Must-see's and Must-do's!
A list of the most popular sights in NYC One of the most popular questions locals hear is, "what should I not miss when I come to NYC?" Here's a list of the most popular sights and what gets mentioned the most on the NYC forum. 1. Empire State Building or Top of the RockObservation Decks. See Manhattan from all sides. If you do Top of the Rock, get there early and watch the Today Show being filmed. 2. Wall Street is the perhaps the Financial Capital of the world. From the New York Stock Exchange to the Charging Bull to the Federal Reserve, they are all in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. 3. At least one major museum- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural History or the Guggenheim. Don't forget to check the Pay-As-You-Wish Days and Times at the museums. 4. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - plan a visit to both islands, or just view Lady LIberty at a decent distance from the free Staten Island Ferry. A reservation to goinside the Statue of Liberty Museum is the most exclusive ticket in NYC. Book it early and read why. (Liberty Island is now open, Ellis Island is closed until 2014) 5. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge - Well worth a walk across this famous bridge. Walk from Brooklyn towards Manhattan for best views. 6. Eating! - Eat at any of the hundreds of great mid-range restaurants in the city, and have at least one blow-out top-notch dinner. 7. Battery Park- Wall Street- 911 memorial/WTC-St. Paul's Chapel - is well worth a walk through. The 911 Memorial is open but you must reserve a free pass athttp://www.911memorial.org/reservatio... You can also book via the Tribute Center on Liberty Street for tours at http://www.tributewtc.org/walktours/ i... St. Paul's Chapel is open as well. 8. Central Park ( 59th to 110th Street ) - Plenty of space to explore in this famous green oasis. The park is run by a not-for-profit organization and it has a $50 million annual operating budget - please consider a donation of any size to help with upkeep of this oasis. http://www.centralparknyc.org/donate/ 9. Circle Line Cruise - The 90 minute, 2 hour and 3 hour tours provide an excellent comprehensive tour of Manhattan. 10. A Broadway show - With so many choices and ways to get discount tickets, don't miss it! There's nothing like live theatre. 11. Times Square - Worth a visit at any time of the day or night, although night accentuates the neon effect. 12. The Subway - The people ride in a hole in the ground! The best deal in town. Even if you take it for only one stop, ride it! 13. At least one "smaller" museum - Many of the less famous cultural institutions are the best kept secrets. Examples: The Frick Collection, The Morgan Library, The Cooper-Hewitt, The New-York Historical Society, The Museum of The City of New York, International Center for Photography. Try a museum that focuses on a particular nationality, ethnic group or art movement (Asia Society, Jewish Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem), or explore small private contemporary galleries in West Chelsea. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is an interesting introduction to the life of early immigrants.
14. Shopping - Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue for bling / SoHo, Union Square or 34th Street for pop / Noho, Lower East Side and Williamsburg for indy boutiques. 15. Grand Central Terminal - Visit this famous & restored station complex. Go at rush-hour and people watch. Penn Station is also a great place to people watch although it lacks the grandeur of GCT. Look into the Free Grand Tour Powered by NYC.com. 16. New York Public Library 42nd Street branch - The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Library - Take a quick walk through this famous building. Don't miss the two lions and the Reading Room. 17. St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral - Explore this famous building on Fifth Avenue. 18. United Nations building on the East River. Guided tours are provided on a regular basis. 19. Explore a "real" neighborhood like Greenwich Village (East or West), Chelsea, or Chinatown. 20. People watching in one of the smaller parks: Washington Square, Union Square or Bryant Park. 21. Visit another borough - See The Panorama in Queens, or Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, or Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. 22. See a sporting event - Baseball, basketball, ice hockey and more! In Yankee Stadium, sit with the "Bleacher Creatures" for a slice of baseball fan insight. Stub Hub works well for last minute tix.\ 23. Take in some music - The 'best of the best" play the Big Apple on a very regular basis; rock, jazz, classical, rap, indie, you-name-it.. On-line versions or print editions of the Village Voice or the Post are your best bet for the latest gigs. Be prepared to stay up late, though, because the opening acts usually don't start until 11:30 PM. 24. National September 11 Memorial ("9/11 Memorial", "Ground Zero Memorial"). moving. Get free visitor's passes and more info athttp://www.911memorial.org/. 25. Take in a tour, it's a good way to see New York City for first timers but not recommended as a mode of transportation. Tours and Tour Companies. Visit the forum for recommendations. Scenic Views-Summary These are a few places to visit to experience some great views and photo opportunities: Tremendously
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