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National Museum of the American Indian–New York
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The New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian is also known as the George Gustav Heye Center. Dedicated to exploring and promoting the diversity of the native peoples of the Americas, the center houses exhibitions, offers educational activities, and hosts a range of performing arts programs.

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Carnegie Hall
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Carnegie Hall is one of New York's most iconic performance centers, having hosted musicians from Judy Garland to Benny Goodman. Today, the hall's diverse programming includes everything from solo acts to orchestras, and seeing a music performance at Carnegie Hall is a highlight of a New York City visit.

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The Vessel
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If an M.C. Escher drawing leapt off the page, it might become the Vessel. This interactive, public art work from Thomas Heatherwick is composed of intertwined stairways and landings that visitors can climb. Head up the 154 flights to enjoy fantastic views of the NYC skyline and the Hudson River.

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Whitney Museum of American Art (The Whitney)
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Set in a purpose-built Renzo Piano-designed building overlooking the High Line, the Whitney Museum is a champion of contemporary American art. It’s home to works from big names such as Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, and its celebrated biennial serves as a launchpad for lesser-known artists.

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Williamsburg Bridge
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The expansive Williamsburg Bridge crosses New York City’s East River, connecting Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan. The bridge is great for walking, jogging, or biking, since cars and pedestrians are separated on two distinct levels. Consider an afternoon jaunt across the span to enjoy views of the NYC waterfront and nearby Brooklyn Bridge.

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Union Square
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A National Historic Landmark, Union Square is one of Manhattan's liveliest parks. Sandwiched between the Flatiron District and Greenwich Village, the square is best known for people watching, the architecture of adjacent buildings, and the city’s longest-running farmers market.

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Trump Tower
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Located in Midtown Manhattan, Trump Tower is a residential and commercial skyscraper with several retail and dining options. As well as boasting opulent furnishings, a 6-storey atrium, and an indoor waterfall, Trump Tower is the New York residence of Donald Trump and the headquarters of the Trump Organization.

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Macy's® Herald Square
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A New York City icon for over 100 years, Macy’s®Herald Square is one of the world’s most famous department stores. For many, a trip to NYC would not be complete without a couple of hours spent browsing the store’s many wares or enjoying the holiday window displays.

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New-York Historical Society Museum and Library
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The New-York Historical Society maintains a longstanding tradition of showcasing what's great about New York with its trove of artifacts, documents, and celebrated art collection. Uncover New York's history in numerous exhibitions, while kids explore the engaging, full floor of kid-friendly interactive history exhibits.

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Hudson River
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An inspiration for artists, a scenic escape for New York City dwellers, a vital artery for commerce, and a designated American Heritage River, the Hudson River plays a crucial role in many facets of New York State life. The river is a magnet for locals and visitors, attracting pleasure cruisers, campers, history buffs, and hikers alike.

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Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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An essential part of the American financial system, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (one of 12 in the United States) offers free tours for visitors wanting to learn more about banking, monetary policy, and the economic impact of trade. You’ll see the on-site museum, trading rooms, and even the Fed’s steel-reinforced, concrete vault.

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Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building

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Located in Lower Manhattan, New York City’s Woolworth Building is a relic of another era. The building, which was constructed in 1913, is an architectural statement on New York’s skyline, with its neo-Gothic detailing and impressive height. Closed to the public for years, the Woolworth’s historic lobby is now open to visitors.

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9/11 Tribute Museum

9/11 Tribute Museum

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Founded by the September 11th Families’ Association, this moving museum (formerly known as the 9/11 Tribute Center) tells the story of the 2001 Twin Towers attacks from the perspective of individuals directly affected by them. Exhibits include personal accounts, family photographs, and artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center wreckage. Displays lay bare the horrors of that tragic day while bringing to light individual responses and reactions, and showcasing the resilience, courage, and compassion of the human spirit.

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Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park

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A hidden gem on New York City's west side, Hudson River Park includes more than 500 acres of protected urban parkland. Find a range of activities to enjoy, from riding the park's carousel to playing pickup basketball. Perhaps the best choice is a stroll or bike ride, since the park boasts four miles of waterfront.

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Spyscape

Spyscape

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New York’s museum of spy gadgets and stories, Spyscape introduces visitors to the history of espionage and even lets them test their spying skills through interactive displays and challenges. Learn about spies throughout history, see some of the gadgets they used, and hear stories of espionage that might seem stranger than fiction.

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Upper West Side

Upper West Side

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Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side is a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown Manhattan. Highlights include Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera, and kid-friendly museums such as the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

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Citi Field

Citi Field

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Located in the borough of Queens across the East River from Manhattan, Citi Field is the home of the New York Mets, one of the city’s two Major League Baseball clubs. Completed in 2009, the park has a capacity of 42,000, and an on-site museum dedicated to all things Mets.

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Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square

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Located in Midtown Manhattan, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square boasts more than 500 weird and wonderful artifacts, alongside interactive games and brainteasers. Designed to surprise and amaze, the museum (or “odditorium,” as it calls itself) is an entertaining destination for visitors of all ages.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship

Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship

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Occupying an entire block on the store-lined stretch of New York’s Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue is the flagship department store of the Saks brand. Since 1924, it’s attracted shoppers with its opulent decor and indoor skiing, and continues to attract customers with its luxury brands.

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Hayden Planetarium

Hayden Planetarium

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The Hayden Planetarium, one of the highlights of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is best known for its impressive visuals of space, including a high-resolution video projection of the night sky.

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Chelsea

Chelsea

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An artsy neighborhood central to New York City’s LGBTQ culture, Chelsea has lost its edginess in recent years but makes up for it with chic restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. A top destination is the High Line—an elevated park built on an old rail line—which is well worth a West Side visit.

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Stone Street Historic District

Stone Street Historic District

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Tucked into downtown Manhattan’s southern tip, the Stone Street Historic District is one of New York City’s oldest areas, with roots dating to the city’s days as a Dutch settlement in the 17th century. Today, visitors head to the restored quarter for a night out at one of its many fashionable restaurants and taverns.

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Friends Building

Friends Building

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Any fan of the iconic TV showFriends will recognize the building at the corner of Grove and Bedford streets in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Although the show was filmed on a studio set, this apartment building appeared in the opening credits of every episode and in many scenes from the show as well.

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Museum of Sex

Museum of Sex

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Dedicated to the history, complexity, and evolution of human sexuality, the Museum of Sex (aka MoSex) manages to be both risqué and informative. You’ll find a permanent collection of more than 15,000 objects—from photographs and artworks to sex toys—as well as several temporary exhibitions hosted throughout the year.

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