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What to see in New York City

New York City Attractions


With New York's countless attractions, it would take months to see and do everything this vibrant city has on offer. The must-see New York attractions include iconic structures and buildings such as the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Chrysler Building. In among all the skyscrapers Central Park provides a green haven for relaxation and exercise. Many first-time visitors to New York don't leave Manhattan at all, but the four other boroughs of the city - Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island - all have their own appeal and are worth exploring for those wanting a broader experience of the metropolis. Taking a ride on the Staten Island Ferry is one of the best free activities NYC has to offer.

For culture-vultures there are wonderful museums to explore, such as the American Museum of Natural History or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are also less high-brow museums: at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, for instance, visitors can play superhero on film.

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. Central Park also provides a great thoroughfare for sightseers exploring Manhattan on foot, and the grid-pattern layout of the streets makes finding your way fairly simple. The New York subway is a good, cheap option for those needing to cover greater distances.

Those planning a lot of sightseeing should consider purchasing the New York Pass, which covers about 80 NYC attractions and allows the holder to skip the often lengthy queues at popular sites.


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 High Line

The High Line, or High Line Park, is a verdant elevated strip hovering between the skyscrapers of Manhattan's West Side.…

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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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