Only 1 in 50 People Can Recognize These Famous NYC landmarks! Can You?

By: Kennita Leon
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You don't have to be a New Yorker to correctly name all these NYC landmarks, but you do have to know New York really well. How many can you answer correctly?

Embedded into the shape of the New York skyline, the Empire State Building stands at 1454 ft. tall. This impressive architectural feat took only 11 months to construct. The Empire State Building survived a 1945 plane crash that killed 14 tenants. In 2009, the original Art Deco was restored giving this high rising building an interior elegance.

Opening in 1883, this river crossing is an architectural and engineering marvel. In its time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Breathtaking views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island can be seen from the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York’s first landscaped public park provides the perfect escape for sunbathers, picnickers and birdwatchers during the summer. Central Park has 843 picturesque acres of land which is ideal for visitors to enjoy and take in nature.

Offering a 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline, the One World Observatory can be accessed through sky pod elevators. The pod rides offer an in-depth history of the building and city which ends at the top once the stunning view is in sight.

This museum houses 17 artistic collections ranging from prehistoric Egyptian artifacts to anthropological findings and contemporary photography. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a massive structure that offers a day filled with exploration.

The only elevated park in New York City, the High Line is a reformed rail way track that went out of service in 1980. It runs from Hudson Yard to Chelsea and it blooms with wildflowers and scenic landscape offering walkers some of the best scenes of NYC.

From the ruins of one of the most catastrophic events in North America, rises the largest man-made waterfall. With twin reflecting pools, these waterfalls were designed to be a reminder of the lives lost on September 11. 2001. The Museum comes alive with video footage, pictures, recovered objects and wrecked vehicles.

One of the busiest train stations in the NYC, Grand Central Station hosts over 60 shops, it is teeming with events, landmarks and eateries and is accessible by bus, train, shuttle and subway. Designed to be the New York Transit Museum, this terminal features marble floors, sculptures of Mercury, Hercules and Minerva making it a feast for the eyes.

Housing the second-largest building in Brooklyn, this 526 acre park hosts exciting summer festivals amidst its scenic backdrops. Points of interest include the Boathouse, the Bridge in the Park and Prospect Park Lake.

This international cultural museum exhibits contemporary art from a wide range of multi-national backgrounds. Established in 1897, and covering 56,0000 sq. ft. makes the Brooklyn Museum one of the oldest and largest museums in the Unites States.

Housing approximately 5,000 animals through 265 acres of property, this zoo hosts an impressive array of wildlife. These exotic creatures amaze onlookers, some of which are endangered. Patrons are guaranteed excellent views of these amazing creatures.

This magnificent flea market features hundreds of vendors selling anything from jewelry to fresh food. It is open on Saturdays in and Sundays in SOHO and Sundays in DUMBO. Established in 2008, the flea market has become one of the city’s top attractions.

The largest park located in Queens also houses a zoo, botanical garden, art museum, baseball stadium and science museum.

This triangular steel frame was constructed to house commercial companies. Its unique structure has made it one of the most photographed buildings in the world. Standing 22 stories high, the Flatiron Building was completed in 1902 and is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Offering scenic riverside walks without the hustle and bustle of the big city, Roosevelt Island has come far from its sordid past. It was once home to several hospitals, asylums and prisons and if visiting North Point Lighthouse, one can see the site of the old insane asylum.

This museum is dedicated to American military and maritime history. it is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street. On showcase are aircraft carriers, submarines and the Space Shuttle Enterprise, giving patrons an in-depth view of American military equipment.

The oldest museum in NYC, it was founded in 1804. It hosts a range of items, including clothing, memorabilia from theatrical plays and daily use items of the past. This granite building is home to exhibitions that explore the wealthy history of the nation and New York.

Offering world class in shopping with big names in fashion brands, Macy’s Herald Square is one of the world’s largest department stores. It covers an entire city block and there is plenty of access to top events as well as exciting dining options.

Also, known as the Esplanade, this structure offers pedestrians sights of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan. The promenade is the perfect spot for biking or running with impeccable views of Manhattan’s skyline.

This shopping center overlooks the Hudson River and houses commercial entities like Time Inc. and American Express. Brookfield Place also hosts events and fashion shows, making this shopping center an immersive treat for shoppers.

Located in the Bronx, this stadium is the home of the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. The stadium also hosts fundraisers, awards dinners, corporate and social events. Yankee Stadium cost $2.3 billion to construct and is the most expensive stadium ever built.

This museum in upper Manhattan specializes in European medieval sculpture, ornamental art and architecture. It includes The Cuxa, Bonnefont, Trie and Saint-Guilheim cloisters. The museum contains medieval art from the Byzantine and early Renaissance period and pieces go as far back as the iron age.

Performance Art comes alive at the Lincoln Center, it is the world’s leading performance arts center hosting many notable events. Playing host to organizations like New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet has made the center internationally renowned.

A short walk from the Hudson River, this market is a block long and a block wide and has been operational for fifteen years. Offering a global perspective within a neighborhood setting gives the Chelsea Market its unique appeal, offering something for everyone.

