New York City has to be the world’s greatest, coolest, craziest and certainly most tempting city. On top of that it’s the most diverse ethnic/cultural melting pot imaginable. NYC has everything for everyone : architecture, arts, cuisine, entertainment, shopping… It’s all here. While it can be an overwhelming place initially, chances are you’ll feel right at home in no time, and as you’re “settling in” you may even find yourself falling madly in love with this exciting city … I know I did !
Even if you only visit the Manhattan island, the hard part is to fit everything you want to see / do in one visit. If you are short on time, you could restrict your sightseeing to one or two areas in Manhattan.
Downtown you’ll also find Battery Park City, The Financial District with Wall Street, South Street Seaport and The Civic Center – from the latter, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn. More to the north but still in the area around and below Canal St are TriBeCa, Chinatown, Little Italy and The Lower East Side – each of these neighborhoods has its own, distinct vibe. Still further up north (but still in the lower half of the island) are SoHo, Greenwich Village and The East Village. 14th Street is generally considered the division line where the area of the Downtown neighborhoods ends, and Midtown begins – way up to 59th St / Central Park.
The Heart of the city pulses 24 hours a day to the beat of corporate America, but there’s plenty of culture here, too. From 14th St upwards the neighborhoods Chelsea, Flatiron District and Gramercy are packed with some of the most stunning architecture. In the center of Midtown, around Herald Square / The Garment District, you’ll find the Empire State Building. Further up north you have the Theater District with Broadway and Times Square, and north from the Empire State Building on Fifth Ave, along the stretch between 50th St and Central Park, the rents are among the highest in the world. This part of town is practically all skyscrapers, including another landmark in East Midtown : The Chrysler Building.
Alongside Central Park are the Upper West and East sides, havens of culture, museums and the NY University neighborhood Columbia. Here you’ll also find some of the most expensive residential areas in NYC. North of Central Park you have Harlem, Hamilton Heights and El Barrio (East Harlem). Few tourists make it here and to the more northern parts of Manhattan : Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights and Inwood, home to the medieval “Cloisters” Museum. But that doesn’t mean these parts of the city have to be dismissed.
Here are the best things to do in New York City:
1. Times Square
Times Square is probably the busiest intersection in the world, with 360.000 visitors a day. It is located at the junction of Broadway and 7th avenue, encompassing the area between West 42nd and West 47th street. The area is a major entertainment centre, with plenty of restaurants, flagship stores of major brands, theatres and exclusive hotels, and headquarters of international companies. At night, giant neon and LED billboards illuminate the area. Times Square is also the location of the worlds best-known New Years Eve ceremony – since 1907, a crystal ball is lowered as a symbol of the transition into the New Year.
2. Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island
In the harbour area of New York City, on Liberty Island, stands one the most iconic sights in the world: The colossal Statue of Liberty. The statue is made in the image of a antique godess holding a tablet with the date of the Independence Declaration of the United States.
It was a gift to the United States by the people of France, transferred to the USA in parts in 1885 and constructed in 1886 on a pedestal of Liberty Island. The design was by Frenchmen Frederic Bartholdi, the building supervised by Gustave Eiffel. Since 1886, the statue was the first and indelible sight millions immigrants had when they came to America.
Liberty Island is open to the public and accessible by a ferry connection (which also allows a stop on Ellis Island). Tickets can be bought at Clinton Castle in Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Start queuing early, as waiting times including security checks can be long.
The statue can be visited from the outside; the crown is accessible only to a limited number of visitors per day; a selection process by lottery is in place.
The statue can also be seen from the (free) Staten Island ferry – from a distance. It does not stop at Liberty Island.
Directions: South Ferry at Battery Park – Take the #5 train to Bowling Green or #1 to South Ferry
3. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building – a 102-story, 381 m (1250 ft) high skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan (5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th street), completed in 1931 – is probably the most famous building in New York, and an iconic landmark. For nearly 40 years it was the the world’s tallest building until surpassed by the World Trade Center Tower in 1970. After the 9/11 attacks, it was again the tallest building in New York, until surpassed by the One World Trade Center in 2012. Today, it is the fifth-tallest skyscraper in the USA and the 25th-tallest skyscraper in the world. The viewing platforms of the Empire State Building on the 86th and 102nd level have probably the best panoramic view of New York City.
