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New York Questions: What are the absolute must-see attractions in New York City for a first-time visitor? What can be skipped or saved for next time?
By: Claire   |    Graduate Student | University of Miami
September 26, 2012   |   3 Responses


Allen commented on October 28, 2013

Coney Island is a good example. It's a famous place, but it's highly seasonal. Make sure it's even operating during your stay while you're planning. Skip a trip to the Statue of Liberty, but take the ferry - it will get you close enough to enjoy it, but won't cost you a dime. Skyscrapers are truly tall buildings - if you're familiar with their dizzying heights, a tall building is a tall building... but if you're not, be sure to climb the Empire State Building, or the New World Trade Center.

Nikole commented on September 26, 2012

It's too bad, when I was younger I was actually able to climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, but they don't let you do that anymore. Ellis Island is still open for visiting though, if you want to get your share of history. Other options are Times Square for shopping and broadway shows, Coney Island during the warmer months, and definitely a walk along the Hudson, no matter the season.

Zack commented on September 26, 2012

It totally depends on your taste. If you are into Art, the Met couldnt be more iconic. But that might not be for everyone. We have a great Natural History Museum (think Night at the Museum), but again if that isn't your thing I might skip it. But I think everyone should go up the Empire State at least once in their life. And Times Square at night is certainly a must-see. But the list goes on and on. so if you reply with your interests maybe we can help more!

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