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What to see in New York City

New York City Attractions


With New York's countless attractions, it would take weeks to see and do everything this vibrant city has on offer. When it comes to iconic structures and buildings, such as the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center, New York is brimming with landmarks. The question is: where to start?

Anyone who has ever watched a movie set in New York will feel at home with the recognisable sights, whether looking out over the New York skyline from the Empire State Building, reading billboards in Times Square, or strolling through Central Park. Visit the boroughs, watch a show on Broadway, admire the animals in the Central Park Zoo, look out for celebrities waving from the windows of TRL in Times Square, or simply watch the city go by on the Staten Island Ferry. There is no end of things to see and do in New York City.

For culture-vultures there are wonderful museums to explore, such as the American Museum of Natural History or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visitors to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum can make a video of themselves as Superman flying through New York City and keep the CD as a souvenir. An easy way to see the sights is to take a ride on one of New York's topless tour buses. It may not be as exciting as exploring the city on foot, but it's a great way to learn and see a lot quickly.


Broadway

Going to the theatre is one of the most popular tourist events in New York and the shows on Broadway are world famous,…

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Brooklyn Bridge

The sheer scope of New York City is hard to understand until you have traversed the Brooklyn Bridge, inaugurated in 1883,…

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Central Park

With great foresight, the founders of New York set aside 340 hectares (840 acres) of central Manhattan as a public space.…

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Coney Island

Coney Island has been a tourist attraction in New York City since the 1830s, when New Yorkers would flock to the beaches.…

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Ellis Island

From 1892 to 1924, nearly every immigrant (totalling more than 20 million) moving to the US was funnelled through the…

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Empire State Building

One of the enduring symbols of New York, and once again the city's tallest structure, the Empire State Building stands…

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Grand Central Station

One of New York's most famous and best loved landmarks, Grand Central was opened in 1913 opposite Rockefeller Center.…

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Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village (affectionately referred to as 'The Village') started out as an industrial park, but was taken over…

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum possesses one of the greatest, and largest, collections of art in the world; it is a cherished…

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Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, owns the most important collection of modern art in the USA including…

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Radio City Music Hall

Located in Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most famous theatres in the world. The home of the…

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Rockefeller Centre

Named for the man who developed the space, the world's first dollar billionaire, John D Rockefeller, this 22 acre (8ha)…

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St Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral is a magnificent example of the geometric style of Gothic architecture that was popular in Europe…

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Staten Island Ferry

A must-see New York attraction that doesn't cost a dime? The ferry from Battery Park to Staten Island and back is a great…

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Tarrytown

Forty miles (64km) north of New York City is Tarrytown, known to Washington Irving fans as Sleepy Hollow, setting for…

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The Frick Collection

The Frick is quite possibly New York's most underrated art gallery, a collection of exceptional paintings featuring important…

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The Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum was designed by US architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was completed shortly after his death…

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The Statue of Liberty

The universal symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was the first sight to be seen by the 12 million…

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Times Square

Though it's ultimately just an intersection at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, Times Square has achieved iconic…

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Wall Street

Home to the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street has attained near-mythical status as the financial heart of the US,…

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World Trade Center - Ground Zero

The six-hectare (16-acre) work site that has emerged from the rubble of the twin towers has come to symbolise the dreadful…

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