New York City has always been a popular destination for British travellers for both business and pleasure. And with its panoramic views, stunning hotels and fantastic shops, it’s not difficult to see why. Recently Trip Advisor nominated The Big Apple one of its top 25 destinations to visit in the world.
So with some many of us heading across the Atlantic to visit this vibrant city, we’ve put together a list of our favourite things to do once you’re there:
Home to New York City’s government since 1812, City Hall tours take in its cupola-topped marble hall, the governor’s room as well as the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s coffin lay in state back in 1865. Needless to say many millions more visitors will be heading to this historic site in the wake of Daniel Day-Lewis’ Oscar-nominated performance in Lincoln.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum
It’s always Fashion Week in the FIT Museum, which features rotating exhibits by students and a fascinating collection of the country’s first gallery of fashion. Fashionistas can browse through a collection of around 50,000 garments, dating from the 18th century all the way through to the present day.
The Forbes Galleries, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, are tucked within the lobby of Forbes Magazine’s headquarters in the heart of New York City. Expect to find interesting curios from the late Malcolm Forbes’ collection. A perfect day out for art lovers.
National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian is located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions include a range of public programs of music, dance performance and film – all revealing the colour and diversity of the Native people of the Americas.
New York Earth Room
And now for something a little more obscure. The New York Earth Room is an interesting art installation made up of earth. Yes, you heard us right. It’s a single room filled with 280,000 pounds of dirt!
New York Public Library
One of the most famous libraries in the world, it’s featured in a whole host of movies, including The Day After Tomorrow, The Thomas Crown Affair and Spiderman. The New York Public Library celebrated its Centenary in 2011 and is famously ‘guarded’ by two magnificent marble lions named ‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’. Situated in a grand Beaux-Arts icon east of Times Square, it’s one NYC attraction you really shouldn’t miss.
Rockefeller Center Public Art
Built during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the 22-acre Rockefeller Center is the home of NBC’s Today Show and remains one of New York’s most beloved treasures. It also famously boasts a Christmas tree of truly gigantic proportions every Christmas. Take a tour and make sure you catch the amazing views from the top.
Staten Island Ferry
You simply can’t go to New York without paying homage to its most famous landmark, the Statue of Liberty. Our tip? The Staten Island Ferry is free for commuters and will allow you to take in a great view of the great lady and the surrounding Manhattan skyline without paying a cent.
Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan and even closer to Brooklyn. The ferry to Governor’s Island is free and there’s a 2.2-mile bike path, mini golf, a picnic area once you get there, plus other areas of interest such as Admiral’s House and a ‘ghost town’ of sorts at Nolan Park.
Central Park was founded in 1980 by a group of dedicated philanthropic leaders, who were determined to preserve the urban public space in New York that remains much-loved today. Have wander and soak up the sites of one of the world’s most famous parks.
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