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Frick Collection

Upper East Side 98 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the world's most distinguished small museums, the Frick offers a unique opportunity to view an exceptional trove of Old Masters paintings. — Michelin Guide

The home is largely unchanged since Frick’s day and provides a 3-D snapshot into the lifestyle and habits of an Upper East Side multimillionaire from another era. — Travel + Leisure

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

The former residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick houses one of the world’s most magnificent collections of old-master paintings, furnishings and decorative arts — Where

Henry Clay Frick could afford to be an avid collector of European art after amassing a fortune as a pioneer in the coke and steel industries at the turn of the 20th century. — Frommer's

Empire State Building

Midtown 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Remains one of the city's most beautiful—and popular—attractions, with thousands of people visiting every day. — Condé Nast Traveler

A little known disaster that tested the Empire State Building's structural integrity.  — Atlas Obscura

The Empire State Building – actually a very glorified office building – is the most famous member of the New York skyline. — Lonely Planet

Strength and grace combine to make the Empire State Building the most famous sky­scraper in the world and the quintessential New York landmark. — Michelin Guide

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

Central Park

New York City 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Central Park is an urbanized Eden that offers residents and visitors alike a bite of the apple. — Fodor's

The best urban park in the world. — Not For Tourists

Rambling yet contained, nature-filled yet man-made, this 843-acre oasis provides a welcome respite from the concrete jungle for locals and tourists alike. — Travel + Leisure

Just a block and a half from Loews Regency sits New York's landscaped wonder and one of the greatest urban parks in the world, Central Park. — Afar Magazine

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Upper East Side 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's been called a bun, a snail, a concrete tornado, and even a giant wedding cake; bring your kids, and they'll probably see it as New York's coolest opportunity for skateboarding. — Frommer's

One of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, the Guggenheim in New York City is dedicated to modern and contemporary art from the 20th century to the present. — Travel + Leisure

The iconic, conch-shell shaped museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has been drawing contemporary art lovers since it opened in 1959. — The Telegraph

The unique spiral building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright——reluctantly, since he thought New York was too overbuilt——tends to overshadow the collections within. — Concierge

The Guggenheim is as famous for its landmark building—designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and restored for its 50th birthday in 2009—as it is for its impressive collection. — Time Out

Tenement Museum

Lower East Side 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This fascinating museum—actually a series of restored tenement apartments at 97 Orchard Street—is accessible only by guided tour. — Time Out

This museum is the first-ever National Trust for Historic Preservation site that was not the home of someone rich or famous. — Frommer's

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

Not your typical museum experience, the Tenement Museum walks you through history and explores subject such as immigration, discrimination, housing and the history of the neighborhood through the stor. — Afar Magazine

This is America's first urban living-history museum dedicated to the life of immigrants. — Fodor's

Whitney Museum of American Art

West Village 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Always has something to talk about, like the controversial Biennial. — Not For Tourists

The Whitney’s move to its shiny  Renzo Piano–designed building at the southern end of the High Line in 2015 has brought with it new energy and excitement. — Departures

Established in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney as a showcase for American artists, the Whitney continues to be the premier museum in the world for 20th-century American art. — Afar Magazine

The views are terrific, the light is abundant, the neighborhood is buzzing; but most of all, of course, there's the art. — Condé Nast Traveler

Founded in 1930, the Whitney Museum of American Art has earned the distinction of being the first museum focusing on living American artists. — Travel + Leisure

The Met Cloisters

New York City 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Set in a lovely park overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters houses the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections. — Time Out

The Met's storehouse of medieval art. Great herb garden, nice views. — Not For Tourists

The Cloisters (part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) re-creates a fortified monastery... housed within is an unrivaled collection. — Michelin Guide

The Cloisters is a series of medieval passageways reconstructed from French monasteries and incorporated within a modern museum. — Concierge

Set within lush Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, the Cloisters museum and garden offers visitors an in-depth look at European medieval art, architecture, and culture. — Travel + Leisure

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

More than 1 million objects make up the multiple permanent collections of this internationally recognized museum — Where

