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New York is full of architecture, landmarks, and unique experiences. Below is a compiled list of some of the incredible smaller aspects of New York that help to make it an incredible city.

-1iota: 1iota is perhaps one of our absolute favorite aspects of New York since it was something we partook in the most. 1iota is a company that allows you to apply for tickets to various New York shows that range from daily talk shows, like GMA, to big events like the NFL’s release of their fall collection for New York Fashion Week. We utilized 1iota at least once a month and were able to partake in a variety of experiences from Live with Kelly and Ryan or a movie premiere to see Skyscraper with the Rock. (During our premiere the red carpet was in fact red!) 1iota was a great way to experience a variety of events that typically we wouldn’t go to and it was all free! We definitely recommend checking out their website and applying for tickets if you live in New York or are visiting in the area.

-Brooklyn Heights Promenade: One of the best part of living in Brooklyn Heights was being two blocks away from the promenade. The promenade is a walkway that spans the length of Brooklyn Heights and provides stunning views of lower Manhattan. Since we lived only a couple blocks from the promenade we frequented it almost daily to take in the views, fresh air, and to get a little exercise. The promenade was one of our absolute favorite aspects of living in Brooklyn Heights.

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-Broadway: A classic New York experience is Broadway and we had the privilege of visiting several times. There are several different ways to obtain tickets, including discounts that make it more accessible. Additionally, NYU students can get both discounted and free Broadway tickets. We were able to see War Paint, Miss Saigon, Anastasia, and Carousel during the year we lived in New York and all of the tickets were either discounted or free. Each of the shows was absolutely incredible! Broadway is probably one of our favorite aspects of New York and we had such a great time partaking in several different performances.

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-Bull: Perhaps one of the most well-known attractions in New York City is the Bull. The Bull sits at the base of the financial district and is in fact, a statue of a large bull that has become an iconic place to take a picture. Due to the popularity of the bull, expect a long line for the bull, and if you ever see a short line just go grab your picture.

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-Chrysler Building: While the Empire State Building gets more attention, this Art Deco masterpiece is one of the highlights of the Manhattan skyline. Before the Empire State Building was completed, it was the tallest building in the world, although it only held the title for eleven months. The brick structure gives way to a gleaming fan-like triangular top and spire and has several other metallic decorations on the building, including eagles near the top. The Chrysler Building is perhaps even more spectacular at night, when the top is lit in a way that accentuates the fan-like spire. Because of where buildings are, it’s not quite as easy to spot the Chrysler Building, but it’s worth seeking out. There is no observation deck, but you are able to walk into the building’s lobby, where Art Deco murals decorate the walls and ceiling.

-Empire State Building: The Empire State Building might be the most iconic building in the United States. Like the Chrysler Building, it is an Art Deco skyscraper, rectangular in nature, with a staggered top that ends in a large, needle-like pinnacle. It was the tallest building in the world from the time it was built until the World Trade Centers were built. You’ll get lots of views of the skyscraper in and around Midtown, but you can see more of the details of the building the closer you get, such as the red around the windows. Visitors can go to the observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building, although this is a popular tourist attraction–and a pricey one–so expect to wait and spend quite a bit of money to go to the top.

-Flatiron Building: The Flatiron Building stands at the triangular intersection of Broadway and Fifth, and itself is a thin, triangular structure. When it was built, people thought it would blow over, but it still stands today as one of New York’s most famous architectural residents. There is more to the Flatiron Building than just its triangular shape–the building itself is beautiful and built in the Renaissance/Beaux Arts style, featuring limestone at the bottom, a symmetrical middle with subtle (at least from further away) but intricate detailing, and a more ornate top with arches.

-Grand Central Terminal: Grand Central is one of the central train hubs on Manhattan, and its restoration left it in beautiful condition. The large facade earns the name “grand.” Be sure to look at the south entrance, where the large clock faces Park Avenue. The interior is just as beautiful, with fantastic architectural details, including the famed blue ceiling that depicts the zodiac. It’s hard to walk through without staring up. Be sure to check out some of the other details though, such as the lovely clock in the center of the terminal, as well as the old cashier booths.

-Jimmy Fallon: Jimmy Fallon tickets are perhaps the hardest to obtain, but they are for sure worth it. A few weeks of tickets are released at 11:30 and by about 11: 37 they are all gone. The tickets are through 1iota, but are a completely separate website. It took us several month to obtain tickets, but when we finally did we had a great time. The show is filmed in the middle of the day even though it is the late show and you can score tickets to either the dress rehearsal or the actual taping. We were able to partake in the actual taping and Jimmy Fallon, the guests, and the overall experience was so much fun!

-LOVE sign: A fun sculpture between Times Square and Central Park is the LOVE sign. Like the bull, it is often crowded, but in the evenings there are fewer people. There are several different signs throughout the United States, and the New York one is perfectly located for those visiting Midtown.

