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My all time top ten New York sights

My all time top ten New York sights

MY TOP TEN NEW YORK SIGHTS

The big apple…who doesn’t want to visit this East Coast US city? It is a familiar sight from television programmes such as Sex and the City and Friends but it really is a city that has so much to offer the visitor! I love NYC and I it is a city I can return to again and again!

There are so many things to see and do in New York. I have been twice over the last few years (once in April and once in June so I have not experienced a New York winter). After 2 trips I still have not seen everything I want to!

I have put together a list of my favourite 10 places to see/things to do after my last two visits. These are my Top Ten New York sights!


TIMES SQUARE AND BROADWAY


I absolutely love the buzz and noise and madness of Times Square! So much so I have stayed twice at the Crowne Plaza right on the Square. Sitting at the bar in the hotel, sipping on a cocktail with the views of the flashing billboards of Times Square outside is an experience!

I also find Times Square is an easy point in Manhatten to walk to a lot of the attractions and it is also a great place to catch the Hop-on Hop off Bus Tours (I have used them on both visits to NY and would recommend them).

times square new york

A show on Broadway is also a must-do if you get the chance! There are plenty of theatres to choose from with lots of famous names starring in productions. Just don’t do it on your first day as you will probably be jet lagged if you are flying over from Europe!

Times Square

traffic everywhere too!

The shops in Times Square are pretty awesome too – the Toys r Us with the Ferris wheel in the store as well as the massive M and M’s store are worth a look around!

Ferris wheel in Time Square Toys R Us store

Ferris wheel in the store!

M and M store New York

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STATUE OF LIBERTY


Well you can’t go to NY without seeing this famous statue! A short ferry ride to the island from Battery Park and you can walk around this amazing 140 year old gift to the USA from France. The Statue is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – click the link for more UNESCO World Heritage Sites in USA.

statue of liberty at sunset

 

Queues can be rather long to get onto the ferry (the ticket for which was included in our bus ticket package)so get there first thing if you can. It is definitely worth it and I would do this trip next time I am in NY for a third time! The views of the NY skyline are amazing.

New York skyline

 

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THE ROCKEFELLER CENTRE


ticket for Top of the Rock

For an amazing view of NY!

 

Rockefellar centre

Its the one with the ice rink we all associate with NY in the winter!!

And the views from the Top of the Rock are fantastic. I have been up there twice – its a difficult decision between the Top of the Rock or the top of the Empire State Building but the Top of the Rock gives you views of the Empire State Building and Central Park…Next time I may do the Empire State Building so I can compare!

Rockefellar lit up at night in New York

The Rockefeller centre is the largest privately owned complex in the world and consists of 19 buildings none of which  own unfortunately. There are restaurants and gardens and shops and of course the observation deck which is spread over three floors (67th to 70th!) the Top of the Rock! Make sure you book this at least the day before as it gets very busy particularly at sunset for obvious reasons!

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New York skyline

 

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CENTRAL PARK


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Its huge! And well worth a visit for a bit of peace from the city. Its a great place to visit on a Sunday morning – wander around and enjoy the greenery! A visit to Strawberry Fields, which was created by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon, is also a must.

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View from Central Park of New York

View from Central Park

Central park new york

Central Park


GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL


I have had to stop myself randomly buying a train ticket and running off around the USA twice now.

It is a beautiful station. There are loads of restaurants to visit below the station (fast food) but it is also a great place to people watch!


GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL


When I first visited NY the memorial wasn’t finished and we had to go through security to visit. It was a sad and poignant place to visit. I returned somewhat reluctantly I must admit, with my daughter, in 2016. The memorial is now open and we walked past it on the way to Battery Park. I still have a strong emotional reaction to it and reading the names of those who died that day (written around the walls surrounding the 2 waterfalls built in the footprints of the 2 towers) is very moving.

I took no photographs.


FIFTH AVENUE


Well there are lots of shops!

Fifth Avenue New York - top ten new york sights

My daughter loved it. I rather enjoyed the Easter Day parade the day we walked along it!(an Easter Sunday tradition)

Easter Parade in New York

Easter parade

Lots of people dressed in beautiful bonnets and clothes. My favourites were the dogs!!


EMPIRE STATE BUILDING


It is probably the most famous skyscraper in NY thanks to Lost in Seattle and King Kong! It is a beautiful building and its great to see what colour the spire is lit as it changes to reflect holidays, seasons and events.

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Empire State Building


SOHO/GREENWICH VILLAGE


I treated my daughter to a Sex and the City Tour and during the tour we spent some time in Soho and Greenwich Village – we loved it! Next time we go to NY we plan to stay in this area. But number 9 in my top ten for New York has to be this part of town!

