New York Attractions for New Comers

You will be happy to find that New York boasts tons of attractions and activities. As a new comer who just relocates here, you can explore lots of them after you settle down. Here is a list of the must-sees. If you are interested in a specific attraction, you can click the official site attached at the end of each one.

9/11 Memorial -- Remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. Respect this place made sacred through tragic loss. Recognize the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who supported us in our darkest hours. http://www.911memorial.org/

Bronx Zoo -- Spanning 265 lush acres, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban wildlife preserve in the United States, home to several authentically re-created habitats that house more than 5,000 animals representing more than 600 species (including an ever-changing cast of "awww"-worthy newborns). See zebras, giraffes and lions roam the African Plains; take a safari through the 6.5-acre Congo Gorilla Forest; watch baboons play in Ethiopian highlands and meet lemurs, crocodiles and cockroaches in the permanent Madagascar! http://www.bronxzoo.com/

Brooklyn Bridge -- John Roebling's engineering masterpiece was the world's longest suspension bridge upon its completion in 1883. One of the most recognizable structures in NYC, the bridge has been featured in countless movies and television shows and, as the first land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn, represents a critical piece of New York City history. Though the bridge is visible from the shores of both boroughs, it is best experienced through a leisurely stroll across its elevated pedestrian walkway. Here, visitors from around the world can share a path with New Yorkers making their daily commute; those walking across can enjoy views of downtown Manhattan and New York Harbor on every step of the 5,989-foot traverse. The Manhattan-side entrance is at Park Row and Centre Street, across from City Hall Park.

Central Park -- Spanning 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is one of the world's greatest urban oases, encompassing a diverse landscape of rolling fields, walking trails and tranquil bodies of water—all sculpted by human hands. Designed in the mid–19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park today is the centerpiece of the City's public parks system. Among its attractions are the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (which, weather permitting, operates seven days a week from April through October and intermittently the rest of the year). Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn offer sprawling expanses where visitors can relax and enjoy the outdoors. In the winter, there's ice-skating at Wollman Rink, which provides a picturesque backdrop for that classic cold-weather pastime. In the summer, the Delacorte Theater hosts Shakespeare in the Park, outdoor performances of the Bard's work. Elsewhere, Rumsey Playfield serves as the primary home for SummerStage, a citywide free performing-arts festival featuring music, dance, theater and more. Notably, Rumsey hosts Metropolitan Opera recitals featuring singers and a pianist from the famed opera company. For more ideas on what to see while visiting the sprawling NYC green space, check out our slideshow of must-see Central Park sites. http://www.centralpark.com/

Coney Island -- Coney Island USA exists to defend the honor of American popular culture through innovative exhibitions and performances. Presenting and producing exciting new works, our approach is rooted in mass culture and the traditions of P.T. Barnum, dime museums, burlesque, circus sideshows, vaudeville, and Coney Island itself. Preserving and championing a set of uniquely American visual and performing art forms, we seek to create an international forum for cultural preservation and discourse, and where Coney Island represents these impulses, we strive to make it once again a center for live art and entrepreneurial spirit. Coney Island USA operates a multi-arts center in a landmark building in the heart of Coney Island. We present and produce programming in two venues: the Coney Island Museum and Sideshows by the Seashore. Serving both New York City and an international community that includes visitors to Coney Island and enthusiasts of various cultural forms, our signature activities include the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, and new theatrical work. http://www.coneyisland.com/

Empire State Building -- The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA. http://esbnyc.com/

Grand Central Terminal -- Grand Central Terminal stands as one of America's greatest transportation hubs and one of New York City's most iconic buildings. It is both a national institution and an international example of giving new life to an historic building that may otherwise have been destroyed. Over the course of a colorful and tumultuous 100-year history, Grand Central has gone from being simply the start and end points of long-distance rail travel, to being the iconic home of Metro-North Railroad and a destination for commuters, tourists and residents that boasts restaurants, cocktail lounges, a gourmet market, and numerous specialty shops. Its storied Vanderbilt Hall, once the receiving area for travelers, is one of the most-desired public events spaces in the city. http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/

Metropolitan Museum of Art -- Located on the border of Central Park on Museum Mile, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world. With nearly two million works of art spanning more than 5,000 years, The Met presents the best of human creativity from around the globe. From the splendors of ancient Egypt, to the spectacular New American Wing, to the Met's beloved Impressionist paintings, a world of great art awaits you at NYC's largest museum and most-visited attraction. The collection and all special exhibitions are included with recommended admission. Plus, enjoy dining, the audio guide and shopping at The Met Store. Open seven days a week beginning July 2013. http://www.metmuseum.org/

Statue of Liberty (Closed until further notice) -- The Statue of Liberty, a gleaming beacon for generations of immigrants seeking a better life in America, is perhaps New York City's most recognizable historic landmark. Though you can see Lady Liberty from land, the short ferry ride to Liberty Island will bring you up close and personal. Tickets that provide access to the monument's pedestal and observation deck are limited to 3,000 per day. Your Statue of Liberty pass will also grant you an additional ferry ride and admission to the nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum, located in the building that served as the first port of entry in the United States for approximately 12 million immigrants. Walk the Great Hall, feel the spirit of the hopeful arrivals waiting to begin their new lives and see photographs in the American Family Immigration History Center, where you can also search ship manifests for passenger names. Or explore the history of American immigration from before the Ellis Island era with the Peopling of America Center. http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm

Times Square -- There's no better place to experience the excitement of New York than Times Square. Surrounded by neon lights, giant billboards, Broadway theaters, electronic ticker tape and television studios, Times Square is truly the heart of Midtown. The TKTS Discount Booth (where theater tickets are sold at up to 50% off face value) is topped with a giant red staircase, open to visitors daily until 1am. Walk to the top of the steps and you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the area, including the site of the annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop. Elsewhere in Times Square, the City has created several new pedestrian-only zones furnished with tables and chairs, perfect for people-watching. The neighborhood is central to Midtown West, located near the Theatre District and Broadway shows. http://timessquarenyc.org

 

There are always more places (some might be seasonal) for you to explore. Welcome to share your idea and thoughts at the comment section below. 

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