5. ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION MUSEUM
It was the gateway for millions who migrated to the United States into this city and others. The island was expanded by landfill between 1892 and 1934 before which it was much smaller. The island was the site for Fort Gibson initially. Interesting bit is that in the year 1998, the United States Supreme Court decided that the island was to be a part of New Jersey. That’s certainly interesting. I have heard that folks from New Jersey and New York hate each other as in city-to-city. Is that true?
4. ROCKEFELLER CENTER
It is a complex of nineteen different buildings and covers an area of around 22 acres. It is located between the 48th and 51st streets of New York City. The complex was built by the Rockefeller family and was declared to be a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The complex is named after John D. Rockefeller Jr. The space where the complex is built was leased from the Columbia University in 1928. It is a fantastic place to be around at, there’s nothing you won’t find here.
3. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
It is a rail station for commuters. Usually it is shortened to Grand Central. If you consider the number of platforms, it happens to be the largest train station in the world. There are 44 platforms with 67 different tracks. The train station is on two levels, the ground and underground. There are total of 41 tracks on the ground and 26 on the underground level of the station. According to a survey in October 2011, this is the number sixth most visited tourist attraction in the world.
2. STATUE OF LIBERTY
If you mention the New York City, the first thing that would usually come to the minds of many travellers would be the Statue of Liberty. I recently had the pleasure of seeing her sister in Paris. The Statue of Liberty was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and was dedicated on the 28th October in 1886. It was a gift from the government of France to the United States of America. The statue is of a robed female that represents Libertas. Libertas is the Roman Goddess of freedom. At the feet of the statue lies a broken chain (another symbol of freedom).
1. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
At the first spot we have the Empire State Building. It is a 102-story building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. The roof height of the building is 381 meters although if you include the antenna spire, the height reaches a whopping 443.2 meters. People usually go to the roof of the building to get this mind blowing view of the city. The name of the building came from the nickname for the New York City, Empire State. It was completed in the year 1931 and remained as the tallest building for the next forty years.