Early queuing is recommended as the thorough but efficient and fast security can cause waiting times. You are usually waiting at the sidewalk, for the elevator, at the ticket booth, at security and for the second elevator leading to the observation deck. Floodlights illuminate the building at night, often in colours matching an event that is celebrated at the time. The Empire State Building was used as a movie location many times, among the most notable films “King Kong”, “An affair to remember” and “Sleepless in Seattle”.
Address: 350 5th Ave., New York, NY 10118
Directions: Between W 33rd St. & W 34th St.
4. Rockefeller Center – Plaza
Rockefeller Center is located in the centre of Manhattan (near St. Patrick’s Cathedral) and stretches between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue. The building is mainly a commercial centre complete with an underground shopping concourse. The Plaza was built by the Rockefeller family.
The centerpiece of Rockefeller Centre is the 266 metre (872 ft) high GE Building. The building is the scene of the famous photograph by Charles C. Ebbets of workers eating lunch while sitting on a steel beam hundreds of metres above the city streets. The photograph was taken in 1932.
There is an ice-rink located in the Lower Plaza surrounded by 200 flag poles. The poles carry different flags at different times but usually fly the state flags and UN member nations. On National Holidays every pole carries the US Flag.
Stunning views of the New York skyline can be seen from the ‘Top of the Rock’.
The New York City Chinatown, located in southwestern Manhattan, at the Lower East Side to its east, Little Italy to its north, Civic Center to its south, and Tribeca to its west, is the Largest Chinatown in the Americas (Both North and South continents) and is home to more than 100,000 people of chinese ancestry and other asian nationalities as well. Chinatown is the ground zero of counterfeit goods and items in Manhattan (want a Channel no. 5 bottle for $ 20? Counterfeit of course!). There are also 3 smaller Chinatowns in the other boroughs of New York City.
So if you want to eat Americanized Chinese Food as well as different Authentic Regional Chinese Cuisines and buy counterfeit items, this is the place to be.
6. Central Park
Central Park is an urban park in upper Manhattan (established in 1857) and the largest outdoor-recrational area in Manhattan. It has miles of walkways for walkers, joggers and cyclists and is one of the most-visited public parks in the United States. Among the many interesting features are seven artificial lakes, the Bethesda Fountain, famous “Bow Bridge” (often used as a meeting point in movies), Belvedere Castle, the (small) Central Park Zoo, and statues of author Hans Christian Andersen and the Alice in Wonderland-cast. On the western and eastern fringes of Central Park, many interesting museums can be found (American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, etc…).
The park has been used as a movie location many times, for example in “Marathon Man”, “Highlander”, “Avengers” and “Die Hard 3”.
While Central Park is considered a very safe location today, it had a bad reputation in the 70/80`s and was one of the first places where the “Broken Window”-policing theory was succesfully applied: so graffitis were quickly removed, vandalized benches immediately replaced, litter removed, and gradually these measures to improve the area contributed to safer surroundings and encouraged visitors to use the park again.
Address: Central Park, New York, NY 10022
Directions: Bounded by Centeral Park West & 5th Ave. and W. 110thSt. & W. 59 th St.
7. Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge connects the island of Manhattan with the Brooklyn suburb over the East River, with a length of 487 m (0.3 miles). Six lines of road, and on another level, cycle tracks and pedestrian walkways, are usable for a transfer in either direction. The bridge was built between 1869 and 1883 according to plans of the engineers John Augustus and Washington Roebling, the latter directing construction from his room due to health reasons, with his wife as a go-between to the engineers who worked on-site. They decided to make the cables used for the suspension six times stronger than thought necessary, which is why the bridge has endured to this day. The cabling also gives the bridge its unique impression which made it into one of the iconic landmarks of New York. It has been used as a movie location many times. If you want to cross the bridge, I suggest starting from the Brooklyn side and going towards the Manhattan Skyline, which gives you the best views.
