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Top 10 Things to Do in New York

Whatever your desires, New York City is sure to cater to your tastes. From stunning architecture and lush green spaces to world class dining and top notch shopping, you won't be short of things to do in The Big Apple!

1. Central Park

This giant public park in the centre of Manhattan has meadows, woodlands, gardens, lakes, ponds and plenty to see and do. Built in 1857, the 843 acres (341 ha) large park is home to the Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields and the Belvedere Castle. The Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum are also here. Beautiful all year round, visitors can walk around the park, rent bikes, or ride a horse and carriage!

Metro: 59 St-Columbus Circle, 5 Av/59 St

2. Times Square

Times Square has been voted as the most popular tourist attraction in the world, and with over 300,000 people passing through on a daily basis, it’s certainly one of the busiest! The intersection of crossroads in Manhattan’s theatre district is best seen at nighttime when the many neon lights and billboards illuminate the entire area.
    
Metro:Times Sq-42 St

3. Statue of Liberty

A gift from France over 100 years ago, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor represents the Roman goddess of freedom and is now a World Heritage Site. The robed lady holding a torch and tablet is impressive even from a distance, but a visit up the statue herself offers amazing views of the city. Alternatively visitors can take a boat or ferry trip around Liberty Island. Ferries and boats depart from Battery Park.

Metro: Bowling Green, Whitehall

4. Empire State Building

Built 1931, the art deco Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper that stands at 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high with its antennae and spire included. Located in Midtown Manhattan, visitors can go up the building for awe-inspiring views of the city or wait until night falls to watch the changing colours of the tower lights. Once the tallest building in the world, today it is the second-tallest building in New York after the new One World Trade Center was erected in 2012.

Metro: 34 St-Herald Sq

5. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

The MOMA’s collection of modern and contemporary art is often cited as the finest in the world. Founded in 1929, it was the first museum in the world to focus on modern art and its permanent collection features more than 135,000 paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, and sculptures. Famous works include Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe and Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

Metro: 5 Av/53 St, 57 St

6. High Line

This public park on Manhattan’s West Side was built on a renovated stretch of rail line elevated above the streets. The rail line was used for freight trains from 1934 to 1980, but today is a peaceful retreat from the bustling city below. The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up 1.5 miles to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues.

Metro: 14 St, 23 St, Penn Station

7. Grand Central Terminal

More commonly known as Grand Central Station, this building on 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan is one of the world’s most beautiful train stations. Opened in 1913, the Beaux Arts building bustles with commuters, restaurants and shops all day long. Famous sights include the astronomical mural on the Main Concourse's ceiling that depicts the Mediterranean sky during the October to March zodiac and features 2,500 stars and the clock above the information booth that has an estimated value of more than $10million (£6.3m).

Metro: Grand Central-42 St

8. 9/11 Memorial

The National September 11 Memorial commemorates the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of 2001 and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, which killed six people. The memorial, titled Reflecting Absence, is located where the World Trade Centre once stood and features two massive reflecting pools surrounded by a forest of trees. There is also a museum on the site that is set to open in the near future.

Metro: World Trade Center

9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Simply called ‘The Met,’ this art museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is the largest in the country and houses more than 2 million pieces of art. Established in 1870, the museum covers over 5,000 years of history and is particularly popular for its Egyptian mummies, Islamic carvings and the American Wing. Admission is pay what you wish with a recommendation of $25.

Metro:86 St

10. Ellis Island

From 1892 to 1924 Ellis Island south of Manhattan served as the immigration portal for over 20 million people looking for a new home in America. Today more than 40 percent of all living Americans can trace their roots to an ancestor who came this way. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum contains artifacts, photographs, and taped oral histories and shouldn’t be missed! Ferries and boats depart from Battery Park.

Metro: Bowling Green, Whitehall

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