New York's top attractions: The greatest sights in NYC

Whether you're a tourist, a local, or a wannabe-either, make the most of NYC with our guide to the truly unmissable New York attractions.

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Whether you're planning your first trip to NYC or you've lived here for decades, you'll find endless things to do at New York's top attractions. In this guide, we've picked the best of the best, from the iconic Statue of Liberty to a gorgeous graffiti haven, from the brand-new Barclays Center to the newly essential High Line. Click through for complete venue information and a guide to what's on at each.

The High Line

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions There’s something uniquely New York about this aerie. Built on an abandoned railway track, the space is ingenious in its use of reclaimed industrial detritus, a necessity in footage-starved Manhattan. But what we like best is how the pathway takes you

  1. Washington St at Gansevoort St, to Tenth Ave at 30th St
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Some city parks—Central and Prospect, most obviously—were built to replicate rustic fields and preserve serene woodland. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, was not—and that’s precisely why it has become so popular in the almost three years since it

  1. Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
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BLDG 92

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Located in a former military residence on the grounds of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this small museum chronicles the mighty history of the former shipbuilding center—which, at its peak during World War II, employed close to 70,000 people. Permanent exhibits

  1. 63 Flushing Ave, at Carlton Ave
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South Street Seaport

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions This historic harbor is home to the former Fulton Fish Market, the Seaport Museum, the country's largest privately owned fleet of historic ships and a shopping mall with retail stores and restaurants. It hosts outdoor concerts during the summer, as well as

  1. 19 Fulton St, at Front St
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American Museum of Natural History

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RECOMMENDED: American Museum of Natural History No matter which wing you wander through or where your curiosities lie (dinosaurs, gems or something else entirely), it’s hard to explore this Upper West Side fixture without being awestruck. You’ll immediately spot the rotunda’s hulking

  1. Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
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5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center (CLOSED)

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions This Long Island City warehouse, treated as a 200,000-square-foot canvas, is one of the world’s best places to see the full spectrum of spray-paint art. Ride a Queens-bound 7 train past the Hunters Point Ave stop for an elevated, panoramic view of the

  1. 45-46 Davis St, at Jackson Ave
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Central Park

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For your stroll, head to the 38-acre wilderness area on the west side of the park known as the Ramble. The area has a storied history (as a gay cruising spot dating back to the turn of the last century, among other things), and it was even proposed as a recreational area in the mid-'50s.

  1. 59th St to 110th St, between Fifth and Eighth Aves
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Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Give the city’s second-biggest park a day and it’ll show you the world: Its most enduring icon is the Unisphere, the mammoth steel globe created for the 1964 World’s Fair. But there’s also first-rate culture and sports at the New York Hall of

  1. 111th St to Van Wyck Expwy, between Flushing Bay and Grand Central Pkwy
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The Cloisters

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Set in a lovely park overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters houses the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections. A path winds through the peaceful grounds to a castle that seems to have survived from the Middle Ages. (It was built less than

  1. Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr
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Governors Island

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A seven-minute ride on a free ferry takes you to this seasonal island sanctuary, a scant 800 yards from lower Manhattan. Thanks to its strategic position in the middle of New York Harbor, Governors Island was a military outpost and off-limits to the public for 200 years. It finally opened to summer

  1. Governors Island
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