Rogers Bingo is proud to offer New York as part of its Dream Vacation Series!
The trip will include:
- Return Airfare for two!
- 5 night stay at the Mariott New York
- $500 USD Spending cash!
New York is likely to be the at the top of the Must-Visit list of anyone who is anyone! We can’t say much about New York other than whatever you have heard about this amazing city… its True!
1. Statue of Liberty
For the many immigrants that flocked from Europe to New York, the Statue of Liberty was the first image they saw of the USA. The statue was a gift from the French government for the 100th anniversary of America’s Independence. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the international friendship forged during the American Revolution. It has has become a symbol of freedom and democracy.
The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. To get to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, you’ll need to take a ferry from Battery Park City or New Jersey.
2. Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge ranks as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and remains one of New York’s most popular and well-known landmarks. The impressive bridge spans the East river between Brooklyn and Manhattan and stretches for a length of 5989 ft, about 1.8 km. This made the Brooklyn bridge the world’s largest suspension bridge. The most noticeable feature of the Brooklyn Bridge are the two masonry towers to which the many cables are attached.
An elevated pedestrian path not only gives you the opportunity to cross the river without being bothered by the traffic that rushes past a level below, but it also offers a great view of the bridge’s towers as well as downtown Manhattan’s skyline. The views alone attract millions of visitors to this bridge each year.
3. Times Square
Times Square, the most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and super signs. It is one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps. Times Square is a magnet for tourists and a center of New York’s social scene. Times Square is also the site of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop. On December 31, 1907, a ball signifying New Year’s Day was first dropped at Times Square, and the Square has held the main New Year’s celebration in New York City ever since.
At the start of the first World War, Times square was the center of the Theater district and attracted a large number of visitors. This made the square an ideal place for billboards. In 1917 the first large electric display billboard was installed. The billboards have become such a tourist attraction for the area, that the zoning now requires the buildings to be covered with billboards!
4. Central Park
Central Park is one of those places that make New York such a special place to live. The huge park, 843 acres large, is located in the center of Manhattan. Its design is an example for city parks around the world.
The park boasts several lakes, theaters, ice rinks, fountains, tennis courts, baseball fields, many playgrounds and other facilities. It is also home to the Central Park Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Especially during the weekends, when cars are not allowed into the park, Central Park is a welcome oasis in this hectic city.
It took more than 15 years before the 20,000 workers completed the park, but it immediately became a popular place for all New Yorkers, attracting millions of visitors each year. Central Park is situated in Manhattan between 59th and 110th street and between Fifth and Eight Ave.
5. Empire State Building
More than any other building in the world, the Empire State Building represents the ambition of humans to build towers that reach for the skies. It is New York’s best-known building, and has been featured in many movies such as King Kong. At the time when it was built in the early 1930s on Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building broke all records and was dubbed ‘the 8th world wonder’.
The building has 102 floors, and 73 elevators. It was constructed in only 1 year and 45 days. The skyscraper towered over the neighborhood with its height of 381 meter. Though the building has been stripped from its title of the world’s tallest building, it is a symbol of New York itself visited by 2 million people each year.
You can visit the Empire State Building’s observatory on the 86th floor from where you have a magnificent view over the city of New York. The Empire State Building is situated south of Midtown, away from the skyscraper clusters in midtown and in the financial district downtown, so this is one of the few places in Manhattan where you have an open 360 degrees view of the city.
6. Chrysler Building
At the beginning of the 20th century, the race for the tallest building in the world started and the Chrysler Building was the first building to top the then tallest structure, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. At 318 m high, the Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world, until the Empire State Building was built one year later.
The Chrysler building is one of the last skyscrapers in the Art Deco style. The gargoyles depict Chrysler car ornaments and the spire is modeled on a radiator grille. The building’s Art Deco interior is even more magnificent than its exterior; the marble floors and many Art Deco patterns such as on the stylish elevator doors make the Chrysler Building one of New York’s most beautiful office towers. It is now regarded as one of America’s greatest buildings, and is often on the cover of architectural books and magazines.
7. Fifth Avenue
New York’s Fifth Avenue is best known as an unrivaled shopping street. Almost any upscale retailer has a prestigious store located at this street. However not all of Fifth Avenue is shopping-centric. Along Central Park Fifth Avenue becomes a more residential street with a large number of interesting museums. Fifth Avenue starts just north of Washington Square and goes all the way north up to 143rd street in Harlem. It is one of the world’s most expensive streets, especially the area between 49th and 59th street where some of the most prestigious stores can be found.
