One of the most well known area of Manhattan...Times Square. Between 42nd and 48th street there is a spot where Broadway and seventh make a lazy "X"...that is where you will find Times Square.
Up until the mid to late 80s, Times Square was a bit "seedy" with it's porn, prositution corners, high crime and theft rate. However, after the resurgence of interest and a mega face lift, Times Square is back to it's former glory.
Times Square is residence to Good Morning America, MTV, WWE New York, ESPN Zone, Virgin Megastore, and the world's largest video screen, proported to be 8 stories tall.
Some well known eateries in Times Square are Chevy's Tex/Mex Grill, Applebee's, Planet Hollywood, Leo Lindy's, home of the Lindy's New York cheesecakes,and of course McDonalds.
And we must not forget...Times Square is the home of the ever popular Dick Clark's New Year's Eve Bash.
This is definitely worth a visit, if only to take a picture of the unique roof! It was so very crowded when I was there that the ticket booth has a queue of more than 10 people! I gave it a miss, and went to Metropolitan Museum of Art instead.
This is a MUST-SEE museum. Entrance fee is USD15.00 for adults and USD10 for children. Then again, it is only a "suggested" feee. Apparently you may choose to pay less! I just paid the 15 bucks. I spent 3 solid hours wandering around. It has beautiful painting, sculptures etc. The halls are (not exact name) Medieval Armour and Weaponry, Eastern (Tibet / Mongolian etc) artifects, Egyptian, American History, Renaissance etc. I love the paintings! They even have reproductions of the living room/ dining hall / bedrooms of castles in France, etc!
Who doesn't know Brooklyn Bridge ? Just take a subway to the Brooklyn Bridge station, and you can walk across. One way walk takes 20 minutes. Do it on a nice day, best if towards end of the day, as dusk falls. It would be too hot otherwise. Be sure to walk on the side designated for walkers, 'cause the other side is for cyclists only!
Central Park is a MUST-DO thing when you are in Manhattan. Particularly in spring, the cherry blossoms and other trees are flowering. It is beautiful! You have 2 choices: first take a subway towards Metropolitan Museum of Art (in the East side) and enter the park that way. Or Subway to the West side, and enter via Strawberry Fields. I recommend the Western route. This is because as you walk past Strawberry Fields, there is a little booth with a very helpful man in it who can give you tips and directions and a map of Central Park!
With the hit tv show all the rage in the U.S., we decided to drive by the famous Trump Tower to see if we would run into "The Don" and his apprentice...as luck would have it, we didn't see anyone. This luxury high rise is not only a place where the very rich live, but also where they shop...there are 5 levels in the grand atrium where you can find branches of some of the world's more exclusive shops.
Shipping magnate “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt purchased property between 42nd and 48th Streets, Lexington and Madison Avenue for construction of a new train depot and rail yard and in 1869, the Grand Central Depot was built (it opened in October 1871). But due to pollution problems, safety issues and the decline of the steam locomotives, a new more modern termainal was started in 1903...completed 10 years later. Today, Grand Central has become a midtown destination for restaurants, cocktail lounges, casual international eateries, specialty shops and of course...transportation.
New York's famous Empire State Building (a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark) soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan. Work on the building began on January 22, 1930 and it took 1 year and 45 days to complete the structure...with 103 floors, it is currently the tallest building in New York City.
If you are coming to New York city and want to really see and experience the events that only the locals know about check out this website - http://www.thelmagazine.com
This site is based off of a free zine that you can find I believe only south of Midtown (tourist trap). It has everything from artshows to theatre to music events, spoken word, everything.
The Washington Square Park, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is a very popular and crowded square. It is best known for its bohemian and rebellious character. The park looks seedy, has little green space and attracts vagrants, but people from all backgrounds still flock to the square. The two main attractions in the square are the fountain and the Washington arch. Great place to rest and take in the diverse atmosphere.
Here is the famous Radio City Music Hall. You can catch a great showor concert. There are also tours of the Hall Monday thur Saturday from 11:00am - 3:00pm. Check the website below for tour times & other information. This is a must see and visit on your trip here to NYC.
South Street Seaport is has it all. Alot of places to eat different styles of food & a great view of Manhanttan or Brooklyn. You can also take a ferry ride or catch one of the many tour buses located near by. Just west of South Street Seaport is Manhattan's Financial District.
There are many shops for souvenirs and great places for photo opportunities. Also near by is the Brooklyn Bridge. You can take the 4 train to Wall Street or the J Train to Broad Street.
Here is a scene from a walk in Central Park. Here you can walk and enjoy the ponds & nature that is all around this great park. The park is surrounded by towering buildings & apartments with excellent views of the park. You can also find a zoo & other points of interest in the park. There are buildings for resting, food, restroom.
This picture was taken Febuary 12th, during the art presentation of "The Gates". That runs currently in central park until Feb 27, 2005.
First of all it's the huge department store ever I think it's 9 stores where you can get lost with no problem,one side of it faces one street,another does another street,so imagine the size of it if it takes the whole street! The second thing is the shows in it for kids,after Thanksgiving we were on the puppet show that impressed my child & visited Santa & his workshop!
This park located near about a 10 min walk west of Grand Central Station, Bryant Park is a excellent place to come eat, relax on the lawn & take in the view of the city. Smaller than Central Park, Bryant Park is good if you want to take a few mins to rest before going to Times Square or the Empire State Building. All are located within minutes of each other. In the background is an annex of the New York Public Library.