New York City is home to some of the world’s most impressive and fascinating cherished landmarks and attractions. So whether you’re in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island there’s something for everyone . Here’s the lowdown of the best.
Empire State Building
This impressive building held the title of New York’s tallest building for many years, and though no longer the tallest it is still an impressive sight and an excellent example of 1930s design. You can visit the Empire State Building’s observation deck on the 86th floor from where you have a magnificent view over the city of New York without the obstruction of the skyscraper clusters in midtown and in the financial district downtown – giving you an open 360 degree view.
The Brooklyn Bridge ranks as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and remains one of New York’s most popular and well known landmarks. The world’s largest suspension bridge, it spans the East river between Brooklyn and Manhattan for more than a mile. Take the elevated pedestrian pathway which separates you from the speeding traffic below and enjoy the spectacular view of downtown Manhattan’s skyline.
Statue of Liberty
Lady Liberty is a world famous icon heavy with history and has become a symbol of the city, the USA and liberty itself. The statue’s steel framework was designed by a young French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, and constructed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel (yes THAT Eiffel – like the infamous Paris Tower) and was a gift from the French government for the 100th anniversary of America’s Independence. Standing at nearly 50 metres high the view from inside the crown across the sprawling metropolis of New York is stunning.
You cannot go to NYC and miss out on a visit to Times Square – there are so many things to see. Often referred to as “The Crossroads of the World” this intersection of Broadway, Seventh Avenue, and Forty-Second Street is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian junctions and it’s as crazy as it is enthralling. A hub of activity that is always thronging with people, it’s all bright lights, billboards, glittering restaurants, theatres, bars and other entertainments.
The park is New York’s finest – and as well as boasting lakes, theatres, ice rinks, fountains, sculptures tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds and vast expanses of refreshing green space, floral displays and striking landscape architecture, it is also home to the Central Park Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There’s so much to see here that you could easily spend a whole day wandering round exploring what is one of the Big Apple’s most beloved spots.
The World Trade Center
This office complex that once featured the world’s tallest skyscraper. It is now replaced by a new office complex and the ‘Reflecting Absence’, memorial with illuminated waterfalls and reflecting pools at the exact site of the former towers that honours the victims of the terrorist attacks that destroyed its twin towers on 9/11. A visit here is moving and thought-provoking, but hopeful too as the experience sends a powerful message and there are positive moves ahead with construction already underway on five new towers around the memorial.
This upscale shopping area is renowned the world over for fantastic for shopping till you drop, but it’s also packed with fascinating landmarks and museums too for when you’re all shopped out from the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf-Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Emanuel Ungaro, Gucci, Ferragamo, and Versace. The main branch of the New York Public Library is here on 42nd Street, and the stretch dubbed the ‘Museum Mile’ is home to palatial townhouses, the National Academy Museum, the Museum of the City of New York the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim – as well as the beautifully gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of New York.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
With more than two million works of art spanning thousands of years displayed in over 250 rooms, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most expansive and prolific art museums in the world and it should be on every visitor’s itinerary. Galleries include Greek and Roman Antiquities with frescos and statues, Egyptian Antiquities including the fascinating temple of Dendur, European Art, sculptures, and arms and armour, American Art complete with fine examples of furniture and glassware, African and Asian art, Assyrian Winged Bulls – and it’s all topped off with an amazing rooftop sculpture garden.