New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, bustling with activities and plenty of things to see. In fact, the New York city attractions are endless that narrowing it down is a pretty difficult task.
At any time of the year, at any time of the day or night, the city is jam-packed with visitors and tourists. While some people come here to shop, others come to enjoy the Broadway Shows, and many come to see the spectacular sights the city has to offer. Needless to say, New York has something for everyone. Let’s go through some of the most iconic attractions in New York that draws a huge number of tourists to this amazing city.
Times Square in Midtown Manhattan, formerly known as Longacre Square is a great tourist attraction with plenty of shopping centers, theaters and restaurants. It is well known for its eye-catching and jaw dropping, mammoth size digital billboards that rise several stories high and light up New York city day and night. Nearby there are Broadway shows, restaurants, shops and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. The world famous ball drop on New Year occurs on the top of the Times Building, which gave the square its name.
Statue of Liberty and Battery Park
The Statue of Liberty, a famous world symbol of freedom and one of the greatest landmarks of America is actually a gift from France. Built in 1886, it is the world’s largest statue with a height of almost 152 feet from the base to the torch. Located on Liberty Island, you can get a fine view of the New York Harbor and lower Manhattan from the statue. A short boat ride is required to get to the statue. Battery Park is located on the southern tip of Manhattan from where you can get amazing views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is another famous landmark of New York. The 381 meters tall, 102-storey building used to be the tallest building in the world until the first World Trade Center tower was constructed. Soon after it opened in 1931, the Empire State Building became a symbol and landmark of New York. Atop the Empire State Building are two observatories – one on the 86th Floor and the other on the 102nd Floor. Due to large number of visitors to this place daily, the line to go up the Empire State Building is always long. It would be a good idea to buy the Empire State Building Ticket – Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Ticket that allows you to bypass the lines.
Central Park is a huge beautiful park in the city center that has many attractions within its borders such as the the Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields and the Lake, which is used for paddling in summer and skating in winter. The Central Park has been featured in many movies and TV shows. While a walk in the park is enjoyable and refreshing, renting a bike would be a good idea to get to the sites faster.
Broadway and Shubert Alley
One of the highlights of visiting New York City is watching the Broadway show. If you want to enjoy the latest shows and the long running classics, Broadway is the place to be. It includes a large number of theater venues along the street of Broadway as well as in the theatre district. Shubert Alley, in the theater district is a well-known pedestrian only alley that has two famous playhouses – the Shubert on 221 West 44th Street and the Booth at 22 West 45th Street. Other popular places include Sardi’s restaurant and the Music Box Theater.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Most commonly known as The Met, The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 and contains a permanent collection of over 2 million works of art. Some of the important collections include arms and armor, American decorative arts, Egyptian art, costumes, musical instruments, photographs and much more. A branch of the Met, known as The Cloisters is located in northern Manhattan, which mainly gives importance to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
At the center of Manhattan is the Rockefeller Center, a large shopping complex and entertainment center. Home to NBC-TV and radio, you will find plenty of other iconic sites in this multiblock complex. The outdoor skating rink is very popular during the winter season. Inside the Rockefeller Center are many shops, restaurants, and an observation deck. The deck includes three floors, located on 67th, 69th, and 70th floors. There are both indoor and outdoor viewing areas that are open to the public day and night.
Fifth Avenue is considered as the premier shopping area of New York. Many famous stores of top end designers are located along this classy avenue including Tiffany, Cartier, Bergdorf-Goodman, the Apple Store Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The Brooklyn Bridge, designed by John Augustus Roebling in the 19th century, was the world’s first bridge to be constructed of steel. When it was completed, the bridge also had the reputation of being the longest suspension bridge of its time. The bridge has two stone towers that are connected with Gothic-shaped arches at the top. The Brooklyn bridge is a world famous American landmark that has inspired many artists, including poets, songwriters and painters.
Another one of New York’s most famous landmarks is the Chrysler Building. Although the Art Deco building is associated with the Chrysler car company, it was never occupied by the auto giant. While its spire resembles a car radiator grill, the gargoyles on the exterior look like hood ornaments. Built in the year1929, the Chrysler Building remains the best example of Art Deco architecture.
New York Public Library
Located on the edge of Bryant Park, The New York Public Library’s main branch was designed by architects, Carrere & Hastings, in the Beaux Arts style. With ornately decorated impressive rooms, the library is a major city attraction that draws a large number of visitors everyday. The New York Public Library is enormous with a Main Reading Room that stretches almost two city blocks. You can find a vast selection of current magazines in the Periodicals Room.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943 is a unique building similar to a giant white shell. It houses one of the world’s best collections of modern art. Among the collections displayed are the works of Picasso, Leger, Chagall, Modigliani, Manet, Kandinsky and many others. The Guggenheim Museum hosts many interesting and innovative exhibitions from time to time. The layout of this amazing museum is like no other. Visitors check out the artwork along a huge ramp that spirals up around the cylindrical building.
With a distance of 1.1 km and extending for eight city blocks from Broadway to South Street is the world famous Wall Street, home to some of the most important exchanges in the world including the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and the New York Mercantile Exchange. With some of the best architecture such as Trinity Church and Federal Reserve, this fast-paced street has become a popular tourist attraction.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York is a prominent landmark of New York city and one of the best examples of Neo-Gothic style of architecture. The cathedral features massive bronze doors, 330 ft twin spires, bronze baldachin, white marble facade, rose window, the Great Organ and the statue of Pieta at the side of the Lady Chapel. With a seating capacity of 2,400, the cathedral is visited by millions of visitors annually.
South Street Seaport
The South Street Seaport is a historic site that used to be New York’s port during the 19th century. Not only does it feature some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, it also includes the largest number of restored commercial buildings in the city. Today, the South Street Seaport, after restoration and development, has plenty of restaurants, stores, museums, historic buildings and museums. So if you are visiting New York, this is one place that you shouldn’t miss.