The following are New York City’s must-see attractions. These are the attractions that make NYC a top tourist destination and the attractions that keep visitors coming back to New York City.
| Brooklyn Bridge |
The Brooklyn Bridge is New York City’s world-famous steel suspension bridge that connects Manhattan to Brooklyn. Until 1903, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge spans the East River. This iconic bridge is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of man. It is also a major part of New York City’s skyline.
| Central Park |
Central Park was designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederik Law Olmsted. The pair won a design competition to improve the park. The park was open to the public in 1857. It is the first urban-landscaped park in America. Central Park is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the south by West 59th Street, on the west by Eighth Avenue, and on the east by Fifth Avenue.
| Empire State Building |
New York City’s Empire State Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. This famous New York City Landmark is also recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The Empire State Building held the title of the World’s tallest building until 1972, when it was overtaken by the World Trade Towers. The construction of the Empire State Building was part of a competition for the world’s tallest building along with the Chrysler building.
| Grand Central Terminal |
Grand Central Terminal is one of New York City's most famous landmarks. Located on 42nd street at Park Avenue, it is sometimes incorrectly called Grand Central Station or simply called Grand Central for short. Grand Central is not only the world's largest railway station at 76 acres, and the nation's busiest (500,000 commuters and subway riders use it daily), it's also one of the world's great public places.
| Guggenheim Museum |
The Guggenheim Museum is one of New York's best-known contemporary art museums. Officially known as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the museum is one of the most famous and most distinctive museums in NYC. The Guggenheim Museum is known for its unique and spectacular shape. This spiral structure, designed by the renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright was inaugurated in 1959.
| Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) |
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often referred to simply as "the MET", is one of the world's largest and most important art museums. Established in 1870, the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art offers one of the most comprehensive collections of art from earliest antiquity to current era. The MET Museum has 2 million works spanning 5,000 years in its vast collections. The collections at the MET Museum are often compared to grand collections found in European museums, particularly those in London and Paris.
| Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) |
The Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA as it is commonly known, is considered as one of the most influential museums of modern art in the world. Collections in MoMA feature modern and contemporary art, which includes architecture and design, drawings, sculpture, photography, paintings, film and electronic media. It is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, right next to the Rockefeller Center.
| Rockefeller Center |
Rockefeller Center is a complex of commercial buildings between 48th and 51st Streets (between 5th and 7th Avenues) in the center of Midtown Manhattan. It's best known for its famous Christmas tree, outdoor cafe and ice skating rink, shopping, NBC Stuidos tour, and Top of the Rock Observation Deck for views of NY. There is also a giant statue of Atlas holding the globe along with Radio City Music Hall, the largest indoor theater in the United States.
| Statue of Liberty |
The Statue of Liberty, short for The Statue of Liberty of Enlightenment of the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island was the historic gateway for millions of immigrants coming to America from 1892 and 1955. Today, thousands of people visit the Statue of Liberty, daily. The statue is situated in Upper New York Bay on Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
| Times Square |
Times Square is located in the heart of New York City's Theater district. Located on the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Ave, it is sometimes known as the 'Crossroads of the World'. Times Square is filled with multiple billboard signs, various theaters from Broadway along with bright, animated neon and LED signs that operate round the clock. There's so much to Times Square: shopping, restaurants, TV studios, the New Years Eve Celebrations, and the many many people.
| Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center |
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is a multi-level observation deck located in the Rockefeller Center that provides breathtaking views of New York City. This observation deck is a must-see attraction due to the spectacular views of New York City that it provides. On one side you have an amazing view of Central Park. On the other side you have an amazing view of the Empire State Building with lower Manhattan behind it.
| World Trade Center & Ground Zero |
The twin towers of the World Trade Center were more than just buildings. They were the embodiment of New York City. Built at a time when New York's future seemed uncertain, the towers restored confidence and helped bring a halt to the decline of lower Manhattan. Brash, glitzy, and grand, they quickly became symbols of New York.