New York's Most Popular Sights: S to Z

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  • Saint Patrick's Cathedral

  • Now dwarfed by surrounding mid-town buildings, the classic French Gothic style cathedral was considered "out of town" when it was constructed in 1879. It is currently the 11th largest church in the world. Fifth Avenue at 50th Street. Take the E or F train to 5th Avenue. Phone: (212) 753-2261

  • South Street Seaport

  • What used to be a bustling seaport in the 18th and 19th centuries, South Street Seaport now encompasses newly restored buildings which house a variety of restaurants, specialty food shops and boutiques. Also, nearby, the South Street Seaport Museum is located within the 12 square block Landmark Historic District that stretches from Fulton Street to the Brooklyn bridge. Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, J, or M train to Fulton Street, or the A or C train to Broadwy-Nassau. Phone: (212) SEA-PORT.

  • Staten Island Ferry

  • For an excellent view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, the Staten Island Ferry makes a one-hour round-trip between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. The ferry is a FREE 24-hour service that runs seven days a week. During peak hours, it departs every 20 minutes after 6:30am; weekends from 7:30am-9:30pm every half hour, and thereafter every hour. The ferry leaves from Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall Street and South Street. Take the 1 or 9 train to South Ferry, the N or R to Whitehall, or the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green. Phone: (718) 815-BOAT.

  • The Statue of Liberty

  • Ellis Island is currently fully open. Liberty Island is also open, though access to the interior of the Statue of Liberty Monument is restricted as a security measure. For more information, call the Circle Line Ferry at 212-269-5755, or check their website,
    This grand lady has welcomed millions of foreigners coming to seek freedom and opportunity in America. She was an extravagant gift from France to a young new America. The trip to Liberty Island where lady liberty stands takes 15 minutes. Round trip fare is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $3 for children 3-17 years old, and free to children 3 and under. Ferries operate 7 days a week. Ferry information: 212-269-5755.

  • Theater District

  • New York City's Theater District is contained within a thin strip of Manhattan, from 53rd to 42nd streets, between 6th and 8th Aves, called the Great White Way. There are approximately 36 theaters crammed into this small area of the city, most of which host world famous productions nightly.

  • Theodore Roosevelt House

  • This site was the home of Theodore Roosevelt for the first fourteen years of his life. The building on the site is a 1923 reconstruction of the house in which Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm. There are tours on the hour until 4:00pm. Admission is $2. Located at 28 East 20th Street between Park Ave. and Broadway. Take the N, R, or 6 trains to 23rd Street. (212) 260-1616.

  • Times Square

  • Known as the Crossroads of the World, Times Square is the heart of New York City, where commerce meets the performing arts, a magnet for both business and tourism. Located at 42nd Street where 7th Ave. and Broadway cross. Take the N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7, or 9 train to the Times Square station.

    Now open in Times Square, the Nasdaq MarketSite, a high-tech interactive experience of the stock market designed to illuminate the future of investing in a digital world.

  • Trinity Church

  • Trinity Church is one of the oldest churches in the United States, and has been destroyed and rebuilt twice since it was originally chartered in 1697. The current church was built by Richard Upjohn in 1846 in the Neo-Gothic style. Open Monday through Friday 8:00am-6:00pm and weekends 8:00am-4:00pm. Guided tours take place Monday through Friday at 2:00pm. Located on Broadway at Wall St. in Lower Manhattan. Take the 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Wall St., the A, C, or E train to Chambers, or the 1, 9, or R train to Rector St. (212) 602-0800.

  • TV Show Tapings

  • New York has been called the talk show capital of the world. Tabloid TV and institutionalized gossip come to life in the studios of the city. Tickets are free, but people stand in line hours and hours before the designated time for tickets. Get there early and wear comfortable shoes if you are serious about getting in. Click here to find out how to attend such shows as The Today Show, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnell, Saturday Night Live, and Sally Jesse Raphael.

  • United Nations

  • Located on the banks of the scenic East River, this international zone is the only section of land in Manhattan that is not part of the United States. The 181 flags in front represent each of the member countries' commitment to working together for peaceful means of conflict resolution. Guided tours operate daily; English tours leave about every 15 minutes, from 9:15am to 4:45pm. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, $5.00 for students, and $4.00 for kids ages 5-14. Children under 5 years old are not permitted on tour. For tours in other languages, call (212) 963-7539 on the morning you want to visit to find out the schedule, or reserve a foriegn language tour with a large group. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more. First Ave at 46th Street. For information and reservations call: (212) 963-7113.

  • Woolworth Building

  • This famous skyscraper, 792 feet tall, was commissioned by Frank W. Woolworth, the owner of the five and dime chain. Built by Cass Gilbert between 1911 and 1913, the building was nick-named early the "Cathedral of Commerce." 233 Broadway at Barclay St.

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