Let's get away from New York and go to Texas. Back in October I went to a conference in San Antonio and took a couple of days off while I was there. The hotel I stayed at was a block away from the Alamo and I walked by the historic grounds several times a day. As you can see it is much quieter at night!
The old mission building is a shrine to where a small group of Texas defenders held General Santa Anna's army at bay for nearly two weeks. Elsewhere on the beautiful grounds is an excellent museum that tells the story of the events that led up to the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas revolution, a gift shop, and very large Koi swimming around in what was once the irrigation channels. Definitely go if you're visiting San Antonio.