New York is one of the world’s most visited cities. In 2013, 54 million tourists walked among its iconic skyscrapers. Known as the city that never sleeps, the list of things to do and see here is endless. Here are some of the most interesting places to visit and sights to see…
The Empire State building was constructed because of the crash of 1929 with the aim to counteract the effects of the great economic crisis and was finished in 1931. With a height of 380 meters and 103 floors, it held the title of the tallest building in the world for 40 years. The observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors boast incredible 360° views of New York. If you go on a clear day, you can see far beyond the city. 2.5 million people visit annually to experience the unforgettable views.
Central Park is a large urban park in the city and a great piece of engineering – it is a completely manmade park, opened to the public in 1857. Most people can easily recognize it from films and TV; it is the most filmed park in the world. With an area of 341 hectares, 4km long and 800m wide, the park contains lakes, an ice rink, a zoo, the Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History. In every museum in NYC, you can pay as much as you think it deserves.
The Statue of Liberty, designed by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, towers 46m above the city, just south of Manhattan. It was a gift from France to the United States, delivered in 1886. Ever since the attacks in 2001, only the island and the pedestal are accessible, but it is still worth a visit. Not far from the Statue is Ellis Island. Between 1892 and 1924, approximately 20 million immigrants came to this island from all over the world. The immigrant museum is now located here.
The Grand Central Terminal is the most famous train station in New York and annually transports 21 million passengers. It was constructed in 1913 and is truly an architectural masterpiece. The main hall is 84m long, 37 wide and 38 high. On the façade of the exterior wall on 42nd Street, there is a large clock with a parameter of 4m and sculptures of Minerva, Hercules and Mercury.
The Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 buildings built by the Rockefeller family. When it was created, it was the most expensive private construction of the era. In the Rockefeller Plaza there are many bars and restaurants. You can also go up to The Top of the Rock observatory to see spectacular views of the city. During the winter months, people come to the plaza to enjoy the ice rink and the highest Christmas tree in New York.
Thursday 23 October 2014 10:42 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News