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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The MoMA has one of the largest and most influential collections of modern art in the world. Home to famous works like Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory, and works by Mondrian, Monet, and Picasso, this is a haven for art lovers. Located smack in the center of Midtown Manhattan, MoMA is a must-see destination in New York.
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
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American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
One of the largest museums in the world, the American History Museum is located across the street from Central Park. The museum complex consists of 27 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 32 million plant, human, animal, fossil, mineral, rock, and meteorite specimens - as well as human cultural artifacts. The museum has been featured in numerous TV shows and movies - most notably Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum 2.
Empire State Building
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Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at 5th Avenue and 34th Street. The building was completed on April 11, 1931 and is still the 5th tallest skyscraper in the United States. It is decorated in the Art Deco style — a popular form in the 1930s.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
There's no mistaking this incomparable gallery/museum. Designed by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim's sloping, spiraling walls house an unbeatable collection of modern art, focusing on the 20th century and beyond! The Guggenheim in New York has one of the finest collections of modern art in the world. Art lovers shouldn't pass up the chance to visit!
Central Park Zoo
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Central Park Zoo
Built in 1859, the 6.5-acre Central Park Zoo was initially a humble menagerie, displaying a few swans and a bear. But, several spontaneous gifts of exotic animals and pets later, it was the second publicly owned zoo in the US.

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Architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker designed the 9/11 Memorial. Their proposal, called Reflecting Absence, consists of two reflecting pools that sit in the footprints of the South and North Towers. They're fed by waterfalls (the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States) and surrounded by a forest of nearly 400 trees. The accompanying 9/11 Museum has an exhibition divided into three sections, the Day of 9/11, Before 9/11, and After 9/11. It uses artifacts, photos, and an extensively researched and well laid out collection to show how the events of 9/11 changed the world.
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The New York Aquarium is the oldest of its kind in the US – it opened in 1896! It's located on the famous Coney Island boardwalk.
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The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island are located in New York Harbor. Both are a ferry ride away, and can be accessed from Battery Park in New York City or Liberty State Park in New Jersey. There are various Statue of Liberty tickets to choose from, including guided tours, harbor cruises, and passes which include access to other popular attractions in NYC.
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Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo, as you may not be surprised to learn, is in the Bronx. It's the largest metropolitan zoo in the US and one of the biggest in the world. Highlights include the Congo Gorilla Forest and the African Plains, and the Children's Zoo is a perennial hit with the little ones.
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SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is New York City’s most innovative observation space. Set 1,000 feet above Midtown, this experience will change the way you see the city, the environment, and yourself through a collection of immersive, multi-sensory experiences. Spread across 65,000 square feet (6,000 square meters) and three levels, enjoy unbeatable views of New York and interactive artistic installations that will stay with you long after you've left.
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Designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - who also designed the Burj Khalifa - One World is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth tallest building in the world. The One World Observatory - located on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors - doesn’t stop bringing the 'wow'; from the moment you enter the building, to its elevator rides, all the way up to the top of New York City.
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State of Mind

Not just America’s signature city, New York is the world’s city. When people think of a gleaming, dynamic metropolis New York is usually what they imagine. From downtown grit to uptown glamour, almost everything you could possibly want out of a city can be found here. New York has everything. Broadway smash hits and sky-rise cocktail bars. Basement improv comedy clubs and dive-bars (yes, they still exist here!). And of course: the mighty Central Park! Anything you want out of a city, the Big Apple has more (and more varieties) of it than you can imagine. Check out our blog posts with more ideas for things to do in NYC: 3 days in New York City, things to do in NYC at night, romantic things to do in New York, Cool and unusual things to do in New York, fun things to do in NYC with kids.

Getting around

The subway and the cab are your two best options for getting around New York. There's also an extensive bus network but navigating it isn’t quite as intuitive as reading a subway map. Plus there’s a certain gritty pleasure in mastering subway lingo directions like: “Take the Uptown 1, 2 or 3 trains to the cross-town Q.” Figure out a few routes and you’ll feel like a real New Yoikah. A single ride on either subway or bus costs $3 - or if you plan on riding the subway a lot buy an unlimited week-long pass for $31.50. The famous yellow cab needs no prep: just master a two-finger whistle, or yell "TAXI!"

Street food

There's a global love of food truck and stalls with hipster-inflected flourishes. New York is no exception; except it probably has the best of the trend. Like lobster rolls, langos (essentially Hungarian pizza) and fish-tempura burritos. You should definitely try these fancy versions, but don't forget: NYC was doing street food before it became cool. So while in the Big Apple make sure to try the two originals: the hot dog and the halal carts. Grab a dog to go, or a styrofoam container loaded up with rice and chicken, shwarma or falafel, and park yourself on a bench. You're no longer visiting, you've arrived!

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Whitney Museum

Started in 1931 by philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the eponymous museum is still going strong. It's got paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos, photography and new media. Andy Warhol is probably the most well-known of the artists featured, but the collection includes other 20th century titans. It holds American flags by Jasper Johns, enlarged flowers by Georgia O’Keefe and paintings of everyday minutiae by Edward Hopper. These works, and indeed the whole collection, offer insights into the American psyche. In 2015 The Whitney moved into a new Downtown building designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. It now not only has more space than ever to showcase its massive art collection, it also offers fantastic views out onto New York, the city where American dreams are made (and dashed).

Central Park

It's like New York City’s backyard - except in the heart of the city. Based on your experience watching movies like Hannah And Her Sisters, Breakfast At Tiffany's and Wall Street, you might think you know it. But do you have any idea just how big it is? It's 51 city blocks long, and many avenues wide. And within this expanse there are many worlds. You can come here on successive days and do completely different things. Sunbathe on its grassy lawns, go jogging or roller-blading, or visit a zoo. There’s a forest here that's great for bird-watching (some feathery residents refuse to visit other parts of NYC). There are also numerous ponds, Belvedere Castle, a summer theater famous for its Shakespeare and… much more. In short, Central Park is as diverse as the city itself, so give yourself some time to explore.

Lower Manhattan

It’s somewhat of a stretch to describe Lower Manhattan as off-the-beaten-track but in a city that is seemingly ubiquitous in pop culture, this part of Manhattan has perhaps the most nuance to it. The streets here aren’t laid out in a grid, but have the angled and curving nature of an older European city, and the buildings tend to be of an older vintage too. You also get views of the harbor; the only thing that rivals the might of this city is the scope of the ocean. The area is home to the ethnic neighborhoods of Little Italy and Chinatown and also hosts that most American of institutions: Wall Street. It’s a great area to explore, especially without an agenda. But don't miss what awaits you at the very tip of the island: Lady Liberty herself. Grab a bench, sit yourself down and gaze out on this symbol of freedom. It’s quite a way to spend a New York minute.

The MET

The MET is a titan of world art. It’s the largest art museum in the US and every bit the equal of world institutions such as Madrid's Prado, the Louvre in Paris and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Within these hallowed walls are two million works of art (no, that's not a typo). The art here is divided into 17 curatorial areas that cover most of human history. You’ll find art from most of the world’s cultures (Egyptian, Islamic, European, to name just a few) and exhibits on arms and armor, photographs, musical instruments and costumes. You’ll never 'conquer' The Met in a single day, so don't even try. Either focus on the areas that really float your boat or perhaps adopt a Zen-like approach to The Met: simply explore it (and therefore, the world) by wandering through it in a state of child-like wonder, and follow whatever catches your eye.

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