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Located at the heart of Manhattan, Grand Central Station (also known as Grand Central Terminal) welcomes 750,000 people daily who come to marvel at its spectacular architecture and murals, grab a bite to eat, or simply catch a commuter train home.
One of the most esteemed institutes of higher learning in the United States, Columbia was established in 1754 as King’s College. Today, the Ivy League university continues to be celebrated for its academic reputation and striking architecture. And if the campus looks familiar, you may have seen it in a Hollywood blockbuster or two.
Little Italy, located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, was once the commercial and residential epicenter of New York’s Italian immigrant population. The area is now visited for its selection of nostalgic Italian eateries, historical mafia landmarks, and the annual Feast of San Gennaro street fair.
The World War II-eraUSS Intrepid aircraft carrier retired to Manhattan’s West Side, where it was transformed into a museum. The complex hosts noteworthy craft, including NASA’sEnterprise space shuttle, theUSS Growler missile submarine, and a Concorde jet. While there, check out original artifacts, film, and photographs, plus simulators that recreate the flying experience.
One of New York City's most recognizable and distinct skyscrapers, the Chrysler Building is considered a masterpiece of art deco architecture. The tallest building in the world when it debuted in 1930, it was soon surpassed by the Empire State Building. Today, however, the Chrysler Building remains the world's loftiest brick building.
While it’s surrounded by gleaming high-rises, Trinity Church Wall Street is one of the oldest churches in the country and a Manhattan historical highlight. The building that stands today dates to 1846, though its origins stretch back to 1698. The church is renowned for its architecture and for being the final resting place of Alexander Hamilton.
Two stone lions guard the front of the main branch of the New York Public Library, an imposing Beaux Arts structure. Opulent interiors that feature carved oak, ceiling murals, and crystal chandeliers create a sumptuous setting for the millions of books and manuscripts that reside here.
Located in Lower Manhattan, the historic Seaport District was New York’s original commercial hub. A vibrant mix of old and new, today Seaport District NYC is a dynamic cultural, culinary, fashion, and entertainment district, featuring some of the oldest architecture in the city, as well as stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the iconic city skyline.
Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is a marina and sports facility that flanks the Hudson River on Manhattan’s West Side. Originally built in the 1900s as a passenger ship terminal, the piers now house facilities for TV production, events, and over 30 sports activities, including gymnastics, soccer, rock climbing, and ice skating.
New York City's Fifth Avenue runs from Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village, all the way to 142nd Street in Harlem. This expansive stretch includes a little of everything that's great about New York. From high-end shops and museums to Central Park and Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue is absolutely worth a visit—the sights are too numerous to list.
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This uptown New York City neighborhood caught the public’s attention in the 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance—an explosion of African-American art, literature, and music. Though it has been subject to gentrification, the district remains a cultural powerhouse with jazz clubs, theaters, and soul food restaurants tucked away among old brownstones.
A distinctive feature of New York City's skyline, Manhattan Bridge spans the water that separates Manhattan and Brooklyn, and carries more than 450,000 commuters every day. When the Manhattan Bridge opened in 1909, it was celebrated as an engineering marvel. Today, visitors enjoy the bridge's architectural flourishes, cables, and towers.
Hailed as an urban renewal triumph following its opening in 2009, New York City’s High Line—an abandoned elevated railway track converted into a park—has since spawned a series of copycats, including Chicago’s 606 and Sydney’s Goods Line. Stretching over the formerly industrial west side of Lower Manhattan, the lengthy public park serves as an escape hatch for New Yorkers who want to rise above the hubbub at street level, and is a must-see for out-of-towners for its Hudson River views, ample greenery, artisanal food stands, public art, and some of the best people-watching perches in town.
The focal point of Bethesda Terrace, this large, towering fountain is known for its statue of a winged angel, which has been a Central Park landmark for almost 150 years and has appeared in countless movies and television shows ranging fromOne Fine Day toHome Alone 2.
St. Paul’s Chapel is the oldest surviving church in Manhattan. The chapel earned the nickname The Little Chapel that Stood after it survived the collapse of the World Trade Center, less than 100 yards away, in the 9/11 attacks without sustaining damage.
Battery Park is a lush public space situated at the southern tip of Manhattan. The historic, 25-acre park includes gardens, a bike path, outdoor cafés, and a commemorative labyrinth. It's an ideal place for a stroll or picnic, and also serves as the gateway, via ferry terminal, to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Staten Island.
Just 800 yards (732 meters) from Lower Manhattan, Governors Island has long been an important historical landmark in New York Harbor. Home to two major military landmarks—Fort Jay and Castle Williams—it was used in defensive campaigns beginning in the 18th century. Today, it’s a popular summer retreat and easily accessible by ferry.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is a driving force of the US economy and a landmark American institution. The exchange isn't open to the public, but stopping by and walking the city's Financial District ranks as a top NYC experience. Find several iconic sights nearby, including the Charging Bull statue and Trinity Church.
A gift to New York from the Rockefellers, Radio City Music Hall is a glitzy landmark that has been entertaining the masses since the Rockettes dancing troop first kicked up their heels here in the early 1930s. The 6,000-seat theater still hosts nightly shows, with performers ranging from stand-up comedians to chart-topping musical artists.
The Brooklyn Bridge may be the best-known suspension bridge in New York City, but its not the only one. Built in 1931, George Washington Bridge is a double-decker bridge that connects northern New Jersey with Manhattan; it’s also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Bryant Park, off bustling 42nd Street in Manhattan, encompasses nearly 10 acres (four hectares) of green space in the middle of the city. Visitors will find historic monuments, benches, blooming flowers, and kiosks with vendors offering coffee and snacks. Whether you play a game of chess or nap on the grass, Bryant Park is a relaxing stop in Midtown.
Central Park Zoo, also known as Central Park Wildlife Center, is a small but popular zoo set within Central Park, Manhattan’s largest green space. The zoo houses a varied collection of creatures, from snow leopards to sea lions, as well as the Tisch Children’s Zoo, a petting zoo with farm animals.
New York City’s Columbus Circle is more than just a roundabout. Home to attractions such as the towering Time Warner Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the centrally located site is the gateway to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and a major commercial hub and shopping destination for locals and tourists alike.
With more than 30 million specimens and artifacts and almost 50 exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest scientific and cultural museums in the world. Displays highlight the wonders of our planet and the wider universe, spotlighting everything from dinosaurs to human origins to the solar system.
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