Top 50 Things to Do and to See in New York City

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New York City (NYC) is the most populous city of the USA. It is also considered as the world’ trade and finance center with the New York stock exchange, Wall Street and other financial institutes at the center of it. The city is also home to many museums including the Guggenheim and boosts a multi culture society. There is also the famous Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, Times Square,Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Broadway. New York is also home to the United Nations Organization (UNO) headquarters.

There are fascinating rivers like of the Hudson River, whereas the Midtown Manhattan is home to a fine range of architecture, particularly Art Deco. And Coney Island offers you adventures away from the busy city life such as the rides and a beach.Whereas, the Bronx Wild Life offers you some of the great wild life views along with flora and fauna. Fifty things that you can enjoy in New York along with your family are as follows:

1. Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was France’s gift to America. It was built in 1886 and remains a famous world symbol of freedom and one of the greatest American icons. The Statue of Liberty is the world’s largest statue which has a height of slightly less than 152 feet.It weighs an approximate 450,000 pounds. From the statue you can have fine view of the New York Harbor and lower Manhattan. The Statue of Liberty is precisely located on Liberty Island and requires a boat to reach there. Visitors go to have its fine views from various points one of the famous place for the view is Battery Park.

2. Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty

Battery Park is located on the southern tip in Manhattan. From Battery Park you can have great views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. The Battery Park is actually the place where a fort was constructed by the first Dutch settlers in 1626, which later becamefamous as Castle Garden. It also became a venue for different entertainment programs. It is also a place where many early habitantsof America first arrived, prior to the famous Ellis Island.The park is also a fabulous place during summer to walk along the waterfront, paths,with gardens and various monuments.

3. Empire State Building

The empire state building can best be called as the second landmark of New York City after the Statue of Liberty.The building is 381 m tall and has 102-storey;it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center Twin tower’s height was raised. View of Manhattan fromits 86th floor remains a hugely popular activity. It got opened in 1931 and immediately became a landmark and a symbol for NYC. The building was build with Indiana limestone and granite, the mullions lined in shiny aluminum. The spandrels are made up of sandblastto blend their tone with the windows to create the vertical striping on the facade. The building has two observatories atop.

4. Hudson River Valley

Hudson River Valley is one of the best break-out locations in a predominant urbane locale of New York. It can best be called as a slice of rural Americana just north, right in New York. The area has wineries, leafy drives, and plenty of foodie options that draw a large crowd. There are so many other places to lookout and stay around the Hudson River Valley which you would love to experience.

5. Central Park

The Central Park is located in New York’s backyard. The park has a lush 843-acre patch of nature located in the middle of Manhattan. The park has become one of the New York’s biggest attractions for tourists and local round the year. The park has been featured in several movies and television series. The park is home to scenic lakes, hills, meadows, skating rinks, playgrounds, and ball fields with other many attractions. Among the most famous places within the garden are the Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields and Belvedere Castle.

6. Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Ellis Island was once America’s immigration depot during 1892 to 1954. And an estimated 17 million people have passed through its gates. It under went a major restoration which involved $156 and converted into a National Museum.ThisMuseum has large exhibits and programs about the history of Ellis Island and the immigration process. The main building is where immigrants were processed.Now the main building is converted into a three floor museum that has a variety of self-guided permanent exhibits.

7. Central Park

Central Park is a street alongside the Central Park West; it is the center place of this historic district of New York. There are a plenty of elegant buildings lined in this prestigious boulevard, including a line of famous apartments such as the San Remo and the Dakota. This street is also home to the famous New York Historical Society and American Museum of Natural History.It has become a very famous place to visit because of the series of famous apartments.

8. Theater District

New York’s Theater District is famous for plenty of quality live performance venues whose example can not be found else where in the world with the only exception of London’s West End. It also features the Metropolitan Opera House and TV’s Rockefeller Center. The theater district is also to the home of 42nd Street which was once infamous for its sleaze and danger that has been later transformed a safe tourist area, symbolized by the opening of a large Disney Store in Times Square.

9. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Another in the list of Museums is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. It has the world’s finest collection of modern art. It is a unique building that is designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943. Works of legends such asModigliani, Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Manet, Leger, and many others are displayed.There is a Wright’s single spiral ramp that is ingenious and functional.The outer ‘shell’ design was made to give the building appearance of a piece of sculpture.

