Sights to See
While there are countless places to visit in New York City, a fare share of them are easily to be found in Midtown Manhattan.
Empire State Building
Visiting the Empire State Building is a New York City rite of passage. With an 86th-floor outdoor observatory deck boasting iconic views of Manhattan and beyond, there’s a good reason why the skyscraper remains one of the must-visit destinations in town. Other attractions within the space include the 102nd floor indoor observation deck and the Dare to Dream exhibit, honoring the thousands of folks who built the 1,454-foot building.
20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles
Just south of Madison Square Park is this famously photo-friendly triangular renaissance palazzo. The 22-story edifice is clad in white terracotta: its light color was revealed again by cleaning and restoration in the early 1990s. Some believe that the building was named after the eponymous neighborhood; but in reality, the surrounding area was christened in honor of the structure, which was the world’s first steel-frame skyscraper.
175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Distance from hotel: 1.0 mile
Bryant Park is a beloved, year-round New York City destination situated directly behind the New York Public Library. Known as Manhattan’s Town Square, the park is famous for its lush seasonal gardens, free activities and al fresco dining. Depending on when you are visiting, there are several seasonal markets such as the cold-weather Winter Village and the springtime Makers Market. Additional events include outdoor fitness classes and regular “movies under the stars” screenings.
40th and 42nd Streets, Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Distance from hotel: 1.2 miles
Grand Central Terminal
This beautiful and instantly-recognizable Beaux-Arts train terminal is the nation’s biggest transit hub and one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Even if you aren’t taking a train, be sure to check out the enormous main concourse, with its oversized windows and pristinely painted ceiling. And if you’re in the mood for a bite, the station is home to the famed Grand Central Oyster Bar as well as both a bakery and fine-dining restaurant by legendary Scandinavian chef and Noma co-founder Claus Meyer.
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Distance from hotel: 0.8 miles
The Morgan Library and Museum
The one-time private library of city financier J. Pierpont Morgan, the Morgan Library & Museum holds a variety of exhibitions drawn from its own collections and from those of other institutions. Also, on the program are regular musical performances, lectures, readings, films, family programs, and tours—many of which are held in the library’s theater, the Gilder Lehrman Hall. The space was renovated in 2006 by famed architect Renzo Piano, bringing in more natural light and expanding the exhibition space.
225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles
The United Nations
See the world-famous diplomatic collective in action at the UN. Designed by famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the 39-story Secretariat Building is the most visually stunning building from the outside, though visitors are not allowed inside. You can, however, book a tour of the General Assembly Hal, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council Chamber,
46th St & 1st Ave, New York, NY 10017
Distance from hotel: 0.8 miles
The New York Public Library
Discover the flagship building of The New York Public Library—one of the world’s great libraries. A magnificent example of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, this library has symbolized the democratic ideal of free and open access to knowledge since it opened to the public in 1911. Today, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building welcomes millions of visitors a year from across the world who find inspiration in its majestic public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions.
476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles
The National Museum of Mathematics
Mathematics illuminates the patterns that abound in our world. The National Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics. Even if you didn’t love math in school, the museum’s dynamic exhibits, interactive installations, and educational programs help showcase real-world applications of those algorithms and formulas, bridging the scientific inquiry with human curiosity.
11 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010
Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles
Central Park Zoo
Central Park has something for everyone in the family, from the marathon-running fitness guru to the sun-bathing picnic enthusiast and the lovebirds who want to row a boat together in the lake. The whole family will enjoy the Central Park Zoo, a fantastic destination for kids and parents alike. The zoo attracts over a million visitors a year, who come to see notable exhibits like the Alison Maher Stern Snow Leopard exhibit, which showcases these big predator cats navigating the steep rocky terrain similar to that of their habitat in the wild. Then there’s the sea lion pool, Tisch children’s zoo, and a rainforest tropic zone.
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E 64th St and 5th Ave, New York, NY 10021
Distance from hotel: 1.9 miles