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NYC Attractions

I am not going to say that you should work 24-7 while interviewing in New York, but you should devote 95% of your energy toward interviewing. However, for some diversions, I have listed a couple of things that I found really enjoyable while living in NYC. I am sure that you can easily find additional attractions, such as nightclubs.

  • New York Stock Exchange - Get your tickets early in the morning.

  • NBC Tour - Buy your tickets in the early morning about 9 a.m. for an afternoon tour.

  • Conan O'Brien Show - You need to write or call for these tickets about two months in advance (watch for the information during the show). You should receive the tickets in the mail before you go to NYC. About two hours before taping, you will need to get in line at the NBC studios (ask the attendant selling tour tickets). All in all, it will take about four hours from start to finish for you to wait and attend the show (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Museum of Modern Art

  • FAO Schwartz - A huge toy store; need I say more.

  • Ice Skating in Rockefeller Plaza

  • Staten Island Ferry - This attraction is cool because it is free. You can find the ferry station at the southern tip of Manhattan. It is this light bluish-green building near Battery Park. All you have to do is wait in the lobby for the next ferry, which arrives according to the schedule on the wall, at least on the hour around the clock. You can get some good views of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan from the upper levels of the boat. It takes about one hour to make a round-trip.

  • South Street Seaport Museum - The museum opens at 10 a.m. on weekdays.  The area around the South Street Seaport is a large fish market called Fulton Fish Market.  There is also a huge sailing ship docked at the seaport.

  • Grand Central Station - It is neat just to walk around the upstairs and marvel at the architecture. Be sure to notice the stars in the ceiling of the main lobby. It is convenient to find because there is a subway stop at the station.

  • Museum of American Financial History - This one-room exhibit is interesting because you can see early financial documents and artifacts. The museum is housed in the bottom of the Standard Oil Building at 28 Broadway near Bowling Green Park in the Financial District. It is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $2 in the form of a donation.

  • Fraunces Tavern Museum - This little tavern is located in the Financial District. It is a 1700's tavern where George Washington bid farewell to his officers after the Revolutionary War. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. Student admission is $1.

    For more information contact:
        Fraunces Tavern Museum
        54 Pearl Street
        New York, NY 10004-2429
        (212) 425-1778

  • Central Park - It is basically a huge wooded and grassy area in the middle of the city. It is nice to go for recharging.

  • World Trade Center - You can actually go outside on the roof, the Observation Deck, which is 108 stories above Manhattan's Financial District. I highly recommend this attraction, especially if it is a clear night. It doesn't take long, maybe a little more than an hour.  Go a little after dusk to miss the daytime tourists and to beat the night crowd. Student admission is $9.50.

  • Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty - (Battery Park and Castle Clinton) - The ferry to the Statue of Liberty runs to Liberty Island then Ellis Island every half hour until 3 PM. Then the ferry runs between the islands and back to shore until 5 PM. The ferry leaves from Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan. Tickets can be bought in Castle Clinton. A single price of $7 covers the ferry ride and admission to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For boat schedules and prices call: (212) 269-5755.

    NOTE: It will easily take a half day or more to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It is probably best to save this attraction for when you have several job offers in your hand and you need thinking time.

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