New York Attractions
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Converted in the 1990s into the Bryant Park Hotel, this black skyscraper was built in 1924 for the American Radiator Company. Raymond Hood designed an eye-catching gothic tower topped by a gilded Art Deco crown.
Built between 1869 and 1883, connects Brooklyn with Manhattan. The bridge is one of the most magnificent landmarks in all of New York City.
A small but pleasant park located next to the NY Public Library and surrounded by interesting architecture such as the historic Bryant Park Hotel and the modern Bank of America Building.
Founded in 1910, this 52 acre (21 ha) large botanic garden has a very diverse collection. Highlights include the Steinhardt Conservatory, the Rose Garden and a Japanese Garden.
Considered America's oldest suburb, this neighborhood boasts beautiful treelined streets with brownstone houses. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade offers great views over Lower Manhattan.
One of the largest and best museums in New York City. Built at a time when Brooklyn was an independent city the museum was conceived as the center of a large educational complex.
Once a fortified site with a battery of canons, lower Manhattan's largest park is situated right at the tip of Manhattan. From here the ferries to Liberty Island and Ellis Island depart.
This neighborhood in Lower Manhattan was created in the 1970s on top of soil excavated for the construction of the World Trade Center nearby. It is one of few residential neigborhoods in an area dominated by office buildings.
Named after a Union Army general, this is a beautiful park bordering the East River between 84th and 90th streets. New York's Mayor has his official residence here, in Gracie Mansion.
One of several fortresses that were built to defend the New York Harbor in the early 19th century. Originally it was located on a small artificial island, but due to landfill it is now located on the mainland.
The cornerstone of this enormous cathedral was laid in 1892 but it is still only partly completed, which gave the church the unofficial nickname of St. John the Unfinished.
The first large city park in the United States. The design by Olmsted and Vaux has been copied all over the world. Originally situated in a sparsely populated area, the park is now surrounded by highrises.
One of the most famous and most beloved skyscrapers in New York City. The Art Deco tower was the tallest building in the world when constructed in 1930.
The Citigroup Center is a 915ft / 279m tall skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. The tower is built on four tall supporting columns, opening up space for the St. Peter's Church at its base.
New York City's unique ethnic neighborhood was founded in the 1870s by the Chinese immigrants. It is located in the lower portion of Manhattan, not far from other famous neighborhoods like Tribeca and Soho.
A seaside resort in Brooklyn famous for its historic Ferris Wheel and roller coaster, the Cyclone. Long past its heyday, it is still a popular tourist attraction.
The oldest in the city - features many architectural masterpieces designed by the famed architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White.
Built in 1929, the 56 story building was seen as a beacon of progress, the first of a number of highrise buildings around Grand Central Terminal. The skyscraper was named after developer Irwin S. Chanin.
A designated New York City landmark, City Hall is one of the most treasured buildings in Manhattan. The elegant design of the early 19th century building contrasts starkly with the many highrises in the area.
This traffic circle near Central Park is named for Christopher Columbus, whose monument graces the center of Columbus Circle, which is dominated by the twin towers of Time Warner Center.
This 37 story skyscraper was constructed in 1930 after a design by Raymond Hood. Today the Art Deco building is best known for the giant globe in the building's lobby.
A visit to the most famous skyscraper in the world is a must when you go to New York. From the top, you have a great view over Midtown and the rest of New York City.
Now home to the immigration museum, Ellis Island was the immigrant gateway to America. More than 12 million people arrived here on the way to their new life in a new country.
One of New York's finest classical buildings is located in bustling Wall Street, at the site where George Washington was inaugurated as the country's first president.
One of the world's most famous streets. The street is not only a shopping paradise with numerous flagship stores, it also boast some famous landmarks like St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Trump Tower.
A park situated on a rocky terrain in the Washington Heights area in Manhattan with magnificent views over the Hudson river. The Cloisters, a medieval art museum, is located in the park.
The Flatiron was one of the world's tallest buildings when it was constructed between 1901 and 1903. It became one of New York's most famous buildings, thanks in part to its triangular shape.
The Ford Foundation is headquartered in a modern post-war building situated in Manhattan's Midtown district. The building is notable for its huge atrium that houses a surprisingly large and lush garden.
