New York is one of the greatest cities in the world and is the nerve center of sights and attractions that leave a permanent imprint on the minds of the visitors. Now that you are planning to have a trip to New York, you have once in a lifetime opportunity of visiting various locations best for sight-seeing. In order to make your sojourn most useful and memorable, here is the list of 10 best places to visit in New York.
1- Statue of Liberty and Battery Pack
An insignia of freedom, it was built in 1886, as a gift of France to America. This iconic monument is the largest statue in the world and the most popular place to visit in New York. It stands 152 feet in height, from the base to the torch and weighs around 450,000 pounds. As it is located on Liberty Island, you will have to reach there by a short boat ride. You can have a panoramic view of the New York harbor and Lower Manhattan from there. Battery Park is located on the southern tip of Manhattan. You can buy entry tickets in advance, in order to avoid the hawkers, selling at a higher price.
2- Empire State Building
If you have a valid USA Tourist Visa, you can reach to this world-famous landmark, which was considered the highest building in the world, till the Trade Center was built. This is a 102-story building, standing 381-meter tall and was opened in 1931. You can reach the first observatory, on the 86th floor by high-speed automatic elevators. The second observatory stands at 1250 feet on the 102nd floor. If the day is clear, you can have a view of up to 80 miles and can see the neighboring states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
3- Central Park
It is the playground of New York and is the cynosure of all eyes. It will be a great opportunity to see places which you might have viewed in movies or TV shows. There are a number of identifiable venues inside the park; such as the Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields. If you are visiting in winter, you can enjoy skating on the Lake. A visit during the summer is good to go for a paddle.
4- Broadway & Shubert Alley
It is considered the pinnacle of American theater. You can see the latest shows and popular classics. There are a large number of venues for theaters there. For popular shows, you must get tickets in advance. Shubert Alley is named after the theater baron, Sam S. Shubert. There are two playhouses -the Shubert at 221 West 44th Street and Booth at 22 West 45th Street.
5- Metropolitan Museum of Art
Popularly known as the Met, it houses a collection of over 2 million artworks that include American decorative arts, Egyptian arts, photographs, musical instruments, costumes and arms, and armor. This museum has a branch at the Cloisters in Northern Manhattan, which exhibits art and architecture of medieval Europe.
6- Rockefeller Center
This is a vast complex for entertainment and shopping in the middle of Manhattan. It’s also home to NBC TV and radio stations and other media. The outdoor skating rink is thronged with visitors during winter. There are restaurants, shops and an observation deck inside the center. The famous sculpture of Atlas stands in front of the International Building. From the 70 stories RCA Building, you can have clear views of midtown Manhattan from the top of the Rock Observation Deck. There are three floors on the deck – the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors. You should buy the tickets for Rock Observation Deck in advance, which comes with a flexible voucher redemption policy for adjusting to any change in your plan for visiting the Deck.
7- Brooklyn Bridge
It was constructed in 1883 as the world’s first steel bridge, spanning over the East River from Manhattan. The construction of the bridge was conceived by an engineer, John Roebling in 1885, with every detail, including the suspended steel cables and two granite towers. During its construction, in 1869, Roebling went there to inspect the work, when a ferry boat crushed his foot. He died of tetanus, three weeks later. His son Washington executed the grand plan of his father. Unfortunately, Washington developed the caisson’s disease and was robbed of his seeing, walking and writing abilities.
8- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
This building is shaped like a giant shell that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943. It houses the finest collections of modern art. If you come with a USA tourist visa, you have to take an elevator to reach the top floor of the building and walk down the spiral ramp and at the same time, view the paintings of world-famous artists such as Picasso, Leger, Kandinsky, and Chagall. While designing the building, Wright had in mind to make it look like a sculpture. During the period of its construction, the city officials wanted the inclusion of one fire escape per floor. Wright’s argument was that since the building had only one continuous floor, it needed just one escape.
9- Wall Street
The world-famous Wall City stretches to 8 city blocks from Broadway to South Street. The areas surrounding the street are home to important stock exchanges of the world. The few to be mentioned are the New York Stock Exchange, the Mercantile Exchange of New York, the Federal Reserve, and the NASDAQ. Tourists are seen walking across the street, craning their necks and looking at the skyscrapers of NYC.
10- New York Public Library
The main branch of the building of this Library was designed by the famous architect’s company, Carrere & Hastings, in the style of Beaux-Arts. Because of its impressive outlay and design, the Library is the chief attraction of the city and is being featured in many movies and TV shows. Colloquially known as the Main Branch, its proper name is Stephen A. Schwartzman Building and was opened for public in 1911. The Main Reading Room covers an area of two city blocks. The room for periodicals holds more than 10,000 current magazines.
New York City has been a dream destination for young and old. Every year, a horde of tourists fly here to enjoy its mesmerizing culture and picturesque ambiance. It is a praiseworthy metropolis beyond any doubt.