New York

Sightseeing guide for New York

Times Square

When the New York Times erected a new building there, the neighbourhood took on the name "Times Square." A decade later, theater, and cabaret migrated to the streets nearby, attracting tourism. The market crash of 1929 led to a sharp decline in theater attendance. Nowadays it is the site of the most famous New year's Eve countdown in the world.

Empire State Building

New York's famous Empire State Building, a New York City Landmark. Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet above the ground, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade. In the building you will find two restaurants, a sushi bar, three coffee shops, a drug store, a Hallmark card shop, a post office and two banks. The interior of the building is a majestic art deco masterpiece.

Central Park

Central Park is located north of 59th Street, south of 110th Street, east of 5th Avenue and west of 8th Avenue. In the park is situated the Metropolitan Museum of Art which houses world-famous masterpieces. There is also the central park zoo.

Grand Central Station

One of New York City' s most famous landmarks is the Grand Central Station. The terminal opened in 1913. Grand Central Station is home to 5 fine restaurants, 20 casual restaurants and about 50 unique specialty shops. The terminal hosts large public events in its 12,000 square foot Vanderbilt Hall. In the main terminal, don't forget to look up at the spectacular ceiling, an astronomical mural painted by Paul Helleu.

Statue of Liberty

New York's historic symbol of freedom stands in the harbour. The statue of Liberty is actually a gift of the French people to the American citizens. In 1886 was the fist time that it became available to the public. Its height is 93 meters and the torch has been replaced by a replica in 1986. The original one has been placed in the entrance hall of the building. The 7 radius on the crown represent the 7 seas and continents.

Wall Street

The Wall Street Financial District is an area at the southern end of Manhattan. It includes Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange as well as other financial institutions.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a fascinating combination of soaring buildings and underground tunnels, inspired by both commercialism and philanthropic idealism. Below street level, the Center's buildings are linked by a pedestrian shopping concourse. In 1988, Rockefeller Center was declared a national historic landmark.

Chrysler building

Not only was the Chrysler Building the world's tallest structure, it was also one of the most decorated office buildings in the world. Chrysler wanted "a bold structure, declaring the glories of the modern age". The skyscraper was decorated with hubcaps, mudguards and hood ornaments, just like his cars. Today, the Chrysler Building is recognized as New York City's greatest display of Art Deco.

Brooklyn Bridge

Designed by the John Augustus Roebling and completed by his equally ingenious son Washington Roebling, this elegant structure was, at the time of its completion in 1883, the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was the first bridge to be constructed using steel. The bridge links the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn which were once two separate cities.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

The cathedral of St John the Divine is the world's largest gothic cathedral. The treasures that you can admire inside the church include Raphael's tapestries.

Church of the Holy Trinity

Founded in 1697, Trinity Church is a vibrant Episcopal church. It is a grant-making organization, streaming funds throughout the city and the world, as well as a resource for Lower Manhattan' s commuters and tourists, who find quiet moments of peaceful music within its walls.

Ellis island

From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor.

Madison Square Garden

This stadium is host to concerts, tennis, boxing, ice shows, circus, horse/dog shows, as well as the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library consists of 85 libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, four world-acclaimed research centers, a large network of neighbourhood branch libraries, four central libraries with in-depth subject collections and a library for the blind and physically handicapped.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of New York. It is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States.

Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most significant cultural institutions in the world. It houses works of art from the ancient times up to the present day. A portrait of George Washington, ancient Egypt artifacts, paintings by Boticelli, Bregel, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velasquez, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, Leonardo, Raudin and Degas as well as ancient Greek and Roman artifacts are also displayed here.

Museum of National History

One of the largest and most innovative natural history museums. Includes famous dinosaur halls, Akeley Hall of African Mammals, Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, and the new Rose Center featuring the most technologically advanced Space Show in the world.

Solomon R. Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum got his name in honor of its founder and is known as much for its building design as it is for its content. Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of modern architecture is home to the world-renowned Guggenheim collection of modern and contemporary art that includes masterpieces by Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso and Van Gogh, as well as special exhibitions. The building opened in 1959.

Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is the foremost museum of modern art in the world. The Museum of Modern Art's collection has grown to include more than 100,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings and design objects. MoMA has an excellent library too.

Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera opened in 1830 and has been since one of the world's leading opera companies. In the beginning all opera works were performed in Italian and later in German. Nowadays, high quality performances by famous artists and the world's best orchestras take place here.

New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium has 300 species, 14 acres, daily dolphin shows, up-close walrus encounters. It is a place where young and older people can enjoy the sea world experience and learn about sealife. A shop also operates there.

United Nations

Along with the General Assembly Building, conference buildings and Dag Hammarskjold Library, the United Nations attempts to maintain peace, protect human rights and promote development throughout the world. When you enter the gates of the United Nations, you're leaving New York. It is an international territory belonging to all the member countries.

Whitney Museum of American Art

This museum houses probably the greatest collection of 20th Century American Art. Works of Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keefeas as well as works of Alexander Calder and George Seagal can be admired there. The Whitney Museum is also home to special exhibits by such popular figures as Lichtenstein and Basquiat.

American Museum of Natural History

This museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. Biodiversity, human biology and evolution, meteorites, gems and minerals, ocean life, northwest coast Indians, north american mammals, african mammals, birds of the world, oceanic birds, Mexico and Central America, reptiles and amphibians are some of the main themes of the museum. Make sure you don't miss the Butterfly Conservatory, home to more than 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies in an enclosed habitat.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is one of the largest museums of design in the world, and is the only museum that is devoted to contemporary art and its history.

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