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50 Best New York City Attractions

Visiting New York City is a grand adventure but planning out what to do can be an intimidating task. With so many museums and "must-see" attractions, it's difficult to plan out an itinerary that doesn't leave something off the list. That's why we've compiled our complete list of every attraction in New York (or at least the top 50!). If you know of a worthwhile attraction in the Big Apple that isn't on our list, let us know!

New York City

9/11 Memorial

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Address:
One Liberty Plaza,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM to 9 PM
Price: 15 $ (15.0 USD) - 24 $ (24.0 USD)

September 11, 2001 will always be remembered as one of the darkest days in American history. Over 2600 people were killed when two hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers.

For years following the attacks, New York cleared the area and began making plans to create a monument worthy of honoring the victims. After much haggling and political posturing, the 9/11 Memorial started to come together. The planners, designers and architects were given a nearly impossible task: create a memorial to honor the victims in a stirring, compassionate way without trivializing the moment or creating a gaudy tourist attraction. It may have taken 10 years, but they have created a heart wrenching memorial worthy of the loss felt that fateful day.

The footprints of the original Twin Towers feature reflecting pools surrounded by waterfalls and framed by the names of those who lost their lives that day. The beauty lies in its simple, yet powerful message. The memorial is aptly named “Reflecting Absence.”
While at the sight, One World Trade Center is rising to its 1776 foot height. Completed in 2014, it is now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. A 9/11 museum also opened in 2014.

Entrance to the Memorial is free, but a timed ticket is required to go inside. This will prevent the Memorial from becoming overcrowded. Tickets can be obtained online or by going to the offsite ticket office, located at 20 Vesey Street, between Broadway and Church Street. The actual entrance to the memorial is about a half mile away (large signs point the way so you will not get lost). Along the way, visitors will pass FDNY’s Ladder Co. 10, which lost six firefighters on 9/11.

Battery Park

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Address:
Battery Pl, State St and Whitehall St,
New York City, United States

Battery Park occupies the southernmost tip of Manhattan. Walking along the waterfront promenade, you can see the importance that the river and harbor played in the development of the city. This is easy for visitors to miss while standing in the canyons of skyscrapers.

Battery Park is named for the fortifications that defended New York from enemy attack. It is one of several fortifications built within the city limits. Other forts were built on the small islands that dot the harbor and in Brooklyn and Staten Island, where the Verrazano Bridge is located. Castle Clinton, from 1850, is one of the few remaining New York forts, It is located near the Statue of Liberty ferries and serves as the ticket booth for ferries going to Liberty and Ellis Islands.

Along with great views of the harbor and Lower Manhattan, Battery Park serves as a Memorial Park for New York. Amongst the memorials created are the Korean War Memorial and the Merchant Marine Memorial. Most poignant is The Sphere. Designed by Fritz Koenig, the round metallic sculpture stood outside the entrance of the World Trade Center. During the recovery efforts of 9/11, the sculpture was pulled from the rumble and placed in Battery Park with an eternal flame in front of it. The Sphere still retains the scars it received in 2001.

Big Onion Walking Tour

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Address:
Midtown Manhattan,
New York City, United States
Price: 20 $ (20.0 USD) and up

There are many double decker bus tours that ply through the streets of New York. Most of them provide a good overview of the City, with interesting stories and facts about the sights. However, zipping past the sights omits many of the interesting facts about the city and its distinct neighborhoods. Big Onion Walking Tours fills in the gaps and allows you to immerse yourself in the neighborhood. It’s like developing a personal relationship with the City as opposed to speed dating it.

The tours concentrate on the real history of New York: the diverse communities and their citizens. The Big Onion’s original tour “Immigrant New York” remains one of their most popular. The tour walks through the ethnic neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side. Guides talk about the struggles each group faced within their community and how they attempted to get along, despite the cultural differences. Big Onion also offers tours highlighting the individual immigrant experience, such as “Irish in New York” and “Jewish New York.”

Tours also include an in depth look at the many neighborhoods of New York. Yes, there are the obligatory Greenwich Village and Harlem Tours, but there are tours of lesser known neighborhoods such as Park Slope, Vinegar Hill and Fort Greene. Also, help celebrate the Holidays (any Holiday) with a specialized tour, St Patrick’s Day with the Irish, Passover on the Lower East Side and Martin Luther King Day in Harlem.

Most guides are not just history buffs, but leaders in their field. Most have advanced degrees in their field. The guides on the tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are PhD candidates!

The best way to take the tour is to check the web site and choose one being offered at the time of your visit. Almost all of the tours are outside and are conducted rain or shine (though true inclement weather will result in cancellation). Most tours last two hours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Bronx Zoo

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Address:
2300 Southern Blvd. Bronx,
New York City 10460
United States
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM
Adult Price: 33.95 $ (34.0 USD),
Child Price: 21.55 $ (21.6 USD),
Senior Price: 26.05 $ (26.1 USD),

It’s all happening at the zoo: This celebrated attraction, the biggest metropolitan zoo in the country, features more than 4,000 animals. View the Congo Gorilla Forest, come face to face with snow leopards at the Himalayan Highland Habitat, or just breathe in the acre of greenery at the indoor Asian rainforest.

Be sure to check out Tiger Mountain. The exhibit is specially designed to enhance the tiger's roaming lifestyle while bringing you closer to the action. What a thrill to be within a few feet of a hulking Siberian tiger! Only a two inch plexiglass window separates you from this 700 pound meat eater.

Little Odessa at Brighton Beach

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Address:
Brighton Beach Avenue,
New York City, United States

Just a short seagull flight from Coney Island, Brighton Beach was known as a seaside resort for the upper classes during the turn of the 20th Century. Wealthy Manhattanites could escape the misery of the city for a relaxing day at the ocean. Brighton Beach would remain a hideaway for the rich for decades. Like most locales, it hit those hard times during the Great Depression. Following World War II, with the rise of the automobile and interstate highway system, Brighton Beach was bypassed for Jones Beach, the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore. Like Coney Island, Brighton Beach began to slip away into urban decay.

Fortune would find Brighton Beach before revitalizing Coney Island. Russian Jews, who escaped the hardships of the Soviet system, found Brighton Beach a perfect spot to begin their lives in the new world. The real estate was affordable and the seaside location was desirable and less noisy than Coney Island. Besides, a legend says the public housing in the area was a stark reminder of their childhood homes in Russia. In the 1970's and 80's, Soviet refugees (Jewish and non-Jewish) began settling in the area. Soon, Brighton Beach became New York’s newest ethnic neighborhood earning a new nickname, “Little Odessa,” after the Ukrainian city.

