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In #NYC, there are fun things to do around every corner—from the must-see #tourist #attractions to the off-the-beaten-path local gems. Consider these the best in New York City.
For some, New York City is the center of the universe. It’s home to some of the world’s #best #restaurants, #hotels , #museums, #boutiques, and bars. Constantly evolving, New York is a different city every time you visit. Yesterday’s hot spot is today’s eye roll, so everyone who wants to know where to go and what to see needs an expert guide. Pick any of these must-see sights, and let the sleepless city do the rest. From seeing world-famous art at The Met to people watching in Central Park to eating pizza in Brooklyn, this list of the best things to do will have you falling in love with New York.
New York City is home to some of the finest art museums in the world. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you could spend a week browsing 5,000 years of human creativity—from the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur to Warhol’s Mao—and still not see everything.
The museum is New York’s version of the Louvre, where you’ll see Renaissance masterpieces alongside pre-Columbian artifacts. With a constantly evolving collection and special exhibits, there’s no “been there, done that” when you’re talking about the Met. It’s worth a visit on every trip to New York, whether it’s your first trip or your fiftieth.
Hands down, Times Square is the most frenetic part of New York City, a cacophony of flashing lights and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that many New Yorkers studiously avoid. If you like sensory overload, the chaotic mix of huge underwear billboards, flashing digital displays, on-location television broadcasts, naked cowboys, and Elmo clones will give you your fix.
There’s no better way to understand the scope of New York City than by a visit to the top of one of the skyscrapers that make up the iconic skyline. At Top of the Rock on the 70th floor of Rockefeller Center, you’ll have gorgeous views of midtown as well as the pièce de résistance of New York’s art deco skyscrapers: The Empire State Building. The views of the city from the 86th-floor deck are spectacular, but the views from 16 stories up on the 102nd-floor observatory are even more so—and yet, fewer visitors make it this far. Downtown, One World Observatory offers panoramic views and dining options on the 101st floor of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
New York’s MoMA is home to some of the world’s most recognizable modern masterpieces from artist like Warhol, Calder, Picasso, and Van Gogh (The Starry Night is here). Dedicated to art, sculpture, and photography, the museum is a must-visit. In Queens, MoMA PS1 showcases avant-garde contemporary art in a converted schoolhouse. It’s a love it or hate it kind of place, where art is provocative, confusing, shocking, and everything else art should be.
The #Brooklyn Bridge is the prettiest bridge in New York and one of the city’s most iconic structures. Walking across the East River atop the wooden-planked structure takes about 40 minutes and delivers some of the best views of Lower Manhattan. If the bridge is too crowded for you or if it’s in an inconvenient part of town, take a walk across the Williamsburg Bridge instead. Connecting two of New York’s hippest neighborhoods (the Lower East Side and Williamsburg), this bridge isn’t as iconic as the Brooklyn Bridge, but it’s less crowded, with great views of the skyline (through a Pepto Bismol-pink chain-link fence).
For millions of immigrants, the first glimpse of America was the Statue of Liberty, growing from a vaguely defined figure on the horizon into a towering, stately colossus. Visitors approaching Liberty Island on the ferry from Battery Park may experience a similar sense of wonder. The neighboring Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration tells the story not just of Ellis Island but of immigration from the colonial era to the present day, though numerous galleries containing artifacts, photographs, and taped oral histories.
The largest natural history museum in the world is also one of the most impressive sights in New York. Four city blocks make up the American Museum of Natural History’s 45 exhibition halls, which hold more than 30 million artifacts from the land, sea, and outer space.
A combination escape hatch and exercise yard, Central Park is an urbanized Eden that gives residents and visitors alike a bite of the apple. The busy southern section of Central Park, from 59th to 72nd Street, is where most visitors get their first impression. But no matter how many people congregate around here, you can always find a spot to picnic, ponder, or just take in the greenery, especially on a sunny day.
Finished just in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, these 30-foot waterfalls sit on the footprint where the Twin Towers once stood. The pools are each nearly an acre in size, and they are said to be the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. Edging the 9/11 Memorial pools at the plaza level are bronze panels inscribed with the names of the 2,983 people who were killed in the terror attacks at the World Trade Center site, in Flight 93’s crash in Pennsylvania, at the Pentagon, and the six people who died in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
In early 2015, the Whitney opened the doors of its fabulous new Renzo Piano–designed building in the Meatpacking District, between the High Line (New York’s beloved elevated park) and the Hudson River. The new museum has 8 floors (6 accessible to the public) with more than 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art gallery space, as well as 13,000 square feet of outdoor space with views of the Hudson River, Downtown, and the Meatpacking District.
Grand Central is not only the world’s largest (76 acres) and the nation’s busiest railway station—nearly 700,000 commuters and subway riders use it daily—but also one of the world’s most magnificent, majestic public spaces. Past the glimmering chandeliers of the waiting room is the jaw-dropping main concourse, 200 feet long, 120 feet wide, and 120 feet (roughly 12 stories) high, modeled after an ancient Roman public bath. Overhead, a twinkling fiber-optic map of the constellations covers the robin’s egg–blue ceiling. To admire it all with some sense of peace, avoid visiting at rush hour.
Mostly located in the area surrounding Times Square, more than three dozen Broadway theaters host some of the greatest spectacles in town. From big-budget musicals to high-minded plays to stage debuts featuring Holly wood stars, there’s likely to be something for everyone playing on the boards. You should buy tickets in advance for popular shows, but if you’re willing to see anything and looking to save some money as well, stop by the TKTS booth in Times Square, which sells same-day tickets at a discount.
The extraordinary centerpiece of Hudson Yards is its spiral staircase, a soaring new landmark meant to be climbed. This interactive artwork was imagined by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as an focal point where people can enjoy new perspectives of the city and one another from different heights, angles and vantage points.
The #Vessel : Comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs -- almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings – the nearly one mile of vertical climb offers remarkable views of the city, the river and beyond.
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