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If you've ever stood before a large Gothic cathedral with white marble spires or a massive concrete and brick building with over 100 floors and felt completely awed by the view, don't miss any of New York City's most sublime architectural feats and culturally iconic buildings and squares. The best part? It won't cost you a dime to admire these marvels.

New York City | Sights

Brooklyn Bridge
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Sauntering along in the middle of New York City traffic is usually not a good idea… unless you're crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Carnegie Hall
  • Carnegie Hall
  • What do Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Einstein, Judy Garland, The Beatles, Churchill, and Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? They have all taken stage at Carnegie Hall. Thanks largely to funding by prosperous New York City merchant Andrew Carnegie, the hall opened in May 1891.
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Central Park
  • Central Park
  • Now seemingly as natural as the Hudson River, Central Park's 843 acres were not always indigenous to Manhattan; the park was actually designed and constructed over the course of 15 years, using 500,000 cubic feet of topsoil from New Jersey.
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Central Synagogue
Chrysler Building
  • Chrysler Building
  • On the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, the Chrysler Building stands at 1,047 feet tall. Adorned with a silver crown, Chrysler eagles and Chrysler radiator caps, the Chrysler Building is...
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Empire State Building
  • Empire State Building
  • If you've ever been to New York City, you've caught a glimpse of it. If you've been to New Jersey or Connecticut, you may have even seen it. Standing at 1,454 feet, the Empire State Building has been a highlight of the NYC skyline — and a major tourist attraction — since 1931.
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Flatiron Building
  • Flatiron Building
  • Perhaps you've seen it in the opening credits to The Late Show with David Letterman. You might recognize it as the Daily Bugle headquarters in the Spider-Man films or as "The Triangle Building" in Grand Theft Auto IV.
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Grand Central Station
  • Grand Central Station
  • Tour the original artwork and sculpture. Examine the lofty Beaux Arts architecture and design. Dine at one of the 25 fine restaurants and casual eateries and browse the 50 specialty shops. But don't forget to catch your train.
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Lincoln Center
  • Lincoln Center
  • Though unassuming by day, at night Lincoln Center is alight with the dazzling possibility of unforgettable experiences.
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New York Public Library
  • New York Public Library
  • A search for the New York Public Library reveals four research libraries and 87 branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. During a short trip to the city, one could never explore the entire system, serving 15 million annually and expanding by 10,000 items weekly.
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Rockefeller Center
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Among New York City's many treasures is Rockefeller Center, a monument to modern architectural finesse melded with the American spirit of capitalism.
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St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • With spires rising 330 feet and its foundation dominating half a block, 130-year-old St. Patrick's Cathedral rivals its midtown Manhattan neighbors in both dimension and beauty.
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Statue of Liberty
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Peering majestically from the shores of Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty has stood as a symbol of America through turmoil and triumph and has proudly greeted new arrivals for more than 120 years.
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The Plaza Hotel
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • The only New York City hotel to double as a National Historic Landmark, The Plaza sits at the crux of buzzing Central Park and fashion capital, 5th Avenue.
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Times Square
  • Times Square
  • From MTV's Total Request Live to movies like King Kong and Vanilla Sky, clips and images of Times Square are everywhere. Given its name — based on the Times Building in 1904, former home of The New York Times — Times Square got off to a good start in its bid to become a cultural icon.
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Trump Tower
  • Trump Tower
  • It's tough to trump 58 stories of office, residential, and retail space in midtown Manhattan. Deck the interior with marble, brass, and mirrors galore and cover the building in gleaming tinted glass, and you've got yourself a moneymaking giant.
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UN Headquarters
  • UN Headquarters
  • Once you step onto the United Nations Headquarters site in Midtown East you're not in the United States anymore. This is an international zone belonging to the UN's 192 Member States that supplies its own security force, fire department, postal administration, and flag.
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