Honor New York's Impressive History at These Top Historic Sites

In an era where novelty is paramount, the main concern for architecture seems to be if there can be a luxury condo or Starbucks building opportunity. This makes a historic site all the more essential. They help a city to retain the details that make it unique. These historic sites have been deemed as nationally significant, allowing us to see old New York, with a specialty-made latte in hand.

Pieces of political, social or cultural heritage have been preserved at many of New York's famous monuments. There are over 261 national historic monuments in New York state, which is the most of any state in the US. New Yorkers take their history seriously and some of the buildings have achieved a level of fame that is staggering. Even people who never have the opportunity to visit New York City are aware of the steel reinforced copper female figure who holds a torch as a symbol of enlightenment.

You can spend your time in New York stocking up on souvenirs and eating your way around the city. We certainly wouldn't blame you. When you pass by these buildings, pause for a second and consider what they stand for. New York is a big, pulsing history book just waiting to be read.

New York Transit Museum
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of New York Transit Museum

Sure, you could go on the regular subway, but it just wouldn't give you as much information about how beautiful the subway used to be. Yes, we said beautiful - in some older stations, there were even electric chandeliers. This museum is situated...  Read More

"You can't leave New York. You're the Chrysler building!" claimed Carrie to her on-again, off-again beau in Sex and The City. That was quite a compliment, as the Chrysler building is one of the most famous buildings in New York. It was even the...  Read More

Flatiron District

Designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, the Flatiron Building was slotted into a spot at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway that was shaped like a wedge. Burnham made it work, designing a distinctly triangular...  Read More

Spanning from the South Street Seaport to Brooklyn Heights, the famous Brooklyn Bridge has ushered New Yorkers across the East River since 1883. A must-see for any visitor to the Big Apple, the best way to experience the bridge is to take the...  Read More

One of the world's most famous skyscrapers is easily recognized by its strong, slender ascent into the NY sky. The building opened in 1931 at a cost of $41 million after about a year of construction, making it the fastest development of any...  Read More

Even if going to a library isn't on your list of "must see" attractions back home, be sure to make an exception for the New York Public Library. The imposing main branch cost $9 million to build when construction began in 1905. Today, it holds...  Read More

The date of September 11th will be etched in the mind of the world for a significant period of time. The date the World Trade Centre was brought down changed New York. This memorial occupies 8 of the 16 acres the building occupied and serves as...  Read More

Federal Hall National Monument

Three successive buildings stood the the corner of Wall and Nassau Streets. The first was built in 1700 as New York's City Hall, which later served as the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first president of the United States....  Read More

These two sights represent freedom for millions of people, and the Statue of Liberty, a 450,000 pound gift from the people of France, is a must-see for anyone visiting the Big Apple. It used to have the lengthier title "The Statue of Liberty...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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