Welcome to the one and only New York City, the centre for art, media, culture, fashion, food and finance in the United States of America. Also known as the “Big Apple”, this is one of the biggest melting pots of cultures from all around the world and is a true icon of cosmopolitanism.
Subways and Buses are covered by the MetroCard System. The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.25. The fare for an express bus ride is $5.50. There are 3 kinds of main MetroCard passes – Unlimited Ride cards are valid for 7 or 30 days; one day unlimited-ride Fun Pass and Pay-Per-Ride Cards which are available in denominations of US$10 (from US$4.50 – US$80) and even offer free transfers to connecting bus or subways.
Subway – Operated by NYCT (New York City Transit), this is the best way to get around the city and avoid the traffic. It is cheaper, faster, and more frequent (every 2-5 minutes in rush hour)
By Ferry –The Staten Island Ferry is free and operates from Whitehall terminal in Battery Park at the end of Manhattan, in downtown New York, traveling out past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to its destination of Staten Island every half an hour, daily 24 hours. This is free and gives a great view of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
One of the most economical ways to visit the numerous attractions this city hosts is by buying a city pass that give reduced prices for many sightseeing options, discounts on shopping and dining and even the privilege to skip the long lines. The major three passes are the Explorer Pass, New York Pass and the City Pass.
Statue of Liberty
The universal symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was the first sight to be seen by the 12 million immigrants who passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Centre. One of the most famous landmarks in America, the statue was donated by the people of France in 1886 to commemorate the alliance between the two countries during the American Revolution. To reach it, one must take a ferry that leaves every half an hour that stops at Liberty Island before continuing to Ellis Island.
World Trade Centre – Ground Zero
The 16-acre work site that has emerged from the rubble of the twin towers has come to symbolize the dreadful events of September 11, 2001 when almost 3,000 people lost their lives. The 1,350ft (411m) World Trade Centre towers were the tallest buildings in New York and symbols of the city’s skyline.
One of the world’s first steel wire suspension bridge, the Manhattan bridge is a piece of history in the heart of New York. Completed in 1883, it connects Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River and was one of the World’s longest bridges at one time,
Empire State Building
New York’s famous Empire State Building, a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan and was one of the fastest rising skyscraper ever built. The Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade.
Opened in 1873, building the Park is one of the great insights that the founder of the city had and provides a green breathing space in the middle of a concrete jungle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Central Park Zoo are both located within the Park. With its expansive lawns, trees and lakes, the Central Park is a popular place for recreation and concerts for New Yorkers.
Known for its enormous Christmas tree and the huge Skating Rink during winter. Filled with shops and dining areas, the Rockefeller Centre is equally known for its funky art deco buildings. Built in the 1930s, this is a masterpiece of urban design.
Full of video screens and LED signs, Times Square is centered on 42nd Street and Broadway. The “New” Times Square is literally a theme park filed with shops, theme restaurants, hotels, theatres and even a business district. It is also the site of the most famous New Year’s Eve countdown in the world.
Wall Street & the New York Stock Exchange
Wall Street is situated in the southern end of Manhattan and infact, is a narrow 18th century lane. This is the setting of the World’s most famous financial market.
Grand Central Terminal
New York’s main terminal besides Penn station, the Grand Central is also one of the busiest train stations in the world and is an architecturally beautifully designed structure with vaulted ceiling covered with medieval designs.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Located in the Central Park, this museum possesses one of the greatest and largest collections of art in the world. Also known fondly as the ‘Met’, its collection runs close to 2 million! It includes sections like the American Wing which houses collection of paintings, sculptures and arts from American history, some of the best collections of Egyptian Art outside of Cairo as well as some of the World’s finest collection of Islamic Art.
Other Museums – Museum of Modern Art, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Museum of Television & Radio, American Museum of the Moving Image, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Museum of Art & Botanic Gardens, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, The Cloisters, Guggenheim.
This is the World’s largest cultural complex where you can visit the theatre, enjoy symphonies, ballet, opera, movies, art exhibits or just stroll through the buildings that are examples in modern architecture. The famous Julliard School of Music and opera companies are also located within the Lincoln Centre. Next to the Centre is the AMC Movie Theatre that has the city’s only IMAX screen and one of the largest “Barnes & Noble” bookstores.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
This is the world’s largest gothic cathedral. Art treasures include Raphael’s tapestries. Tours include a ‘vertical tour’ to the top of the Nave. In the Close is a Biblical Garden and the fanciful Peace Fountain.
Built in 1923, the stadium is the Mecca of the American national sport and its famous team – the Yankees. They play from April to October and if you are not visiting during the baseball season, you can tour the stadium including Monument Park. A new stadium opened in 2009 in Bronx, and has state-of-the-art stadium technology and increased inventory of high-demand luxury seating.
Owned by the automobile tycoon Walter Chrysler, the Chrysler building was not only one of the tallest structures in World at one time, but also one of the most decorated office buildings in the world with its art-deco style including zigzag surface forms, hood ornaments and more.
United Nations Head Quarters
This is home to the United Nations General Assembly & various other UN councils. Every year nearly a million visitors from all over the world come through the gates to see the place where world leaders meet and international issues are discussed. Guided tours are conducted for about an hour of the General Assembly and Secretariat.
Seeing a show on Broadway and going to the theater in NYC is one of the most popular events for New York City tourists. New York’s Broadway is famous for its many shows, especially musicals.
One of the liveliest and trendiest districts of New York City, Greenwich, gained its reputation as New York’s Bohemian, anti-establishment quarter, as well as a centre for women’s liberation. It’s a great place to shop with bookstores, lively cafes and bars.
Others: Carnegie Hall, Bryant Park, New York Botanical Garden, Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, Coney Island, Avery Fisher Hall , Fort Tryon Park(New Jersey), Pelham Bay Park(The Bronx), Flushing Meadow Park(Queens), neighborhoods of Little Italy & China Town, Jazz Clubs, Walking Broadway, Helicopter Flightseeing, Bateaux New York, Metropolitan Opera House, Bronx Zoo. Also see New York through cruises like the New York Waterways, Circle Line Sightseeing, Wave Hill, NBC Studio, and Radio City Music Hall, New York Public Library, Madison Square Garden.