Walking the Brighton Beach Boardwalk or along Brighton Beach Avenue, the Russian influence is powerful. Restaurants serve traditional Russian meals of smoked fish, caviar and chicken Kiev. Russian nightclubs, supermarkets and bookstores, with signs in Cyrillic alphabet, transport you to Moscow rather than Brooklyn. Along the Boardwalk try Tatiana’s, a kitschy eatery with live bands and dancers.

Dasvidaniya!

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

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Address:
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn,
New York City 11215
United States
Opening Hours: November thru February (November 1 to February 28)
Sat, Sun: 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Tue to Fri: 8 AM to 4:30 PM


March thru October (March 1 to October 31)
Sat, Sun: 10 AM to 6 PM
Tue to Fri: 8 AM to 6 PM
Price: 6 $ (6.00 USD) - 12 $ (12.0 USD)

Nature’s diverse palette is on display at Brooklyn’s Botanic Gardens, one of the city’s more revered natural spaces and popular with locals and tourists alike. Take a group tour or just stroll through the 52 acres of this living museum easily accessible by subway. There are free guided tours at 1pm on the weekends.

Brooklyn Bridge

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Address:
Brooklyn Bridge,
New York City, United States

In 1887, the Brooklyn Bridge became the first bridge to cross the East River. For the first time, commuters could now cross the river from Lower Manhattan to the rural suburb of Brooklyn without a ferry.

When it first opened, most people doubted it could hold the weight of the people and carriages. It was not until P. T. Barnum marched a herd of elephants across the span that New Yorkers felt at ease. Today, the span is able to carry the weight of pedestrians and 123,000 cars that traverse it daily.

Over time, the Brooklyn Bridge has become a celebrated, iconic symbol of New York, in the same manner that the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building are honored. The elegant design of the bridge, one of the greatest engineering feats of the Victorian era, has made it a beloved part of New York. It has been named a US National Historic landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Walking along the 1.3 mile promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge, especially on a nice summer day, is one of the favorite pastimes of New Yorkers. During the late afternoon, the wooden walkway is shared with tourists and people using the weather to walk home. Bicycles and roller blades are also permitted on the walkway.

Brooklyn Childrens Museum

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Address:
145 Brooklyn Avenue,
New York City 11213
United States
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun: 10 AM to 5 PM
Price: 11 $ (11.0 USD)

Founded in 1899, the museum was the first in the country created just for children; its hands-on exhibits engage kids from pre-school to high school. 30,000 objects are available for science and cultural exhibits from its permanent collection. This recently renovated museum is slated to be New York City's first green museum with LEED-Silver certification, and has a number of sustainability initiatives listed on the website.
Hours vary slightly by season.

Central Park

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Address:
14 E 60th Street,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 10 PM

New Yorkers cannot imagine life without Central Park. This 843 acre rectangular plot is their source for culture, socialization, exercise, relaxation and nature. Although it looks like it has been there for centuries, every aspect of the park was planned by renowned landscape architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. Nothing was left to chance: every tree, every bush, every blade of grass is there by design.

Central Park is safe. There was a time when fear prevailed but today, the park is considered one of the safest areas in the City.

Take a leisurely horse and carriage ride, rent row boats and go out on the lake, rent bikes for a grueling, hilly ride on car free streets, smell the roses at the Conservancy Gardens, take a guided walking tour, people watch at Bethesda Terrace, take a nature walk through the Ramble, catch a free Shakespeare performance at the Delacourte Theatre, admire the fairy tale like Belvedere Castle or simply find a patch of grass on the Great Lawn, lie down and relax like your fellow New Yorkers.

Chinatown, New York

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Address:
Canal Street Metro,
New York City, United States
Price: 60 $ (60.0 USD) 4 hour walking tour of New York's neighborhoods, including Chinatown.

During the 19th Century, Chinese immigrants began arriving in America. Most were seeking gold in the California hills, or work in building the transcontinental railroad. After the gold rush, many of the immigrants sought residence in the major American cities. Like other ethnic groups, because of the prejudice they faced, the Chinese were funneled into certain areas of the city. The area would develop its own cultural identity, over the years, and become known as Chinatown.

The traditional boundaries of Chinatown are centered along Canal Street in lower Manhattan. Canal Street developed into a commercial area and remains so today. It is here where most of the tourists flock, seeking cheap knock offs of designer goods, New York City tchotch-kes and Chinese themed souvenirs. But wander away from that, and you will find the neighborhood more expansive and much deeper. This is one of the oldest sections of Manhattan. Take note of the narrow, twisting roads that contrast with the grid pattern above 14th Street. Indulge your senses. Chinatown is about the sights, sounds and smells. And, yes, those are real ducks and pigs hanging in the windows.

Check the website for special events like A Taste of Chinatown. Or try an escorted walk through the neighborhood: http://www.viator.com/eap/site/1/6684/tours/3453TN1

One thing that is immediately clear is that Chinatown spills past the traditional boundaries. The neighborhood has swallowed up Little Italy, leaving only Mulberry Street’s cafes remaining, and spread towards SoHo and the Bowery.

For the hungry crowd, make sure to try Dim Sum. These are individual, bite size food traditionally served in steamers. Most times, dim sum refers to small portioned food in a variety of flavors. They can include beef, chicken, pork, seafood or vegetarian. Jing Fong (20 Elizabeth Street) recreates a bustling Hong Kong style dim sum restaurant where carts continually move through the restaurant.

For a more intimate Chinatown experience, step inside a Buddhist temple. Most are open to the public (both Buddhist and non-Buddhist). The Mahayana Temple at 133 Canal Street is one of the largest Buddhist temples in America. The yellow exterior cannot be missed. Visitors can see the large statue of Buddha, often surrounded by gifts of food. Like most places of worship, please be respectful to the parishioners and avoid loud noises and flash photography, especially during services.

City Hall, New York

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Address:
31 Chambers St,
New York City 10007
United States
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 9 AM to 5 PM

Take a tour of City Hall, one of the oldest in the country, and an architectural marvel. Constructed between1803 and 1812, the building is a National Historic Landmark; the exterior and interior are also New York City Landmarks. 19th century portraits and historic furnishings have turned it into a period museum. Tours are offered on weekdays free of charge. Call ahead to reserve a spot.

