The ferry that sails to Liberty Island, home to the monument, leaves from Battery Park. There are ticket options for just visiting the island, entering the statue's pedestal, and going up the stairs to the crown. On the way back, there's another stop on Ellis Island, home to the National Museum of Immigration. You can buy tickets online or at the park's box office.
I's possible to spend an entire day in the green area planted in the middle of the island. Look for such spots as Strawberry Fields (at 72nd St), a tribute to John Lennon, and the Naumburg Bandshell (between 66th and 72nd St), an amphitheater where Martin Luther King Jr. once spoke.
The Empire State Building hasn't lost its charm. The main deck is on the 86th floor, with a 360-degree view. There's another observation deck on the 102nd floor. Another elevated spot in the city, the urban park High Line is located in Chelsea, stretching along the Hudson River, and was built on an old elevated train track.
Nathan’s Famous, a hot dog chain with over a hundred years of history, has several locations, including one in the Times Square vicinity. When it comes to burgers, the champ is Shake Shack, which has a number of affiliates from the Upper East Side on down. Hungry for sweets? Magnolia Bakery draws customers with its colorful shop window.