A City in New York, New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. and Niagara Falls is on the Niagara River,
Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.
The Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to the borough of Brooklyn, where varied neighborhoods range from Williamsburg – a hotbed of indie music, art and nightlife – to beachfront Coney Island and its amusement parks.
The borough of Queens has Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with its 12-story 1964 World’s Fair globe sculpture, the Unisphere. The Bronx, NYC’s northernmost borough, is home to the landmark New York Botanical Garden and renowned Bronx Zoo. The Staten Island Ferry links Manhattan to NYC’s southernmost borough with views of the city skyline and Statue of Liberty.
Best time to visit:
NYC is a year-round destination, with iconic events like U.S. Open tennis (Aug–Sep) and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Nov). Spring and fall have mild weather and strong performing-arts seasons. In summer, there’s free, outdoor cultural events. On summer weekends, many New Yorkers leave town, making it a good time to score reservations at popular restaurants.
Dec brings the Rockefeller Center tree lighting (varies, Nov/Dec) and Times Square’s New Year’s Eve party (Dec 31). Jan–Mar is cold, with an easier chance of getting Broadway tickets.
New York City Best Places, Things to do, Real Facts
1. Statue of Liberty National Monument
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York, in the United States.
Things to do and Real Facts: One of the most iconic place of NY. You can get tickets online or in battery park. Remember to tell them that you want a ticket with “Pedestal Access” so you can go close and go into the pedestal section. No extra charge for this. There is a third option of Crown Access which is about a few dollars extra but that’s not the problem. People book the crown Access tickets many months ahead, so you will need to book that one a head of time.
A wonderful experience for the whole family. It was so much fun to walk around the island. The museum in the base of the monument was interesting.
The views were amazing! It was pretty neat to touch the bolts holding the statue to the base of the monument. There are neat facts as you walk up the statue.
You have security checking just like going through airport security. Then you hop on the Statue Cruise. They take you to liberty island. You can either wait in line for the elevator in pedestal Access or can climb the stairs. But there are more than 100 steps so recommend taking the stairs. There is no elevator for crown Access and everyone has to take stairs if you have that ticket. They provide you an audio device which gives you audio tour and briefing in various different languages. The same ferry also takes you to Ellis Island as well.
Please make sure you have your printed tickets out and you’ll move through faster. No food or drinks, but they have 50 cent lockers to put stuff in and a stroller parking area. In the end, it was worth it to experience a monument that has meant so much to so many. Definitely recommend!
Artist: Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Address: New York, NY 10004, USA
- Height of copper statue (to torch): 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters)
- From ground level to torch: 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters)
Construction started: September 1875
Hours: Open – 8.30Am ⋅ Closes 4PM
Phone: +1 212-363-3200
Architects: Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Gustave Eiffel, Richard Morris Hunt
Media: Copper, Gold, Steel, Cast iron
Did you know: The statue was originally called Liberty Enlightening the World.
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2. Central Park
Central Park is a city park in New York City, Manhattan. A Sprawling park with pedestrian paths & ballfields, plus a zoo, carousel, boat rentals & a reservoir.
Things to do and Real Facts: Every time we go there it feels like take a week vacation from the noisy and rushy city. You can find a lot of things to do there: zoo, lakes, castle, playground, etc. You can play many sports like baseball, volleyball, tennis, go swimming or skiing. Central Park is huge and has a nice view of the city.
This is a great spot for photos while visiting the city too – an iconic photo spot for sure. Central Park is the perfect spot to bring kids too. You can enjoy watching the toy sailboats, find the Alice in Wonderland statue, or take a spin on the carousel.
There you can find many animals, like ducks, turtles, many types of birds. You can fish on the lakes (have to return what you got).
Bridges is another thing, there are many of them, really nice and iconic like Bow Bridge.
Conservatory Garden is a beautiful place in which people go to relax and appreciate the flowers.
One of my favorite places there is the Shakespeare Garden, the colorful flowers and the arrangements are wonderful.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also there on the East Side of the park, a huge museum with great pieces of art, a must-go in the city.