Coney Island

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Address:
Surf Avenue,
New York City, United States

Coney Island conjures up two images. The first is from the the turn of the 20th Century to the 1950s, when it was New York's destination for fun in the sun. Along with the beach, the area's amusement parks became legendary. Rollercoaster enthusiasts still claim the Cyclone is the greatest rollercoaster ever built.

The other image is from the 1970s, when the area fell into poverty during the City's financial crisis. While New York made a comeback in the decades following, Coney Island's own rebound is taking a lot longer.

In the last 10 years, the City has rediscovered this gem. While the area remains rough around the edges, it is no longer the crime haven it once was. You can enjoy the thrills at on the amusement park or the relaxation on the beach. And don't forget to grab a hot dog at the original Nathan's.

Coney Island's rebound has caught the eye of real estate developers as well. There have been talks to demolish the famous Astroland Amusement Park and replace it with high rise condos. Slated for demolition in 2008, Astroland has been given a reprieve from the wrecking ball, though its future is uncertain.

Regardless of the outcome of Astroland, the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel will remain as they have been granted landmark status.

Diamond District

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Address:
10 W 47th St,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 9 AM to 6 PM

Rumor has it that 90% of all diamonds and other gemstones coming into the United States passes through this one block on 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (also known as the Avenue of the Americas). For those with a gift to haggle with dealers, many bargains can be found. The meek tourist will still find prices that are well below retail store prices.

Discovery Times Square

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Address:
226 West 44th St,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Sun: 10 AM to 7 PM
Wed, Thu: 10 AM to 8 PM
Fri, Sat: 10 AM to 9 PM
Adult Price: 29.50 $ (29.5 USD),
Child Price: 20 $ (20.0 USD),
Senior Price: 24 $ (24.0 USD),

Unique, imaginative and entertaining, themed exhibitions in the heart of Manhattan. These include the Dead Sea Scrolls, King Tut, Harry Potter, the Titanic and more. Currently exhibiting Body Worlds: Pulse and Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Herald Square

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Address:
Herald Square,
New York City, United States

Located at the convergence of Broadway, Sixth Avenue and 34th Street, Herald Square sits in the heart of Manhattan. With Madison Square Garden one block west, the Empire State Building one block to the East and Macys right across the street, Herald Square is bustling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Although named for a now defunct newspaper, Herald Square’s legacy would not be print media. But was not radio, television or the internet that caused print media to be an afterthought in the area. That happened in 1902, when the R H Macys company established their flagship store at the southwest corner of Herald Square. Soon after, rival Gimbels opened their store across the street. Suddenly, this parcel of land became the Million Dollar Corner. Locals and tourists alike came from all over, making Herald Square a retail magnet.
The area experienced a decline in the 1960s and 1970s, thanks to suburbanization and the shopping mall. Gimbels would close their store in 1987, but Macys would remain an anchor in the area. Fortunes began to turn when the old Gimbels building was replaced with the Manhattan Mall, the largest indoor shopping mall in the borough. More stores began to open along 34th Street. The cheap souvenir shops and bodegas have given way to American Eagle, Forever 21 and H&M. Herald Square is again a shopper’s paradise. Fifth Avenue may work for the limousine set, but in Herald Square, you can shop till you drop without having to take out a second mortgage.
And when you do need to drop, there are plenty of places to do so. In 2009, the city turned Broadway between Macys and Herald Square Park, into a traffic free, pedestrian only walkway. Along the block, there are multitudes of benches, seats and tables to eat lunch or just rest your weary legs and pocketbooks.
Times Square may have the high tech video screens and the flashing neon, but Herald Square is the pulse of Manhattan. George M Cohan’s statue may stand in Times Square, but in his song “Give My Regards to Broadway,” he wanted to be remembered at Herald Square.

Fifth Avenue

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Address:
Fifth Avenue,
New York City, United States

No other block in the world beckons high end shoppers like Fifth Avenue. Starting at 34th Street and heading north to the Plaza Hotel on 59th Street, is a trove of sophisticated shops with solicitous salespeople waiting to separate you from your dollars. Many famous stores started here: Lord & Taylor, Cartier, Bergdorf & Goodman, Tiffany Saks Fifth Avenue and more. Recent openings have included Niketown, the NBA Store, and Sean John.

Slightly off Fifth Avenue are the famous Macy’s (34th and Sixth) and Bloomingdales (Third Avenue between 60th and 61st Street) department stores, where one can still find a bargain or two. Stores open daily during traditional retail hours.

Grand Central Terminal

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1h
 
Address:
89 E 42nd Street,
New York City 10017
United States
Opening Hours: 5:30 AM to 2 AM
Price: 20 $ (20.0 USD) - 25 $ (25.0 USD)

For a true New York experience, head to Grand Central Terminal during the evening rush. Watch as 250,000 commuters crisscross amongst each other for trains taking them to Westchester or Connecticut. Other commuters may be heading for the 4, 5 or 6 lines to the Bronx, while some are getting on board the 7 train to Queens. The crush and rush of humanity, observed from a vantage point one storey above the main floor, can be awe-inspiring, daunting, and perhaps a little scary.
Then look around and do something that most of these commuters have not done in a long time: marvel at the beauty of this Beaux Arts structure. Opened in 1913, Grand Central was one of the first sights people saw when they arrived in New York. The entrance was meant to be grand and, perhaps even a little intimidating. From the constellations painted on the ceiling, to the simple elegance of the clock above the information kiosk, everything harkens back to another era. With all this beauty, it is hard to believe the city planned to demolish the building for a more sterile version. Thankfully, preservationists fought to save Grand Central, allowing future generations to experience the wonders of Grand Central. Not only was the building saved, but the preservationists’ efforts lead to a complete restoration of the building, one that removed decades of city grime and cigarette smoke from the walls and the ceiling. Be sure to look in the southwest portion of the ceiling where the crew left a square foot of grime, in the southwest wall, to show what it looked like prior to the restoration.

Grand Central is a city within a city. There are newsstands and other retail stores, although most are geared to the commuter trying to buy something quickly and leave. If you linger, check out the Apple Store on the upper level, overlooking the main floor. A food court is in the lower level offering everything from deli sandwiches to pizza to sushi. On higher levels, there are more upscale restaurants like Cipriani Dolci for Italian, or the Michael Jordan Steakhouse. The Oyster Bar, on one of the lower levels, is a true New York institution and one of the oldest restaurants in Manhattan. It opened three weeks after Grand Central opened.

Grand Central offers audio tours, or tours downloadable through an app on a Smartphone. There are no guided tours run by Grand Central. The Grand Central partnership, a community based organization, offers free walking tours of the neighborhood, including Grand Central. The tours leave 120 Park Ave (southwest corner of Park Avenue and 42nd Street) every Friday at 12:30 PM.

