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Empire State Building

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

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

There’s no better introduction to New York than a visit to the Empire State Building... the apex of the New York skyline. — Frommer's

View unlike any other (except maybe Top of the Rock). — Not For Tourists

The Empire State Building is an art deco monument to progress, a symbol for New York City, and a star in some great romantic scenes, on- and off-screen. — Fodor's

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

Frick Collection

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

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

Housed in an exquisite Beaux Arts mansion on the Upper East Side represents the personal holdings of Henry Clay Frick. — Condé Nast Traveler

Lots of furniture. — Not For Tourists

A real find among the city's museums, this collection housed in an exquisite Beaux Arts mansion on the Upper East Side represents the personal holdings of Henry Clay Frick. — Concierge

Everything here is a highlight. The Portico Gallery, an enclosed portico along the building's 5th Avenue garden, houses the museum's growing collection of sculpture. — Fodor's

Central Park

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

Named for the cherry trees that bloom here in spring, this slope overlooking the Lake is a great spot for picnics. — Time Out

Stretching from 59th to 110th streets and between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West, the popular urban paradise—New York City’s backyard—spans 843 lush acres. — Where

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

Manhattan's beloved backyard, this 843-acre haven of greenery, light and air draws millions each year, residents and visitors alike. — Michelin Guide

On nice days, especially weekend days, it’s the city’s party central. — Frommer's

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Upper East Side 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In 1943 art patrons Solomon R. Guggenheim and his wife, Irene Rothschild, commissioned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a permanent home for their collection of modern art. — Michelin Guide

One of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous structure is the repository for world-class art and exhibitions. — Where

This spiraling white concrete structure, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of the most iconic buildings in NYC, if not in all of the USA. — Afar Magazine

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

Wright's only building in NYC, but it's one of the best. — Not For Tourists

Statue of Liberty

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

For millions of immigrants, the first glimpse of America was the Statue of Liberty, growing from a vaguely defined figure on the horizon into a towering, stately colossus. — Fodor's

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

Arguably the most iconic of all American symbols, the 150ft high Lady Liberty, gifted to the United States by France in 1866, stands tall in New York Harbor as a symbol of liberty and freedom. — The Telegraph

It's hard to imagine a more evocative and familiar symbol of the United States than the lady with the torch. — Concierge

Tenement Museum

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

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

Offers a glimpse of what life in the turn-of-the-20th-century Lower East Side was like for those who lived there. — Condé Nast Traveler

Searching for a place to house a museum honoring American immigrants, Ruth Abram unearthed 97 Orchard Street. — Travel + Leisure

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

Tour guides interpret several generations of immigrant life at 97 Orchard Street. — Michelin Guide

Brooklyn Museum

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

Brooklyn’s premier institution is a less-crowded alternative to Manhattan’s bigger-name spaces. — Time Out

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

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

This Beaux Arts building houses the second-largest permanent collection in the city, with more than a million objects. — Concierge

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

Ellis Island

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

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

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

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

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

See America through the eyes of the 12 million immigrants that entered through Ellis Island. — Travel + Leisure

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

You could spend weeks here admiring the collections. — Concierge

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

If Manhattan held no other museum than the colossal Metropolitan Museum of Art, you could still occupy yourself for days roaming its labyrinthine corridors. — Fodor's

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

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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

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

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

The masterpieces in the permanent collection are too numerous to mention. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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

Whitney Museum of American Art

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

American art of the 20th and 21st centuries is on display in this contemporary building by Marcel Breuer smack in the middle of the haute shopping section of upper Madison Ave. — Concierge

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

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

Its outstanding collection of 20C American art includes more than 18,000 works by such artists as Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. — Michelin Guide

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

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

Devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, the Cloisters is a series of medieval passageways reconstructed from French monasteries. — Condé Nast Traveler

If it weren’t for this branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, many New Yorkers would never get to this northernmost point in Manhattan. — Frommer's

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

The cheapest flight to Europe around. What are the words? Impressive. Magnificent. — On the Grid

New York Botanical Garden

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

This 250-acre green space has plenty of year-round and seasonal plants and flowers as well as an annual holiday train show and exhibits around everything from medicinal herbs to Frida Kahlo. — Condé Nast Traveler

Established in 1891, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is an oasis for pavement-pounding city dwellers, just a 20-minute Metro North ride from Grand Central. — Concierge

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

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

A National Historic Landmark, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden was founded in 1891 and today is one of America’s foremost public gardens. — Frommer's

Grand Central Terminal

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

Another Beaux-Arts masterpiece. Ceiling, staircases, tiles, clock, Oyster Bar, all great. — Not For Tourists

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

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

Often referred to as the "gateway to the nation,", this world-famous railroad terminal is a masterpiece of urban architecture. — Michelin Guide

Washington Square Park

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

Known for its marble arch, which architect Stanford White modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, this historic park has been renovated to include expanded lawns and plantings. — Where

With a broad, sunny lawn and clusters of willow, cypress and sycamore trees, this pentagonal park occupies the heart of North Beach. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

American Museum of Natural History

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

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

One of New York City’s most prestigious museums, the American Museum of Natural History encourages visitors to explore and understand the natural world around them. — Travel + Leisure

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

No child—or adult for that matter—who has strolled under the enormous blue whale has ever forgotten this cavernous museum on the Upper West Side. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

Brooklyn Bridge

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

A walk across its promenade—a boardwalk elevated above the roadway, shared by pedestrians, in-line skaters, and cyclists—takes about 40 minutes and delivers exhilarating views. — Fodor's

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

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

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

A hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge and one of the oldest of its kind, the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. — Where

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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

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

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

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

Those searching for a little peace and quiet would do well to spend a few hours at this verdant oasis. — Time Out

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

Chrysler Building

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

We won’t argue if you want to call this glimmering pinnacle of Art Deco architecture NYC’s most eye-popping skyscraper. — Time Out

A monument to modern times and the mighty automotive industry, the former Chrysler headquarters wins many a New Yorker's vote for the city's most iconic and beloved skyscraper. — Fodor's

This 77-story celebration of Art Deco is one of Manhattan’s most famous office buildings and was the world’s tallest skyscraper until it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931 — Where

The 77-floor Chrysler Building makes most other skyscrapers look like uptight geeks. — Lonely Planet

This is perhaps the 20th century’s most romantic architectural achievement, especially at night when the lights in its triangular openings play off its steely crown. — Frommer's

Rockefeller Center

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

Rockefeller’s vision for the plaza is reflected in its Art Deco architecture and inspired artwork, including the famous statues of Prometheus and Atlas. — Travel + Leisure

This "city within a city" ... ranks among the most vital and cohesive design complexes in America. — Michelin Guide

John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s Art Deco masterpiece, Radio City Music Hall, was the first component of his eponymous Midtown development. — Concierge

A Streamline Moderne masterpiece, Rockefeller Center is one of New York’s central gathering spots for visitors and New Yorkers alike. — Frommer's

Famous for its gilded statue of Prometheus and home of NBC-TV studios and Radio City Music Hall, this Midtown Art Deco landmark spans approximately 22 acres. — Where

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