8. Battery Park
At the southernmost tip of Manhattan Island lies Battery Park. The Battery is named for the artillery battery that was stationed there at various times by the Dutch and British in order to protect the harbour. You’re likely to find yourself here at some point, catching the ferry that goes to the Statue of Liberty and to Ellis Island, or the Staten Island ferry. But this fairly small park is worth devoting some time to rather than simply passing through en route to somewhere else. For one thing, it of course affords great views of the harbour. With the sweeping Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the skylines of Brooklyn and Queens, Governors and Staten Islands and of course Liberty herself, this has to be one of the world’s great harbour views.
Among the main sights in the park itself is the historic Castle Clinton, nowadays serving as the ticket office for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ferries. It was built between 1808 and 1811 to defend New York during the anticipated War of Independence. The War over, it became in turn a cultural centre for the city, an immigration centre (pre-dating Ellis Island), aquarium and now ticket office. Interpretive displays around the walls of the fort explain a little of this varied history, although you may feel as we did that after standing in line in the hot sun for your ferry tickets for some time, you have seen enough of the fort and want only to get out on the water or into the shade of the park’s trees.
As part of the restoration of the park, a Garden of Remembrance has been created, paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center and those who survived. There is also a memorial which features an eternal flame lit on the first anniversary of the attacks – it burns in front of the mangled sculpture “The Sphere for Plaza Fountain”, which adorned the World Trade Center Plaza prior to the 9/11 attacks. I was also very taken with Luis Sanguino’s sculpture “The Immigrants” which shows a group of people waiting in line for inspection to be admitted to the country. This reminds us how many of New York’s immigrants must have passed through this park over the years.
9. United Nations
Tours are offered 7 days a week (so you could do this on a Sunday when some other places of interest might be closed) and admission is $12 adult, $7 child. You get to see and learn about the General Assembly and Security Council halls and the general purpose and workings of the UN.
Additional Tip #1: Across the Street @ 42 St there is a small park with a large stone wall with words engraved from the Bible, book of Isaiah.
Additional Tip #2: In the basement you will find the UN Gift Shop. Besides UN-themed gifts, there are handicrafts offered from most of the individual member nations. So you could purchase a souvenier from a distant country without going there. Prices aren’t exactly cheap but it’s a lot cheaper than a plane ticket. And some of the items are very unique.
10. Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry
Forget the expensive cruises, all you need for the perfect view of New York’s skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty is the Staten Island Ferry. And it is free. It costs nothing, takes about 25 minutes each way and you get to see Staten Island into the bargain. It’s not perfect, and if you really want to see it all, take the cruise. The crowds of people are unsurprisingly dense and you have to know where to go to get the best view. The Statue of Liberty passes by quite far away too. But it’s free! And there’s not much in New York as amazing as this that is even cheap, let alone free.
11. St Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York City is in the heart of Manhattan on 5th Avenue.
The Cathedral was opened in 1879, a project spearheaded by the first Archbishop of New York, John Hughes, and was built thanks to the donations of not just rich patrons but thousands of poorer immigrants contributing whatever they could. When it was built, it was outside the city but over time, of course, the city grew around it. It is a beautiful Cathedral with a double spire and lots of carvings all over it. The 5th Avenue main entrance is a huge set of bronze doors.
The height of the spires is 100 m (330 ft). The cathedral can seat 2400 people. The Rose window is 8 m (26 ft) in diameter. It is still a working church with services and confessions scheduled. The interior has high vaulted ceilings and a really nice “Baldachin” or canopy over the high altar. The stained glass windows are superb. It’s free to enter with donation buckets at the entrance. They do have a gift shop as well. There are free guided tours at 10 a.m. (with donation appreciated) but they are not a daily occurrence. You’d have to check the website for that.
Find the cathedral on Fifth Avenue across from Rockefeller Center and next to Saks 5th Avenue. There is a ramp on the side of the main entrance off 51st street.
12. Wall Street
Wall Street owes its name to the palisade that protected the Dutch city. It was finally shot down by the British in 1699 and replaced by a street, which would become the symbol of American-style capitalism, even though the 1987 crisis and the 2001 attacks contributed to the exodus of companies to Midtown or New Jersey.
