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New York is a densely packed mass of humanity - seven million people in 309 sq
miles (800 sq km) - and that's just Manhattan, only a part of greater New York
In a city that is so much a part of the global subconscious, it's pretty hard to
pick a few highlights - wherever you go you'll feel like you've been there
before. For iconic value, you can't surpass the Statue of Liberty, the
Empire State Building, Central Park or Times Square. The
Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's top museums, and the
Museum of Modern Art isn't far behind. Bookshops, food, theater,
shopping, people: it doesn't really matter what you do or where you go in New
York because the city itself is an in-your-face, exhilarating experience.
Statue of Liberty
Following years' worth of renovations, The Statue of Liberty is back and better
than ever. Lady Liberty, representative of freedom to the world, shines bright
in New York Harbor. Now, visitors can view the inside of the statue through a
glass ceiling, and capture a better image of Lady Liberty through the enhanced
lighting and video system surrounding the statue. Once again, visitors can walk
out onto the observation deck to see New York City and its Harbor.
Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of
rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created
in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. These days walkers,
rollerbladers, bikers and joggers compete for space. Lovers meet at Bethseda
Fountain on Bethseda Terrace. To the north, others wonder at the mystery of
Belvedere Castle. Nearby is the Delacorte Theater, where you
can watch plays in the summer. Across the park lies a charming
zoo, and children of all ages love the restored
Named after the New York Times, which moved here in 1924, Times Square is
a vibrant, neon-lit area in the heart of the Theater District.
Hotels, office towers and commercial businesses have sprung up. Disney has moved
in, as well as Conde Nast. Megastores and theme restaurants have also set up
shop. Times Square remains the city's favorite venue for New Year's Eve, where a
huge street party is highlighted by a glitter ball dropped from Times Tower.
Empire State Building
The majestic Empire State Building was completed in 1931 as the world's tallest
building. While not the tallest, it remains as impressive as ever. At night the
building is lit up, with special colors displayed on holidays. Tickets can be
purchased online through the Empire State Building's website or in the
building's lobby. The observatory is open 9:30a-midnight daily, 365 days a year.
Last elevators go up at 11:15pm.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Any visitor to New York should spend at least a couple of hours at this vast
museum. Built by Richard Morris Hunt in 1895, it has more than 1.5 million
square feet of exhibition space. European paintings on display include works by
Monet, Degas, Van Gogh and Vermeer. The Egyptian gallery is unparalleled. Asian
art, sculpture, armory and photography also vie for your attention. During warm
weather, the open-air roof garden displays contemporary sculpture.