Must-see attractions in New York City

  • A woman takes notes in front of a sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Upper East Side

    What started with a handful of paintings brought over from Europe or donated by a coterie of philanthropically minded robber barons in the 19th century…

  • OCTOBER 2015: Visitors paddle in boats near a bridge at Central Park..

    Central Park

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park comprises 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways,…

  • Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum

    Ellis Island

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Located in New York Harbor, Ellis Island is the US's most famous and historically important gateway and is home to one of the country’s most moving…

  • Beautiful view of Manhattan during a summer sunset

    Empire State Building


    The Chrysler Building may be prettier, and One World Trade Center taller, but the queen bee of the New York skyline remains the Empire State Building. NYC…

  • NEW YORK - MAY 29 : ONE  WORLD OBSERVATORY grand opening day on May 29, 2015. It  is open year round. Starting May 29th until September 7th from 9 a.m. until midnight

    One World Observatory

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Spanning three levels at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Observatory offers dazzling panoramic views over Manhattan's…

  • SolomonR. Guggenheim Museum, detailed view

    Guggenheim Museum

    Upper East Side

    A New York icon, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, more commonly known as the Guggenheim, is an internationally-renowned art museum and one of the most…

  • Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    It’s been over a century since Lady Liberty made her debut appearance on the New York skyline, but this iconic statue is still one of the city’s most…

  • NEW YORK CITY, USA - JUNE 18 2016 - Panoramic view of the interior  National 9/11 Memorial Museum. The Last Column Remnants and Slurry Wall. Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, New York City, USA

    National September 11 Memorial Museum

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    When the twin towers of the World Trade Center toppled during the awful events of 11 September 2001, it led to years of soul-searching about what would be…

  • The entrance to the American Museum of American History.

    American Museum of Natural History

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Founded back in 1869, this venerable museum contains a veritable wonderland of more than 34 million objects, specimens and artifacts – including armies of…

  • Visitors crossing the Brooklyn bridge during the early morning.

    Brooklyn Bridge

    Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

    A New York icon, the Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s first steel suspension bridge, and, at almost 1596ft, the longest when it opened in 1883…

  • NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15 2005: The Museum of Modern Art on August 15, 2005  in New York City. MOMA is an art museum in Midtown Manhattan. (Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)

    Museum of Modern Art


    Superstar of the modern-art scene, MoMA's galleries are a Who’s Who of artistic heavyweights: Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rothko,…

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, USA

    Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

    This 85-acre park is one of Brooklyn’s best-loved attractions. Wrapping itself around a 1.3-mile bend on the East River, the post-industrial site runs…

  • Grand Central nights

    Grand Central Terminal


    Completed in 1913, Grand Central Terminal – commonly, if incorrectly, called Grand Central Station – is one of New York’s most venerated beaux-arts…

  • Chrysler Building , New York City

    Chrysler Building


    Designed by William Van Alen and completed in 1930, the 77-floor Chrysler Building is the pinup for New York's purest art deco architecture, guarded by…


    Green-Wood Cemetery

    New York City

    If you want to enjoy a slice of scenic Brooklyn in total peace and quiet, make for Green-Wood Cemetery. This historic burial ground set on the borough’s…

  • Rockefeller Center

    Rockefeller Center


    This 22-acre 'city within a city' debuted at the height of the Great Depression, with developer John D Rockefeller Jr footing the $100-million price tag…

  • Pathway at Highline Park

    High Line

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    It’s hard to believe that the 1½-mile-long High Line – a shining example of brilliant urban renewal – was once a dingy freight line that anchored a rather…

  • Radio City Music Hall, Midtown. ©Dan Herrick/Lonely Planet.

    Radio City Music Hall


    This spectacular moderne movie palace was the brainchild of vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel 'Roxy' Rothafel. Never one for understatement, Roxy launched…

  • June 6, 2018: A small waterfall and bridge at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

    Prospect Park

    New York City

    Brooklyn is blessed with a number of historic, view-laden and well used green spaces, but its emerald is Prospect Park. The designers of the 585-acre park…

  • Brooklyn, NY, USA - June 27, 2019: Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn Museum

    New York City

    This encyclopedic museum, imagined as the centerpiece of the 19th-century Brooklyn Institute, occupies a five-story, 560,000-sq-ft beaux-arts building…

  • The National September 11 Memorial at Night

    National September 11 Memorial

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    The focal point of the National September 11 Memorial is Reflecting Absence, two imposing reflecting pools that occupy the actual footprints of the ill…

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    Whitney Museum of American Art

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    After years of construction, the Whitney's downtown location opened to much fanfare in 2015. Anchoring the southern reaches of the High Line, this…

  • An image of a street scene at Pell Street in Chinatown / New York City / Manhattan with the setting sun.


