Cruising in a cab can help you see the City, but a ride on the water can offer a much more vivid perspective. For a few dollars, the ferry ride across the Hudson River to Jersey City offers a full landscape view of Manhattan. The State Island Ferry delivers beautiful sights of the State of Liberty. And the East River Ferry links Midtown East (at 34th St.) with Brooklyn, Queens and Governor's Island via double-decker catamarans.
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Dinner for brunch: the brunch culture – the idea of a lengthy, leisurely, breakfast-inspired meal in the middle of the day – is gaining steam throughout the Big Apple, with per-person pricing usually ranging between $25 and $55. Sidewalk tavern for the pub in the sky: perched atop trendy hotels, some of the hippest spots for a drink double as great view points, including The Boom Boom Room at The Standard and The Press Lounge atop the Ink48 Hotel. Subway for sidewalk: some of your favorite haunts will be the ones you stumble upon and didn't read about in a guide book, so walk far and wide and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes this city has to offer.
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