New York City: Sights & Places of Interest


& History

Don't think you can see all of New York in five days. The “city that never sleeps” can keep crazed tourists up all hours running from one landmark to the next. No one can see it all, So relax, be selective and just enjoy yourself. Be aware that the Statue of Liberty can be a time sink for weekend travelers. Between lines and ferry rides, a visit to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty can literally take all day. Everything in New York can be reached by taxi or public transportation - don’t rent a car.


Leah has put together some suggested itineraries for you.
Click on the items highlighted in yellow for more information.


1 Day Tour

If you only have one day in New York first visit the top of the Empire State Building to take in the entire city in one panoramic glance. Stroll up Fifth Avenue, past the New York Public Library Humanities and Social Sciences Library (closed Sunday) at 5th & 42nd Street and step inside to take a look at the gleaming Main Reading Room. Walking east on Forty-Second Street takes you to Grand Central Station, a hub of activity and an architectural wonder. Move on to the Chrysler Building, at 405 Lexington Avenue & 42nd, an Art Deco beauty has no observation deck, but the elegant lobby faced with African marble is worth a visit; the ceiling mural salutes transportation and human endeavor. Continue east to the United Nations. Make your way back west to Rockefeller Center Between 48th and 50th Sts, from Fifth to Sixth Aves, then across Fifth Avenue to St. Patrick's Cathedral and into Saks Fifth Avenue. The Museum of Modern Art (closed Wednesday) stands a few blocks away, and to the south Times Square lights up as night falls. Walk down Seventh Avenue to take in all the bright sights on your way to a Broadway show.

2 Day Tour


If You Have 2 Days, spend the first day as suggested above. In the morning Fine art and the finer things in life beckon, starting at the magnificent Metropolitan Museum of Art (closed Monday). You could easily spend a whole day here, but tear yourself away and choose between the Guggenheim and the Whitney. If you choose the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thursday), that giant spiral filled with modern art, meander over to pricey and chic Madison Avenue afterward and shop your way down to 59th Street. If, instead, you walk southwest from the Met to the Whitney Museum of American Art (closed Monday), Bloomingdale's is just a quick southeast jaunt away. After exploring the museums, head to the southeast corner of Central Park, called Grand Army Plaza. Along the western edge stands the Plaza hotel, across the way from F.A.O Schwarz. After dinner, take a short walk along the edge of Central Park, or hail a hansom cab for a carriage ride.

3 Day Tour


If You Have 3 Days, spend the first 2 days as outlined above. On the third day, start early, with a visit to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty on the Circle Line, and take a quick spin around the Wall Street area. Next head northwest to bustling, colorful Chinatown on your way to gallery- and shop-filled SoHo. Cruise through trendier and less expensive Nolita, then up to the East Village. When you've had your fill of funky, walk west to the historic sights and winding streets of Greenwich Village. Stay downtown for dinner in a Village eatery or a Soho hotspot, then dance the night away before you bid the city goodbye.

4 Day Tour


If You Have 4 Days, spend the first 3 days as outlined above. In the morning of the fourth day, visit Madame Tussauds New York City! 

5 Day Tour


If You Have 5 Days, spend the first 4 days as outlined above. On the fifth day, try to catch up on the things you missed. If you have time left - 

  Empire State Building EMPIRE STATE BUILDING is cemented in both New York and U.S. History. Built during the Depression, the building was the center of a competition between Walter Chrysler (Chrysler Corp.) and John Jakob Raskob (creator of General Motors) to see who could build the tallest building. Completed in 1931 in Art Deco style, this building has become an "Ambassador to New York." Today about 20,000 people work in the Empire State Building, and more than 3.8 million people visit its observation decks annually. We recommend you visit during weekdays or after 5pm to avoid crowds and significant waiting lines. 
Address: 350 5th Avenue
  United Nations UNITED NATIONS offers guided tours (given in 20 languages) that last 45 minutes to an hour and take you to the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber and introduce the history and activities of the United Nations and its related organizations. Be sure to take a few moments after your tour and stroll through the windswept park and plaza, the beautiful riverside promenade, the rose garden with 1,400 rosebushes, and sculptures donated by member nations. An hour-long guided tour  is the main visitor attraction.
1st Ave. and 46th St.
(212) 963 7713

Tour Hours: D
aily 9:15am - 4:45pm
Admission: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $4 students 13-18, $1.50 kids 6-12
Children 5 & Under are not permitted in the UN.
Web site

