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Recommended NYC Sights:

Posted: Nov 25, 2012 | 9:21 PM
by Jared Goldstein
New and returning visitors to New York City frequently ask how to plan their tour.  Some only have a few hours. 

Here is a fun suggested list to help us plan the best tour for you.

Look at all three lists.  Note what you want to see and how long you want to be there.  Do you want just a picture, or do you want to explore it? 

Don't be daunted by the number of sites.  Some of them are on there twice, just with different names.  For example, seeing the Time Warner Center means that you are experiencing Columbus Circle. 
If you still have no idea, I can create a tour for you. 

If we go with an experienced driver, w
e can visit more sites.  I can arrange this.

Three Apple Sights - are the most commonly requested, easiest to get to by foot and public transit, and sometimes can be experienced rapidly (15-150 minutes, depending on what you want):

Brooklyn Bridge - a view can be five minutes, a walk across thirty minutes

Central Park

Empire State Building

FAO Schwartz

Fifth Avenue

Flatiron Building


New York Harbor

New York Public Library

Rockefeller Center

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Statue of Liberty view

Theater District / Broadway

Times Square

Wall Street and the Financial District

World Trade Center


Two Apple Sights – commonly requested and easy to get to
by foot and public transit; may take a bit more time to experience (30-180+ minutes):

Battery Park

Bryant Park

Cathedral of St John the Divine

Charging Bull

Chelsea Market

Chinatown and Little Italy

Colonial & Early American

Columbia University

Columbus Circle

Dakota Apartment Building

Federal Hall

Grand Central

Greenwich Village


High Line

Lincoln Center

Lower East Side

Madison Square  

Meatpacking District

Museum Mile

National 911 Memorial

New York University

St Paul’s Chapel


Strawberry Fields


Time Warner Center

Trinity Church

View of Manhattan from Brooklyn

Woolworth Building

Washington Square

One Apple Sites – Popular or wonderful sights that take
a bit more time to get to or experience:

American Museum of Natural History

Brooklyn Heights


East Village

Gospel Singing at a Baptist Church

Guggenheim Museum

Lincoln Center

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum Mile

South Street Seaport

Statue of Liberty from the Harbor

United Nations

View from the Top of a Skyscraper

Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Just because an attraction has more apples than another does not make it more worth visiting.  If you are
an ‘Honorary New Yorker,'  a returning guest, exploring the fewer-apple-sights is a great idea.  If you like visiting places off the beaten track, fewer apples are appealing.

If you like visiting the places that New Yorkers like, fewer apples are great, too.

There are two common New York
I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never been to
the top of the Empire State Building,” or
I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty!
In addition, there are many sites with no apples that are not listed here that are so good but only the most intrepid travelers visit, such as sites in the ‘Outer Boroughs.’ 

These are often sites that even New Yorkers don’t know about or have only vaguely heard of, and then they think ‘I really should go there...’  The Bronx’ Van Cortlandt House is an original 18th century home.  In Astoria, Queens you can experience a dozen countries’ cuisines.

Did you know:

Until 1898, Brooklyn was a separate twin city to New York (now just Manhattan, which is what most people think of as New York City)? 

Brooklyn or Queens each would be the third largest cities in the United States? 

Brooklyn is the most populous borough, or county, of NYC? 

Some think that Brooklyn is the most interesting part of New York City?

Manhattan is 8% of the area of New York City?

In addition, I specialize in themed tours listed here http://www.jaredthenyctourguide.com/destinations.htm .

Seeing or visiting a three apple sight may enable seeing or experiencing sites with fewer apples.

Taxi Cabs, if available, can allow for more sights. 


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