A Guide to New York City Points of Interest

By Shashia Mitchell

New York is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The streets are alive from day until night and it’s quite true that the city never sleeps. Its iconic skyline is one of the most recognizable with impressive skyscrapers and historic landmarks and the age-old promise of the American Dream never feels too far away. New York City points of interest are too many to count on one hand but here are top 10 places to visit in New York. In no particular order, some of the best New York landmarks are:

Williamsburg Bridge

While not as famous as its sister bridge, Brooklyn, the Williamsburg Bridge is a great option to avoid the crowds but still enjoy the same experience. Whether you rent a Citi bike and cycle over or take the pedestrian route, it’s a fun adventure leaving Manhattan to explore this hipster-friendly up and coming area that has fast become one of the most sought-after boroughs in Brooklyn. Williamsburg is full of quirky cafes and bars, independent boutiques, tattoo shops and vegan restaurants waiting to be found.

Times Square

It’s cliché, but Times Square has to be on the New York City points of interest list. It would be like visiting London and not seeing Buckingham Palace. Times Square is a vibrant, loud, bustling, exciting, overwhelming experience – a real sensory overload but that’s part of it. High story buildings loom overhead with dynamic digital advertisements, shop fronts are wide and beckoning with all manner of tourist souvenirs and you can find some of the city’s most famous Broadway shows, comedy venues and theatres a stone’s throw away.

Central Park

Measuring in at an impressive 843-acres, Central Park is an urban oasis amid the bustling streets of this vibrant city. Framed by skyscrapers and townhouses owned by some of the wealthiest names in the world, Central Park is one of the New York landmarks favoured by all. In the summer you’ll find visitors and locals alike relaxing with their picnics and idle rowers boating on the lake. Even in the winter you can go ice skating or enjoy a stroll through the snow-dusted paths with a hot drink. Whether you're strolling or cycling through - Central Park should be on everyone's must-visit list when in New York.

High Line

Perhaps one of the newest New York City points of interest: the High Line. Built along an old freight railway line, it’s a creative urban green space elevated above Manhattan’s West Side. It has become a wonderground for nature, art and design making it one of New York’s most unique cultural experiences. Take half a day and walk along the woodlands, stay a while at the sundeck and water feature, stop for lunch at the Chelsea Market food court and enjoy the buskers and artists along the way. There is also a programme of events held throughout the year such as performances, salsa dances and thought-provoking discussions and debates.

Top of the Rock

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic New York landmarks but rather than wait in line to get to the top like everyone else, head over to Rockefeller Plaza instead and up to the 360-degree Top of the Rock Observatory Deck to see it from a new perspective. At night the experience is especially breath-taking when the iconic New York skyline is illuminated so you can see the Empire State Building, as well as the Chrysler Building and even over to Times Square.

Wall Street’s Bull & Fearless Girl

Otherwise known as the Charging Bull, Wall Street’s Bull is one of the many New York City points of interest to be found in Downtown Manhattan’s Financial District. How they managed to sneak a 3000kg bronze bull into the city is anyone’s guess, but thanks to its popularity it’s staying for good. Tip: catch the Fearless Girl by Kristen Visbal, who stares down the bull with hands on hips, before she is relocated in 2019.

MOMA

If you have a few hours to spare, the Museum of Modern Art (known locally as the MOMA) is an endless display of visual treats that will inspire and also challenge with their range of diverse cultural, artistic, social and political offerings. The permanent exhibitions showcase world-famous pieces from renowned modern artists and there’s a sculpture garden with works by Picasso and Rodin, as well as an art-house cinema. Tip: make the most of the Free Fridays to save on the entry fee.

Statue of Liberty

There aren’t many other New York landmarks that quite have the same wow-factor as the Statue of Liberty. A symbol in Hollywood films, a chance to get up close to this iconic statue in real life is on most people’s To Do list when planning a trip to New York. Lady Liberty offers unparalleled views of the city from a new vantage point, her crown, and on your way back it would be worth visiting the Liberty Island museum to learn more about her history and how she came to be here, all the way from France.

Apollo Theatre

Head to the Harlem institution, the Apollo Theatre. It was here that Ella Fitzgerald debuted in 1934, in 1962 the venue catapulted the talented James Brown into households around the country and a mere two years later Jimi Hendrix won first prize at an Amateur Night. Now, you’ll find headliners like Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen on stage, but you can still attend the renowned Wednesday Amateur Night to witness some of the hottest up-and-coming talent emerging from the city, too.

