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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New York Botanical Garden

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Every city park offers its own brand of verdant escapism, but this lush expanse goes beyond landscaped flora. In addition to housing swaths of vegetation—including the 50-acre forest, featuring some of the oldest trees in the city—the garden cultivates

  1. Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
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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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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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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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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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Brooklyn Museum

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RECOMMENDED: Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn’s premier institution is a less-crowded alternative to Manhattan’s bigger-name spaces. Among the museum’s many assets is a 4,000-piece Egyptian collection, which includes a gilded-ebony statue of Amenhotep III and, on the ceiling, a large-scale rendering

  1. 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
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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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