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Unlock the Best of New York City: Iconic Museums, Mind-Boggling Landmarks & Exciting Events

Updated: May 26

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A Bit About NYC ...


New York City is situated at the southern tip of New York State and has one of the world’s largest natural harbors. The city comprises five boroughs situated where the Hudson empties itself into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Although Manhattan is geographically the smallest borough, it is home to the United Nations Headquarters, as well as the headquarters for major multinational corporations, Wall Street and a number of important universities.  

 

The borough of Manhattan is known as being one of the world’s foremost commercial, financial and cultural centers. Located within the city is the impressive Empire State Building, Broadway theatre and the vast Central Park.

 

The borough of Brooklyn (Kings County) sits on the western tip of Long Island and is known for its cultural, art, social, ethnic diversity and a distinctive architectural heritage. It is punctuated by a long beachfront shoreline which includes Coney Island, one of the earliest amusement grounds in the United States.

 

The borough of Queens is situated on Long Island and is geographically the largest of the five boroughs. It is also known to be the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world. Two of the country’s three busiest airports, John F Kennedy International and LaGauradia Airport are located in Queens. One of the most attractive monuments in the area is the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows –Corona Park.

 

The borough of Bronx (Bronx County) is situated on the mainland, is home to the famous Yankee Stadium, to the Bronx Zoo, the largest metropolitan zoo, and to the largest cooperatively-owned housing complex in the United States. The Bronx is known as the birthplace of hip hop music and its associated culture.

 

The borough of Staten Island (Richmond County) is the most suburban in character of the five boroughs and contains one of the last undisturbed forests in the city. The Greenbelt comprises seven city parks and is the ideal spot for hikers as it includes 45 km of walking trails.

 

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The World Trade Center

 

The original World Trade Center (WTC) was a large complex of building situated in Lower Manhattan, but was destroyed during the September 11 2001 attacks. It consisted of the Twin Towers, the original 1 World Trade Center (North Tower) and 2 World Trade Center (South Tower, which at the time was the tallest structures in the world. Other buildings in the complex were Marriott World Trade Center, 4 WTC, 5 WTC, 6 WTC, and 7 WTC.


9/11 Memorial & Museum + One World Observatory

 

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One World Trade Center (One WTC) is the centerpiece of reconstruction at Ground Zero, the site of the former World Trade Center complex. It opened its doors in 2014, following the terrorist attacks and is the tallest building in the United States.

 

To fully appreciate the impact that the dastardly attack had on the city, the United States and the World, you have to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The site as it is today will give you a better insight about what happened and those who were affected by it when you visit the Historical Exhibition. The museum offers captivating artifacts and images, first-person testimony and archival audio and video recordings that tell the stories of the incident.

 

The Memorial Exhibition honors those killed at the site, the Pentagon in Somerset County Pennsylvania, as well as the six individuals killed in the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center on 26 February 1993.

 

The special Towers Rising Exhibition opened on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the original World Trade Center, at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It features artwork from the permanent collection and chronicles the way artists envisioned the towers.

 

This is an unmissable opportunity to expand your knowledge about the events that unfolded and its continued global significance. It also reminds us of terrorism attacks across the world and the effect it has on those who suffer through it.

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Empire State Building

 

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The majestic Empire State Building is a must when you visit New York. The building, opened on 1 May 1931, was constructed to host corporate business officially and was the tallest structure in the world to have more than 100 floors at the time. The building is constructed in the Art Deco design, has a 200-foot spire illuminated by tower lights that changes color constantly. The state-of-the-art LED lighting system is capable of displaying 16 million colors, and the lights change to highlight important occasions, holidays and organizations throughout the year.

Wrapped around the spire on the 86th floor is the open-air observation deck that provides 360 degree views of New York City’s boroughs and beyond.

 

Located in the building is the Empire State Building Store where you can shop for gifts, restaurants where you can grab a bite, relax with a refreshing drink or smoothie, and enjoy great coffee at the Starbucks Reserve.

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American Museum of Natural History

 

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The American Museum of Natural History is situated in Theodore Roosevelt Park, just across from Central Park. The enormous museum comprises 20 interconnected buildings which houses 45 permanent exhibition halls, a planetarium and a library. The museum conducts research in anthropology, astronomy, entomology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrates, mammalogy, mineralogy, ornithology and vertebrate paleontology.

 

If you’re into science, the museum should be at the top of your to-do list for New York. You won’t have enough time to explore all the collections on a first visit, but will have a choice between collections of 32 million specimens of plants, animals, fungi, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, human cultural artifacts and specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data.

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Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty

 

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If you’re curious to find out more about the immigrants who landed on American soil in ship loads and the history that led to this mass migration, a trip to both Ellis and Liberty Islands will give you great insights.