New York Public Library

"Welcome to the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, one of four Research Libraries of The New York Public Library. Our vast collections contain scholarly, popular, and ephemeral materials in the humanities and social science disciplines. To support you in your research, we also provide first-rate research assistance from trained professionals. This website describes many of the collections and services available both at the Library and online, to help you find and access the information you need."
(, 11-06-03)
The library also houses several interesting displays for the avid art and historian! Please contact the library for current display information.
Address: Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street              
Phone: (212) 930 0830     
  Grand Central Station Grand Central Station, Individual Tours: Every Wednesday at 12:30 pm, there is a free tour catering to the individual run by the Municipal Arts Society. Meet at the information booth on the Grand Concourse. For more information on this tour call (212) 935-3960. Every Friday at 12:30pm, there is a free tour catering to the individual which is run by the Grand Central Partnership. Meet on 42nd Street in front of the Phillip Morris/ Whitney Museum across the street from Grand Central. For more information on this tour call (212) 697-1245.
Grand Central Terminal hours of operation: Opened daily from 5:30am - 1:30am.
Grand Central Dining Concourse: Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm. Hours of operation and holiday schedules may vary.
Grand Central Market:  Monday - Friday 7:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm,
Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm. Holiday schedules may vary.
Useful Telephone Numbers: Grand Central Event Hotline (212) 340-2210
Jones Lang LaSalle Retail Management Office (212) 340-2345
New York City Transit, Travel Information Center (718) 330-1234
Location: 110 E. 42nd St.  New York, New York 10017 (E. 42nd St. & Park Ave.)

  Chrysler Building The Chrysler Building is one of the World's most famous skyscrapers. With original and intricate design, the Chrysler Building is a must see on every architect, art or history lovers list of things to see in New York City!

Address: 405 Lexington Ave. (between 42nd and 43rd streets)  New York, New York
For more information:
  Rockefeller Center The Rockefeller Center has played a big part in the history of New York City. From the works of art to the famous ice skating rink. The Rockefeller Center houses NBC, Radio City Music Hall and many more exciting venues. Other things to see along the route include the beautiful Channel Gardens, artwork of Swiss Carl Miles, Giacomo Manzu, Lee Lawrie and Robert Garrison, plus much much more!
Phone: General Info: (212) 332 6868 or Information Line: (212) 632 3975
Rockefeller Center Tour Hours (involves cost for tour):
Mon - Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm (depart every 60 minutes)
Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm (depart every 60 minutes)
  Saint Patrick's Cathedral Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest Catholic Cathedral in the United States, having seating for up to 2,500 people. Designed in the Gothic tradition of European churches of the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, St. Patrick's Cathedral is truly an architectural and religious cornerstone of American History.
Address: 5th Avenue at 50th Street
Phone: (212) 753 - 2261
Hours: Daily 7:30am - 8:30pm. Church services: Weekdays: 7:00am, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, Noon, 12:30pm, 1:00 and 5:30; Saturday: 8:00am, 8:30, Noon, 12:30pm and 5:30; Sunday: 7:00sm, 8:00, 9:00, 10:15, Noon, 1:00pm, 4:00, 5:30.
  Museum of
 Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art houses some of the most important art of this century. The rotating displays feature artwork of Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet. With more than 100,000 and artwork from as far back as the 1880s, the museum also has works from Andy Warhol, Dali, and Wyeth. A special feature includes the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.
Special exhibits on film library and sculpture are also housed in the museum.

Address: 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th avenues
Phone: (212) 708-9400
Hours: Daily except Wednesday, 10:30am - 5:45pm; Friday, 10:30am - 8:15pm; closed: Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  Saks Fifth Avenue Saks Fifth Avenue is one of the most famous retailers in the world! Known for elegance and dressing people in style since 1902, Saks Fifth Avenue specializes in men's and women's clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances and accessories.

Address: 611 Fifth Avenue (at 50th Street)
Phone: (212) 753 4000
Hours: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 10am-6:30pm; Thu 10am-8pm
  Times Square Times Square is the entertainment capitol of the world! There is so much activity going on in Times Square all of the time! From shopping and fine dining, to a spectacular nightlife and live shows!
Websites for up to minute information:
  Madame Tussauds Madame Tussauds New York - In a city with millions of things to see and do, there is only one place where everyday over 200 world-famous celebrities* line up to provide you with the experience of a lifetime: become a star at Madame Tussauds New York, 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment located in the heart of Times Square.
234 West 42nd Street 
Between 7th & 8th Avenues

New York City, New York  USA
Tel: (212) 512 9600
US Toll Free: 1 800 246 8872
Fax: (212) 719 9440

  Statue of Liberty  


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