Featuring some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, this port also includes tourist malls, eateries, nightlife and commercial buildings. One of the busiest streets of the port is Pearl Street, given its name for the assortment of seaside pearl shells. As a museum, the port offers a view of its past during its heyday.

Home of the precision dance company known as the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall is a 12-acre complex built in 1932. It is located in Rockefeller Center and hosts concerts, Christmas shows and television shows.

This kid-friendly park is committed to conservation and education with 52 acres of sprawling natural beauty. Amazement awaits at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. With over 1000 variations of international plants, the park is open year-round and offers plants for every season as well as bonsai trees and tropical gardens.

Exciting exhibitions and performances await at this multi-arts center. From burlesque, circus shows, vaudeville and dime museums, Coney Island offers a cultural representation of popular culture. The venue includes: Sideshows by the Seashore, Shooting Gallery, Arts Annex and the Coney Island Museum.

One of the largest museums in the world located on the Upper East side of Manhattan, offering views of events, exhibitions both scientific and culturally inclined. It is home to 33 million specimens of animals, minerals, plants, fossils, rocks and cultural artifacts.

Decorated in a Neo-Gothic style, this Roman Catholic Church was dedicated in 1879 and remains active to this day. Some of the unique architectural features of St. Patrick's Cathedral include stained glass windows, altar designed by Tiffany & Co. and artwork by William Partridge who sculpted the Pieta.

The New York Public Library was declared a national historic landmark in 1965 and has appeared in numerous films as a setting, and also referenced in poetry, television and music. With nearly 53 million items being housed in this public library, it is the second-largest in the United States and the fourth-largest public library in the world.

With an estimated population of 100,000 people, it is home to the largest focus of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere. Languages spoken include Cantonese and Fuzhounese. Chinatown is located from the east of Lower East Side, north of Little Italy, south of Civic Center and west of Tribeca.

Dedicated to showcasing contemporary art, MoMa PS1 also hosts Sunday performances in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art and the Young Architects Program. MoMa PS1 was designed to make use of abandoned buildings in New York City by turning them into showing space and artist studios.

This spiraling concrete architectural museum known simply as “the Guggenheim,” displays new and exciting works of art. This museum is devoted to modern art and is one of the wealthiest in the world. Its unique structure was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939.

A floral sanctuary in the city, the New York Botanical Garden offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Botanical Garden of NYC boasts 50 acres of forest and lush gardens and some of the oldest living trees in New York City.

Built in 1892 in Greenwich Village, this marble arc was made to celebrate George Washington’s Inauguration as President of the United States in 1789. Inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the arc stands at 77 feet high and its opening is 47 ft high, constructed with Tuckahoe marble, modeled by Stanford White.

Founded by sculptor Marie Tussaud, this wax museum is located in Times Square in New York City and opened its doors in 2000. Boasting over 200 figures, that took over four months to make and cost about $300,000 to create, the museum became a popular tourist attraction, featuring wax figures of Lionel Messi, Rihanna, and King Kong, to name a few.

Located in Midtown Manhattan, this multi-purpose facility is used for boxing, ice hockey and basketball. It also provides entertainment space for concerts, wrestling, ice shows and circus. Madison Square Garden is the oldest major sports facility within New York. It opened in 1968.

This 172-acre island is located in the heart of the New York Harbor. It was closed off to the public for two centuries, operating as a U.S military base. The federal government sold 150 acres of the island back to the people and now the island is filled with a lovely mix of activities and amenities that aim to offer open public space and commercial uses.

Designed by Aymar Embury in 1972 and located in Flushing Meadows-Carona Park, the Queens Museum has a massive collection of items in its permanent collections. One of the best-known pieces in the museum is the “Panorama of the City of New York.” The programs available in the museum are geared towards engaging individuals in film screenings, musical experiences, public speaking and dance routines.

Showcasing 100 regional and local food vendors, Smorgasburg opens every Saturday and Sunday starting from April to October. The outdoor food market is at Williamsburg East River on Saturdays and at Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sundays, offering a unique culinary and shopping experience.

This music hall is synonymous with African American performances. It hosted "Showtime at the Apollo," which was a nationally syndicated television show. Located in Harlem, the music hall has featured performances from Richard Pryor to Aretha Franklin.

With a history of debauchery and drug usage rampant in the past, Times Square has come a far way from its beginnings. Now a shopping epicenter of NYC for visitors and locals alike, Times Square is most popular for hosting its New Year's Eve countdown celebrations.

Known informally as “Whitney,” this museum explores works of art, exhibitions and hosts events. Situated between the High Hine and the Hudson River, the Whitney showcases its collection of contemporary and modern American art with a focus on living American artists.

This complex comprises of 19 high rise commercial properties and spans 22 acres. Rockefeller Center is notable for hosting events and the very popular lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

With triangular shaped windows towards its crown, this NYC skyscraper towers with beautiful appeal. Adding a needle-like stainless steel rod to its construction made the Chrysler Building the tallest in the world for a short time, until the completion of the Empire State Building.

This colossal monument is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was gifted to the USA by the people of France. This neoclassical statue stands at 151 feet and remains a symbol of freedom. It is is a must see when visiting NYC.

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