An activity a recommend is taking a bike and ride the whole park is a really nice experience and it will take you about one hour.
There are also boats you can rent and spend a really nice time in The Lake.
Finally a fantastic spot in New York City for everything – from running, to walking, to biking or sitting and enjoying some fresh air (and shade in the summer!).
Address: New York, NY, USA
Area: 1.317 mi²
Length: 2.5 mi (m)
Hours: Open 6AM – Closes 1AM
Construction started: 1857
Owner: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Phone: +1 212-310-6600
Designers: Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), Calvert Vaux (1824–1895)
Did you know: The Park’s 341 hectares (843 acres) include 55 hectares (136 acres) of woodlands, 101 hectares (250 acres) of lawns, and 61 hectares (150 acres) of water in seven water bodies.
3. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, is a 102-story Art Deco skycraper. The building has a roof height of 1,250 feet and is a total of 1,454 feet, including its antenna, designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, which was completed in 1931.
‘The Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market.’
Definitely better than it is in the movies! The sheer architectural magnificence of this building is jaw-dropping, and it is probably the most iconic building in the world.
The security guards were very friendly. The interior is also iconic, with the marble floors and ornate ceiling. we recommend going to the top if it’s during sunset or night time. You will see how beautiful New York is from the top. Be prepared to spend a whole lot of time to get to the top.
To get to the top probably took 10 minutes and that was because we stop to read and their was one line. We had no problem going outside and get any picture we wanted. It was lovely and the place is clean the staff is very nice, they did keep people moving alone.
Overall we would highly recommend this building to any person because you only live once and its the most iconic building on the planet. we think everybody should come and visit here at least once in there life time.
The main deck, on 86th floor, is $34 for an adult, $27 for a child, and $31 for a senior
Address: 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
Height: 1,250′, 1,454′ to tip
Construction started: 17 March 1930
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM – Opens 8AM
Architecture firm: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon
Phone: +1 212-736-3100
Architects: William F. Lamb, Yasuo Matsui, Arthur Loomis Harmon, Gregory Johnson
Did you know: The Empire State Building was structurally completed on April 11, 1931, twelve days ahead of schedule and 410 days after construction commenced.
4. Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is a large complex of 19 shopping centers covering a 22 acre street between 48th and 51st Streets facing Midtown Manhattan 5th Avenue, New York City. The famous complex that’s home to TV studios, plus a seasonal ice rink & giant Christmas tree.
Things to do and Real Facts: ‘Rockefeller Center is a global destination for culture, art, events, dining, and shopping. With over 100 renowned restaurants and boutiques just steps from the Plaza, every inch provides access to popular experiences and exhibits, including the three level Top of the Rock Observation Deck on the 70th floor; the Rainbow Room; The Rink; the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree; New York City’s highest rooftop terrace, Bar SixtyFive; NBC studios; as well as Radio City Music Hall.’
Best place to see midtown Manhattan skyline. The best part is that you have a designated time to enter the place so there are actually no crowd at the entry.
The view from the top is magnificent. Especially as it is open and has only glass boundaries. The night view of Empire state building and daytime view of Central park are awesome
In the winter time, Rockefeller center is magical for you and the family. The giant Christmas tree is absolutely stunning. The flags bring the world to our forefront. The ice skating rink is always filled with people having lots of fun.
Even though it’s winter, you don’t feel the cold because they’re so many people walking around admiring the beauty, shopping, eating, and bringing in one of the greatest sights in New York City and possibly the world.
Enjoy the shops underground including the coffee shops. If you get a chance have a pretzel or a hot dog from a stand on the street. I caution everyone, be prepared to spend a lot of money, but it’s Christmas time and the time to give joy.
Rockefeller Center is exciting, glamorous and picturesque. At this time of the year, who could ask for anything more. make sure you come visit this spring and summer.
