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Ten Things You Must See in NYC
You know it from your favorite Woody Allen film or Sex and the City episode. Whether you dream of combing East Village bookshops or sipping martinis in the Meatpacking District, there's something here for you. Skim our highlights and you will fall in love in a New York minute.
The iconic view! Head to the Top of the Rock or the Waterfront Promenade in Williamsburg to see the Empire State Building as it gleams above city spires like a crown jewel.
Empire State Building
The view of Manhattan from the observation deck is astounding. Skip the line and book tickets ahead of time.
A cool green space at the tip of Manhattan along the Hudson River. Grab a picnic and catch the sunset while you marvel at the fact that this great big city is an island.
Top of the Rock
Rockefeller Center is an Art Deco skyscraper, and the view at the top is like no other. Photo op: catching the skyline here means the Empire State building is included in the view.
Statue of Liberty
An icon of freedom, Lady Liberty is a must see. Special exhibits or a climb to the top of the crown (booked in advance!) will make you feel like a part of NYC’s special history.
The melting pot that is NYC: more than 12 million immigrants arrived here in search of the American Dream. View original manifests and get inspired by the history of Ellis Island.
That sprawling green oasis in the middle, separating east from west. In this world-famous park you’ll find zoos, strawberry fields, bike paths, a great lawn, and much more.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
In this unparalleled modern art collection, you get to see some of the greats up close and personal. Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol... the list goes on.
New York Harbor
One of the largest natural harbors in the world, the waterway is another great place from which to enjoy the view. Book a boat tour, sit back, and enjoy Manhattan’s magical lights.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Climb the regal front steps into a world of wonder and inspiration. From ancient to modern art, the Met is an art history paradise. The roof offers breathtaking Central Park views.
Planning your New York visit
How many days to spend in New York?
Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won't have to go very far and you'll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!
Where to shop?
From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.
Where to eat?
Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).
Time ZoneUTC (-05:00)
Best Time to VisitThere's truly no best or worst time to visit New York, because this city is alive 24/7/365. That being said, those on a budget should look to plan a trip between January and April, when prices will be (at least a little) cheaper. Also, summer travelers should plan 6 months ahead.
Things to Do in New York
Attractions in New York
- 1 Empire State Building
- 2 Manhattan Skyline
- 3 Statue of Liberty
- 4 Ellis Island
- 5 Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- 6 Battery Park
- 7 Central Park
- 8 Rockefeller Center
- 9 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
- 10 Metropolitan Museum of Art
- 11 New York Harbor
- 12 Broadway
- 13 Harlem
- 14 Brooklyn Bridge
- 15 9/11 Tribute Center
- 16 Times Square
- 17 Madison Square Garden
- 18 The Cloisters
- 19 Radio City Music Hall
- 20 Ground Zero Museum
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