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It goes without saying that when it comes to New York City, there are innumerable places where you can have fun. Here are 5 major places which will certainly keep you completely engaged and where you can enjoy to the fullest extent. You will regularly come across conventional sights such as Times Square, the Statue of Liberty or the Ellis Island. But apart from these, there are also fresher, often underrated attractions coming up. Take a look at a few of them.

  • THE HIGH LINE- It is an abandoned railway track situation at an elevated area over colossal concrete piers. The High Line was transformed into a 1.45-mile 21st-century park in the year 2009. As you take a walk along this railway track, you will come across a number of innovative architectural installations such as The Standard, Neil Denari’s apartment tower that defies gravity or the Whitney Museum’s new establishment. You can even experience a bit of greenery with wooded patches and wetland grasses between the benches and walkways.
  • NEW WHITNEY MUSEUM- The Whitney Museum has a new home designed by Renzo Piano. You can find it as you walk towards the southernmost end of The High Line across a beautiful waterfront. Apart from getting an idea of the familiar as well as obscure works of American art from the 20th century to the present day, you can also get to witness amazing views from the terrace of the museum. The total works are organized chronologically and thematically.
  • DEL POSTO- Irrespective of what you are doing in New York City, you must take note of the meals that you eat. You get a very affordable three-course lunch option at the Del Posto restaurant, priced at just $49. This is truly a very good bargain compared to the usual standards at New York. The three-course lunch comprises of secondo, antipasto and dessert. If you can shell out an extra $10, you may as well try legendary pasta of Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali fame.
  • THE TENEMENT MUSEUM- This museum gives you a noticeable overview of how immigrant life used to be in the Lower East Side towards the beginning of the 20th century.
  • QUEENS- Do not miss out the Queens Zoo and the Hall of Science at Queens. The Queens Museum hosts a number of public programs and art exhibitions. Again, at the Hall of Science both children and adults with a penchant for science can experience the impact of physics on sports.  


There are also a number of other sites in New York City worth mentioning such as the New Museum or Brooklyn, where you can have a taste of some of the best pizzas of New York. You can go to Emily in Clinton Hill to try out Lady Pizza Girl with a combination of toppings including basil, mixed herbs, pickled chili, mushrooms, havarti and ricotta.

You can also enjoy a feast at Eleven Madison Park housed in the Metropolitan Life North building. The best idea is to end your dinner at the Carlyle Hotel’s Bemelmans Bar or the Top of the Standard helping yourself to a cocktail.


Beautiful Central Park of New York

Central Park is arguably New York’s most notable and revered landmark. Nowadays, an amazing number of 42 million people pass through Central Park a year, enjoying Sheep Meadow’s gorgeous lake, and enchanting gardens. Here are some facts about Central Park you may not know.

Back in 1853 the city’s governing body passed a law which stated 750 acres of land will be allocated for a park. However, according to Set Kamil, whose company has been offering tours of Central park for over 25 years, most of the land which now makes Central Park was of little value. He believes the purpose of the park back then was to increase the value of the neighboring properties. The terrain was too hard to be leveled, as well as unappealing, which lead to the decision for the area to be converted to a park.

The first proponent of the park was New York Evening Post’s editor William Cullen Bryant. He first asked for a new park in 1844, saying it would be good for people’s health and for the city in general. The designing rights were won in an open public competition. The winners of the competition were Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who managed to gain the rights to design Central Park in 1858. Sheep Meadow, Belvedere Tower, Bethesda Fountain and the rest of the key features came into being thanks to these two.

According to Kamil, the sheep were there for aesthetic reasons. However, they were only released into Sheep Meadow twice a day and otherwise kept somewhere else. Central Park was meant to be a miniature picture of New York. As you move from the north to the south you will be reminded of the hills and woods surrounding the city, and as you reach the southern part you should be reminded of the city and its upscale suburbs surrounding it.

