Located on the southern tip of Manhattan, this park is home to The Sphere — a large, globe-like sculpture that was rescued from Ground Zero. The historic Clinton Castle resides here as well, making Battery Park a real must-see for anyone visiting the Empire City.
Castle in Central Park
Mid-Park at 79th St.
Located in Central Park, this structure looks like something out of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The castle is a hybrid blend of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and it was built using both granite and schist stones. Originally constructed in 1870, the Belvedere underwent a restoration and a subsequent re-opening in 1983.
14 E. 60th St.
As the most visited urban park in the United States, Central Park certainly has its merits. Forget the concrete jungle, and get lost in the park's beautiful flora, which spans an incredible 843 acres. Sculptures, performances and the occasional art installation are common sights in this popular park as well.
Great Lawn in Central Park
Mid-Park at 79th St.
Lying at the center of Central Park, this 55-acre pastoral pasture is open from mid-April to mid-November. During the summer months, New Yorkers come out in droves to sunbathe or to have a relaxing picnic.
High Line Park
Between 10th & 11th Avenues
The High Line railway was built back in the 1930s, as part of an effort to move all of the city's rail lines up and above its streets. The track was decommissioned in the 1980s, and was then going to be demolished. But locals rallied to save the railway, and it is now one of only two elevated public parks in the world.
Strawberry Fields in Central Park
Between 71st and 74th Streets
Strawberry Fields is a memorial to John Lennon. This quiet section of the park features a large black and white mural entitled "Imagine," which is meant to evoke Lennon's wish for a world without strife.
Sheep Meadow in Central Park
Mid-Park at 79th St.
Though it was originally designed as a parade ground for military drills, Sheep Meadow has been the site of a number of large anti-war protests and hippie "love-ins." Currently, The Meadow hosts an annual Fourth of July fireworks display and is a popular venue for outdoor concerts. The 200 sheep that once resided here were sadly excused from their lawn-mowing duties back in the mid-1930s.
Washington Square Park
Its replica of the Parisian Arc de Triomphe has made Washington Square Park a popular tourist attraction as well as a cultural hotspot. Artists, protestors and other entertaining eccentrics often frequent this park, and it has been featured in countless films and TV shows.
1 E. 70 th St.
Housed in a mansion designed by Thomas Hastings and built in 1914, the Frick Collection has 16 galleries, a garden and a small pond. The expansive collection of pieces by European masters and the decadent antique French furniture makes this the perfect place for quiet repose away from Manhattan's throngs of museum-goers.
The Italian-American Museum
155 Mulberry St.
Located in the heart of New York's "Little Italy," the Italian American Museum is dedicated to preserving the cultural and social achievements of the Italian American community. It currently resides in the former "Banca Stabile," which was built in 1885 and acted as a bank, post office and telegraph office for newly arrived Italian immigrants.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
Known as the Met, it is generally considered to be the "Louvre of North America." Travelling exhibitions and the Metropolitan Opera perfectly complement its already unrivaled permanent collection.
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St.
MOCA honors the struggle that Chinese immigrants often faced upon arriving in the United States. Discrimination, the forging of a distinct Chinese American culture and eventual financial and social success are just a few of the themes explored in the spacious exhibitions halls designed by architect Maya Lin (she also designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.).
Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd
Considered to be one of the most influential modern art museums in the world, the MoMa houses an impressive collection of both modern and contemporary art from famous artists ranging from Salvador Dali to Paul Gauguin.
1048 5th Ave.
Founded by two French and German modern art collectors, the museum focuses mostly on art from that period. Their large collections of Gustav Klimt's work make it a popular destination for art connoisseurs.
Displaying some of the most significant works in the art world from artists ranging from Claude Monet to Frank Stella, the museum is always in a process of transition from exhibition to exhibition, and is sure to offer something fascinating to even the toughest art critic.
The Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
If the sheer volume of art present on every New York City block proves to be overwhelming, the RMA will provide a much needed refresher. Dedicated to the art of the Himalayas and specifically Tibet, it's got everything from ancient Tibetan murals to the works of contemporary artists inspired by Buddhist traditions.
39 Battery Pl.
This museum was founded in order to document the significance of the skyscraper in urban American history. A lot more interesting than it sounds, the museum's stainless steel floors and exhibition areas create the feeling of levitating 40 stories above Manhattan.
The Tenement Museum
103 Orchard St.
Located in a former tenement building that housed an untold number of immigrants, this museum focuses on documenting immigrant life in New York during the 19th and 20th centuries. Rich with artifacts, photographs and oral histories, the museum presents a perspective crucial to understanding the development of New York as the city we know today.
The Brooklyn Bridge
Connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest and largest suspension bridges in the world. Its significance ranges from its symbolism as a sign of technological achievement to its iconic status as one of the most recognizable bridges in film, TV and art.
Home to the largest population of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere, Manhattan's Chinatown boasts more than just souvenir shops and dim sum restaurants. This place is as jam-packed with Chinese-American history as it is with recent Chinese immigrants looking to start a new life.
New York Harbor
Many Americans can trace their roots back to Ellis Island, and many choose to honor their brave ancestors by visiting the Immigration Museum located on the island.
The Empire State Building
350 5th Ave.
One of the most recognizable structures of the New York City skyline, this art deco skyscraper is currently the tallest building in New York.
It was the birthplace of the Beat Movement in the 1960s, and was home to a great number of counterculture artists, writers and musicians. The Village, as it colloquially called, has seen an urban rebirth as one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country. However, it has maintained some of its "rebel" charm with its beautifully preserved historic buildings, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
26 Church St.
Although still under construction, Ground Zero's significance is not overshadowed by what seems like a permanent suspension in rebuilding limbo. Visitors can see the Vesey Street Staircase — the only remaining above ground structure of the World Trade Center — and the rather emotional collection of memorials and tributes to the nearly 3,000 victims of the attack.
King of Greene Street
72 Greene St.
Designed in the French Renaissance-style, this well-maintained building is as interesting on the inside as it is on the outside — it is now home to a number of high-end fashion boutiques.
Once a thriving Italian neighborhood, this section of Manhattan has been engulfed by a flux of new Chinese immigrants. Little Italy is now confined to a two-block stretch of Mulberry street, where you can find an assorted collection of Italian restaurants, delis and markets.
Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Home to approximately 320 events each year, the Garden is a true cultural mecca of sports and entertainment. Its arena seating and impressive performance roster has driven scores of sports and music fans mad with excitement since its opening in 1968.
Queen of Greene Street
28 & 30 Greene St.
This Second Empire Baroque-style building is not as well-maintained as its kingly counterpart. The cast iron façade is gone, but the decorative columns and overall structure remain true to its original design.
The Rockefeller Center
W 49th St & 5th Ave.
This commercial complex truly lives up to the grand family name it carries. Home to an art center, the GE Building and Radio City Music Hall, its cultural influence is as immeasurable as the Rockefeller fortune itself.
Statue of Liberty
A longtime American symbol of freedom and new beginnings, Lady Liberty is one short ferry ride away from Manhattan. You can also hop on the longer (but free) ferry ride to Staten Island for a passing view of the noble statue.
Broadway & 42nd St.
Nicknamed the "Crossroads of the World," Times Square is an iconic New York landmark and a widely recognized symbol of the United States.
4 Irving Pl.
Named to officially denote where Broadway and the former Bowery Road came together in the 19th century, Union Square is an important convergence of social and political activism in New York City.
With its roots in Gilded Age opulence, Wall Street exudes wealth and power through its art deco décor, modern international-style architecture and classic Greek revival columns.
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