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Known as the Great White Way because the theater lights burned so brightly in the early days of electricity, New York City's Broadway has been the home of the New York theater district for almost 150 years. The history-drenched street is one of Manhattan's most famous thoroughfares, and many consider seeing a blockbuster Broadway show an essential New York City experience.
Washington Square Park is a bona fide New York City gem filled with leafy, bench-lined walkways, a stone-rimmed fountain, and a miniature Arc de Triomphe. The Greenwich Village park is surrounded by New York University’s historical buildings, and draws students, local denizens, tourists, and street performers to its vibrant urban space.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was designed in 1959 by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition to its vast collection of modern and contemporary art, the museum draws crowds for its iconic white interior, which spirals up toward a skylight.
An artsy neighborhood central to New York City’s LGBTQ culture, Chelsea has lost its edginess in recent years but makes up for it with chic restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. A top destination is the High Line—an elevated park built on an old rail line—which is well worth a West Side visit.
In the heart of Harlem, the Apollo Theater is one of the world’s most famous live music venues. Some of the biggest musical names have played the Apollo, including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Godfather of Soul James Brown. Hear popular jazz, blues, and R&B artists or catch performances by up-and-comers at its long-running amateur night.
Founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1955, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of New York’s preeminent cultural complexes. Comprising organizations ranging from the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet to the New York Philharmonic, it collectively hosts thousands of screenings, performances, and events every year.
One of New York City’s most famous buildings, 30 Rockefeller Plaza boasts panoramic views from its sky-high observation deck, Top of the Rock. Visitors can access three levels for both indoor and outdoor glass-walled platforms offering unobstructed, 360-degree vistas of the sprawling metropolis. The skyscraper, which houses NBC headquarters, was formerly known as the GE Building and is now the Comcast Building.
Though many visitors stick around the bright lights of Midtown, don’t miss the chance to explore Lower Manhattan. Long synonymous with the banking industry, the area has plenty to offer even after the closing bell has rung out across Wall Street. Beyond the Stock Exchange and Charging Bull, you’ll find historic sites and great shopping.
Castle Clinton National Monument is a 19th-century fort on the southern edges of Manhattan’s Battery Park. Built to keep the British at bay, the sandstone fort is now a ticket point for ferries to Liberty and Ellis islands. Stay awhile and explore the original gunports and the small museum that charts the fort’s history.
Dreamt up by Central Park landscape designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Belvedere Castle is a turreted, Victorian-era landmark that sits atop Vista Rock, the second-highest point in Central Park. From its perch, the castle offers some of the best views of the Great Lawn and the wooded Ramble.
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Set inside the former cookie factory where Oreos were first baked, the Chelsea Market has a long culinary heritage. Since being redeveloped in the 1990s, it has become a leading food and shopping complex, housing everything from wine bars and fishmongers to kitchen supply stores, as well as offices and television studios.
Billed as “the world’s most famous arena,” Madison Square Garden—colloquially known as the Garden—has been a mecca of sports and entertainment for over half a century. Home to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, the Midtown Manhattan venue also regularly hosts wrestling and other sports events, concerts with world-renowned artists, and more.
Once home to Beat poets and jazz musicians, today the West Village boasts some of New York City’s top real estate. Charm abounds in the highly walkable neighborhood, where you’ll find cafés, literary pubs, and historic pizzerias on tree-lined, cobblestoned streets.
One of NYC's newest neighborhoods, Hudson Yards is a glistening complex of buildings hugging the Hudson River, near the High Line. Visitors can shop, dine, and enjoy the arts, head to the Shed for cultural events, walk around the Vessel—a large piece of public art—and enjoy the view from the Edge, a glass-sided observation deck.
Spanning an entire city block, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is the largest cathedral in the world and home to the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Construction started in 1892, and the still-incomplete cathedral is known for its mix of styles, including Byzantine Revival, Romanesque Revival, and Gothic Revival.
One of New York City's most iconic buildings, the United Nations headquarters occupies several blocks of Midtown Manhattan near the East River. The complex is comprised of a number buildings, including the domed General Assembly Hall, the Visitor Centre, and the Secretariat Building, a high-rise completed in the early 1950s.
Among Manhattan’s toniest areas, trendy Tribeca is known for its high-end eateries, cobblestone streets, and expensive loft apartments. That ritzy reputation has made Tribeca a favorite of celebrities and high rollers, though the Tribeca Film Festival and the area’s proximity to major landmarks makes it popular with visitors, too.
Once a hub for newly arrived immigrants, then later, a gritty part of New York City largely populated by struggling artists, the Lower East Side is now one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. You’ll find unique boutiques, small galleries, and plenty of character in this district bordered by East Houston, Essex, Canal, and the Bowery.
While New York City may be home to some of the world’s biggest celebrities, a visit to Madame Tussauds offers a far better chance of getting starstruck than walking the streets of Manhattan. Get up close and personal with the likes of Barack Obama, Serena Williams, and Brad Pitt at this wax museum in the heart of Times Square.
New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the world's premier art galleries. The collection’s 150,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art include works by Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Pollock, and others. After a renovation, completed in 2019, the museum now boasts more space for performance art and interactive programs.
The oldest public park in New York City, Bowling Green dates to the 17th century and is firmly rooted in the city’s early development and history. Located in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, the park now serves as a refuge from the traffic and skyscrapers, and is home to the city’s totemicCharging Bull sculpture, added in 1989.
Located in Upper Manhattan, the General Grant National Memorial is the final resting place of Civil War hero and former president General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia. Also known as Grant’s Tomb, this imposing, domed marble and granite structure is the largest mausoleum in the country.
Carnegie Hall is one of New York's most iconic performance centers, having hosted musicians from Judy Garland to Benny Goodman. Today, the hall's diverse programming includes everything from solo acts to orchestras, and seeing a music performance at Carnegie Hall is a highlight of a New York City visit.
The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is a must-see attraction in New York's Central Park. Loved by athletes for its running track, the reservoir spans the park and offers skyline views. Whether you enjoy a relaxing stroll along its waters, or bring sneakers for a jog, the reservoir is an top Central Park destination.
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