Coney Island, 8 km long peninsula on the south coast of Long Island in New York, USA. From the mid-1800s. it became a popular holiday and later entertainment venue, not least after the construction of tram connections and from 1920 the subway.
Between 1897 and 1905, three amusement parks opened here, with the world’s largest Ferris wheel; they are all since closed. In 1957, the New York Aquarium was added to the long beach promenade, where now also the high-tech Astropark is located. However, the place is dilapidated, and Coney Island is home to housing in particular.
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Ellis Island, small island at the entrance to New York, served as a reception station for immigrants 1892-1943; since 1965 a national memorial along with the Statue of Liberty. After being opened to visitors in 1976, the historic buildings have been renovated and converted into an excellent museum, which shows some of the Dane Jacob A. Riis ‘ famous photographs. The names of currently 200,000 of the estimated 17 million immigrants who escaped through the “American counter” (one of the island’s many nicknames) are written on the wall of honor the American Immigrant Wall of Honor.
The Erie Canal, a 580 km long shipping canal in the state of New York, USA, connects Buffalo on Lake Erie with Albany on the Hudson River. The canal was built 1817-25 and became important for the development of the American industrial belt. Since 1916, the canal has been the most important part of the New York State Barge Canal, although its importance has diminished since the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the expansion of competing modes of transportation.
New York State Barge Canal
New York State Barge Canal, system of shipping lanes in New York State connecting New York City and the Hudson River in the east with the Great Lakes in the west and Lake Champlain and St. Lawrence River in the north. The most important part of the system, which was completed in 1905-16, consists of the Eriekanalen.
Niagara Falls, waterfall on the Niagara River. The famous American and Horseshoe Falls are located in respectively. USA (New York) and Canada (Ontario), 50 m high. The flow is regulated for electricity production; only in the tourist season there is full water flow. Niagara Falls is also the name of the dual city located at the falls in both the United States (50,200 inhabitants, 2010) and Canada (83,000 inhabitants, 2011).
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Staten Island, an island in the harbor area of New York City and the southernmost of the five administrative districts, which from 1898 have constituted the city’s city area; 155 km2, 470,000 inhabitants (2012). The island, which is connected by bridges to neighboring New Jersey and to Brooklyn via the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (1964), has retained a rural character, although residential areas and population have more than doubled since the 1960s. Sights include Sailor’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Historic Richmond Town Open Air Museum.
Susquehanna River, river in the Appalachians, USA; 715 km, catchment area 71,410 km2. It originates near Lake Otsego in the state of New York and runs through the towns of Scranton and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The river, which is one of the longest on the American east coast, is heavily regulated and is used for e.g. hydropower.
Adirondack Mountains, mountainous area in the northeastern part of the state of New York, USA. Popular excursion area and home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics (Lake Placid).