The Big Apple, the Capital of the World or the City That Never Sleeps – call it however you want, but New York is charming in a way that no other city in the world is.
If you’re lucky to visit New York at least once in your lifetime, you will be so charmed by the city’s spirit that you will want to see every corner of it. However, before you get lost in all the things you want to see, make sure to visit the places that make New York so special. We picked ten of them and we instantly wished we were there!
1. Central Park
There’s no doubt – one of the things that first cross our mind when we think about New York is exactly the Central Park. Located in the middle of Manhattan, the Central Park is one of the biggest parks in the world and seems all natural, but in fact everything is well landscaped. Thanks to being such a beautiful park, there are more than 30 million visitors each year, which makes the Central Park the most visited park in the United States.
2. Times Square
The Times Square has more than 50 million visitors each year, with approximately 300.000 visitors every day! That makes it the thirds most visited tourist attraction in the whole world. This crowded place offers experience that you can find in just few other places in the world. All the advertisements, lights and cars show the busy life in New York, while you can at the same time taste the street food and see the culture there is.
3. Top of the Rock
Located on the top of the building in Rockefeller Center, the Top of the Rock occupies the top three floors and serves as observation area. This attraction is a must for every visitor because the view is something that will take your breath away – just look at this picture and you’ll see what we’re talking about. It really is a feeling like you’re on the top of the world!
4. Empire State Building
Located in Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the skyscraper that used to be the tallest building between 1931 and 1972. Now is the second tallest in NY after the new One World Trade Center. It has 103 floors and the view from the top is amazing. There are observation areas on the 86th and the 102nd floors, which are visited by four million visitors every year.
4. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island and represents a gift from the French – in fact, the statue itself was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the second designer of the internal structural elements of the statue. The official name of the Statue of Liberty used to be ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’ and the idea of female statue is based on Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty.
5. One World Trade Center
The One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper on the Western Hemisphere. Rebuilt after the terrorist attacks in 2001, the new One World Trade Center is fascinating from the outside and is definitely something that every visitor should see and while there, visit the National September 11 Memorial&Museum, located south of the Center, right on the place where the Twin Towers used to stood.
6. Brooklyn Bridge
It took 14 years for the Brooklyn Bridge to be built and it costed $15 million. The designer behind it is Joe Roebling, who was one of the 30 men who died during the construction of the bridge. The first person to ever cross the bridge was the third member of the Roebling family working it – it was Emily Warren Roebling, who crossed it in a carriage and in her lap she had a rooster, who was taken as symbol of good luck.
7. Museum of Modern Art
For those of you who are art lovers, visiting the Modern Museum of Art is a must. New York has a rich culture scene that offers a wonderful mix of new and old art. The Modern Museum of Art has such an amazing art, with the oldest being an antique storage jar with decorations of mountain goats that dates back to 3800-3700 BC! The museum has more than 25.000 photographs and many paintings, some from world famous painters such as Van Gogh.
8. Radio City Music Hall
Located in the Rockefeller Center, the Radio City Music Hall is one of the most popular entertainment venues in New York. The interior of the hall is declared as a city landmark in 1978 and the nickname of the Center is actually the Showplace of the Nation. The Radio City Music Hall was and still is one of the most visited tourist destinations and if you have the chance to visit it, go ahead!
9. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is located on the famous Fifth Avenue and it represents an amazing contrast between the modern, tall buildings and the Gothic architecture of the cathedral. It is the largest Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral in the U.S. and was named after Saint Patrick, after the arrival of many Irish immigrants. The cathedral is so big that it takes up a whole city block and its spires rise 330 feet above street level.
10. NY Public Library
Maybe libraries aren’t on your bucket list, but New York’s Public Library is simply fascinating. It is largely made of marble and when it was opened in 1911, the library was the biggest marble building in the United States. The Public Library is the second largest public library in the States with nearly 53 million items, some of which are belongings to famous writers – Truman Capote’s cigarette case and Jack Kerouac’s crutches are inside the library!