13. Chrysler Building
It can be reasonably argued that the Chrysler Building is the most iconic building of the Manhattan Skyline. Its glitzy gold art deco top makes it unique among island skyscrapers. It seems like there is always a good angle to take a picture of this iconic building that in 1930 was the world’s tallest building for eleven short months. At 77 stories and 319 m (1,047 ft) it is still the third highest building in Manhattan.
The building was designed by Willam Van Alen who won an exhaustive architectural competition from Walter Chrysler. The Chrysler Corporation owned and used it as its corporate headquarters from the early 1930’s to the mid 1950’s.
It is definitely worth the effort to schedule some time during the week to view the inside of this building. While the lobby is the only portion open for public view it does not disappoint with its gliftzy art deco style. The marble in the lobby is stunning and the fresco ceilings are impressive. A good amount of chrome highlights hallways and doors in the lobby as well. Unfortunately the radiator caps that adorn the 29th floor or the eagles from the 61th floor are not visible from the lobby. There is also a few exhibits going over the construction of the building which took place from late 1928 to early 1930. According to information in the exhibit the highest occupied floor is the 71st in the building and the top stories house electrical, mechanical equipment, and features for radio broadcasting.
The lobby of the Chrysler Building is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m from Monday to Friday. There is no admission charge. Guests to the lobby are asked however to not interfere with the folks that work in the building. Pictures are allowed.
14. Fifth Avenue
This is perhaps the quintessential Manhattan street, or at least for midtown Manhattan. It is also one of the most expensive streets in the world (in terms of property prices, cost of retail spaces etc). No visit to New York is complete without a walk along at least part of its length, but unless you’re an avid shopper with a bottomless purse (I’m not!) you won’t want to spend a lot of time here. In my opinion there are many more interesting sights to be found in other parts of the city.
That doesn’t mean however that I don’t recommend spending some time exploring this famous avenue – of course you must, and there is plenty to be seen. In its length it passes some of the most notable buildings and sights in the city – the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, the Rockefeller Center, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Fifth Avenue actually starts downtown at Washington Square Park, and it runs all the way up to in Harlem, but the midtown stretch from the Empire State Building on 34th Street to the Grand Army Plaza at 59th Street is perhaps its heart, and is an easily walk-able mile in length. There is architecture of all sorts to admire, and of course shopping galore! Whether you want designer fashion, department stores or chain stores you will find it here. If you’re interested in checking out the designer shops, look out for Cartiers, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Versace, Kenneth Cole, Prada, Hermès, Christian Dior – and of course Tiffany & Co.
Another nice stretch for a walk is that along Central Park, known as Museum Mile because of the presence of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, as well as some smaller museums. Traffic is one-way, southbound, so it makes sense to walk north and get a bus back, but if you want to do it in reverse you can take a northbound bus along parallel Madison Avenue or use the subway – or walk both ways.
15. Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City – founded in 1870 – is the largest art museum in the USA and also one of the most-frequented art museums worldwide.
It is located on the eastern fringe of Central Park. The Cloisters in Upper Manhattan is a much smaller outlet of the Metropolitan Museum focusing mainly on medieval art.
A word of caution: even if you plan in a whole day, it is impossible to take in all collections and appreciate them. Given the range of the permanent exhibitions, I recommend to focus on those collections which are your main interest, and rather visit the museum multiple times. The sheer size of the collections is only equaled by the Louvre or Hermitage.
The permanent collections feature art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European countries, as well as American and modern art.
More exotic collections focus on African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art, musical instruments, costumes, and antique weapons and armor. A very interesting part of the Met are complete interiors from different eras, with a range from antiquity to modern American interiors.
Notable highlights of the exhibtions are the complete Egyptian temple of Dendur, a parade of medieval knights in full weaponry on horseback, the epic painting “Washington crossing the Delaware” in the American galleries, one of the most extensive collections of European impressionist painters including Monet, Cezanne, Sisley, Pissarro and many more, an impressive collection of art-deco stained glass windows and several hall exclusively dedicated to sculptures.
Entry Fee is “pay as you like” but a donation of $25 is recommended.
16. South Street Seaport
South Street Seaport is really becoming one of my favorite areas of town. I really like the view of all of the bridges up the Hudson River, and there is a great selection of restaurants and shops there as well. It is a great place to bring your friends from out of town, or if you’re a tourist and looking for something a little off the beaten path, I highly recommend it.
