Historical Places to Visit in New York City

The state of New York is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other state. Of its over 260 landmarks, William Doonan has hand-picked a select few that rank at the top of his list. As a New Yorker himself, he can validate that these locations are worth your time, so when are you planning your next trip?

Kykuit, the Rockefeller House

Visitors can tour John D. Rockefellers historic estate, in Kykuit. A word of warning, however, this luxurious home of Standard Oil’s founder may cause a bit of financial introspection, considering its size and glamour compared to standard New York City apartments. After all, the Rockefellers were once the wealthiest family in the entire country.

Jackson Pollock House and Studio

Renowned painter, Jackson Pollock remained living and working in this 19th-century house all the way up to his death in 1956. Whether your visit for your taste in art or simply to enjoy a tour of NYC, you’re bound to find something that will peak your interest. His studio floor is covered in drip-style remnants of his famous paintings that fascinate visitors as they walk through.

U.S. Custom House

The U.S. Custom House is often overlooked on the historical landmark list. Built in 1907 on the same spot as the first settlement, it upholds amazing Beaux-Arts architecture. Mammoth statues line the outer facade, depicting international commerce, and the inside is a circular room with wood panels and large murals. This house also holds the Museum of the American Indian.

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is a religious location is the fourth largest Christian church in the world. In a city known for its churches, New York has this one to brag about. An interesting fact about this church is that the building began in 1892 and still remains unfinished to this day.

Eastman Museum

Film or photography enthusiasts will love the Eastman Museum. It is the world’s oldest photography museum and is located on the estate of Kodak founder, George Eastman. The museum includes a film archive and many exhibits regarding various facets of film and photography. Visitors can even attend screenings of classic movies, like Our Man in Hovana and the classic 007, James Bond films.

New York City is full of interesting gems for tourists and adventurers, alike. Considering all of the historical landmarks located all over the iconic state, there is truly something in this city for everyone.

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This blog was originally posted on williamdoonan.net 

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