Governors Island

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Address:
Governors Island,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Summer (From Memorial Day to end of September) (May 26 to September 30)
Sat, Sun: 10 AM to 7 PM
Mon to Fri: 10 AM to 6 PM

For centuries, Governors Island was so close, yet so far away. Sitting in New York Harbor, between Brooklyn and the southern tip of Manhattan, it could be seen from either borough. However, as a military base dating back to Colonial days, it was strictly off limits to most of the general public.

The restrictions continued through World War II. While no longer necessary needed for defense of New York, the Coast Guard assumed control and continued the restricted access policy. The reins began to loosen when President Bill Clinton declared the island a National Historic Landmark in 2000. In 2001, the Federal Government relinquished control of the island to the State and City of New York. Finally, in 2003 the public was allowed to venture to the island for the first time since the Dutch controlled the city.

It is thanks to the military that Governors Island is a pristine space. Today, there are miles of bike and walking paths, historical buildings and a museum dedicated to the defense of New York Harbor. Visitors can appreciate its defense advantages, starting with Ft Hamilton in Brooklyn, near the current Verrazano Bridge, right up to Battery Park. Fort Jay and Castle Williams on the island have been maintained well, looking as good today as they did when they were built in 1794 and 1807 respectively.

Visitors to the island can easily spend all day here. Hop on a free kayak and paddle around an enclosed bay. Pick up a putter and play around on the mini golf course, with holes created by city artists, each one unique in design and challenges. While on the subject of artists, Governors Island is the gallery space for some of New York’s wonderful outdoor sculptures. The artists invite everyone to climb, scale and crawl under their works, offering a creative playground.

One of the best activities is packing a lunch and finding a spot for a family friendly or romantic picnic. The café at Taxi Cab Beach, on the north side of the island, serves meals at a picture perfect spot, offering a million dollar view of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline. The café serves alcohol and is the spot for weekly concerts and dance parties.

The island is accessible only by ferry from either Manhattan or Brooklyn. The free Manhattan ferry is located next door to the Staten Island Ferry. The Brooklyn ferry leaves Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Ferries run from April through October.

Financial Crisis Tour

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2h
 
Address:
15 Broad Street,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 10 AM - 1 PM

Get the inside story. Hear first hand accounts of the events of the financial crisis and how some traders made billion dollar profits while some banks collapsed! Learn about the shadow banking system that the government ignored until it was too late. Gain a deeper understanding of the financial markets and recent financial innovations. What is it like being a Wall Street Trader? Learn about the trading culture and lifestyle.

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

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Address:
44 Eagle Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Sun: 1 PM to 4 PM

Who says you can’t bring the farm to the city? Originally dubbed Rooftop Farms by founders Annie Novak and Ben Flanner, the 6,000 square foot farm sits atop a New York City warehouse. The warehouse was adapted with a special “green” roof, complete with the base system and 200,000 pounds of a special green roof growing medium that is both lightweight, and can retain more than an inch and a half of rain. The whole setup is win-win situation. The garden produces more than 30 different types of produce in high-production crops that are sold to local restaurants and markets. At the same time, having a green roof reduces the heating and cooling costs of the warehouse by 10 percent. The farm, in conjunction with Growing Chef’s – an organization that helps to connect people with their food through educational programs, offers workshops for children and adults on urban gardening, composting, beekeeping and more.

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

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Address:
Ellis Island,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Adult Price: 18 $ (18.0 USD),
Child Price: 9 $ (9.00 USD),
Senior Price: 14 $ (14.0 USD),

The Statue of Liberty is famous for welcoming generations of immigrants coming by ship to the United States. The US is now a little less interested in immigrants and immigrants are much less interested in arriving by ship. But the Statue and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum commemorates a time in US History when "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" was more than just a slogan.

This famous oxidized green statue was designed by Frederick-Auguste Bartholdi, the internal structural support built by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, and the fabrication was paid for by the French people and shipped to the US in 214 crates. The statue was erected on Bedlow's Island, later remaned Liberty Island, in 1886.

Visitors are no longer permitted to climb up to the Statue's crown, but can climb up the pedestal to the base of the statue. For those reluctant to climb the 192 steps, an elevator is available.

The Immigration Museum on Ellis Island documents the stories and the history of immigration to the United States. This is a not-to-be-missed attraction for first time visitors to New York. There are free ranger guided tours throughout the day and an audio tour in multiple languages allows visitors to tour at their leisure for $6. Audio tours are included with the cost of every ticket.

American Museum of Natural History

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2h
 
Address:
Central Park West and 79th St,
New York City 10024
United States
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5:45 PM
Adult Price: 22 $ (22.0 USD), Suggested adult admission price. To pay less, visit the Admissions Desk at the Museum, do not buy tickets online.
Child Price: 12.50 $ (12.5 USD), Suggested child admission price, ages 2-12
Senior Price: 17 $ (17.0 USD), Suggested senior admission price
Student Price: 17 $ (17.0 USD), With ID

Along with the Smithsonian, the AMNH ranks as one of the top natural history museums in the world, and given the early sponsorship of Teddy Roosevelt, it is hard to imagine a better one. Whether you are interested in dinosaurs, forests, minerals, or outer space, you'll see the dioramas you remember, but there are also informative displays of anthropology, fossils, and evolution.
This museum is well set up for children as young as four. A planetarium, IMAX theater and several dining options offer a little relaxation for the weary. Plan ahead to take advantage of guided tours by reviewing the museum website for daily activities. Planetarium, IMAX and special exhibit pricing can substantially increase the cost of admission.

Little Italy

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Address:
Mulberry Street,
New York City, United States

Little Italy is the remaining bastion of Italian culture in Manhattan. What was once an area that encompassed 50 square blocks has now been surrounded by an ever growing Chinatown. Today, all that remains is a four block stretch of Mulberry Street.

Little Italy continues to draw large crowds of tourists and locals alike. The reason is simple: the food is outstanding. There is no shortage of eateries here. The atmosphere is especially electric during the warmer months when dining alfresco is a popular pastime.

As if it did not draw enough attention, in mid September the entire city descends upon Mulberry Street for the annual San Gennaro festival. The two week event is a combination of street carnival and religious ceremony, highlighted by the Official Feast Day (usually September 19), with a procession where the Statue of San Gennaro is lead through the streets of the fest.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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Address:
70 West 65th St,
New York City 10023
United States

For over 50 years, Lincoln Center has been one of the premier venues for the performing arts in America. The city’s great cultural institutions: the New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and the Julliard School for Music all call Lincoln Center home. The Center is not without controversy. When it first opened, there were complaints that the acoustics were far from ideal for any venue, much less the prestigious Lincoln Center. Several renovations (including reupholstering all of the chairs) alleviated the problem, but never solved it. In 2010, the acoustic problem was solved in a multi-million dollar renovation.

