New York’s Iconic Sites: Why They’re Still A Must To Visit Whether You’re A Local Or A Tourist!

New York is home to some of the most amazing places in the world, and millions of us are so lucky to call it home.

I wanted to share my “my must-see places” of New York for the first time visitors that may even be a bit overpublicized—but truth be told, as famous as they are, some locals have never visited! Maybe locals think it is unchic to visit Times Square or Ellis Island and they can definitely be crowed but they are famous for a reason: they are remarkable architectural creations unique to New York and represent this town’s colorful history.

Icons of New York

The Two Most Famous Skyscrapers In New York

The two most famous skyscrapers of New York are the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The Empire State Building is an art deco skyscraper in New York City that makes for a site to see from a distance as well as from the 86th-floor deck and 102nd-floor observatory. It is one of the first things that many think of when they imagine New York City. The Chrysler Building is an incredible office building, but you can appreciate its art deco style from the outside or check it out on the inside, you can see more info on sites like We Build Value. Watch your neck when looking up, marveling at these engineering feats!

Ellis Island

Most of our country is made up of immigrants and so many immigrants came from Ellis Island. Especially if you know your family entered into the States through Ellis Island, it is a particularly special spot as you can retrace your family history here!

The New MOMA

New York’s Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, is home to memorable art, sculpture and photography from pop culture and 20th century history. It is home to masterpieces by incredible artists such as Warhol, Picasso, and Van Gogh. Now is the best time to go as it just re-opened!

Central Park

Central Park is a 843-acre green space located in central Manhattan and is an attraction you must see while in the city. There are natural park areas, the Conservatory Garden, a zoo, Bethesda Fountain, Woolman Rink, a concert hall, and more. It is now a National Historic Landmark and definitely worth exploring.


Chelsea Market

For an amazing food experience that you’ll always remember, head to Chelsea Market. This food market spans an entire city block, bringing together many vendors under one roof. Head there late morning to beat some of the lunch crowds! This is a typical New York hangout and a must-see for tourists wanting to get a taste of different cuisines from around the world! You could get lost in here for days amongst all of the food option.

American Museum Of Natural History

Located off Central Park West, you’ll find the American Museum of Natural History with all its interactive exhibits and 32 million artifacts. A few popular exhibits are: The Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Hall of the Universe, and the Butterfly Conservatory.

Times Square

Times Square is one of the most iconic spots in New York City, as it is home to the flashing lights, billboards, digital displays and crowds that gather to see the chaos that is Times Square.

The bottom line is: New York is a classic American city and everybody should go see it at least once. These are just a few of the iconic spots in New York City, but there are countless others and plenty of character to see throughout the lesser-known neighborhoods as well.  A visit to New York can be lost cost and fun simply by walking through legendary and scenic neighborhoods like the West Village and Chinatown.

If I had to pick the most economical and perk filled ways to see the great sites of New York (several of which are mentioned above), I would purchase a CityPASS package, which is now available as both a booklet and digitally. Priced at $139 for adults and $108 for children, you get to see all of these NYC hotspots and often get moved to the “fast lane” in terms of wait time: 1) Empire State Building, 2) Museum of Natural History, 3) Metropolitan Museum of Art, 4) Top of the Rock Observation Deck or Guggenheim Museum, 5) Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and 6) 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. For more details or to purchase, go to They are actually available for almost all of the US’s most popular tourism towns and once you purchase a CityPASS for one trip, you’ll need one every town you visit! You will even get some shopping discounts (be sure to peruse the back of your booklet for those)! Buy your CityPASS by 3/1/2020 because that’s when prices will be raised!

Article by anne241

Hardcore NYer who loves to enjoy the good life here in the Big Apple and beyond!

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