New York Tourist Attractions

New York Tourist Attractions

New York State is located in the north eastern part of United States. It is the 30th largest state of United States with a total area of about 49,108 sq mi. Out of this total area, about 47,377 sq mi forms the land area and the remaining 1,731 sq mi forms the inland water. Albany is the capital city of New York.

New York City is the major tourism destination among all the states of United States. Each year New York is visited by more than 40 million visitors out of which around 10 million are international visitors. Some of the major tourism attractions of New York are:

The Empire State Building

The empire state building can be seen from many places due to its height and location. It is located on the 34th street. This building was inaugurated in 1931 by President Hoover. He pressed a button from Washington DC that illuminated the white lights on the top of the empire state building, this marked the inauguration.

The Statue of Liberty

The world famous Statue of Liberty is located in the Liberty island of New York. It was gifted to the people of United States by the people of France on behalf of the friendship developed between the two countries during the period of American Revolution. Thus, it is considered as a symbol of peace, democracy and freedom. Visitor can reach the statue through ferry boats and view it closely. It is also possible to reach its top i.e., the Statue crown by climbing 354 steps.

Statue of Liberty Location: Liberty Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
Statue of Liberty Coordinates: 40°41′21″N 74°2′40″W
Statue of Liberty Built: October 28, 1886
Statue of Liberty Architect: Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Statue of Liberty Visitation: 3.2 million (2007)
Statue of Liberty Governing body: U.S. National Park Service
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Statue of Liberty Type: Cultural
Statue of Liberty Criteria: i, vi
Statue of Liberty Designated: 1984 (8th session)
Statue of Liberty Reference #: 307
Statue of Liberty State Party:  United States
Statue of Liberty Region: Europe and North America
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Official name: Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island
Statue of Liberty Designated: October 15, 1966
Statue of Liberty Reference #: 66000058
U.S. National Monument
Statue of Liberty Designated: October 15, 1924
Statue of Liberty Designated by: President Calvin Coolidge
New York City Landmark
Statue of Liberty Type: Individual
Statue of Liberty Designated: September 14, 1976

The Grand Central Terminal

the Grand Central Terminal is located in midtown Manhattan.  It was built in 1913. Apart from its importance as a major tourism site, it is also a major transportation hub. The terminal is opened between 5.30 am and 1.30 am.

The Grand Central Terminal Location: 89 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue, New York City
The Grand Central Terminal Coordinates: 40°45′10.08″N 73°58′35.48″W
The Grand Central Terminal Built / Founded: 1903
The Grand Central Terminal Architect: Reed and Stem;
Warren and Wetmore
The Grand Central Terminal Architectural style(s): Beaux-Arts
The Grand Central Terminal Added to NRHP: January 17, 1975
August 11, 1983 (increase)
The Grand Central Terminal Designated NHL: December 8, 1976
Designated NYCL: August 2, 1967
The Grand Central Terminal NRHP Reference#: 75001206
83001726 (increase)

Rockefeller Center

The original name of Rockefeller Center is Radio city. It consist of large number of buildings constructed during the period of Great Depression. It was designed by Benjamin Wistar Morris, an American architect.

Rockefeller Center Location: Midtown Manhattan, New York City, NY
Rockefeller Center Coordinates: 40°45′31″N 73°58′45″W
Rockefeller Center Area: 22 acres (8.8 ha)
Rockefeller Center Built / Founded: 1939
Rockefeller Center Architect: Raymond Hood
Rockefeller Center Architectural style(s): Modern, Art Deco
Rockefeller Center Governing body: Tishman Speyer Properties and other partners
Rockefeller Center Added to NRHP: December 23, 1987
Rockefeller Center Designated NHL: December 23, 1987
Rockefeller Center NRHP Reference#: 87002591

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

The Ellis Island Immigration museum is located in the New York harbor. The foreigners who enter the United States through the New York port were inspected both legally and medically at Ellis Island. The Ellis Island was transformed to a museum in 1990.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum Location: Jersey City and
New York City
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Coordinates: 40°41′58.4″N 74°2′22.5″W
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Area: 27.5 acres (11.1 ha)
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Built: 1900
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Architect: Edward Lippincott Tilton
William Alciphron Boring
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Architectural style(s): Renaissance Revival
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Governing body: National Park Service
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Official name: Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Designated: October 15, 1966
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Reference #: 66000058
U.S. National Monument
Official name: Statue of Liberty National Monument
Ellis Island Immigration Museum Designated: added October 15, 1965

Times Square

One of the most important attractions of New York is the Times Square. It is the busiest place of New York with many Broadway theaters, cinemas etc. The head quarter of New York Times is located here. Since it is the centre for theaters, Times Square is daily visited by lots of visitors. Time square is also famous for the electronic billboards.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869 and it important for its exhibits on ancient human cultures, natural features and the universe. Thus, it is an important scientific as well as cultural museum.

American Museum of NaturalEstablished 1869
American Museum of Natural Location Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, United States
American Museum of Natural Type Natural History
American Museum of Natural Visitor figures about 4 million visits annually
American Museum of Natural Director Ellen V. Futter
American Museum of Natural Public transit access M7, M10, M11, M79, B and C at the 81 Street - Museum of Natural History subway station
American Museum of Natural Website

The Central Park

The Central Park is located in the centre of Manhattan. The park covers an area of about 843 acres. The park has several interesting features like fountains, lakes, ice rinks, theaters etc. The central park also has play areas like tennis court, baseball field etc.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

This art museum was founded in 1870 and is considered as the most expensive art museum in the world. It has displays of about two million art works most of which are thousands of years old.

The Museum of Modern Art

It is known commonly as MoMa. It was opened in 1939 and at present it contains about 150,000 displays that include paintings, drawings, architecture, sculpture, photographs, etc. The library and archives section of the museum contains around 300,000 items.

World Trade Centre

The world trade centre is located in lower Manhattan. The world trade centre is a complex containing about seven buildings out of which the most important are the Twin Towers which was destroyed in 11 September 2001 by terrorist attack.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge that connects Manhattan with Brooklyn is one of the most important land marks of New York. It took around fourteen years to complete this bridge.

Chrysler Building

In early 20th century when the race for tallest buildings began, the Chrysler Building outstood all other buildings and it remained as the world’s tallest buildings untill 1974. The Chrysler building is 318 meters tall and constructed in Art Deco style.

Fifth Avenue

The fifth avenue of New York is a famous shopping street in the world. It covers an area from north of Washington Square to 143rd street in Harlem.

Guggenheim Museum

It is located in Fifth Avenue and has many interesting displays of modern art. The building itself is very attractive with its spiral shape and white color.

Woolworth Building

The Woolworth building was constructed in 1913 and existed as the world’s tallest building until the completion of Bank of Manhattan Tower. The building is 241, 2 meters tall. It is also known as the ‘Cathedral of Commerce’.

Other Major Tourism Destinations

Apart from the above listed places, other major tourism destinations are Little Italy, China Town, Wall Street, South Street Sea port, Madison Square, Bryant Park, Intrepid sea, air and space museum, the Plaza Hotel, Columbus Circle, the Dakota, 40 Wall Street, Grants Tomb, Tudor City, Macy’s Department Store, Lincoln Center, New York Public Library, Trump Tower, Skyscraper Museum, Madison Square Garden, Fort Tryon Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Park Avenue, Brooklyn Botanic Garden etc.