The Best Tourist Attractions That Locals Love – 3

By Piccola New Yorker

Here is a compilation of my favorite iconic tourist attractions. The good news is there are so many great things to do in New York today that there’s enough to go around. This is part 3 of a series of four visual stories.


New York Public Library

Main rose reading room at the nypl. photo: @lucascompan


The New York Public Library system consists of 89 individual branches, but it’s this austere Beaux Arts building in Bryant Park—home to 75 miles of shelves housing a massive humanities and social sciences archive—that most readily comes to mind. The library’s free tours stop at the beautifully renovated Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room. The program of special exhibitions rivals those of the city’s finest museums.

The High Line


It’s a masterpiece that went from freights to flowers. There are few places more pleasant than a sunny afternoon on the High Line. NYC's only elevated park is one of Manhattan’s most popular destinations, and it's easy to see why. A rail track that went out of use in 1980, the High Line was resurrected as a 1.45-mile-long (2,33 km) green space in 2009, running from Hudson Yards to the Meatpacking District. Today it’s an urbanite’s playground planted with wildflowers and grasses.

It is love at first sight: you will fall in love with the high line at the very first time

New York Botanical Garden


Every city park offers its own brand of verdant escapism, but this lush expanse goes beyond landscaped flora. In addition to housing swaths of vegetation, including the 50-acre forest featuring some of the oldest trees in the city, the garden cultivates a rotating roster of shows that nod to the world’s most cherished green spaces, such as the regal grounds of Spain’s Alhambra palace and Monet’s alfresco sanctuary at The Giverny. During the year, visit the garden’s Holiday Train Show, which features miniature NYC landmarks crafted from plant materials, and the Orchid Show, which offers a stunning display of blooms and exotic plants.

new york botanical garden. photo: tripadvisor

The Rockefeller Center

You’ll find plenty of iconic New York sites in this multi-block complex: The ground level is home to the Rock's famed ice-skating rink, the bronze Atlas statue and the Today show plaza. Higher up, Top of the Rock rivals the Empire State Building in panoramic city views, and you can inspect the Art Deco murals that appear in several buildings. Don’t miss the triptych above the outdoor entrance to 5 Rockefeller Center or the rink side Prometheus statue; both purportedly contain secret Freemason symbols. 


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