NYC. The grandeur of America.
The nation’s largest city since 1790, and one of the most populous in the world, New York is an overwhelming metropolis. Divided into five main boroughs, students have access to unique and diverse enclaves all in one bustling location. With its expansive pedestrian and mass transit routes, students can be exposed to our symbol of liberty at Liberty Island, the heart of banking on Wall Street, or the flashing lights of Times Square. To view the entire city would take years, but any trip to New York is time well spent.
Below are just a few of this area's top attractions.
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Times Square Walking Tour
According to Travel + Leisure, Times Square is the world’s most visited tourist attraction. At the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Times Square in midtown Manhattan is a dazzling display of lights and people.
Empire State Building Observatory
The world’s tallest building until 1972, The Empire State Building rises to 102 stories. Visitors to the 86th floor observatory will gain a commanding view of New York City and the harbor.
With an estimated concentration of nearly 100,000 people, Chinatown is home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of Chinese people in the western hemisphere. Visitors to Chinatown can expect authentic cuisine, language, and culture.
Located in lower Manhattan, Little Italy contains a historically active Italian heritage. Today, Italian shops and restaurants dot the streets and offer visitors a taste of Old World Italy.
Wall Street is the financial heart of New York City. Home to NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange, and the American Stock Exchange, Wall Street has become synonymous with American finance and trade.
South Street Seaport
Designated as a historical district, the South Street Seaport features some of Manhattan’s oldest architecture. Visitors can shop in restored mercantile buildings, catch a glimpse of the Brooklyn Bridge, or see the South Street Seaport Museum.
Central Park occupies over 800 acres in the center of Manhattan. Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux masterminded the park renovations in 1858 and completed the current layout in 1873. Central Park is the nation’s most visited urban park with 35 million visitors annually.
Visitors can watch a play in one of 40 professional theaters in the theatre district of New York. Plays on Broadway are widely considered the highest level of commercial theatre and garner over $1 billion in annual sales.
Comprised of 19 commercial buildings and over 20 acres in the heart of New York City, Rockefeller Center is home to the Today show on NBC, Radio City Music Hall, and the iconic winter ice skating rink from movies like Home Alone: Lost in New York and Elf.
Known simply as “the Village,” Greenwich Village is located on the west side of Lower Manhattan. The Village is known for its upper-middle class neighborhoods and welcoming bohemian, artistic atmosphere.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in the New York harbor. A gift from France in 1886, visitors can take a short ferry ride and visit this icon of our nation’s freedom.
Ellis Island was the nation’s busiest immigration center from 1892 to 1954. In 1990 the island incorporated the Immigration Museum. Guests can view the Great Hall where immigrants would stand before admittance into New York, as well as see other immigration artifacts.