New York City, situated on the South East of New York, is the most populous and the wealthiest city of the United States. It is the major trade centre as more than half of the country’s imports are made through New York City Ports. This city is, without any doubt, economically advanced, a big factor that invites a lot of immigrants. But there is another side to its popularity. The illustrious city of New York is the amalgamation of art and architecture, culture and cuisines, history and entertainment.
Nicknamed as the “city that never sleeps”, New York stays alive and bustling from dawn to dusk. I, personally, had my hands full when it came to the things to do in New York. Go shopping, watch theatre, visit museums or party all night; just enjoy the vivacity and ebullience of New York City to the core.
There are several places to visit in New York. Here are the ones that I visited during my trip: –
1. The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty stands tall on Liberty Island in New York Harbour and has been welcoming immigrants for over a century. This statue is a symbol of American freedom and democracy and hence, one of the important places to visit in New York. It was constructed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi in 1876 to celebrate the centennial of the independence of America. Once I reached the top, I had an amazing view of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Verrazano Bridge and Staten Island – these sights were magnificent, to say the least.
2. The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building was the first destination I was taken to in Manhattan while I was on my New York sightseeing tour. This 102-storey skyscraper is located in Midtown Manhattan and considered to be the finest example of Art Deco, a style of visual arts, architecture and design that originated in France. The observations decks on 86th and 102nd floors impart a jaw-dropping view of the skyline and the city. I marvelled at New York’s cityscape from here!
3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a sightseeing place in New York that has been welcoming art lovers for over a century. It was established in 1870 and since then it hasn’t stopped acquiring and expanding its collection of some of the finest pieces of art. It is the largest museum in the United States and among the most popular ones in the world because the Museum puts on display the work of art belonging to classical antiquity and the ancient period of Egypt. This museum also exhibits masterpieces by the most famous European artists and paintings and sculptures belonging to American and modern art. I was not an art lover when I started my New York City tour but after visiting this museum, I have turned into one.
4. Times Square
My pleasure of sightseeing NYC rose by multiple folds when I reached Times Square. Located in Midtown Manhattan, it lies at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and hence, formed a part of my sightseeing tour New York. Times Square is recognized as one of the busiest pedestrian areas of the world as it is visited by thousands of people daily. The sight of blazing billboards, shopping stores like Disney and Forever 21, NBC Studios and numerous restaurants and cafes keeps this place alive with people till midnight, which is why it has come to be known as ‘The Crossroads of the World’. I was up till 2 AM in the night when I went there.
5. Central Park
Many travel deals for America include Central Park, an urban park in Manhattan that is the abode of nature. This 843-acre ground must not be confused with an ordinary park. It is a playground, a museum, a zoo, a reservoir and a recreational zone, all rolled into one. Central Park had everything that I love to do to relax and rejuvenate. I had fun seeing Ramble and Lake, Hallett Nature Sanctuary, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, Sheep Meadow, Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, the Central Park Zoo, Central Park Mall, Bethesda Terrace, Delacorte Theater, and North Meadow Recreation Center. Phew! It was quite an experience.
6. Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge spans over the East River and connects Manhattan with Brooklyn. This cable-stayed suspension bridge is a classic example of engineering expertise that Americans possess. Be that as it may, I think the Brooklyn Bridge holds a distinguished place among the best sightseeing places in New York owing to the fact that it imparts an amazing spectacle of two boroughs.
7. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
New York is well known for its architecture and this next place exemplifies that. One of the places to visit in New York if you want to witness the architectural expertise is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This Neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic Cathedral is a prominent landmark and a famous tourist destination of New York City. I visited this church to attend the Sunday mass. Furthermore, I shopped at the gift shop knowing that the amount I will pay will go to charity.
People throughout the world are well acquainted with the fact that New York City is one of the most important cities in the United States. My dream of visiting the Big Apple came true with the New York tour package I had bought. About time you made yours.