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Top of the Rock
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One of New York City’s most famous buildings, 30 Rockefeller Plaza boasts panoramic views from its sky-high observation deck, Top of the Rock. Visitors can access three levels for both indoor and outdoor glass-walled platforms offering unobstructed, 360-degree vistas of the sprawling metropolis. The skyscraper, which houses NBC headquarters, was formerly known as the GE Building and is now the Comcast Building.

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American Museum of Natural History
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With more than 30 million specimens and artifacts and almost 50 exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest scientific and cultural museums in the world. Displays highlight the wonders of our planet and the wider universe, spotlighting everything from dinosaurs to human origins to the solar system.

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Columbus Circle
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New York City’s Columbus Circle is more than just a roundabout. Home to attractions such as the towering Time Warner Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the centrally located site is the gateway to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and a major commercial hub and shopping destination for locals and tourists alike.

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Central Park Zoo
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Central Park Zoo, also known as Central Park Wildlife Center, is a small but popular zoo set within Central Park, Manhattan’s largest green space. The zoo houses a varied collection of creatures, from snow leopards to sea lions, as well as the Tisch Children’s Zoo, a petting zoo with farm animals.

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Washington Square Park
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Washington Square Park is a bona fide New York City gem filled with leafy, bench-lined walkways, a stone-rimmed fountain, and a miniature Arc de Triomphe. The Greenwich Village park is surrounded by New York University’s historical buildings, and draws students, local denizens, tourists, and street performers to its vibrant urban space.

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Boldt Castle
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Built in the early 20th century, in the middle of Heart Island, Boldt Castle is one of the main tourist attractions of the Thousand Islands in the Saint Lawrence River. George Boldt began building the 120-room castle in 1900 for his wife, but it wasn’t completed until 1977, when it was opened as a local attraction.

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
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Crossing the mouth of upper New York Bay and linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (previously Verrazano-Narrows) is the longest suspension bridge in the U.S. A marvel of engineering, the bridge was completed in 1964, and more than 200,000 vehicles pass on it daily.

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Apollo Theater
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In the heart of Harlem, the Apollo Theater is one of the world’s most famous live music venues. Some of the biggest musical names have played the Apollo, including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Godfather of Soul James Brown. Hear popular jazz, blues, and R&B artists or catch performances by up-and-comers at its long-running amateur night.

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Broadway
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Known as the Great White Way because the theater lights burned so brightly in the early days of electricity, New York City's Broadway has been the home of the New York theater district for almost 150 years. The history-drenched street is one of Manhattan's most famous thoroughfares, and many consider seeing a blockbuster Broadway show an essential New York City experience.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was designed in 1959 by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition to its vast collection of modern and contemporary art, the museum draws crowds for its iconic white interior, which spirals up toward a skylight.

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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Founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1955, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of New York’s preeminent cultural complexes. Comprising organizations ranging from the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet to the New York Philharmonic, it collectively hosts thousands of screenings, performances, and events every year.

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Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

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Though many visitors stick around the bright lights of Midtown, don’t miss the chance to explore Lower Manhattan. Long synonymous with the banking industry, the area has plenty to offer even after the closing bell has rung out across Wall Street. Beyond the Stock Exchange and Charging Bull, you’ll find historic sites and great shopping.

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Castle Clinton National Monument

Castle Clinton National Monument

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Castle Clinton National Monument is a 19th-century fort on the southern edges of Manhattan’s Battery Park. Built to keep the British at bay, the sandstone fort is now a ticket point for ferries to Liberty and Ellis islands. Stay awhile and explore the original gunports and the small museum that charts the fort’s history.

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Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza

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Framing the northern corner of New York City’s Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the oval-shaped Grand Army Plaza boasts a 19th-century military arch, fountain, statuary, tree-dotted lawns, and classical-style gazebos. Set within a traffic circle on Flatbush Avenue, the plaza serves as the park’s main entrance.

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Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park

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Bear Mountain State Park is a popular outdoor recreation area in New York, with year-round outdoor sports as well as attractions to visit.

Located on the western side of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain State Park covers more than 5,000 acres of land. There are mountains – including the 1,300-foot-peak from which the park takes its name – along with vast forest areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Recreational activities include fishing, boating, hiking, trail running, and even ski jumping, sledding, and ice skating in the winter.

The Bear Mountain Inn, built in 1915, sits atop Bear Mountain, and the Trailside Museums and Zoo occupy what was once a fort used during the American Revolution.

The Appalachian Trail runs through part of Bear Mountain State Park.

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Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

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Billed as “the world’s most famous arena,” Madison Square Garden—colloquially known as the Garden—has been a mecca of sports and entertainment for over half a century. Home to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, the Midtown Manhattan venue also regularly hosts wrestling and other sports events, concerts with world-renowned artists, and more.

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Prospect Park

Prospect Park

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Encompassing more than 500 acres (202 hectares) in the heart of Brooklyn, Prospect Park is an ideal space to escape the bustle of the borough. The park offers wooded walks, sunbathing, and car-fee biking and jogging—a perfect stop for those who want a taste of the outdoors in New York.

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Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

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Spanning an entire city block, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is the largest cathedral in the world and home to the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Construction started in 1892, and the still-incomplete cathedral is known for its mix of styles, including Byzantine Revival, Romanesque Revival, and Gothic Revival.

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Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley

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New York’s Hudson Valley has long inspired artists and writers with its peaceful winding river, forested hills, and sleepy towns. Set just 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Manhattan, the historic valley is a peaceful escape famous for its art, local culinary offerings, and opportunities for outdoor adventure.

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Domino Park

Domino Park

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Williamsburg's Domino Park is one of the best spots in Brooklyn to view the Manhattan skyline and rejuvenate after a day exploring New York's hippest borough. Enjoy the East River breeze while you stroll along the park's elevated walkway, get sporty with drop-in volleyball, or just chill on the grass and soak up the sunshine.

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Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle

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Dreamt up by Central Park landscape designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Belvedere Castle is a turreted, Victorian-era landmark that sits atop Vista Rock, the second-highest point in Central Park. From its perch, the castle offers some of the best views of the Great Lawn and the wooded Ramble.

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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

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Set inside the former cookie factory where Oreos were first baked, the Chelsea Market has a long culinary heritage. Since being redeveloped in the 1990s, it has become a leading food and shopping complex, housing everything from wine bars and fishmongers to kitchen supply stores, as well as offices and television studios.

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Madame Tussauds New York

Madame Tussauds New York

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While New York City may be home to some of the world’s biggest celebrities, a visit to Madame Tussauds offers a far better chance of getting starstruck than walking the streets of Manhattan. Get up close and personal with the likes of Barack Obama, Serena Williams, and Brad Pitt at this wax museum in the heart of Times Square.

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United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters

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One of New York City's most iconic buildings, the United Nations headquarters occupies several blocks of Midtown Manhattan near the East River. The complex is comprised of a number buildings, including the domed General Assembly Hall, the Visitor Centre, and the Secretariat Building, a high-rise completed in the early 1950s.

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