NYC Landmarks

By | October 11, 2021

Broadway runs diagonally through Manhattan, from the southern tip at Battery Point, past Wall Street and One World Trade Center, through the SoHo district, past the Empire State Building and the Times Square theater districtto Central Park.

Statue of Liberty (Statue of Liberty) and Ellis Iceland:
Take the ferry to get from Battery Park in Manhattan or from Liberty State Park in New Jersey to Liberty Iceland. The ferries run daily from 8.30 a.m., long queues are the norm. From July 4th, 2009 the crown of the Statue of Liberty will also be open to visitors again after almost 8 years. A steep spiral staircase with 171 steps leads to the crown. Initially, 30 tourists per hour should be allowed access to the crown (3 groups of 10 visitors per hour). Ferry and entry permits can be made in advance for a fee be booked online.

Empire State Building:
Built in Art Deco style, it is still “the” skyscraper in the city, even if it is only 381 m high. On the 86th floor there is a fully glazed viewing platform for you with this link buy a ticket (US $ 29.00) which can be redeemed at any time. The big advantage: you don’t have to queue!

The Empire State Building has an observation deck on the 102nd floor. There is a display board in the ticket office that shows the current visibility. The most interesting is a visit in the dark with a view of the sea of ​​lights.

One World Trade Center:
The two 412 m high, shiny silver twin towers of the World Trade Center on Church St. between Vesey and Liberty St. were among the highest in the world. On September 11, 2001, both towers were victims of a terrorist attack (2 hijacked passenger planes flew into them) and were completely destroyed. Around 3,000 people lost their lives in the process. At the beginning of November 2014 the newly created “One World Trade Center” was opened for the first tenants at the same location. At 541.3 meters high, it is the fourth tallest building in the world.

The viewing platform was also opened. There are also restaurants, shops, bars and an exhibition on the history of New York on floors 100, 101 and 102. At a height of 380 meters, the “One World Observatory” offers a grandiose 360-degree view of the world metropolis. Around three to four million visitors are expected each year. Tickets are to get hold of from 30 euros.

United Nations:
Near the East River, the United Nations Buidlung, the building of the United Nations, rises into the sky as an impressive colossus made of glass and steel. There are 45-minute free guided tours of the United Nations building. You can take a look into the halls in which the Security Council and the General Assembly meet. – A security check must be carried out beforehand. There are numerous works by important artists in the UN building (e.g. the Chagall windows in the foyer). The in-house restaurant has a lovely view of the river. The gardens by the river with their works of art are also worth a stroll.

South Street Seaport:
The old port of Manhattan is only used for tourism today. Sailing ships, restaurants and galleries are moored at Pier 17. The South Street Seaport Museum has history.

Fifth Avenue:
According to aparentingblog, the most famous street in New York after Broadway runs between Midtown and 57th Street as one of the most beautiful New York promenades, which is particularly ideal for window shopping. All the famous names in the world can be found on this shopping mile between 34th and 59th streets: Tiffany’s, Sak’s, Cartier, Steuben, Takashimaya and so on and so forth. If you have the change, you can easily get rid of it here. For the average consumer, questions about prices are more of a horror trip. On Fifth Avenue, between the monumental New York Public Library, which opened in 1911, and Central Park after Cartier, to the north is the Trump Tower, the grand tower of the former building lion, with its imposing five-story foyer made of orange marble, falling waterfalls and numerous boutiques. Bergdorf Goodman behind Tiffany’s has designer boutiques and FAO Schwarz fulfills every toy requirement. The Plaza Hotel at the Grand Army Plaza is the comfortable place to gain new strength for further exploration (if you lack the necessary “moss”, you should at least let the – publicly accessible – toilets work on you). Whoever has the most famous shops around 5th Avenue as their destination will receive an overview on the New York Shopping Walking Tour Map.

American Museum of Natural History:
An excellent science museum, the largest on earth, with the Rose Center and Hayden Planetarium. The collection comprises more than 30 million objects, from the skeleton of a dinosaur to the largest sapphire, the “Star of India”. The highlights of the exhibition are the Hall of Ocean Life on the ground floor, the Hall of Mexico and Central America with pre-Columbian artefacts, and the African Mammals Hall on the first floor.

