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Free Tourist Attractions in New York City

May 10, 2008
When visiting new places, time is the enemy but if you plan to have a seven day stay in New York then you should have ample time in this busy city to explore and see all the 'must do places'. One of the busiest visitor locations in the city is the Empire State Building and even if you don't get to the top there is still a great deal to see.

There is of course some competition between the Empire State Building and the The Statue of Liberty is best seen from a tour boat although these can be extremely busy and since 9/11, the delays can be long so it is best to go ashore at Ellis Island; which is the former immigration center but is also fascinating.

Fortunately, the Staten Island ferry is still free and can provide great views of the Statue of Liberty; this is also a great place to spend some time enjoying the talents of local (almost professional) street entertainers. However, no seven day trip to New York would be complete now without a visit to where the World Trade Center Towers once stood not that long ago. It's strangely moving location and the terrorist struck World Trade Centre site covers a huge area but it is a peculiarly unfriendly subject for the photographer. If you want to see the famous stores, you can visit Tiffany's and the 5th Ave style leaders or bargain hunt around Broadway and plunder the discount warehouses of the Lower East Side.

If you're up for more discount shopping then you need to get to Maceys and have your tourist discount card handy as it can save you eleven percent after which a trip to Bloomingdales would be in order. Unfortunately, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will be closed until late 2008; if you're going to be there next year it will be a worthwhile place to see. Many special (and large) craft are located here including a number from World War II, namely the aircraft carrier the USS Intrepid. The New York City Police Museum is worth an hour if you're down that way; it's free to enter but a five dollar donation is recommended to help with its upkeep; because it's about New York's finest (and some not so fine), it has some really excellent NYPD souvenirs.

Then it is worth seeing some of the older history of New York back when there were huge numbers of migrants entering the city and the Lower East Tenement was where most of them ended up; this is now a museum and a time capsule.

For a step back in time it worth going to Central Park where the New York Museum is located; this is an exhibition of many periods relating to the life of The Big Apple. The museum is in a beautiful building which is free to enter but a nine dollar donation is normally given with plenty of souvenirs available. There is a huge amount to see and do in this city and if you are staying anything less than seven days in New York, you will hardly scratch the surface!
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