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Statue of Liberty
The neoclassical Statue
of Liberty stands tall, towering
over the 12-acre Liberty Island. This robed lady holding high a torch,
‘enlightening the world,’ with broken shackles at
symbolizes freedom. The date of the famous American Declaration of
Independence has been inscribed upon it. Designed by
Frédéric Bartholdi, the French had dedicated the
to the people of America on October 28, 1886 and it also represents
friendship. The Statue was re-christened as a National Monument in 1924
and was restored for her centennial celebration on July 4, 1986.
Raising its head, a
quarter of a mile above the Manhattan
skyline, the most famed NYC landmark, the proud Empire State Building,
is also a Historic Landmark of national pride. The 86th floor,
stretching above the bustling streets below, receives over 3.5 million
visitors every year from across the world. An observatory with an
all-glass pavilion and an open-air promenade provide for a breathtaking
panoramic view of the city.
Bustling with a whirlpool of activity, this is the city’s
happening commercial intersection – dotted with Broadway
theatres, giant, brilliantly-lit billboards, restaurants and cinemas.
Because there is always so much action going on here, it contributes to
the city’s reputation of being one that never sleeps. The
vibrant, neon-lit setting is a major tourist attraction. Now, even the
zoning of the area requires every building to have signages. The Disney
Store in the heart of Times Square is a huge attraction.
One of the oldest
suspension bridges in the country, the
Brooklyn Bridge is an integral piece of the city’s skyline an
experience. Right in the center of the bridge, and a level higher than
the automobile lanes, is a pedestrian walkway, which is open to walkers
as well as cyclists. While the pedestrian level is above the vehicle
level, the subway goes beneath the East River, making it a truly unique
setting. The view from this walkway is breath-taking as the city seems
to spread out for you in whichever direction you turn your gaze. The
bridge's web-like cable pattern adds to its individuality.
A 20,000 seat coliseum, perched atop of the 7th Avenue Pennsylvania
Station, amid 31th and 33rd Streets, Madison Square Garden is not
referred to as the most famous arena for nothing. This one is one of
the four such facilities of Madison Square Gardens; and came into
existence in 1968. It is famous for being home to the local basketball
and hockey teams; and for hosting the Ringling Brothers Barnum Bailey
Circus and over 600 other conventions, concerts, award shows as well as
the NBA draft.
The Rockefeller Centre of midtown Manhattan is, in the true sense of
the word, ‘a city inside a city’. The Catacombs
surface that connect the buildings and the strikingly similar
architecture of the buildings themselves make this spot a marvel of
civic planning and execution. Known for its Christmas Trees, Radio City
Music Hall, Ice Skating and fabulous shopping and wonderful dining
places, it makes for a delightful visit any time of year.
Manhattan has a heart comprising of green pastures and colourful
gardens we know as the Central Park. It is a man-made marvel of sorts,
which stretches its greens from Midtown all the way to Harlem. City
Park is a favourite spot for bikers, joggers and day walkers. With
Belvedere Castle, mysteriously looming to its north, and the Delacorte
Theatre on the other side, it seems to be a naturally-created,
sprawling lawn of greens with a captivating view.
of Modern Art
A $425 million facelift later described by its own critics as
Modernist Dream World’, the Museum of Modern Art is the
brainchild of the famous Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. It is a
six-storied monument with natural light flowing through sky-high
galleries, making for an environment that thrills the onlooker. The
masterpieces that adorn the walls of this marvellous structure,
including Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Van
Gogh’s Starry Nights and Monet’s Water Lilies
importance and charm of this place.
Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of natural History first opened its gates to the
public way back in 1869. Since then almost a century and a half has
passed and it continues to inspire as a historically important
landmark. The Rose Centre Planetarium provides regular exhibits but the
main attraction comes from the revolving series of exhibitions on novel
themes, which the museum hosts at regular intervals.
The United Nations Headquarters is situated in a complex built to match
its international nature and image. It took a committee of
international architects, the United Nations Board of Design, to draw
its unique design. Along the First Avenue in front of the HQs is a
line-up of flags representing each member of the UN, starting from
Afghanistan on the 48th street to Zimbabwe on the 42nd street. With its
own postal service, fire department and security service, the HQs
represents a truly international territory that every visitor to the
city must visit.
PLACES OF ATTRACTION
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides every visitor a truly memorable
experience, depicting the evolving arts of humankind through the ages.
Starting from the history of the ancient Egyptian kings through to the
American masters, also touching the Renaissance in between, this museum
has an astonishing collection of artefacts. Once there, you would love
to see every inch of the place, which may not be possible in a day.
However, no matter how much of the area you succeed to cover, you will
be left with an indelible impression of how creative a human mind can
Built way back in 1913, the Grand Central Terminal is not just a travel
hub. Subsequent to a number of renovations, this historical terminal is
also a great centre for shopping and dining, always streaming with
visitors. Group tours including free guided tours on Wednesdays and
Fridays are available for tourists.
Ellis Island was inducted into the National Park System in the year
1965 and is a famous symbol of American immigration. It is a part of
the Statue of Liberty and incorporates a museum of immigration that is
run by the National Park Service. The States of New Jersey and New York
jointly hold territorial jurisdiction to Ellis Island due to its unique
265 acres of parkland and near natural habitat to over 4000 species of
animals, including some close to extinction, give the Bronx Zoo the
status of the largest metropolitan zoo, in the United States. An indoor
rain forest called the Jungle world houses Hornbills, Asian Gibbons,
and numerous other rare breeds of animals, not forgetting unseen fauna
and flora. You will also find the white napped-crane, the Red Panda and
snow leopards in the specially-created Himalayan Highland habitat.
The eclectic neighborhood of Soho is a one-of-a-kind shopping area in
the world. It has everything a shopper desires and makes for an
extraordinary shopping experience. Aesthetic buildings that dot the
dazzling streets, art galleries and exquisite boutiques sprinkled on
cobblestone pavements flanked by plush hotels are a remarkable sight.
Soho mixes glamour with shopping and eating out.
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