Attractions - New York
Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012
by – Alex McCarty, Tour Manager, North America
Almost too many to name! But let’s give it a shot… The Museum Mile is a good place to start—the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art—and from there, a walk down Fifth Avenue to do a little window-shopping on your way to the Empire State Building for aerial sights of the city, by way of Times Square.
Travel into Chinatown for more affordable shopping and then to SoHo for those impossible-to-find-anywhere-else-on-earth items, before hopping the train to Battery Park, to pick up tickets for a Broadway show at the TKTS booth (one of three in the city), and have a look at the progress of the construction of the new One World Trade Center. From there, New York is your oyster: Wall Street is a short walk away, so is the Chelsea Pier Center and U.S.S. Intrepid, a floating museum devoted to aeronautics, or the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are both a ferry ride into the harbor.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most famous of American icons and is a symbol of freedom and liberty given to the United States by France. You can take a ferry to visit the statue and also visit Ellis Island where the statue stands by taking a ferry from Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan Island.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is an art deco style skyscraper that was the tallest man made structure in the world when it was opened in 1931. Even today it’s 110 stories still tower above the other skyscrapers of Manhattan. More than 110 million people have taken in the awe-inspiring views from the observation decks of this most famous buildings on the New York skyline.
Times Square and Broadway
Theatres, clubs, bars, the rich and the not-so famous can be found under the bright lights and neon of one of the most famous squares in the world. The home of one of the biggest New Years Eve celebrations in the world, David Letterman’s theatre is just off the edge of the square as are a myriad of shops, bars, clubs, restaurants and the world famous shows and productions of Broadway.
New York has shops spread and scattered throughout however the true connoisseurs head to New York’s Fifth Avenue for the very best in New York style.
Located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and also home to NBC studios and Radio City Music Hall is the Rockefeller Center. Hang out in the mornings to see the NBC Today show being beamed across the planet, check out the 200 plus shops, visit the Music Hall, check out the courtyard with the famous golden statue of Prometheus or the ice rink and Christmas tree during winter. You can also take an elevator to the ‘Top of the Rock’ for awesome views over the whole of Central Park and Manhattan.
Greenwich Village and the East Village
With an almost endless number of cafes and bars, many consider ‘the Village’ to be New York’s cultural center. You can also check out the many street performers and chess players in Washington Square Park. The East Village has a very cool, bohemian reputation with its many chilled out bars, cafes, clubs and vibe.
Once the home to factories and warehouses, artists flocked to this area in the 60’s because of the cheap rent and the neighborhood is now a rather trendy, up-market area with loads of great shopping along Broadway and the side streets. A great place to visit day or night for a little window shopping, there are also plenty of cool bars and restaurants.
This huge inner city park is larger than some countries and is a haven in amongst the hustle, bustle and skyscrapers of central Manhattan. Hire a bike and ride around, take a horse and cart ride, or simply stroll around and take in the almost endless acres of grass, trees and lakes. From street performers to free concerts in the summer, there is always something going on in Central Park. A great place for a picnic, stroll, afternoon nap, or to sunbathe. You can also live it up at the swanky ‘Boathouse’ or the ‘Tavern on the Green’.
A total escape from the city, the buildings however are never far from sight to remind you that amongst all the green and relaxation, you’re still in the heart of one of the worlds greatest cities.
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, houses one of the worlds finest collections of art produced over the last 150 years. Its most famous piece is arguably ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gogh, but the museum is also home to works by Picasso, Dali, Rousseau, Warhol, Gauguin, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Chagall and Pollock.