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ATTRACTION AND SIGHT-SEEING


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 her feet, 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 statue 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.

Empire State Building



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.
 

Times Square



Bustling with a whirlpool of activity, this is the city’s most 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.

Brooklyn Bridge
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.


Madison Square Garden
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 Center
The Rockefeller Centre of midtown Manhattan is, in the true sense of the word, ‘a city inside a city’. The Catacombs below the 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.

Central Park
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.


Museum of Modern Art
A $425 million facelift later described by its own critics as ‘A 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 heighten the importance and charm of this place.


American 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.


United Nations Headquarters
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.

OTHER 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 get.

Grand Central Terminal
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
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 location.

Bronx Zoo
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.


SoHo
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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