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Sightseeing in Manhattan

Manhattan, the part of NYC that is always in the movies, has a way of making you want to make sure you make the pilgrimage at least once in your life. The beating heart of New York City, Manhattan offers things that most cities in America doesn’t offer.

Being the place that was settled in the early 1600s, it is a place where old European architecture, blends along with all the modernity that we’ve come to appreciate in Manhattan. There are five points of interests, that have been my favorite to visit multiple times every time I go there.

The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of art)

Located on the edge of Central Park, The Met is one of the largest and most prestigious art museums in the world. It houses everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary art. My favorite part of the museum, is where they have full-scale rooms, featuring palace rooms in the style of Vienna, Austria and Paris, France. The museum has an amazing Romanesque Hall, featuring Medieval art, which is part of The Cloisters.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

This iconic Gothic-style cathedral stands on Fifth Avenue. Completed in 1878, St. Patrick's Cathedral is a masterpiece of architecture with its twin spires and stained-glass windows. It reminded me a of a newer version of Stephansdom, in Vienna. I was surprised how grand it was, especially because this is not Europe, but America. It is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve been to this side of the ocean.

The New York Public Library

Situated at Bryant Park, the New York Public Library's main branch, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece. Its iconic stone lions, Patience and Fortitude, guard the entrance, which I think is so pretty. I love the main entrance a lot, I mean they don’t make things with so much marble anymore. Marble truly stands the test of time.

Central Park

Central Park spans 843 acres and offers a feeling of “leaving” the city. You almost feel like you are somewhere else, instead of a bustling city. With all the lamp-lit pathways in the park, to the picturesque Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, there's something for everyone. I really enjoy seeing the various pretty arches in the park, and the bridges. My favorite bridge is Bow Bridge. It is the oldest cast-iron bridge in Central Park, and second-oldest in America.

The Upper East Side

One of the poshest neighborhoods in Manhattan, known for its elegance and affluence, is the Upper East Side, a neighborhood steeped with history. Upper East Side is known for being the home of some of the wealthiest people in America. Historically, the Rockefellers, the Kennedys, the Roosevelts, have all lived here. The area's tree-lined streets, historic brownstones, and upscale dining options provide a glimpse into the luxurious side of Manhattan living. There are many amazing restaurants in this neighborhood. I especially love the Italian restaurant, Sistina, which is right near The Met.

I loved visiting Manhattan, and cannot wait to return. Whether you're drawn to its world-class museums, architectural wonders, or serene green spaces, there is something here for everyone. ||


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