22 February 2011

StoppingPoints.com Adds New York Landmarks & Historic Sites Guide

StoppingPoints.com, a guide for discovery of historical markers and points of interest throughout the United States, this week has launched another new and extensive guide which thoroughly covers the historical landmarks of New York.

The New York StoppingPoints guide displays and pinpoints over 3,000 markers within the state, including properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Most markers are grouped and mapped by city, county, and also individually, allowing history researchers, genealogists, preservationists, and geocaching hobbyists to easily locate them when visiting "The Empire State".

The simple map pages allow for browsing the NY markers in major cities such as Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Niagara Falls and Rochester - viewing the historic sites as they are pinpointed.

Bill Lawson, Editor-in-Chief for StoppingPoints.com, stated "We believe our New York historic site guide is one of the most comprehensive guides of the state anywhere, and easily superior to the state's own museum site which is error-prone, does not provide maps, and is listed out in a much less usable manner."

"New York's historical markers highlight some of the most interesting sites from the early history involving the founding of America. The mixture of Dutch history, British history, Native American Indian history, the American Revolution, famous patriots, and fantastic architecture all combine to make New York an important place that has a diverse and rich cultural background."

The new section allows users to navigate by New York counties, boroughs and cities in order to view the maps pinpointing historical markers in each area. The historical sites are pinpointed throughout the state by dozens of small, blue-and-yellow "NY" marker icons, such as for the page for Manhattan’s historical buildings and places:

http://www.stoppingpoints.com/ny/Manhattan/

Some of the most fascinating markers include the “Headless Horseman Bridge” of Sleepy Hollow, Iroquois/Algonquin/Mohawk sites, places frequented by “Moby Dick” author Herman Melville, and architectural treasures such as the Flatiron Building and the Empire State Building. The Monroe County page exemplifies the great variety of historical and cultural sites in New York such as the Rochester Street Historic District, the Genesee Lighthouse, the George Eastman House, an early Quaker meeting house, the Seneca Trail, and Susan B. Anthony’s home:

http://www.stoppingpoints.com/ny/Monroe/

The release of the New York section also marks the official launch of new members’ features at StoppingPoints.com. The free member registration was released from beta and allows members to add photos, submit new points of
New York Historical Landmarks: Flatiron Building, Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, Susan B. Anthony House, the Statue of Liberty, and Genesee Lighthouse.
interest, and provide more information about landmarks within the guide.

"Addition of member features marks a whole new era for StoppingPoints," said Lawson. "These features now allow our guide to be much more participatory and user-generated content will allow our guide to grow much more rapidly on the framework of technological best practices we’ve already developed."

StoppingPoints will continue to enhance and expand the New York history data and innovative site features. Upcoming features will likely include tools for users to add comments, record cemetery gravestone information (in support of genealogical research), and more easily share information with social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Courtesy of PRLog

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