During your sightseeing tour of New York City, you will see some of New York’s most incredible landmarks including wondrous buildings and structures, iconic places and New York City’s cultural arts scene.
Wondrous Buildings and Structures
New York City is home to some of America’s most remarkable buildings and structures with many buildings dating back to the 1800s. Sit back and marvel at works by architects such as Raymond Hood, John Wellborn Root and David B. Steinman as the history of these extraordinary structures unfolds.
Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan the Rockefeller Center is a complex consisting of 19 commercial buildings that cover 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets in New York City. Built by the Rockefeller Family between 1930 and 1939, it became a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
One of New York City’s prominent landmarks, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a Neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic cathedral with striking features. Sitting directly across the street from the Rockefeller Center, it’s built of brick and clad in marble quarried in Massachusetts and New York.
Grand Central Station
Officially called Grand Central Terminal, Grand Central Station is a commuter rail terminal station located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. Described as “the world’s loveliest station” Grand Central is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms and is one of the top visited tourist attractions in the world, seeing around 21,600,000 visitors each year.
Built between 1955 and 1969, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a complex of buildings that has been transformed into a cultural hub over the years. Stretching 16.3 acres in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan, the center is home to 29 indoor and outdoor performance facilities where people gather for operas, theater productions, concerts and more.
Located on the eastern shore of Manhattan Island, the United Nations complex in New York has served as the official headquarters of the United Nations since 1952. Not only is it a symbol of peace, but also a beacon of hope.
Connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883 and is known as one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Originally named the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge has become an icon of New York City and was later designated as a National Historic Landmark.
As the most populous city in the United States, New York City is bursting with iconic locations for you to discover.
A major commercial intersection and neighborhood in midtown Manhattan, Times Square is known to many as “the crossroads of the world”, “The Center of the Universe”, and the “The Great White Way.” Bustling with pedestrians, illuminated by the Broadway Theater and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry, Times Square is the world’s number one tourist attraction seeing over 39 million visitors annually.
Named after and centered on the eight-block-long, 0.7 street running from Broadway to South Street on the East River, Wall Street is the financial district of New York City home to the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, the New York Mercantile Exchange, the New York Board of Trade and the former American Stock Exchange.
The southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, Lower Manhattan is known as New York’s center of business and government. Perhaps Lower Manhattan’s most famous landmark is the site where the World Trade Center stood before the September 11 attacks. Other historic building sites in Lower Manhattan include: Castle Garden, National Museum of the American Indian, Federal Hall and the New York Stock Exchange.
Culture and Arts
Get a taste for New York City’s culture and arts scene. From beautiful parks to its unique neighborhoods, New York’s culture and art is the essence of its personality.
Central Park is a public park in the center of Manhattan which was initially opened in 1857 on 778 acres of city-owned land. Since opening in 1857, construction has been undertaken to expand the park and today it serves as New York’s backyard with something to offer everyone.
Renowned throughout the world, the Bethesda Fountain is the focal point of the Bethesda Terrace measuring 26 feet high and 96 feet wide. Often called the “Angel of the Waters” the fountain features a bronze angel at its center standing above four small cherubim and representing health, purity, temperance and peace.
Situated in the borough of Manhattan, Chinatown is one of seven Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City bordering the Lower East Side to its east and Little Italy to its north. With an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 Chinese people, it is one of the oldest and largest Chinese enclaves outside of Asia with mostly Mandarin, Min and Cantonese residents.
Consisting of Italian stores and restaurants, Little Italy is located in lower Manhattan and was once occupied by a large Italian population. To this day, Little Italy is renowned for its Feast of San Gennaro that brings over one million people to the streets of Little Italy. Taking place during one of the last two weeks in September, the Feast of San Gennaro is the oldest, biggest and best religious street festival in New York City.
Known in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries as an artist’s haven, a bohemian capital and the East Coast birthplace of the Beat movement, today Greenwich Village is largely occupied by upper class residential neighborhoods. It is also notable for being the home of New York University’s main campus, Washington Square Park and Grove Court.
Dubbed one of the most expensive streets in the world, Fifth Avenue is a thoroughfare in the center of the borough of Manhattan lined with prestigious shops and coveted real estate.
A major cross-town street, 42nd street is known for its theaters especially those near the intersection with Broadway at Times Square. Holding a special place in New Yorker’s imaginations since the turn of the century, it is also renowned for being the home to New York’s United Nations, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
One of New York City’s principal thoroughfares, Mulberry Street is situated in Manhattan and has been listed on maps of the area since the mid 1700s. It features such notable buildings as the Puck Building and Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Mulberry Street has also been a prominent part of pop culture featured in books, movies and music.