17. Theatre District – Broadway Shows
New York is reknowned for it’s theatre scene. Everyone’s heard of Broadway, the Great White Way, though it’s got a lot more colour than that. The bulk of the theatres are within a half dozen blocks or so radiating out from Times Square and some of the streets are lined with theatres on both sides of the street. And if it isn’t a theatre, it will be a restaurant or a bar for pre or post theatre imbibing.
New York theatre is top class. You’ll hear of Broadway and off-Broadway but the only difference is how many seats the theatre holds. Off Broadway is the term for a theatre that holds under 500 people. Anything over that is classed as a Broadway show/theatre. It doesn’t matter whether the venue is on or off the actual street called Broadway. I didn’t know that before my recent visit.
New York theatre is also among the most expensive in the world that I’ve experienced. I’ve seen West End London shows for a lot less in many cases. There are ways around this. You can queue up at the TKTS half price booth in Times Square which is a great way to get the tickets for the day of the performance. But the lineups can be very long and crowded. I prefer to book ahead so i know i can get what i want.
18. Greenwich Village
This is almost certainly the best known of New York’s downtown districts and has been a focal point for alternative city living for over a hundred years. It is generally considered as being bounded by Broadway on the east, the Hudson River on the west, Houston Street on the south, and 14th Street on the north, though this varies slightly according to the source you consult – some for instance regard the West Village (west of Seventh Avenue) as a separate district. Unlike more northerly districts of Manhattan, its historic streets are laid out in a more European fashion rather than a geometric grid, with diagonals and even bends quite commonplace. This makes exploring here more of a challenge but also more fun, as getting lost is the best way to encounter unexpected sights and events.
It grew up as a distinct village and was only later absorbed into the fast-growing New York City. Perhaps because of this it has always been seen as a focal point of new movements and ideas: political, artistic and cultural. Artists were attracted to its bohemian image, and in the 1950s it saw the birth of the Beat culture, attracting writes such as Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsburg and Dylan Thomas. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Simon and Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, Tom Paxton and many others lived and played here. More recently the area played a key role in the gay liberation movement. These days this is an expensive area in which to live, so it has perhaps lost its former beatnik charm, but the presence of lots of students (New York University has its main campus here) keeps it young and lively in tone. There are still plenty of music and comedy clubs, bars and excellent coffee shops.
This is exactly the sort of area that makes exploring New York such a delight. You can be walking the skyscraper-walled canyons on midtown Manhattan in the morning, and by lunch-time find yourself on the much more human-scale streets of the Village. This is a people-watcher’s paradise. Take a seat at a pavement café or in a local bar, maybe bring along a book to fit in, and relax and watch the world go by. Or wander in and out of some of the more eclectic shops to be found here – left-wing bookshops, vintage clothing stores, old vinyl record shops and much more. You could easily spend the best part of a day exploring just a few streets, and still not see everything.
19. Grand Central Terminal
Can there be a more beautiful, intoxicating, spellbinding train station in the world? It’s not so much a station as a celebration of the movement of people – a temple to transport, an arched transept for passenger traffic, a Valhalla for visitors arriving from distant cities. It’s designed not only to efficiently convey passengers from one place to another, but to make their flow through the building beautiful. It is little wonder Terry Gilliam set the station to dance in the Fisher King. The transitions to and from dance follows naturally from the grace the building provides the moving passengers.
It’s also a monument to the days when the railroad ruled America, when long distance train travel was the norm and aircraft the exception. It hails from a time when the railroad companies were so rich and powerful they could lay down a station that would eventually host over a hundred tracks and serve over half a million passengers a day. With nearly fifty platforms it is the largest station in the world – and that in a country with a railroad on life support. Grand Central doesn’t even serve a single long distance train any more.