 

From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station. More than 12 million immigrants from mostly Northern European countries landed on the shores of the island, and settled in the United States.

 

This influx of immigrants lasted for something like 62 years, and you really want to know more about the poignant story of Annie Moore. Annie Moore was a teenager from Ireland who arrived at the island on 1 January 1892, accompanied by her two younger brothers and made history as being the first immigrants to be processed. Ellis Island officially closed its immigration activities in November 1924, after releasing the last detainee, Arne Peterssen, a Norwegian merchant seaman.

 

The gigantic Statue of Liberty is an enclave of Manhattan and is shared by New Jersey, due to its proximity to it. Built in the neoclassical style, it was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel.

 

The Statue of Liberty, as you might well know, was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

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Also read my post “Germany Travel: Discover Iconic Alsatian Heritage in Elegant Alsace France” to learn more about Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi here:https://www.phenixiitravel.com/post/alsace-uniquely-alsatian-an-intriguing-marriage-of-two-cultures 


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Click on the link above to give you and your family the best exposure to world-class entertainment and great fun! Enjoy a variety of performances in New York City to choose from that will make your visit to one of the world’s most famous theatre districts, the Broadway Theatre District, truly memorable.

Choose from an array of entrancing and enchanting performances, including Tony award-winning theatre, entertaining Disney classics for you and your kids, mesmerizing musical productions for you and your family and much more.

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Central Park


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Central Park is an extensive urban oasis where you will discover magical landscapes, indulge in recreational activities and take a break from your busy day after visiting the famous landmarks mentioned above.

 

There is a choice of tours available for you to choose from, namely, bike tours, electric scooter tours, and pedicab tours; and if you’re not too tired after your busy day, an inspiring walking tour. If you want to explore on your own, you can rent a bike, electric scooter or pedicab.

 

The park is so vast it also has a zoo, the Central Park Zoo where you can have fun getting up close and personal with a variety of wildlife. Although the zoo is compact, it boasts three distinct environments. You will share the space with four species of Penguins, seas lions, snow leopards, bears, tree snakes, lemurs, snow monkeys, red pandas and dart frogs.

 

There is so much to discover in Central Park, you’ll be totally exhausted after exploring every nook and cranny, but it will make for an enjoyable end to your day!

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Roosevelt Island Tramway

 

To make your commute easier between Manhattan and Queens, you can take the Roosevelt Island Tramway. The Roosevelt Island Tramway runs every 7 to 15 minutes from 59th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan to Tramway Plaza on Roosevelt Island. The tramway is one of the only to commuter aerial tramways in the United States so you can count this one as a true ‘historic experience’, as it’s not easy to get from Manhattan to Queens.

 

Brooklyn Bridge

 

No matter where your vacation in NYC takes you, visiting Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights should be included in your itinerary … even if it’s just to take photo shoots of the amazing view that awaits you when you travel between the two areas.  As you make your way across the rustic Brooklyn bridge between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights, you will be enthralled by the breathtaking views that greet you. Whether you want to travel by car, of which six lanes are reserved for vehicles, take a leisurely walk or cycle across it using a shared pedestrian and bicycle path, you will not be disappointed by the views. Characterized by stone arches, the bridge opened on 24 May 1883 and was the first fixed crossing of the East River, with the longest suspension bridge in the world.

 

The Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center

 

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Ever imagined a graceful and luxurious landscaped garden sitting slap bang in the middle of skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of a town? If you did, you’ve just arrived at the Channel Gardens situated between New York’s storied St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the ice rink at 30 Rock. The gardens were constructed in the 1930’s and hosts a series of special temporary displays highlighting miscellaneous botanical themes.

 

For example, installations that celebrate the flora and physical environments off New York ranging between fern woodlands to the dunes of a beach. The focus of the garden is on increasing biodiversity and pollinator plants. The tranquil outdoor space offer a peaceful retreat amidst the vibrant city. The gardens have six granite pools, each with bronze-cast fountainhead sculptures of Tritons, Nereids and sea creatures, making it a great place for some stunning photo shoots. The gilded bronze statue of Prometheus hang over the sunken plaza, while Atlas grace the Fifth Avenue forecourt with its presence.

 

The Frick Collection


To explore art and culture head over to the Frick. To find your way to it, start at the Old City Hall Subway Station, which by the way offers some very interesting tours – unfortunately, they are only available to their esteemed members. What a pity, since you could have taken a train ride back into the past of subway commute!

 

Back to the Frick. The Frick Collection was founded by the American industrialist Henry Clay Frick, who left his art collection and Gilded Age residence for the enjoyment of the public and opened in 1935. He founded it on the idea that it would become a major public resource to “encourage and develop the study of the fine arts and of advancing general knowledge of kindred subjects".

