New York Sights to See - Manhattan

On a slender island crammed with bikes, cars, taxis, buses, people and buildings, a long string of innovators has managed to create both a major business center and tourist paradise, with all its sights and services within easy reach by subway, bus or taxi.

Close to the southern tip of the island is the famed Wall Street area. Showing its Dutch origins and its geography, the streets run along at various angles and for short distances. But within those confines is housed many of the world's financial powerhouses.

To see them in action, visit the New York Stock Exchange and listen to the traders engage in the two-centuries-old "outcry" system, where orders are literally shouted out in a demonstration of controlled mayhem.

Though destroyed in the heinous 9/11 attack by radical Islamic terrorists, the World Trade Center is scheduled to rise again in the form of The Freedom Tower. At 1,776 feet it will be one of the world's tallest and the famous Windows on the World restaurant and 360 degree viewing platform will be part of the building.

Ten minutes north on the subway is SoHo, (SOuth of HOuston) the renowned art gallery nexus of New York's artist colony. Here you can find everything from Old Dutch Masters to the latest experiments with paint, metal, stone and who-knows-what-next.

Just a short walk north from SoHo is Greenwich Village, home to jazz, comedy clubs and small theaters, restaurants and the most interesting assortment of eccentrics the city can display. Don't miss the breakfast as MacDougal's (at the corner of MacDougal and Bleeker)!

At the top of Greenwich Village is New York University and Washington Square Park, with a famous miniature "Arch d'Triomphe" and should-be-famous chess players. Enjoy a cup of coffee and watch a lightening-fast game.

Apartments dominate the scene until you reach 31st street where on the West Side (7th Ave) you have Madison Square Garden, which is neither square, gardened, nor on Madison. (Two of the three were true a hundred years ago.) Concerts, boxing, and a major train station form only three of the attractions here.

A few blocks east to Fifth Avenue and you come upon the eighth wonder of the world: The Empire State Building. The Art Deco tower was built in record time and still remains one of the largest office buildings in the world, even seventy years later.

A short walk north and east you'll find Broadway and 42nd Street and Times Square, the center of American theater. Only eight blocks east and two north of there is the Art Deco Rockefeller Center with an outdoor skating rink, Radio City Music Hall and a very stylish restaurant: the Rainbow Room.

Scattered throughout the mid-town business district are some of the other justly famous buildings: The MetLife building (Once the Pan Am building.) Underneath is Grand Central Station.  Here you will also find Lever Bros, Seagram's, Citicorp and - on the East River - the United Nations.

Whew!  It's been a long walk, but just a few blocks more and you reach Central Park. 843 acres of grass, hillocks and sidewalks where during the day you can enjoy the scenery and watch the skaters or visit the Zoo. At night, during the summer, there's Shakespeare in the Park.

Even on a whirlwind tour, there's far more than one could take in during a single visit. You haven't even made it yet to Lincoln Center or the world-class Metropolitan Museum of Art! If you go to New York and visit Manhattan, plan to stay a while, or make several trips. You'll need to just to sample some of the stellar restaurants.


Cities of the World

How to Start a Home Based Travel Business in New York or Anywhere

Sights to See in Manhattan New York - Copyright 2013 by Donovan Baldwin
Page Updated 8:47 AM Thursday 9/26/2013