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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published June 13th 2011
Whether it's your first time or fifth time to visit New York City, and even if you live there, you know that there are just certain sites that are considered the best ones in New York City. For tourists, they are always tops on their "must-see" lists; for NYC residents, they remind them of why they chose this City to live or work in.

Some of the sites offer a chance to just kick back and relax; others remind us of the struggles of those who came to this country in search of a better life. Still others help us remember that we are free, but it was bought with a terrible price—that of human lives.

Here are just a few of the best sights of New York. Of course, you may have your favorites, but maybe at least of them is included.

Central Park, 59th Street to 110 Street

This park has the distinction of being the first urban landscaped park in the United States. It includes the Central Park Zoo, Wollman Rink (for ice skating), and of course, plenty of playgrounds for your children to burn off energy.

This is a favorite picnic spot of visitors and residents alike. Could it be because there are several restaurants right there in the area from which to purchase your picnic food? Or is it because it's so beautiful? Whatever the reason, grab a basket and a blanket and enjoy Central Park.

Empire State Building, 350 5th Avenue

This building gained fame (or notoriety, if you prefer) as being the one from which King Kong was shot down after he had torn through New York City. Besides that movie, it has been featured in countless others as well as TV shows.

No visit to New York City is complete without seeing the Empire State Building. Stand across the street and look up, up, up at its majestic height, and then take the elevator to the observation deck. Chances are you'll witness at least one marriage proposal.

Ellis Island

It is estimated that at least half of all Americans can trace at least one ancestor who entered the United States through this "Gateway to America" between 1892 to 1954. The building that these brave people actually entered into is now the Ellis Island Museum.

Statue of Liberty

France's gift to the United States has seen the Twin Towers collapse, but she still stands as strong as she did when she first came to live in New York Harbor. Today, she still stands for everything good about America.
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Why? Because there are many must-see sights in New York
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York
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