 

Although the museum is currently closed for renovation, if you’re in New York late 2024, you’ll be able to view some of the world’s foremost collections of European fine and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. The Frick houses an astonishing collection of 1,800 works of art with less than half coming from the original bequest of Henry Clay Frick, and the rest are from subsequent acquisition purchases from major private collections and donations. Also on display are major gifts of clocks, watches porcelain, French faience, European portrait medals, drawings and pastels. The Frick Library is a major history research center founded by Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick

 

The Explorer’s Club


The Explorer’s Club has an exponential collection of artifacts, books and artwork from the age of exploration that you’ll enjoy if you want to know more about explorers, what they discovered, and the impact it had on the world.

 

Located on East 70th Street Manhattan, it was founded in 1904 by seven leading explorers to celebrate the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space. It became an international establishment in 1965.

 

Some of the treasures to be found here:

* Kon-Tiki Globe – the globe was used by Thor Heyerdahl to plan the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition from Peru to Polynesia on a balsa wood raft.

* Matthew Henson’s North Pole Mitten -: Matthew Henson wore these mittens on the North Pole Discovery expedition with Robert Peary and four Inuit guides. The mittens were specially made for Henson by the Inuit.

* US Exploration Map - the map was initially prepared in 1907 and details the routes of major US exploration.

* Theodore Roosevelt’s Membership Application – he was elected to the Explorer’s Club Membership in 1915 after participation in a collection of expeditions.

* Napoleon’s Description de l’Egypte – a rare first edition of Napoleon’s Description l’Egypte, which first appeared in 1809 and continued until the final volume appeared in 1829.

* The “Yeti Scalp – a replica of the “Yeti” scalp created by Marlin Perkins as a result of Sir Edmund Hilary’s 1960 Himalayan expedition.

* The signed Apollo Moon Flag – the flag that was carried to the moon by Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

 

This is your opportunity to learn more about the restless and pioneering explorers across the world.

 

Museum Mile

 

This area is so named as it consists of the most diverse art-viewing establishments on any given mile in the USA. Here is some information if your vacation is not just a fleeting trip to the area and you want to explore the culture in-depth. You will find them along Fifth Avenue, between 110th and 82nd Streets:


Museum of African Art

 

Dating from 1984, it will move to 1280 Fifth Avenue in East Harlem.


El Museo del Barrio


The Museum is the only place dedicated exclusively to Latin American and Latino Art, and is located at the north end of Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile.


Museum of the City of New York

 

The museum has a permanent collection of over 3,000,000 items representing the beginning of New York City as a small Dutch trading post to its status today as one of the world's most important cities.


Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute


The museum is a branch of the Smithsonian Institute and is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design.


National Academy Museum & School


The museum was founded in 1825 and is an honorary association of professional artists, a school of fine arts and a museum.


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


Located in an impressive building, it exhibits the best in 20th-century art and contemporary art.


Neue Galerie


The two-floor Neue Galerie New York opened in 2001 to exhibit early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design.


Goethe-Institut New York


The Goethe-Institut provides a schedule of exhibitions, film screenings, performances, and symposiums focusing on German language and culture, as well as exhibits of contemporary art.


Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses an encyclopedic collection of art objects from virtually all periods and continents.

 

Eating Haunts


Lexington Luncheonette

 

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this family-run establishment is the oldest in New York and is located in Manhattan, on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 83rd Street. The shop opened in 1925 and is run by the grandson of the original owner. They’ve been serving the same tasty classic American cuisine that they became well-known for way back then.

 

The establishment will remind you of a bygone era when soda fountains and luncheonettes were fixtures in every neighborhood throughout New York.

 

It is also located a few paces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art so this will be a refreshing stop after visiting the museum.

 

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

 

If you did the rounds of museums, you’ll be in need of some refreshment. For a choice of around 30 variations of ice cream, head to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Another family-run establishment, the original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory was opened in 1978. Apart from the Chinese variations, there's also a variety of Western variations to choose from.


Their variations are divided into the following flavour heavens for you to experiment with: regular flavours, exotic flavours, special appearances and ice cream cakes.


If you love Chine cuisine, an outing to this area will satisfy your craving for everything Chinese cuisine, and not only delicious ice cream.

 

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The New York City Tourist Card will give you easy access to the most prominent landmarks in the city. It includes: admission to the Empire State Building, the Museum of Modern Art, and a one-hour sightseeing cruise from Midtown of New York’s most iconic landmarks.

 

Included in the pass is a downloadable interactive audio guide app, free high-speed on-site WiFi and a live guide when you take the cruise.

 

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