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The art museum on the east side of Central Park is one of the most famous museums in the world, the dimensions are a little intimidating. As in the Louvre or the British Museum, several visits are necessary to get an overall impression. It is advisable to set priorities during a tour. Main attractions are the American Wing, the Astor Chinese Garden Court (a reconstruction from the Ming Dynasty), the Japanese Section, the Egyptian Temple of Dendera and the Rockefeller Wing with primitive art. The large rooms present not only paintings and sculptures, but also decorative art, furniture, weapons, costumes and ancient treasures. The most important information for a first visit is compiled by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On April 20, 2007, the MET opened a museum within a museum: a new presentation of Hellenistic, Etruscan and Roman art (Greek and Roman Galleries) in the Lamont Wing at the south end of the main building. The focal point is the Leon Levy and Shelby White Court, which was renovated for $ 250 million. The architect Kevin Roche raised the original wing by one story and added huge windows. The frescoed bedroom from Villa Boscoreale, buried by Vesuvius, the so-called “Badminton Sarcophagus”, whose reliefs show Dionysus with satyrs and maenads, and an Etruscan bronze chariot with depictions of the life of Achilles, which was assembled incorrectly for decades, are also particularly beautiful was.

Museum of Modern Art:
Best museum of modern art in the USA at Rockefeller Center. In order not to have to queue, you can buy a ticket here in advance (from US $ 23.55). An approximately three-hour tour gives a complete overview of the art of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The spectrum ranges from van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to Picasso’s “Desmoiselles d´Avignon”. On the second floor a room with Monet’s water lilies and on the fourth floor a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House. From the inner courtyard, the sculpture garden, you have a beautiful view of the nearby skyline; There is also a cafe here. The entrance fee has increased dramatically. Instead of the previous $ 12 entrance fee, $ 20 will now be charged, the highest museum entrance fee in New York so far. The reason for this is the cost situation of the museums, which have complained of a decline in visitors since September 21, 2001 and its consequences. Falling income contrasts with increasing expenses. According to the museum, admission prices only cover 15 to 17 percent of all expenses. MoMA grants free entry every Friday, the ticket office is closed from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., so entry is free for everyone. Young people and children up to the age of 16 are admitted free of charge, but only if they are accompanied by an adult. Incidentally, of the roughly 1,200 art museums in the USA, only about 42 percent are supposed to charge entry fees at all. The most important information for a first visit is compiled by Young people and children up to the age of 16 are admitted free of charge, but only if they are accompanied by an adult. Incidentally, of the roughly 1,200 art museums in the USA, only about 42 percent are supposed to charge entry fees at all. The most important information for a first visit is compiled by Young people and children up to the age of 16 are admitted free of charge, but only if they are accompanied by an adult. Incidentally, of the roughly 1,200 art museums in the USA, only about 42 percent are supposed to charge entry fees. provides the most important information for a first visit: What to See at The Museum of Modern Art.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

The “Ellis Islands National Museum of Immigration” presents the history of immigration to the United States. Ellis Island has been open to the public as such since 1965, and as a museum since 1990. For many years the island was the seat of the immigration authorities for the state and the city of New York. Between 1892 and 1954, around 12 million immigrants passed through the island, which is now primarily owned by tourists. Would you like to visit the island and the museum? This way.

Rockefeller Center:
A complex of 21 skyscrapers with the sculpture of the “golden Prometheus” that hovers over the sunken, flag-decorated Sunken Plaza. The Sunken Plaza is a lively meeting place, a cafe in summer and an ice rink in winter. In the Rockefeller Center you will find underground shopping malls, the Radio City Music Hall with 6000 seats and the NBC TV station. The tallest building is the RCA Building. At the beginning of December, the “Christmas Tree Lighting”, which opens the Christmas season, is famous. The site was leased from John D. Rockefeller in 1928. He commissioned the architect Raymond Hood with the development of the area, who realized this between 1932 and 1940. With the skyscrapers rising into the sky, a city emerged within the city. Between 1947 and 1973 five more skyscrapers were built, today there are 21 interconnected skyscrapers. The latest attraction is the Rockefeller Center’s viewing platform, which has reopened after 19 years: Top of the Rock, the most beautiful viewpoint in town. With this link In order to avoid waiting times, you can get a ticket for the Top-of-the-rock viewing platform secure (from US $ 29.00). The view is most spectacular at night. The viewing deck is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to midnight. Admission is $ 14 for adults and $ 9 for children ages six to eleven.

St. Patrick´s Cathedral:
With a tower height of almost 101 meters, St. Patrick’s Cathedral directly opposite the Rockefeller Center looks shy, but it is the tallest Catholic church in the USA. The exterior is based on the high Gothic style of Cologne Cathedral, while the interior is primarily based on French sacred architecture. The windows were imported from Chartres and Nantes; the rose window above the portal measures 8 meters. The inside of the nave is 110 meters long. Dedicated to the Irish national saint, St. Patrick, the church was built from light marble in 1858-1888. In the interior, the vaults of which are supported by strong marble columns, there is space for 2,500 people. Inside, the main altar spanned by a canopy and consecrated in 1942 and numerous side altars are impressive. The figure of the founder of the order of the “Sisters of Charity” is remarkable, Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), the first American woman to be canonized. More than 9,000 pipes produce the sound of the main organ.

