NYC SightSeeing Facts

by Female Abroad

Wanting to check out New York but not sure what to see well let us help with some interesting and unique facts. But first lets start with the obvious highlights in New York so we can then get into the not so well known points.

These are the most popular attractions in the city and a couple of tour recommendations from our affiliate partner. Feel free to click on the links provided for more information, to check availability, and to purchase.

  1. Statue of Liberty - was a gift from the people of France and built by Gustave Eiffel
    2014: the French showered the Statue of Liberty with one million rose petals to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The island it is located on is also home to the first US Hospital
    1. New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
    2. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour
    3. Statue of Liberty Ticket, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour
    4. Private VIP New York City Skyline Helicopter Tour and Luxury SUV
  2. Times Square
    1. Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Theater Professional
    2. New York "Must See" Small-Group Half-Day Tour
    3. Super Tour of NYC: Heroes, Comics and More!
  3. Central Park - there is a waterfall located in the North Woods. Great place to relax and drown out the car noise
    1. Central Park New York - Exclusive Guided Walking Tour
    2. Central Park Pedicab Guided Tours
    3. Met Museum & Central Park - Skip-the-Line Exclusive Guided Combo Tour
  4. Brooklyn Bridge - the first steel wire suspension bridge constructed
    1. Circle Line: New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
    2. Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise
    3. New York City: Brooklyn Bridge & Waterfront Bike Tour
    4. New York City Landmarks Circle Line Cruise
  5. Flatiron Building
    1. Flatiron Food, Architecture, and History Tour
    2. Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
    3. Shop Second-Hand + Vintage Fashion in New York City
  6. Empire State Building - this will be short soon; there are a bunch of very tall high rises under construction - we prefer the view from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center instead
    1. Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck
    2. Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket
    3. New York CityPASS
    4. New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
  7. Rockefeller Center - if you are looking for views, SUMMIT at One Vanderbilt is the newest and most photo friendly
    1. Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York Ticket
    2. Rockefeller Center Architecture and Art Walking Tour
    3. Full-Day New York "Must See" Small-Group Tour plus One World Observatory Ticket
    4. NYC Private Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems, 100% Personalized
  8. Wall Street
    1. Wall Street Insider Tour with a Finance Professional
    2. History of Wall Street Walking Tour
    3. Statue of Liberty Ticket, 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street Tour
    4. New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
    5. The Story of Alexander Hamilton In Lower Manhattan
  9. Fifth Avenue
    1. Magical Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage through NYC
    2. Fifth Avenue Gilded Age Mansions Walking Tour

Now that that's out of the way, check out these less touristy facts:

The Genesee River flows south to north (normally it's north to south....)

They had the world’s tallest Ferris wheel (at 630ft-tall) on Staten Island but if Dubai build's their Ferris wheel then it will become the second tallest in the world.

"Lowline" is the world's first underground park It is to be built in a trolley terminal from 1908 and will use solar technology as sunlight

There is a "High Line". It is a park that was built on an abandoned freight railway line

The world's smallest church (51" X 81") is in Onedia

"The Birthplace of New York"

The best 360-degree view of the city is from Outlook Hill, Governors Island.

It used to be a military base.

This spot has a new 10-acre park called "The Hill".

The four hills represent pre-colonial Manhattan

  1. Outlook Hill has amazing views of Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as 360-degree panoramas of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City (on a very clear day).
  2. Slide Hill is the world's longest slide
  3. Discovery Hill has sculptures Grassy Hill has views overlooking the park It's open to the public during the summer only and accessible by ferry