New York City is a must-see attraction in itself, but if it’s your first time here, there are some things you just can’t miss. They are a little touristy, but they got that way for a reason. They are icons, New York classics; they have that little something that can’t be recreated anywhere else. Thanks to our location, you’re not far from these pieces of NYC’s legacy.
Empire State Building
It’s one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, thanks in part to the role it played in the classic film King Kong, and also because it stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years. It’s an engineering marvel and a work of art, and it’s a prime example of the art deco movement taking place during its construction from 1929–1931. Apart from the grandeur of the building itself, the 86th-floor observation deck offers some of the best views of the city.
One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The “Freedom Tower” (as it’s often called) and the September 11 Memorial & Museum are equal parts saddening, heart-wrenching, and inspiring. At 1,776 feet, the Freedom Tower is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere, while the memorial and museum stand as solemn reminders of the events of September 11, 2001.
American Museum of Natural History
One of the largest museums in the world, AMNH houses millions of artifacts relating to plants, animals, early humans, fossils, minerals, and rocks. It was also the setting for the 2006 movie Night at the Museum.
30 Rockefeller Plaza & Top of the Rock
Recently rechristened as The Comcast Building, 30 Rock (as its friends call it) has been home to NBC since its completion in 1933. Another iconic art deco building, it was the setting for the famous Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper photograph during its construction. The “Top of the Rock” is the tower’s observation deck spanning the 67–70th floors and provides unparalleled views of Rockefeller Center and the surrounding area.
One of the finest and most pristine examples of the art deco period, the Chrysler Building held the title of world’s tallest building for only 11 months before being beaten out by the Empire State Building. It still stands as an iconic piece of the Manhattan skyline and as a beautiful testament to American Architecture.
High Line Park
It was once an ugly waste of space; now it’s a beautiful place to take a walk. In 2006, work began on converting a disused section of elevated railway into a garden path that winds along the lower west side of Manhattan. It’s a great place to get some fresh air, get from point A to point B, and walk above the hustle and bustle of street level.
A splash of green in the middle of Manhattan, Bryant Park is ideal for meeting a friend for lunch alfresco or just taking a moment to rest and take in the city. In the winter it serves as a skating rink, and when the weather is warm it’s a venue for large events, such as the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Bryant Park is also home to a grand carousel and an open-air library called The Reading Room.
When people think of New York City, they think of Times Square. Brightly adorned with advertisements everywhere and busy 24/7, it can be a lot to take in. It’s famous as the site of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and the dropping of the ball from the flagpole atop One Times Square. It’s definitely worth a visit year-round though, and if you’re feeling touristy, stop in Madame Tussauds™ Wax Museum or Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Odditorium. If you’re lucky, you might just run into the “Naked Cowboy.”