It is less touristy than Times Square and just beautiful to stroll around admiring the shops and the lovely houses. (I still love Times Square though!)

Sex and the city tour - famous building where Carrie lived

If you are a fan of Sex and the City you may recognise those steps!!

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BREAKFAST


Well food in general but I love breakfast in NY! So one of my top ten New York sights had to be the food!!

We found a great deli and headed there every morning for breakfast – pancakes, bacon and syrup!

You needed to spend the rest of the day walking to get anyway near using those calories up!

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25 million calories….

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Obviously there are lots more things to see and do! I have yet to visit Ellis Island, actually go inside the Guggenheim or walk the High Line! So I will definitely have to go back!!

If you interested in the tours that I took – the hop-on hop off bus tour and the Sex and the City tour are just two that I can highly recommend then check out this link to my choice of tours with Viator!

Those are my top ten for New York – what would you include in your top ten for this fabulous US city?

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17 Comments

  1. July 13, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    So funny that we both wrote about this at the same time! I was a fan of Soho and Greenwich Village, but didn’t have nearly enough time to look around. I thought Grand Central was beautiful, 5th Avenue was a bit too much like Oxford Street for my liking, and as for breakfast… say no more! I could have eaten breakfast all day long!

    • July 14, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      I was there last year but have only written it up recently. I really love New York and know i will have to visit again. Soho and Greenwich Village will be a priority! I agree about 5th Avenue though the Easter parade is worth watching! And oh yes the breakfasts ❤️

  2. July 15, 2016 / 2:01 am

    I am going to NYC in December and am excited to rearrange some of my schedule to include some of these things. I bought this NYC trip for my mom and we are going right before Christmas! I am excited to see it decorated in all the pretty lights and such. We are staying in a hotel that has the Statue of Liberty right across the water from it. We will be able to see it from our room 🙂

    • July 15, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Love NY – have an amazing time! Will look forward to reading your blog after you have been.

  3. October 18, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I absolutely loved NY the first time I visited and would definitely love to visit again. The Sex and the City tour sounds like it could be a lot of fun! 🙂 #citytripping

    • October 19, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      We had a great time! Even i enjoyed the Sex and the City tour and i didnt watch many shows. My daughter who is a big fan absolutely loved it!New York is one city I could visit again and again- so much to see and do!

  4. October 18, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Maybe instead of Empire State Building and Top of the Rock, you should consider trying out the One World Trade Center. I haven’t gone yet, but I want to. 🙂 Aside from that, I think I like the views from Top of the Rock better than the Empire State Building, mostly because you can’t see the Empire State Building when you are on top of it. 😉

    Love the Easter parade bonnets! I had no idea they did that!

    Also, love that you included Greenwich Village and SoHo.

    I’ve been to NYC a handful times already and I never get tired of it! There’s so much to see and do!
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  5. October 18, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Oh wow. That poor woman with the entire garden on her head, her neck must have been killing her by the end! What beautiful photos though.
    I’ve been on a whirlwind winter trip to New York to visit a friend. Ever since I’ve been dying to get back there! Just from your post I can tell that I didn’t even see half of it!
    My favourite place would have to be the Central Park.

    • October 19, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      The Easter parade was fantastic – so many amazing costumes and hats! We loved Central Park too! Glad you enjoyed my post and photographs ? Thank you

  6. October 18, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    I really want to get back to New York and explore the High Line myself, and I’ve never been to the Top of the Rock either. There’s always just so much to discover in the city. #citytripping
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  7. October 18, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I love this. I spent one week in NYC and loved every minute. I visited most of the places you did (and loved them) but I never visited Greenwich Village or Soho. I shall have to return! #CityTripping
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  8. October 18, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Great list – we went to the Top of the Rock rather than the Empire State. New York is such a great city and I am keen to go back soon as haven’t done everything on your list. I would add central park too. I got engaged there so it has a special place in my heart. Thanks for linking to #citytripping
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  9. October 19, 2016 / 10:05 am

    I’d love to go to New York one day Tracy. This is a great list and you’ve shared some super photos too.

    • October 19, 2016 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you Cathy – New York is an amazing place to visit. Hope you get to visit soon as i am sure you will love it!

  10. November 2, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Oh I love NYC we stayed at the Hilton 6th Ave and had a fab view of the Crysler building and Rockerfeller. everything about New York is wonderful and I cant wait to get back. I would have loved to see the easter parade wow,thanks so much for linking up x

    • November 2, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      I love it – definitely one of my favourite cities. I could go back again and again – I think if I was younger it would be somewhere I would like to stay for a while.

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

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