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New York City Attractions in Manhattan

New York City attractions in Manhattan, Rockefeller Center

New York City is one of the most exciting shopping cities in the world.

From the boutiques of Madison Avenue and the iconic department stores on Fifth Avenue to the fashion-forward shops in SoHo and the Village, New York City is the most exciting shopping destination in the United States. Learn more about some of the best New York City Attractions recommended by The Benjamin.]

Lined with boutiques NYC’s high-end specialty retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman, Bulgari, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel's, Escada, Cartier, Takashimaya and Tiffany and Co. Discover the designers as you stroll along NYC’s most energetic shopping avenue in Midtown. Fifth Avenue also boasts some premier designer boutiques such as Gucci, Prada, Versace, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, and Ferragamo.

Sporting 100 upscale retailers, Madison Avenue is a slice of heaven, New York’s most luxurious shopping experience. From 57th St to 72nd, this haute strip where the wealthy shop, boasting 15 blocks of designer boutiques and specialty retailers, including Barney’s, Anne Fontaine, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Celine, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Dolce and Gabbana, Emanuel Ungaro, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Gianfranco Ferre, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Krizia, Luca Luca, Nicole Fahri, Asprey, Ralph Lauren, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, , Salvatore Ferragamo, , Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, . Indulge at fashion house s such as Prada, Chanel and Hermès, kick up your heels for footwear at Fratelli Rossetti, and shop away at the famed Polo Store on 72nd Street.

One of New York’s fashion forward neighborhoods, SoHo offers fabulous fashion, including Diesel, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley, Anna Sui. Calypso, Ghost, Hedra Prue, Helmut Lang,Katayone Adeli, Kirna Zabete, Kors, Language, Marc Jacobs, Mayle, Prada, Ralph Lauren Scoop, , Tracy Faith, Vivienne Westwood And of course Bloomies SoHo. Or spend an afternoon people watching as you enjoy a café ole and biscotti or freshly baked Madeline.

Chelsea Market - Situated on a unique city block anchoring Chelsea with the Meatpacking District, the Chelsea Market is a gastronomical experience, gourmet’s retail wonder world – a lively culinary marketplace in a million square feet of chic industrial space. This Euro-style shopping hotspot, along an historical 800-foot concourse, features incredible food shops and eateries – from the Chelsea Wine Vault to Ninth Street Espresso to The Lobster Place – as well as a exciting events, happy hours, photography exhibits that line the walls, fundraisers, tango on Saturdays, and wonderful live music every weekend. Chelsea Market is also the home of the Food Network; signature programming such as Emeril Live are filmed in the studio right above the market.

Empire State Building – A majestic Art Deco masterpiece and the most symbolic sight in the Manhattan skyline, it is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world soaring 1,453 feet above 5th Avenue. A National Historic Landmark, ride the high-speed elevator to the 86th floor Observatory, 1,050 feet above the street, and enjoy panoramic views. Climb 1860 steps to the 102nd floor Observatory and experience the most breathtaking views imaginable.

Encompassing 843 acres in the center of the city, Central Park is an oasis with beautiful grasslands, playgrounds, foot paths and history. The natural splendor of the park is enhanced by the pond, scenic trails, classic architecture, a carousel, magnificent gardens, fountains, two restaurants - Tavern on the Green and the Boathouse – and ice skating rink. Highlights of the park include the Children’s Zoo and Wildlife Center, the National Weather Station at Belvedere Castle, Delacorte Theatre, Bethesda Terrace, and (John Lennon’s) Strawberry Fields. From the Great Lawn to The Obelisk, the oldest public monument in North America, Central Park is New Yor City’s glorious recreational greenspace.

Statue of Liberty – Towering above Liberty Island on the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty is a landmark of freedom and democracy. A gift from France in 1886 during the American Revolution, the Statue is one of the most enlightening historical attractions in New York City. Check out the Torch Exhibit in the lobby, which features the original 1886 torch and altered flame. Stroll over to the Promenade or the star-shaped Fort Wood and take an elevator to the ten-story pedestal observatory for a panoramic view of the harbor and a close-up view of Lady Liberty.

Ellis Island - Situated in New York Harbor, Ellis Island was the gateway to America and freedom for millions of immigrants between 1892 and 1954. Declared part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, this significant historical landmark was reopened as a museum in 1990. Today, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a profound reflection of the Ellis Island experience.

Museum of Modern Art - MoMA is the most exhilarating modern art museum in the world. It’s amazing collection includes over 100,000 of the planet’s most vital contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects, as well as a library with films, books, artist books, and periodicals. Highlights of MoMA’s enthralling collection include Picasso, Dali, Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt and Matisse, as well as preeminent works by hailed masters such as Miro, Chagall, Kandinsky, Munch, Cezanne, Magritte, Rodin, Warhol, Pollock, Kahlo, and Rivera.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - One of the world's largest and finest classic art museums, the Metropolitan features an impressive collection of more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of global culture. Located off Central Park, The Met features the famed American Wing, which houses the world's most comprehensive collection - an unparalleled view of American history. The Museum's 2,500 European paintings - Rembrandts to Vermeers - and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist canvases form one of the world’s greatest collections. The Egyptian exhibit constitutes the greatest collection of art outside Cairo, while the Islamic art is considered a treasure.

Museum of Natural History - The largest and most pioneering natural history museum in the world, New York City’s Museum of Natural History is an awe-inspiring wonder with its famous dinosaur halls, Akeley Hall of African Mammals, Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, and the Rose Center For Earth and Space featuring the most technologically advanced space show on the planet. One of the museum’s most popular attractions is the series of fossil halls, including two dinosaur halls, which house the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils, including the massive Tyrannosaurus rex.