There are almost 300 places of interest in the area of interest, they range from the bustling New York Stock Exchange, and from historic synagogues to dazzling skyscrapers.
The following content will provide a time-saving guide to New York's most interesting sights.
Museums and architecture each have a section, and there are guides to the people and cultures that have given the city it's unique character. Each sight is cross-referenced to its own full entry. Below are the top ten tourist attractions to start you off.
New York's Top Ten:
1. Ellis Island
2. Empire State Building
3. South Street Seaport
4. Rockefeller Centre
5. Museum of Modern Art
6. Central Park
7. Metropolitan Park
8. Statue of Liberty
9. Brooklyn Bridge
10. China Town
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Half of America's population can trace it's roots to Ellis Island, which served as the country's immigration depot from 1892 until 1954. Nearly 12 million people passed through its gates and dispersed across the country in the greatest wave of migration the world has ever known.
Centred on great hall or Registry Room, the site today houses the three story Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Much of this story is told with photos and the voices of actual immigrants, and an electronic database traces ancestors. Outside, the American Immigrant Wall of Honor is the largest wall of names in the world. No other place explains so well the "melting point" that formed the character of the nation.
Visit early to avoid the crowds.
Departure every 30 minutes.
Timings: 9.30am - 3.30pm summer (winter hours vary).
Empire State Building:
The Empire State Building is the tallest skyscraper in New York. Construction began in March 1930, not long after the Wall Street Crash, and by the time it opened in 1931, space was so difficult to rent that it was nicknamed "the Empire State Building." Only the immediate popularity of the observatories saved the building from bankruptcy - to date, they have attracted more than 120 million visitors - and soon became a symbol of the city the world over.