The Metropolitan Opera is world renowned for showcasing the grandest productions in opera today. The New York City Ballet, one of the best in the world, draws crowds with their holiday renditions of The Nutcracker. One of the more popular programs is the Mostly Mozart Festival featuring the works of the Austrian composer.

But it is not all classical music at Lincoln Center, the center highlights true American styles. The 1080 seat Vivian Beaumont Theatre is famous for grand revivals of famous Broadway plays. Recently, the theater hosted a successful run of South Pacific. The Big Apple Circus pitched their first tent here in 1985 and has returned every winter since. The Center’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and American Songbook program demonstrated American music of the 20th century deserved the same reverence as music styles that came before. The Center has also highlighted rock and blues in their summer programs. Could rap and hip hop be far behind?

Louis Armstrong House

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Address:
34-56 107th Street,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Sat, Sun: 12 PM to 5 PM
Tue to Fri: 10 AM to 5 PM
Price: 7 $ (7.00 USD) - 10 $ (10.0 USD)

Although jazz legend Louis Armstrong was wealthy enough to live anywhere, he settled, with his wife, Lucille, in a modest house in the working class neighborhood of Corona, Queens. Louis Armstrong lived there from 1943 until he died in 1971. Lucille continued to live in the house until her death in 1983

In her will, Lucille left the house to the City of New York for a museum to honor her husband. On October 15, 2003, the House opened to the public as a historic house museum, and since then visitors have come from all over the world to "visit" Louis and Lucille. No one has lived in the House since the Armstrongs, and the house and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and Lucille's lifetime.

Visitors can see the house by 40 minute guided tour only. Louis Armstrong's musical archives are also available to the public by appointment. Those wishing to study the musician further can listen to his home recordings, examine his manuscripts and his hand written sheet music. On display is his collage art, and memorabilia from his world travels as a musician and as 'Ambassador Satch.' The clutter free kitchen and master bathroom are particularly intriguing examples of design innovation for that time.

Madison Square Garden

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Address:
4 Pennsylvania Plaza,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM
Price: 40 $ (40.0 USD) and up

Considered the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden hosts sports and cultural events throughout the year. A major transformation project is underway, and when completed, the complex will offer better seating, luxury dining, state of the art LED systems and more.
Purchase tickets at the Box Office or through Ticketmaster. General box office hours displayed.

New York Hall of Science

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Address:
47-01 111th Street, Queens,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Sat, Sun: 10 AM to 6 PM
Price: 12 $ (12.0 USD) - 15 $ (15.0 USD)

Like most cities, New York has its own science museum. The New York Hall of Science was established in 1964 when it was part of the World’s Fair, displaying genuine Mercury-Atlas and Gemini-Titan rockets. Today, it is one of the few surviving structures of the fair.

Since 1964, the museum has undergone several renovations and expansion, all within the original building. Today, sports fans can check the speed of their fastball, ride a simulated surfboard or test their reactions in a simulated NASCAR race in the Sports Challenge, sponsored by the New York Mets.

In Search for Life Beyond Earth, kids can climb into replica space capsules or work a simulated Mars Rover, trying to pick up Mars rocks. Or seek out the stars in the planetarium.

Most of the exhibits are geared to 8 to 12 year olds. For younger children, there is Preschool place, where youngsters can learn about supermarkets, the doctor’s office and other aspects of their community.

The Hall of Science expansion created two popular outdoor exhibits. Rocket Park Mini Golf (separate fee) is a nine hole course that demonstrates the same laws of physics that move a golf ball, also moves the planets. The Science Playground shows children motion and balance used during play time. Hopefully they will not learn about gravity the hard way.

New York Public Library

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Address:
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street,,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Mon, Thu to Sat: 10 AM to 6 PM
Tue, Wed: 10 AM to 8 PM
Sun: 1 PM to 5 PM
Wed: 8 AM to 6 PM

Occupying prime real estate in Midtown Manhattan, The New York Public Library is perhaps the most visited library in America. The Beaux Arts façade, guarded by Patience and Fortitude, the famous stone lions, has been welcoming guests and patrons since 1895.

The building on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue is the main branch of the library, one of many scattered around the city. Everyone is allowed entry (no need to show your library card) to see the beautiful architecture of the lobby and rooms. Be sure to stop in the main reading room, with its stacks of books and long tables of students and researchers.

The Library’s prized possession is an original Gutenberg Bible, the first book ever created with movable type. The Library’s version is the first one ever brought to the Western Hemisphere. There is also a fine collection of antique maps. Join the free docent led tours, offered every day, for an introduction to the Library's highlights. Check the website for timings.

Traveling exhibits and lectures are routine at the Library. Recently, exhibits have included “Lunch Hour” tracing the history of lunch time in Manhattan from the push cart to the power lunch. The Library also hosts Moby-marathon, a nonstop reading of the Herman Melville classic Moby Dick, usually held in November, on the day the novel was first printed.

NY SKYRIDE

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Address:
350 Fifth Ave,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM
Price: 40 $ (40.0 USD) and up

NY SKYRIDE's virtual tour simulator is the perfect introductory sightseeing tour of New York City, all from the second floor of the Empire State Building. The fantasy comes to life via a specially designed platform which moves in sync to an 18-foot high-definition screen. Actor Kevin Bacon narrates a 30-minute adventure, carrying awe-inspired guests across the skyline on a unique journey around nearly three dozen famous landmarks. Sights on this convincingly real attraction include the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, United Nations, and an emotionally moving tribute to the World Trade Center.

On Location Tours, NY

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Address:
Broadway and 51st St,
New York City, United States
Price: 42 $ (42.0 USD) and up

On Location Tours is the world’s largest TV and movie tour company with tours in New York City and Boston. Tours offered feature sites from the hottest and latest on the big and small screen. Founded in 1999, it has quickly become one of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions and the world’s largest location tour company, serving over 100,000 tourists and locals annually. Guided tours, both walking and bus, include the signature New York TV & Movie Sites, Sex and the City Hotspots, Gossip Girl Sites, Sopranos Sites, Brooklyn TV & Movie Sites, Central Park TV & Movie Sites.