Civil war hero and American President Ulysses S. Grant is entombed with his wife in this huge pantheon-like mausoleum. The building opened in 1897 as the largest tomb in the United States.
This museum near Central Park is home to an important collection of modern art. The collection is housed in a unique building designed by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
This grand plaza was created in the 19th century as the gateway to Prospect Park. The monumental arch honors the soldiers of the Union Army who served during the Civil War.
Not as famous as its Brooklyn namesake, this plaza sits at the edge of Central Park. The square features a large gilded statue of general William Sherman as well as the Pulitzer fountain.
When the George Washington Bridge opened to traffic in 1931, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Today it isn't even the longest bridge in New York, but it's certainly one of the city's most appealing bridges.
One of the greatest railway stations in the world. The grand Beaux-Arts structure was built in 1913 for the New York and Harlem Railway Company.
Originally an elevated railroad line for freight trains, the High Line was converted into a long elevated park. The park opened in 2009 and became an instant hit with residents and visitors alike.
The USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier, serves as a unique home to a museum of mostly helicopters and airplanes. Also part of the museum are a submarine, a Concorde and a Space Shuttle.
Currently a library, this elegant building in Victorian Gothic style was built between 1857 and 1877 as a courthouse. Plans to demolish the building in the 1960s were thwarted by a group of local residents.
True to its name, very little is left of this once neighborhood once known for its many Italian immigrants who lived in overcrowded tenement houses. You still find some typical Italian restaurants in this neighborhood.
One of the first buildings in New York with glass facades. The 1952 building has been copied numerous times, making the once revolutionary building look like just another office tower.
A large complex devoted to music, dance, and theater. The most famous building at the center is the Metropolitan Opera House, designed by Wallace K. Harrison.
The art collection of 'the Met' is one of the world's most extensive, ranging from prehistoric to modern times. It is housed in a monumental Beaux-Arts building in Central Park.
One of the world's largest department stores started as a small shop opened by Rowland Hussey Macy in 1858. The immense 10 story building in Beaux-Arts style was completed in 1938.
This world-renowned museum opened in 1929 thanks to Abby Rockefeller. Today the museum has a large collection ranging from paintings over photographs and film to electronic media.
One of New York's most pleasant squares, with a sculpture-littered park surrounded by great architectural landmarks. This is also the location of the famous Flatiron building.
The world's most famous arena is built on top of an active railway station. Currently located at 33rd Street it was originally located near Madison Square, hence the name.
This large museum near Central Park is one of New York's most popular with attractions ranging from dinosaur skeletons to biodiversity exhibitions and a planetarium.
Formerly known as the PanAm building, this behemoth was built in 1963 for the Pan American World Airways. The construction caused a public outcry as the tower blocked the views on Park Avenue.
For four years the tallest building in the world (1909-1913), the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building still stands as a reminder of the opulence of early twentieth century New York City.
This monumental early 20th century landmark was built to house the city's constantly growing administration. It is topped with a 20ft / 6m tall statue known as Civic Fame.
A large collection of artifacts related to the Big Apple. Exhibitions show the growth of the city and highlight specific aspects of this fascinating metropolis.
At the SW entrance of Central Park, is one of the largest monuments in New York. It honors the 261 seamen who died when the USS Maine battleship exploded in February 1898.
One of the most powerful bankers in history, was an avid collector of books and manuscripts. His opulent private library and study, as well as many of the valuable items he collected can be admired at the Morgan Library.
One of the world's most acclaimed libraries is housed in a magnificent Beaux-Arts building, designed by architects Carr�re and Hastings. The building was completed in 1911 after nine years of construction.
This posh, mostly residential street is lined with many historic buildings like the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Lever House, Helmsley Building, Seagram Building and Ritz Tower.
This 30 story building, completed in 1899, held the honor of being the tallest skyscraper in the world. It held the prestigious title until the construction of the now demolished Singer Building.
Brooklyn's most famous park was created in the 1860s after a design by the same team that created Manhattan's Central Park. The park boasts several historic buildings such as the Grecian Shelter.
Just west of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. At the end of the 19th century many wealthy New Yorkers built large, often eye-catching mansions near the new park.
