New Yorker Hotel, from $199 per room per night

The recently renovated New Yorker Hotel is offering 20 percent off the best available rates through the end of the year. Rates include complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the hotel's fitness center. The $70 million renovation included an overhaul of all guest rooms. The hotel is near Penn Station and is within walking distance of the Empire State Building. Rates start at $199 per room per night.

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When: Through Dec. 31, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14.75 percent or a daily occupancy fee of $3.50. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 866/800-3088, newyorkerhotel.com.

Affinia Manhattan, from $269 per room per night
The Two for the Show package at the Affinia Manhattan includes accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, a bottle of wine, turndown service, breakfast for two at Niles restaurant, and late checkout. The hotel is across the street from Madison Square Garden, where you can catch big-name musical acts or a professional basketball game. Holiday rates are running around $269 a night, so all the extras in this package are included for free. Rates start at $269 per room per night.

When: Through Dec. 31, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14.75 percent or a daily occupancy fee of $3.50. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code SHOW.

Contact: 212/563-1800, affinia.com.

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