There are enough over-the-top shopping opportunities on Fifth Avenue to satisfy everyone’s taste. Women will love browsing and buying at stores like Bergdorf-Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Emanuel Ungaro, Gucci, Ferragamo, and Versace. Men can check out Bergdorf Men, Brooks Brothers, the NBA Store as well as the famous Apple Store. Kids will love making their way through the astounding displays at FAO Schwartz, one of the world’s largest toy stores. Of course, you won’t want to miss the famous Saks Fifth Avenue as well.
Fifth Avenue is not just a shopping street. Along Central Park, which borders Fifth Avenue, the street becomes more residential. Here you’ll find extravagant homes, grand churches and other historic buildings. You’ll also come across numerous museums. In fact, there are so many of them that the area between 82nd and 104th Streets is known as the ‘Museum Mile’.
During the 19th and early 20th century many rich industrials settled along Fifth Avenue. They built fabulous mansions with views of Central Park. Many of these magnificent buildings are now home to museums. You’ll find the National Academy Museum in a home once belonging to the philanthropist Archer Huntington. The Frick Collections, also a museum, is housed in a mansion formerly owned by the steel magnate Henry Clay Frick. And the Museum of the City of New York is housed in a beautiful 1932 palatial residence.
There are many more museums for those interested such as the Jewish Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National DesignMuseum – housed in a mansion once owned by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, but the most famous of them all are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and theGuggenheim Museum. The Metropolitan Museum, also known as ‘the Met’, is one of the world’s largest museums. And the Guggenheim Museum is just as famous for the 20th century building in which it is housed as for the modern art that can be admired inside.
Other Points of Interest
You’ll find many other interesting sights along Fifth Avenue, such as the magnificent St. Patrick’s Cathedral, located between 50th and 51st streets. The gothic structure is the seat of the Archbishop of New York.
One of New York’s most reputed hotels is located along Fifth Avenue: the Plaza, world famous as the location where The Beatles as well as many Presidents have stayed.
Other sights along Fifth Avenue are Rockefeller Center (across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral), the Trump Tower, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building and the majestic New York Public Library.
8. Rockefeller Square
Rockefeller Center, originally known as Radio City is a complex of buildings developed in the midst of the Great Depression. All buildings share a common design style, Art Deco, and are connected to each other via an underground concourse, the Catacombs. The complex is well integrated in the city of New York, especially along Fifth Avenue.
The Rockefeller Center features an observation deck atop the GE Building with panoramic views of Central Park and the Empire State Building. A separate entrance at West 50th Street leads to the elevators. In the elevator, important historic events since 1933 are projected on the elevator’s transparent roof. There are in total three levels open to the public, including the roof terrace. The first is on the 67th floor and is completely covered. The observation deck on the 69th floor has glass windshields while the 70th floor is completely open to the elements, offering visitors a fabulous 360-degree view.
9.Grand Central Terminal
The monumental railway station was constructed in 1903-1913 for the New York and Harlem Railroad company. It is a grand Beaux-Arts building which serves as a transportation hub connecting train, metro, car and pedestrian traffic in an efficient way. It has 67 train tracks on two different levels.
The building’s facade on 42nd Street has a true beaux-arts design. Large arches flanked by Corinthian columns are topped by a large sculpture group designed by Jules-Alexis Coutain. The 50ft / 15m high group depicts Mercury (the god of commerce) supported by Minerva and Hercules (representing mental and moral strength). Inside, the main concourse is most impressive; the ceiling is painted by the French artist Paul Helle, with zodiac constellations taken from a medieval manuscript. It is painted backwards, so the stars are shown as they would be seen by god, not by man.
10. World Trade Center/ WTC Memorial
The World Trade Center was originally a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan of which the Twin Towers were best known. They were destroyed by terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. When 2 hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers, more than 2800 People died. The site of the towers has become known as ‘ground zero’.
A memorial to the victims on the World Trade Center Memorial was unveiled September 11, 2011, at the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The 6 acre memorial plaza is built on top of a large transit hub, that is marked by a spectacular PATH entrance station. The memorial, dubbed ‘Reflecting Absence’, has cascading waterfalls with illuminated reflecting pools at the exact site of the former towers. The names of the 2977 people who died during the attacks that day (including those who died in Pennsylvania and Washington, DC) as well as the victims of the 1993 bombing are inscribed around the edge of the waterfalls.
