10+ must-see parks and buildings in nyc

From skyscrapers to beautiful secret gardens or gigantic parks, to TV shows and movie locations, New York City has everything to offer and each site has a great story to tell anyone who wants to go a little bit behind the scene, even if it's just for the fun facts!

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278 Clinton Avenue (Brooklyn)

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This pretty 1880s red-brick mansion is quite an unusual and eccentric real estate piece for this time of teeny tiny apartments and one of the the houses in Clinton Avenue which historical information is unknown. You can get there by the G train getting off at Clinton-Washington Avenues Station.

432 Park Avenue

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This residential skyscraper that overlooks Central Park is the third tallest building in the United States, the second tallest building in New York City and the tallest residential building in the entire world! Quite a podium.

66 Perry Street

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Sounds familiar? You may remember this Greenwich Village front door from "Sex and the City", where Carrie Bradshaw's apartment took place, formerly filmed at 64 Perry Street until it was sold since the hit show ended its run.

Apple Store Fifth Avenue

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Probably one of the most iconic Apple's retail stores, you will immediately recognize this 32-foot glass cube embellish with a glowing Apple logo anytime you are walking down Fifth Avenue. The store opened on May 19, 2006 and since then it draws long lines of customers each time a new product is released.

Barclays Center (Brooklyn)

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With a unique design, the Brooklyn Nets home and multi-purpose indoor arena is an obligated visit to any basketball fan who's looking for some cheap game tickets and anyone who loves quite a spectacular architectural view. It is easily accessible by train, bus and railroad.

Battery Park

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Now called "The Battery", this public 25-acre public park is located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island. You can find many memorials to visit, some nice tables to have lunch towards the Hudson and buy tickets for the ferry that will take you to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Brooklyn Bridge Park is located under the Brooklyn Bridge, as its name suggests, and is the site of many great events, especially in summer, including free movies and fitness classes. Playgrounds, bike and walkways and dog grounds can also be found any time of the year, always with a view.

Brooklyn Love Building

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With a Comandante Biggie mural on one side and a "spread love" message on the other, painted by local painter and graffiti artist Cern, Brooklyn Love Building was created by Habana Café founder in response for his love of Brooklyn's community. You can get there by the A and C trains.

Brooklyn Public Library

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The library currently promotes itself as "Bklyn Public Library" and it is the fifth largest public library system in the United States. Unlike the New York Public Library, there is an annual fee to get a library card for out-of-state residents, but you can always go there and take beautiful pictures of this beautiful building.

Bryant Park

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Located in Midtown Manhattan this park is just so perfect you can't miss it. The Main Branch of New York Public Library is located within the park and each day is filled with tourists and office workers who will enjoy their lunch or many of the amenities that this green spot offers all year round, as the Reading Room.

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

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Being one of the newest New York City landmarks, this magnificent piece of gothic architecture is a must-see, specially for those church and cathedral lovers. Don't forget to visit the Cathedral grounds and its "Phoenix" sculpture by Chinese artist Xu Bing.

Central Park

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Being the most visited park in the United States and one of the most filmed locations in the world, Central Park can be anything but unseen. Whether you do it by foot or you are taking a bike ride, its many iconic sites will blow your mind away.

Chrysler Building

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Until 1945 it contained an observation deck called "Celestial", and although now it's not possible to go up this iconic Art Deco midtown building as a tourist, you may still visit the lobby and take a glance at the interiors. From Gantry Plaza State Park (Long Island City) you will be able to admire in its whole art deco glory.

The Conservatory Garden

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It is the only formal garden in Central Park and it takes its name from a conservatory that stood on the site until 1934. It was restored and replanted after World War II.

Dakota Building

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Located in the Upper West Manhattan, The Dakota is famous for being the home of John Lennon from 1973 until he was murdered in the archway of the building in 1980. It is still considered one of Manhattan's most prestigious residential buildings.

Empire State Building

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As of 2017, the building is the 5th-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States. This 102-story Art Deco piece it may be one of the most, if not the most, iconic building of New York, taking its name from "Empire State", a nickname given to the city.

