New York hotels top visitor attractions
New York is the largest populated city in the USA and does everything on a grand scale to keep its nine million inhabitants…and tourists very, very happy. The city itself is divided up into the five mini states or boroughs of Manhattan with its stunning skyscraper skyline, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island.
The first point of call for many visitors to ‘The Big Apple’ tends to be Times Square, which attracts nearly forty million visitors each year so claustrophobics need not apply. Times Square is known internationally for its colourful illuminated billboards and of course its annual New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Times Square leads off to another iconic part of New York City, Broadway, the theatre capital of the world. Broadway is home to forty wonderful theatres, including The Ambassador Theatre, The Broadway Theatre, The Gershwin Theatre and The Majestic Theatre. Popular long-running Broadway shows include Chicago, Les Miserable’s, The Loin King, The Phantom of The Opera, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia and Wicked. Broadway theatres typically attract twelve million patrons every year so make sure to pre-book you ticket in advance!
The most famous city park in the world is New York’s Central Park, which is a great oasis of tranquillity for those who need to escape the never-ending ‘vibrancy’ of the city that supposedly never sleeps! This massive park covers an area of nearly eight hundred and fifty acres and attracts over thirty-seven million visitors annually. The park is filled with manmade lakes, walking, running tracks, ice skating rinks, a zoo, amphitheatre, wooded areas, children’s playgrounds and so much more!
New York is the ultimate shopping destination for many visitors. World famous stores like Bloomingdales, Tiffany and Co, The Apple Store, Macy’s, Toy’s R Us, The Disney Store, Abercrombie and Fitch and Saks Fifth Avenue. The city’s premier shopping street is Fifth Avenue. Another great way of spending a few hours in this amazing city is to immerse yourself in one of the many passionate basketball, American football, ice hockey or baseball games, where you can shout along to wonderfully named teams such as The New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills, New York Knicks, New York Mets and the Buffalo Sabres.
- Empire State Building: Famous for its role in Hollywood blockbusters, King Kong and Sleepless in Seattle, this iconic building has over one hundred floors and climbs nearly four hundred metres into the sky! Its observation decks offer stunning views across the city and over one hundred and ten million people have visited the decks to-date.
- The Statue of Liberty: Probably the most recognisable attraction in the world, this forty-six metre high statue is perched on Liberty Island and typically attracts over three million visitors each year. Although the statue is free to enter there is a charge for the ferry across to the island. Daily access to the statue’s crown is limited and tickets should be booked way in advance.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The biggest art museum in the USA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has over two million exhibits on display including items from Africa, Egypt, Asia, Greece, Rome, a number of Islamic countries and of course America. Paintings, photographs, books, musical instruments, sculptures, drawings and costumes are just some of the wonders on display. The museum is one of the most visited attractions in the USA, with over five million visitors passing through its doors each year.
- Grand Central Terminal: Famous rail terminal seen in countless movies including Men in Black and Around the World in Eighty Days, this enormous terminal is spread out over nearly fifty acres! As well as marvelling at the building’s awesome interior (including its painted planetarium-like ceiling, restaurants and shops/markets), keep an eye out for the clock on the entrance wall, which is the largest tiffany glass item ever made.
- The Museum of Modern Art: One of the most impressive modern art galleries in the world, the gallery contains works by Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, Dali, Warhol, Bacon, Monet and Matisse. The museum is free to enter on Fridays after 4’oclock and typically attracts up to three million visitors each year.
- The Brooklyn Bridge: Massive nineteenth century suspension bridge carrying vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists nearly two thousand metres across the East River. The bridge is perched over eighty-four metres above sea level. Other attractions include the Radio City Music Hall, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Chrysler Building, the Rockefeller Centre and the GE Building.