Although it may be overshadowed by the big name museums in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Museum, with more than 1 million pieces in its permanent collection. — Fodor's

The museum is known for its consistently remarkable temporary exhibitions as well as its excellent permanent collection. — Frommer's

This encyclopedic museum is housed in a five-story, 560,000-sq-ft beaux arts building designed by McKim, Mead & White. — Lonely Planet

Breathtakingly beautiful building, excellent collection. — Not For Tourists

Statue of Liberty

New York City 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Statue of Liberty, her torch upraised in welcome since 1886, was a gift to the US from the people of France. — Michelin Guide

For the millions who came by ship to America in the last century... Lady Liberty, standing in the Upper Bay, was their first glimpse of America. — Frommer's

In a city full of American icons, the Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most famous. — Lonely Planet

Lady Liberty—or Liberty Enlightening the World, as she’s officially known—was a gift from France on America’s 100th birthday. — Time Out

The 151-foot neoclassical statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift from France to the United States in 1886, and is known worldwide as a symbol of freedom and democracy — Where

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Midtown 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

MoMA is a thing of beauty. The collection is stunning and extensive. One could easily get lost in exploring the building alone. — On the Grid

One of the world's preeminent cultural institutions, the MoMA offers an unparalleled overview of the modern visual arts. — Michelin Guide

The world's preeminent museum for modern art reopened in November 2004 on its original site in a new building designed by architect Yoshio Taniguchi. — Concierge

From 4-8 PM every Friday, the MoMA offers free admission! See "Starry Night", Jackson Polluck, and exhibits on such topics as urban planning, the power of typography, and more. — Afar Magazine

Art enthusiasts and novices alike are often awestruck by the masterpieces before them here, including Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and van Gogh's Starry Night. — Fodor's

Grand Central Terminal

Midtown 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The restoration of this beautiful Beaux-Arts behemoth in the late 1990's has created the perfect place to enjoy a drink or dinner while watching commuters race for their trains. — Travel + Leisure

The greatest visual impact comes when you enter the vast majestic main concourse. — Frommer's

In our book, Grand Central is the one must-see for anyone who’s ever stepped foot in New York. — On the Grid

Grand Central is not only the world's largest... and the nation's busiest... railway station, but also one of the world's most magnificent, majestic public spaces. — Fodor's

The 1913 Beaux Arts train station is the city’s most spectacular point of arrival. — Time Out

Ellis Island

New York City 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Free ranger-guided tours take in the Baggage Room, the "Peopling of America" exhibit, and the remarkable 30-minute documentary "Island of Hope, Island of Tears" in the theatre room. — The Telegraph

An icon of mythical proportions for the descendents of those who passed through here, this island and its hulking building served as New York’s main immigration station from 1892 until 1954. — Lonely Planet

Roughly 12 million immigrants passed through this island as they entered America from the late 1800s through the mid-1950s, sometimes at the rate of thousands a day. — Concierge

One of New York’s most moving sights, the restored Ellis Island opened in 1990, slightly north of Liberty Island. — Frommer's

Ellis Island is situated about halfway between lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. — Michelin Guide

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Upper East Side 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Home of blockbuster after blockbuster, the Metropolitan Museum of Art attracts some five million people a year, more than any other spot in New York City. — Frommer's

One of the world's great museums, this Gothic Revival labyrinth tries to be all things to all art lovers—and with its expansion over the past two decades it often succeeds. — Travel + Leisure

Greek and Roman galleries; vast fashion holdings; instruments of historical, technical and social importance; and renowned collections of American, European and Far Eastern fine and decorative art. — Where

The Met is the largest museum in the Western hemisphere, and the pride of New York. — Michelin Guide

The mother of all art musuems. Check out: temple, roof garden, Clyfford Still room, baseball cards. — Not For Tourists

Washington Square Park

Greenwich Village 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

NYU students, street musicians, skateboarders, jugglers, chess players, and those just watching the grand opera of it all generate a maelstrom of activity. — Fodor's

You’ll be hard-pressed to find much “park” in this mainly concrete square—a burial ground in the late 18th century—but it’s undeniably the focal point of Greenwich Village. — Frommer's