Flatiron Building

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Originally named "The Fuller Building", this skyscraper is a symbol of New York City architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Unfortunately, nowadays you can't visit the interiors.

FRIENDS Apartment Building

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Although the interiors were filmed in L.A., you can visit Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross and Joey's apartment, or at least its exterior, on the corner of Grove and Bedford. Tourists from all over the world visit the Greenwich Village location because who hasn't watched every FRIENDS episode at least once?

Gantry Plaza State Park (Long Island City)

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Enjoy a relaxing walk along the park's four piers and gardens that boast spectacular views of Manhattan, including some unique shots of the Chrysler Building and the United Nations. You may also find the famous luminous Pepsi Cola vintage sign.

Grand Central Terminal

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Thousands of people choose to meet each day at the Main Concourse Information Booth Clock of this historic world-famous landmark. You may also grab a bite at its dining concourse or rest after all that walking in the seating and lounge areas.

Guggenheim Museum

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Not only a museum that holds art exhibitions but an art and architecture piece itself. Interiors are not less impressive, where you can admire a double spiral staircase while you enjoy some Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art collections.

Hearst Tower

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The world headquarters of Hearst Communications it's the first "green" high-rise office building in the city, meaning that many environmental considerations built into the plan and the cast stone facade was preserved for being a designated landmark site.

Lincoln Center for Performing Arts

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This complex of buildings hosts many notable performing arts organizations and is home to the New York City Ballet and New York City Opera. Its iconic fountain, the Revson fountain, has been featured many times on the silver screen but its dramatic shows are reserved for good weather only.

Low Memorial Library of Columbia University

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Officially named a New York City landmark in 1967, the library was designed in a neoclassical style and the steps leading to the interiors are a popular meeting place for Columbia students.

Madison Square Park

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A true urban New Yorker park, nestled in the heart of the Flatiron Building and Madison Avenue. Stunning art, gorgeous gardens and great hamburgers nearby are reason enough to go a take a walk.

Museum of the City of New York

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If you are a Gossip Girl fan, you may remember this facade as one of their filming locations as the entrance to Constance Billard School for girls and St. Jude School for boys, but it's also a history and art museum where you can find very interesting facts about the history of New York City.

New York Public Library

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It is the second largest public library in the United States, just behind the Library of Congress, and it holds nearly 53 million items. Even if you are a visitor to the city from outside the United States you can get a library card! Its paintings and architecture are definitely worth a visit.

New York State Supreme Court Building

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If you don't have the time to day-trip to Washington D.C. and visit the Supreme Court of the United States, you can still take a look at this beautiful classical Roman style courthouse located in the heart of the Civic District of Manhattan.

One World Trade Center

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After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the One World Trade Center, also known as "Freedom Tower", became the main building of the rebuilt complex where the Twin Towers once stood in Lower Manhattan. It has an observation deck that you can visit, just not for free, that's for sure.

Prospect Park (Brooklyn)

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Designed by the landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after finalizing Central Park, Prospect Park is the second largest park in Brooklyn. One of its main attractions is Smorgasburg, the largest open-air food market in America, which is held in the park every Sunday.

Rockefeller Center

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Home of Radio City, The Rink and the famous Christmas Tree where Kevin wished his family would find him in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York", this large complex consists of 19 commercial buildings that go between 48th and 51st Streets, right in the Center of Midtown Manhattan.

St. Paul’s Chapel

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Facing opposite the east side of the World Trade Center site, St. Paul's Chapel served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site after the terrorist attacks in 2001. It is also known as "The Little Chapel That Stood" because it's the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan, built in 1766.

The Ansonia

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This building located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was originally built as a residential and very luxurious hotel, although nowadays it works as rental apartments and it's a designated Landmark of the city.

