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The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian is also known as the George Gustav Heye Center. Dedicated to exploring and promoting the diversity of the native peoples of the Americas, the center houses exhibitions, offers educational activities, and hosts a range of performing arts programs.
New York City’s Meatpacking District is a 24-hour destination known for its fashion, nightlife, and dining scene. Located on Manhattan’s west side, the neighborhood spans approximately 20 square blocks and is home to some of the city’s hottest nightclubs, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Located in Midtown Manhattan, Trump Tower is a residential and commercial skyscraper with several retail and dining options. As well as boasting opulent furnishings, a 6-storey atrium, and an indoor waterfall, Trump Tower is the New York residence of Donald Trump and the headquarters of the Trump Organization.
The tiny but jam-packed Ground Zero Museum Workshop explains what it felt like to be in the middle of the aftermath of the tragic September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Visitors can wander the rooms to see more than 100 exhibits, including walls covered in rare photos, artifacts, and inspiring tales of first responders, New York City Fire Department firefighters, police officers, and other USA heroes who participated in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site. Video and audio stories supplement the photographs taken by museum founder Gary Marlon Suson, who spent seven months as the only official FDNY photographer allowed to document the recovery period at Ground Zero.
A National Historic Landmark, Union Square is one of Manhattan's liveliest parks. Sandwiched between the Flatiron District and Greenwich Village, the square is best known for people watching, the architecture of adjacent buildings, and the city’s longest-running farmers market.
If an M.C. Escher drawing leapt off the page, it might become the Vessel. This interactive, public art work from Thomas Heatherwick is composed of intertwined stairways and landings that visitors can climb. Head up the 154 flights to enjoy fantastic views of the NYC skyline and the Hudson River.
A New York City icon for over 100 years, Macy’s®Herald Square is one of the world’s most famous department stores. For many, a trip to NYC would not be complete without a couple of hours spent browsing the store’s many wares or enjoying the holiday window displays.
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side is a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown Manhattan. Highlights include Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera, and kid-friendly museums such as the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
The expansive Williamsburg Bridge crosses New York City’s East River, connecting Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan. The bridge is great for walking, jogging, or biking, since cars and pedestrians are separated on two distinct levels. Consider an afternoon jaunt across the span to enjoy views of the NYC waterfront and nearby Brooklyn Bridge.
The New-York Historical Society maintains a longstanding tradition of showcasing what's great about New York with its trove of artifacts, documents, and celebrated art collection. Uncover New York's history in numerous exhibitions, while kids explore the engaging, full floor of kid-friendly interactive history exhibits.
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Located in the borough of Queens across the East River from Manhattan, Citi Field is the home of the New York Mets, one of the city’s two Major League Baseball clubs. Completed in 2009, the park has a capacity of 42,000, and an on-site museum dedicated to all things Mets.
An inspiration for artists, a scenic escape for New York City dwellers, a vital artery for commerce, and a designated American Heritage River, the Hudson River plays a crucial role in many facets of New York State life. The river is a magnet for locals and visitors, attracting pleasure cruisers, campers, history buffs, and hikers alike.
The East Village is a culturally vibrant neighborhood with a reputation as the countercultural beacon of New York City. From its origins as an immigrant neighborhood and site of 1980s social activism to its current status as a foodie destination peppered with restaurants and cocktail bars, the East Village merges old school and trendy.
New York’s museum of spy gadgets and stories, Spyscape introduces visitors to the history of espionage and even lets them test their spying skills through interactive displays and challenges. Learn about spies throughout history, see some of the gadgets they used, and hear stories of espionage that might seem stranger than fiction.
Explore the biggest urban zoo in the world. The Bronx Zoo’s 265 acres (107 hectares) showcase species from across the globe, from monarch butterflies and Inca terns to snow leopards and lions. And special exhibits give you the chance to interact with gorillas and other animals.
A hidden gem on New York City's west side, Hudson River Park includes more than 500 acres of protected urban parkland. Find a range of activities to enjoy, from riding the park's carousel to playing pickup basketball. Perhaps the best choice is a stroll or bike ride, since the park boasts four miles of waterfront.
An essential part of the American financial system, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (one of 12 in the United States) offers free tours for visitors wanting to learn more about banking, monetary policy, and the economic impact of trade. You’ll see the on-site museum, trading rooms, and even the Fed’s steel-reinforced, concrete vault.
Set in a purpose-built Renzo Piano-designed building overlooking the High Line, the Whitney Museum is a champion of contemporary American art. It’s home to works from big names such as Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, and its celebrated biennial serves as a launchpad for lesser-known artists.
Located in Lower Manhattan, New York City’s Woolworth Building is a relic of another era. The building, which was constructed in 1913, is an architectural statement on New York’s skyline, with its neo-Gothic detailing and impressive height. Closed to the public for years, the Woolworth’s historic lobby is now open to visitors.
Tucked into downtown Manhattan’s southern tip, the Stone Street Historic District is one of New York City’s oldest areas, with roots dating to the city’s days as a Dutch settlement in the 17th century. Today, visitors head to the restored quarter for a night out at one of its many fashionable restaurants and taverns.
Located in Midtown Manhattan, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square boasts more than 500 weird and wonderful artifacts, alongside interactive games and brainteasers. Designed to surprise and amaze, the museum (or “odditorium,” as it calls itself) is an entertaining destination for visitors of all ages.
Any fan of the iconic TV showFriends will recognize the building at the corner of Grove and Bedford streets in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Although the show was filmed on a studio set, this apartment building appeared in the opening credits of every episode and in many scenes from the show as well.
Occupying an entire block on the store-lined stretch of New York’s Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue is the flagship department store of the Saks brand. Since 1924, it’s attracted shoppers with its opulent decor and indoor skiing, and continues to attract customers with its luxury brands.
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