New York is a huge city with a population of 8.8 million that’s twice that of my home town Sydney Australia. You could spend weeks there and not see everything, here are a few personal highlights from my last visit there.
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Saved from demolition by neighborhood residents and the City of New York, the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design.
Besides being a nice walk away from traffic, there are places to stop and relax whether you’re by yourself or with a friend or significant other.
If you’re feeling hungry there are small food vendor stalls along the way, I enjoyed a fresh taco and ice cream sandwich during my walk.
If you’re a fan of art deco design from the 1930’s visit the ground floor of the Chrysler Building to have a look around.
Fans of world peace and diplomacy can visit the United Nations (UN) head quarters, after going through a security check.
Outside the UN there are artworks and country flags, inside there’s an area that explains what the UN does eg: peace keeper missions.
Top of the Rock Viewing Area
The “Top of the Rock” panoramic view of New York City’s skyline, the Empire State Building and Central Park from the top of the Rockefeller Centre’s 70th floor is arguably the best view in New York.
You have to buy a ticket to get up there but it’s well worth it. I suggest visiting an hour before sunset so you can see the city by day and night.
Staten Island Ferry
This is a free 25 minute ferry service between Manhattan and Staten Island, from the Staten Island Ferry you’ll be able to see the Statue of Liberty.
New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is just one of New York’s excellent museums. MOMA celebrates creativity, openness, tolerance, and generosity. It aims to be an inclusive place both onsite and online where diverse cultural, artistic, social, and political positions are welcome.
If you don’t like museums and prefer street art there are plenty of great works across New York and across the water in Brooklyn.
New York Public Parks
New York has many wonderful public parks you can visit including the famous Central Park.