In this article, we’ll show you 10 best things to do in New York City. The suggestions are based on our exciting trip to the city that never sleeps.
We also created a mobile-friendly .pdf document covering all places in this video including maps, links, opening hours, and other information plus 10 additional attractions so that you can avoid the hustle and stress when you’re in New York and help support our YouTube channel Hungry Passport. Scroll to the bottom of this article to get yours.
Here are our top 10 picks:
NUMBER 10: TIMES SQUARE
Times Square is one of the busiest pedestrian areas in the world, located in the heart of Manhattan. It is famous for its enormous electrified ads creating a surreal neon atmosphere, as well as famous theatres, shopping, and dining. Times Square is also the center of New York’s entertainment industry with its Broadway Theater District, and the venue of New Year’s Eve ball drop.
NUMBER 9: ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY AND 9/11 MEMORIAL
One World Observatory is an observation deck situated on the top floors of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America. Check out our .pdf guide for a full list of best views of the city.
One World Trade Center is the main building of the area known as World Trade Center complex, rebuilt after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Just outside the Freedom Tower, there is the 9/11 memorial, located exactly where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood, represented by two square reflecting pools. The 9/11 Museum is also part of the memorial.
Don’t miss the Oculus, an impressive terminal station on the PATH system, part of the World Trade Center complex, which peacefully blends with the surrounding architecture.
NUMBER 8: PARKS
New York City is home to hundreds of parks and recreation areas offering a great escape from the busy city streets. Here are some of the best parks in New York City:
The High Line, a nearly 1.5-mile-long (2.3 km) elevated park, built on a former railroad spur, redesigned as a living system full of amazing green areas above New York.
Central Park, the most visited urban park in the United States, and probably one of the most famous parks in the world. It spreads across 843 acres (341 ha) and features lakes, meadows, impressive buildings and much more.
New York is also full of smaller but equally impressive parks such as Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan.
Check out our .pdf guide for more park suggestions.
NUMBER 7: ICONIC BUILDINGS
New York would not be New York without its unique skyline stretching across the Manhattan island.
The Big Apple is home to numerous unique and world-famous buildings, such as The Vessel, Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, 30 Rockefeller Plaza and many more.
NUMBER 6: LITTLE ITALY & CHINATOWN
Two neighborhoods which played a crucial role in the cultural history of New York are Little Italy and Chinatown located in lower Manhattan.
Little Italy or Piccola Italia was once a large settlement of Italian immigrants. It was a known mobster meeting place, in fact, you can even take a mafia walking tour. Today Little Italy is still home to several Italian restaurants and cafés, but the majority of the original Italian population relocated.
Chinatown is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population in the Western Hemisphere estimated between 90,000 and 100,000. The neighborhood is full of Chinese restaurants, shops, as well as other cultural organizations.
NUMBER 5: MUSEUMS
New York City is one of the world’s main centers for culture and art and home to numerous museums. Let’s name just a few of the most famous museums in New York:
Guggenheim Museum is the permanent home to Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art, as well as several temporary exhibitions. Even if impressionism is not your thing, the building itself, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a work of art.
MoMA or Museum of Modern Art offers a collection of modern and contemporary art and is also home to film and design displays and performances.
New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn offers a glimpse of amazing history of New York’s complex transit system. The museum is located in a former subway station and displays a collection of subway trains from the beginning until now.
Check out our .pdf guide for the list and a special map of the must-see museums in New York City.
NUMBER 4: GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
Grand Central Terminal is a world-famous commuter train terminal in Midtown Manhattan. The building also features shops and restaurants spread out through several different levels. You will probably recognize the Main Concourse with its iconic clock in the middle from the movies, as it is a popular meeting place. Don’t miss the whispering gallery located below the Main Concourse.
NUMBER 3: BROOKLYN BRIDGE
The Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, two of New York’s five boroughs, crossing the East River. When opened in 1883 it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. Brooklyn Bridge is 1,596 feet (486 meters) long and 277 feet (84 meters) tall and is one of the main tourist attractions in New York City.
NUMBER 2: WALL STREET
New York City would probably not be one of the world’s main financial centers without Wall Street. Wall Street is an actual street, located in Manhattan’s financial district but over the years the word Wall Street became a synonym for the American financial markets.
Don’t miss New York Stock Exchange building, the Federal Hall or Trinity Church and two impressive statues: Fearless Girl and Charging Bull. Find more information in our travel guide.
NUMBER 1: STATUE OF LIBERTY AND ELLIS ISLAND
Liberty Enlightening the World or what we know today simply as the Statue of Liberty is a 151-feet-tall (46 m) statue located on the Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. The statue was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States in 1886.
On the adjacent Ellis Island, you will find another museum, dedicated to the former immigration inspection station which operated on the island from 1892 to 1954. The American Museum of Immigration offers a glimpse of what it was like for people arriving in America for the first time, trying to find a better life. Find more information in our Travel Guide.
We created a mobile-friendly .pdf document covering all places in this video including maps, links, opening hours, and other information plus 10 additional attractions so that you can avoid the hustle and stress when you’re in New York and help support our YouTube channel Hungry Passport.
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