10 locations and entertainment spots you don't want to miss in New York
New York is considered one of the most visited cities in the world and has a wide variety of places of entertainment, parks and hangouts that many find out about only after a recommendation by another person who had been there before.
Among the most famous and recommended places are the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and many more. In addition to these, there are places that many tourists skip due to lack of knowledge of their existence, and only after returning to their country they feel sorry for not visiting them...
So if you plan on visiting the big apple in the near future, you should be familiar with the top 10 recommended sites that will make your trip much more focused, fun and successful.
1. World Trade Center
We all remember the tragic collapse of the Twin Towers that were part of the World Trade Center. Years after the destruction was cleared, the new World Trade Center, also known as the Liberty Tower, was built nearby. This huge building is the tallest building in the United States and symbolizes the triumph of the spirit of freedom.
The building is 541 meters high and its construction cost is estimated at $3.8 Billion. On the 100-102 floors of the magnificent building there are 360-degree views, which are reached by speed elevators that make the road in less than 60 seconds. Before you go to the observation points, you should have good quality binoculars, a camera and, most importantly, entrance tickets that can be bought in the lobby of the building or on the official website.
2. The Ground Zero Museum and Memorial Site
Ground Zero is a museum built as a memorial to the victims of the Twin Towers disaster, which was inaugurated and opened exactly where the buildings stood a decade earlier. The memorial site is comprised of two giant pools surrounded by waterfalls, surrounded by bronze plates engraved with the names of the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001 and the six killed in the 1993 attack, when a car bomb exploded in the underground parking lot of the towers.
The memorial site was designed by an American-Israeli architect, Michael Arad, who was chosen from among more than five thousand contestants to design and determine his appearance. The museum serves as the main institution of the state to examine the implications of the event and presents real exhibits collected from the buildings that collapsed and their surroundings, such as some of the steps of the building, metal parts of the building that was destroyed, a destroyed fire truck and more. Entrance to the museum is subject to payment from the age of 7 and up - for information and tickets click here.
3. Madame Tussauds Museum
There are a number of wax museums around the world, but the most known one is the Madame Tussauds Museum, which is often associated with the city of London because its first branch was established in the early 19th century. Over the years, the museum's activities expanded and additional branches were opened in various parts of the world, including New York City. The local Madame Tussauds Museum is built in the heart of Manhattan, just near Times Square, and is considered one of the largest and best branches of the prestigious institution where impressive wax dolls are displayed sculpted with the utmost precision and clear resemblance to the person they present.
Among the characters you will find politicians and statesmen, singers, intellectuals and celebs, famous actors and characters from different films. Each character can be accessed and photographed with, and enjoy alot of other activities in the complex, including 3D movie viewing, virtual reality games and more. Entrance to the museum is subject to a fee and the price varies according to the different types of activities. It is recommended to purchase the tickets on the museum's website before you arrive to enjoy discount and also the shortening of the waiting times at the entrance.
4. Madison Square Garden
Even if you are not an avid sports enthusiast or a fan of big shows, you will not want to miss a basketball game or a performance at Madison Square Garden while at in New York. The huge and impressive building known to most of us opened on February 11, 1968, and is probably the most famous hall in the world. There are concerts, poetry performances, boxing competitions, hockey and basketball games of the NBA.
It is home to the New York Knicks (New York) and New York Liberty (women), as well as the home of the New York Rangers. In this hall, some of the greatest basketball players in the world played, including Michael Jordan, Charles Berkeley, Reggie Miller and many others, and on stage performed great artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Lady Gaga and many more.
5. Times Square
One of the best-known sites in the world is Times Square, and it even appears in many American films and television series. The hallmarks of the complex are the advertisements displayed in glowing neon signs that surround the square, and the variety of theaters scattered around it. The popular site is visited every day by about 330,000 people and is undoubtedly one of the busiest intersections in the world and among the most fascinating.
The huge square stretches from Seventh Avenue between 42-47 West and Broadway streets, which is known as the area where many good musicals were born. The place is suitable for the whole family and offers countless activities such as shopping centers with international clothing chains, restaurants, fast food chains, street shows and giant puppets as well as a huge Disney store that will engage your children and the children inside you for a long time.
6. Radio City Music Hall
Between Seventh Avenue and Fifth Avenue in New York, the Radio City Music Hall is located within Rockefeller Center and is a 10-minute walk from Times Square. The magnificent structure of the Radio City Music Hall was established in 1932 and is considered the largest indoor auditorium in the world of its time, with sophisticated elevators on stage, ahead of its time back in those days. Due to the opening of large and sophisticated halls over the years, the Music Hall lost its title as the largest indoor auditorium in the world, but did not lose its fame and sympathy.
The building has a cinema hall which is considered the largest in the world and has 5933 seats, and the main strength of the music hall is reserved for the many performances held there, including the traditional Christmas performance of The Rockettes, which has been holding this tradition from 1933 until today. Among the famous artists who appeared in the hall are: Alanis Morissette, Frank Sinatra, Carol King, and more.
7. Central Park Zoo
A trip to Central Park is one of the most recognized and recommended activities in New York, since the park is considered the green lung of the city and covers a wide area of 3.2 square kilometers. The park has a variety of sites, some more familiar and some less, including the Central Park Zoo located in the southeast corner of the park and considered the most beautiful zoo in the city center.
In this zoo you can find among others: polar bears, lions and seals, penguins, parrots, reptiles and a host of other animals and special aquariums. You can watch 3D movies, exhibitions and a feeding show of sea lions and penguins. Plan your arrival time to the zoo so you will not miss the entertaining feeding show that will leave you with a big smile long after it's over.
8. Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, is a museum of specialty plants, an educational institution and a world-renowned research and conservation center. Founded in 1891 on the grounds of the Belmont Mansion, it houses 48 botanical gardens, swamps, waterfalls and trees over 200 years old, the last remnant of the forest that covered the area before the arrival of the European settlers to America.
There is a building created at the end of the 19th century that looks like a huge crystal ball which is used as a greenhouse for growing plants, and a Japanese garden reminiscent of the gardens being built in Japan for Buddhist temples and public parks. In the botanical gardens there are exhibitions, electric train tours, art galleries, and a variety of special events worth catching up on. For updates on the exhibits displayed in the compound click here.
9. Staten Island Ferry
One of the most recommended attractions in New York City is a ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island. The cruise time is about half an hour, during which the views of New York City are seen in front of the passengers, including a closer look at the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
This great experience is free and operates 24 hours a day so you can enjoy it more than once. In order to be able to view the Statue of Liberty from a good angle, you should sit on the right side of the ferry while sailing towards the island and sit on the left side on your way back from it. It is also recommended to sail at sunset to see all the city lights coming on together.
10. Bryant Park
Bryant Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a good atmosphere after an exhausting day of exploring the Big Apple. The park is a public-private complex in the Manhattan area of New York, located between 40th and 42nd Streets, behind the library named after journalist and editor William Bryant. The park is a lovely corner in the bustling city center and the entrance is free of charge, so you can sit on the chairs scattered around the park, eat and enjoy colorful street shows for no charge.
During the pleasant summer days you can watch movies on huge screens, enjoy free yoga lessons or listen to concerts throughout the park. In the winter months you can bring ice skating shoes and enter the skating rink in the complex free of charge, and if you do not have skis you can rent a couple at the entrance to the skating rink.
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