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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 →

Lots of furniture. — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

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

Empire State Building

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

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

Magnificent 360-degree views of New York from the 86th- and 102nd-floor observatories. At night, the building’s top-tier LED lights commemorate holidays and noteworthy events. An... — Where

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

Get your bearings, and an idea of the sheer size of the city, from the 86th- or 102nd-floor observatory decks of the most recognisable building in the United States. On clear days you can... — The Telegraph

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

Central Park

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

Located in the middle of the city’s densest borough, Central Park feels like a natural haven. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

An oasis from the insanity: the lush lawns, cool forests, flowering gardens, glassy bodies of water and meandering, wooded paths providing the dose of serene nature that New Yorkers crave. — Lonely Planet

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

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

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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

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

A sculpture in its own right, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s building almost overshadows the collection of 20th century art it houses. — Lonely Planet

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

Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark nautilus-like museum building is renowned as much for its famous architecture as for its superlative collection of art and its well-curated shows. — Fodor'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

Brooklyn Museum

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

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

Breathtakingly beautiful building, excellent collection. — Not For Tourists

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

The Jean Paul Gaultier show At Brooklyn Museum is amazing for the fashionista or not. Also the Brooklyn museum is beautiful and this show is the perfect reason to head down to Brooklyn — Afar Magazine

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

Statue of Liberty

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

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

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

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

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

Tenement Museum

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

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

Great illustration of turn-of-the-century (20th, that is) life. — Not For Tourists

This museum puts the neighborhood’s heartbreaking but inspiring heritage on full display in three recreations of turn-of-the-20th-century tenements. — Lonely Planet

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

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

Ellis Island

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

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

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

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

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

The island's main building, now a national monument, reopened in 1990 as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which is divided into four major exhibit areas. — Fodor's

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

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

You could spend weeks here admiring the collections. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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

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

One of the world’s greatest repositories of 20th-century art contains masterpieces by van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, a sculpture garden and an extensive film collection. — Where

Founded in 1929, MoMA is one of NYC’s most popular museums, home to more than 100,000 pieces of modern artwork, most by A-listers. — Lonely Planet

Whitney Museum of American Art

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

With its bold collection of 20th- and 21st-century contemporary American art, the Whitney presents an eclectic mix drawn from more than 19,000 works in its permanent collection. — Fodor's

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

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

Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s building in the Meatpacking District and on the shore of the Hudson River, contains more than 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and... — Where

The Whitney moved in May 2015 from the Upper East Side to its spectacular new nine-storey, Renzo Piano-designed building alongside the High Line in the Meatpacking District. The move has... — The Telegraph

The Met Cloisters

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

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

On a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters is a curious architectural jigsaw, its many parts made up of various European monasteries and other historic buildings. — Lonely Planet

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

This subdivision of The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a vast collection of medieval art, including the renowned 15th- and 16th-century Unicorn Tapestries. — Where

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

New York Botanical Garden

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

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

The Bronx may have a bad reputation, but this borough also offers several attractions that offer a reprieve from the bustle of the city. One such attraction is the New York Botanical... — Afar Magazine

Incorporating 50 acres of old-growth forest, the New York Botanical Garden (which first opened in 1891) is home to the restored Enid A Haupt Conservatory. — Lonely Planet

Flowers galore in the heart of da Bronx. — Not For Tourists

Grand Central Terminal

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

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

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

In the entrance pavilion to this truly grand terminal, there is a small plaque dedicated to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. — Concierge

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

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

Washington Square Park

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

The hippies who famously turned up and tuned out in Washington Square Park are still there in spirit, and indeed often in person. — Time Out

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

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

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

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 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

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

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. — Concierge

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

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

Brooklyn Bridge

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

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 and at night is enhanced with the... — Where

A stroll along this span is an only-in-New York experience that provides an up-close sense of the city's true grandeur. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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

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

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

Fifty-two acres of seasonal gardens and conservatories hold regional and exotic plants, including the Amazon lily, cherry blossoms, peonies and magnolias.  — Where

The annual spring Cherry Blossom Festival is the prime time to visit this 52-acre botanic garden. Admission is free from 10am-12pm on Saturdays and all day on Tuesdays (otherwise it’s... — On the Grid

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

Chrysler Building

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

The stuff of Art Deco dreams. Wish the Cloud Club was still there. — Not For Tourists

The Chrysler Building is topped by a distinctive spire of radiant stainless steel arches that glimmers in sunlight and glows in the nighttime illuminations. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

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

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

The 76-foot-tall Norway spruce is the crown jewel in the city's pantheon of Christmas trees; be prepared for insane crowds if you decide to take a peek. — Time Out

Sculpture, ice skating, and a mall! — Not For Tourists

If Times Square is New York's crossroads, Rockefeller Center is its communal gathering place. — Fodor's

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