Anyone who is going to New York for the first time may be a bit confused about where to start. New York is a large city, and it offers new attractions every day. The city can be visited by young people looking for parties, couples, or lovers of art. There will always be something to do.
1- CENTRAL PARK
Central Park is one of New York’s most visited attractions. The famous park located in the center of Manhattan has already become the scene of so many movies, that walking around gives the feeling of being in one of these scenes. There are over 300 acres of green space right in the middle of New York. To help you with the location, download the application of Central Park NYC, which contains maps and information on attractions.
2- TIMES SQUARE
Times Square Avenue became a tourist spot in New York. With its LED screens and thousands of lights, Times Square impresses anyone on their first visit to the Big Apple. The place is also the scene of the significant events of the city, such as the New Year, which attracts thousands of people every year. There are some of the most famous shops in the world. And the movement of people is intense at any time of day or night, regardless of the season. One suggestion is to separate an entire afternoon to walk the avenue, stopping for shopping. When you’re tired go the TKTS staircase, a staircase where people usually sit and take pictures.
3- STATUE OF LIBERTY
When you think about New York, you think immediately to the Statue of Liberty. Contrary to what many people believe, it is not so big, only 93 meters. But visiting the Statue of Liberty is a must-see while in New York. To visit, you need to take a boat from Lower Manhattan to Liberty Island, where you will disembark to meet the Statue of Liberty. The ticket can be bought in advance through the internet, and the whole tour lasts the entire afternoon.
4-EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
The Empire State Building is a 102-floor skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue. Being one of the tallest buildings in the city, it became one of the symbols of New York. Not to mention that it is from the top of the Empire State Building that the visitor can get a panoramic view of the city. There are two observation decks in the Empire State Building that are open to the public. The 86th floor has a 360º view of the town, while the 102nd floor offers a much smaller perspective. The ticket can be purchased in advance through the internet, and the place is open until 02am, every day.
5-GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
Located in Manhattan, the Grand Central Terminal is a famous New York railroad terminal. Opened in 1903, the station is one of the most beautiful in the world, in addition to being considered the largest subway station in the world. There are 44 platforms and 67 rails linking New York to neighboring counties. But, what draws attention there is the main hall and all its grandeur. The place is open every day, from 05:30am to 02:00am. The location is East 42nd Street with Park Avenue.
While you’re in New York, you should definitely check out the Whitney Museum. The Whitney is a museum filled with contemporary American Art from the 20th and 21st century. It is located between the High Line and the Hudson River and is very modern with ever-changing themes and exhibits. Make sure to go to the rooftop of the Whitney! There are incredible views of the New York City skyline and even a rooftop bar and restaurant- although it’s rather expensive. On the way to the Whitney, take The High Line. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. This is a really unique experience with lots of great views for pictures.
Considered one of the world’s oldest suspended bridges, the Brooklyn Bridge has long been the only link between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Today, the place has become a tourist spot and one of the most sought after by tourists. If you want to enjoy the view from the bridge, a recommendation is to cross the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan so that you can experience the scenery of New York. This route takes about 45 minutes, but of course, you will stop several times to take pictures.
8-METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Another museum to go to if you have the time is the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Museum. It has art over the last 5,000 years from all over the world and is very beautiful. The Museum is in three iconic sites in New York City- The Met Fifth Avenue (most popular), The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.
9-MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is one of the biggest natural history museums in the world. The museum complex comprises 28 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time, and occupies more than 2 million square feet. The museum has a full-time scientific staff of 225, sponsors over 120 special field expeditions each year, and averages about five million visits annually.
10- 9/11 MEMORIAL (GROUND ZERO)
The memorial was built to honor the victims of the World Trade Center (WTC) attacks in 2001 – and what some people do not know: also for the victims of the WTC attack on February 26, 1993. The memorial has been open to the public since September 11, 2011, and is freely accessible to anyone wishing to pay their respects.
Altogether, about 3,000 people lost their lives because of the attacks on the World Trade Center, including firefighters and police officers. All of their names are engraved in bronze on the two mirrors that form the core of the memorial. The north pool and the south pool were built on the exact points where the Twin Towers were. It’s a very touching place, with these two huge pools surrounded by trees. The feeling of sadness is intense, especially in the dark of night.