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Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship
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Occupying an entire block on the store-lined stretch of New York’s Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue is the flagship department store of the Saks brand. Since 1924, it’s attracted shoppers with its opulent decor and indoor skiing, and continues to attract customers with its luxury brands.

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9/11 Tribute Museum
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Founded by the September 11th Families’ Association, this moving museum (formerly known as the 9/11 Tribute Center) tells the story of the 2001 Twin Towers attacks from the perspective of individuals directly affected by them. Exhibits include personal accounts, family photographs, and artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center wreckage. Displays lay bare the horrors of that tragic day while bringing to light individual responses and reactions, and showcasing the resilience, courage, and compassion of the human spirit.

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Winter Garden Atrium
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Located in Lower Manhattan’s Brookfield Place, just steps from One World Trade Center, the elegant Winter Garden Atrium offers workers and visitors an attractive place to shop, grab a bite, and relax. With sweeping views of the Hudson River, the atrium is an oasis of tranquility amid the buzz of downtown.

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Time Warner Center
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Located on Columbus Circle, the Time Warner Center is a high-end mixed-use development overlooking Central Park. Its two 55-story towers include office space, residential condominiums, a Mandarin Oriental hotel, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as shops, restaurants, and a public garage.

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Upper East Side
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Set between Central Park and the East River, Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of New York City’s most affluent neighborhoods. Home to the famous Fifth and Madison avenues, the area is filled with upscale stores and stately mansions, apartment blocks, and museums—must-sees for travelers looking for a slice of classic, historic New York.

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Museum of Sex
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Dedicated to the history, complexity, and evolution of human sexuality, the Museum of Sex (aka MoSex) manages to be both risqué and informative. You’ll find a permanent collection of more than 15,000 objects—from photographs and artworks to sex toys—as well as several temporary exhibitions hosted throughout the year.

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Fraunces Tavern Museum
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Situated where George Washington once addressed his officers, the Fraunces Tavern Museum is the only museum in the Big Apple dedicated exclusively to Revolutionary War history. Today, the museum showcases an 8,000-object collection that engages visitors of all ages.

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Alexander Hamilton US Custom House
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As well as holding a significant place in New York's history, the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House is celebrated for its ornate interior, oak panelling, and murals. Today, the Beaux Arts building houses the National Museum of the American Indian.

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Staten Island Ferry
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The distinctive orange Staten Island Ferry passing through New York Harbor has been a familiar sight to New Yorkers since 1905, when the fleet first began carrying commuters between Staten Island and Manhattan. In recent years the free ferry has gained traction with tourists, who crowd the decks to admire front-row views of New York City’s dazzling skyline, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty.

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Frick Collection
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The Frick Collection is your home for art from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. Founded by Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), the museum offers visitors intimate encounters with one of the world’s foremost collections of European fine and decorative arts. The institution’s holdings—which have more than doubled in size since the museum’s opening in 1935—include celebrated works by Rembrandt, Fragonard, Ingres, Bellini, Vermeer, and more. The Frick Art Reference Library, a leading global resource in the field of art history, was established one hundred years ago by Helen Clay Frick and is open to researchers and the public alike.

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Hard Rock Café New York

Hard Rock Café New York

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Part of a global restaurant chain, the Hard Rock Cafe New York occupies the lobby of Broadway’s former Paramount Theatre, framed by the towers and billboards of Times Square. With its tables surrounded by music memorabilia, the eatery combines American-style dining with a rock ‘n’ roll theme.

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Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Located in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. See a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits that cover a variety of topics, from Auschwitz to the boats the Danes used to save their country’s Jewish citizens.

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Eleven Tears Memorial

Eleven Tears Memorial

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Located in the lobby of the American Express headquarters in New York City, the Eleven Tears Memorial is a moving tribute to the 11 American Express employees who died on 9/11. Designed by artist Ken Smith, the memorial incorporates natural elements of light, water, crystal, stone, and metal.

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Cafe Wha?

Cafe Wha?

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With live music 7 nights a week, Cafe Wha? is a New York institution. This basement venue in Greenwich Village once welcomed the biggest names in music and is now a popular spot for tourists and anyone looking for a fun night of music.

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Broadway Theatre

Broadway Theatre

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One of only five playhouses actually on Broadway itself, the Broadway Theatre is also one of the largest in the city. Despite its origins as a movie theater and vaudeville house, the theater is ideal for musicals, with a large stage and seating capacity and great acoustics, and it has hosted many hits over the years.

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New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

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Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a 250-acre (101-hectare) green oasis amid the dense concrete of New York City. As well as a rose garden with more than 650 varieties and a 50-acre (20-hectare) forest, the garden also has an impressive Victorian-era glasshouse and a Home Gardening Center for amateur enthusiasts.

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Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street

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Step back in time at the Museum at Eldridge Street, which offers a glimpse into the turn-of-the-century Jewish experience in New York City. Explore the restored 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, visit on-site exhibitions, and join a tour—with multiple times offered daily—to learn about Jewish culture in New York City.

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Central Park Conservatory Garden

Central Park Conservatory Garden

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Located inside New York’s iconic Central Park, the Central Park Conservatory Garden provides a lush escape from the city's bustling streets. The European-styled, manicured gardens—replete with seasonal flower beds, woodland plants, and stone walking paths—are dotted with fountains, sculptures, and benches perfect for sipping a coffee and soaking up the sun.

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Nolita

Nolita

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The pocket-sized NYC neighborhood of Nolita was considered part of Little Italy until the mid-90s, when it experienced a rush of trendy restaurant and boutique openings. Since then, the neighborhood has been known as Nolita, which means North of Little Italy. Its narrow streets are home to numerous galleries, independent shops, and bijou cafés.

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The Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters

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A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Cloisters is a hodgepodge construction, featuring parts of several European monasteries, which were dismantled, transported, and rebuilt here in New York. The collections center on medieval art and include frescoes, tapestries, sculptures, stained glass, and religious icons.

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International Center of Photography Museum

International Center of Photography Museum

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A leading voice in the world of visual culture, the museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP) has delivered world-class programs, exhibitions, and classes for decades. Photo enthusiasts and art fans visit the well-curated museum to see some of the most stunning, socially conscious images produced today.

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Morris-Jumel Mansion

Morris-Jumel Mansion

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Located in Washington Heights, Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest house in Manhattan. Built in 1765 for a British Colonel, the house was the headquarters and war office of George Washington. As well as serving as a museum, the well-preserved Palladian mansion is a national and NYC landmark.

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42nd Street New York City

42nd Street New York City

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Running west to east across Midtown Manhattan, 42nd Street is New York City’s all-singing, all-dancing entertainment hub. Part of the Times Square intersection and Broadway Theater District, the famous street draws visitors with its shows, shops, bright lights, and architectural landmarks.

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David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building

David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building

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An imposing sight incorporating Roman, Renaissance, classical, and beaux arts styles, the David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building is one of the world’s largest government office buildings. Constructed in 1914, then named after a former New York City mayor in 2015, the structure is a draw for architecture and history fans.

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