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Top 10 Reasons to Visit New York City

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Grand Central Terminal
10. Grand Central Terminal

The beauty of this famous Beaux Arts building is not to be missed, whether you arrive by rail or not. Built between 1903 and 1931, Grand Central Terminal is stunning. Take a tour to learn of its history, including its near destruction and restoration.

Lincoln Center

9. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center is the world’s largest performing arts center (16.3 acres / 66,000 m²) and home to 12 resident arts organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera and New York City Ballet. Go watch a performance and also make time for a tour of the center itself.

Rockefeller Center

8. Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

A unique and fun winter tradition is to take a whirl on the rink at Rockefeller Center, or just watch the skaters glide by while you sip on hot chocolate.

Empire State Building

7. Empire State Building

The classic Art Deco architecture of the 102-story Empire State Building makes this yet another icon of NYC. Go up to the 86th floor outside observatory for views of up to 80 miles (130 km).

FAO Schwartz

6. FAO Schwartz

Update for visitors: Many travelers still hope to see FAO Schwartz on their trip to New York City. But sadly, it is now closed.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

5. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

The symbol of political freedom and democracy is a must-see. Located on 12-acre (48,500 m²) Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. Ellis Island was incorporated as part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument on May 11, 1965. Between 1892 and 1954, approximately 12 million steamship passengers entered the United States through the port of New York at Ellis Island.

Broadway Theatre, Lion King Marquee

4. Theater

There are 39 theaters in operation on Broadway today, most packed in a small area called the “Great White Way.” Any visit to the city should contain at least one show, whether it’s seeing an edgy new work or a classic piece.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

3. Museums

Where to begin? The world-class museums of NYC all clamor for your attention. To start, there’s the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and, of course, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A lifetime of visits would still leave you wanting to visit more.

Times Square

2. Times Square

This revitalized area of the city was once a place to avoid. No more! Now the heart of NYC is a safe, bustling hive of activity, with huge electronic billboards and lots to do. Visit Toys R Us, Lazer Park, MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL), Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum or the Hard Rock Cafe. Other nearby attractions include the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the doll store American Girl Place and the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.

Central Park

1. Green Spaces

Contrary to what you might think, New York City is the greenest city in America. The 843-acre Central Park, the most famous park in the city, is actually only the 5th largest.  Jog, walk, bike, in-line skate, horseback ride, ice skate, rent row boats, play basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, enjoy special events and festivals in the city’s 1,700 parks and playgrounds, or just kick back and people-watch.

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Photo Credits

Times Square: Jeff GreenbergStatue of Liberty: Jeff Greenberg
Central Park: Jeff Greenberg
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Darren McGee
Lion King Marquee: Jeff Greenberg

Empire State Building: Joseph PobereskinLincoln Center: S. BergerGrand Central Station: Jeff GreenbergRockefeller Center Ice Skating: Kevin McCormickFAO Schwarz: FAO Schwarz

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  1. liv bodd says:

    Hey Im wondering what i should do in New York? Any Suggestions

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  4. Brashaun mcdade says:

    The FaZe house is also another place there

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    NYC sounds like a fun place to visit, but I keep hearing the NYPD in the news. Seems like a dangerous place, I’m scared of the police.

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