Did you know: Described as one of the greatest projects of the Great Depression era, Rockefeller Center was declared a New York City landmark in 1985 and a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, USA
Area: 22 acres
Hours: Open 24 hours
Construction started: 1930
Phone: +1 212-332-6868
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Architectural styles: Modern architecture, Art Deco
Designer: Raymond Hood
Did you know: The art in Rockefeller Center is not just around for aesthetic pleasure, but it also has a purpose.
5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MetMuseum)
The New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States, colloquially called “the Met“, founded in 1870. It was the third most visited art museum in the world with 6,953,927 visitors to its three locations in 2018.
It is one of the world’s most famous museums, with all the influences of all civilizations and is far superior to the Louvre. A grand setting for one of the world’s greatest collections of art, from ancient to contemporary.
Things are organized, maintained, Cleaned (take note Brooklyn Museum), and shown in appropriate contexts. Their collections are just…incredible. The only problem we ever have is not having enough time in a day to just look at everything in-depth. The area near the museum has some good places to eat, if you can walk a bit. I love this place.
Please allow yourself a day or two to enjoy the entire museum. Everyones favourites are the European paintings of course. American sections are not bad too. They are slightly weak on Egyptian and Middle East compared to British Museum but still impressive nonetheless. Dutch exhibition was on in February so I was impressed with their Dutch collection!
Rest your feet at a couple of strategically placed museum cafes and even have lunch at their basement cafe.
Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
Director: Max Hollein
Customer service: 00 1 800-662-3397
Subsidiary: The Met Cloisters
Did you know: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the fourth-largest art museum in the world by gallery space (58,820 square meters).
Adult Admission$ 25, Senior Admission ( Age 65+ ) $ 17, Student Admission (with valid ID) $ 12, Child Admission ( Age 12 and under )$ 0, and free for Members, Patrons, General admission tickets include exhibitions and are valid for three consecutive days at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.
6. Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge is a New York City hybrid cable / suspension bridge. It links the Manhattan and Brooklyn districts across the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge is 1,595.5 feet long, and 276.5 ft above average high water level.
Brooklyn bridge is one of an iconic bridge! One must visit to witness its beautiful architecture. we would highly recommend to visit this place and get down to observe the architecture and not just pass by. The New York bus tour has this bridge in its list of places.
People walking, jogging, cycling, meet up and chat. Great cityscape to look at too. Get a chance to walk on which is very nice, although you have to be mindful of others as it is busy! And my friends took me for a drive in the bridge too, so I have experienced the bridge from a different perspective.
A wonderful walk up above the river. The views are great both from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back. Highly recommended on a nice day. The only downside is the number of oblivious people walking in the bike lane or who forget to stay right when walking.
Go in the morning at around 9AM and the temperature may already -5°C. It’s amazing but was very windy and you were almost frozen because of the wind. The view’s spectacular! The walk is pretty good, long and amazing.
Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, USA
Total length: 5,989′
Construction started: 1869
Clearance below: 135′
Location: Brooklyn, New York, Manhattan
Did you know: On May 24, 1883, thirteen years after the project started, the Brooklyn Bridge opened.
7. The High Line
The High Line is a linear park, greenway and track that stretches 1,45 miles, built in New York City on a New York Central railway spur, on the west side of Manhattan.
‘The High Line is more than a park. It’s a public space where you can view art, walk through gardens, experience a performance, savor delicious food, or just connect with friends and neighbors—while enjoying a unique perspective of the city. Built on a historic, elevated freight line, the High Line has become a world-renowned inspiration for how cities can transform industrial infrastructure into beautiful, hybrid public spaces.’
Popular park 30 feet above street level on an old rail line, with river & city views.
Amazing transformation of old railway track into a park. Convenient in reaching here via train or car. The only problem is street parking however that is anywhere in NY.
We Highly recommended walk. But remember it can become very crowded and suck all your joy out so be prepared. Summer time is the best time to visit. If you are not the person who wants to walk then this can be a little bit tiresome. But we recommend walk + take rest on the way. In this manner you will be able to enjoy the full walk.
