The High Line

The High LineThe High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy.

The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

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Ellis Island

History:Ellis Island North

Ellis Island was originally little more than 3 acres of soft mud and clay. Landfill (from subway tunnels and from the Grand Central Station excavation) had to be brought in to create the 10 acre site for the original immigration buildings.

Ellis Island Immigration Station officially opened its doors to the world on Friday, January 1, 1892. Annie Moore, a 15-year-old Irish girl, was the first to be questioned in the immigration station’s second-floor Registry Room. More than 12 million immigrants of every race and from every corner of the world came through those doors from 1892 until 1954. The immigration museum retraces the immigrant processing experience. Restored to the 1918 – 1924 period, the peak immigration years.

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Central Park

Central Park

 

History:

Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. In 1853 the state legislature authorized the City of New York to use the power of eminent domain to acquire more than 700 acres of land in the center of Manhattan.

An irregular terrain of swamps and bluffs, punctuated by rocky outcroppings, made the land between Fifth and Eighth Avenues and 59th and 106th Streets undesirable for private development. The extension of the boundaries to 110th Street in 1863 brought the park to its current 843 acres.

In 1857, the Central Park Commission held the country’s first landscape design contest and selected the “Greensward Plan,” submitted by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The designers sought to create a pastoral landscape in the English romantic tradition. Open rolling meadows contrasted with the picturesque effects of the Ramble and the more formal dress grounds of the Mall (Promenade) and Bethesda Terrace.

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Free or Pay-What-You-Wish Tours

Free or Pay-What-You-Wish Tours During Certain Times

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10 Most Popular NYC Tourist Attractions & Landmarks

10 Most Popular NYC Tourist Attractions & Landmarks

Our list of the 10 Most Popular NYC Tourist Attractions

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NYC Nighttime City Lights Double Decker Bus Tour

Marvel at the bright lights of the big city on a nighttime double decker bus tour. Travel through the magnificent island of Manhattan and be engulfed by its sparkling brilliance. Experience the dazzling sights and sounds of Times Square, the Empire State Building dressed in vibrant colors and Radio City Music Hall’s legendary marquee.  Experience the glamour of New York, illuminated by night.

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Top of the Rock

The Top of the Rock Observation Deck has quickly become one of New York City’s must-see attractions. Located in the heart of Manhattan atop the famous “30 Rock” building in Rockefeller Center, the Top of the Rock features 3 floors of observatories – and perhaps the best views in the city!

Soar 70 stories high in a state-of-the-art glass-ceiling elevator for an unobstructed look at the stunning NYC skyline from every vantage point. Look to the north and discover Central Park, to the east and west you’ll see the East River and the Hudson respectively, and to the south, you’ll find yourself looking right at the iconic Empire State Building!

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New York Hall of Science

hall-of-science-3One of America’s premier science museums. More than 200 hands-on exhibits and the award-winning outdoor Science Playground enable visitors to enjoy a fun-filled, educational experience. Learn about sound, light, motion, microscopic organisms and other science concepts. The museum was established in 1964 as part of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and at the time, was one of only a few science museums in existence. Unlike many other institutions, which were closed immediately or soon after the Fair, the hall remained open.

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World Trade Center Site ( Ground Zero )

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History:
The World Trade Center was conceived in the early 1960s by the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Development Association to bring a halt to the decline of lower Manhattan. The twin towers of the World Trade Center were more than just buildings. They were proof of New York’s belief in itself.

Construction began in 1966.In order to create the 16-acre World Trade Center site, five streets were closed off and 164 buildings were demolished. The north tower was opened in Dec. 1970 and the south tower in Jan. 1972; they were dedicated in April 1973. They were the world’s tallest buildings for only a short time, since the Sears Tower in Chicago was completed in May 1973. However, the towers were ranked as the fifth and sixth tallest buildings in the world at the time of their destruction on Sept. 11, 2001

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Madame Tussauds New York

Experience the Sights of New York at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Are you planning a visit to New York City? Are you seeking fun, interactive, family-friendly activities? Consider visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, where you can have the opportunity to see 220 different wax figures that resemble well-known politicians, popular celebrities and other icons from the past and present. You can also experience the Cinema 4D theatre. The museum’s newest exhibit, entitled The Spirit of New York, features some of the wonders, history and interesting exhibits of New York City. No visit to the City That Never Sleeps is complete without experiencing the wonders of Madame Tussauds.

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