Six Historical Attractions Not To Be Missed In New York

With more than 40 million visitors each year, New York is one of the world’s most popular destinations. Hosting everything from the beautiful landscape of Central Park to the busy shopping districts of Fifth and Madison Avenue and much more, the Big Apple has something for every type of visit. For those who have booked flights to New York and are seeking a more cultural visit to the city, here is a short description of six attractions that are a must for anyone with a taste for exploring history.

The Apollo Theatre

Situated on West 125th Street, the Apollo Theatre is one of New York’s most notable music venues. Having stood since 1913, the Apollo has played host throughout the years to many entertainment legends and became a launching pad for many entertainment careers including that of Ella Fitzgerald. Originally designed by architect George Keister, the theatre was first known as Hurtig and Seamon’s New Theatre, becoming the Apollo in the early 1930’s. Since 1991, the theatre has been run by the Apollo Theatre Foundation and currently receives around 1.3 million visitors each year. The Apollo Theatre is a must for anyone with a love for live music.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters is a museum and art gallery, located within Fort Tryon park, which was built in the 1930s to resemble the architecture of the grand abbeys of medieval Europe, with many parts of the building being the original structures from several European churches. The gardens of the building have also been landscaped according to medieval manuscripts and existing examples in Europe.

Home to around 5000 works of European medieval art and around 15,000 volumes of text including many medieval manuscripts, The Cloisters is a must see for anyone with a keen interest in the old history of Europe.

Coney Island

Coney Island is a residential area of South West Brooklyn and is home to a number of popular amusement parks, a seaside resort and 2.5 mile long sandy beach. Coney Island plays host to a variety of events throughout the year including the notable Coney Island Mermaid Parade. The area has also been immortalised in the entertainment industry as the setting for several films and music videos since the 1950s. Coney Island is the perfect stop for anyone seeking a thrilling day out or just a lazy day on the beach.

Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery was established in the early 1800s and gained National Historic Landmark status in 2006. The cemetery was built to match the park-like manner of English cemeteries at the time and takes full advantage of the landscape on which is built. Designed by Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, a Brooklyn socialite of the time, Green-Wood Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous New Yorkers. Spread over 478 acres of rolling parkland, Green-Wood is interspersed by several historical monuments and beautiful buildings. The onsite chapel was built in 1911 but has since undergone restoration in 2001. Green-Wood Cemetery is a perfect stop on a visit to New York for anyone wanting peace and quiet from the noise and crowds of the city.

Flatiron Building

Originally known as the Fuller Building, Flatiron Building is one of New York more recognisable icons. Standing at the end of Fifth Avenue, the building was designed to resemble a Renaissance palazzo, the tower was completed in 1902 and was one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city. A popular site today for tourist photographs, it is one of the most visited sites in New York and has also played host to many production crews throughout the years for use in TV commercials and movies such as Spider-Man. The Flatiron Building is a brilliant stop to take some iconic photographs to remember a trip to New York by.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is New York’s oldest and most well-known icons. Having stood since 1883, the bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. With this status, Brooklyn Bridge has been the backdrop for many films and TV shows. A lesser known side to the bridge is the ‘Love Locks’ practice where couples will leave a lock attached to the bridge inscribed with their initials and throw the keys into the river – perfect for couples on a trip to the Big Apple!

No visit to New York would be complete without a trip to these venues. With so much to see and do, we guarantee that no visit to this great city will leave you disappointed with anything. Your only regret may be that you wish you had spent longer in New York.


Danny Sol is a freelance travel writer.

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