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Empire State Building

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frick Collection

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

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

Lots of furniture. — Not For Tourists

For my money, the best small museum in New York, perfect if you don’t fancy dealing with a crush of people at MoMa or The Met. — The Telegraph

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

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

Central Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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

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

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

Statue of Liberty

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

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

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 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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ellis Island

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

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

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

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

One of New York’s most moving sights, the restored Ellis Island opened in 1990, slightly north of Liberty Island. — Frommer'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 mother of all art musuems. Check out: temple, roof garden, Clyfford Still room, baseball cards. — Not For Tourists

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

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

This sprawling encyclopedic museum, founded in 1870, houses one of the biggest art collections in the world. — Lonely Planet

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 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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

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

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

Known the world over as MoMA, the glassy Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Midtown building houses one of the most influential collections of modern art in the world — The Telegraph

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

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

Whitney Museum of American Art

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

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

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

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

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. — 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 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

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, which shelters the medieval collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a scenic destination in its own right. — Fodor's

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

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

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

New York Botanical Garden

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

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

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

Set in 250 acres of Bronx Park and inspired by London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, New York’s largest public garden is a living museum of the natural world — The Telegraph

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 →

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

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

Trains run on the Metro-North railroad line to and from this majestic landmark, which celebrated its centennial in 2013 — Where

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

From Potter's field to counterculture mecca and everything in between. — Not For Tourists

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. — Concierge

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

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 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

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

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn 91 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

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

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

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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

Sniff the Titan Arum's rotting flesh.  — Atlas Obscura

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 annual spring Cherry Blossom Festival is the prime time to visit this 52-acre botanic garden. — On the Grid

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

One of Brooklyn’s most picturesque attractions, this 52-acre garden is home to thousands of plants and trees, as well as a Japanese garden where river turtles swim alongside a Shinto shrine. — Lonely Planet

Chrysler Building

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

His edifice may no longer have the height advantage, but architecture critics (and many New Yorkers) give it the edge on style. — Concierge

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

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-story masterpiece of Art Deco architecture and detail. — Travel + Leisure

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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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