There is so much to see and experience in The Big Apple that it can easily become overwhelming when you first move to NYC. Where should you start exploring? You want to cover some of the top tourist destinations if you haven’t already, along with some spots only the natives frequent. As soon as you’re unpacked and ready to see what your new home city has to offer, tackle the following list of top NYC attractions to visit.
The Empire State Building
This building is recognized around the world due to its super-slim silhouette and use in many great romantic movies, including Sleepless in Seattle. You can view the city from the popular 86th-floor deck with the tourists, but head up even further to floor 102 to the observatory to get an even greater view of the city below that many visitors never see.
The 9/11 Memorial is located directly on the footprint where the Twin Towers stood before the terror attacks. There are 30-foot waterfalls in place of the towers, each with their own acre-sized pool below. They are the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. All along the pools on the ground level are panels containing the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Flight 93, and those who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
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More than a way to get across a body of water, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1883. It was the first to cross the East River and was engineered with steel-wire cables. Walking across the mile-plus bridge’s pedestrian walkway gives you breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, and Governor’s Island.
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Washington Square Park and West Village
At the center of Greenwich Village is Washington Square Park, complete with playgrounds for the smallest New Yorkers, dog runs, and the large Central Fountain. In the 1800s, this park was the site of public executions! Stroll through the park, past the fountain, and into West Village for charming cafes enjoyed mostly by the locals, quiet streets, and smaller stores than you’ll find on 5th Avenue. You may even spot some celebrities in the Village.
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The High Line Elevated Park
In 1980 a rail track went out of use, but the line was recreated as a 1.45-mile-long park in 2009. Now, you can walk along The High Line from Hudson Yards to the northern edge of Chelsea, enjoying some of the best views in New York City. You can even stop for a visit at the playground. It’s a green space with wildflowers and grass – two things that are a little hard to come by in the busy city. You’ll feel like you’re out of the city, yet with the views, you’ll appreciate being right in Manhattan.
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