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One of the best ways to see the entire island of Manhattan is to sail around it on a Circle Line Cruise. (West 42nd Street at Pier 83). This three-hour narrated tour offers terrific views of the city's icons ( Statue of Liberty , Brooklyn Bridge ), as well as the weird fishin' shacks along the Harlem Coast and the surprising greenery of the less-travelled northern end. Romantics will love the sunset cruise.

Built during America's Great Depression, the Empire State Building (5th Avenue @ 34th Street) may no longer be the tallest building in the world, but it remains one of the city's finest Art Deco masterpieces and is still the most famous silhouette in the skyline. Two observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors are open 365 days a year until 11.30 p.m. (King Kong not included.) The nearby Chrysler Building (Lexington @ 42nd Street) is the other Art Deco gem topped with a spire. Its lobby is filled with beautiful murals and detail, but alas, no observation deck.

A generous oasis of nature in the middle of Manhattan's concrete jungle, Central Park changes colour with the seasons. Summer's the perfect time to rent a boat and row around on The Lake, to sit along the rim of Bethesda Fountain, or to visit Strawberry Fields, just across the street from the signature apartment buildings of Central Park West, including the fabulous Dakota, of John and Yoko fame.

Popular attractions include:

American Museum of Natural History : From asteroids to zebra, this is the place where big kids and little kids come to have fun...and learn. Don't miss the laser light shows and the Butterfly Exhibit. You can also see exhibits from ancient Egypt, Greece and even see the bones of dinosaurs including the fiercest of creatures to walk the earth: T-REX

Empire State Building: This sky-high tour is still one of the best bargains in the city.

Metropolitan Museum: The Met is not just one of the world's greatest repositories of art, but also a center for non-art activity such as concerts, lectures, and educational programs.

New York Stock Exchange: This bastion of capitalism has always been a favorite of venture capitalists of all ages.

St. Patrick's Cathedral: A central place of worship for the city's thousands of Roman Catholics, St. Patrick's nonetheless attracts worshipprers of all denominations.

Statue of Liberty: Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986.

Ellis Island: Now a tourist attraction and an opportunity for americans to trace their ancestors voyage to the promised land. Ellis Island was formerley the immigration centre and entry point into the united states. Ellis island now features a nice museaum rolling back the years to the beginning of US history.

Madison Square Garden: One of the most famous 'event' arena's in the US hosting big events such as music concerts, world championship boxing along with many other major sports events. It is also home to the New York Knicks.

Times Square: One of the liveliest night spots in the US, Times Square is the centre of the city that never sleeps and packs in a an incredible number of bars, eateries, nightclubs and hotels in its boundaries.