Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 20 Sights in New York

Top 20 Sights listed in the Michelin travel books “Michelin Must Sees in New York City” and “Michelin Green Guide to New York City.”

One of our goals while living in New York was to visit all 20 sights as recommended by the two Michelin travel books listed above. Last Wednesday, our regular missionary Preparation Day, we completed the last of the list of 20 sights when we visited the United Nations Headquarters.

Here are the 20 sights (in alphabetical order) and photos that we took of (or from) each sight.

American Museum of Natural History

Dinosaur fossil at the American Museum of Natural History
 
Model of the Blue Whale, American Museum of Natural History

Bronx Zoo

Main entrance to the world-famous Bronx Zoo

Nubian ibexes spar in the Bronx Zoo. Most animals have lots of room to roam.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, which crosses the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, as viewed from the Observation Deck of the One World Trade Center
Manhattan skyline as viewed from the Brooklyn Bridge

Central Park

"Angel of the Waters" statue in Central Park
New York City skyline above Central Park

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building


Main lobby of the Chrysler Building
If we were ranking these top 20 sites, we would probably put this as number 20. Yes, it's an icon of New York, but visitors are only able to see the outside of the building and the lobby.

The Cloisters

Exterior view of the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A view of one of the actual cloisters (covered walkways around enclosed garden areas) in the Cloisters

Empire State Building

Empire State Building as viewed from the East River


View of lower Manhattan and the One World Trade Center from the Empire State Building


Fifth Avenue

Beverly at a Christmas window display of Saks 5th Avenue

Saint Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue


Frick Collection

The Frick Mansion, which houses the fabulous Frick Collection

"Mistress and Maid" (1667) by Vermeer, one of the many amazing paintings at the Frick Collection

Grand Central Terminal

Facade of Grand Central Terminal

Main hall of Grand Central Terminal

The High Line Park

Beverly on the High Line, a park that once was an abandoned elevated metro line
One of the few sections of the High Line Park that shows the tracks where the trains once ran


Hudson River Valley

The Hudson River near West Point, New York

Philipsburg Manor, a farming, milling, and trading center in the 1750s. It is one of many early-American historic sites in the Hudson River Valley.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Main entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
How can we choose which of the thousands of fabulous paintings to display? We have randomly picked one of our many, many favorites:
"Water Lilies" by Monet, from the huge holdings of Impressionist paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Main entrance to the Museum of Modern Art
It's easier to pick one painting that represents the MoMA. It's the most popular painting in the museum and one of our all-time favorites:
"The Starry Night," by van Gogh



New York Public Library

Main entrance to the New York Public Library
One of the several large, ornate study halls in the New York Public Library


Rockefeller Center

Night view of the Rockefeller Center and Christmas tree

View of the New York City night skyline from Top of the Rock, the Observation Deck of the Rockefeller Center


St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral


Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral


Statue of Liberty

Liberty Island in New York Harbor

The Statue of Liberty


United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Building as viewed from Roosevelt Island in the East River

Security Council meeting hall, United Nations Headquarters


Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building
The ornate facade of the Woolworth Building

Is this Michelin Top 20 really the best 20 sites in New York City and its surroundings? Well, if we were going to make our Top 20, we would certainly include the Manhattan LDS Temple, Lincoln Center (which includes the concert halls of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Ballet), the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the One World Trade Center, the Morgan Library, the Circle Line cruise around Manhattan, and others. There is much to see and do in New York City!

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