Sight seeing at a place like New York can become a bit overwhelming with so many best sights and top attractions to visit. Here are our quick top 5 picks, which have been constantly rated by travellers as a must-see while you are in New York.
Empire State Building:
It is hard to imagine Manhattan’ s skyline without the Empire State Building. And when the landmark promises you to give a 360 degrees view of New York from the highest open observatory of the city, the reasons for visiting it are more compelling.
A skyscraper in Manhattan, Empire State Building is a 103 storey building with 73 elevators including some freight elevators. Interesting to note is that
because there are so many businesses are housed in this landmark structure, it has its own zip code.
Brooklyn Bridge: The first structure to cross the East River in 1883, it was at the time the longest suspension bridge in the world. Hence walking the Brooklyn Bridge has been an attraction of thousands of tourists and locals for years.
A free activity, the on the foot tour can start from Manhattan into Brooklyn or from Brooklyn to Manhattan. While both give a lovely skyline view, the walk from Brooklyn to
Manhattan is said to be more spectacular.
With the pedestrian access open 24 hours, anytime is a good time to see the breathtaking view, the best time, however, is around sunset. No only do you see the Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty during sunset, but you can witness the landmarks come to eclectic life after the lights are turned on.
Central Park: A peaceful oasis at the heart of New York City, this landmark attracts 35 million visitors a year and is the most filmed locations in the world. With zillion things scheduled for families, youth, adult and people of all ages, this landmark is open everyday of the year.
Around four kilometres wide, you can find the activities happening near you depending on your current location in the park. Categorised as mid-park, north end and south end of the park, Central park showcases its rich flora and fauna with 500 different species of plants and animals along the way.
The Statue of Liberty: The most recognisable landmark of United States of America, this Green Lady which stands tall as an icon of independence and freedom for the US attracts flocks of visitors locally, nationally and internationally.
Once the first sight for post civil war immigrants arriving on Ellis Island, the US after a long sea voyage, this statue has since become symbolic of independence, better life and better opportunities.
People visit this Iron lady for different reasons and there are different ways to feel up, close and personal with her- either by posing for selfies with her, taking a ferry ride to go all the way to her or by booking a tour going all the way up to her crown by months of advance booking, ultimately it is for a simple reason- to take a piece of America with them.
Chrysler Building: Art Deco-style skyscraper, when you think of Chrysler Building, you think of the top- the crown with its spire, drilling into the cloud as if it had just taken off 1000 meters from the ground and still spiralling higher.
While the building’s observatory is now closed, the tour of the Chrysler Building Lobby is not to be missed. A true art of jazz age, there are intricate and detailed murals on the walls and custom designs for each elevator.