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village with a tradition of celebrating nonconformity, this landmark has been a gathering place for street entertainers, musicians, poets and chess players. — On the Grid

As one of the more lively parks in the city, Washington Square Park provides more than its fair share of entertainment to visitors strolling through the square. — Travel + Leisure

What was once a potter’s field and a square for public executions is now the unofficial town square of the Village. — Lonely Planet

New York Botanical Garden

The Bronx 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Every city park offers its own brand of verdant escapism, but this lush expanse goes beyond landscaped flora. — Time Out

Of course, there are many other flowers on view, but the lilacs are particularly special because it is hard to find so many lilac trees in one place in the city. It’s a treat not to be missed. — Afar Magazine

One of the largest and oldest gardens in the US, this glorious green space displays a wonderful array of plants and blooms, and conducts important botanical research. — Michelin Guide

Miles of impressively lush gardens and walking trails, educational programs, free tours and a hands-on children’s adventure garden offer an escape from the city. — Where

Considered one of the leading botany centers of the world, this 250-acre garden is one of the best reasons to make a trip to the Bronx. — Fodor's

American Museum of Natural History

Upper West Side 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Includes an outstanding planetarium and lots and lots of stuffed animals. — Not For Tourists

No matter which wing you wander through or where your curiosities lie (dinosaurs, gems or something else entirely), it’s hard to explore this Upper West Side fixture without being awestruck. — Time Out

Guests explore halls filled with full-scale dinosaur skeletons, fossils, dioramas, artifacts, gems and minerals (including a rare 2-foot-long jade slab), meteorites and more — Where

A famed research facility... the vast halls present astounding collections. — Michelin Guide

The largest natural history museum in the world is also one of the most impressive sights in New York. — Fodor's

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A New York icon, the Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s first steel suspension bridge. — Lonely Planet

Its Gothic-inspired stone pylons and intricate steel-cable webs have moved poets such as Walt Whitman and Hart Crane to sing the praises of this great span. — Frommer's

This famed structure was one of the great engineering triumphs of the 19C. — Michelin Guide

When it was completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was a marvel of civil engineering—the longest suspension bridge in the world. — Concierge

The granddaddy of them all. Walking toward Manhattan at sunset is as good as it gets. — Not For Tourists

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, followed by a walk through adjacent Prospect Park, the, well, second-greatest greensward in New York. — Travel + Leisure

This outstanding 52-acre botanical garden contains a great variety of vegetation, including one of the finest assemblages of roses in the country. — Michelin Guide

A beautiful and peaceful spot inside and out. Cherry blossoms in spring are awe inspiring. — Not For Tourists

Down the street from the Brooklyn Museum of Art (see below) is the most popular botanic garden in the city. — Frommer's

The 52 acres of this beloved Brooklyn retreat, one of the finest botanic gardens in the country, are a must-see, especially in spring and summer. — Fodor's

Staten Island Ferry

New York City 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Every day, some 60,000 people ride the free ferry to Staten Island, one of the city's outer boroughs, and you should be one of them. — Fodor's

One of the best and cheapest things you can do in New York City is take the FREE Staten Island Ferry to the little visited fifth borough. — Afar Magazine

The price of a harbor crossing between Staten Island and lower Manhattan may be the only activity in New York City that’s cheaper today than it was in 1817. — Time Out

Grab a tall boy on board and enjoy the view. — Not For Tourists

Though its primary function is serving as a commuter ferry, visitors can take it round-trip to experience stunning views of New York Harbor — Where

The High Line

West Village 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 1.45-mile-long elevated park and public promenade offers a spectacular view of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. — Where

“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

This elevated space has been transformed into a green retreat in the spirit of Paris's Promenade Plantée and is one of the most visited parks in the city. — Fodor's

The High Line is brilliantly executed, hugely popular, and has become an instant must-see. — Concierge

Built on an abandoned railway track, the space is ingenious in its use of reclaimed industrial detritus, a necessity in footage-starved Manhattan. — Time Out

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