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Explore The New York City
By Hussain on July 3, 2013
New York City is one of the most well-known cities on the planet. Landmarks like the Statue of Liberty are synonymous with the United States itself. It is a center of arts, culture, food, and fashion. It is also one of the most exciting vacation destinations. Families, couples, and solo travelers can choose from countless things to see and do. Here are the top five New York City attractions that you won’t want to miss.
The Statue of Liberty
This 151 foot high lady is a symbol of freedom and justice. Her profile welcomed immigrants arriving from Europe and let them know that they’d arrived in their new home. The statue was a gift from the people of France to the United States and was dedicated in 1886; a replica of the statue can be found in Paris. Tourists visiting the great lady first cross to Liberty Island on a ferry. Access to Statue of Liberty National Monument is free and tickets to the statue’s pedestal and observation deck can be purchased at the gate. There are only 3,000 of these tickets available each day so if you have your heart set on seeing it all, it’s a good idea to arrive early.
The Statue Of Liberty
Museum of Modern Art
Along with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA ranks alongside the Louvre and British National Museum in terms of scope and importance. This institution hosts shows containing work by the modern masters including Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, and Marina Abramovic. If the MoMa doesn’t satisfy your appetite for world class art, directly across the street is P. S. 1. This sister museum highlights up- and-coming contemporary artists working in all mediums. P. S. 1 has gained an international reputation for showcasing many of the most important modern works. This is your chance to see work by the new generation of great artists.
Museum of Modern Art New York
This landmark is composed of 843 acres, making it one of the largest publicly accessible green spaces in the world; that it can be found in the midst of one of the most densely populated cities in the world makes it all the more remarkable. Much more than just a grassy open space, Central Park has waterways, verdant shady areas, the famous Friedsam Memorial Carousel, and the Central Park Zoo. Children and adults can both enjoy the lively sculptures, winding bike paths, and hidden treasures inside this massive park. Bike and boat rentals make getting around the park easy. Guided bike tours are available if you want to take in all the sights.
Central Park New York
The Film Forum
If you thought an independent movie house would be filled with flicks you wouldn’t enjoy, think again! The Film Forum is a movie house unlike any other and has been beloved of film enthusiasts around the world. Classic movies, forgotten favorites, foreign films, and newly released independent movies are played side by side every day. This establishment has become a landmark among movie buffs for years and until recently was one of New York City’s lesser-known attractions. Family-friendly films play throughout the day to allow younger viewers to enjoy this unique viewing opportunity. The Film Forum’s website features 12-month calendars to help you plan your visit.
Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
The entire expanse of the Flushing Meadows – Corona Park area adds up to even a greater amount than Central Park! Here you’ll find more than 1,200 acres of green space and attractions. Flushing Meadows – Corona Park is home to the Queens Museum of Art, Queens Zoo, the Unisphere (built for the 1964-5 World’s Fair), and Queens Botanical Garden. In August the Park hosts the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Flushing Meadows – Corona Park is also home to Panorama of the City of New York, the precisely detailed reproduction of every building in New York City constructed before 1992. This miniature city measures 9,335 square feet and gives visitors a view of the city unlike any other.
Written by: Jennifer Russell
Jennifer is an avid traveler and loves nothing more than sharing her travel stories and helping others plan their holidays. She is a blogger and amateur photographer with a passion for cruises, the Internet and her ipad.