Photos: Take a Bite Out of The Big Apple

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  1. A full moon rises over the skyline of New York City, as seen across the Hudson River in Weehawken, N.J., on April 25, 2013. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Commuters move through the grand hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Jan. 25, 2013. Since its grand beginnings in 1913, when it was dubbed the greatest railway terminal in the world with an $80 million price tag, Grand Central has been an integral part of New York City. (Brendan Mcdermid / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Revelers cheers under falling confetti at the stroke of midnight during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on Jan. 1, 2014. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. One World Trade Center overlooks the wedge-shaped pavilion entrance of the National September 11 Museum, lower right, and the square outlines of the memorial waterfalls in New York. (Mark Lennihan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout after flying out in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2011, at Yankee Stadium. Located in the South Bronx, the new stadium opened in 2009. (Jim Mcisaac / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Central Park was the first public park built in America. Its 843 acres include woodlands, lawns and water. Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and a New York City Landmark in 1974. More than 25 million visitors enjoy Central Park each year. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the U.S. The cathedral's construction began in 1858, and it opened its doors in 1879. (Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Skaters glide around the rink at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. The ice rink, open between October and April, has attracted more than 250,000 people a year since it first opened on Dec. 25, 1936. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Patrons line up outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem to see Amateur Night. Since 1934, Amateur Night at the Apollo has launched the careers of famous entertainers such as Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and many others. (Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The South Pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City commemorates those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. (Justin Lane / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Pedestrians pass along a walkway under falling snow on the Brooklyn Bridge on Jan. 3, 2014, in New York. One of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S., the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. The Statue of Liberty looms over a visitor as he uses binoculars to look out onto New York Harbor on Oct. 13, 2013, in New York. About 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Coney Island features entertainment parks, rides, an aquarium, a public beach, a boardwalk, fishing and Nathan's restaurant. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. New York City Subway dancer Marcus Walden aka "Mr Wiggles" performs acrobatic tricks on the subway while passengers watch Nov. 23, 2010. More than 4.3 million people ride the New York subway system every day. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of two-mile-long Roosevelt Island - between Manhattan and Queens - was dedicated in 2012. (Paul Warchol / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York has been around since 1924 and includes large balloons, floats and performances. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Visitors view the Manhattan skyline from Rockefeller Center's "Top of the Rock" observation deck. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Pedestrians walk along a path on the High Line park on June 7, 2011, in New York City. The High Line was formerly an elevated railway 30 feet above the city's West Side that was built in 1934 for freight trains. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The moon rises at sunset behind New York's Empire State building, which opened in 1931. At 102 stories high, the Empire State Building is the fourth tallest skyscraper in America. (Gary Hershorn / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 7/11/2006 4:00:17 PM ET 2006-07-11T20:00:17

This is a good time to take that trip to New York City you've been thinking about if you want to see one famous museum before it sails away for an overhaul. While you're in town, there are plenty other summer attractions around the Big Apple.

A museum setting sail? The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum the former Navy aircraft carrier moored in the Hudson River on Manhattan's West Side, is closing in October to be towed to a nearby shipyard for renovations. Until then, you can explore this warship that was commissioned during World War II and see its aircraft displays, including a Concorde supersonic airliner.

From the Intrepid, it's a four-block walk south along the Hudson to the dock of the Circle Line where you can catch leisurely scenic cruises on New York Harbor or around the entire island of Manhattan. They also offer cruises in the evening when the city lights up against the night sky. If you prefer dry land, Gray Line has a variety of tours, including some on open-top double-decker buses.

That walk you follow from the Intrepid to Circle Line is part of Hudson River Parkstretching along the West Side.

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Turn away from the river and walk a few blocks east to Times Square, where TKTS, run by the Theatre Development Fund has discounted tickets for many Broadway and off-Broadway shows. There is always a line, you must pay by cash or traveler's checks (no credit cards), and tickets are limited. And if you're a repeat TKTS customer, remeber that the booth has moved while its original home in Duffy Square is renovated. The new temporary TKTS outlet is just outside the New York Marriott Marquis hotel on West 46th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.

Get an advance look at the area from the photography collections at Times Square Alliance and read some historical background at "Times Square: Then & Now." And there's a whole set of webcams to show you what the crowds look like.

Get help picking out other places you want to see by visiting the city's official guide, NYC & Companyand clicking on "Visitors" for maps, events, neighborhood guides and special offers. They'll link you to hotel and restaurant directories, show you what's playing on Broadway, and give you tips on the ultimate New York experience: shopping. Click on "Things to Do" to search for museums, television show tapings and things you can do for free. And first-time visitors definitely need to spend time reading through the "Getting Around" section.

Along with sightseeing, take in this year's Central Park SummerStage a series of free and ticketed performing arts shows running through August. If you miss the shows, just enjoy Central Park the huge oasis for strolling, jogging and relaxing in the middle of Manhattan. It's also the home of Shakespeare in the Park, run by The Public Theater with plays scheduled into September.

Nearby Lincoln Center has Mostly Mozart running through Aug. 26. And in Lower Manhattan you can find something to enjoy in the River to River Festivalwith a wide variety of events taking place into September. Click on "Downtown Info" at River to River for a map that includes the World Trade Center site.

Take a D train subway out to the south shore of Brooklyn and take in Seaside Summer Concerts on Surf Avenue, opposite the New York Aquarium, which overlooks the beach. That subway station also is the connection to Coney Islandthe oceanfront amusement park that's been a New York attraction since the 19th century.

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