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Some call it the “center of the universe” and on one trip to New York City you’ll find cultures, languages, and cuisines combine like no other place in the world. From its rich history on Ellis Island and the lights of Broadway to the bustling of Wall Street, countless world-class restaurants and museums, this timeless East Coast city in the Empire State truly never sleeps. As heartbeat of global media and trade, New York moves at a fast pace. Break out your walking shoes and get ready for an unforgettable time in the Big Apple.
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Some of the most iconic skyscrapers are located in Manhattan. From the sun bursting off the stunning Chrysler Building, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, or the Woolworth Building, you will be in awe of the buildings that have helped form the structure and culture of the city.
One of the best ways to see New York is from above and there is no finer place than the top of the majestic Empire State Building. Once the world’s tallest building, millions of people visit the observation deck for unparalleled views of the city.
No trip to NYC is complete without a New York hot dog or grabbing a “slice” of New York-style pizza. New York is one of the culinary centers of the world, with popular and award winning chefs as well as new culinary stars creating dishes that turn eating into a rich dining experience.
Times Square and Broadway
The intersection of Broadway and 7th places you in the electrifying Times Square which is a hub of popular retail stores, restaurants and media outlets.
In the late 1800s, the first theaters began to open in New York. Today, shows continue to entertain visitors in the historic buildings that still line Broadway, as well as many wonderful “off-Broadway” locations. A stroll along 48th Street to the Avenue of the Americas will lead you to Rockefeller Center.
Embracing the vision of John D. Rockefeller and built in the darkest days of the Great Depression, Rockefeller Center embodies the original vision of a “city within a city” and is the hub for media, art, shopping, dining and business commerce. Today, one of the most popular activities is the view from the Top of the Rock® Observation Deck. Get a glimpse of TV Magic with the Tour at NBC Studios that includes popular programs such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Complete your trip to Rockefeller Center with some shopping and a spin on the ice rink during the winter.
Just a few blocks away you will find the landmark Radio City Music Hall. This hallowed stage hosts a range of musical performances, sports events, shows, and of course the world renowned Rockettes.™
Window shop along the famed Fifth Avenue, one of the most expensive shopping areas in the world. Exploring this grand roadway will take you past some of the most famous parks and landmarks including Washington Square Park, Bryant Park, the New York Public Library, Central Park and the famed Plaza Hotel.
Financial District and One World Trade Center
Stop by the place that started it all – Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street and get a real feel for the pulse of buzzing Manhattan life. While in Lower Manhattan, tour the 9/11 Memorial and Tribute Center featuring exhibits honoring those who lost their lives and moving walking tours by survivors, rescue workers, and family members. In 60 seconds you can soar to the top of the tallest building in the western hemisphere and arrive at One World Observation located in One World Trade Center.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
No trip to NYC is complete without a ferry ride to Ellis Island and visiting the majestic Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island still welcomes visitors today, just as it did when the first immigrants passed through in the early 1890s. Spend time researching your family roots at the Ellis National Park and Museum and enjoy the panoramic views from the Crown of the Statue of Liberty.
The Big Apple also features unmatched historic sites, ten national parks, and renowned institutes like Columbia University and New York University. Head down the West Side Highway with scenic Hudson River views. Shop Chelsea Pier boutiques and markets for unique New York trinkets, or walk the 1.45-mile High Line, an elevated platform highlighting the history of the New York Central Railroad’s Central West Side Line.
There is no shortage of world-class museums in New York City. From paintings, sculptures, historical artifacts or the amazing architecture in the city, there is something for everyone to explore. With over 2 million works of art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a popular stop for most visitors. The Museum of Modern Art of MoMA features some of the most classic artists known to history along with thought provoking installations, sculptures and photography by modern artists. With its distinctive modern Frank Lloyd Wright design, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum features an extensive collection of modern art.
If you love giant fossils, then a day at the American Museum of Natural History should be on your itinerary. Located at Pier 86, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum features amazing exhibits including the Discovery Space Shuttle, the British Airways Concorde airplane, an American guided missile submarine, and the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier.
Feel the city’s heart and soul and join loyal sports fans. Watch the NBA’s New York Knicks® and NHL’s New York Rangers® at the iconic Madison Square Garden or the NHL’s Islanders® at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Baseball lovers can’t leave without seeing the famous New York Yankees™ and Mets™. Head out of the city for more sports fun to MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets.
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