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"Must dos" for New York City

14 Oct 2010  Just trying to make it E-Z
4.5 of 5 stars based on 17 votes

This is a list of the most commonly visited areas of New York.

  • 1. Times Square
    Times Square, New York City, New York

    This world renowned epicenter is probably the area we most commonly see in films about New York (when they pan beyond the sky line) it is illuminating at night and bustling all day. It is filled with media outlets, stores, and restaurants. Also you can buy discounted same day Broadway tickets at the famed TKTS booth in Time Square for the many Broadway and off Broadway shows.

  • 2. Statue of Liberty
    Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York

    Many People visit Lady Liberty and Ellis Island together. This was the pathway from Europe to the Colonies that became the free world, and the Statue (a gift from France) has been a long standing symbol of this.
    It is recommended (if possible) that you get early morning "Reserved Crown" (timed tickets) before 9am - and then get to Battery Park (where the boat leaves from) 45 mins early- to avoid the long lines that collect through out the day (Note that "flexible" time tickets DO NOT get priority in line).

  • 3. United Nations Headquarters
    United Nations Headquarters, New York City, New York

    The tour is probably one of the most informative tours you could have about how our nations work together. The guides speak many different languages and most really cater to teaching crowds young and old about what goes on at the U.N.

  • 4. Central Park
    Central Park, New York City, New York

    Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park Zoo, Loeb Boat House, and Strawberry Fields are just some of the areas in Central park that see many visitors every year. There are many entrances to the park, but the most grand entrances are on Central Park South (or 59th St.); the first one is across from the famous Plaza Hotel (at 59th St. and 5th Ave.) and the other is at Columbus Circle (59th St. at Broadway) You can walk through the park, take a horse and carriage ride, rent a bicycle, or even rent a row boat or have lunch at the Loeb Boat House (there are many ways to have fun in this world famous park).

  • 5. Empire State Building
    Empire State Building, New York City, New York

    The lines can get long at this NYC icon, so if you can pre purchase your electronic ticket and then get there just before it first opens (@7:45am) or else go late night when every one else is in bed (it is open past midnight) you will save yourself a day of standing in line.

  • 6. Rockefeller Center
    Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York

    Top of the Rock (TOTR), The Famous Ice Skating Rink and Holiday Tree, The Today Show, Radio City Music Hall, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live are just some of the things that are in and around Rockefeller Center.

  • 7. Brooklyn Bridge
    Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York

    To walk on the promenade you can enter in Manhattan by City Hall Park or take the subway to Brooklyn and walk back to Manhattan. To save time some visitors will enter at City Hall walk a little way for a great view and then turn around and walk back. This way you get to see the view from both directions. In addition if you enter on the Manhattan side at the "City Hall/ Brooklyn Bridge" entrance you will not have to walk far to the entrance and it is much easier to find.

  • 8. WTC Memorial
    9/11 Memorial, New York City, New York

    You can read the tips & reviews on the link above & request tickets from their web site (linked at the top of the review page).

  • 9. New York Stock Exchange
    New York Stock Exchange, New York City, New York

    In a beautiful area of New York right next to our nations first capital (where George Washington was inaugurated) this area is one of the largest economic centers of the world.

  • 10. South Street Sea Port
    http://www.southstreetseaport.com/

    Shopping, Entertainment, Restaurants and magnificant views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges are somethings you can expect when you visit this nautical and beautiful area of Manhattan.

  • 11. Washington Square Park
    Washington Square Park, New York City, New York

    This park in the West (or Greenwhich) Village has the iconic arch, fountain, musicians, performers, and is a central base to New York University

  • 12. Union Square Park
    Union Square, New York City, New York

    From the farmers market to the painters this hub is a cultural hot spot for shopping, eating, or just people watching

  • 13. Bryant Park
    Bryant Park, New York City, New York

    This park has Concessions where midtown workers come to lunch and watch events in all seasons. It is also the location of one of the most famous NYC public libraries.

  • 14. Grand Central Station
    http://grandcentralterminal.com/

    This was one of our nations first large train stations and still is an archetechual wonder.

  • 15. Television Show Tapings
    http://www.nycgo.com/?event=view.article&id=134720

    There are several shows taped in Manhattan so chances are no matter what your interest are one of these shows may appeal to you.

  • 16. Watch a Broadway Show
    New York City, New York

    Some of the best performances with the world's best cast and crews are here in New york, and follow the link above to have New Yorkers share inside info on how to save on these spectacular shows.

  • 17. NYC Museums
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    NYC has some of the best historical and contemporary collections in the world, so many visitors come to see the extraordinary variety of museums

  • 18. Operas, Ballets, and Classical Music
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    The best performers learn and preform in NYC, so many people who come here take advantage of this while visiting.

  • 19. Zoos and Aquariums
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    These are some of the favorites

  • 20. NYC Markets
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    Some of the best markets are here in NYC and they bring locals, "Bridge and Tunnel" suburbanites, and international visitors together.

  • 21. Night Life
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    This is a list of event calendars that can help you plan your evenings

  • 22. Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram & FDR Four Freedoms Park
    Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram, New York City, New York

    The tram is a fun ride and the Park is a great place to watch the sunrise or sunset.