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10 Top Things To Do In New York City

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    Jonathan Chum


The city that never sleeps is a veritable treasure trove of amazing things to do and see. From the iconic sights (The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building) to the lesser-known gems (Brooklyn Bridge), there's something for everyone!

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic landmarks in New York City, and it has been since 1886 when it was formally dedicated. The statue itself is 151 feet tall and a gift from France to the United States that symbolizes freedom. If you're looking for something to do while visiting New York City, this should be on your list!

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is New York City's most famous skyscraper and one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It was built in 1931, making it a relatively new structure compared to many of its neighbors. Still, despite being eclipsed by newer buildings, like the World Trade Center (which was destroyed on September 11th), the Empire State Building remains an important part of New York City's skyline and has been featured in countless films over its lifetime.

The tower stands 1,250 feet tall with 102 floors above ground level; however, if you count all 10 basement levels and six mezzanine floors as well as the deck at street level (which is not included on official drawings), then you could say that there are more than 400 total stories! That's more stories than any other building east of Chicago!

Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) is the largest art museum in the United States, boasting more than two million works of art. The permanent collection includes a vast array of fine and decorative arts from ancient times to the present day, including many pieces that are considered masterpieces. The Met's special exhibitions also draw millions of visitors every year. Visitors can search for particular pieces or themes by using the searchable database on its website!

Central Park

Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City. It was created by the designer Frederick Law Olmsted and the architect Calvert Vaux. When it opened in 1857 it was America's first landscaped public park. Today, Central Park is one of the most visited urban parks in the United States with 40 million visitors annually. It has a variety of attractions including lakes, playgrounds and gardens.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is a multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City. It is the fourth venue to bear the name "Madison Square Garden" and has been since its opening in 1968. The building is located in Midtown Manhattan at 8th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets, with additional entrances on Pennsylvania Station's indoor pedestrian concourse, an underground walkway beneath Madison Square Park on 32nd Street and 7th Avenue, as well as through Rockefeller Center's concourse under Radio City Music Hall; it has been owned by The Madison Square Garden Company since its inception.

The arena has a capacity of 19,000 people for basketball games and ice hockey games; 18,200 for concert events; 18,138 for boxing matches; 19,812 for ice shows (including 18,297 regular seats plus 1,425 suites); 20,715 for American football games (including 20 regular seats plus 5 skyboxes), 21,000+ for soccer matches (including 20 regular seats plus 2 skyboxes).

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the East River. It connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, passing over a main channel that historically saw sailing ships and ferries use it as a trade route.

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, having been completed in 1883 after 14 years of construction. It was designed by John Roebling and built by his son Washington Roebling using steel cables to support its deck surface. The bridge is 2,826 feet long with both towers measuring 307 feet tall from street level to their tops (or "crowns").

The Brooklyn Bridge has been designated as a National Historic Landmark by both the U.S Department of Interior and New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, making it one of America's most important buildings; additionally it has also been designated as a New York City Landmark since 1969 and National Civil Engineering Landmark since 1981.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center was built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., the son of Standard Oil magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Sr., and is located at Sixth Avenue between West 49th Street and West 50th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The complex houses 21 buildings with more than 1,400 businesses and around 80,000 people work there every day, making it one of New York City's most visited tourist attractions.

The center was named after John D. Rockefeller Jr., who leased the space from Columbia University in 1928 for a term of 99 years to build a broadcasting facility for RCA (then NBC). After the construction works were completed in 1933, it became known as "Rockefeller Center" or simply "Radio City".

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is the world's largest museum of natural history, with over 50 million objects in its collection. It was founded in 1869, and boasts many exhibits, including a dinosaur hall, an ocean hall and a planetarium.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

  • 9/11 Memorial. The memorial sits on the site of the former World Trade Center towers and marks their location with two pools that are inscribed with the names of the victims who died there. It's a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in this tragedy, but it's also very popular among visitors to New York City.

  • 9/11 Museum. Located right next door to the memorial, this museum offers an in-depth look at how these events unfolded and explores our collective response in light of them as well as how they changed us as individuals and a nation.

  • Getting there: To visit both sites, take an A train from Times Square or Grand Central Station; it's about 20 minutes away from either stop (depending on traffic). If you don't want to pay for parking near either location---parking here can cost up to $30 per day---you can park for free on streets nearby or use public transit instead (which is also free).

If you're visiting during winter months when both locations are closed due to inclement weather conditions, try visiting Battery Park City instead; it has plenty of other things worth seeing too!

Grand Central Terminal

You can't miss the iconic architecture of Grand Central Terminal, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The terminal is part of a larger complex that includes the building for Track 36, an underground retail concourse called Grand Central Market, and a midtown business district called Grand Central Business Improvement District (BID).


New York is a city bursting with exciting things to do and see, from fantastic restaurants and galleries to the world's most iconic sights.

The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park and Madison Square Garden are all must-sees for New Yorkers or visitors alike. The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses an incomparable collection of art treasures while Central Park has something for everyone - from quiet walks along tree-lined paths to rollerblading around Wollman Rink (a skating rink). And let's not forget about the food! From bagels on the Upper West Side to brunch in Soho; from ramen noodles at midnight on Mott Street in Chinatown to steak frites at Balthazar -- there are wonderful restaurants everywhere you look in this great city.