This long narrow park stretches for 4 miles / 6 km along the Hudson River in New York's Upper West Side. It features monuments such as Grant's Tomb and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial.
Situated on the East River between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island is best known for its hospitals and asylums that have been here since the 1800s. The island can be reached by an aerial tram.
The tallest church tower in all of New York. The church was built in 1928-1930 and was modeled after the cathedral of Chartres in France. The bell tower holds the world's heaviest carillon.
Originally known as Radio City, is a complex of buildings developed in the midst of the Great Depression. Originally the complex consisted of 14 buildings, the 70 story RCA building being the tallest.
an acronym for South of Houston - is a former industrial neighborhood. Gentrified since the 1970s, the area boasts the world's largest collection of cast-iron architecture.
The Seagram Building was constructed in 1958 after a design by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. The 'glass box' tower became an iconic landmark and a model for the skyscrapers of the following decades.
What better place for a Skyscraper Museum than New York City? Permanent and temporary exhibitions show the evolution of skyscrapers in New York and elsewhere.
Once the busiest port in the world is now a historic district attracting tourists with a maritime museum as well as many shops and restaurants.
Completed in 1900, this neo-Gothic masterpiece is the country's largest Roman Catholic cathedral. It is located at Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Center, now a posh area but at the time of construction well out of the city center.
A short boat trip brings you from Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France for the centennial of America's Independence which now symbolizes the USA and New York in particular.
The most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and electronic billboards. It is one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps.
Completed in 1884, was the first luxury apartment in the Upper West Side, near Central Park. At the time it was considered as far away from the city as Dakota, hence its name.
One of the world's most famous hotels. It was built in French Renaissance style near Central Park. The building, which opened in 1907, was designated a historic landmark in 1969.
The spire of New York's Trinity Church once towered over Lower Manhattan, but today the church is dwarfed by the numerous skyscrapers that have sprung up along Wall Street.
A historic district in Midtown Manhattan near the United Nations. Developed in the 1920s by Fred F. French, the complex comprises twelve large buildings in Tudor style.
Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this intriguing museum of medieval art is housed in a building created in the 1930s from parts of authentic French cloisters and chapels.
One of Donald Trump's most famous projects, this building is a symbol of 1980s glamour. The 664ft / 202m tall building clad in dark reflective glass is located at a prestigious location on Fifth Avenue.
Located in Battery Park at the southern end of Manhattan, is dedicated to the many American soldiers who died overseas during WWII.
The headquarters of the United Nations in New York were developed by an international team of architects. The main building, the Secretariat, was one of the city's first towers in International Style.
This monumental granite Beaux-Arts building, completed in 1907, was designed by Cass Gilbert for the US Customs Service. Today it is the home of the American Indian Museum.
a rectangular square with a at its center a small park, is located at the intersection of Broadway and Fourth Avenue. It is known for its Greenmarket, an outdoor market where local farmers sell fresh produce.
This magnificent Art Deco skyscraper was built in 1929, when it became Brooklyn's tallest building until 2009. The building's observatory closed in the 1990s.
An office complex that once featured the world's tallest skyscraper. It is now replaced by a new office complex and a memorial that honors the victims of the terrorist attacks that destroyed the former WTC's Twin Towers.
located in Greenwich village, was laid out in 1826. Its main attraction is the Washington Arch, constructed for the centennial of President Washington's inauguration.
Constructed in 1913 as the headquarters for the Woolworth retail chain. The building, known as the 'Cathedral of Commerce', was long the world's tallest skyscraper.
A small street in Lower Manhattan, is one of the world's most famous streets. Thanks to the stock exchange and the many banks here, the street embodies New York City's financial establishment.
The Waldorf=Astoria is one of New York's most famous and luxurious hotels. When the present monumental Art Deco building was completed in 1931, it was the world's largest hotel.
A complex of four postmodern towers, is the office component of Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. A winter garden connects the complex's second and third buildings.
This skyscraper was meant to become the world's tallest building in 1930, but at the last moment it was eclipsed by the Chrysler Building. The building is nonetheless still one of New York's tallest skyscrapers
A memorial plaza with two large recessed pools and cascading waterfalls commemorates the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.