Let’s hear it for New York! The Big Apple, the Five Boroughs, the Empire City! There’s no place on Earth quite like New York. Prior to the Europeans beginning their expeditions into the region at the beginning of the 16th century, N.Y.C was inhabited by the very first native New Yorkers—the Lenape, an Algonquin people who hunted, fished and farmed. Today, America’s most influential metropolis is visited by a whopping 60 million tourists every year. Here are just some of the attractions it has on offer.
No visit to N.Y.C is complete without the requisite museum hopping. Moma’s ever expanding collection contains almost 200000 works of modern and contemporary art. From Picasso, to Dali, to Jackson Pollock, and of course, Van Gogh, the MoMA is the place to be for art aficionados everywhere. The museum debuted its long awaited renovations in October of 2019, adding around 47,000 additional square feet of brand spanking new exhibits and rotating galleries. Tickets are $25, those 65 and older pay $18, students pay $14, and children under 16 are free. Starting at 5:30 PM on Fridays, admission is free but be sure to show up before then unless you like waiting in lines.
The Statue Of Liberty
Amongst the world’s most iconic monuments, Lady Liberty has a long and colorful history! Erected in 1886, on Liberty Island in New York harbor, the statue’s named for the Roman goddess Libertas, and its whole moniker is actually Liberty Enlightening the World. Intended to commemorate the United States’ commitment to liberty and the alliance held between the two countries during the American Revolution, the iron, copper and steel giant is the work of French sculptor and avowed abolitionist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. And while, yes, it might be an unforgivably touristy thing to do, seeing the statue of Liberty is non-negotiable. Nobody goes to India without seeing the Taj Mahal, do they? There are 2 ways to see the statue:
a) Ride the Staten Island Ferry for free
b) Take a Tour
Wander Round Central Park
Did you know that Central Park has been featured in 305 films? And that it’s the third most visited tourist attraction in the world? Whether you’d rather explore at your own pace, or take a guided tour, the park’s 843 acres proffer an endless cornucopia of things to do and see!
Marvel at the delicate beauty of the cherry blossom trees, go strawberry picking, take pictures at Belvedere Castle or take a moment to breathe at the tranquil Conservatory Gardens. Come prepared with a map and a plan, or be ready to wile your whole day away in the park’s depths!