Address: New York, NY 10011, USA
Area: 1.448 mi²
Hours: Open 7AM, Closes 10PM
Number of visitors: 50,00,000
Phone: +1 212-500-6035
Architects: Piet Oudolf, James Corner (Project Lead), Charles Renfro
Did you know: The stretch of the High Line near the Gansevoort Street entrance is known as the Gansevoort Woodland.
8. Times Square
In the center of New York City, Midtown Manhattan section, Times Square represents a major commercial intersection, tourism destination, entertainment hub, and the neighbors. It runs between West 42nd and West 47th Streets.
This place is a must go if you come to New York City. This is one of New York City most iconic place. Many shops, restaurants, and places to visit. A place like no other. We recommend taking pictures in the red stairs. Enjoy!!! Very safe too, Lots of police officers.
Bustling destination in the heart of the Theater District known for bright lights, shopping & shows.
An awesome Place to hang out and see the vibrant happenings in people, events, energy, etc of this place. You can easily spend couple of hours in the evening. I’d recommend this for just vibe, watching people and the lights from the billboards.
Address: Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Hours: Friday 9am–8pm
Did you know: The first rooftop celebration atop One Times Square, a fireworks display, took place in 1904 and was produced by The New York Times to inaugurate their new headquarters in Times Square.
9. Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is a train station located on Midtown Manhattan, New York City at 42nd Street and Park Avenue.
Grand Central is the southern terminus of the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines Metro- North Railways, serving the northern areas of New York City.
Iconic train station known for its grand facade & main concourse, also offering shops & dining. One of the very few historic train stations left in the country. So very grateful to Jackie Kennedy for fighting to preserve it from the wrecking ball. Great dining options on the lower level concourse especially with the historic architecture of the Oyster Bar.
The terminal is beautiful and you’ll love to take in the interior views. Explore the history and architecture of Grand Central Terminal. It’s breathtaking and a must visit place each time you come to the city.
The staircases, carved stone and lightning fixtures are some of the best. Spend an hour walking through history. You can take one of the many trains to explore various parts of NY and Connecticut from here. If you decide to stay at the terminal, it offers plenty of shopping, eateries, history and beautiful architecture. We Hope you enjoy your visit.
Address: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
Area: 48 acres
Architectural style: Beaux-Arts architecture
Owner: Argent Ventures
Phone: +1 212-340-2583
Designers: Reed and Stem, Whitney Warren
Did you know: Around 750,000 people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day.
10. The Museum of Modern Art
Modern Art Museum is a museum of art located on 53rd Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
MoMA plays an important role in the development and collection of modernist art, and is often referred to as one of the most important and important museums of modern art in the world.
It is a beautiful and clean museum with so many different types of art. Have kids? No problem, there are fun activities for them to do. The over place is incredible and if you are visiting NYC as a tourist, this is a stop that SHOULD DEFINITELY be on your to do list.
There are a lot of very famous pieces of artwork there and it is definitely a full day trip. The line to get in may be a little long at times but it is definitely worth it because they have every different genre of art. Not just modern art. Very fun place to go for the day, We would recommend it.
Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA
Director: Glenn Lowry
Customer service: 00 1 212-708-9400
Architects: Yoshio Taniguchi, Edward Durell Stone, Philip Goodwin
Did you know: MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design was founded in 1932 as the first museum department in the world dedicated to the intersection of architecture and design.
12. 9/11 Memorial
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six.
Plaza, pools & exhibits honoring victims of 1993 & 2001 WTC terrorist attacks. Free timed admission.
Such tasteful commemoration. It’s a definite must see. You might find some white roses tucked in next to names of the victims. You found out that hey are placed there on their birthday dates. The close by train station is amazing with its architecture. It had been designed to resemble a white dove and is only a few steps away from the memorial.
We’d recommend any visitor to opt into the mobile headphone guided tour as opposed to the group tour. That way you can move through the museum at your own pace and enjoy the stations fully.
