A closer look at NYC’s most popular tourist attractions (Pt. 1)

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New York City is arguably the most popular and internationally regarded city in the United States. This city brings in a seemingly countless amount of tourists annually, and for good reason; it houses some of the most important and iconic landmarks in the world.

 

Here is a closer look at three of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions.

 

Times Square

Whether you have visited Times Square or not, you are likely still familiar with it; aside from being a premiere commercial district, it has appeared in countless movies, shows, and special televised events ranging from  This reputation has gained it profound nicknames like “The Center of the Universe” and “The Heart of the World.”

 

The district’s name was coined on April 8, 1904. Its first electronic advertisement was erected just three weeks later, on the side of “a bank at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway.” Since then, it grown into a full-fledged cultural landmark, with major growth observed during World War I. The district is known for its annual New Years celebration featuring the famous Times Square Ball Drop on the roof of One Times Square.

 

One World Trade Center

Currently standing as New York City skyline’s crowning landmark, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth tallest building in the world. The massive building is the successor to the original World Trade Center complex, sharing the same name as the previous structure’s north tower; it was conceptualized following the September 11th terrorist attacks, which saw the destruction of the original complex.

 

After a series of debates regarding future construction plans for the World Trade Center site, One World Trade Center’s cornerstone was laid in 2004, with the building tentatively nicknamed the “Freedom Tower.” The building was officially finished in May of 2013, and it was opened to the public the following year. Today, it attracts many visitors to its observation deck and stands beside the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, giving it lasting appeal as both a historic site of remembrance and a symbol of recovery and progression.

 

Brooklyn Bridge

One of the most well-known suspension bridges in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge also stands as one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States. The bridge was completed in 1883 following fourteen years of construction; it went on to be named a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and was once regarded as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in its early years.

 

Today, the bridge transports around 120,000 vehicles and 4,000 pedestrians daily. It continues to maintain its reverence as a historic landmark and serves as regular nesting site for peregrine falcons, some of the fastest animals on record.