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 centres. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theatre is staged in neon-lit Times Square. If you are visiting NYC, here are 10 things not to miss whilst here.
The 844-acre Central Park is home to or very near to some great attractions like the Met and Guggenheim and it is a concert venue. It is also the place where tourists and New Yorkers come to relax, exercise, eat and go to the zoo. There are boats to hire, bikes to hire and much more. A great place to spend a summers day.
A sprawling complex of buildings in midtown Manhattan, the Rockefeller Center is a firm favourite with visitors and locals. The ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck is a great spot to take in the New York skyline and there are lots of shops, eateries and a tour to enjoy. During the winter months the iconic Christmas tree and skating rink are a hit with everyone, and you can take in some live TV as the NBC studios are here.
Grand Central Station
The marble floors and gold chandeliers in the main concourse of Grand Central Station have been the backdrop to scenes in many a movie. It is a wonderful sight inside and out. You can also enjoy some retail therapy and of course there are cafes. Bars and restaurants to catch a bite or do a spot of people watching.
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
One of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Statue of Liberty can be visited via ferry from Battery Park which includes a stop at Ellis Island. Prepare to queue for the ferry or you can just take in the Statue from the Battery Park area.
Less than a mile from Battery Park is the 9/11 Memorial which is a sobering reminder of the terrorist attacks 18 years ago. The museum and reflecting pools are a moving experience but one you should visit.
If you are taking in a Broadway Show whilst in New York, you should put some time aside before or after to soak up the unique atmosphere of Times Square. The neon extravaganza is good to see at night. There are lots of places to eat in the area, shops, tv studios and more.
Spanning over 1500 feet across the East River and upwards of 130 feet from the water, Brooklyn Bridge is an icon of New York and well worth taking a walk over during your stay in New York.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History was famous long before Night at the Museum hit the big screens. It is the largest museum of natural history in the world. Meet a T-Rex and take in the renowned exhibitions and scientific collections throughout the museum.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an American military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City. It is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street in the Hell’s Kitchen area on the West Side of Manhattan
Empire State Building
If you want unforgettable views of New York then the 86th and 102nd floor observatories provide stunning 360° views of New York City. If your throw in the antenna it stands a majestic 1454 feet tall and can be found in midtown Manhattan.