Top Five Must-See Attractions in NYC
Top Five Must-See Attractions in NYC
New York City is home to some of the world’s most noteworthy attractions. Historic landmarks? You got it. Expansive parks? Of course. No matter what’s on the agenda, the Big Apple has it. Here are a five faves.
This expansive area of Manhattan is the ideal locale to feel the frenetic energy of the city in full force. The Midtown neighborhood is home to many popular national and international restaurants, clothing stores and more with larger-than-life spaces (think a 110,000-square-foot Toys“R”Us with a 60-foot Ferris wheel). While walking through Times Square, you are sure to be drawn in by the huge marquees and signage for Broadway shows in the Theater District, gigantic billboards, and colorful characters and street performers who frequent the area. Make sure to take a photo—as well as take in great views of your surroundings—on the iconic red steps in Father Duffy Square. And, after, snag discounted Broadway show tickets at the TKTS booth at the base of the stairs.
Empire State Building
This venerable skyscraper is known worldwide as the setting for meet-cutes in romantic comedies ("Sleepless in Seattle" comes to mind) and also reigned as the world’s tallest building for a number of years. A trip to the structure is an immersive experience, with breathtaking Art-Deco ceiling murals in the lobby and interactive audio devices. Of course, Kodak moment-worthy photo ops of the cityscape, Central Park and beyond from the open-air 86th Floor Observation Deck or the 102 Floor Top Deck don’t hurt.
In Manhattan’s Financial District, the recently opened 9/11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa. and at the Pentagon. The memorial also pays tribute to the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The Memorial features twin reflecting pools, which rest where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools. While in the area, also make sure to visit The National September 11 Memorial Museum, which examines the implications and impact of the events of September 11, via multimedia displays, archives and more.
The Statue of Liberty
Few places match New York City’s diverse, multi-cultural population; and, since its inception, the city has been the gateway for immigrants from around the world yearning for a better life in the United States. Many of these weary travelers reached the city via the New York Harbor and saw a welcoming glimpse of the epitome of freedom: the Statue of Liberty. Located on Liberty Island—a 12-acre island a mile south of lower Manhattan—visitors to the more than 300-foot landmark can go inside the pedestal or crown. There’s also a museum inside the base of the Statue of Liberty.
Nothing beats taking a stroll through this attraction’s grassy grounds—which span 843 acres from 59th to 110th streets, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. The activities one can enjoy in the park are almost limitless—from paying your respects to The Beatles’ frontman and long-time NYC resident John Lennon at Strawberry Fields memorial; to people-watching at Bethesda Terrace; having a picnic in the park’s largest lawn, Sheep Meadow; or learning more about wildlife at the Central Park Zoo—home to animals from tropical, temperate and polar regions around the world. Make sure to watch the sea lions perform tricks during their feeding time at the zoo.
However you choose to spend your time in NYC—be it exploring the city’s historical, cultural or recreational attractions, know that the city offers something for everyone—with new favorites being added every day.