New York City: The Top 50 Attractions

Before it was named New York, this beautiful city was known as New Amsterdam, albeit for a very brief period of time.  After it’s earliest settlers, the Dutch, have surrendered to the British, in the mid-1600s, the city has started growing rapidly, expanding and attracting thousands of new immigrants from all over the World.

Since those early days, this melting pot has continued boiling, making New York one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities on Earth.  While this, in turn, explains why New York has so many culturally-centric, historic neighborhoods (welcome to Chinatown, Little Italy, “Little Russia” (aka Coney Island)!

With over 8,5 million residents New York is one of the biggest cities in the World, and hence why it has such a large number of remarkable attractions.  It’s practically impossible to see them all at once, in just one visit, therefore we have prepared this detailed list so you could decide which sights you’d like to see first among the others.

Please note: the order in which these attractions appear does not mean anything – as all of them are equally important and amazing.

Top 10: 

1. Statue of Liberty

The most iconic sight of New York and of United States’s in general – is the beautiful, World-famous Statue of Liberty.  Representing a Roman Goddess, with a torch in one hand and the Declaration of Independence in the other, the statue quickly became a national symbol of freedom, and a welcoming sight to millions of early refugees disembarking on the Ellis Island.  Dedicated on October 28 1886, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France and it was installed on a tiny island, which is now known as the ‘Liberty Island’.

The best way to see the statue is to take one of the numerous boat tours that normally last between 3-5 hours, and include a visit to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis island.  One can go up to the pedestal level’s viewing deck, though a separate ticket is required.  It is also possible to go all the way up to the crown of the statue, though one must be warned that there are 377 narrow, spiral steps leading up to the top and there’s no elevator access.  A separate ticket is also required to the Crown which is limited in quantity and must be purchased well in advance .

If you decide to take a boat tour to the Statue of Liberty, do not miss a chance to visit the Ellis Island.  The legendary Ellis Island was the official immigration port that has admitted millions of new immigrants arriving to New York between 1892 and 1954.  The station’s main building (a place where the immigrants were processed for admission, or even deportation) was converted into a museum which is now open to public.

2. Empire State Building

One of the most famous buildings in the World, the Empire State Building was built in 1931.  From 1931-1970 it was the tallest building in the World, until it was superseded by the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.  Built in the Art Deco style, the building has collected numerous awards and has made it to the numerous ‘top lists’, such as the AIA’s list “America’s Favorite Architecture”.

Empire State Building, New York City - Global StorybookThere are two official observation decks inside the building – the lower one located on the 86th floor, and the upper one on the 102nd floor.  While the entrance tickets are not cheap, the famous panoramic views offered from the top are simply breathtaking.  Another attraction of this skyscraper is the ‘Skyride’– a simulated flight across Manhattan inside a moving 3D theater.  And speaking of theaters – the Empire State Building is also known to many as the “King Kong building” after it was featured in a Hollywood blockbuster, ‘King Kong’, released in 1933.

  • Address: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118.
  • Time required: 1 hour.
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday: 8am-2am.
  • Price: tickets start at $34 (adult), $27 (child).
  • Official website: https://www.esbnyc.com

3. Times Square

Times Square, New York City - Global StorybookNothing says “New York” as much as this next sight – the incredible, overwhelming and hectic intersection of Times Square, with its constant, massive flow of activity.  Home to the greatest concentration of billboards running nonstop advertisements, Broadway theaters, dress-up characters, and thousands of tourists marching through its wide, pedestrian streets, the Times Square proudly reaffirms New York’s famous nickname as “The city that never sleeps”.

In addition to the 50 million annual visitors, its busiest time of the year is during the New Year’s Eve celebrations, when thousands of New Yorkers, out of town visitors, as well as foreign tourists, gather together to await the clock strike midnight, and a giant crystal ball to drop, officially signifying the begging of a new year.

Some of its most popular attractions that are not to be missed, include: the Coca-Cola sign, the TKTS booth with glowing glass stairs, the Disney store, the Hard Rock Cafe, the M&Ms World store, George M. Cohan statue, Planet Hollywood restaurant, and the Times Square Studios, featuring ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’.

  • Address: Times Square (between Broadway and 7th Ave, 42nd and 47th streets).
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/

4. Central Park

Central Park, New York - Global StorybookThe largest park in NYC, measuring over 3.4 square kilometers, Central Park is one of the most recognized and beloved parks in the World.  Made famous thanks to numerous films shot on location here, such as: Marathon Man, Home Alone 2, Elf and many others, Central Park is one of the most popular attractions of the city.  When the weather is nice, the park is filled with hundreds of New Yorkers running, exercising, riding a bike, walking leisurely with their children, sunbathing or having a picnic on one of the many beautiful lawns spread around the park.

When visiting Central Park, make sure to leave at least 3-4 hours to explore it at a comfortable pace, as well as hunt down some of its most iconic spots, such as: “The Literary Walk” (aka “The Mall”) passage, The Lake and the beautiful San Remo apartments, Bethesda Fountain and the Terrace, the Loeb Boathouse, the Belvedere Castle, the Strawberry Fields, the Sheep Meadow, the Pond and the Plaza Hotel (sight #29), Cleopatra’s Needle, and many others.

In addition, there are a ton of activities that you can do in the park – such as go on a horse carriage ride (a classic, bucket-list worthy experience, though a bit pricey), or the less expensive – pedicab tour; rent a bike and cycle around the park’s main bike trails, rent a pair of rollerblades, go on a group walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, do a picnic, or even go ice skating – that is if you’re visiting in Winter.  Check this site www.centralparksightseeing.com for more information on these activities.

  • Address: between 59th and 110th streets; 5th Ave and Central Park West, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 3-4 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://www.centralparknyc.org

5. Brooklyn Bridge 

Another iconic sight of New York, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the country.  The construction on the bridge began in 1869 and was finished some 14 years later, in 1883.  In May of 2018, the Bridge will celebrate its 135th year anniversary since the day of its opening.  Its original name was “The New York and Brooklyn Bridge”, and it was renamed to the more simple “Brooklyn Bridge” in 1915.

The Bridge is accessible to both pedestrians and cars, with the pedestrian lane running on top of the motor-vehicle lane.  For those who decide to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge, the bridge will reward them with the sweeping views across the downtown Manhattan as well as the downtown Brooklyn, on the opposite side.  You can enter the bridge’s pedestrian lane across the ‘Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall’ (4, 5, 6) metro station in Manhattan, or at the intersection of the Tillary and Adams streets in Brooklyn.

6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET)

One of the most well-known and respected art museums in the World, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or simply ‘The Met’, is located in the heart of the Upper East Side (sight #25), right on the edge of the Central Park.  It was opened in 1872, quickly acquiring thousands of important artworks – and remaining the largest art museum in the country today.

Though the museum often runs very interesting temporary exhibitions, attracting thousands of native New Yorkers annually, its permanent exhibitions are well worth the several hours required of one’s day.  Some of these fascinating permanent collections include the art works from the ancient Egypt; African, European, Asian and Islamic arts; paintings, drawings, sculptures, decorative period furniture, jewelry, pottery, coins, music instruments, Arms and Armor collection, and much more.

