Attractions in New York City Part III

by | April 27, 2021

15. Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, often referred to as Flushing Meadows Park or even just Flushing Meadows, is the largest park in the New York borough of Queens. The borough of Queens is located on the northern outskirts of New York.

Flushing Meadows is 3.6 square kilometers and was built for the New York World’s Fair (NYWF) in 1939/40. It was a huge world exhibition that took place in two six-month periods in New York over the years and attracted almost 45 million visitors. The parkland also hosted the 1964/65 World’s Fair.

The Flushing Meadows Corona Park is best known for its famous tennis tournament: the US Open. Along with the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, they are among the four largest tennis tournaments of the year, the so-called Grand Slams. The tournament takes place annually in August and September and was held for the first time in 1881. The game is played on the hard surface and the record winners since the Open Era are Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer with five titles each for men and Chris Evert and Serena Williams with six wins each for women.


16. Wall Street

Wall Street is a famous street in New York, about 0.7 miles long, located in the Manhattan borough, and is particularly important to the financial world as it is home to numerous financial institutions. In addition, Wall Street is home to the world’s largest stock exchange. It is called the New York Stock Exchange.

The name of the street is historical. In a nutshell: Petrus Stuyvesant, then General Director of the Dutch West India Company, had a wall built in New York City in 1652 during his tenure to ensure adequate protection against raids by Indians. This wall ran among other things at the place of today’s Wall Street and thus took care of its name.

17. Flatiron Building

Put simply, the Flatiron Building is one of the most famous skyscrapers in New York. It also bears the name Fuller Building, but in German it is translated as iron building due to the first variant of the name, since Flatiron means iron in German. It was built in 1902 and is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street. This means it is in the Flatiron District named after the building, which in turn is part of Manhattan. The Flatiron Building bears its unusual name because its shape is reminiscent of an old iron that was taller than the narrow side was wide. The height of 91 meters, which also ensures that the construct is one of the landmarks of the metropolis, is not unaffected.

The architectural style of the Flatiron Building can be classified in the style of the Renaissance Revival. The architects Daniel Burnham and Fredrick Dinkelberg were responsible for this. The two made sure that the building has 22 floors and that steel is used for the supporting structure. The complex is used for numerous office buildings.

18. Grand Central Terminal

The Grand Central Terminal, which is colloquially often referred to as Grand Central Station and abbreviated as NYG, is – as the name suggests – a huge train station in New York City. It is located in the borough of Manhattan, more precisely on the corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue.

The Grand Central Terminal opened on February 2, 1913, and since then it has been the railway station with the largest number of tracks in the world. In total there are 67 tracks that end at 44 platforms. These 67 tracks are in turn distributed over two floors, so that it is a so-called multi-level station and there are 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 tracks on the lower level. In addition, Grand Central Station is a dead end. This means that the trains leave the station on the same side on which they entered it.

Metro North commuter trains currently end at Grand Central Terminal, for example in the directions of Westchester County, Putnam County, Dutchess County, Fairfield County or New Haven County. Metro North is a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which in turn operates the regional trains, subways and bus routes in and around New York City.


19. Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village is a district in the New York borough of Manhattan. It is bounded by 14th Street to the north, Houston Street to the south, the Hudson River to the west and Broadway to the east. For the sake of simplicity, the area is often just called “The Village” and is a well-known district for artists and people from the scene. As a result, it houses numerous cafes, bars, restaurants and several theaters. It is also a popular residential area and is known for its lesbian and gay scene alongside the Chelsea district, which is also part of Manhattan. Furthermore, “The Village” was home to many writers, educated university professors and creative artists until the 1960s.

20. New York off the beaten path

How about experiencing New York off the beaten tourist track on a themed tour according to your own wishes? Entrust yourself to a guide and explore districts such as Brooklyn, Greenwich Village or SoHo on foot. Gourmets enjoy the city’s culinary highlights on gourmet tours, architecture lovers get to know the most important buildings with expert guides on a tour tailored to their needs.

On a Wall Street tour you will learn a lot of interesting facts about the international financial metropolis of New York. You visit the stock exchange and can take a look behind the scenes of a bank. Art lovers prefer to book a museum tour through the Metropolitan Museum of Art led by an art historian. He will show you the most important works in the collection and provide you with interesting explanations and background information.