The Ladies Refreshment Salon was a place where single women of the 19th century could go without the company of a man. Later on, the Salon was converted into the Casino, which during the Prohibition offered really good entertainment by mayor Jimmy Walker.

The government body of New York City acquired the land of today’s park for an astounding $7.4 million. In comparison, the US bought the entire state of Alaska for $7.2 million from Russia.

Called Seneca Village, there were over 250 people living and owning properties on the west side of the park. The city methodically displaced all the families from the land.

The designers designed the park for people to enjoy a long walk and admire the views. They explicitly stated they didn’t want children to run across the grass.

According to Kamil, every book on the subject claimed that there were cannonballs inserted into the foundations of the bridge. However, when it was renovated, no such things were found.

The roads and paths of the park were intentionally designed like that in order to prevent horse and carriage races. The designers foresaw the people’s need for speed, and tried to act accordingly.

New York: The Financial Capital of the World

New York skyline

The International Monetary Fund defines an International Financial Center as a place that has: the capability to facilitate advanced payment systems, support large domestic economies, deep liquid markets where both the sources and uses of funds are present, adequate legal frameworks to look after the interests of the investors/traders coming there for business. In other words, a financial center is a location, which is home to a group of nationally, and internationally acclaimed financial services, banks or stock exchanges. Only a location that is geographically well connected to the other parts of the world can be nominated as the financial capital of the world.

New York fulfills the above requirements with incredible accuracy. It is a port city and, therefore, is well-connected to other parts of the world. It is also a financial hub of the participants dealing with financial markets. Such participants include banks, investment managers, and central banks. At such hubs, trading activity may occur at exchanges. Clearinghouses may participate in such trading. This does not mean that over the counter transactions between participants are avoided. They are also regularly occurring in such hubs.  These hubs may host advisory services companies, companies participating in other areas of finance like private equity, reinsurance. Such centers may serve both the domestic and international markets and may involve domestic as well as international players. They may trade in either domestic or international instruments like Eurobonds.

Although, there are historically four international financial centers namely London, /Amsterdam, Paris and New York, the ones at New York and London stand out as among the leading ones. Though there is a lot of competition from other two centers, these two have retained their position. What is more, people are even talking of the role these two financial centers played in the global financial crisis of 2007-08. While New York City represents Wall Street and therefore, is still described as a leading financial center, but the fact remains that with a multi-polar world order and other centers like London breathing at its neck, it will not be long before New York is replaced as the financial capital of the world. However, until that happens, New York will enjoy the distinction of being largest center for the trading of public equity and debt.

Additionally, it still enjoys being the home of two of the largest stock exchanges in the world namely the NYSE and the NASDAQ. The New York Federal Reserve Bank located in the city is responsible for implementing the US Monetary Policy. Therefore, it has a great influence on world economy.

Because of New York being the financial capital of the world, majority of the people come here to visit the city for business purposes. Although, there are places of tourist interest in New Yoy, business is and will remain the main objective of people visiting New York. Due to its position as a global financial center, other industries like hospitality, healthcare, transport get a fillip and their revenues improve. On the other hand, if there is any recessionary trend in New York, it will reflect worldwide.

New York – America’s Economic and Cultural Hub

New York, the most popular state of the United States of America is bordered by it’s neighbours – New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The state is known by its popular city – New York City, which is known for being the economic and financial hub of the United States. It is a global city known worldwide for its commerce, finance, media, fashion, art, education, technology, research, and entertainment. Due to these, New York City has become an important centre for international diplomacy as well as for being the cultural and financial capital of the world.

Due to New York’s reputation for being one of the commercially and renowned cities in the world it has earned its name for being a popular tourist destination. Tourists worldwide flock to New York to witness its various monuments and sites, four of which have often been termed as the top 10 most visited tourist attractions.

