Top 10 Things To Do In New York City

Immigrants say New York has this surprising quality of an extremely cozy place where one hardly ever feels alienated. Everybody can find their corner here, both citizens and tourists alike, let alone the number of things to see and do allows for countless theme-based itineraries. The following 10 will take you here and there, have you mix with New Yorkers to see how they work, relax, love, and have fun. See art at its most exquisite, relive the days of New Amsterdam, find out what it takes to get from rags to riches, and... make yourself at home.

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    Broadway

    Broadway

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    One of Manhattan’s named and not numbered avenues, Broadway is undoubtedly one of the highlights of New York. Acclaimed as the pinnacle of American theater, Broadway is THE place to perform and visit for anybody who is into the performing arts. The name usually refers to Broadway theater which incorporates a vast number of theater enterprises in the district and along the street of Broadway. Make sure you book tickets well in advance if you want to take a comfy seat in front of any a Broadway stage. If you are not successful with the tickets have some nice sightseeing instead. Why shouldn’t you spend some bucks in the 5th Avenue, the premier shopping street of the world, repent your shopping spree in one of NY most prestigious churches, the Trinity Church, and finally get entertained in the Times Square, an ideal place to experience the atmosphere of life on New York’s buzzing streets. Enjoy.

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    Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty

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    A friendship gift of the French to the American nation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American independence, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World is wrapped with symbolism and sentimentality. The huge 93 m monument (the statue itself making 46m of it) by Bartholdi, Eiffel and Hunt was shipped in 350 pieces and it took four months to assemble it. The statue holds its head high witnessing the historical, economical and social ups and downs of the United States and has given millions of visitors and immigrants a warm welcome of hope and freedom. It enjoys a fine position in New York Harbor and together with the nearby Ellis Island, housing a museum of immigration, it indisputably is a must-stop on your NY itinerary.

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    Central Park

    Central Park

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    A perfect place to escape the frenetic din of a city life is the New York's Central Park. Completed in 1873, the park was the first of landscaped areas of this kind in the US offering the city dwellers a vast 341 hectares patch of lush greenery. Today Central Park is an integral part of the city with formal walkways like The Mall and Literary Walk as well as the wild, woodsy areas of the Ramble on offer. But it's not only walking or jogging that you can do here. There is a cultural side to the Park too with public programs by the Central Park Conservancy, numerous statues, a small zoo, splashing fountains and the popular skating-rink. Shall you need a brisk walk in the morning, some vigorous roller-blading or a leisurely picnic, just enter the Park gates.

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    Greenwich Village

    Greenwich Village

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    Greenwich Village (often simply referred to as "the Village") is a well-known, mostly residential district in Manhattan. At first uninhabitable because of its marshes, the area soon became a residential one in the 19th century and was later colonized by bohemians, beatniks and literary greats squatting in abandoned places. Today with the artistic vibe dwindled a bit, Greenwich Village is a rather vibrant spot full of student life with the NYU's large campus and a thriving nightlife scene along the MacDougal Street. The major portion of its hustle and bustle takes place in its focal point, the Washington Square which remains the neighborhood's landmark.

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    Empire State Building

    Empire State Building

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    One of the beloved and world-recognized landmarks of NY, a popular film location and a great example of architectural genius is surely the Empire State Building. With its 1454 ft of height it dominates the skyline of Manhattan and draws from 10 to 20 thousands of visitors daily. Erected in the era of skyscraper wars, the Empire State Building defeated the world's then tallest construction of the Art Deco, the Chrysler Building, and has made its own steep way into the NY cityscape. Once you're there, let the speed elevators take you to the 86th floor where the visitors access the observatory with glass-enclosed viewing areas and outdoor promenades for some stunning views over the Big Apple. On a clear day, you can see up to 80 miles in almost any direction.

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    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Ready for an art feast? New York is definitely the place to be for a hungry art lover and there are places that should not be missed out if visual artistic creativity is what your after. So here we go. Metropolitan Museum of Art, which ranks as one of the world's greatest museums, will give you an awesome display of some excellent Impressionists masterpieces of Cezanne and Monet. Want some Warhol's or Picasso's vibrant paints? The MoMa awaits you with its impressive collection of modern art. Head for the Guggenheim Museum not only to tease you eyes with Kandinsky's abstract visions but also to admire the museum's spiral body by Frank Lloyd Wright. And once you get tired of the sophisticated art of man, enjoy a visit to the American Museum of Natural History for a wonderful display of artifacts and exhibits explaining the mysteries and beauty of the natural world.

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    Coney Island

    Coney Island

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    Famed for the Brooklyn Cyclones minor baseball team and amusement parks, the Coney Island is a popular resort peninsula in the southernmost Brooklyn and New York's famous boardwalk. Although it is just a shadow of its former self, Coney Island attracts numbers of visitors and potential residents seduced by its sandy, sun-caressed beaches and laidback environment. The island's major attractions are the New York Aquarium located halfway to Brighton Beach with penguins and giant pacific octopus. For more kicks and thrills head for the island's amusement parks featuring the Cyclone Roller Coaster and the Wonder Wheel, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Don't miss the Nathan's hot dogs - a seaside treat for decades.

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    Rockefeller Center

    Rockefeller Center

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    This National Historic Landmark is the largest privately owned complex of the world. Comprising 19 impressive buildings, it started as a business project integrating gardens, dining and shopping with office space, all with a stunning Art Deco feel and elegance. The Center is a cultural and entertainment hub of midtown NY providing numerous events, concerts and exhibitions and its plazas are virtual museums featuring frescoes, sculptures and reliefs. More than 100 works of art lie within the complex, including a major mural in each building. Don’t miss it out, especially at Christmas time when with the spectacular Christmas tree and a skating rink the complex turns into a picture-ready midtown jewel.

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    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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    Home to New York's 12 premier art institutions like the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic or Lincoln Center Theater, LCPA is the country's largest performing arts complex. The 16-hectare site was built on the grounds of a rundown neighborhood and meant to have, in the words of President Eisenhower, ‘mighty influence for peace and understanding throughout the world'. And it surely has had, enabling art lovers to experience the excellence of internationally acclaimed performers and by encouraging new artists for over 50 prolific years. An excellent job!

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    Yankee Stadium

    Location: Bronx, United States

    Ask a native to bring some rules home to you and take part in something as American as can be. Located in the Bronx on the former site of Macombs Dam Park and replacing the previous stadium built in 1923, the Yankee Stadium is home ballpark to the New York Yankees baseball team. Much of the stadium incorporates design elements from the previous Yankee Stadium, paying homage to the Yankees' history. The massive construction can very comfortably seat more than 52,000 baseball enthusiasts and, hands down, it makes a huge impression with all the facilities available and its construction price, that is 1.5 million dollars, which makes the stadium the second most expensive one in the world. Live through your baseball adventure and visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, too. Located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, it shall boost your baseball ins and outs with related artifacts and exhibits.

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