Upper East Side: The neighborhood bordering the East Side of Central Park from 59th Street to 96th Street is known as the Upper East Side and is the home of many wealthy and socially prominent New Yorkers. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and several other fine museums are located here. It is also known for exclusive shopping and fine restaurants.
Upper West Side: On the opposite side of Central Park, the neighborhood between Columbus Circle and 125th Street is known as the Upper West Side. It includes the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and the American Museum of Natural History. This exclusive area is home to many musicians, performers and celebrities. John Lennon lived here until his untimely death in nearby Central Park. It is known for great shopping and dining.
Harlem: The upper part of Manhattan Island between 96th Street east of the park and 125th street west of the park and extending to 165th Street is known as Harlem. It is the tradition home of a large Afro-American community and contains the famous Apollo Theater. The Southeastern section includes a predominately Hispanic neighborhood known as Spanish Harlem.
Popular attractions include:
American Museum of Natural History : From asteroids to zebra, this is the place where big kids and little kids come to have fun…and learn. Don’t miss the laser light shows and the Butterfly Exhibit. You can also see exhibits from ancient Egypt, Greece and even see the bones of dinosaurs including the fiercest of creatures to walk the earth: T-REX
Empire State Building: This sky-high tour is still one of the best bargains in the city.
Metropolitan Museum: The Met is not just one of the world’s greatest repositories of art, but also a center for non-art activity such as concerts, lectures, and educational programs.
New York Stock Exchange: This bastion of capitalism has always been a favorite of venture capitalists of all ages.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral: A central place of worship for the city’s thousands of Roman Catholics, St. Patrick’s nonetheless attracts worshipprers of all denominations.
Statue of Liberty: Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986.
Ellis Island: Now a tourist attraction and an opportunity for americans to trace their ancestors voyage to the promised land. Ellis Island was formerley the immigration centre and entry point into the united states. Ellis island now features a nice museaum rolling back the years to the beginning of US history.
Madison Square Garden: One of the most famous ‘event’ arena’s in the US hosting big events such as music concerts, world championship boxing along with many other major sports events. It is also home to the New York Knicks.
Times Square: One of the liveliest night spots in the US, Times Square is the centre of the city that never sleeps and packs in a an incredible number of bars, eateries, nightclubs and hotels in its boundaries.