    SoHo & Chinatown

    A walk through Manhattan's most colorful, cramped neighborhood is never the same, no matter how many times you hit the pavement. Peek inside temples and…

  • Chelsea Market

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    In a shining example of redevelopment and preservation, the Chelsea Market has transformed a former factory into a shopping concourse that caters to…

  • NEW YORK CITY,USA-AUGUST 5,2013:one of the terraces on the rockefeller center where many tourists climb to get a view from above of New York.

    Top of the Rock


    When it comes to views in New York City, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The One World Observatory may have the edge for height, and the Empire State…

  • Huge expanse of green grass under white building

    New York Botanical Garden

    The Bronx

    Founded back in 1891, this welcome expanse of green takes in 50 acres of old-growth forest, alongside lush gardens, ornate greenhouses and water features …

  • Exterior with many gothic details against a deep blue sky of the gothic medieval cathedral of Saint John, one of the top attractions of Den Bosch, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands; Shutterstock ID 180468908; Your name (First / Last): Josh Vogel; Project no. or GL code: 56530; Network activity no. or Cost Centre: Online-Design; Product or Project: 65050/7529/Josh Vogel/ Destination Galleries

    Cathedral Church of St John the Divine

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    New York’s most impressive house of worship is a towering monument that looks like it's straight out of medieval Europe. Built in a mix of styles – with…

  • The aircraft carrier USS Intrepid at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on 13 October 2016.

    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum


    In WWII, under heavy enemy fire, the USS Intrepid endured a torpedo strike and four kamikaze attacks, but this hulking aircraft carrier survived to tell…

  • View of Governors Island and Manhattan from air

    Governors Island

    New York City

    Off-limits to the public for 200 years, former military outpost Governors Island is now one of New York's most popular seasonal playgrounds. The fort…

  • Hudson River Park

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    The High Line may be all the rage these days, but one block away from that famous elevated park stretches a 5-mile-long recreational space that has…

  • CONEY ISLAND - MAR 14: Children from around the world still ride the famous Astro Land Wonder Wheel in Coney Island, March 14, 2010, over 90 years after it was built.; Shutterstock ID 53769967; Your name (First / Last): Josh Vogel; Project no. or GL code: 56530; Network activity no. or Cost Centre: Online-Design; Product or Project: 65050/7529/Josh Vogel/ Destination Galleries

    Coney Island

    New York City

    About an hour by subway from Midtown, this popular seaside neighborhood makes for a great day trip. The wide sandy beach has retained its nostalgic,…

  • Lincoln Center

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This stark arrangement of gleaming modernist temples houses some of Manhattan’s most important performance companies: the New York Philharmonic, the New…

  • New York, New York, USA - March 29, 2012: The Tenement Museum located on the lower east side of Manhattan.; Shutterstock ID 324988526; Your name (First / Last): redownload; GL account no.: redownload; Netsuite department name: redownload; Full Product or Project name including edition: redownload

    Lower East Side Tenement Museum

    East Village & Lower East Side

    This museum allows visitors to briefly inhabit the Lower East Side's heartbreaking, hardscrabble but unexpectedly inspiring heritage. Two remarkably…

  • Union Square

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Union Square is like the Noah’s Ark of New York, rescuing at least two of every kind from the curling seas of concrete. In fact, one would be hard pressed…

  • The Frick Collection courtyard garden.

    Frick Collection

    Upper East Side

    This spectacular art collection sits in a mansion built by steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, one of the many such residences lining the section of Fifth Ave…

  • Washington Square Park is a favorite summer spot for locals

    Washington Square Park

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    This former potter’s field and square for public executions is now the unofficial town square of Greenwich Village, hosting lounging NYU students, tuba…

  • New York From Above

    Flatiron Building

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Designed by Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, the 20-story Flatiron Building has a narrow triangular footprint that resembles the prow of a massive ship…

  • New York, NY, USA - June 7, 2016: View of the exterior of the P.S.1 in Queens: MoMA PS1 is one of the largest art institutions in the United States dedicated solely to contemporary art. ; Shutterstock ID 435140851; Your name (First / Last): redownload; GL account no.: redownload; Netsuite department name: redownload; Full Product or Project name including edition: redownload

    MoMA PS1


    At MoMA's hip contemporary outpost, you'll be peering at videos through floorboards, schmoozing at DJ parties and debating the meaning of nonstatic…

  • The Cloisters, Double capitals on columns in Trie Cloister, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ft. Tryon Park, Upper Manhattan, New York, NY

    Met Cloisters

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    On a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters is a curious architectural jigsaw, its many parts made up of various European monasteries and…

  • Japanese Hill and Pond Garden.

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    New York City

    Opened in 1911 and now one of Brooklyn's most picturesque sights, this 52-acre garden is home to thousands of plants and trees and a Japanese garden where…

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