Here are my choices for the most important tourist attractions in the Big Apple. A photo album will follow at a later date.
1. Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island. Take a ferry from either Battery Park, in Lower Manhattan, or from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The ferry also stops at Ellis Island, the former processing center for immigrants arriving in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century.
2. Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street in Mid-town Manhattan. Get tickets online prior to your visit to reduce the wait time.
3. Metropolitan Museum, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Uptown Manhattan. This is one of the world’s best museums.
4. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), 11 W. 53rd Street, Mid-town Manhattan.
5. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street. The largest collection of dinosaurs in the world, the Hayden Planetarium and more — just an incredible venue.
6. Times Square, Broadway and Seventh Avenue, from 42nd to 47th Streets. This Mecca for all that is glitzy and strange is an experience just to walk through.
7. Central Park, from 59th Street to 110th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. The park is great for strolling, people-watching, and offers many activities, from boat rides to horseback riding to a zoo.
8. Bronx Zoo, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road, the Bronx. One of the world’s greatest zoos, it covers over 250 acres and includes a dizzying variety of creatures from around the world.
9. See a Broadway Play at any of a large number of theaters in the Times Square area.
10. United Nations Building, 46th Street and First Avenue, Mid-town Manhattan. The location of this international organization, created after the World War II, offers visitors the opportunity to see this world stage and the gifts of various countries which adorn its corridors and walls.
Other sights considered:
Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue and 49th Street
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue and 50th Street
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road
Sony Wonder Lab, 550 Madison Avenue, Mid-town Manhattan
Museum of Television and Radio, 25 W. 52nd Street
Gugghenheim Museum, Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, Uptown Manhattan
Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Museum, Pier 86, W.46th Street and 12th Avenue
Chinatown, large area in Lower Manhattan, toward the East side