2021: Manhattan Voted New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Best Tourist Spot!
New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd St
(917) 275-6975 – http://www.nypl.org
The New York Public Library’s flagship location, the Stephen A. Schwarzman building is known for its extensive historical collection as well as its free access to resources. This building is often referred to as the “main branch” of the New York Public Library. The New York Public Library originally opened in 1911 and since this building has amassed quite an impressive collection. It is home to 15 million items including medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and even baseball cards. It’s no wonder why it has been called the #1 tourist spot in NYC.The Stephen A. Schwarzman building offers free programs, events and tours. There is even a café on premises, Amy’s Bread Café, so you can grab a snack while exploring.
2020: Manhattan Voted One World Observatory Best Tourist Spot!
One World Observatory
285 Fulton St
(844) 696-1776 – www.oneworldobservatory.com
The One World Observatory may be coming in first place for the best tourist spot in the city, but that doesn’t mean New Yorkers need to steer clear. The One World Observatory is a masterpiece of modern architecture while simultaneously a powerful memorial to those lost on 9/11, that every resident should visit at least once in their lifetime. Visitors start on the ground floor of the 1,776 foot tall, 104-story building where they are surrounded by granite walls designed to simulate the bedrock upon which skyscrapers are built in New York CIty. As visitors ascend to the observatory in a large elevator, video screens depict a time lapse of the city beginning as unsettled lands and transforming into the city we know today!