Yankee Stadium

Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, going to the Yankees stadium is a pretty big deal and one of the New York points of interest you won’t want to miss. Situated in the Bronx, the original House That Ruth Built has been flattened but the current Yankees Stadium II is just across the street. There is a museum too with memorabilia from every Yankees player to date. Fun fact: as a little tradition, they play Frank Sinatra’s New York New York after every game.

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New York Tours & Walks

NEW YORK TOURS – GET BEHIND THE SCENES Have you ever wondered how all those TV shows, Concerts and Sporting Events become reality? Would you like to visit the Radio City Music Hall, the world-famous Madison Square Garden or even the NBC Studio? Now you can with our New York City tours & walks! New York Pass City Tours will take you behind the scenes for free. You will hear the insider stories and learn how the magic happens, you will meet one of the world-famous Rockettes, you might even catch a glimpse of a pre-production show and cross paths with a famous NBC personality. So why not to take a New York City tour to all of those places? You just go, enjoy the magic and take some great photos, the New York Pass will get you in & will make sure you won’t spend too much time in the ticket lines Places where you can benefit with The New York Pass® Big Bus Tours - Hop-on Hop-off Tours The open-top Big Bus sightseeing tour is the most enjoyable and convenient way to see New York! You’ll see famous landmarks such as the iconic Empire State Building to the new One World Trade Center. Tickets are valid for 1 day with your New York Pass. Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Walking Tour Come see the beauty and history of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge at an easy pace with one of New York’s best tour guides. Carnegie Hall Tours Share the magic of this world-famous concert hall and discover the century-old musical legacy left by the world's greatest artists Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour Our tours, depart daily for a two-hour excursion through the rich foliage, historic buildings, landmarks and cultural history of Central Park. Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour In 1913, Cornelius Vanderbilt created a colossal, 49-acre “city within a city” of concrete, steel, and limestone called Grand Central Terminal Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour Celebrate Madison Square Garden’s Transformation and be a part of New York’s Next Defining Moment. On Location Tours When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour Take a unique bus tour past the doorsteps of your favorite TV and movie characters on our popular When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour. Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour GET AN INSIDERS VIEW of New York’s premier entertainment venue, where the biggest names in show business perform. Rockefeller Center Tour Discover the brilliant history behind the art, design and architecture of Rockefeller Center with the Rockefeller Center Tour! The Ride THE RIDE is the hit interactive entertainment experience that has taken New York City by storm! Yankee Stadium ToursExperience the legendary Yankee Stadium by taking the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour.
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Take a look at our sample itinerary to see how you could make huge savings with The New York Pass®. Visit top attractions for less! With so many attractions and experiences to choose from, trips to New York fly by all too soon. Our sample five-day itinerary of New York gives you a taster of what the city has to offer and just how much you could save using The New York Pass®. Oh, and there's no need to pick your attractions before you purchase - you have the flexibility to choose where to go on the day! Are you planning 5 days in New York? This is what a 5 day New York Pass itinerary could look like.   Our ultimate 5-day itinerary of New York City Day 1 Big Bus Hop On Hop Off 1-Day Classic Ticket (Normal ticket value: $59.99) Empire State Building Observatory (Normal ticket value: $47.91) Madame Tussauds (Normal ticket value: $47.89) Day 2 Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line (Normal ticket value: $44.00) Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Normal ticket value: $33.00) Edge (Normal ticket value: $43.55) Day 3 Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum (Normal ticket value: $24.00) One World Observatory (Normal ticket value: $44.65) 9/11 Memorial & Museum (Normal ticket value: $28.00) Day 4 Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck (Normal ticket value: $43.55) Rockefeller Center Tour (Normal ticket value: $29.40) St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour (Normal ticket value: $25.00) Day 5 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (Normal ticket value: $25.00) Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking (Normal ticket value: $51.69) American Museum of Natural History (Normal ticket value: $23.00)   Total cost of visiting these attractions without an NYC pass: $570.63 Price of buying a 5-day New York Pass®: $279.00 How much you save with The New York Pass®: $291.63 There you go. A great way to spend 5 days in New York City while making nearly $300 in savings! 
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