10. Broadway

Another major place of New York is the Broadway, and a Broadway show is one of the highlights of New York City. The Broadway is considered the pinnacle of American theater and it has long been famous for its performances the world over. Here you can enjoy the latest shows and the long running classics. Broadway is usually referred simply to the Broadway theaters that include a large number of theater venues situated in the theatre district and along the Broadway Street.

11. Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also referred as “The Met” and was founded in 1870. The museum has been expanded regularly over several decades after its opening. The Met is proud to have a permanent collection of over 2 million works of art. Some of the highlights of the collection are costumes, Egyptian art, American decorative arts, arms and armor, musical instruments, and photographs and much more.

12. Lower Midtown

Lower Midtown Manhattan is home to a fine range of architecture, particularly Art Deco. And it also features the world renowned Chrysler Building along with other famous buildings that include: the Helmsley Building, the United Nations on the East River and the MetLife Building and. The area ofLower Midtown is from 46th Street down to 15th Street. It is a very popular place to view the famous architectural wonders of New York.

13. Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is among the New York’s most recognizable landmarks. The building was never occupied by the Chrysler car company; however, the Art Deco building remained always associated with the auto giant. The spires of the building resemble a car radiator grill and have a series of triangular windows. The gargoyles which ornament the exterior are modeled after hood ornaments. The building was built in 1929.

14. Fifth Avenue, New York

New York’s Fifth Avenue is almost a rival toKnight Bridge of London and the Ginza in Tokyo; it is an exclusive shopping district. Many of the world renowned designers have their flagship stores located along this famous avenue and some of them include:Tiffany, Cartier, Bergdorf-Goodman, Apple Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, and as well as many more dot the posh avenue. Even if you do not want to purchase anything walking along the Fifth Avenue can be fun and an excellent outing. The avenue is located next to palatial residences and mansions.

15. Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Museum of Modern Art which is commonly called as MOMA is home to the world’s largest and best collection of modern art, this collection includes a good range of arts such as: drawings, architecture, paintings, prints, and photography. The Museum also has work from some of the renowned artist from across the world, the most notable being: Magritte, Wyeth, Picasso, Dali, Warhol, Van Gogh, Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec are on exhibit.

16. The Cloisters

The Cloisters is famous as home to medieval art, in the building itself you can find medieval cloisters, chapels and halls. The Museum was founded by Sculptor George Barnard in 1914, where as in 1925, John Rockefeller has given funds to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts for 1925 purchase of the collection and donated the piece of land at Fort Tyron Park.

17. SOHO

South of Houston (SOHO) Street and triangle below Canal is an example of art. Lately it has become the commercial hub of lower Manhattan. SOHO was earlier an industrial district and the area’s cast-iron building are saved and preserved which can be the greatest concentration in the world. The buildings were saved from demolition in the sixties. Later the artists started to move into the area’s lofts and then to galleries, cafes and shops. Some parts of SOHO are outlined by Houston, West Broadway, Crosby, and Canal Streets.

18. Greenwich Village, New York

The Greenwich Village is also simply referred to as ‘The Village’ by the New Yorkers. It was a village in the early nineteenth century. However, after a century it got transformed into a bohemian enclave attracting the people such as painters and writers. Today it is one of the popular districts and also among the mainstream and expensive districts. The Village also features Washington Square and New York University.

19. Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883 and it is the world’s first bridge to be constructed of steel. The bridge covers the East River from Manhattan. This bridge has also become an American landmark, which has inspired poets, songwriters and painters for generations.Engineer John Roebling has designed and planned the bridge in 1855 and worked in detail from its two granite towers to its four suspended steel cables. In an unfortunate event while determining the Brooklyn tower site in June 1869, a ferry crushed Roebling’s foot, and three weeks later, before ground has been broken, Roebling died of tetanus. And then onwards Roebling’s son, Washington, took the task and executed his father’s grand plans. As father’s death was not enough, in 1872, Washington developed a disease called caisson because of which he lost seeing, walking and writing faculties.The bridge has two powerful stone towers, connected at the top with Gothic-shaped arches carrying four cables that cross the East River.

20. September 11 Museum

After the 9/11 tragedy this memorial came into existence in place of the World Trade Center’s twin 110-storey towers which were once proud of the Manhattan skyline. Today, in place of the two towers of the World Trade Center, two square reflecting ponds each one acre in size are found. These are called as the National September 11 Memorial, the entire area is a tribute to the people (3,000) who lost life in this tragedy. The area is also surrounded by trees and grass; whereas the ponds are recessed with water cascading over the sides of the pools. The waterfalls here are the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America.Around the pools there are bronze panels which have names of all those who were killed in the attacks. The entire memorial is designed by Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker.