Prospect Park

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Address:
95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn,
New York City 11215
United States
Opening Hours: 5 AM to 1 AM

A true oasis in the city, and popular with tourists and locals, these 585 acres of parkland in the middle of Brooklyn feature the 90-acre Long Meadow, a lake and Brooklyn’s only forest. The park borders diverse neighborhoods, and is the location for a number of civic events and a concert series.

Park Slope

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Address:
Park Slope, Brooklyn,
New York City, United States

Park Slope is the park-side enclave where the upwardly mobile raise families, many in expensive brownstones bordering Prospect Park. An abundance of historic buildings dot the streets in this upscale neighborhood rife with markets, joggers, young couples and people, all reflecting the city’s diversity. An eclectic mix of shops are available for browsing, and the neighborhoods’s top-flight bars and restaurants are worth a detour. Or just walk down the streets, teeming with the life and culture that are central to Park Slope history

Radio City Music Hall

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Address:
1260 6th Avenue,
New York City 10020
United States
Price: 40 $ (40.0 USD) and up

Built by John D. Rockefeller after the stock market crash, the Music Hall was built to provide high quality entertainment at affordable prices. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Radio City Music Hall is a national landmark, home to the world renowned Rockettes and a top venue for some of the biggest entertainment names in the country. Its Christmas Spectacular is perhaps the country's most popular holiday production. Purchase tickets in person from the Box Office or call or order online from Ticketmaster and catch a performance while you're in town!
Take a behind the scenes tour for $24; tours run from 10am to 6pm Mon-Sat.

Rockefeller Center

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Address:
30 Rockefeller Plaza,
New York City, United States

Rockefeller Center was one of the first major urban developments in the United States. John Rockefeller envisioned towering office buildings with inviting public spaces rising up from the midtown streets. Today, there are more that 10 buildings in the six block area including the 70 storey GE Building, the Channel Gardens, NBC Studios and Radio City Music Hall.

At first glance, it would appear to be simply a series of office buildings. But on further inspection, you'll see the Art Deco beauty in the designs and stunning, decorated interiors. If you are lucky enough to be in New York during the Christmas season, make your way here to marvel at the magical Christmas tree.

The equally famous ice skating rink is open during the winter months. During spring and summer, it becomes an outdoor dining area. In 2005, the observation deck of the GE Building was reopened to the public. Renamed the Top of the Rock, the deck provides panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.

While here, take a stroll or shopping trip along Fifth Avenue (Saks is across the street from the Channel Gardens) or marvel at the beauty of St. Patrick's Cathedral, also across Fifth Avenue.

South Street Seaport

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Address:
12 Fulton Street,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Wed to Sun: 11 AM to 5 PM
Price: 12 $ (12.0 USD) and up

Long before New York became the Finance and Business Capital of the World, it was known as the largest shipping destination in the world. Today, very few goods are unloaded on Manhattan piers (most head for Brooklyn, Staten Island or New Jersey).

The South Street Seaport was conceived in the 1970’s to honor this maritime heritage with museums and shops offering a nautical theme. However, it has evolved into a more tourist area with a theme park feel. This is most notably so around Pier 17, with its retail mall and watering holes filled with Wall Street types looking to unwind after a day’s work.

The Seaport continues to operate a great maritime museum and there are several historic ships to board including the 1885 schooner Pioneer, 1908 lightship Ambrose and the bark Peking. Schermerhorn Row was a strip of warehouses when built in 1813. Today, it is host to more chain stores (Abercrombie, the Yankees Team store, etc.).

While no longer unique, the Seaport remains a charming place, especially on a warm summer’s day with a cool breeze coming off the harbor and an awe inspiring view of the Brooklyn Bridge. That's a good enough reason to visit.

St. Patricks Cathedral

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Address:
460 Madison Ave,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 7 AM to 8:30 PM

Although St Patrick’s cathedral has been at this location for over 100 years, it rests in complete contrast to its surroundings. It may be the largest Catholic Cathedral in the USA, but it is dwarfed by the towers of Rockefeller Center and Midtown Manhattan. Also, located in the middle of the busy shopping district of Fifth Avenue, it serves as an island of morals in a sea of chic and excess.

Construction of the current church began in 1855 when Irish Catholics outgrew their chapel downtown. At the time, most parishioners argued against the location. First, they said, it was too far from their homes. Also, the area was home to the most anti-Catholic population in New York. Despite the initial opposition, St Patrick’s became the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese in New York and one of the most famous churches in the world.

St Patrick’s is a prime example of classic Gothic architecture. Visitors are welcome to walk through the aisles and marvel at the works of art throughout the church. Take note of the Tiffany made Saint Louis and Saint Michael alters. The stained glass was made by artists in Chartres, France. The church also has a Pieta sculpture larger than Michelangelo’s creation in Florence.

While St Patrick’s understands they are an attraction for visitors to New York, this is first and foremost, a church. Mass is held several times a day. Visitors, while welcome, are requested to respect the mass and the parishioners and refrain from loud noises, flash photography and wandering aimlessly during the service.

Join a free guided tour for a better understanding of the history and architecture surrounding this edifice. Check the website for dates, all tours begin at 10am.

The Guggenheim Museum

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Address:
1071 Fifth Avenue,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Mon to Wed, Fri, Sun: 10 AM to 5:45 PM
Sat: 10 AM to 7:45 PM
Adult Price: 25 $ (25.0 USD),
Child Price: 18 $ (18.0 USD), Under 12 free
Senior Price: 18 $ (18.0 USD), Ages 65+ with valid ID
Student Price: 18 $ (18.0 USD), With valid ID

Oddly, the building housing the Guggenheim is more famous than the collection. We haven't heard of Jasper Johns ever attacking Frank Lloyd Wright, so hopefully there are no hard feelings. The interior spaces are stunning and present the changing exhibits at their best. For those with a limited knowledge of art-classic and modern- make the most of your visit by taking advantage of the audio tour or one of the many guided tours available daily.
The museum hosts pay as you wish on Saturday evenings from 5:45pm to 7:45pm, where visitors make a donation. Members are admitted free.

The High Line

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Address:
519 W 23rd St,
New York City 10011
United States
Opening Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM

On Manhattan Island, space is a rare commodity. Nearly every nook and cranny is turned into a soaring skyscraper. This leaves little room for parkland. Although the city knows their benefits popularity, creating new parks takes both creativity and political muscle. The High Line is a demonstration of how strong willed people can create beauty from an aging structure, even one that was meant to be demolished.

