From stunning architecture to green parks and nightlife, New York City has everything you need from a metropolitan. Have a look at NYC’s top visitor attractions.
The Statue of Liberty
If we’re talking about NYC visitor attractions, we have to begin with Liberty Enlightening the World—commonly referred to as Lady Liberty. This statue, made of sheets and sheets of copper, was a gift from the French government on America’s 100th birthday. It was a symbol of ‘liberty’ that brought 10 million immigrants sailing to Ellis Island at the turn of the century. The statue stands 305 feet tall including the pedestal which is almost half its height. If you want to view the Big Apple’s skyline from the very top, make sure you register at least 3 weeks in advance.
You must have heard of Central Park if you know anything about New York City. In sharp contrast to the concrete and steel structures all around, this 840-acre land that is home to about 25,000 trees! You can visit the Ramble to see 38 acres of wilderness or go to Sheep’s Meadow with a picnic basket. There are tracks, winding trails, streams, and so much more just waiting to be discovered by a wanderer or two. Here, you will find the locals doing everything from playing musical instruments to tanning topless.
Empire State Building
The sparkling New York skyline is impossible to imagine without the towering Empire State Building. This famous piece of architecture was completed in 400 days and is representative of the art deco style. The height of the tower is an astounding 1,454-feet, which granted it the status of the tallest building in New York for several decades.
If you’re visiting this famed landmark, keep your eyes on the fine details in the beautifully restored lobby. Enjoy the skyscraper’s three tiers of light that can light up in nine different colors at a time. Don’t forget to visit the observation deck from where the cityscape gives stunning views. Fair warning: there may be a long waiting line—but it’s really is worth it in the end!
Sponsored by Chrysler Automobiles in the 1920s, the Chrysler building can be called the epitome of art deco architecture. This eye-popping building is a sophisticated representation of old New York, with its triangle windows at the crown full of light. The building pays homage to the automobiles it is named after by sporting eagles and brickwork that displays sculptures of racing cars with chrome hubcaps. If you are in New York, you must see this glimmering tower at nighttime—it is bound to take your breath away.
The Theater District
If you are into art and theater, you cannot go through New York without taking a shot at the Theater district from sixth Ave to Eighth Ave and 41st Street to 52nd Street. Every year brings 13 million tourists and locals together to watch Broadway shows at one of the 40 theaters. You will find here everything from megamusicals to one-woman shows and old revivals. Some of them have been playing for decades and some have received performance awards everywhere they have gone. If you play your cards right and plan ahead, you can get tickets to the most wanted of shows.
Grand Central Terminal
Close to the sparkling and modern Chrysler building, you will find the Grand Central Terminal. This transit hub in NYC has facilitated over 700,000commuters on the daily for almost a hundred years. The building may be a passageway to exit the city, but it makes you want to stay longer! Its grand architecture style, called the Beaux-Arts, is the reason for its vaulted ceiling and the four-faced opal clock that graces the main information booth.
If you enter from above 42nd Street, you will find Mercury, the god of travel adorning the door with a delicate timepiece made of tiffany glass.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum were built to show the world the terrible 9/11 attack from New Yorkers’ point of view. Where the Twin Towers once stood, there are North America’s biggest artificial waterfalls. The twin reflecting pools are a memorial designed by Michael Arad as a reminder of the souls lost in the attack. Their bottoms seem like they are impossible to see, which adds to the feeling of solemnity and remorse at the unfortunate incident. Bronze panels line the pools with the names of every lost life, including the 3,000 rescue team members who died while saving the victims.
To learn more about the tragedy and hear the accounts of survivors, you can step into the museum. There is a wide collection of recovered artifacts and documents connected with 9/11.