21. National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian features nearly a million works and documents about the Native American peoples and their customs. George Gustav Heye has acquired most of the collection, which is kept in good condition. The museum is actually within the neoclassical Alexander Hamilton Customs House. The exhibits keep on changing on a regular interval of time.The Museum is also home to numerous public programs that include:films, music and dance performances, and symposia.

22. Wall Street

The famous Wall Street is located just 8 city blocks from Broadway to South Street.Wall Street and the surrounding area are famous for having some of the most important exchanges in the world that include the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and the New York Mercantile Exchange. In the nearby areas of Wall Street are the impressive Federal Reserve and Trinity Church. Wall Street has also become one of the famous tourist attractions and you can find a large number of tourists walking around watching the impressive sky scrapers.

23. South Street Seaport

During 19th century the South Street Seaport was New York’s port but it has been converted to a tourist spot now after restoration and development, and it brims with restaurants, stores, historic buildings and museums. The South Street Seaport is also home to the Fulton Fish Market, and views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River can best seen from here.There is the second-largest sailing ship in the world—Peking–docked alongside the piers along with other ships. Harbor cruises are offered by a nineteenth-century paddle wheeler.

24. China Town

The China town name is the result of its residents of Chinese origin residing in this area. There is an estimated 80,000 or more residents of Chinese descent. Thus, Chinatown offers Chinese restaurants, antiques and temples, craft shops, and festivals of Chinese origin. China town is a densely packed locality that is always lively and colorful, it has transformed into a prominent tourist attraction. The streets are full with the outdoor stalls with fruits and other goods. Chinese New Year is held here in the form of the biggest festival which takes place sometime in February every year.

25. Lower Manhattan Tip, New York

Lower Manhattan can be best called as the seat of American finance. It is the financial lifeline of the United States of America and beyond. It is also home to the Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank and many financial companies and corporations. From Lower Manhattan you can easily visit the Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty by ferry.Lower Manhattan has been attracting tourist for some of the skyscraper as well.

26. Times Square

Times Square was earlier called as Longacre Square. The new name‘Times Square’ came into existence in 1904 after the New York Times tower. It is the heart of the Theater District. Times Square has fallen into deterioration during the Depression time when many theaters shut down and it was replaced by sleaze palaces that multiplied until the nineties. The city late got cleaned up with the help of corporates such as the Disney. Today, Times Square is safe as well as a famous place the world over for shopping, theaters and restaurants galleries well as mammoth billboards.

27. Bryant Park

Bryant Park was also infamous for crime; it was a seedy area known for hangout for undesirables, until 1989. But later it got transformed into an oasis for workers and visitors. It is home to monuments and gardens, and also “Le Carrousel”, a famous carousel. You can also enjoy games here such as chess boards, checkers, and backgammon boards. The area is full with places to eat with restaurants and a cafe. There is a Reading Room as well that is a re-created version of the original Reading Room that was there during the Depression.

28. New York Public Library

Architects Carrere & Hastings have designed the New York Public Library’s main branch in the Beaux Arts style. The library has few impressive rooms and the Main Reading Room as its chief attraction. The rooms have been featured in many movies and TV shows over the years. The actual name of this main branch is ‘the Stephen A Schwartzman building’. The building got opened in 1911 to immediate acclaim. It is estimated that the reading room along with the main reading room hold around 10,000 current magazines. However, the other collections are still vast consisting of over 15 million items.

29. Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall was completed and opened in 1891, it was New York’s first great concert hall. Musicians such as Tchaikovsky (who conducted on the opening night), Leonard Bernstein and The Beatles have performed in the hall. The exteriors of the hall are adorned in a terra-cotta and brick Italian Renaissance design. There is a museum adjacent to the theater.The best way to enjoy the theater is to attend a concert here.

30. Radio City Music Hall

The Radio City Music Hall is located in the shadow of Rockefeller Centers. It was built in 1930and it is an Art Deco Theater, it offers musical extravaganzas and films and guided tours. Rockefeller’s built this building during 1930′s and financed also, it got opened in 1932. Radio City Music Hall is claimed to be the largest indoor theater in the world.It has prominent marquee that stretches to an entire city block. Nearly 300 million patrons have visited it over the years.Today it is one of the popular entertainment venues that hosts major events such as the Tony Awards the Grammy Awards.

