New York is home to many landmarks. Picture: Pexels.
New York is home to many landmarks. Picture: Pexels.

#NewYork: Top 5 places to visit

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Aug 28, 2018

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Want to travel to New York, but are unsure how to get started? Here are some places that  you should see when in the Big Apple:

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan that draws millions of travellers annually. Officially opened in 1931, this tourist spot offers experiences for all kinds of travellers. There is the standard pass that offers 360-degree views from the 86th Floor Observatory or a 90-minute, guided tour with an Empire State Building Observatory ambassador, VIP priority access and commemorative souvenir photograph. 

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from France for its centennial celebration in 1886. Today, it is a gem in New York City. Visitors can view the museum, and climb the stairs to a balcony located at the top of the statue's pedestal. There are also Park Ranger Guided Tours that start at the Flagpole. The tour will provide insight as to the statue’s construction, the history of Liberty Island and the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty. If you are fit enough, why not take a walk up to the Statue of Liberty’s crown. It is equivalent to walking a 20 story building. 

Central Park

Central Park is one of the most sought after locations in New York. It is located in Manhattan and known as the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013. There are horse and carriage rides, yoga classes and bike rentals available, not to forget the number of events on offer. There are also restaurants on the property if one wants to sit down for lunch.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, also known as the Met, is the largest art museum in the United States. Founded in 1870, the museum represents 5000 years of art from across the world. 

Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Center, a national historic landmark in the heart of Midtown Manhattan is known as one of the most inspiring locations in New York. The Rockefeller Centre tour is the best way to get started. An expert historian will guide travellers through the Center’s most significant buildings, gardens and spaces. He/ she will also touch on  John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s vision for a cultural centre and all the great works of art and architecture that comprise it today. 

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