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New York City Attractions
By Susan M. Keenan 2007

Attractions in New York City run the gamut from the historical to the awe-inspiring to the amusing and entertaining. While there, you will never be at a loss for something to do. Wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes if you plan to visit more than one location in a day's time.

Perhaps one of the most exciting things to do first is to take the exhilarating trip up to the 102nd floor of one of the most famous buildings in the world, the Empire State Building. All of Manhattan is laid out before you from the comfort and safety of the observation tower.

Next, a trip to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island might be indicated. The ferry ride over is the perfect way to build up your anticipation at seeing Lady Liberty, one of the tallest statues ever. Ellis Island includes educational information as well as the thrill of standing at the very same location where some of the country's first immigrants entered the United States full of hopes and dreams.

Once you get back onto dry land in the city, buggies and horse-drawn carriages are all the rage and an easy way to traverse from one interesting place to the next. Central Park is a must see spot for animal and nature lovers.

Greenwich Village, located in Lower Manhattan, offers a fine spot for a walk through the Bohemian part of New York City. Call it funky, stylish, or whatever- you are sure to find it in Greenwich Village. The place is a veritable goldmine of trendy boutiques and clever art galleries. In fact, food never tastes the way it does here so be sure to stop and grab a bite to eat before you go. Atmosphere is everything sometimes.

Chinatown has a bustling variety of shops and restaurants that will keep you busy. The stores have almost anything you could imagine for sale and most of it with true Oriental flavor including brocades, ivory pieces, spices, herbs, and flavorful teas, and more. The aromatic scents from the Chinese restaurants will entice you in with their promise of culinary delights that will fill your tummy.

If you are in for more of the fashionable and happening, visit SoHo while you are in New York City. A place where you can find almost anything, especially the odd or unusual, SoHo offers numerous shops and just as many outdoor cafes and coffeehouses. The locals are as interesting and unique as anywhere else in the world.

While this is only a brief smattering of what New York City has to offer, it is most definitely a place to start. Exploration is the best way to get to know a place, so step out, and discover New York.