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YOUR NEW YORK BUCKET LIST
- Here are some of the best things to see and do in New York before you shuffle off this mortal coil. This is an unashamedly “tourist-y” list, but New York is one of those cities – like Paris and London – where you seriously need to check off some must-see sights. Our New York City hotel puts you in the heart of Manhattan, so finding the city’s legendary landmarks is a breeze. We’re three blocks from Times Square, 20 minutes’ walk from Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building, so whether you are visiting New York to take in a show on Broadway, to shop till you drop on Fifth Avenue, or to experience the world-class museums and galleries, the best of New York is never far away when you stay at YOTEL.
Statue of Liberty
- YOTEL New York is a short walk from Pier 83, where Circle Line Cruises set off on daily boat trips down the Hudson and past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty for the perfect the perfect selfie in front of the great icons of America. However, if you want to stop off at Liberty Island and Ellis Island, you’ll need to head down to the tip of Manhattan, where the official boats embark from Battery Park. You’ll need to be fairly fit to walk from the base of the statue to Liberty’s crown – the 162 steps of the confined spiral staircase are equivalent to climbing 20 floors. Thrill seekers might opt for a speedboat that takes past Liberty Island and back in just half an hour.
The Rockefeller Centre
- This Art Deco complex is an architectural masterpiece: the detail on and around the buildings is amazing. It really comes into its own at Christmas, when a huge tree is erected above the gold statue of Prometheus, which in turn looks down on an ice rink. Some of the best views of Manhattan are to be had from the Top of the Rock, an observation deck that is open between 8am and midnight – book your tickets online.
Grand Central Terminal
- One of the loveliest – and busiest – train stations in the world. Its main concourse and four-sided brass clock are perhaps its most famous parts, immortalised in many a movie (we love the waltzing commuters in The Fisher King); but look up to the barrel-vaulted ceiling and celestial mural; and make time for a bite to eat at the Oyster Bar & Restaurant. Grand Central Terminal is pretty much next door to…
Empire State Building
- Open 365 days a year from 8am to 2am, the Empire State Building has two observation decks: on the 86th floor, the main deck is the highest open-air observatory in the world; and 16 floors further up, the top deck reveals Manhattan in all her glory. Book ahead to make the most of your time in New York.
- The “lungs” of Manhattan cover more than 840 acres (340 hectares) and include a boating lake, Strawberry Fields, and Central Park Zoo, as well as statues such as the Angel of the Waters atop Bethesda Fountain and Alice in Wonderland with the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter. Various companies provide horse-and-carriage rides around the Park (and we promise not to snigger!). In the summer, you can enjoy free Shakespeare in the Park – if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket.
- On September 11 2001, the attacks on the Twin Towers resulted in the loss of 2,983 lives. This memorial to them – and those who risked their lives attempting to save others – is a sobering but very tranquil commemoration. The 9/11 Memorial itself is free to visit, and features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, around which are inscribed into bronze the names of the women, children, and men who died. The Memorial is open 7.30am – 9pm, and the average visit takes a couple of hours. While you are in the area, the spectacular, new World Trade Center Station is worth a look; and if you’re not tired of bird’s eye views of New York then One World Observatory offers views 1,776 feet (540m) up.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Providing a history of the world in 2 million objects spanning 5,000 years, The Met occupies three sites, but the one we immediately think of is on Fifth Avenue. One of the most extraordinary – and popular – exhibits is an ancient Egyptian temple from the first century BC, which has been re-built at The Met as a gift from the Egyptian government in 1967. Elsewhere, take you pick from the Greek & Roman Sculpture Court to Henry VIII’s armour; or from The Interior of St Peter’s, Rome (as painted by Giovanni Paolo Panini) to the museum’s peerless collection of Vermeer paintings (it has five of only 37 extant works; a further three can be seen at New York’s Frick Collection).
Hudson Yard & The Vessel
- Built as part of the Hudsons Yard redevelopment, this extraordinary center piece is a soaring new landmark meant to be climbed. Its spiral staircase showcases new perspectives of the city from different heights, angles and vantage points. Stroll 2,500 individual steps across 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs and 80 landings. The vertical climb offers remarkable views of the city and river beyond.
- Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019, the Guggenheim Museum is at least as famous for its iconic Frank Lloyd Wright design as it is for its considerable collection of contemporary art. And what a thrilling space it is! MoMA may have a bigger collection, but nothing to compare to the Guggenheim’s spiralling gallery space, which leads all the way up to the domed skylight. We rather like their Café 3, too.
American Museum of Natural History
- Meet the T.rex and dive into oceans at the largest natural history museum in the world. It is one of the world’s preeminent scientific cultural institutions dedicated t exploring human cultures, the natural world and the known universe. An absolute must if when you visit the city.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- The only museum in New York City where you can experience the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and guided missile submarine. Be taken on an interactive journey through history and learn about American innovation and bravery.
- A 16.3 acre performing arts complex in Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan. The Lincoln Center is home to the Metropolitan Opera, the Lincoln Center Theater, the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet. Together these organisations bring thousands of performances to life each year. Stop by to see a concert or play,
The High Line
- Eight blocks south of YOTEL New York, you can join the High Line where it starts at West 34th Street. A mix of park, gallery space and urban walking trail, the High Line runs almost parallel to 10th Avenue for about 1.5miles (2.4km) all the way down to Ganesvoort Street in the Meatpacking District. Although it’s only a couple of stories up from street level, the views of the city feel somehow very different – and, when the weather is fine, walking the High Line genuinely feels like an urban retreat.
- One of the most iconic sky scrappers in New York, the Chrysler Building is an Art Deco–style skyscraper located in the Turtle Bay neighbourhood of Manhattan. The observation deck offers some of the best views in the city.
A Broadway Show
- At YOTEL New York, you’re just 15 minutes away from the bright lights of Times Square and Broadway. You can buy same-day tickets for Broadway and Off Broadways musicals and plays at up to 50% off from the official TKTS Discount Booth at Times Square (as well as full-price tickets for future dates, if your heart is set on a particular show).