Our New York City favorites

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by Rashmi Chugani

One of the most iconic global cities, here are our picks for the best of the best in New York. It has something for everyone, and just like the you’ve heard before “these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you.” So whether you’re there on holiday or business, make sure to check out our picks to get into an Empire State of mind.

Central Park 96

59th to 110th Street

The calming yang to the city's fervent go-go yin, with ample nooks and open fields to allow for just about any pursuit.

- Concierge

“To walk on the High Line,” says Friends of the High Line cofounder Joshua David, “is to experience New York from a vantage point that can’t be touched anywhere else.”

- Travel + Leisure

Grand Central Terminal 92

89 E 42nd Street

Whisper secrets in a busy station only to be heard on the other side of this acoustic arch. 

- Atlas Obscura

American Museum of Natural History 92

79th Street and Central Park West

This is one of the hottest museum tickets in town, thanks to the Rose Center for Earth and Space, whose four-story-tall planetarium sphere hosts the show Journey to the Stars.

- Frommer's

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 96

1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St.

Wright's only building in NYC, but it's one of the best.

- Not For Tourists

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 93

11 West 53rd Street

This is where you’ll find van Gogh’s Starry Night, Cezanne’s Bather, Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, and the great sculpture by Rodin, Monument to Balzac.

- Frommer's

You could spend weeks here admiring the collections.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Tenement Museum 94

103 Orchard St

Turn-of-the-20th-century immigrant life on Manhattan's Lower East Side is illustrated through guided tours of authentically preserved tenement apartments.

- Where

Ellis Island 93

New York Harbor

Trace the history of U.S. immigration with a visit to the three floors of objects, photographs and interactive displays housed on the famous island next door to Lady Liberty herself.

- Time Out

Empire State Building 98

350 Fifth Avenue

With the tragic demise of the World Trade Center, this symbol of New York is again the city's most recognizable skyscraper and, at 1,050 feet, its tallest.

- Concierge

Frick Collection 98

1 E. 70th St.

This spectacular art collection sits in a mansion built by prickly steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, one of the many such residences that made up Millionaires’ Row.

- Lonely Planet

Brooklyn Museum 93

200 Eastern Pkwy

With a mission to bridge the artistic heritage of world cultures, this 560,000-square-foot museum built in grand Beaux-Arts style houses a large, diverse collection of 1.5 million works.

- Travel + Leisure

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