New York has a soul that connects with travelers across the Globe.
These are my favourite sights in New York but I certainly haven’t been able to visit everything, please leave a comment if you have more suggestions!
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Soaring to 102 stories, the Empire State Building was the world’s tallest building in the world for 40 years, today it is the second tallest in New York after the One World Trade Centre was built in 2012.
The skyscraper was built and officially opened by President Hoover in 1931 in the Art Deco style coinciding with the Great Depression which left many of the office floors empty.
Today the Observation Deck offers 360º views from the 86th floor and the 102nd was reopened in 2005 which is smaller and costs an additional fee.
This green space covers 3.5 square miles of prime New York property and welcomes 37.5 million visitors annually, over 20,000 trees and 135 drinking fountains.
My favourite stop in Central Park is the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, nearby The Lake, which has been featured in many movies and TV shows.
DID YOU KNOW? Endowing a park bench costs $7,500 per inscription, which entitles the purchaser to a plaque inscribed with four lines of text, each holding up to 40 characters. The inscription remains in place forever and CPC earns $ 1million per annum through this service.
A major New York hub brimming with tourists and entertainers lit with television screens and giant billboards.
It is the hub of the Broadway Tourist District and the TKTS Ticket Booth is worth a visit if you are seeking discounted same-day tickets.
GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Grand Central is a 100 year old train station is the central hub of for commuters moving in and out of Manhattan.
The building itself is intricately designed and the shops and restaurants in the terminal ooze class and elegance.
One of the most famous restaurants is the Oyster Bar which opened in 1913 and specialises in seafood and of course, oysters.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
The iconic Lady of Liberty has welcomed immigrants to the city since 1886.
Tourists often combine Ellis Island with the trip to Liberty Island with the 365 step climb to the crown of the statue. Visit the website to discover the ticket options available.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (THE MET)
One of the most visited museum in the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has over two million pieces of artwork to feast your eyes on from a permanent collection of Ancient Eastern Art, costumes, 20th century European paintings and sculpture and more.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA)
If you love modern art then MOMA is your happy place boasting one of the largest collections in the world with work including drawing, architecture design, painting, photography, sculptures, print, film and more.
Comprising of 19 commercial buildings in Manhattan’s Midtown, Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular attractions year-round.
Built by famous New York Business man, John D. Rockefeller in 1939, this centre hosts the ‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree’ which draws thousands of on-lookers and is broadcasted live on TV. In winter an ice-skating rink is set up beneath a large Christmas tree and the Rockettes Christmas Shows is at Radio City.
The Observation Deck, referred to as the ‘Top of the Rock’ draws millions of visitors each year with iconic skyline views overlooking the Empire State Building.
Leading off Broadway, Wall Street takes you east to the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. There are many walking tours you could join which explain the intricacies of this financial hub and what really goes on behind the grandiose facades.
DID YOU KNOW? It is estimated that $54 billion worth of shares are exchanged daily at the New York Stock Exchange.
Built in 1928 in a bid to build the world’s tallest building, the Chrysler Building was built as the head office of the Chrysler car manufacturer.
Unlike the Empire State building and Rockefeller Centre there is not an observation deck open to the public in the Chrysler Building, though you can access the lobby.
9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM
A chilling memorial and museum to the atrocities of September 11, a date that changed the world.
“No day shall erase you from the memory of time” – Virgil
Nearby is the Trinity Church on 75 Broadway that has been a sacred historical site for 300 years with over 11 different chapels on the site.
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Take the train to Pennsylvania Station in Midtown and find yourself beneath the famous indoor arena most famous as the home venue of the New York Knicks (NBA), New York Liberty (NBA) and New York Rangers (Hockey).
The arena hosts music concerts and events and has been graced by the biggest names in the Entertainment industry.
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