The High Line began life as a railroad track, connecting the Industrial and Meatpacking districts to the rail lines of Upstate New York and the rest of the country. Originally, tracks ran through the streets of Manhattan, clogging the thoroughfares and, often colliding with vehicles and pedestrians. The High Line opened in 1934 and removed the trains from the street. However, with the advent of the Interstate Highway System and the rise of the trucking industry, the High Line became obsolete. The last train crossed the tracks in the 1980s. The High Line sat dormant, like a hulking ruin, waiting to be demolished.

Drawing inspiration from Paris’ Promenade Plantee, New Yorkers rallied, not only to save the High Line, but to turn it into New York’s newest attraction and open space. Today, the linear park runs about a mile and a half from Gansevoort Street to 30th Street, offers walkers a chance to get away from it all, just one storey above Manhattan. No dogs or bikes are allowed on the High Line, offering more serenity than most of the city’s parks. Picnicking, especially on the 23rd Street Lawn is one of the more popular attractions. Take note of the original train tracks and how they have been embedded into the landscape.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Address:
1000 Fifth Avenue,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Mon to Thu, Sun: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Fri, Sat: 10 AM to 9 PM
Adult Price: 25 $ (25.0 USD), Suggested adult admission price. Patrons are allowed to name their own price. Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
Senior Price: 17 $ (17.0 USD), Suggested admission price. Patrons are allowed to name their own price.
Student Price: 12 $ (12.0 USD), Suggested student admission price. Patrons are allowed to name their own price.

The "Met" is the quintessential museum of everything, displaying artifacts of early man to abstract impressionism to Greek and Roman Statues to movie costumes. Just a list of the departments in the museum might leave you glassy eyed, but a visit to the museum need not! The trick is to pick two departments that really interest you and to dawdle and get into the aesthetic mindset of the artists and imagine their goal in producing a particular work, developing a technique, or commissioning the piece.

If you don't have a passion of your own, then borrow one on a professionally guided tour as the guide explains what excites them about the art. The Met is also host to many traveling exhibits. The Met is located on the east side at 82nd Street; it is directly across the park from the Natural History Museum while just up Fifth Avenue is Museum Mile, including the Guggenheim and the City Museum. A good display of arms and armor for the younger ones, but most small children will not have much fun here.

The African Burial Ground

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Address:
290 Broadway,
New York City 10007
United States
Opening Hours: Wed to Sat: 10 AM to 4 PM

In 1991, during construction on a Federal building, the skeletons of free African Americans and slaves were unearthed in Lower Manhattan. Covered under development projects over the years, this site was lost to the nation until the remains were found and today, this is a National Monument and Memorial run by the National Park Service.
Learn about this remarkable archaeological discovery at the interactive visitor center, appreciate the unique artwork commissioned for its opening and call ahead to find out about guided tours.

Top of the Rock

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Address:
30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rockefeller Center,
New York City 10112
United States
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 12 AM
Adult Price: 32 $ (32.0 USD),
Child Price: 26 $ (26.0 USD),
Senior Price: 30 $ (30.0 USD),

When seeking a high vantage point to view the city, most people head to the Empire State Building. Rising 102 stories over Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building is deservedly one of the top tourist destinations in Manhattan. However, with popularity come the crowds. Taking advantage of the vista is a lesson in patience, waiting for someone to leave so that you can get your moment near the edge.

The Top of the Rock, on the top of the GE Building in Rockefeller Center, offers a great alternative to the Empire State Building. While also popular, the expansive observation deck (designed to resemble a deck on a cruise ship) has more space and allows for some elbow room. At 70 storeys in the sky, it offers a 360 degree view of Manhattan. On crystal clear days, the view can extend over 40 miles.

Reopened in 2005, after it was closed for 20 years, the Top of the Rock observation deck is open to the elements. More than likely, it will be 10 to 20 degrees cooler here than it is on the street.

While at the top, observe the Plexiglas surrounding the outside edge and the original railing, only three feet high. When the Observation Deck opened, this was your only protection from a 70 storey plunge.

The Top of the Rock also offers the one thing the Empire State Building cannot offer: a gorgeous view of the Empire State Building itself. Visit about an hour before sunset. This will give you the opportunity to see the city during the day and after the sun sets; watch the magic as the lights go on in Manhattan.

United Nations Headquarters

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Address:
405 E 42nd Street,
New York City 10017
United States
Opening Hours: Sat, Sun: 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Mon to Fri: 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Adult Price: 22 $ (22.0 USD),
Child Price: 13 $ (13.0 USD),
Senior Price: 15 $ (15.0 USD),
Student Price: 15 $ (15.0 USD),

Following World War II, the nations of the world vowed to resolve their differences through diplomacy rather than through conflict. To do this, they formed the United Nations, where representatives of most countries engage in dialogue to avoid war, promote human rights and help the impoverished.

With Europe suffering post war damage, the United States offered to house the UN. Despite protests from Euro-centric leaders, the UN decided it was best to house the organization in North America, away from the damage of war. New York was not the organization’s first choice. In fact there was much debate on whether to locate the headquarters in Montreal, Philadelphia or San Francisco. Only when John D. Rockefeller offered to buy land in Manhattan along the East River, did the UN agree to have their offices in New York.

Security around the United Nations was always tight. In the post 9/11 world, it is even tighter. Visitors are permitted to enter the lobby and the gift shop (after passing through security), but cannot go any further, except on a guided tour. The tours last about 45 minutes and take visitors through the General Assembly and the Security Council Building. The guides describe the peacekeeping efforts and show the original UN Charter. There is a great garden in the United Nations, but it is usually closed to the general public. This is too bad as visitors will miss the iconic sculpture Beating Swards into Plowshares, a gift from the former Soviet Union.

Tours are conducted by employees of the United Nations and adding to the international flavor are foreign interns or students. Tours are conducted in 20 languages.

Tribeca Performing Arts Centre

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Address:
199 Chambers Street,
New York City, United States
Price: 15 $ (15.0 USD) and up

Highlighting new and emerging artists with a number of international music, theatre and dance performances throughout the year, this Performing Arts Centre offers an alternative to Broadway. Whether it's a $25 children's dance recital or a $100 ticket to a professional theatre production, there's something for all ages and budgets. Check the website for the calendar of upcoming performances.

Tweed Courthouse

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Address:
31 Chambers St,
New York City, United States

Building on the County's new courthouse began in 1861 and was completed 20 years later. A central rotunda, 30 large neo-classical style courtrooms and a number of special architectural details make this a New York City Landmark. The courthouse was restored in 1999 and now houses the Department of Education and a public school. Tours are conducted by reservation on select Fridays at noon. Call ahead. Not a good tour for anyone under 9 years old (4th grade).

