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.

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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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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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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Rockefeller Center

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions You’ll find plenty of iconic New York sites in this multiblock complex: The ground level alone is home to the tourist-packed ice-skating rink, the bronze Atlas statue and the Today show plaza. Higher up, Top of the Rock rivals the Empire State Building in

  1. 48th to 51st Sts, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Brooklyn Bowl

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This bowling alley and live music venue fully embraces the new mania for local nostalgia. The space takes its design cues from Coney Island with old freak-show posters and carnival-game relics, and all of the beer sold inside—by Sixpoint, Kelso and the Brooklyn Brewery—is made in the borough.

  1. 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
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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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Discovery Times Square

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The Discovery Channel is one of the sponsors of this new large-scale exhibition center, which will offer limited-edition runs of exhibits from across the globe. The 60,000-square-foot space is housed in the former New York Times building, and includes a learning center, a space for special events

  1. 226 W 44th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
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The Statue of Liberty

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Lady Liberty—or Liberty Enlightening the World, as she’s officially known—was a gift from France on America’s 100th birthday. A universal symbol of freedom, the copper-plated sentinel stands 305 feet tall from the bottom of her base to the tip of her torch. The monument underwent

  1. Liberty Island
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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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