Attractions in New York City Part II
8. Brooklyn Flea in Dumbo – Flea Market
Brooklyn Flea is one of the city’s most famous flea markets. From vintage clothes to furniture to antique household items and jewelry, you will find everything your heart desires here. If you need a little refreshment after all the impressions, you can regain your strength with waffles, Hong Kong pork buns or a hot dog.
The Hells Kitchen Flea Market or the Grand Bazaar on the Upper West Side are also well worth a visit. Every Sunday traders and artists offer their goods for sale here, and the profits go to the surrounding schools. Thus, you can do good at the same time with a stroll through these definitely worthwhile sights.
9. New York City Bike Tour
You can explore the city particularly intensively and cheaply by bike. Of course, you don’t have to bring your bike with you, as there are numerous bike stations in New York City. With the Citi Bike you can explore the many sights of the city on varied tours.
A tour through Central Park with a view of the impressive buildings along the West and Upper East Side is definitely an unforgettable experience. Get up close and personal with one of the city’s landmarks as you drive across the Brooklyn Bridge. They also have a great view of the impressive city skyline.
10. High Line
The High Line in New York is a former freight train route located in the west of Manhattan. It is a good 2.3 kilometers long and was converted into a park over a period of 13 years. The renovation work took place from 2006 to 2019 and the new complex is called High Line Park. The handover of the High Line Park took place in three steps, the first section of which was opened to the public in June 2009, before the other two parts followed in September 2014 and on June 5, 2019.
The High Line was planned not to be built for passenger traffic, but for the transport of goods and goods. This differentiates the High Line, which is a former section of the West Side Freight Line, from the rest of the elevated railway network in New York City. The preserved part of the High Line leads the approximately seven million visitors annually from 34th Street in Hells Kitchen, a district of Manhattan, to Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District. The latter is also a district of the aforementioned Staddteil.
11. Staten Island Ferry
As the name suggests, the Staten Island Ferry is a ferry service that shuttles between New York City’s port in Manhattan and Staten Island. It is operated by the New York City Department of Transportation and nine double-ended ferries are used, each offering space for around 6,000 passengers.
A total of two contact points are available. On the one hand, there is the one on Whitehall Street near Battery Park, a huge park. On the other hand, there is a pier at the Saint George Ferry Terminal. The special feature of the latter is the connection to the Staten Island Railway. This is a railway line on Staten Island.
It should also be mentioned that the ferry operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But the 19 million passengers a year are not only due to this, but also to the fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, which the passengers can enjoy from the ship. Furthermore, there is a cafe on board the ferries, which is responsible for the culinary supply during the crossing, although it only takes 22 minutes for the approximately 8.4 kilometers, which correspond to about 5 miles and lead across Upper New York Bay become. The crossing is free of charge for passengers.
12. Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden, often referred to as The Garden and abbreviated to MSG, is a multi-purpose hall in New York City. The hall calls itself “The world’s most famous arena” – in English “The most famous arena in the world” – which is partly due to the fact that it has its own television station. However, it is mainly known for its location in the Manhattan borough and the events for which it is used. These include various sports such as boxing, basketball and ice hockey, but concerts are also sometimes on the agenda.
Not only does the New York Rangers ice hockey team play their home games in the National Hockey League (NHL), the top division in North American ice hockey, in Madison Square Garden, but the New York Knicks also challenge their opponents in the MSG. The Knicks are a basketball team from said city and play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It is the equivalent of the NHL in basketball. The capacity of the hall is 18,200 for ice hockey and 19,763 for basketball. At concerts, at 20,000 people, the most people fit into Madison Square Garden.
13. Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge
Some of New York City’s most famous landmarks also include some bridges. The two most famous are the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge crosses the East River and is a hybrid type of construction. This means that it combines elements of a suspension bridge with components of a cable-stayed bridge. It was planned by John August Roebling, opened in May 1883 and is over 1.8 kilometers long and almost 26 meters wide. It connects the two districts of Brooklyn and Manhattan and is also known as the “Bridge of Longing”. It embodies the dream of a better life because it leads right into the heart of Manhattan.
The Manhattan Bridge on the other hand is a pure suspension bridge. However, the two bridges have a few things in common. Both bridges are operated by the New York City Department of Transportation and the Manhattan Bridge also crosses the East River and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn – even if Lower Manhattan (Chinatown) has to be mentioned more precisely at this point. The Manhattan Bridge was only opened more than 25 years after the Brooklyn Bridge, but it is also a tad bigger: At just under 2.1 kilometers in length and 37 meters in width, it is both longer and wider than the Brooklyn Bridge.
14. World Trace Center
The World Trade Center – often abbreviated as WTC and referred to in German as the World Trade Center – was a huge office complex. It was located in the southeastern part of Manhattan, the so-called Financial District, which is located on the southern tip of Lower Manhattan and thus near Wall Street.
The WTC opened in 1973 and consisted of seven buildings. Probably the most famous element of the world trade center were the extremely high twin towers (Twin Towers, WTC 1 and 2). With 110 floors and 415 and 417 meters respectively, they were among the tallest buildings in New York and were unmistakably recognizable from the skyline before they fell victim to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Nowadays, a new world trade center is located on the site also known as Ground Zero. It was built from 2006 and consists of six skyscrapers, which are completed by an underground shopping center and the museum commemorating the previous attacks. The central element of the new complex is the One World Trade Center. This skyscraper is currently the tallest building in the United States at 541 meters. At a height of 406 meters there is a public viewing platform, the One World Observatory.