20. Guggenheim Museum
I was much more impressed with the architecture of the Guggenheim museum than with its collection. The white curvy building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at the express demand of Solomon T. Guggenheim, a businessman and art lover whose private collection had grown to include an amazing amount of modern and contemporary works of art. Wright spent about 15 years working on the museum’s unique design and when the museum finally opened in 1959, both Wright and Guggenheim had sadly passed away. The museum’s initial collection has grown over the years thanks to several donations made by private collectors. The museum is not too big so it’s easy to visit, but it also means that only a fraction of the collection is on display. To make the experience more complete, we stopped for lunch at The Wright, the museum’s restaurant (http://www.thewrightrestaurant.com/). It was slightly overpriced, but the food and service were outstanding.
Admission to the Guggenheim costs $22 for adults. The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:45 pm (closed on Thursdays), with late nights on Saturdays. If you’re traveling on a budget, you might want to drop by on Saturday nights from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm to take advantage of the “pay as you wish” special.
21. Saint Paul Chapel
Surrounded by a forest of 20th-century steel and glass, this modest stone chapel and antique churchyard look strangely out of place. You might guess it be just another of those preserved bits of the past – mostly empty, with a few plaques and a lone attendant drowsing in a corner. Far from it. Although it’s the oldest public building in Manhattan, St. Paul’s is very much alive and well.
Among the many artifacts to see at the church are:
• Post 9/11 poems, letters and other memorials sent from around the world.
• Cross and chalice of salvaged metal from the wreckage.
• Priest’s chasuble covered with patches sent in sympathy from rescue organizations world-wide.
• Peace Bell, cast at the same foundry as the Liberty Bell and Big Ben, presented as a gift of the people of London.
• George Washington’s pew.
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm M-F; 8 am – 3 pm Saturdays; 7 am – 6 pm Sundays. Donations gratefully accepted. Do take a wander in the churchyard – lots of interesting inscriptions on the oldest stones!
The Flatiron Building is a product of its location. At the intersection where the diagonal of Broadway slashes through the north-south of 5th Avenue, a tight, triangular patch of land became home to one of New York’s iconic buildings. Designed by the great Daniel Burnham, the architect behind the Chicago World’s Fair, it joined the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower as the only skyscrapers north of 14th Street in 1902. They both overlooked Madison Square Park.
It’s an eye-catching design. Its slender nose peeks out across the thundering lines of pedestrian and about 14 lanes of traffic, offering views from the front office up 5th Avenue towards the Empire State Building. The exquisitely detailed terracotta walls stretch up 22 steel reinforced stores to its crown over above meters above. It was originally called the Fuller Building, after its owners, but the shape caught the imagination and the nickname “Flatiron” eventually became official.
It wasn’t the tallest building of the time, nor the first triangular building, but it is special in the eyes of many, and a beloved icon of New York.
23. Ground Zero – World Trade Center
After the disaster of September 11th 2001, the city of New York decided the best response to losing the World Trade Center was to rebuild it. Instead of simply replacing the twin towers, they decided to rebuild the entire complex, made up of six towers (replacing some of the seven buildings lost or damaged in the attacks), a major transportation hub, a memorial and a museum.
The centre-piece of the complex is One World Trade Center. This building, once dubbed “the Freedom Tower”, is by far the tallest of the seven. It’s height is 1,776 feet (546 meters), matching the year of American independence. It’s now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, beating out anything except for the Burj Dubai and the new Makkah tower in Saudi Arabia.
24. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Even if you don’t like modern art, you will surely find something that you love at MOMA. MOMA has an amazing collection of prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, as well as other forms of art. With over 150,000 individual pieces, MOMA is considered to have the best collection of modern Western masterpieces in the world- and there is a lot of it that I wouldn’t consider “modern”.
Chagall, Monet, Matisse, van Gogh, Pollack, Picasso, Dali are all here. One of my favorites, Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, is enough to visit.
With 6 floors of exhibits, you’ll have to plan your visit wisely. Arrive early and head for the art you want to see the most. Free audio guides are available. If you are bringing children, there are audio guides for them as well as activity guides to use while exploring the museum.
The museum is open daily and there are special exhibits as well as the museum’s regular collection. If possible, avoid holidays, free Fridays, and rainy weekends! And if you’re going especially to see The Starry Night, be sure to check that it’s not on loan to another museum/gallery!
25. Top of the Rock
In addtion to the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is also known for its splendid panoramas of the city. Again, buying your tickets in advance is highly recommended, particularly on weekends and anytime in summer.