Empire State Building

Top Tourist Attractions in New York 

•    Statue of Liberty – The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States by the French in honor of their developed friendship during the French Revolution. The statue has been cast as an American symbol of freedom. It is one of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions. A limited number of 240 tickets are offered per day for visitors to witness the Statue’s crown hence, it is advised to book the tickets in advance.

•    Empire State Building – A prime attraction spot, the Empire State Building attracts nearly 4 million visitors each year. The Building provides a panoramic view of the City and its surrounding areas. The observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors offer the two highest vantage points in Manhattan.

•    Grand Central – Grand Central has earned a name for being both an integral NYC transit hub and an example of Beaux-Arts architecture. The Station has its inception in 1913 and has today, revamped itself to include even shops, dining and a small transit museum available to visitors. Its noteworthy architecture makes Grand Central a special destination, which can be visited free of cost. Various free tours including audio and guided tours are available.

•    Central Park – Spread over 843 acres, the Park attracts nearly 40 million people annually, who visit to get away from the hustle-bustle of New York City for more than 150 years. The Park offers one various activity such as free guided tours by the Central Park Conservancy, picnics and even music concerts.

•    Times Square –The neighbourhood attracts more than 400,000 people daily and 50 million visitors annually. It has become more pedestrian-friendly with lesser traffic, more plazas with seating arrangements for watching and food carts offering fast food. The neighbourhood also houses various formal dining options.

•    Metropolitan Museum of Art – The MET houses more than 2-million works of art from around the world attracting over 6 million visitors annually. The Museum offers free daily tours too.

Other famous attractions include the Museum of Modern Arts, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, American Museum of Natural History and the Rockefeller Centre.

Top 10 Attractions In New York City

Statue of Liberty

New York is packed with fun things to do. From visiting Empire state building to rowing boats in Central Park to a casual stroll around Times Square at night, this city has a lot to offer. It keeps on reinventing itself to ensure you have a distinctly unique experience every time you visit. Below are the city’s gems, one can’t afford to miss on a trip to New York City:

Grand Central Terminal:
One of the most beautiful train stations ever built as well as an important historic landmark of the city. Most of the train journeys begin from Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station receiving over 21 million commuters/visitors annually. Call in for a quick look or board the train to experience the journey- for whatever reasons, it’s worth a visit.

Brooklyn Bridge:
Completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. A walk through the bridge will leave you enchanted, with its beauty, sparkling water, sunsets, sailboats and much more.

The Empire State Building:
One of the most iconic buildings of the New York City, it’s known for its 103 years presence and as the world’s tallest building built since 40 years. Though, you might have seen it a lot of times in the movies, there’s absolutely nothing like observing it in reality to feel its vibrancy, aura and royalty.

Rockefeller Centre:
Officially declared as the National landmark, it offers a 360-degree city view and consists of 19 commercial buildings. It’s home to various NY events, and is said to be one of the most popular attractions in New York City.

The High Line:
A relatively new attraction in New York City, The High line is a 2km long green space, formerly a railway station converted into a park. The former west sideline tracks from Gansevoort Street to the Meatpacking District and Chelsea, gives an amazing view of Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building.

Times Square:
One of the most popular attractions of New York City, Times Square boasts of brash and busy lives. If you’re going here for a visit, I recommend that you visit at night-time when it’s all lit- up and have a cheery vibe, with bands playing, people dancing and what not.

Statue of Liberty:
The Statue of Liberty is a neoclassic sculpture gifted by France to the United States on October 28th, 1886. If you wish a closer look at the statue, you’ll need to buy tickets to Liberty Island. However, one can get its glimpse from the distance without paying a buck from Staten Island Ferry.

World Trade Centre Memorial:
Popularly known as 9/11 memorial, this museum pays tribute to the victims who lost their lives in a tragic happening on September 11, 2009. From the minute you’ll set foot inside the museum, you’ll begin to feel the importance and gravity of the events unfolded here. It’s unlike any other museum in the world and is a must visit for an educational and historical experience.