It is nearly impossible to cover the entire museum in one visit, as its vast collections range from the ancient World, to the Middle Ages, to the Renaissance, and right through the modern times.

  • Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028.
  • Time required: 4-6 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday 10:00am-5:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm.
  • Price: suggested admission price $25 (adult), $12 (students with a valid ID).
  • Official website: http://www.metmuseum.org

7. Flatiron Building

When this iconic building was originally inaugurated in 1902, it was one of the tallest skyscrapers in NYC, rising above at 20 stories high.  Of course by modern standards it cannot compare to the height of NYC’s average skyscrapers, though its fame does not stem from its measurements, but rather from the ingenuity of its elegant design.

It was developed to serve as an office building for George A. Fuller company, in whose name the structure was originally labeled (‘The Fuller Building’).  Since the local residents quickly christened the building ‘flat iron” due to its interesting and unique form which resembles an actual iron (tool), the nickname has stuck and this is how it is now officially known to the wide World.  The chic neighborhood surrounding the building has also picked up its fun nickname and is now known as the ‘Flatiron District’.

Pro tip: Right across the Flatiron Building there’s the beautiful Madison Square Park, where it’s possible to find a quiet corner even in the midst of the busiest tourist season.  Also, if you come here in the evening, do not miss a chance to grab a delicious bite (or even a drink) from one of the awesome food trucks stationed right opposite the Flatiron Building.

  • Address: 75 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010.
  • Time required: 30 minutes or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

8. Fifth Avenue

This awesome avenue is mostly famous for its luxury designer stores, and the numerous films in which it was ‘casually’ shown.  By taking a walk on this ultra-chic avenue you will instantly understand why it is one of the most expensive and trending shopping avenues in the World.

Due to its significant length (it starts in the Greenwich Village (downtown Manhattan) and stretches all the way to the West 143rd street in Harlem) it is impossible to walk it all the way through, unless you decide to go on a very brave walkathon.  However, even a few blocks across its length are enough to give you a good sense of how this historic puzzle fits into the bigger picture of Big Apple.

One of the most popular stretches of the Fifth Avenue is the so-called ‘Museum Mile’, located between 82nd and 105th streets, running parallel to the beautiful Central Park.  It derives its nickname from the large amount of museums positioned right on this strip, such as the Met, the Guggenheim, the Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, El Museo Del Barrio and several others.  As to the most expensive and luxurious stores, they are primarily based in Midtown (E 50th to E 60th streets).

  • Address: runs between Washington Square North and West 143rd street (total length is 6.2 miles, or 10km), New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

9. Grand Central Terminal 

One of the most famous train terminals in the World, the Grand Central was opened in 1871, and it is still operational to this day.  With its 44 platforms, spread across 2 underground levels, it is the largest train station in the World, transporting thousands of passengers on any given day.  Due to its beautiful and elegant interior (and exterior) design it is also one of the most popular touristic attractions of the NYC.

Some of the Grand Central’s most famous sights include: the Main Concourse Hall, the Grand Central Terminal Clock, the ‘Whispering Gallery’, its gorgeous ceiling, the Dining Concourse (located right underneath the Main Concourse, featuring several restaurants and bars, including the popular and historic Oyster Bar), the Vanderbilt Hall (a place where one of the annual Christmas Markets is held), the Grand Central North Hall, among others.

10. Chrysler Building

One of the most famous and iconic skyscrapers of NYC, the Chrysler Building is sometimes confused with the Empire State Building due to some of their striking similarities.  Though both buildings were designed in the Art-Deco style, are very tall and narrow, have pointed antennas at the top and a similar coat of paint, they are vastly different by their crown designs.  The Empire State Building’s top is decreasingly square, while the Chrysler Building’s top is semi-round with several curvy strips layered on top of each other.

The Chrysler Building was built in the 1930 and for nearly a year it was the tallest building in the World, topping the beautiful Eiffel Tower in Paris, before it was superseded by the Empire State Building.  It used to hold an observation deck on its 71st floor, but it was closed to the public in 1945, when the floor was sold to a private firm.

It is possible to take a peak into the main lobby, to see the intricate Art-Deco design on its interior walls, though please try to avoid the work rush hours, since this is an active office building, with several thousands of employees going in and out, on the weekdays.

  • Address: 405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174.
  • Time required: 30 minutes or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

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11. One World Trade Center (aka ‘The Freedom Tower’)

One World Trade Center is the newly constructed skyscraper (opened in July 2013), built in place of the World Trade Center complex.  With 104 floors above ground, it is now the 6th tallest building in the whole World.  Since the time of its completion it quickly became one of the most recognizable and iconic sights in Manhattan, towering over the city’s downtown skyline.

As with the rest of the World’s tallest skyscrapers, one of its most prominent features is the panoramic viewing deck, located between 102nd and 100th floors, which is open to public 7 days a week.  Other notable features include a ‘sky pod’ fast moving elevator showing a virtual evolution of NYC’s skyline over the past 500 years, and a top level dining experience with unbeatable views from the 101st floor of the building.  The admission ticket includes access to all three levels from the 100th to 102nd floors.

  • Address: 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007.
  • Time required: 1 hour.
  • Hours of operation: 2017: May 5-September 4: 9:00am-10:00pm; September 5-December 21: 9:00am-8:00pm.
  • Price: tickets start at $34 (adult). Pro tip: save money by purchasing your ticket online in advance.
  • Official website: https://oneworldobservatory.com

12. Rockefeller Center 

Rockefeller Center is actually a complex of 19 buildings located between 48th and 51st streets in Midtown Manhattan, built by one of the richest families in the history of U.S.  The most famous of them all is the one located at the 30 Rockefeller Center, which was nicknamed “30 Rock”.  It’s home to a number of well-known TV shows, such as: the Saturday Night Live, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and others.

It also contains a popular observation deck, on the 70th floor, known as the ‘Top of the Rock’ which offers some outstanding views over Manhattan, including one of the Empire State Building (sight #2) and the Central Park (sight #4).

Among its various attractions, Rockefeller Center’s number one claim to fame is the beautiful Christmas tree which is installed, decorated and lit up every year, attracting thousands of visitors on its festive inauguration day.  Over a 100 million people visit it annually, making it one of the most popular sights in the city.  For the film buffs – you might remember it from a famous scene in the “Home Alone 2” movie (where the main character, Kevin, finally reunites with his mom). 

Beside the tree there’s the World-famous ice skating rink, which can accommodate up to 150 skaters at any given moment, and is operational from early October until April (advanced tickets are recommended, especially during the high season).

Other popular attractions of the Rockefeller Center include: the bronze Statue of Atlas located on the 5th Avenue; the famous bronze gilded Statue of Prometheus located in the middle of the skating rink; American Progress and Time – two beautiful murals located inside the lobby of the 30 Rock; the beautiful Channel Gardens located in front of the skating rink, and others.  Finally, you can also book a group tour ($27 adult, available during specific hours) with a professional guide that will give you a good overview of the history of the complex and its main sights.

  • Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: everyday: 8am-12am.
  • Price: tickets to the ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck start at $34 (adults).
  • Official website: https://www.rockefellercenter.com

13. Broadway 

In the list of the most quintessential NYC’s attractions (and experiences) – Broadway, undoubtedly, is one of the most famous.  Though the Broadway avenue runs through the entire Manhattan, its most famous stretch (which is only nine blocks long and two blocks wide) is near the Times Square, where the majority of the Broadway theaters are stationed.

In fact, the name ‘Broadway’ has became widely popular due to its prominent association with the American theater industry.  A number of great shows, such as: Lion King, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, and many others, have made Broadway what it is today – a World class brand-name attracting the most talented and famous performers.

A little less prominent, and holding a lesser amount of seats (between a 100 and 499) is the so-called “Off-Broadway” venue which also stages a number of great shows, such as: Avenue Q, Blue Man Group, Rock of Ages, and many others.  Finally, the least ‘prestigious’ of the three – the so-called “Off-Off-Broadway” marks a number of small, independent and occasionally experimental theaters spread around all five boroughs of New York City.

Broadway, New York City - Global Storybook

Evita on Broadway

We highly recommend seeing at least one major Broadway show during your visit to New York.  Most of the Broadway shows run at least six days a week, once during the evening time on weekdays, and up to two times per day during a weekend.  The pricing of the tickets depends on the seating, so if you are okay with watching the show from the back of the venue, or from a balcony – you can score a very cheap one.  For the best deals and discounts, check out this website: http://www.broadwaybox.com.

  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: depends on the show.
  • Price: average prices range from $49-$99 per person.
  • Official website: http://www.broadway.com/

14. Bryant Park

Located between 40th and 42nd streets and between 5th and 6th avenues, Bryant Park is one of NYC’s most beloved parks.  It is home to the most famous branch of the NY’s Public Library system, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (sight #21) as well as one of the several (past) official locations of the NYC’s bi-annual Fashion Week shows.

The park’s area is quite small, compared to some of the other city parks, though it is filled with cute metal tables and chairs, vibrant flower pots and beautiful tall trees, as well as numerous New Yorkers occupying most of these spots during the weekday’s lunch hours (weather conditions permitting, of course).

Another interesting feature of this park is that it looks like a small haven of… Paris, surrounded by giant NYC skyscrapers.  Once you enter the park, you will immediately notice Le Carousel (a charming carousel, made in a ‘typical’ Parisian fashion), Le Pain Quotidien (a small, picturesque food kiosk) and many other interesting features and details that were (intentionally) made to resemble… France.

Bryant Park, New York City - Global StorybookThere are a ton of activities that you can do in the park – from sipping a cup of coffee while people watching at one of the numerous chairs, or reading a local newspaper, or even picnicking on the central lawn, to playing ping pong, taking an early morning (or evening) yoga class, or even watching a free movie during the HBO Summer Film Festival.  In the Winter time, the park is home to an amazing ice skating rink as well as a colorful Christmas market.

  • Address: between 40th and 42nd streets; 5th and 6th avenues, New York, NY 10018.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: open daily: 7:00am-midnight (12:00am).
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://bryantpark.org

15. Wall Street 

Wall Street is not only the name of the area where some of the most prestigious financial institutions and firms are located, as well as the name of the “collective” financial core of New York, it is also an actual… street running across eight short blocks in downtown Manhattan (which inadvertently gave the name to the industry).  Interestingly enough, one of its most famous sights is not any of these actual leading financial firms but rather a bronze statue of a… bull, called Charging Bull, located in the heart of the Financial District.  (And also a tiny (temporary) addition of 2017 – the Fearless Girl, standing defiantly right across from the Bull).  

Other not-to-be-missed sights on Wall Street include: the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the NASDAQ Stock Market, Federal Hall, Goldman Sachs, House of Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Trinity Church, and some other famous and historic buildings.  (We highly recommend to take a guided group tour of the area (with a professional Wall-Street insider).  You can sign up for one here: thewallstreetexperience.com)

  • Address: between FDR Drive and Broadway St, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

16. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

One of the oldest churches in New York, the beautiful, Neo-Gothic Cathedral of St. Patrick was completed in 1878.  It was once one of the tallest structures in the United States, and in 1976 it made it to the prestigious ‘National Historic Landmarks’ list.  St. Patrick’s Cathedral is also one of the largest cathedrals in the country (it’s taking up the entire block area), and can accommodate up to 3,000 visitors on any given day.

In addition to its striking and imposing views from the outside, the Cathedral is equally stunning on the inside and all the visitors are welcome in.  The admission is free, and an equally free guided tour is offered at 10am, 2-3 times per week, on a weekday.

  • Address: 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st streets, New York, NY, 10022.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: open daily: 6:30am-8:45pm.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://saintpatrickscathedral.org
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17. National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Special Note: The 9/11 Memorial is one of the most painful and heartbreaking sites in the World.  It does not really belong to any “top sights” list, yet not including it would not be fair to the history of this beautiful and resilient city.  There’s a huge hole in the hearts of all New Yorkers when it comes to this tragic memorial place, and it will always hurt being around this area, no matter how many years pass, since the day of this horrific event. 

The 9/11 Memorial is officially known as the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and it’s also sometimes known as “The Ground Zero Memorial Site”.  It is located in the actual place of the Twin Towers, where two square waterfalls with the names of the victims have been built on the site where the Towers once stood.  This memorial was specifically designed to represent the deep void left from the loss of 2,983 innocent lives on the 9/11.  The names of the victims killed in each Tower (including the passengers from the two flights that hit the Towers, and the 6 victims of the 1993 WTC’s bombing) are arranged in a specific order around the site.

One notable feature of the 9/11 Memorial is the so-called Survivor Tree – a badly damaged pear tree found at the site during the cleanup of the area.  This miraculous tree which has survived the attacks has been replanted at the site several years later after it’s been nursed back to life.  It now comes to represent the spirit of the city, of hope, and of the human perseverance.

Below the ground a Museum dedicated to 9/11 has been opened on May 21 2014.  It contains thousands of photographs, numerous videos about the attacks, personal histories of the victims, as well as thousands of artifacts and other memorabilia, such as the Last Column.  If you decide to visit the 9/11 Museum, a guided, 60-minute tour is highly recommended to help you understand the tragedy that unfolded on this site even more deeply.

  • Address: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Memorial Site: open everyday: 7:30am-9:00pm; 9/11 Museum: Sunday-Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm (last entry is at 6:00pm); Friday-Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm (last entry is at 7:00pm).
  • Price: Memorial Site: free; 9/11 Museum (General Admission): $24 (adults); $18 (seniors over 65; US Veterans; US students with valid ID); $14 (youth ages 7-17).
  • Official website: https://www.911memorial.org

18. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

As the name implies, the Museum of Modern Art is dedicated primarily to modern art and is one of the major museums of the city.  It was opened in 1929, and quickly became one of the most famous and significant museums in the World; as well as one of the largest.  In addition to paintings and photographs, the museum contains an extensive collection of drawings and prints, sculptures and architectural samples, as well as books, audio and videos files, and other media.

Some of MOMA’s most famous paintings include the works of World-class artists like Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and many others.  The museum often runs some fascinating temporary exhibitions as well, so check its website for the latest happenings.