Whitney Museum of American Art

The “Whitney Museum of American Art” opened in 1931 with around 700 works of art, now there are around 20,000. In 2015 the museum moved to a new building designed by Renzo Piano in the Meatpacking District, which cost nearly 700 million US dollars. You can see installations, video art, photographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings and prints. But the “Whitney Museum of American Art” also has a lot to offer from the outside; its architecture is special.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:
A museum with impressive architecture thanks to the spiral construction by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, north of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park. Many visitors compare the Guggenheim Museum to an oversized snail shell, others recognize it as a huge white flower pot. Visitors begin their tour at the top and walk down a spiral ramp. The museum goes back to the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim. The industrialist opened a small museum with contemporary, avant-garde art as early as 1939. Today the Guggenheim Museum has one of the largest collections of European art of the 20th century. Works by Klee, Manet, Renoir, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Braque and others are on display, in particular 210 works by Wassily Kandinsky.

Museums in New York City (website):
A directory of the many museums in New York, organized by district, exhibition category, or alphabetically.

Skyscraper Museum:
At the southern tip of the Battery Park City Quarter is the Architecture Museum, which is dedicated to the large vertical buildings.

New York City Police Museum:
The Police Museum has been open to the public since February 2002. It shows, among other things, famous criminal cases and ways of combating drugs.

Grand Central Station:
New York’s main train station was built in 1853 as a station for suburban trains and is now not only one of the busiest squares in the city but also an attraction in itself. The underground area between East 42nd Street and Park Avenue covers around 30 hectares. Every day around 250,000 people flow through the main hall with the clock tower (clock with a diameter of 3.65 m) in the middle. There are numerous, even unusual, shopping opportunities and a variety of restaurants on two levels. The train station is open daily from 5.30 a.m. to 1.30 a.m., the shops usually from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. A comprehensive traveler guide for Grand Central Station in English can be found on the website of

Museum of Arts and Design:
In September 2008, the Museum of Arts and Design opened at Columbus Circle on the southwestern edge of Central Park. The house shows craft, art and design on 5,000 square meters.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York:
On November 24, 2008, a branch of the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” from Cleveland was opened in the SoHo district. The exhibits include Bruce Springsteen’s “1957 Chevy” and Elvis Presley’s motorcycle jacket. The exhibition has meanwhile been closed again, there are only certain tours left.

Circle Line:
A three-hour boat tour around Manhattan provides a good overall impression of the island and the metropolis. The explanations are in English.

Roosevelt Island Tram:
You get a completely different view of the city when you take a cable car in New York City. It sounds unusual for this city, but it is possible and should not be missed when visiting the city. In 1976 the cable car was established as a means of transport for people working in Manhattan on the island and the train has now transported 30 million passengers, including many tourists. North of the Queensboro Bridge it starts right on the East River. You can’t miss the station (TramPlaza is 59th Street and Second Avenue). The trip takes 4.5 minutes and is up to 30 feet across the East River. With a small red bus you can explore the island, which costs just another 25 cents. 5 parks and 6 historical sites await the visitor on this pure residential island.

Guided city tours (Walking Tours, official website):
One of the traditional providers of bus tours through New York is Gray Line New York (including hop on – hop off bus tours). Since 2010 self-guided audio tours have also been part of the program. For $ 14.95 there is an MP 3 player with headphones and four preset tours (One World Trade Center / Financial District; Central Park / Columbus Circle / Strawberry Fields; Chinatown / Little Italy and Flatiron District / Madison Square Park). The MP3 players are available at the Gray Line Visitors Center, 777 8th Avenue, or the City Sights Tour Visitors Center in the Madame Tussauds lobby in Times Square. Info:

NYC Heritage Tourism Center:
At the southwestern tip of City Hall Park Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat / Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you are interested in the historical background of New York City, the Heritage Tourism Center offers exhibitions and oral and written information Free guided tours of Lower Manhattan every Tuesday from 12 noon. The tour lasts around 90 minutes and visits St. Paul’s Chapel and Newspaper Row, among others. The City Hall can be viewed on Wednesdays at 12 noon, and is otherwise not open to the public.

New York in 3 days:
Tips on visiting New York City in 3 days are in English the city’s official tourist website.

Echt New York (website):
Echt New York helps German-speaking visitors to experience the city more like a New Yorker. City tours off the beaten track, holiday apartments, help with getting married and learning English, shopping tours.

CityPass visitor program:
The CityPass visitor program is available in the tourist metropolises of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Hollywood. This allows you to visit the 6 biggest attractions in the city at a reduced price (approx. 50% discount on the regular admission, this discount also applies to seniors and children) and also has immediate access (bypassing the queues). You can get your pass for New York at following link purchase (from US $ 109.00). The CityPass allows you to visit six of New York City’s top attractions for nine consecutive days.

NYC Landmarks