10 Top Tourist Attractions in New York City

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September 11 Memorial

The September 11 Memorial Museum and the 9/11 Memorial opened in 2011. These two man-made structures in memory of the two airplanes that struck the World Trade Center in 2001 are located at ground zero of the 9/11 attacks.

The museum’s simple design and quietness make it an ideal place to learn about the terrorist attacks and remember the victims. The massive wall that opens to one of the most beautiful skyscapes is designed to symbolize the breaking of the 9/11 attacks.

Portraits of the victims are displayed in the museum, but these are not displayed on as large a scale as they are in some other memorials. Instead of the victims’ faces staring back into viewers’ eyes, the portraits are displayed in corners of the hall, surrounded by the names of the victims.

As a visitor will see the names of the victims, and be reminded of their family members, who may not be able to visit New York City as often as they would like. Also, because the portraits are in corners, the faces should not stare at visitors, as it makes the remembrance more personal.

High Line

Grand Central Terminal

With the comfort of both a subway and some much needed shopping and tourism, Grand Central Terminal is a great attraction for tourists in the city.

Not only is this a tourist location, however, but it is also recognized by professionals to be one of the most scenic architectural, and even engineering, designs on Earth. One of its engineering feats includes the ability to avoid an oil spill, thanks to an underground drainage system.

The New York City Subway's Grand Central Station is a private property, managed by Westchester County, and not a federal property. But for a time it was operated by the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). Frequent visitors are able to rent an apartment for a visit.

Grand Central Terminal is the midtown headquarters of the Metro-North Railroad for the New York City area and Connecticut. The metro-North Railroad began in 1853 as a construction of the New York and Harlem Railroad. The name was switched to "Grand Central Station" in 1872.

The Grand Central Terminal is also an important historical location because it was the site where President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Winston Churchill in 1941, during WWII.

Rockefeller Center

If you only have time to visit this spot because you’re in New York City, then it’s important to know that the Rockefeller Center is not actually in the center of Manhattan.

It is about 8 blocks up Fifth Ave. from the Empire State Building.

This attraction is actually two buildings in one!

The first building is actually made up of 6 buildings, and it is the tallest building in New York.

The second building, which is named the GE Building, is known as Radio City Music Hall, an iconic landmark with a red, white and blue neon sign and Big Ben chimes which run nonstop.

Central Park: Central Park is the biggest park in the city. Its size allows for about 300 acres of pathways for walking or biking, tennis courts, ball fields, a zoo, swimming pools, a lake, and a whole lot more!

This is one of the most popular places to visit in the city. It is a great escape from the city itself to go for a walk, enjoy nature, or even just lounge around.

Empire State Building: One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, this building is fittingly in the center of New York City.

Fifth Avenue

Fifth Ave is a very commercial street. Don't expect great sightseeing in this area. From mid day till night the street is crowded with people walking, looking for the best deals and bargains.

You can see luxury shops from top to bottom on this busy street. Yet, there are still quite a few good and affordable shops you should definitely check out.

Brooklyn Bridge

Almost everybody knows about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, but many people have never heard of the Brooklyn Bridge. This is not necessarily because it is less well-known, but because it does not compare to the other attractions in New York City as it is not as iconic as the other ones.

Considered one of the greatest feats of engineering in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the first suspension bridges in the world. With a total length of 7,503 feet, the bridge can carry seven lanes of traffic and is one of the most visited attractions in New York City.

The bridge also offers one of the best views of New York City in both directions. From the air, the bridge looks spectacular, whether you are riding on it in a helicopter or you are walking on it.

The bridge was named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and was even featured in the opening ceremony for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, which is an event that New York City was hosting.

Aside from the historical and cultural value of the bridge itself, it also has some great landmarks which will make your trip to the city more memorable. One of the most popular landmarks that you can easily see from the river is the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, a house where the original American flag is kept.

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Times Square

Times Square is a major intersection, tourist attraction, entertainment center and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets.

The area is loosely bounded by West 41st Street on the west, Seventh Avenue on the north, Broadway on the east and Seventh Avenue again on the south.

It is a hub for media operations, being the headquarters of The New York Times, The Travel Channel, FOX, The Disney Store and Sony Wonder.

Central Park

Central Park is a large park spreading across an area of about 4.5 square miles in Manhattan, New York City. A natural landscape of meandering paths and an abundance of wild flowers and trees cover the 535-acre park.

This area has been inhabited by humans from at least 9,500 BC. Anthropologists and archeologists have uncovered more than 9,000 artifacts within the park’s soil and over 150,000 animal remains dating back to prehistoric times. Central Park is also home to the Central Park Zoo, free to the public with over 800 different species of animals found in the zoo’s boundaries.

Central Park is roughly the size of about 20 football fields and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. In 1996, Central Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The park is also famous for the park’s many sculptures and artwork, much of which is found around the Bethesda Terrace, an open-air theatre.

Every year in April, Central Park hosts an annual event. New York City’s Central Park Spring Festival is an event that highlights all of the exciting things that the park offers.

It features a Children’s Parade, a Street Painting, and Outdoor Fun, all in addition to Music and Dance performances from various companies.

Empire State Building

For most people, the Empire State Building is been in New York City, especially when it comes to cheesy tourist attractions.

Many people have gone to the top of the Empire State Building. It’s the tallest building in the world, with a total of 1011.75 feet to its height. It’s often been marked to have a visible antenna to tv’s and radio’s signals, but it has since been retuned.

The Empire State Building was constructed in 1931, two years after the Chrysler Building. It’s one of the most recognizable buildings in the city and world at large.

It’s often been said that the Empire State Building is an American symbol. It’s been featured in countless movies and television shows, not to mention as a recurring theme in many popular albums.

Statue of Liberty

New York City has a lot to choose from when it comes to tourist attractions including the Statue of Liberty. Throughout history, the Statue of Liberty has become a part of the landscape of several different nations due to its remarkable history that has spanned the globe. The Statue of Liberty was made as a gift from the people of France to the people of America because the two nations had grown close.

At first, it had been intended for the location in France, but changes in war, politics, and history caused it to be built over here. The objective of the Statue of Liberty is to help those who come in contact with it to discover the truth about how much America wants them to succeed.

If you take a tour of the statue, you will find a lot of impressive facts about the construction, as well as the enormous size of the statue. The Statue of Liberty is as high as the building of the Statue of Liberty in Paris. You can even climb part of the statue if you wish to reach higher and see more.

The lowest floor of the Statue of Liberty is at 230 feet high and at the top, the space reaches an incredible 309 feet. At its height, the Statue of Liberty is approximately 305 feet in height. This part of the monument is the only part that was created in France, and it was transported to New York in pieces on a specially-invented ship called The French Frigate.