11. Madison Square
Madison Square, located in the Flatiron district, is one of the historically most important squares in New York City. The attractive 19th century Madison Square Park is surrounded by historic landmarks from the Gilded Age, including the famous Flatiron building and the classical Metlife tower.
Madison Square Park is bordered by Fifth and Madison Avenues and 23rd and 26th street. It is one of the most enjoyable parks in Manhattan, because you can have a great view of the surrounding architectural landmarks from anywhere in the park. The park is filled with mostly 19th century statues. Madison Square was also the location of the original Madison Square Gardens.
12. South Street Seaport
Situated on Lower Manhattan’s waterfront with a breathtaking view, South Street Seaport is a must-see for anyone visiting New York City. It’s a combination maritime museum and mall, offering insight into New York’s rich maritime history and providing a great place for shopping and dining.
South Street Seaport is located on the site of what was once the busiest port in America. The whole area around South Street is part of the South Street Seaport Museum where visitors can stroll past 18th and 19th century buildings and homes, situated along cobblestone streets. Visitors can enjoy galleries and exhibits relating to Manhattan’s importance as a port city. Also part of the museum is a 19th century print shop and a collection of historic vessels on the museum’s Street of Ships.
13. Ellis Island
New York’s Ellis Island is one of the most popular attractions for those visiting Manhattan and its surrounding areas, second only to landmarks like the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. Records indicate that more than half of all Americans had a relative who passed through Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was the immigrant gateway to America. More than 12 million people would arrive here on the way to their new life in a new country.
Today, Ellis Island is an Immigration Museum and is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Visitors may enjoy self-guided tours of the museum, located in the main building, where they can view artifacts, photographs, prints, videos, interactive displays, oral histories, and temporary exhibits. The American Immigrant Wall of Honor exhibits the names of 600,000 men and women who passed through Ellis Island on the way to their new home. In the Immigration History Center, guests can examine passenger logs from the hundreds of ships that arrived here between 1892 and 1924. Volunteers are on-hand to help you locate the records for which you’re searching.
The Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry provides transportation to Ellis Island from Battery Park in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Boats run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
14. Metropolitan Museum of Art
With more than two million works of art spanning thousands of years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most expansive and prolific art museums in the world and it should be on everyone’s New York to-do list. Currently, the two million works of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are divided into 22 curatorial departments spread out over about 250 rooms.
They include American decorative arts; American painting and sculpture; Ancient Near Eastern art; arms and armor; arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Asian art; the Costume Institute; drawings and prints; Egyptian art; European paintings; European sculpture and decorative arts; Greek and Roman art; medieval art; modern art, musical instruments; and photographs. There’s also a rooftop sculpture garden and the amazing Robert Lehman Collection, often described as one of the most extensive and impressive private art collections in the world.
15. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
Affectionately known as MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is often considered the most important museum of its kind in the world. Today, according to the museum’s records, it houses 150,000 pieces including works of architecture and design, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, illustrated books, film, and electronic media. The library and archives holds another 300,000 items. Some of the museum’s top works of art include Monet’s Water Lilies, van Gogh’s Starry Night, Dali’s Persistence of Time, Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe and Wyeth’s Christina’s World. Other notable artists whose works are included in the collection are Rousseau, Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso, Pollock, Kahlo, Mondriaan, Léger, and Lichtenstein.
16. Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue houses an important collection of modern art, but even if you’re not into art, the building housing the art is worth a visit on its own. It was the last completed project by Frank Lloyd Wright before he died in 1959. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum houses some fine collections of world famous painters like Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, and many other modern artists. The major part of the collection contains paintings, but sculptures and photos are also on display in the museum.
New York is full of exciting and quirky neighborhoods, and SoHo certainly fits both of those descriptions. A true example of urban gentrification, SoHo delights visitors with excellent restaurants, fun shops, interesting architecture, and enticing art galleries.
18. Union Square
Union Square was created in the early 19th century at the convergence of what is now Broadway and Fourth Avenue. The square is a popular place for political rallies and public protests. It is also known for its Greenmarket, an outdoor market where local farmers sell fresh produce.
- United Nations Headquarters
- Washington Square
- Coney Island
- Bryant Park
- Museum of National History
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Battery Park
- Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
- High Line
- The Cloisters
- And much more