  • Address: 11 West 53rd St, New York, NY 10019.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: open daily: 10:30am–5:30pm (and until 9:00pm Thursday-Saturday during the Summer).
  • Price: $25 (adults); $18 (seniors over 65); $14 (students with valid ID).
  • Official website: https://www.moma.org

19. Radio City Music Hall 

Radio City Music Hall, New York City - Global StorybookOne of the most iconic sights in New York, the Radio City Music Hall is actually one of the 19 buildings that belong to the Rockefeller Center (sight #12).  It is one of the most famous venues in the country.  Its two most well-known shows are the Rockettes and the seasonal Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  In addition to these two, the venue offers numerous other temporary performances as well as concerts, comedy shows, acrobatic shows, and more.

To get the best experience of the Radio City Music Hall – you can attend one of its amazing shows by pre-booking your ticket online.  The venue also offers professional guided tours inside the theater, with a chance to go behind the scenes with an actual Rockette performer.  Other interesting tours include: Radio City Art Deco Tour (which introduces the interior design of the theater), Radio City Music Hall Stage Door VIP Tour (a private tour of the backstage area, with an additional access to some VIP rooms), Career Educational Tour, and the Lincoln Center Combo Tours.  You can book any of them on the venue’s official website (below).

  • Address: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020.
  • Time required: 60-90 minutes for a guided tour.
  • Hours of operation: open daily: guided tours 9:30am-5:00pm, performance shows start from 7:00pm and later.
  • Price: guided tours tickets start at $16 (adults).
  • Official website: http://www.radiocity.com

20. Macy’s (Herald Square)

Macy's, New York City - Global StorybookMacy’s is a well-known American department chain, which is also one of the country’s largest retail stores by the volume of sales.  There are more than 700 stores spread across the U.S. though its most famous one is located on the 34th Street (Herald Square) in Midtown Manhattan.  This particular store became even more widely famous when it was featured in the “Miracle on the 34th Street” Hollywood blockbuster in 1947.  It is also one of the largest department stores in the World, taking up almost the entire block on which it was built (just like the St. Patrick’s Cathedral – sight #16).

Another famous feature of this amazing store is its annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, held on every Thanksgiving’s morning.  The parade has become one of the most beloved city traditions, attended by thousands of New Yorkers, as well as out of state guests, every year.  In addition to the colorful, giant balloons, the parade includes celebrity sightseeings, dance and live music performances, including some short scenes from famous Broadway shows, marching bands, and much more.

  • Address: 151 West 34th street, New York, NY 10001.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday: 9:00am-10:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-9:00pm.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://www.macys.com/

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21. New York Public Library Main Branch (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)

New York Public Library or NYPL for short, is a large public library system that includes 87 branches spread around New York.  All of these branches combined hold over 53 million books.  The most famous branch is the main one located in Bryant Park (sight #14), officially named Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and simply known as The Main Branch.  It is one of the oldest as well as most beautiful branches in the city.

New York Public Library Main Branch, New York - Global StorybookOpened in 1911, the Main Branch has 4 stories opened to the public as well as numerous gorgeous halls named after different scholars and writers, that are a must-see.  Its main entrance is located on the 5th Avenue, guarded by two giant stone lions, named “Patience” and “Fortitude”.  The Main Branch has been such an integral part of the city that it has been featured in numerous films, from the classics (42nd Street, 1933, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 1961) to the more modern films (The Day After Tomorrow, 2004), and TV-shows (Sex and the City).

Pro tip: the library has a free wifi access, laptop computers, device-charging stations, as well as copying and scanning machines.

  • Address: 476 Fifth Avenue (on 42nd St and Fifth Ave), New York, NY 10018.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Tuesday-Wednesday: 10:00am-8:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm; closed on all public holidays.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman

22. Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center, New York - Global StorybookLincoln Center For the Performing Arts is a complex of famous buildings such as The New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, The New York Philharmonic, and some others.  It was built fairly recently, in the mid 20th century.  The Center’s main plaza is one of the most beautiful sights in New York, especially during the nighttime.

You can chose to attend one of the current (seasonal) performance shows, ranging from ballet, opera, to a philharmonic concert, and to experience and observe one of the World’s most beautiful venues firsthand.  Some of the World’s greatest artists have performed on these prestigious stages.  You can also attend one of the several guided tours to get a deeper insight and a sneak peak behind the scenes of the main venues of the Lincoln Center complex.

  • Address: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: visitor center is open Monday-Friday: 8:00am-10:00pm; Saturday-Sunday: 9:00am-10:00pm. Guided tours run at 11:30am and 1:30pm twice daily (please confirm the hours online).
  • Price: free; guided tours $25 (adults).
  • Official website: http://lincolncenter.org

23. American Natural History Museum

The American Natural History Museum is one of the largest museums in the World and has gained an elevated ‘celebrity status’ when it was featured in the popular Hollywood film Night In The Museum with Ben Stiller (2006).  As the name suggests – the museum is dedicated to the study of the universe, the environment, as well as our natural and cultural history.

The museum features 45 permanent exhibitions spread around its four main floors and a basement, as well as an iMAX theater, and a planetarium.  It owns over 33 million different specimens, such as rocks, minerals, plants, animals, fossils and other relics, and many other items.  Some of the museum’s most fascinating collections include the Saurischian Dinosaurs, Akeley Hall of African Mammals, Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, Guggenheim Hall of Minerals, as well as our personal favorites – Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples, African Peoples, South American Peoples, Mexico and Central America, Stout Hall of Asian Peoples and the Northwest Coast Indian Peoples halls.

It also often runs various temporary exhibitions and screenings, such as these four in 2017: ‘Mummies’, ’Cuba’, ‘Dark Universe’, and ‘Humpback Whales’.  It’s very easy to spend an entire day at this wonderful museum, and there are several food courts and cafes to keep you going.  P.S. It’s the number one place to visit with kids!

Pro tip: the museum is the busiest on weekends, therefore if you do plan to come here on a weekend, it’s recommended to buy your tickets online, to avoid spending hours waiting in lines.

  • Address: between Central Park West and 79th street, New York, NY 10024.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: open daily: 10:00am-5:45pm; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Price: suggested admission price is $23 (adults); $18 (students with valid ID, seniors over 60); $13 (children ages 2-12).
  • Official website: http://www.amnh.org

24. NYU + Washington Square Park

NYU, Washington Square Park, New York - Global StorybookNew York City is lucky to have two top schools on the island – Columbia University (sight #37) and the New York University (or NYU for short).  Both are located in opposite directions from each other – NYU’s main campus area is located around Washington Square Park (in downtown Manhattan), while Columbia’s main campus is stationed in Morningside Heights (in ‘upper-uptown’ Manhattan) between West 114th and 120th streets.

Because of its reputation and its iconic location, NYU has taken a very prominent place in the popular culture, and its main park (Washington Square Park) is a frequently visited attraction, by the locals and tourists alike.  Washington Square Park’s most prominent landmark is the Washington Square Arch, a triumphal arch built in 1892 to celebrate the earlier inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States of America.

