I Love New York

  • I Love New York
Issue 43, February 2012.

I Love New York

New York City is home to some of the world's most recognizable and cherished landmarks and attractions. From Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park to the Empire State Building and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the island of Manhattan packs more legendary icons into one compact area than any other place on Earth! With so much to see and do, a trip to NYC may seem a little overwhelming so in order to help, we've compiled a condensed must see list of top attractions for prospective visitors. No visit to New York City would be complete without seeing the NYC Skyline, New York City Ballet, and the St. George Theatre along with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
NYC Skyline. New York City's skyline is truly awe-inspiring. The iconic skyscrapers, bridges, waterways, islands and monuments create a breathtaking panorama that is instantly recognizable globally. While you can feel the immensity of your surroundings from anywhere in the city, the grandeur of the cityscape is best viewed from above. Take an elevator ride up 1,050 feet to the 86th-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building which is New York City's tallest structure. This soaring art deco masterpiece offers a completely unobstructed, 360-degree view of the city below.
For a spectacular vista that includes the Empire State Building itself, head up to the Top of the Rock, located on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (home of NBC studios). Both the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock are open late, so don't miss the chance to see the city lights shimmer after dark.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty, a gleaming beacon of hope for generations of immigrants seeking a better life in America, is perhaps New York City's most recognizable historic landmark which also celebrated its 125th anniversary in October 2011.
Brooklyn Bridge. John Roebling's masterful feat of engineering became the world's longest suspension bridge upon its completion in 1883. One of the most recognizable structures in NYC, the bridge has been featured in countless movies and television shows. As the first land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn, it also represents an integral and symbolic aspect of New York City history. Though the bridge is visible from the shores of both boroughs, it is best experienced by enjoying a leisurely stroll across its elevated pedestrian walkway. Here, visitors from around the world can share a path with New Yorkers making their daily commute. Those walking across can enjoy views of down town Manhattan and New York Harbour on every step of the 5,989-foot traverse.
Central Park. Spanning 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is one of the world's greatest urban oases, encompassing a diverse landscape of rolling fields, walking trails and tranquil bodies of water—all sculpted by human hands. Designed in the mid–19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park today is the centre piece of the City's public parks system. Among its attractions are Wollman Rink, the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel.
NYC Museums. No trip to New York City would be complete without experiencing some of its world-class cultural institutions, and Museum Mile is a good place to start. This stretch of Fifth Avenue, from East 82nd to East 105th Streets—actually measuring a little longer than a mile—claims to have within it one of the world's densest concentrations of culture. Offering a diverse cultural spectrum, the museums along the "mile" include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Gallery, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the National Academy Museum & School. Other world famous institutions such as the National Design Museum (temporarily closed for renovation through 2013), The Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, Cooper-Hewitt and El Museo del Barrio can also be found along this famous stretch.
New York City Ballet. Dance lovers, take note: New York City Ballet has been delivering world-class performances to eager audiences at the Lincoln Center for almost half a century. The company is showcasing a wide variety of works for its winter 2012 programme, most of which were produced by New York City Ballet's co-founding choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins). The schedule includes six performances of Romeo & Juliet in February, along with excerpts from Pyotr Ilyich, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and, of course, George Balanchine's holiday favourite ,The Nutcracker.
St. George Theatre. Cosy up inside Staten Island's legendary St. George Theatre this winter. Decorated in a grand baroque style, the 2,800-seat venue first opened its doors on December 4th, 1929, and is renowned for having hosted performances by Arthur Godfrey and Kate Smith. It was also the location for the battle-of-the-bands scene in School of Rock. The theatre reopened in 2004 after extensive renovation and has since welcomed Art Garfunkel, Tony Bennett, the Jonas Brothers, Garrison Keillor and the Beach Boys to its stage.
When it comes to shopping in NYC, your options are truly unlimited. Here you'll find many of the best department stores in the world, including Bloomingdale's, Macy's NYC, and countless Fifth Avenue boutique shops, such as the quality leather goods store A. Testoni. You'll also find iconic NYC speciality shops like Saks Fifth Avenue, fun open air markets such as the Green Flea Market, and famous NYC toy stores like FAO Schwarz.
A good vacation is all about having fun, so enjoy virtually limitless sightseeing activities made less stressful by careful planning!


HOW TO GET THERE
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