7 New Attractions for Your Next Trip to the Big Apple
Start spreading the news … 2015 has been a whirlwind of new openings for New York. Travelzoo and Google Local Guides have partnered up to recommend some of the newest must-visit spots that live up to the city’s name, from the long-awaited Freedom Tower to the cronut king’s latest venture. And the best part? Read through the end to find out how you can win $300 toward your next Travelzoo experience.
One World Observatory
After years in the making, One World Trade Center opened its doors this past May, rising from the ruins of a national tragedy. The Freedom Tower currently stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, offering stunning panoramic views that remind New Yorkers and tourists alike the resilience of this great city. Local Guide Jacob Lipp calls One World Observatory a “beautiful New York experience.”
Travelzoo Tip: Looking to educate your kids on the events of 9/11? Travelzoo is offering 35% off admission to the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, praised for its hands-on and kid-friendly approach to 9/11 history.
SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery
The SeaGlass Carousel is not your typical merry-go-ride. Opened in lower Manhattan this summer, the three-and-a-half-minute whimsical ride consists of 30 multicolored fiberglass fishes that whirl around and glow like the bioluminescence of marine life. It’s a sure treat for kids, but will also bring adults back to their childhood days.
Travelzoo Tip: Stroll right over to the Staten Island ferry, located two minutes away, and take in views of Lady Liberty and Ellis Island on a free 25-minute ferry ride. And the best part? Adults can purchase a beer at the terminal and enjoy it on the ride.
Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney Museum was rebirthed at the Meatpacking District this past spring. Sprawling eight stories high, the renewed museum offers a more expansive collection of 20th century and contemporary art, and boasts outdoor spaces that’ll “beg you to linger” for hours. (Roman Hans, Local Guide)
Travelzoo Tip: Forego the wait and purchase tickets ahead of time here.
Dominique Ansel Kitchen
Time and again, pastry chef Dominique Ansel proves that innovation doesn’t stop at success. While hundreds of people wake up at the brink of dawn for his now famous croissant-doughnut hybrid — the cronut — Ansel’s newest location this year brings concepts to the table that includes an eight-course dessert tasting experience.
Travelzoo Tip: Local Guide Christina Graziano recommends the “must try” burrata soft serve while Traci Cappiello says the chocolate caramel layer cake is the “epitome of indulgence.”
34th Street-Hudson Yards Station
The MTA recently opened its 469th subway station, marking the first in 25 years. The gleaming new 34th Street-Hudson Yards stop extends the 7 line down to the far west side, bringing new life to the once industrial neighborhood currently in the midst of a construction boom.
Travelzoo Tip: Explore the last stretch of the High Line, opened late last year, which now extends to Hudson Yards where the railway once terminated.
Picasso Sculpture Exhibit at MOMA
Aside from being a world-renowned painter, printmaker, ceramicist, and more, Picasso was also a sculptor. Currently on display, MoMA is showcasing over 120 of some of the artist’s finest three-dimensional works. This limited time exhibit is a not-to-be-missed for fans of the iconic artist, and Travelzoo has a 20% off deal that saves on regular admission any day of the week.
Travelzoo Tip: Located 5 minutes away, complete the New York experience by ice skating at one of the most prominent rinks in the world. Spin around in front of the iconic Prometheus sculpture at Rockefeller Center for 35% off.
Local Guide Julie Xiao says “food courts are all the rage right now” and we couldn’t agree more. Amongst the list of new this year is City Kitchen, a new food hall hidden off the lobby of the Row NYC hotel, offering alternative dining options to the usual Times Square restaurant chains.
Travelzoo Tip: Post-lunch, make way down to the Intrepid, located four avenues away, and discover warplanes, helicopters, and one in four space shuttles located in the US. Travelzoo’s deal saves over 10% on this rarely discounted museum.
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