Picture Perfect: New York City

Across all five boroughs, along historical streets and through its many parks, New York City is picture perfect. Here’s a few of our recent snaps.

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New York City’s iconic MTA buses are a cheap and efficient way for visitors to explore the city at street level.

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St Patrick’s Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue across from Rockefeller Plaza, is one of the city’s most distinguished sanctuaries. The famous 339-foot-tall chapel holds some of the most prized art and musical instruments in the country within its walls.

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The Fearless Girl – the bronze, pony-tailed statue that symbolises female empowerment – faces off with Wall Street’s Charging Bull. The statue was moved to a new home in late 2018 opposite the New York Stock Exchange.

The towers and suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge are recognisable the world over. Stretching across the East River, the iconic bridge has an elevated pedestrian walkway and cycleway that connects Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn.

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The New York Public Library, next to Bryant Park, is famous as a working space for writers and academics and attracts around 18 million visitors every year.

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Two majestic lions, crafted out of pink Tennessee marble, watch over the entrance of the grand building on Fifth Avenue.

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The Flatiron Building next to Madison Square Park is New York’s oldest skyscraper. Built in 1902, the eye-catching, 22-storey, triangular building was the first in the world to be constructed using a steel frame.

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The National September 11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan remembers the 2,983 people killed during the 2001 terror attacks, along with victims of the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center. Reflecting pools now stand on the original site of the twin towers, with the victims’ names inscribed on surrounding bronze panels.

For a unique 360-degree view of the city, head to the observation deck on floors 100-102 of the One World Observatory. You’ll see the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty downtown, while you’ll see across Central Park and up to the Bronx in the other direction.

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The High Line is a public park built on a historic elevated rail line on Manhattan’s West Side. You can wander for 1.45 miles, starting at Gansevoort St in the Meatpacking District and finishing at 34th St, near Hudson Yards.

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Below the calm of the High Line are the chaotic streets of New York City.

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Many native New Yorkers often say “meet me under the clock”. In New York there’s really only one clock –  the Grand Central Terminal Clock at 42nd St, worth between $10 million and $20 million.

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Head to the third floor of the Shops at Columbus Circle for the best snapshot of Christopher Columbus statue and the south-west corner of Central Park.

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Lombardi’s is a landmark Nolita restaurant said to be America’s oldest. It’s famous for its signature margherita pizza with a simple, classic topping of tomato sauce, basil and creamy rounds of mozzarella.

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A gathering spot for avant-garde artists and university students; a battleground for chess enthusiasts; a playground for canines and children. Washington Square Park, in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood, is many things to many people.

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With nearly 150 vendors and more than 375,000 daily visitors during peak season, the Union Square Greenmarket is easily the largest and most popular farmers market in the city.

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The birdlike steel-and-glass shell between Church and Greenwich Streets – known as the Oculus – has captured the city’s imagination. It’s also known as Westfield World Trade Center.

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The Guggenheim Museum is one of the city’s most visually intriguing landmarks. Be warned though, it’s closed Thursdays for school visits.

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One of the best spots to snap the Empire State Building in all its art deco glory is from Bryant Park.

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They say it’s often quicker to get around New York City using one of Citi Bike’s 6,000 hire bikes than it is taking a taxi. The scheme is perfect for visitors and locals who want to hire a bike for a short ride.

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If you’re around Times Square in the early morning, be sure to check out the Good Morning America studios. You might even see yourself on TV.

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Central Park’s elm-lined walkway known as the Mall is home to many artists and salesmen peddling art and other memorabilia to tourists. They don’t really like you taking snaps of their wares though (as you can tell by the expression on his face) – they’d rather you buy.

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A popular spot for tourist snaps in the illuminated US flag at Times Square. It’s actually part of the US armed forces recruiting station on the traffic island at 43rd St, between Broadway and 7th Avenue.

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It looks like any subway station in New York City, but this is actually the decommissioned Court Street station in Brooklyn Heights and the home of the New York Transit Museum.

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The real attraction at the museum is the fleet of vintage subway cars and buses from the  1920s, ’30s and ’40s. And they’re all still operational.

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Take a trip to Chinatown to visit Nom Wah Tea Parlor, the oldest dim sum spot in NYC. Nom Wah first opened its doors in 1920 on the L-shaped Doyers Street – known as the “Bloody Angle” given the number of gang-related deaths that occurred there.

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One of the best events in New York City each February is the Lunar New Year parade that heads down Mott St from Canal St, and onto East Broadway. The sound of firecrackers, the dancing dragons and thousands of people make this an event to remember.

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