The Boathouse (Prospect Park, Brooklyn)

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The Boathouse was seen in Scorsese's movie "The Age of Innocence" (1993) as the Boston park where Archer Newland (Day-Lewis) meets Ellen Olenska (Pfeiffer). In 1972 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The High Line

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This elevated linear park was constructed on a former New York rail trail that goes from West 34th Street (between 11th y 12nd Avenues) all the way to Gansevoort y Washington Streets, right in the Meatpacking District. It is open daily, and you can access there by the 7 train (34 St. – Hudson Yards station).

The Juilliard School

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The Alice Tully Hall is located in the Juilliard School Building right next to the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, with an amazing Brutalist structure designed by renowned architect Pietro Belluschi. On the opposite side of the main entrance to the building, you can find this gorgeous rooftop lawn named "Hypar Pavilion".

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Colloquially "The MET", it is the largest art museum in the United States, containing over two million works in its permanent collection. This museum is so huge you won't be able to visit it all in one day. Don't miss the Egyptian Temple of Dendur and the rooftop garden in the summer!

The New York Times

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Although once located in the famous area known as Times Square, the newspaper headquarters it is now situated in the west side of Midtown Manhattan, as one of the newest additions to the New York skyline and the tenth tallest building in the United States.

The Octagon (Roosevelt Island)

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The Octagon is a historic diagonal building and apartment block complex located on Roosevelt Island, that long and thin island you can see between Manhattan and Queens. You can get to the island just using your Metrocard… by tramway! While enjoying some amazing views of the city.

The Oculus

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Definitely the most eccentric transportation hub you can find in New York City. It replaces the PATH station that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks and also holds restaurants and a shopping mall. According to its designer and architect, it resembles a dove taking flight.

The Paramount Hotel

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A building that reflects the theatrical nature of the neighborhood, at the west of Broadway. Its sophistication has been an appeal to visitors since the 1920s, providing with a variety of bars, restaurants and a well-known nightclub in the basement.

The Plaza Hotel

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This 20-story luxury hotel is a landmark and an icon of the Fifth Avenue at Midtown Manhattan. It has been the site for famous performers and guest throughout its history since 1907, including being the place where The Beatles stayed during their first visit to the United States in 1964.

Tom’s Restaurant

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It may seem like just a typical American diner frequented by students and faculty of the nearby Columbia University, but its exterior was used as a stand-in for "Monk's Café" in the television sitcom Seinfeld, where Jerry Seinfeld and his friends used to regularly eat.

Warren Place Mews

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Built in the 1870s for the working men in Brooklyn and their families, these Gothic cottages that share an English courtyard now prices into millions of dollars. Renting one of these quaintest homes can cost you at least $ 4.000.- a month for two bedrooms. Get there by the F and G trains.

Washington Square Park

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This Greenwich Village park is often frequented by the New York University students and it's also known for the large fountain that is located right in the middle of the square. The Washington Square Arch was built to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as president of the United States, an architectural icon featured in many movies, like the place where Harry (Billy Crystal) met Sally (Meg Ryan).

Whitney Museum of American Art

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Once situated on the Upper East Side, since 2015 the Whitney relocated to the Meatpacking District right in the southern entrance to the High Line park and it focuses on 20th and 21st century American art.

Winter Garden Atrium

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Along with the rest of Brookfield place, it was designed in 1982 but the Atrium was rebuilt in 2002 after the 9/11 attacks because it was originally connected to the World Trade Center via a 400 ft. pedestrian bridge. The interior is full of some beautiful palm trees and a public plaza where you can sit and have lunch.

Woolworth Building

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Although being an early US skyscraper, constructed in 1910, today it remains as one of the 30 tallest buildings in New York City and it has been a National Historic Landmarks since 1966. The beautiful lobby and painted ceilings can't be visited by tourists if not with a guided tour.

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

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This historic Art Deco style hotel is located right in Midtown Manhattan and since 2014 it has been part of the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts chain, taking into action additional upgrades to the hotel, including the lobby and restaurant renovations, to attract more business travelers.

Yankee Stadium

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For all those baseball fans out there, but also for the stadium lovers, the Yankee Stadium is your obligated visit to the Bronx, being one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in the US. You can even take a guided tour and celebrate your birthday there!

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