The New York City Life: The Tourist Attractions
By: Michelle Wong
New York City is the mecca of things to see and do. New York City is visited by millions of people from around the world; it is great place to visit where every day is a new adventure. It truly is the city that never sleeps.
One of the great things to do while in New York is visit our many Museums whether it is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you would not be disappointed. Starting in the Downtown area of Manhattan, where there is rich history. You have great museums such as The Whitney Museum of Art located on Gansevoort Street, which features contemporary 20th century Art housed in a modern elegant building not far from parks and hotels. There is a terrace on the roof where you can get amazing views of the city. On the terrace is a dining area where you can stop by and eat while walking around in the museum.
Another area that is a must to visit while in town is the National September 11 Memorial and Museum located on Greenwhich Street, which is at World Trade Center site. This museum teaches people about remembering those that perished on September 11 and gives a glimpse of hope as each day people from around the world stop by to pay respects to those that lost their lives. Next to the museum is the new Building that took place of the iconic Twin towers. It is close by restaurants, pubs, hotels and shopping areas. If you stop by and see this museum, walk 3 blocks over and you will find the famous Shopping outlet Century 21.
Another museum that is very interesting to visit and has great architecture design on both the interior and exterior is The Skyscraper Museum located on Battery Place. Situated near Battery Park, this museum presents photo gallery of most iconic buildings around Manhattan. It has exhibits that showcase the photos, pieces of infrastructure and the history behind it. The interior mostly glass with state of the art technology, such the glass incased elevator. It is only a few blocks away from Battery Park, where you can take a stroll and see the great views of the buildings, the waterfront and the water ferries that pass through Manhattan to Brooklyn or New Jersey. It is also near very upscale restaurants.
If you want to get the feel of nineteenth century life then you must visit the Merchant’s House located on East 4th Street. It has 3 floors full of artifacts from the 1800’s, which was first opened in 1832. You can walk around the house and even sit outside the beautifully landscaped garden. Open to the public during tour hours but can also be reserved for private gatherings. It is beautiful area to site see, close by hotels, parks and very chic bistros and small restaurants. It has a very eclectic feel of old buildings alongside newer buildings. If you ever decide to come to New York in October during the fall, they have candle lit tours in the evenings in honor of Halloween. The candle lit tours are walking tours that extend a mile long. Tours are given and stops to every historical buildings and areas.
If you are traveling with children this is a great place to visit, The Children’s Museum of the Arts located on Charlton Street. They have a media lab and arts and crafts workshop for both parents and children can enjoy. It is a museum where children can be hands and really enjoy their experience. They have art galleries and station for children to paint. There is a place to dine outside and an outdoor park for the whole family. It is close to many other dining areas and stores.