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  • 1 New-York Historical Society Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    170 Central Park West (à l’angle de 77th St.)

    Housed in an imposing Neoclassical building fronting Central Park, the New-York Historical society houses antique treasures, Hudson River School paintings, watercolors by John James Audubon, and various objects of Americana. It also has amassed a com..

  • 2 The Morgan Library and Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    225 Madison Ave.

    This highly regarded institution houses an outstanding collection containing some 350,000 works: rare books, manuscripts, drawings, prints and artworks assembled by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), an inveterate collector whose interest in art, litera..

  • 3 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1071 5th Ave. (à l’angle de 89th St.)

    In 1943 art patrons Solomon R. Guggenheim and his wife, Irene Rothschild, commissioned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a permanent home for their collection of modern art, which today numbers more than 6,000 works. Wright considered the buildi..

  • 4 GE Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    30 Rockefeller Plaza

    This lithe 70-story skyscraper is Rockefeller Center's tallest and finest structure. It's well-known to American TV viewers as the headquarters of NBC television studios, which offers a popular studio tour. The top-floor observatory contains exhibits..

  • 5 Grand Central Terminal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    À l’angle de Park Ave. South et 42nd St.

    Often referred to as the "gateway to the nation,", this world-famous railroad terminal is a masterpiece of urban architecture. Today, more than 150,000 commuters a day pass through the terminal, which is a veritable city within a city. The ..

  • 6 St. Patrick's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    5th Ave., entre 50th et 51st St.

    Construction on Saint Patrick's began in 1859 and was supposed to take eight years. Instead, thanks to the intrusion of the Civil War, it took 20. The church was dedicated in 1879 but was still not complete. The 330ft spires were added in 1888. St. P..

  • 7 Soho Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The site of the first free black community on the island, this area was settled in 1644 by former slaves of the Dutch West India Company. Today, Soho (an acronym for South of Houston Street) mixes up a lively blend of tony emporiums, art galleries an..

  • 8 Lower East Side Tenement Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    108 Orchard St.

    Tour guides interpret several generations of immigrant life at 97 Orchard Street, a five-story tenement building (now a National Historic Landmark) that housed, between 1863 and 1935, some 7,000 people here in the heart of what was once the most dens..

  • 9 Whitney Museum of American Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    99 Gansevoort St.

    The Whitney, which grew from the collections of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in the early 1930s, is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary artists and is known for its provocative exhibits as well as its invitation biennials, held since 1932, wh..

  • 10 Brooklyn Botanic Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    990 Washington Ave.

    This outstanding 52-acre botanical garden contains a great variety of vegetation, including one of the finest assemblages of roses in the country. Among its many well-kept gardens are a Shakespeare Garden, a Children's Area, Fragrance Garden and a Li..

  • 11 New York Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    West 8th St. et Surf Ave.

    Located at the corner of the Coney Island boardwalk and West 8th Street, this aquarium is a top-of-the-line facility that educates and entertains with its exhibits and demonstrations. Indoor and outdoor tanks hold moray eels, sharks, walruses, sea ot..

  • 12 Lincoln Center Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Broadway (entre 62nd et 66th St.)

    A 16-acre complex comprising five major theater and concert buildings, a library, a band shell and two outdoor plazas. Visually, the space is stunning, with sleek rectangular buildings of glass and Italian travertine marble arranged around a central ..

  • 13 Trinity Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    74 Trinity Place

    Upon its completion in 1846, this was the tallest building in Manhattan. Today its graceful Gothic spire appears quaint, framed as it is by the tunnel of Wall Street skyscrapers that extend to the East River. Yet a feeling of tranquillity continues t..

  • 14 South Street Seaport Interesting

    Museums and art

    This historic district encompasses an 11-block area of South Street along the East River just south of the Brooklyn Bridge. Hub of the city's worldwide shipping activities in the early 19C, it contains the largest concentration of early commercial bu..

  • 15 Little Italy Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Roughly bounded by Canal, Lafayette and Houston Streets and the Bowery, was the destination for thousands of Italian immigrants between 1880 and the 1920s. Its hub lies along Mulberry Street. The corridor throngs with alfresco diners during the Feast..

  • 16 Wall Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Running for less than a mile between Broadway and the East River, Wall Street was named for a short wooden wall built along its path by the Dutch in 1653. Today it's home to the New York Stock Exchange; financial institutions occupy offices in the ar..

  • 17 Washington Square Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    1 Washington Square N.

    With a broad, sunny lawn and clusters of willow, cypress and sycamore trees, this pentagonal park occupies the heart of North Beach. The popular neighborhood gathering spot was donated to the city by its first mayor, John W. Geary, and set aside as a..

  • 18 Washington Arch Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Greenwich Village

    Constructed in 1891 of Tuckahoe marble and designed by Stanford White, the 77ft-high triumphal arch replaced a temporary wooden one commemorating the centennial of George Washington's inauguration. Gracing its north face are two sculptures of Washing..

  • 19 Fifth Avenue Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    New York's most prestigious thoroughfare, Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 57th Streets) is studded with striking landmark skyscrapers (the Empire State Building), and churches (St. Patrick's Cathedral), famed department stores (Macy's, Saks) and grand..

  • 20 City Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    between Centre St. & Broadway

    Distinguished by a well-proportioned Neoclassical facade and a superb Georgian interior, the building you see here was constructed between 1802 and 1811 at a cost of about $500,000, by architects Joseph F. Mangin and John McComb Jr. The tour takes in..

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