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New York City: Take a Bite out of the Big Apple by CL Hendricks

There is no place in the world quite like New York City. That's one reason it plays host to more tourists from more places than just about anywhere else on earth. There are so many things to see and do in New York City that you shouldn't even try to see and do them all in one visit. If this is your first visit, here are some of the places you should consider for your itinerary.

Times Square: This square is not shaped like a square, but it is named for the New York Times, which has had its headquarters there since 1924. This area features an amazing kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. It's a short walk from here to the theatres of Broadway, and there are more dining and shopping options than you can shake a menu at.

Statue of Liberty: Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's most famous sculpture, a gift to the United States from France, has welcomed generations of immigrants to America. From the observation desk, you can get a good look at the New York City skyline and harbor and get a feel for what it felt like to arrive here.

Central Park: Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created this park in 1857, and today it is one of the largest and most famous city parks on earth. It is many miles of lush grass and woodland in the middle of a world-class metropolis.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: This cavernous facility, designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1895, is one of the titans of the art world. It has a million square feet of space and is a must for any visitor. Whether you're into Egyptian pharaohs, classical art, the works of Asia, or just a stroll in a garden, this museum has something for you.

Greenwich Village: This neighborhood has been home to radical thinkers and artists for nearly a century. It also features a plethora of restaurants, cafes, clubs and music venues to satisfy every taste.

Empire State Building: This building, put on the map by King Kong, was erected in 1931 and has attracted gawkers ever since. Tickets are available for a ride to the top of this structure, which offers one of the most magnificent views available anywhere.

Chinatown: This unique neighborhood is an essential stop for any visitor. From the street vendors hawking everything possible to the top-notch eateries, this place has something for everyone.

Yankee Stadium: If you're a baseball fan, you owe it to yourself to see this new structure, which is every bit as magnificent as its predecessor across the street. This is the new home of the team that has more World Series titles than anyone else.

Brooklyn Bridge: This suspension bridge went up in 1883 and has been a mainstay of the New York landscape ever since. Pedestrians can walk across this span that connects Brooklyn with Manhattan and take in the cables, the gothic towers, and the striking views.

St. Patrick's Cathedral: This amazing structure, under construction from 1850 until its completion in 1878, features one of the biggest pipe organs anywhere -- featuring over 7,000 pipes. This spires, caricatures and stunning stained glass are just some of the awe-inspiring features of this cathedral, which can hold over 2,500 people at a time.

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways