Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Public Transportation Systems, Scenic Railroads
Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Architectural Buildings
Theatres, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Art Museums, Museums
Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Theatres, Performances, Tourist/ Visitor Centres, Tours
Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Historic Sites, History Museums, Islands, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Always a buzz of activity, this stately building is one of my favorite places in all of New York. Not only is it fascinating to stop and watch all the comings and goings, but the structure itself is simply spectacular, with its ornate chandeliers and soaring zodiac ceiling.
This glowing beacon on the Manhattan skyline has long screamed "New York," often in technicolor. The second-tallest building in the city (after One World Trade Center), it can be seen from all around, and journeys to the top, while pricey, are pretty special, especially if you grew up watching magical Hollywood moments up here.
Confession: I'm a book nerd. But you don't have to be one to feel a sense of awe when you walk into this magnificent building (you could also just love ghostbusters!). From the lions (Patience and Fortitude) who guard its entrance to its exhibitions of beloved books and artifacts (including Winnie the Pooh), this building is a treasure. One of my favorite spots to read or work is the ornate Rose Reading Room, and you shouldn't miss the Map Room either.
It may have only briefly held the title of Tallest Building in New York, but the Chrysler Building is (to this humble local) the best part of the New York City skyline. Not matter what mood I'm in, I'm always grateful to catch sight of that glittery pinnacle.
Songs have been written about it, legends are made from it, actors aspire to it... Whether or not you're a theater buff, there is something truly magical about catching a show among the bright lights of Broadway. If you don't care what you see (and don't mind waiting in line), snag discounted, day-of tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square. It opens each afternoon and offers tickets that haven't yet sold at 20-50% off.
With its billowing flags and golden Prometheus statue, Rockefeller Center is iconic a popular image--and not only because it stars every morning in NBC's Today Show. Its massive Christmas trees, with skaters twirling below, are famous, and Radio City Music Hall (part of the massive complex) is a spectacular music and performance venue.
The halls of New York's famed Met Museum are hallowed ground for art lovers, but even if you're not "an art person," you may just find yourself spending a few hours wandering from Roman antiquities to the Dutch Masters. My favorite place is the Egyptian wing, where you can experience firsthand a temple.
Whether you wile away an afternoon lounging in the grassy expanse of Sheep's Meadow or taking a leisurely stroll through the Rambles, you should not miss Central Park. This green oasis surrounded by city is a favorite spot among New Yorkers, for both its history and its magic. Where else can you explore a castle, sail model boats, hang with Alice in Wonderland, and cross picturesque bridges.
Even if you don't attend an opera or ballet at Lincoln Center, be sure to walk by and enjoy its grandeur. If nothing else, take a few minutes to watch the water dance in that iconic fountain. There is something spellbinding about that simple show, especially in the glow of the evenings.
Even if you can't afford to shop at Cartier or Prada, you must stroll down New York's famous shopping row. Have your own little breakfast at Tiffany's or peek into shops along the way. There are also more accessible options like H&M and Sephora.
This imposing and impressive structure is not only a signature landmark of New York. It's also one of the oldest suspension bridges in the country. And while it's lovely to behold from wherever you stand, you should really walk across it to experience the awe that is standing underneath one of its massive towers.
A long-ago gift from the French, Lady Liberty has come to symbolize New York City, and even America. No matter how often I see her, she still gives me the chill
History lovers must visit this former immigration center. Not only are its buildings beautiful, but the story it tells is fascinating and heartbreaking. You can walk through the footsteps of incoming immigrants and even get a sense of the conditions they experienced. Better yet, if you have a ancestors who came through here, make sure you spend some time looking them up--it's a chill-inducing experience.
I didn't visit New York when the Twin Towers were still standing, but seeing their footprints is nonetheless moving. The tranquil park that memorializes the September 11 tragedy beautifully, and the museum tells the stories of that fateful and awful day.
Perhaps my favorite neighborhood in all of Manhattan, the West Village captures both the historic charm and the artistic spirit of New York. It's a maze of streets, each more quaint than the next, lined with brick row houses and tranquil trees.