The University’s history dates back to 1831, when it was first established by a group of affluent locals, for the benefit of the general public.  It has grown significantly since then, expanding to various schools and specializations, as well as different campuses, some of which are spread out across the city, and even over the country’s borders.  Some of NYU’s main campuses are located around the Washington Square Park, including the NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYU School of Law, NYU Stern School of Business, NYU Steinhardt, and others.  Some of the school’s notable alumni include: Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Adam Sandler, Tom Ford, Amal Clooney, and many others.

  • Address: Washington Square Park, New York, NY 10012.
  • Time required: free.
  • Hours of operation: Washington Square Park is open daily 24/7.
  • Price: free; please note the entrance inside any of the campuses is not open to the outside visitors.
  • Official website: http://www.nyu.edu

25. Upper East Side

The Upper East Side neighborhood is one of the most affluent and luxurious areas in Manhattan.  It stretches from East 59th to East 96th streets, and from Central Park (5th Ave) on one side, to the FDR Drive on the other.  As with many other places in Manhattan, this neighborhood has also been featured in many prominent Hollywood films, such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961), Manhattan (1979), Cruel Intentions (1999), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), American Psycho (2000); as well as TV Shows (Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Ugly Betty, etc.).

Upper East Side, New York - Global StorybookSome of the most important city museums are located in this neighborhood, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or The MET (sight #6), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (sight #26), Museum of the City of New York (sight #40), El Museo del Barrio, and many others.  It’s no wonder then that some of the richest families have once occupied this area, including the Rockefellers, Kennedys, Carnegies, Roosevelts and many others.

  • Address: between East 59th St and East 96th St; Fifth Ave and FDR Drive, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

26. The Guggenheim

Guggenheim, New York - Global StorybookThis famous museum, officially known as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, is located on the Upper East Side (sight #25) and is dedicated primarily to the modern and contemporary art.  It’s famous for its outstanding design (it was designed by America’s most famous architect – Frank Lloyd Wright), as well as its excellent temporary exhibitions, which the museum runs year-round.

One of the most interesting features about this particular building’s design is the grand ramp that circles the interior, all the way up to the 5th floor.  The main vision was for the visitors to take an elevator up to the top, and make their way slowly down, stopping at each exhibition’s artwork along the continuous wall.

In addition to the temporary exhibitions, the museum has acquired a substantial permanent collection as well, which is divided equally between its international divisions in Venice (Italy), Bilbao (Spain), and Abu Dhabi (UAE).  Guggenheim’s admission fee is pricey, though if you do not mind waiting in line – you can visit it on a Saturday between 5:45pm-7:45pm when the admission is “pay what you wish” (just make sure to arrive there early, since the last ticket is issued at 7:15pm).

  • Address: 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Sunday-Wednesday and Friday: 10:00am-5:45pm; Saturday: 10:00am-7:45pm.
  • Price: $25 (adults), $18 (students).
  • Official website: https://www.guggenheim.org

27. Little Italy

How many neighborhoods do you know, that have their own dedicated websites?  Well, in New York there are plenty, and here is one of them – it’s the charming downtown district by the name Little Italy.  As the name implies, this neighborhood was once heavily populated by the Italian American immigrants who gave this area its name.  Nowadays, it is filled with numerous authentic Italian restaurants, as well as shops and cafes.  It’s also known for its annual street fair, called the Feast of San Gennaro, which runs for about 11 days, every September.

Little Italy, New York - Global StorybookYou can also stop by the Italian American Museum (155 Mulberry St) – a small museum dedicated to the exploration of the Italian American heritage.  Another beautiful sight is the ‘Most Precious Blood Church’, a small Roman Catholic church which houses the statue of San Gennaro and is the starting point of the annual Feast of San Gennaro’s procession.

  • Address: Mulberry Street, between Canal and Broome streets, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1 hour.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://www.littleitalynyc.com

28. Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden, also known as MSG or simply The Garden, is a huge arena with 20,000+ seats.  It is a widely popular venue, with an abundance of ongoing concerts, sports shows, such as ice hockey, basketball, boxing, tennis, wrestling and others.  Some of the biggest celebrities have all performed at MSG, such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Billy Joel, Elton John, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and many others.  It is one of the most iconic and famous venues in the U.S. which often has the honor to present some of the most prestigious concerts – and not just in the city, but in the history of the country.

To get behind-the-scenes of this grand building, you can take one of the several guided tours offered by the venue, or attend one of the actual concerts, or a sports event.  It is surely one of the most unforgettable and one of a kind experiences that you can do in New York.

  • Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: depends on the activity; check the official site for more info.
  • Price: guided tours start at $26.95 (adults).
  • Official website: http://www.thegarden.com

29. Plaza Hotel

Plaza Hotel, New York - Global StorybookThose who have seen Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – will instantly recognize this legendary hotel where the main hero, Kevin McCallister, carelessly spent his daddy’s money, and where the World’s richest, including Kings and Queens, often stay.  From all of New York’s most iconic and elite hotels, The Plaza, as its commonly known, is probably the most famous.  Some of its most renowned guests and visitors included Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Marlene Dietrich, and many others.

You can also join history by booking one of its luxurious suits or by visiting one of the Plaza’s several restaurants and/or bars.  Stop by for an afternoon tea at the Palm Court, or a drink at the Champagne Bar, or even for a live jazz music every Wednesday at the legendary Rose Club, and you will surely remember this experience for many years.  It must be noted also that the price list is quite steep since this is a 5-star hotel, yet you can order just one drink while slowly taking in the atmosphere (the key is not go there on an empty stomach!).

  • Address: 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free to look around; nightly rates start at $500+.
  • Official website: http://www.theplazany.com

30. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of the most unique museums in New York City.  It was opened in 1982 and is dedicated to the American military.  The main exhibitions are located on an actual ship – the famous aircraft carrier called USS Intrepid.

In addition, some of its other popular exhibitions include the Space Shuttle Enterprise, USS Growler submarine, and a British Airways Concorde airplane.  If you ever wondered what an actual submarine looks like, or a space shuttle – then do not miss your chance to stop by this fascinating museum.  And if you’d like to enhance your experience even further – make sure to book one of the several guided tours, such as: Concorde: A Supersonic Story, Exploring Space: Project Mercury, Enterprise and Beyond, Pacific War: USS Intrepid in World War II, among others.

  • Address: Pier 86, between West 46th street and 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: open daily: 10:00am – 5:00pm; and until 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday from April 1-October 31.
  • Price: $33 (adults), $24 (children 5-12).
  • Official website: https://www.intrepidmuseum.org

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31. Union Square

Union Square is one of the most prominent, charming and historic neighborhoods in New York City.  Its centerpiece is a beautiful park-square called Union Square Park where a ton of happenings take place all year round – from the Farmers Market every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and a special Christmas Market during the holiday season every Winter, to the open-air free movie nights during August, and street chess games, whenever the weather is cooperating.

Union Square, New York - Global StorybookOther interesting places of interest on Union Square include the famous bookstore Barnes and Noble, where a lot of writers and celebrities often come for book signings and small talk events; the Metronome art installation that includes a modern, digital clock and a round, golden void which releases a white steam during certain hours; a beautiful Union Square Savings Bank building, which is now a theater that used to stage a popular performance called Fuerza Bruta, and is home to a number of other interesting temporary performances; the interesting Zeckendorf Towers building – a twin tower residential building on the corner of Union Square East (between East 14th and 15th streets); Mohandas Gandhi bronze statue; and many others.

