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WST pick their favourite New York attractions

Thursday September 11, 2014

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WST offers schools a comprehensive and enriching experience of New York City. The trips, which are suitable for students of English, Drama, Art and Design, History and Politics, Psychology, Sociology and Business Studies, feature a number of recognisable landmarks. Here, the WST team share their favourite attractions from the Big Apple.

Central Park (History, English)

Occupying over 843 acres in the centre of Manhattan, Central Park is the heart of New York City. The park, which is home to a zoo, boat lake, reservoir and the famous Central Park Carousel, offers an unparalleled insight into New York life as tourists mingle with joggers, cyclists and locals on their lunch, creating a friendly and laidback atmosphere. The  attraction, which was completed in 1873, is the most-visited urban park in the United States.

Central Park

Empire State Building (English, Business Studies)

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic structures in the world. Standing tall at 443 meters high, it offers unparalleled views of the city and is one of the most popular attractions in New York City. The tower, originally built to receive airships, is the tallest building in New York City. The building took just fifteen months to complete, having been begun in January 1930 and completed in May 1931.

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Times Square (English and Drama, Art and Design)

Time Square is nicknamed the 'Crossroads of the World' and is the heart of the Broadway Theatre District. It attracts over 39 million visits each year and over 330,000 pass through each day. The area is host to dozens of iconic signs and monuments, including The Hard Rock Cafe, The Paramount Building and the Times Square Studios. It is also home to the iconic New Year's Eve 'Times Square Ball' celebration.

The Broadway Theatre district is home to 40 professional theatres, offering a range of internationally acclaim productions such as Wicked and The Lion King. Over $1.27 billion worth of tickets were sold in the 2013-2014 season with over 12.21 million visitors electing to visit a production during the year.

Times Square

MOMA (Art and Design)

The Museum of Modern Art is considered to be home to some of the most influential pieces of modern artwork in the world. The attraction is home to 150,000 individual pieces of work and includes iconic work such as The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein. As a result, it is one of the most popular attractions in Midtown Manhattan, attracting 2.5 million visitors per year.

Moma

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Art and Design)

Located adjacent to Central Park in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, The Guggenheim first opened in 1952. The museum is recognised for its expansive collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and contemporary art, with over 1.2 million visitors per year. The unique design, conceived as a 'temple of the spirit' offers patrons a continuing spiral of floors with which to view the artwork.

The United Nations (History)

The headquarters of the global organisation is situated in the Turtle Bay area of Manhattan. Constructed in 1952, the building is home to the U.N General Assembly, a collection of 193 member states. Each country in the United Nations has its own flag, flying in alphabetical order, outside the main complex.

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National September 11 Memorial and Museum (English, Drama, History and Politics)

The memorial to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre offers a poignant reminded of the attacks which cost the lives of nearly 3,000 individuals. Located on the former location of the Twin Towers, the 'Reflecting Absence'  memorial consists of two square pools on the site and a forest of trees. It was designed by Israeli architect Michael Arad following an open call for designs. The National September 11 Museum is located underground and contains artefacts and steel from the Twin Towers.

WST Tip

For visitors on a budget, the Staten Island Ferry offers visitors a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty for photo opportunities. The ferry ride is free, as opposed to the official harbour cruise which costs $21 for adults.