Expats will find themselves with an extensive and ever-expanding list of things to see and do in New York – sightseeing in the city could take up nearly all of a person's free time on its own.
Revel in awe at the enormity (in size and number) of the Times Square billboards, spend time relaxing in beautiful Central Park or view the city from the top of any of the iconic buildings – both the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are located in the metropolis.
There is also a plethora of museums in New York to satisfy all interests, as well as delightful Broadway entertainment. Even slowing down to mull over coffee at one of SoHo’s many French cafés can be a treat in itself.
Recommended sightseeing in New York City
The Statue of Liberty
With a history that dates back to the 1800s, the Statue of Liberty has become a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, and is a must-see for expats in New York.
Empire State Building
Built in just 410 days, the famous Empire State Building is one of New York’s tallest structures, standing at 381 metres (1,250 feet) tall. The building's observation decks offer splendid views of the city.
Largely thanks to film and television, Central Park has become internationally known and holds the distinction of being one of the most filmed locations worldwide. Nevertheless, it remains a wonderful natural haven to escape to, with more than 800 acres of beautiful gardens and lakes to enjoy on a day off.
A must for expats in New York is to get all dressed up and catch one of the world-famous Broadway shows – Phantom of the Opera is a classic choice, but with so many plays and musicals to explore, theatre lovers will always have plenty of options.
Known by many illustrious nicknames such as 'the Center of the Universe', this famous intersection at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street is a feast of sound and colour, with flashing advertisements and gigantic billboards all around.
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Constructed in the space that the Twin Towers once stood, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is a sobering reminder of the terror attacks that destroyed both towers in 2001, with a resulting death toll of close to 3,000. Outside the museum is the Memorial Plaza, where visitors can walk among the oak trees and sunken fountains in remembrance of those lost.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and most important establishments of its kind worldwide, and plays host to more than 33 million artefacts
Metropolitan Museum of Art
With one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (known simply as 'the Met') is an appealing stop for any expat in New York. The museum houses over 2 million artworks.
►Learn more about the city's annual events with our round-up of What's On In New York
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