Guide to New York

By on March 9, 2014

There are so many things to do and places to see in New York that it can be difficult to know where to start so I am going to provide a brief guide of some of the top attractions in this amazing city. I will write about food and accommodation at a later date.

I guess the obvious starting place has to be…

The Empire State Building

A place where you can look down on the NY skyscrapers for a change. Head for the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, which is actually in mid-Manhattan. Excellent views of the city are to be had here and my advice is to make an advanced purchase of tickets to reduce waiting time.

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

A present from France that is on Liberty Island in the harbor of NY. An American freedom symbol that proudly looks over the bay, greeting all shipping vessels. Access is by ferry that also goes to nearby Ellis Island. While it is possible to visit and explore both of these attractions in one day it’s recommended to allow one day for each.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

This island offers a visit to the Immigration Museum with an interesting look at the experience of immigrants. Movies, tours and interactive exhibits provide a great insight in to the challenges and hardships faced by immigrants as they passed through this island.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

An all year round destination to head for and is also in mid-Manhattan. Perhaps most famous for the Christmas tree and outdoor ice-skating rink that is featured in a number of Hollywood movies but also offers many shops and restaurants.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Also called Grand Central Station, which is inaccurate, is not simply another train station. Shops and restaurants feature quite prominently as is the Beaux-Arts architecture. You can also take up one of the guided tours that are available to get details of the history of this superb location.

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

A great attraction where you can view NY harbor close up. There are ferries serving commuters between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island and visitors wanting to look at the NY waterfront can enjoy a free crossing. You will also get another different view of the Statue of Liberty.

These are arguably the main holiday and short break attractions in New York but there really is so much more to see, Central Park being an obvious candidate. Also in Manhattan, this huge park is a most welcome break from the rest of a city that is littered with so many tall buildings.

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