Ellis Island, just off the southern tip of Manhattan, was the gateway to a new life in the USA for immigrants arriving between 1892 and 1954. Despite the closure of the complex many years ago, the grand buildings still remain intact, including the huge welcome hall and the whole place is now a national immigration museum. Many original features remain so you get a real taste of what it would have been like to arrive as an immigrant.
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most familiar landmarks in New York and there are lots of places to get a great view of it. South Street Seaport and the Staten Island Ferry offer good views, but there’s nothing quite like seeing it up close and walking right the way across it from City Hall on Manhattan Island to the small park in Brooklyn.
Lincoln Center is a collection of buildings in New York dedicated to the performing arts. The complex was completed in the 1960s has provided homes for the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York State Theater and the Julliard School for the Performing Arts. If you’re a fan of the Oscar winning movie Black Swan with Natalie Portman, you’ll want to call in here as the buildings are featured in many scenes.
South Street Seaport is a former port area on the lower east side of New York which has been rejuvenated and revitalised in recent years. What was once a neglected docks is now a funky shopping area with restaurants, gift stores and designer shops.
For almost a century, the world’s biggest musical acts have performed at Radio City Music Hall. It was built in the 1930s as part of the Rockefeller complex and became known as the place to see the big stars of radio and the big screen, along with the famous “Rockette” dancing girls. The art deco interior is amazing and the “Stage Door Tour” which goes behind the scenes is thoroughly recommended – we loved it.
It’s on 34th St W at the junction with 5th Ave, but you can see it almost everywhere on Manhattan Island. If you take the trip up it, be prepared for lots of elevator rides and an incredible view. It’s always busy though so be prepared to wait in line. You really feel the sense of history when you go up the Empire State Building and the art deco interior is beautiful, but if you don’t want to wait in line we’d recommend you try the Top of The Rock attraction instead.