The Empire State Building – built in just 410 days, this limestone piece is known to have used up seven million hours of labor during the times of the Great Depression. The view that you want to really go for can be enjoyed from both the 102nd-floor indoor deck and the 82nd-floor outdoor deck as well. However, the one thing that you need to look out for are the queues and therefore, arriving here very late or very early can be the perfect solution. You can also buy your tickets ahead of time and even though it will cost you a couple of dollars extra, it is very well worth the hassle.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – founded in 1870, this one is a massive encyclopedic museum that is home to one of the largest art collections across the globe. The permanent collection here has over two million artifacts and they consist of everything from Egyptian temple artifacts to American paintings. The museum is also known as “The Met” and attracts more than six million visitors per year. There are 17 sprawling acres of galleries and that makes this the largest single attraction in New York city.
The Governors Island – remaining inaccessible to the public for about 200 years, the former military outpost of Governors Island is now one of the city’s biggest seasonal attractions each year. During the summer season, there are free ferries that take all of seven beautiful minutes to make the journey from Lower Manhattan to the 172-acre attraction. The beautiful Liggett Terrace, Hammock Grove, and Play Lawn are some of the best things that you can see here.
The Rockefeller Centre – this attraction has been dubbed as the “city within a city” and spreads for more than 22 acres. It first made an appearance during the times of the Great Depression and was developed by John D Rockefeller. It took all of nine long years to be completed and was the first ever multi-user retail, office and entertainment hub in America. There are 19 buildings in total here. The center was declared a National Landmark in 1987.
The Brooklyn Bridge – the Brooklyn Bridge is a complete New York City icon and connects the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn and also goes down in history as the first ever steel suspension bridge that was ever built. Even though the initial design of the bridge was rigged with flaws it went on to become one of the biggest and most inspiring icons in history and attracted many poets, artists, and writers. The views from the bridge to the sweeping river and city below is simply heart-stoppingly beautiful.