New York City pulses with an irrepressible energy. This global center of entertainment, fashion, media, and finance has something to show for any taste. However, when visiting it for the first time, ther are 6 things that you must see before embarking on searching for the New York City you will fall in love with. To make it easier, we came up with a list of must visit places:
When you look at Empire State Building you would never think that it is possible to build such a building in a span of 410 days. But almost a century ago this is what happened. 7 million hours of labour have been used during the construction. Today, it is the crown of New York. But with the fame comes millions of tourists flocking there to get to the top. Booking your ticket in advance for only $2 additional charge will save you hours of queuing. In fact, we would suggest going to Rockefeller building’s rooftop instead, where you will get the view of Empire State Building from the side. Going there during the sunset is especially spectacular. Don’t forget to download the tour app as well for additional information.
Opening hours: 8am — 2am
Price: $35 — $100 depending on the time of the day
Times Square is a place where people from all over the world come to experience the true spirit of New York in all its glory, while locals avoid it as a place that does not represent the city at all. It is the place of the famous photo of a Victory Day kiss and the official site in which to celebrate the New Year across the United States. The intersection of Broadway and Seventh Ave used to be called Long Acre (also Longacre) Square after London’s carriage district. It has been renamed to Times Square after New York Times constructed One Times Square with the intention of making this building their headquarters. As the building was finished, other theatres were constructed and a distinct brand of New York City nightlife developed.
The shiny development of the area has turned upside down when the economic crash of the early 1970s led to a mass exodus of corporations from Times Square. During that time, almost all movies shown in the area were X-rated and showbiz glitz became a dirty den of drug dealers and crime.
Times Square that we know today started to change only in the 90s after Mayor Rudolph Giuliani decided to step in and clamp down on the sex-shops, increased police numbers, and lured in a wave of well known retail chains, restaurants and attractions.
Today, Times Square draws around 50 million visitors annually.
Opening hours: Kind of always open, but more fun to go in the evening
“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was unveiled on October 28, 1886. The core consists of an iron skeleton designed by Gustave Eiffel with a copper skin attached to it by metal bars. The Statue of Liberty is a figure of a robed woman representing Libertas, a Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left-hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. Not many people notice that the statue is actually as if to be moving. If you look from the side, you can see that the statue’s raised right foot is visible, showing that it is depicted moving forward.
Visiting the crown of the Statue of Liberty is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City. If you want to go to get into the crown of the most well know statue in the world, you should book well in advance, and by well in advance, we mean up to 6 months ahead. Don’t forget to visit Ellis Island and it’s museum of immigration. Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892 until 1954.
Opening hours: First ferry: 8.30am
Last ferry: 3.30pm(from mainland), 5pm(from Liberty Island)
Price: $18.5 for adults, $9 for children
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to thousands of historical artworks and artefacts from around the world.
There are more than two million individual objects in its permanent collection: paintings, sculptures, textiles and artefacts from around the globe — even an ancient Egyptian temple straight from the Nile. With this number of things to see, plan to spend at least several hours and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.
The museum is divided into several sections, such as Egyptian collection on the 1st floor, European Paintings on the 2nd floor, Islamic Art on the 2nd Floor, American wing, Asian Art etc. Audio Tours give you a lot of insights about the objects and available in 10 languages. You can also download Met’s free app for additional information.
It is, of course, all interesting, but as soon as you will get tired, go up to the roof garden, where you can sip a drink in the cafe and/or bar while enjoying astounding views of Central Park and the surrounding Manhattan skyline. The garden is also home to single-artist exhibitions during the summer months.
Opening hours: 10.30am-5.30pm
Price: General admission is $25 for adults; $17 for seniors; $12 for students; and free for Members, Patrons, and children under 12.
Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. Advocates of creating the park — primarily wealthy merchants and landowners — admired the public grounds of London and Paris and urged that New York needed a comparable facility to establish its international reputation. A public park, they argued, would offer their own families an attractive setting for carriage rides and provide working-class New Yorkers with a healthy alternative to the saloon. After three years of debate over the park site and cost, in 1853 the state legislature authorized the City of New York to use the power of eminent domain to acquire more than 700 acres of land in the centre of Manhattan.
The completed Central Park officially opened in 1876, and it is still one of the greatest achievements in artificial landscaping. The park’s terrain and vegetation are highly varied and range from flat grassy swards, gentle slopes, and shady glens on steep, rocky ravines. The park affords interesting vistas and walks at nearly every point. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the park, facing Fifth Avenue. There are also a zoo, an ice-skating rink, three small lakes, an open-air theatre, a band shell, many athletic playing fields and children’s playgrounds, several fountains, and hundreds of small monuments and plaques scattered through the area. There is also a police station, several blockhouses dating from the early 19th century, and “Cleopatra’s Needle” (an ancient Egyptian obelisk). The park has numerous footpaths and bicycle paths, and several roadways traverse it.
Opening hours: 6am-1am
Price: Free entry. Additional fees for activities.
The Brooklyn Bridge looms majestically over New York City’s East River, linking the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Since 1883, its granite towers and steel cables have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. The bridge’s construction took 14 years, involved 600 workers and cost $15 million (more than $320 million in today’s dollars). At least two dozen people died in the process, including its original designer. Now more than 125 years old, this iconic feature of the New York City skyline still carries roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians every day.
Still, beautiful as ever, it can be a challenging crossing — take care to stay on the side of the walkway marked for pedestrians, and stay out of the bike lane.
Opening hours: Always open
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