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-Macys on Herald Square: Even if you are not in to shopping, a visit to Macy’s on Herald Square is a fun trip! The Macy’s on Herald Square is the original location and inside there are still the old wooden escalators, which are really unique. Macy’s is centrally located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible if you are headed to Penn Station or Madison Square Garden. Additionally, the store is decked out with an entire winter wonderland during Christmas and is one of the reasons New York City is one of the best places to be during the Christmas season.

-Portal down to Old New York: The Portal down to Old New York provides visitors with the opportunity to view the remnants of New York architecture below the current city. There are several glass holes that provide a portal to view the architecture and provide little information boards to learn more about the architecture you are viewing.

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-Premieres: New York is full of premieres! Movies and tv shows may have an early, private premiere before the movie or tv show is released. The premieres are free and typically include some free giveaways. To be included in the invite list you only need to sign up through different producing companies, such as Warner Brothers. The tickets go fast so you need to be quick to respond, but we were able to go to several different tv show and movie premieres, as well as get some free gifts.

-Rockefeller Center & Top of the Rock: The Rockefeller Center is a vast complex of Art Deco buildings, rather simple and geometric, with the lines and columns of windows drawing the eye upward. Scattered around the center, both inside and out, are statues, mosaics, and murals of Greek mythology that celebrate progress and the worker. The interior plaza of Rockefeller Center contains the famous ice rink in winter, where the tree at Rockefeller Center stands above it. For those wanting to get a bird’s-eye view of the city, buy tickets to the Top of the Rock, the observation deck on top of the Rockefeller Center’s largest building. Tickets here are much cheaper than those at the Empire State Building and offer something you can’t get at the Empire State Building’s observation deck–views of the Empire State Building. The Top of the Rock offers spectacular views north to Central Park and south to the tip of the island and beyond. While we have not been to the Empire State Building observation deck and cannot speak to the views there, we can say that the view overlooking Manhattan from the Rockefeller Center all the way to the Financial District, along with the harbor and the Statue of Liberty a tiny speck in the distance, is well-worth the price of admission and would be hard to beat.

-Radio City Rockettes: A Christmas tradition that we adore is the Radio City Rockettes. Margaret had seen a performance in St. Louis when she was younger, but had not seen them since. We received free tickets to a performance and absolutely loved it! The show was engaging, fun, and really helped to kick off the season. Afterwards, we walked around Rockefeller and enjoyed the Christmas decorations.

-SoHo Galleries: Just south of Washington Square Park and NYU is the SoHo art galleries. We visited a couple times and had a fantastic time going into each gallery, which serves as a mini museum and taking in the different styles of art. Additionally, we were able to figure out new and different types of art we appreciate and even ones we would eventually like to purchase for our home. The SoHo galleries provide visitors with a unique museum encounter that allows you to purchase the art, but also learn as you go.

-St. Patrick’s Cathedral: This Gothic-style church is the seat of the archbishop of New York. It was built in the nineteenth-century and features a beautifully-ornate exterior and lovely stained-glass windows on the interior, underneath which are small grottoes dedicated to different saints. The Old-World, Gothic architecture stands in stark contrast to its surroundings, especially to the Atlas statue across the street at the Rockefeller Center.

-Stone Street: Stone Street is a historic district in the Financial District that features restored buildings that look like the street might have in the eighteenth century. Walk the cobblestone street and feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

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-South Street Seaport: South Street Seaport is an area on the eastern side of Manhattan north of the Financial District along the East River. As the name suggests, this was one of the main areas ships docked, and it was also home to the old fish market. Today, several of the old buildings are preserved, such as Schermerhorn Row, built in 1811-1812, that give a glimpse of what the area may have looked like in its heyday as a shipping yard. Be sure to check out 146-148 Beekman Street, where a large, blue-and-white advertisement for seafood is painted onto the beautiful brick building.

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-Trinity Church: Trinity Church was first built along Wall Street in 1698. It was destroyed in 1776, rebuilt, and torn down in the winter of 1838-1839. The current church was built from 1839 to 1846, a beautiful Gothic, brownstone structure that sits in an old cemetery, looking rather out of place among all of the towering skyscrapers. The church is famous as the place of worship of several prominent American founders, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay. Hamilton is even buried in the cemetery. The interior is perhaps even more spectacular than the exterior, featuring Gothic-style arches, lots of stained-glass, and beautifully ornate elements.

-Washington Mews: In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Greenwich Village the Washington Mews provide a tranquil escape from the skyscrapers. The Washington Mews is a private cobble stoned street that has carriage houses with beautiful greenery decorating the buildings. The Mews is perhaps one of the most charming aspects of Greenwich Village, and all of Manhattan.

-Wall Street: Wall Street is so-named because the street stands where the original Dutch settlers built a wall across the island to protect the settlement from Native Americans. Today, “Wall Street” is synonymous with finance and trade as the center of banking in the United States. Some of the famous sites of Wall Street, however, actually sit off of Wall Street, such as the New York Stock Exchange.

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