When asked, most people world over would mention New York as one of the most coveted places. The city of Manhattan skyscrapers, flashing lights, lively city nights and ever busy streets, New York surely never sleeps. Located on United States' eastern coast, it is the most populous city in this country with more than 8 million residents in the proper city area alone. For those visiting it for the first time, there may be some guidance required, as there are countless number of places that you would love to see. So, here are some of the most deserving places you can consider.
The Statue of Liberty
No trip to the US can be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty. The first picture that comes to our mind at the thought of New York is that of the Statue of Liberty. The 151 feet high statue is located on 12 acre Liberty island, overlooking the New York harbor. It is located at a distance of around one mile from Lower Manhattan. The only way of visiting it, is by the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Ferry system, as using private vessels is forbidden. Operated by Statue cruises, these ferries ply from New York as well as New Jersey and one round trip ferry comprises visits to both the islands.
Another must-see location is the site of the dreadful terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, also known as Ground Zero. On this fateful day, two passenger planes hijacked by terrorist were rammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, which was a famous landmark of NYC. Both the towers collapsed within a couple of hours, killing about 3,000 people. A memorial called 'Reflecting Absence' has been erected in the honor of the victims. It consists of a field of trees along with the footprints of the twin towers. There is a pool of water filling these footprints and underneath the water, the walls bear the names of the victims.
Empire State Building
One of the most recognizable feature of the city's skyline is the Empire State building. Housing 102 floors, it is the tallest structure in NYC and has been an international landmark till date. It remained the world's tallest building from 1931 to 1973, when WTC pipped it for the top spot. It continues to capture the imagination and amazement of many curious visitors. This great skyscraper has iconic significance not only in the history of NYC but also the US.
They say that if you stand in the Times Square long enough, you can meet every person you've known in your lifetime. It is a major intersection in Manhattan and is one of the busiest part of the city. Today, this intersection has become one of the iconic landmarks and is defined by the spectacular, animated, digital advertisements. This is one of the places to visit in winter, as the New Year's celebrations are at a completely different level.
Madison Square Garden
It is one of the world's most famous arenas. It is located in Manhattan on seventh avenue, between 31st and 33rd streets. Also known as MSG or just The Garden, it is home to the New York Rangers NHL team, NBA's New York Knicks, and the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Many high rated and popular music and entertainment concerts, take place at the Madison Square Garden, which hosts around 320 events a year.
St Patrick's Cathedral
It is the seat of the Archbishop of New York. It is the United States' largest decorated neo-gothic-style catholic cathedral church, and the country's Catholic life revolves around it. It is located on the eastern part of Fifth Avenue and between the 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan. It can attract a lot of awe of those, who appreciate the ancient Roman architecture that is evident everywhere inside the church.
Central Park is a massive green cover occupying a mammoth 843 acres, right in the heart of the Manhattan. It hosts approximately 25 million visitors every year and is one of the most widely visited parks in the country. It is also one of the best places to visit for children. There are excellent touring and amusements activities like carriage horses, pedicabs, sports, rock climbing, etc., inside the park and it can be an ideal place to visit
United Nations Headquarters
The Headquarters of United Nations (UN) is located on an 18-acre site on the East of Manhattan. This is an international zone i.e., it belongs to all member countries and not to the US. To support this, it has its own dedicated security force, fire department, and even a postal service. Many guided tours of the headquarter are operated daily from the General Assembly public lobby. A member of the international staff, guides and explains the tourists of the work of the United Nations and its various organizations. Visitors are taken to some of the main Council Chambers and the General Assembly Hall.
Grand Central Terminal
The Grand Central Terminal (GCT), also known as the Grand Central, is a railway terminal station between 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. It is world's largest train station in terms of number of platforms ― 44, which cater to as many as 67 tracks between them. It is a two level terminal, both underground ones. The upper level has 41 tracks and the lower section has 26.
It was the world's tallest building for just a year from 1930 to 1931 when its Manhattan neighbor, the Empire State building took the top spot. But, it is still the world's tallest brick building. Its most peculiar feature is the culminating, beautifully tapered, stainless steel crown that supports the famous spire at the peak. The Chrysler Building is a masterpiece of Art Deco style of architecture. The distinctive decoration of the building is based on features, which were then being used for Chrysler automobiles.