The area is also filled with amazing restaurants and bars, so if you find yourself looking for a nice place to eat – stop by Union Square!

  • Address: between East 14th and 18th streets, 5th Ave and Irving Place, New York, NY 10003.
  • Time required: 1 hour or less.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://www.unionsquarenyc.org/index

32. The Oculus 

This interesting and unique monument was designed by a Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, as part of the memorial tribute to the victims of the September 11.  It is located right at the World Trade Center area and includes a giant shopping mall inside its premises, as well as a large subway station.

Apart from its unusual and fascinating design, Oculus’s most striking feature is the way it honors the victims and the heroes on each September 11.  At precisely 10:28am, at the exact time when the North Tower has collapsed to the ground, a beam of light passes through the opening in the roof and projects the light right through the center of this monument, creating a symmetrical shaft bisecting the concourse (weather conditions permitting).

33. The Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art was established by an American artist, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1931, and is dedicated primarily to the American art of the 20th and the 21st centuries.  Since 2015, it is located in the West Village (on the border with the Meatpacking District), in a very interesting and a specifically designed building, by an accomplished Italian architect Renzo Piano.

Whitney holds an extensive collection of over 20,000 items, including paintings, drawings, photographs, multimedia files, sculptures and many others interesting artifacts.  It’s also one of the main venues that promotes the work of numerous contemporary and emerging American artists, and it continuously runs a number of temporary exhibitions.  It also offers some amazing views over the city from its top balcony, located on the 8th floor.

  • Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10:30am-6:00pm; Friday-Saturday: 10:30am-10:00pm; open on Tuesday 10:30am-6:00pm from July-August (closed on Tuesdays all other months).
  • Price: $25 (adults), $18 (students with a valid ID, and seniors).
  • Official website: http://whitney.org
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 34. The High Line

The High Line is a very unique and amazing park, built in place of an old, elevated railway that used to transport goods from the 34th street all the way to the Meatpacking District.  The Whitney Museum (sight #33) is located right at the official entrance to the High Line, at the Gansevoort Street.  Its construction and urban design was inspired by a similar elevated park in Paris, called Coulée verte René-Dumont, located in the 12th arrondissement.  High Line is a fairly new park, which was first opened in 2009.

The park stretches for 1.45 miles (or 2.33km) and includes beautiful vegetation and flowers (depending on the season), numerous benches, as well some amazing temporary art installations, which change annually.  It also runs a number of different temporary exhibitions, fun classes (such as tai chi and meditation), public performances, various guided tours divided by topics, and other interesting programs, which are all listed on its website.

  • Address: it starts on the corner of Gansevoort St and Washington St and ends between 34th St and 11th Avenue.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: December-March: 7:00am-7:00pm; April-May: 7:00am-10:00pm; June-September: 7:00am-11:00pm; October-November: 7:00am-10:00pm.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://www.thehighline.org

35. Coney Island

Located in the heart of “Little Russia”, in Brooklyn, this historic neighborhood is famous for many things.  Among them, are the two popular, seasonal amusement parks located right next to each other – Luna Park and the Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park with various fun rides and rollercoasters; a wide, 2,5 miles long Coney Island Boardwalk (second-longest one in the World), and the popular public beach called Brighton Beach; New York Aquarium (oldest aquarium in the country with more than 250 species of sea life, including sharks), Brooklyn Cyclones – a minor league baseball team that plays seasonally in the beautiful MCU Park Stadium, and many others.

The best time to visit this sight would be in the early afternoon, starting with the New York Aquarium, then slowly making your way to the amusement park in the evening.  Right next to the park, there are a ton of restaurants, including the iconic Nathan’s Famous, which is well-known for its fun, annual hot-dog eating contest.  Every Friday night during the Summer, Coney Island also throws the amazing, seasonal fireworks which is a huge magnet for many locals.  In addition, this sight is also known as the place where the annual Mermaid Parade takes place every June.

P.S. Special note for Beyonce’s fans: the singer shot her beautiful music video XO at the Coney Island’s amusement park.

  • Address: 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224.
  • Time required: 2-4 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7; Luna Park hours are seasonal (check the official website).
  • Price: free.
  • Official websites: http://www.coneyisland.com and http://lunaparknyc.com

36. SoHo 

SoHo is a fashionable area of downtown Manhattan, which literally means “South of Houston Street”.  It is one of the busiest and trendiest shopping areas of the city, where you can find pretty-much any store.  From the big retail names such as Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Adidas, ZARA, American Apparel, Apple, H&M, Forever 21, to the smaller-scale boutiques and vintage stores, such as Vivienne Hu, Mieko Mintz, What Goes Around Comes Around, and many others.

SoHo, New York - Global StorybookSoHo’s particular architecture, with its high ceilings and the big windows apartments and lofts, has lured many influential artists and celebrities into purchasing a piece of real-estate here.  This in turn has quickly turned this neighborhood into one of the most sought-after and prestigious areas, with some of the highest rental and buying prices.   As for the film locations, the area has plenty – 9 1/2 Weeks, A Perfect Murder, Big, and many others were shot on location in SoHo.

  • Address: between Canal St and W Houston St, 6th Ave and Crosby St, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://www.sohonyc.com

37. Columbia University

Columbia University, is a very prestigious Ivy League school, and is one of the most famous as well as oldest universities in the World.  It was established in 1754, even before the Declaration of the Independence (1776).  The university is divided into twenty main schools, such as: Columbia Law School, Columbia Business School, Teachers College, and others.  Its main campus area is located in the Morningside Heights, between West 114th and West 120th streets, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues.

The beautiful and large main campus is open to visitors and is worth seeing, coming all the way to the ‘Upper-Upper’ West Side.  Its centerpiece is the Alma Mater monument, located right in front of the grand and imposing Low Memorial Library, a National Historic Landmark, built in 1895.

Other notable buildings include: Teachers College (525 W 120th St), Butler Library located right opposite the Low Memorial Library (535 West 114th Street), Philosophy Hall – the site of the invention of FM Radio by Edwin Armstrong in 1933 (1150 Amsterdam Avenue), the Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway), and the Pupin Hall (538 West 120th Street).

  • Address: located between W114th and W120th streets, Broadway and Amsterdam avenues, New York, NY 10027.
  • Time required: 1 hour.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://www.columbia.edu

38. Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo is not only the largest zoo in the country, it is also one of the largest zoos in the World.  It was opened in 1899, and is now spread around 265 acres of land.  It contains over 650 species of different land and sea animals and birds.  It is not really recommended to come here only for a few hours, since the zoo is so big that you can easily spend here several days (or at least one full day).  There’s also a number of different cafes and restaurants to keep you full and energized.

Bronx Zoo, New York - Global StorybookAmong the different species, some of the most popular ones are: lions, African wild dogs, polar and grizzly bears, various species of monkeys, Nile crocodiles, and many others.  The Zoo also includes a number of amazing exhibits, such as: the World of Birds, JungleWorld, Tiger Mountain, World of Reptiles, Madagascar!, Birds of Prey, Himalayan Highlands, Butterfly Garden (seasonal), and numerous others.  Other popular activities include a treetop adventure, camel rides (seasonal), a 4D theater, a nature trek, sea lion feedings, and a bug carousel for kids.