Union Square Greenmarket

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Address:
Union Square,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 8 AM to 6 PM
Price: 5 $ (5.00 USD) and up for simple treats.

New Yorkers, they say, have it all: great entertainment, to big league sports to the greatest restaurants in the world. When they want to escape the urban jungle, they do not go to the country. Because, three times a week, on 14th Street at Union Square, the country comes to them.

From March through November, fresh produce, meat, milk and bread are trucked in from upstate Pennsylvania and New England farms. Started in 1976, the Greenmarket has become more than a place to pick up some veggies for dinner. It has become New York’s social gathering place where Manhattanites meet up, make new friends, attend a cooking demo, learn about recycling or just discuss the day’s events.

After Thanksgiving, the Greenmarket becomes a Holiday Village. Vendors sell unique items for the hard to shop for friend or relative.

Vanderbilt Mansion

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Address:
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park near,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM
Price: 10 $ (10.0 USD) Per person admission for the Vanderbilt Mansion guided tour. Children 15 and under are free.

Hyde Park is home to the Roosevelt/Vanderbilt National Historic Site. The mansion known as “Springwood” was the birthplace, lifelong home and burial site of the country’s only four-term president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, his wife Eleanor and their six children and is the location of the first U.S. presidential library and museum. Tours include the impressive Springwood mansion, Top Cottage, built as a wheelchair-accessible retreat for the president, and Val-Kill Cottage, the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. The modest house served as Eleanor Roosevelt’s retreat, office, and home until her death in 1962. The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is described as a "remarkably complete example of a Gilded Age country house that illustrates the political, economic, cultural and demographic changes of the country after the Civil War." After touring the magnificent Beaux Arts-style mansion, stroll around the 211 acre grounds and gardens, with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America and dine at one of five award-winning, student-staffed restaurants.

Yankee Stadium

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Address:
East 161st Street and River Avenue,
New York City, United States
Price: 20 $ (20.0 USD) and up

For decades, Yankee Stadium was the most sacred and hallowed ground in sports lore. Known as The House that Ruth Built, many of the baseball's greats donned Yankee pinstripes and played here. Along with Babe Ruth, other greats have included Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter.

Despite the love for the 1923 stadium, the team outgrew the old ballpark. In 2009, the Yankees moved into a $1.1 billion ballpark across the street from the old field. Designed to look like original stadium (the older ballpark went through a makeover in 1975), but with more money-generating luxury boxes, cup holders on all the seats, Wi-Fi and the Hard Rock Café. The Yankees broke in their stadium in true form, by beating the Phillies in the 2009 World Series.

Their past remains honored. The stadium recreated the iconic frieze that circles the stadium and houses a Yankee Museum. Monument Park, a fixture in the old ballpark, was moved in its entirety to the new stadium. Fans can now access the monuments during the entire game, rather than an hour before game time at the old stadium.

Those looking to get tickets for a game may be in for some sticker shock. The Yankees are, by far, the most expensive tickets in all of sports. Front row seats in the Legends Suite are $2600. Interestingly, the only people who can afford these seats are playing on the field. Seats in the Bleachers or the Upper Deck in the outfield are a far more affordable $20. If there is no game, or you just cannot afford the tickets (welcome to the club), the team conducts tours of the new stadium. Tours allow fans to walk on the field and witness the behind the scenes action, including the scoreboard operation, broadcast booth and team locker rooms.

Washington Market Park

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Address:
310 Greenwich St,
New York City, United States

This neighborhood park, established in 1978, offers kids an outlet to play and enjoy the green spaces in the heart of Tribeca. If you're lucky, you might tumble onto a gardening day for kids, or a concert in the park, especially on weekends and in the summertime.

Wall Street Insider Tour

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Address:
15 Broad Street,
New York City, United States
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM - 4 PM

On this tour, a Wall Street Insider will demystify and personify Wall Street. Learn about the 400 years of history that lead to modern Wall Street from the Dutch trading outpost to the humble beginnings of the NYSE to the current financial markets. Be inspired by how some of the biggest US financial institutions were built by immigrants and their entrepreneurial spirit. Get a glimpse of where the "captains of industry" and Wall Street's "master of the universe" live and work. Interesting tour.

Astoria

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Address:
30th Street,
New York City, United States

If there is one neighborhood in New York that defines the ethnic diversity of New York, it is Astoria. Founded by German and Czech immigrants, it has welcomed people from all over the world, arriving to find a better life in America.

For decades, Astoria was known as the center of Greek-American culture in New York.
Today, while Greek influence is strong, it is not the dominant voice in Astoria. Its desirable location (directly across the river from Manhattan) has drawn immigrants from Egypt, Russia, Pakistan and Columbia, further adding to the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood.

Dining options are as diverse as the people, with every imaginable cuisine on offer. Some of the more popular places are Taverna Vraka (23-15 31st Street), Gandhi Restaurant (34-14 30th Avenue) and Kabab Cafe (25-12 Steinway Street). For a true old world neighborhood cafe, try the Athens Cafe at 32-07 30th Street.

Astoria is home to New York's only surviving outdoor beer garden, Bohemian Hall. Located at 29-19 24th Street, the beer garden was founded in 1910 by Czech and Slovak immigrants.

This area has also earned the nick name "Hollywood East" thanks to the sprawling Kaufman Astoria Studios on 36th street, near Steinway. The studio became famous in the 1930s when stars from Edward G Robinson to the Marx Brothers filmed here. Today, the studio is home to many TV shows and movies including Sesame Street, Law and Order and almost every movie filmed in New York.

While the public cannot tour the studio, one option would be to eat at the Studio Cafe and visit the nearby Museum of the Moving Image, open from 10am to 4pm daily, with extended hours on Friday.

Flushing Meadow Corona Park

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Address:
25 Horace Harding Expressway,
New York City 11368
United States

Popularly known for hosting the world’s top tennis players at the U.S. Open in late August, this 1,255-acre park is the largest park in Queens and is one of the city’s flagship parks.

Created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and host of the 1964 World's Fair, Flushing Meadows is worth visiting any time of the year, when the flowers are in bloom, or just to stroll along the largest park in Queens. Also home to the Queens Museum, The Mets Citi Field, the New York Hall of Science, and numerous fields and green spaces. Visitors can view the remnants of the World's Fair, like the towering New York State Pavillion (the interior is closed to the public) and the Unisphere, reported to be the worlds largest globe.

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