New York is a state in the northeastern region of the United States, also referred as NYC, New York City, The Big Apple, and just The City by the folks. Stats say that it is the most populous city of the US with a population of around 8.2 million people. On top of that, New York metropolitan area covers lower New York, Northern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut, which makes it the largest metropolitan area in America. In fact, it was one of the 15 largest metros in the world as of 2014.
The City is the center for culture, media, food, fashion, art, research, finance, and trade. It has one of the famous skylines on the earth mastered by the iconic Empire State Building. No wonder you cannot conquer NYC tours in a single go; so it is always clever to choose some best places to visit first. Below are the attractions in Lower Manhattan and Midtown that you must not skip during your NYC private tours.
Manhattan is the city of diversity with incredibly various and wide variety of neighborhoods where you can meet regions and people with entirely different characters. There are many attractions and adventurous as well as local activities to do in Lower Manhattan, which includes the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Circle Line Cruises, Clipper City Tall Ship Sail, and many more. Below are some of the main tourist hubs in Lower Manhattan.
Charging bull, also referred to as the Wall Street bull or the Bowling Green bull, is a bronze sculpture of bull that is located in the financial district of NYC. It is originally a guerilla art that was installed unofficially by Arturo Di Modica and later it became a permanent feature with its immense detailing. Di Modica had installed this massive bronze sculpture as a symbol of America’s financial resilience in front of New York Stock exchange after the 1987 stock market crash and it became famous overnight.
The bull has got a fierce look with flaring nostrils and anatomically accurate rear is one of the most photographed sculptures and sites as well. Once, the NYPD took away the bull because of the illegal installation, but they were forced to keep it back because of its huge popularity. However, the bull was placed in a different place of Wall Street where it was less obstructive.
The Statue of Liberty
A visit to New York is never complete if you do not pay a visit to the Statue of Liberty. This neoclassical sculpture made of copper is the most famous statue of the country and was a gift of friendship from French people to the US people. This famous sculpture was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and was built by Gustave Eiffel. The Statue enlightening to the world is a living symbol of freedom and a beloved friend.
The Lady Liberty, who holds book in one hand and a torch in the other, stands at center of Liberty Island, the most famous landmark in the New York that is accessible only by boat. However, you can choose shearwater classic schooner sail, romantic harbor lights cruise, or exhilarating beast speedboat ride to reach the Statue.
The iconic Brooklyn Bridge reveals itself majestically over the New York City’s east river and links the two districts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Bridge is one of the most recognizable part and famous skyline of the New York City. No wonder the bridge has been featured in many movies, besides being one of the most photographed sites in the world.
Midtown has always been known to convey the thrill and excitement of NYC. Home to the Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the United Nations headquarters, Midtown invites thousands of tourists to The City every year. Below are the must-see attractions in Midtown.
Grand Central Terminal
Often tagged as one of the most romantic train stations in the world, the Grand Central Terminal was opened to public in the year 1871. Even after many renovations and restoration works, the historic train station stands true to the magnificence of Beaux-Arts architecture. You can visit the renowned Grand Central Oyster Bar, which opened its doors in the train station in 1913, on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal and be immersed in the culture and feel of The City.
Empire State Building
Located on the Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is one of the most recognized buildings across the globe. The iconic skyscraper lights up every night in vivid colors, which is an amazing sight to watch; it is lit with special color combos on days such as the Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and during the Pride Week, which add to the delight of onlookers.
Madison Square Garden
A popular tourist hub in downtown NYC, the Madison Square Garden is home to the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty, and has a history of hosting numerous sporting events, music festivals, and comedy shows in The City. Even today, the artistic and ethnic venue hosts regular performances by popular artists such as Billy Joel, U2, and Tina Turner. In fact, the Garden has something to offer to everyone who visits New York City.