  • Address: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460.
  • Time required: 6-8 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm; weekends and holidays: 10:00am-5:30pm.
  • Price: $36.95 (adults), $26.95 (children 3-12), $31.95 (senior 65 and older).
  • Official website: https://bronxzoo.com

39. Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village, located on the West side of the lower Manhattan, is a trendy and hip neighborhood.  It’s famous as the “Bohemian” core of the city, a place that numerous hippies, artists, and other progressive-thinking individuals used to call their home.  Some of the most famous included: Mark Twain, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Edgar Allan Poe, Andy Warhol and many others.  It is also known as the birth-place of the LGBT, Beat and the ‘60s counterculture movements.

Nowadays, this is one of the most desired and expensive real-estate areas to live in, which a lot of modern celebrities (Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts) call their home.  Please note – the West side of the Greenwich Village is called the West Village, though the Eastern side of the city, the East Village is not part of Greenwich Village and is a separate neighborhood.

Greenwich Village, New York - Global StorybookIn the heart of this area there is the Washington Square Park and the NYU’s main campus (sight #24).  Other notable points of interest include: The Whitney Museum of American Art (sight #33), Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave), IFC Center, an independent movie art-house (323 6th Ave), among the others.  Greenwich Village is also famous for its fun, annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade; it has its own website (Greenwich Village – Society For Historic Preservation) and even its “own” newspaper (Village Voice).

  • Address: between West St and Broadway, W Houston St and West 14th St, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official Website: http://www.gvshp.org/

40. The Museum of the City of New York 

Museum of the City of New York, New York - Global StorybookThere are many great art museums in New York.  Yet this one is not like any others – it is dedicated to the history of the city itself, and runs a number of amazing temporary exhibitions on different social, historic and other cultural issues of New York.  It was established in 1923, and has been residing in a beautiful Neo-Georgian building on the 5th Ave and 103rd street, on the Upper East Side, which was designed and completed for the museum in 1930.

Among its top exhibitions, the permanent one called “NY At Its Core” located on the 1st floor is one of the most interesting.  It is focused on the history of the city, from its early days when it was just a newly established Dutch port city in the early 1600s, to the modern post 9/11 days.  And to give you an even better understanding of the city’s 400-year history, there’s a 30-minute narrated film, named “Timescapes” which runs every 40 minutes on the lower floor.  It overviews the history of the city, with the help of numerous drawings, illustrations, maps, and photographs.  The two upper floors are mainly used to run various temporary exhibitions, based on different topics dedicated to New York.

  • Address: 1220 5th Ave and 103rd street, New York, NY 10029.
  • Time required: 3-4 hours.
  • Hours of operation: open daily: 10:00am-6:00pm; closed on some public holidays.
  • Price: suggested admission: $18 (adults), $12 (students with a valid ID, and seniors).
  • Official website: http://www.mcny.org

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41. Prospect Park

Prospect Park, New York - Global StorybookThis beautiful park is located right in the heart of Brooklyn, on a short 30-minute subway ride from Manhattan.  It’s one of the oldest as well as largest public parks in the city.  Two of New York’s top sights are also located within the park’s grounds – the Brooklyn Museum (sight # 42) and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (sight #49).

In addition, the Prospect Park features a number of interesting attractions, such as a small zoo, several beautiful lakes; a gorgeous boathouse; large recreational meadows; a well-preserved, original Lefferts Historic House – an 18th century Dutch home; a popular, charming and fun Carousel from 1912; a tennis court as well as several large playing fields, and many other fun places.  The Park also has its own website and even an app to help you navigate and discover all of its amazing attractions.

  • Address: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
  • Time required: 3-4 hours.
  • Hours of operation: open daily 5am-1am.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://www.prospectpark.org

42. Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is one of the most important art museums in New York.  It was established in the mid-1890s, and it’s one of the largest museums in the city, holding over 1,5 million of artworks.

Some of the museum’s most renowned collections include the Ancient Egyptian collection of relics, mummies, and sculptures; the American Art including paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs; European Art, including such famous artists as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne and others; Decorative Arts Galleries and Period Rooms, including recreated homes and furniture from the 18th-20th centuries; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art including its amazing exhibition called The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, as well as many other interesting permanent and temporary collections.

  • Address: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238.
  • Time required: 2-3 hours.
  • Hours of operation: Wednesday, Friday-Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm; Thursday: 11:00am-10:00pm; closed Monday-Tuesday; first Saturday of every month, except September: 11:00am-11:00pm.
  • Price: suggested admission: $16 (adults); $10 (students with a valid ID, seniors 62+).
  • Official website: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org

43. Riverside Park

Riverside Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan, stretching for over 4-miles along a narrow strip next to the Hudson River, on the Upper West Side.  It was developed on top of the railroad tracks (which are now located underground and are used by Amtrak) and is maintained by a nonprofit organization, called Riverside Park Conservancy.

The park is a popular local attraction, which features a number of activities – from running, biking, dog walking to playing basketball, volleyball, handball, soccer or tennis on one of the numerous dedicated courts.  Besides offering some outstanding scenic views over the Hudson River and a quiet spot away from the hustle of the big city, the park is filled with a number of interesting monuments, such as the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument (located at 72nd street), Joan of Arc statue (located at 93rd street), Grant’s Tomb (tomb of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of United States, located at West 122nd street) and others.

  • Address: starts at West 72nd street and ends at West 125th street, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1 hour.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://riversideparknyc.org

44. The Cloisters

The Cloisters Museum is one of the official branches of the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art – sight #6) located in the Upper Manhattan.  It’s primarily focused on the Medieval European art, sculpture and architecture mostly from the 12th-15th centuries.  The building itself was constructed from parts of several medieval abbeys imported mainly from France.

Among its most interesting art pieces, are the stained glass panels, some of which date back to the early 3rd century; some exceptionally rare illuminated books and manuscripts from the 14th century; as well as several thousands of Medieval art works, such as religious objects, statues and paintings.  Other beautiful sights include the Cloister’s Garden, the Fuentidueña Chapel, The Romanesque Hall, The Lagon Chapel and the Gothic Chapel with its beautiful stained glass windows as well as four medieval tombs (also imported from Europe).

The building itself is a beautiful work of art, that resembles a ‘castle’ and is located on top of a hill, in the Fort Tryon Park.  In addition to the Cloisters, the park offers some amazing views over the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, as well as the Bronx (one of NYC’s five boroughs).

  • Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040.
  • Time required: 2-4 hours.
  • Hours of operation: March–October: 10:00am–5:15pm; May 26–September 1, 2017: open late on Fridays until 7:30pm; November–February: 10:00am–4:45pm.
  • Price: suggested admission $25 (adults); $17 (seniors over 65); $12 (students with a valid ID); one ticket is valid for the same-day admission to The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer.
  • Official website: http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/met-cloisters

45. Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is one of NYC’s most prominent neighborhoods, located on the West side of the Central Park.  In the past years, it has become an even more affluent and expensive real-estate area than even its neighbor across the park, the Upper East Side.  Though these two neighborhoods run completely parallel to each other, they could not be more different in style and architecture.  Where the UES features more upscale high-rising towers, the UWS has more townhouses (“brownstones”) per its square blocks.

