New York, New York – the city that never sleeps and one of the most exciting metros in the world – so good they even named it twice! Bursting at the seams with iconic architecture, world-class museums, high-end fashion, trendy restaurants, and chic bars, New York will take you in her arms and leave you breathless.
While this high-energy city offers something different to see or do every day for at least a year, if you are limited for time, here is list of the Top 10 things to see and do in the city that should not be missed.
Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, Central Park is undoubtedly the emerald gem in the city’s crown. Home to over 800 acres of rich heritage, beautiful landscapes, and breath-taking scenery, the best way to explore this tranquil tract is by bicycle. Rent a bike and go solo or enjoy a guided tour with Central Bike Tours. (centralparkbiketours.com)
Empire State Building
Take in the vast expanse of the city from the observatory decks on the 86th- or 102nd-floors of the most recognizable building in America. See Connecticut and Pennsylvania more than 80 miles away on a clear day, or head up at night for awe-inspiring city-lights-by-night views. (esbnyc.com)
Circle Line Tour
Take in the whole island of Manhattan from the water on a three-hour Circle Line Best of NYC (Full Island Cruise), which takes in three rivers, seven bridges and promises spectacular panoramic vistas. If you have limited time, take the one-hour Liberty Cruise, and see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the southern tip of Manhattan. (circleline42.com)
Statue of Liberty
Standing sentry in New York Harbor as a symbol of liberty and freedom to immigrants arriving by ship from the Old World, the 150-foot high Lady Liberty is arguably the most iconic of all American landmarks. Visit the magnificent neo-classical statue with the official Statue Cruises (statuecruises.com) and climb the 354 steps to the crown.
Top of the Rock
For unrivalled panoramic vistas of the city, head to the rooftop observation deck on the 70th-floor of the commanding GE Building, home to NBC studios and the glorious focal point of the Art Deco Rockefeller Center in Midtown. (topoftherocknyc.com)
Museum of Modern Art
Fondly known as MoMA, the striking, glass-enrobed Yoshio Taniguchi-designed building houses one of the most significant collections of modern art in the world, with works by world-renowned, such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Cézanne, Magritte, Pollock, Matisse, and Warhol. (moma.org)
Madison Square Garden
Home to the New York Rangers ice hockey side and Knicks basketball team, this iconic 20,000-seat venue in the heart of Herald Square has witnessed Marilyn singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to JFK, two Ali-Frazier fights and The Rolling Stones in concert. (thegarden.com)
Take a sojourn back in time and experience the ‘Peopling of America’ on the historical Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants passed through between 1892 and 1954. Enjoy a guided tour with Statue Cruises ferry leaving from Battery Park Terminal, on the southern tip of Manhattan. (nps.gov/elis)
A work of art in itself, the iconic, cylindrical-shaped museum of Frank Lloyd Wright fame, has been drawing contemporary art lovers from around the world since its opening in 1959. Home to a constantly evolving collection of modern, contemporary, impressionist, post-impressionist art, works by Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois make up some of the magnificent work on display. (guggenheim.org)
“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” asked the pedestrian. “Practice,” replied the maestro. Resting at the heart of Manhattan and as iconic as London’s Royal Albert Hall and Milan’s La Scala, the eminent concert venue is the height of musical achievement and there is nothing quite like an orchestral performance in the main hall. (carnegiehall.org)