31. Sony Building (formerly AT&T Building)

Sony building was formerly the AT&T Headquarters. Philip Johnson designed it as an antidote to steel-and-glass skyscrapers. The building designed Philip featured a granite-clad, gold-leaf tower with a monumental base and a broken pediment at the top. The exterior has always been center of criticism and praise.The loggia has 65-foot gallery of curved granite piers and arches and attracts too many visitors. The actual building was later lifted around 20 m up from the street level to be in conformity with the area demands. The artwork of elevators was inspired by the Chrysler Building elevators.

32. Trump Tower

Developer Donald Trump built the Trump Tower; it is an expensive and extravagant office tower built. The height of the tower is 688 feet; it is an 80-storey reinforced concrete tower that is home to a mixed use building including shops and cafes. Inside the tower there is a good six-story atrium, a waterfall, mirrors galore and glitz. The Trump is considered a symbol of the excesses of the Eighties for some, and others consider it a prestigious address.

33. Rockefeller Center

One of New York’s main tourist attractions is Rockefeller Center. It is home to a vast entertainment and shopping complex located in the middle of Manhattan. It is home to NBC-TV and radio and other media houses. Rockefeller has an outdoor skating rink which is very popular in winter. Opposite to the International Building there is a popular sculpture of Atlas. Architect Raymond Hood headed the Art Deco design. Works of around 30 artists are to be found in and around the complex.The central attraction is the central 70-storey RCA Building, a slender, towering structure. Views of Manhattan can be enjoyed from here.

34. Citicorp Center

Citicorp Center opened to great sensationalism in 1978. The Citicorp Center has an aluminum point built on 10-storey stands with a sliced-off roof. It can be called as an unmistakable sight in midtown Manhattan. The building is also home to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The tower was later heightened ten stories above street level on its four columns and a central core. This design is now accepted worldwide and employed on new structures.

35. The Unisphere

It is located in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park in the Queens’ borough, New York City, Landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke designed the Unisphere. It is donated by the United States Steel Corporation and built by the American Bridge Company. Unisphere is the world’s largest global structure. The height of it is 140 feet (42.67 meters) and weight is between 700,000-900,000 it has 100-ton inverted tripod base. The diameter of the sphere is 120 feet (36.57 meters). It is a, spherical stainless steel globe that represents the Earth globe. It has become one of the borough’s most iconic and enduring symbols. It is constructed as a theme symbol of the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair, the theme of the fair was “Peace Through Understanding”.

36. St Patrick’s Cathedral

If you want to see a Gothic Revival in New York then it has got to be St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It has massive bronze doors that weigh around 20,000 lb each and white marble facade, 330-ft spires, the Rose Window, Great Organ and bronze baldachin, pipe organ (of 7,380 pipes), 2,400 seating capacity. The statue of Pieta is situated at the side of the Lady Chapel. There are some 5.5 million visitors annually. The building was constructed in 1879.

37. Harlem, New York

Black America’s most famous community is Harlem.A century ago,Harlem was an important place for business and arts of dark skinned. After the Great Depression Harlem fell upon hard times and became a crime-ridden and decaying area. Redevelopment that began in the 1990s transformed Harlem and now the crime rates have significantly dropped and the demographics have shifted as well. The concentration of blacks has also lowered in the area.

38. Frick Collection

Henry Clay Frick started the Frick Collection as the art collection. He left his collection and his mansion to the city of New York, when he died in 1919. Now this mansion serves as the gallery. This mansion was built in 1913-14 and cost an estimated $5 million. Frick intention was to construct this structure as a public gallery.The collection here is relatively small but has many fine pieces. Old master paintings, Limoges enamels, French furniture, and Oriental rugs are displayed here. Some of the notable artists whose work is on exhibit include:Constable, Turner, Vermeer, and More.

39. Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt was opened in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt (granddaughters of Industrialist Peter Cooper). The museum is home to historic and contemporary design. The Museum was begun as part of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. It has been a branch of the Smithsonian since 1967. It is home to one of the world’s largest collections of design and has over 250,000 objects spanning 3,000 years of history.

40. Coney Island (Astroland Amusement Park)

Coney Island offers you some adventures away from the city life; there are rides and a beach. New Yorkers have been made it a point to visit Coney Island to enjoy the amusements for decades now. There are many attractions here for kids well as grown up such as: the Cyclone, a wooden rollercoaster built in 1927, the Wonder Wheel, the B and B Carousel and the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. There’s entry fee to visit this park.