Some of the neighborhood’s most interesting sights include: American Natural History Museum (sight #23), which looks like a fairytale castle from several side angles; Beacon Theater (2124 Broadway), a historic movie theater which is often used to host celebrity movie premiers; Juilliard School (60 Lincoln Center Plaza) one of the World’s most prestigious performing arts schools; The American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square) – a museum dedicated well… to American folk art (with a free admission!); The Dakota Apartments (1 West 72nd St), a historic residential building where John Lennon lived and was infamously murdered outside the main entrance in 1980; and others.

Upper West Side, New York - Global StorybookAs to the famous films and TV-shows featured in this neighborhood, they include: Fatal Attraction, Black Swan, You’ve Got Mail, West Side Story, The Apartment, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, How I Met Your Mother, Will and Grace, and numerous others.

  • Address: between West 59th and West 110th streets; Central Park West and the Hudson River, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.

46. The Battery Park

The Battery Park or simply The Battery is a small park on the southern tip of Manhattan, from where you can catch a boat tour to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island (sight #1).  Or a free ferry to Staten Island.

This beautiful park has got its name due to the artillery batteries that were once stationed here to protect the new settlers from possible invaders.  You can still find the remnants of the protecting fort that used to stand on guard here, called the Castle Clinton.  Located in the Northwestern side of the park, it was later repurposed to serve as the oldest immigration station, predating even the famous Ellis Island.

The park is also home to several significant memorial sights such as the damaged monument called The Sphere, which used to stand at the World Trade Center and the eternal flame memorial to the 9/11 victims, The East Coast Memorial dedicated to the World War II, Hope Garden – a small garden dedicated to the victims of AIDS, the American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial sculpture located right next to the Hudson River, the New York Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Coast Guard Memorial, and many others.

In addition, there are interesting attractions such as the amazing Seaglass Carousel, the Perennial Gardens, the Immigrant statue, Marine Flagstaff, and others.  The park often holds numerous events, including yoga classes and even free guided group tours available to public – for more information please see their website below.

  • Address: State Street and Battery Place, New York, NY 10004.
  • Time required: 1 hour.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://www.thebattery.org

47. DUMBO

DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York - Global StorybookYou probably already know about this area from one of the most iconic views of New York – that of Manhattan Bridge framed by two tall concrete buildings, and the cobbled stone street underneath.  On some of the photos you can even spot the Empire State Building peeking right through the middle of the Bridge, in the distance.

The name of the neighborhood where this popular spot is located is DUMBO, and it stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, due to its interesting position right between the city’s two most famous and iconic bridges – the Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridges.  This area has become increasingly trendy in the past decade, and its real-estate prices have skyrocketed attracting numerous celebrities as well as very wealthy buyers and renters.

In addition to offering some of the most beautiful views over Manhattan’s skyline, the area is home to numerous artistic galleries, Zagat-rated restaurants, avant-garde theaters, beautiful street art murals and graffiti drawings, as well as some renowned attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the iconic Jane’s Carousel, the Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll art installation by the Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, and a ton of others.

  • Address: between Brooklyn Bridge and the Bridge St, York St and the East River, Brooklyn, NY, 11201.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://dumbonyc.com

48. Hudson River Park

Just like its partner on the Upper West Side (the Riverside Park – sight #43), the Hudson River Park is a narrow strip of a green area located on the West side of the city, extending for 4.5 miles from Chambers St to the West 59th street, parallel to the Hudson River.  It’s one of the newest parks of the city, opened only recently in 2003.

One of Hudson River Park’s most amazing features is the number of piers that are spread out across the park, offering a number of fun activities.  Pier 25 offers miniature golf while Pier 26 located right next to it, offers free seasonal kayaking activities; Pier 40 offers several playing fields and is home to the New York Knights of the American National Rugby League; Piers 59-62 are known as the Chelsea Piers and are home to the Sports and Entertainment Complex and a beautiful, fun Carousel located at Pier 62; Pier 83 is home to the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises navigating around Manhattan; Pier 86 is hosting the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (sight #30), and a number of others.

The are a ton amazing things to do in the Hudson River Park, such as flying the trapeze, watching a free big-screen TV seasonal film on one of the green lawns, attending a free concert, fishing, taking a free group fitness or a salsa dance class, or going on one of the guided tours, and many others.

  • Address: between Chambers St and W59th St; 12th Ave and the Hudson River, New York, NY.
  • Time required: 1-2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: https://www.hudsonriverpark.org

49. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York - Global StorybookThis beautiful botanic garden, located right within the Prospect Park ’s grounds (sight #41) is especially popular during the Sakura (or the Cherry trees) blooming period from mid-March to mid-April.  Besides its famous Cherry trees, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has over 12,000 species of plants, flowers and trees planted within the Garden.  Every season has something special on offer – from the blooming Sakura trees in Spring, to the Roses and Water Lilies in Summer, to the snow-covered landscapes in the Japanese Garden in Winter, the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a captivating magnet for locals and the outside visitors.

In addition, it has several different ‘mini-gardens’, such as the Rose Garden, the above-mentioned Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, the Fragrance Garden, the Herb Garden, Magnolia Plaza, Water Garden, Lilly Pool Terrace, Shakespeare Garden, Rock Garden, Native Flora Garden and others.  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden also offers various art and gardening classes as well as some free, seasonal guided tours.  It also publishes its own books on gardening and is a great place to pick up some gardening tips from its staff.

  • Address: there are three main entrances: 150 Eastern Parkway, 455 Flatbush Avenue,990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
  • Time required: 2 hours.
  • Hours of operation: March-October: Tuesday-Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm and Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm; November: Tuesday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm and Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am-4:30pm; December-February: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am-4:30pm; last admission – 30 minutes before closing time; closed on Mondays and some public holidays.
  • Price: $15 (adults); $8 (students with a valid ID, seniors over 65); free on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm; free on weekdays from December-February.
  • Official website: https://www.bbg.org

50. Chinatown

Chinatown is of the most colorful, ethnic neighborhoods of Manhattan, located on the Lower East Side.  As the name implies, the area is home to one of the largest Chinese American communities, where you can find a ton of authentic Chinese restaurants, shops and markets, as well as the community’s own museum – The Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street) and a cultural center – The Asian American Arts Centre.

Chinatown, New York - Global StorybookSome other popular Chinatown’s attractions include: the Zagart-rated Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (65 Bayard St) an ice cream shop offering authentic Asian flavors; Mahayana Buddhist Temple (133 Canal St) a beautiful, small Buddhist temple with a giant statue of Buddha; Columbus Park (67 Mulberry St) – a peaceful, charming park to seat in, relax and watch the World go by, and others.  And finally, if you happen to be visiting New York in January – do not miss your chance to attend the incredibly colorful and festive Chinese New Year Parade and Festival, which is unarguably one of the best street festivals in New York City.

  • Address: between Broadway and Rutgers St; Canal and Hester streets to Worth and Henry streets, New York, NY 10013.
  • Time required: 1 hour.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7.
  • Price: free.
  • Official website: http://www.explorechinatown.com

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