New York City has been dubbed “the city that never sleeps,” and why would you want to? There’s so much to see and do! NYC offers something for everyone, whether you’re a history nut, an architecture expert, a foodie or the life of the party. Since Brian Buffini’s Success Tour will be pulling into town, with special guest Mayor Rudy Giuliani, on September 9th and 10th before the cold and snow (well, fingers crossed, at least, if the spring was any indication), there will be tons to see and experience indoors and out. While Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty are popular destinations for many visitors to the Big Apple, there are tons of sights and activities to please even the fussiest traveler. So, down a cup of coffee or two and check out some of these attractions while you’re in town.
Must-See Places in the City
Breathe in some fresh air.
Take in some fresh air and nature at one of New York City’s beautiful urban parks. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the 843-acre Central Park is the city’s most famous, and has served as a model for urban parks around the world. Visit the Central Park Zoo (open 10 am to 5 pm; admission $18 for adults), Belvedere Castle (open 10 am to 5 pm) and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (10 am to 6pm, weather permitting; $3 per ride).
Head over to Brooklyn to Prospect Park, also designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. This 585-acre park offers unlimited opportunities for running, biking and fishing. It also includes a 250-acre natural forest—who says you can’t get in touch with nature in the city? While you’re over there, swing over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Tuesday – Friday, 8 am to 6 pm; admission $10 for adults)
Take in a live performance.
While you’re in the city, be sure to catch a show on Broadway. Current shows include The Lion King, Wicket, Jersey Boys and Chicago. The New York Times maintains a list of all Broadway shows currently running or that will open soon.
The Lincoln Center is another popular venue to catch a live performance. Catch Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a ballet featuring the National Ballet of Canada or enjoy some jazz from Peter and Will Anderson Quintet, who are playing part of the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. Ticket prices vary. Visit http://lc.lincolncenter.org/ for more information.
Get a heaping helping of culture.
There are so many museums in New York City that the world’s highest concentration of them—from East 82nd to East 105th—is known as the Museum Mile. Pop into the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Open daily, Sunday – Thursday 10 am to 5:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am to 9 pm; admission $25 for adults) then stop by the Guggenheim (Open Sunday – Wednesday & Friday 10 am to 5:45 pm, closed Thursdays, Saturday 10 am to 7:45 pm; admission $22 for adults) and the Museum of the City of New York (open daily 10 am to 6 pm; Admission is a suggested $10 for adults). Outside of the Museum Mile, you’ll find the Whitney Museum of American Art (Closed Monday & Tuesday, open Wednesday – Thursday & Saturday & Sunday 11 am to 6 pm and Friday 1 pm to 9 pm; admission $20 for adults), the Museum of Modern Art (Saturday –Wednesday 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, Thursday & Friday 10:30 am to 8 pm; Admission $25 for adults), and much more.
Check out the city skyline.
See New York City’s world famous skyline at the top of the Empire State Building. Open every day from 8am to 2am, the Empire State Building is one of the city’s most popular destinations. Beat the crowds by visiting when it first opens in the morning or waiting until late night. Tickets are $29 for adults for the Main Deck only.
For a different point of view, go to the Top of the Rock® observation deck at Rockefeller Center. It’s open from 8 am to midnight every day, and ticket prices are $29 for adults. If you’re interested in going, it’s suggested to purchase your tickets in advance.
Thirteen years ago, our country was changed forever when we experienced a terrorist attack of a magnitude never experienced on our soil in modern times. Out of the tragedy came stories of heroism, compassion and survival. Honor the lives of those lost with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum honors the lives lost on 9/11 and on February 26, 1993, the date of the previous terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Designed by Michael Arad of Handel Architects and Peter Walker and Partners, the 16-acre park symbolizes hope and remembrance. Reflecting pools are located within the footprints of the Twin Tower buildings, and are shaded by more than 400 trees selected specifically for the site. The names of the people who lost their lives are etched into bronze walls around the reflecting pools (If you’re searching for a specific name, go to www.911memorial.org to find it). The Survivor Tree, a pear tree that was found severely damaged at Ground Zero, was rehabilitated and replanted at the memorial site as symbol of resilience.
After you see the Memorial, go to the 9/11 Museum to learn more about what happened that day and experience the stories of the people who lost their lives, those who survived and those who risked their lives to save others, as well as the outpouring of compassion that occurred in the days and months that followed. The Museum was designed by New York City-based architectural firm DBB, and its pavilion was designed by SNØHETTA. While the museum strives to educate visitors about the events of the day, it also serves to give hope and foster compassion for all of humanity.
Regardless of which venue you’re visiting, be sure to bring tissues or expect to leave with a very wet sleeve (or two).
Admission: The Memorial is free; the Museum costs $24 for adults, $18 for seniors ages 65 and older, U.S. veterans and U.S. college students, $15 for children ages 7 to 17, and is free to 9/11 family members, rescue and recovery works and members of the museum. It’s strongly advised to purchase tickets for the museum ahead of time so that you can visit during your preferred date. Buy tickets for the Museum here.
Hours: The Memorial is open daily from 7:30 am to 9 pm; the Museum is open from May 21 to September 21 daily from 9 am to 9 pm and from September 22 to December 31 daily from 9 am to 7 pm. Visits take an average of two hours. Please be aware that the Museum tickets will be unavailable on September 10 & 11; however, you will still be able to visit the Memorial.
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