41. New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium was formerly known as Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation, it is located by the sea on Coney Island. It is delight for children as well as adult to watch black footed penguins, feedings of sharks, sea otters and walruses here. Other attractions include: loggerhead sea turtles, moray eels, a plethora of fish and sea lions. There are shows of sea lions performance. There is also the touch tanks that allows real-time experience with sea stars and other critters.

42. Queens

New York City’ sprawling suburb is the Queens that is largely a residential area. But there are few business districts and other attractions that are scattered throughout the area. Queens is a central point of Greek, Asian, black and other communities. The area connects to Manhattan by the busy QueensBoro Bridge.

43. Queens Botanical Gardens

The Queens Botanical Garden is scattered over an area of 39 acres in the northeast corner of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The garden was earlier known as “Gardens on Parade,” and was spread over a limited area of a five-acre horticultural exhibit at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. During the World War II the gardens were allowed to become overgrown, and the exhibit remained in a state of disuse and forgotten. But late is moved the present place in the early 1960′s to accommodate plans for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

44. United Nations

The United Nations headquarters are located in New York and overlooks the East River. It is spread over 18 acres. However, it must be noted that it is considered as neutral territory and not American. The UN includes the Peace Bell, which is a gift from Japan that hangs on a cypress pagoda, a Russian bronze statue and Reclining Figure, the Rose Garden, a 1982 bronze statue. Delegates from the United Nations 51 countries mostly meet in the horseshoe-shaped Security Council and the General Assembly.

45. Bronx – International Wildlife Conservation Park (formerly Bronx Zoo)

The Bronx Wild Life was founded in 1899; it is now officially called as the International Wildlife Conservation Park. It is located at Fordham Road, New York; the Bronx itself is a landmark. It is one of the largest city zoos in the country and home to over 4,000 animals spanning 764 species. There are a plenty of endangered creatures such as the snow leopard in this zoo.

46. Bronx-Whitestone Bridge

The Bronx Whitestone Bridge got opened on April 29, 1939, before that the Triborough Bridge, 5 miles to the west, was the only vehicular connection between Queens and the Bronx. The Bronx Whitestone was constructed in just 23 months after the awarding of its first construction contract. Along with the Bridge a part of the two major recreational areas were developed: Ferry Point Park in the Bronx and Francis Lewis Park in Queens. The bridge covers the East River.

47. Grand Central Station (Grand Central Terminal)

It is commonly called as the Grand Central Station but the correct name for this building is Grand Central Terminal. The building opened to public in 1913 as a Beaux Arts terminal for the subway and train stations. The 42nd Street colonnaded and the statuary on top are some of the highlights. The station has a unique ceiling that shows a celestial scene. It has an extensive trail of retail shops and restaurants to service the many thousands of people.

48. Lower East Side Tenement Museum

This Lower East Side is a Tenement Museum that chronicles the tenement life in the Lower East Side. It can be called as an immigrant portal for over 150 years. There are slide shows, changing exhibits, and walking shows which are part of the museum’s services.Each floorshows one of the three different eras so that visitors can glimpse into life over several generations.Earlier the building was home to an estimated 7,000 people between 1863 and 1935.

49. United States Courthouse and Plaza

It was designed by Cass Gilbert, the designer of the Woolworth Building. The United States Courthouse is a 31-storey building and has a pyramid-topped tower which is placed upon a classical temple case. The structure is a prominent in height, with a large, wide staircase out front.The United States Courthouse is the last work by Cass Gilbert, designer of the Woolworth Building. . Aerial walkways connect this building with the Police Plaza Annex. The UN Plaza includes of two giant, sloping buildings of glass that offer a bird’s-eye view of New York. The building features offices of the U.N. and a hotel for its delegates and guests.

50. Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex

Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is spread over 28-acre. It is a waterfront sports village situated between 18th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan’s Hudson River. This complex got opened in 1995; this complex has actually transformed four historic, neglected piers into a place for public recreation and waterfront access. This complex is located on Piers 59, 60, 61 and 62 and in the headhouse that links them. The Complex is home to the following sports and entertainment venues: The Sports Center Health Club at Chelsea Piers, The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, The Spa at Chelsea Piers, Chelsea Piers BlueStreak, The Field House at Chelsea Piers, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, 300 New York Bowling at Chelsea Piers, THE LIGHTHOUSE at Chelsea Piers, The Studios at Chelsea Piers, PIER SIXTY at Chelsea Piers, and Chelsea Piers Maritime Center.

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