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Scenes of Coney Island

A summer holiday destination since the late 1800s, Coney Island is a blend of history, kitsch and carnival. On the south shore of Brooklyn, it’s an easy subway ride from Manhattan to Coney Island’s beach and boardwalk that is sun-lit all day long. In addition to the beach, there are amusement park rides, games and food, Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball, circus sideshows and acts, concerts and

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Coney Island of Fun and History

No matter where you live, there is probably one holiday hot spot (or more than one) that everyone has heard of. It may be associated with many different activities or events but most would agree that there’s fun to be had. For more than a century, one such place is Coney Island in Brooklyn New

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Scenes of Easter

It may seem obvious but holidays are not the same worldwide, especially when it comes to religious holidays. Expats expecting an Easter weekend are often disappointed as many workplaces in the United States do not close for Good Friday or Easter Monday. Easter is the most important Christian celebration after Christmas but is not a federal holiday in the U.S. Businesses will open or close based on their preferences — similar to what happens for other religious holidays like the Jewish Passover. For those who do have a long Easter weekend, enjoy. For those who don’t, at least the commute is faster and less crowded, and there’s always chocolate

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Scenes from a St. Patrick's Day

According to Guinness: Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. The potato famine in the 1850s had the Irish population emigrating and finding new homes. Many of these expats sailed across the ocean and ended up in cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. Most cities celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in some way: Boston and Chicago dye their respective rivers green and New York City has one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. People from Ireland come to New York to march in the

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