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What to see in New York if you’ve seen it all

Think you’ve already done New York City’s most iconic attractions, think again – check out our guide to these equally unmissable New York attractions!

Top of the Rock vs. the Edge sky deck

The Top of the Rock observation deck at the Rockefeller Center has spectacular views of NYC’s iconic Empire State Building, Midtown Manhattan, and as far as the eye can see until the Statue of Liberty. And it is, at 70 stories high, mighty impressive. This being New York though, you’ll find there’s now a bigger-better-higher contender in town – the Edge sky deck at Hudson Yards.

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The Edge

One of New York’s latest attractions, the 100-story high Edge offers a vertigo-inducing view of the city from what’s meant to be the highest outdoor deck in the western hemisphere. The transparent glass deck appears to be suspended mid-air, with angled glass panels and breathtaking views of the city below, as well as panoramic vistas of Manhattan, from the tip of Central Park to the Statue of Liberty. Take your – safe – selfie of a lifetime and if you like, enjoy a champagne toast at the sky-high bar!

The Edge

Hudson Boulevard, Hudson Yards, New York

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The American Museum of Natural History vs. The Tenement Museum

You’ve been to New York’s American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), gasped at the dinosaur displays and enjoyed the museum’s famous diorama displays, beautifully brought to life in one very famous Hollywood movie, A Night at the Museum. So, maybe you’ve had your fill of paleontology and want to learn more about the melting pot that is New York and its inhabitants? If so, head to the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side.

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The Tenement Museum

Explore the lives of New York immigrants in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and gain a fascinating insight into the people and neighbourhoods that have made the city what it is today. You can visit the Tenement Museum for building tours that explore the museum’s historically restored tenement apartments and the immigrant families who lived there, or go on a neighborhood walk in the Lower East Side, and discover the many histories of New York migration.

The Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street, New York

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Central Park vs. Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

New York’s Central Park in Manhattan is as iconic as you can get – however, if you want to experience another great New York park, make your way to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

You’ll get incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge as well as panoramic views of lower Manhattan. For these, head to Pier 1, where you’ll also find Bridge View lawn, with a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge. You’re also close to one of New York’s oldest and most iconic walkways, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, also called the Esplanade, a 557-meter-long platform and pedestrian walkway that goes over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and has spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. Do as a real New Yorker, and explore these walkways!

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Montague St &, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn

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Staten Island Ferry vs. the IKEA ferry to Red Hook, Brooklyn

The Staten Island Ferry is a great way to experience the Manhattan skyline from the water. The ferry goes frequently, it’s free and it’s a must-do for every first-time visitor to New York City! However, if you want to combine a boat view with a visit to Brooklyn, then take the free (on weekends) IKEA ferry to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook.

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IKEA ferry to Red Hook

The IKEA ferry is run by NY Waterway Ferry and departs from the Midtown and Downtown ferry terminals. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of Manhattan and pass the Statue of Liberty on your way. Once you arrive in Red Hook, don’t miss the Red Hook Lobster Pound restaurant, where you’ll enjoy New York’s finest lobster rolls, served on an authentic, hot-buttered New England bun.

IKEA ferry to Red Hook

Free on weekends, 5 USD one-way on weekdays.

­The High Line vs. Hudson River Park and Little Island

The High Line public park – built on a historic rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side – has become an iconic attraction and public space for both locals and visitors. However, if you fancy more proximity to water, take a walk through one of the city’s most exciting parks, Hudson River Park.

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Hudson River Park and Little Island

At four miles long, Hudson River Park stretches from lower Manhattan on Battery Place to Midtown at 59th St., and has more than a dozen public piers along the riverside, all with various sports and recreational activity areas. Take an afternoon stroll and enjoy panoramic views of the city at Pier 25 and make sure you visit the Little Island park on Pier 55, a new and highly unique park which seems to rise from the water on top of tulip-shaped concrete structures.

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Little Italy, Manhattan vs. the Bronx Little Italy

So, you’ve checked out Little Italy in downtown Manhattan – located on a three-block stretch of Mulberry Street between Broome and Canal Street in Soho – but have you ventured out to what some consider New York’s ‘real Little Italy’?

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Bronx Little Italy

If you love Italian food, you really need to put Bronx Little Italy on your to-do list. Head straight to the Bronx’s Belmont neighborhood and Arthur Avenue – the main foodie avenue – and try many of the Italian specialties, where you’ll not only be wowed by the authentic flavours but by the warm, community feel of the area.

Bronx Little Italy

Arthur Avenue & East 187th Street, Bronx

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