Address: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA
Construction started: March 2006
Opened: 11 September 2011
Easter Sunday – Hours might differ
Monday – 9am–8pm
Phone: +1 212-312-8800
Architects: Daniel Libeskind, Michael Arad, Peter Walker
Architecture firms: Snøhetta, Davis Brody Bond, Handel Architects
13. One World Trade Center
It is the main building in Lower Manhattan, New York. One World Trade Center is the reconstructed World Trade Center complex. One WTC is America’s highest building, the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, and the world’s sixth largest.
Had a great time as a non-tourist. The elevator trip to the top was quick. A hint: chew some gum or keep moving your jaw to keep from popping your ears because the elevator moves so fast that you don’t have a chance to adjust to the height so your ears will pop.
The elevator trip to the top was quick. A hint: chew some gum or keep moving your jaw to keep from popping your ears because the elevator moves so fast that you don’t have a chance to adjust to the height so your ears will pop.
There’s a treat at the top. A casual cafe, a bar with small plates & American fine dining with views from the 101st floor.“The price of the food is reasonable and service is included.” Sit down and enjoy the show because it’s very informative. They also have a cafe up there so take your time and enjoy the view from up top.
The observatory area there is also great and loved every second standing there. Completely worth it! One cannot miss this one when in NYC – “The City which never Sleeps!”
Address: 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007, USA
Height: 1,776′, 1,792′ to tip CTBUH
Construction started: 27 April 2006
(Easter Sunday) Hours might differ
Phone: +1 844-696-1776
Architects: Daniel Libeskind, David Childs, T. J. Gottesdiener
Architectural styles: Modern architecture, Contemporary architecture, Postmodern Architecture.
Did you know: One World Trade Center is the tallest building in New York City.
14. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Frank Lloyd Wright–designed modern-art museum with an architecturally significant spiral rotunda.
We recommend buying tickets ahead of time, however even “skip the line” tickets still have a 30+ minute wait to get in. You will have to check your bag inside before actually seeing the art.
You love the Guggenheim. A lot of it was closed due to a new exhibition, but it is more the architecture than the art that attracted you to the place. That said you could certainly see the new exhibition from the other side of the ramps where you could go! The building is somewhat smaller than we expected but is absolutely gorgeous design.
Very cool architecture, super cool concept where you gradually walk up the whole thing! The art itself is very interesting, abstract, and makes you think. We enjoyed many of the collections and the museum did not feel overcrowded. Pricing is fair, not overly priced, can spend 1-2 hours observing without reading descriptions and such, but you could spend a whole day if you enjoy reading everything!
Address: 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA
(Easter Sunday) Holiday opening hours
Architectural style: Modern architecture
Director: Richard Armstrong
Phone: +1 212-423-3500
Designer: Frank Lloyd Wright
Did you know: It was called the Museum of Non-Objective-Painting.
15. Bryant Park
Bryant Park is a public park in the New York City district of Manhattan, which is private, 9,603 hectares of land. It is located in Midtown Manhattan between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, 40th and 42nd streets.
Green space behind the NY Public Library’s main branch, with 4 acres, a cafe, and other food kiosks. The lawn is lush and very green. It’s a perfect place to hang out with family and friends and also meet singles. There’re lots of beauty shops, restaurants with good food and designer outlets. It’s also pretty close to the road and can be easily seen from a vehicle in normal traffic.
Bryant Park is obviously an iconic part of New York City. You’ll regret it if you don’t stop by here because it is such a relaxing place to be with a bunch of cafes and interesting stores surrounding it. Also, the best part of the park is nobody what time you come by to visit it will always look beautiful. During the daytime, you can walk around and gaze at the flowers while at night you can see the surrounding buildings light up the sky.
There are big green areas to seat on and enjoy a good day, there are plenty of chairs and tables to eat your meal or hang out and chill with someone. The atmosphere is relaxing. At Christmas time there is one of the biggest ice rink of the city, and the entry is totally free. We spent very nice moments there and enjoyed the different atmospheres during the 4 seasons. Give it a chance!
Address: New York, NY 10018, USA
Area: 9.6 acres
Phone: +1 212-768-4242
Products and Services: wichcraft.com
Did you know: The park is cited as a model for the success of public-private partnerships.