In the City That Never Sleeps, you won’t sleep either. There are thousands of things to do, see and try here… We worked out a list with some of the major attractions in New York you should not miss.
Statue of Liberty – The symbol of America raises high at the seaport in New York, on Liberty Island. The copper statue is a gift from France for the 100th anniversary since the independence of the USA. It represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, holding a torch in her raised right hand and a tablet, on which the date of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence is inscribed, in her left hand. You should not miss climbing up to the crown using the inside staircase and enjoy the stunning view to New York. You should also visit the museum of immigration on the nearby Ellis Island.
Empire State Building – Have you ever imagined what it is like to have New York at your feet? Now is the time to make it real. The skyscraper has 102 floors and it is the tallest building in New York after the destruction of the World Trade Center. It is 381 meters high. Take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy the breath-taking view any time of the day. The Empire State Building is open for visitors from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. More information is available here.
5th Avenue – One of the most expensive streets in the world is waiting for you. Boutiques, brand stores for jewelry, clothes, bags and shoes, luxurious trade centers, expensive apartments and sophisticated restaurants. Take a walk around and enjoy the glamour. Here you will also find the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. 5th Avenue passes through central Manhattan and it is the dividing line for the west and east side of the borough.
American Museum of Natural History – Learn the secrets of the nature, get lost in the immensity of the universe and travel in time. Here you will see huge spiders, dinosaurs skeletons, the biggest polished precious stone in the world, as well as the biggest virtual simulator in the world, which will show you the Milky Way from a close look. At the special IMAX hall, a really large screen brings to life dinosaurs, reptiles, submarine creatures from the past and present, you will travel through planets and distant galaxies. Ready for adventures? Information about opening hours and entrance fees is available here.
Central Park - This is the real oasis in the city inhabited by millions. The park will charm you year-round. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1858-1873. It stretches over 843 acres. Sculptures, monuments, playgrounds, pretty flower paths, water lily lakes, bridges, fountains, vast picnic areas, huge zoo, while in the evening you may enjoy live music performances. It is a real pleasure to ride a bike down the alleys and if you don’t have your own, you can rent one at the park. For a romantic ride, you can hire a coach. Up-to-date information about interesting events at the park is available here.
Central Park Zoo – Treat your kid, as well as yourself, with a nice date with favourite animals. Monkeys, antelopes, lions, many birds and turtles… There is also an outdoor pool housing sea lions and seals, which do some tricks during meal time. There is also a children’s center, where the kids are entertained with tales and songs or watch puppet theater with daily shows.
Rockfeller Center – This is a complex of 19 commercial buildings in Art Deco style in Manhattan. They shelter offices, TV studios, galleries and entertainment and catering establishments. The complex was built in the 1930ties by financial magnate John Rockefeller, Jr. The Top of the Rock is an observation deck on the last floor, offering an incredible view to New York. There are many cafes and restaurants offering mouth-watering meals. Be on the top! More information is available here.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – One of the biggest art museums in the world. Its numerous halls shelter more than 2 million pieces of art from all over the world: Asia, Europe, Africa. Here you will find paintings, musical instruments, sculptures, jewelry, photos, arms, costumes and whatnot. The Egyptian collection is one of the richest in the world. The museum was established in 1870. It is situated on 5th Avenue, close to Central Park. More information about working hours and entrance fees is available here.
Brooklyn Bridge – One of the oldest suspension bridges in the world. It was officially opened on May 24, 1883. It is raised over East River in New York and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge is 1,834 m long. Its construction took 13 years. There are pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides of the bridge. A walk down the bridge, during the day or at night, when you will be enchanted by the lights of the city, is an obligatory New York experience.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Both the building of the museum and its collections are real masterpieces. You will see works of Picasso, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, as well as many interactive exhibitions and holograms. The museum itself is an architectural landmark. The spiral design of the white building was created by prominent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The museum is situated on 89th Street of 5th Avenue. Information about working hours and entrance fees is available here.
Broadway – The dream of every actor, and of every viewer, of course! The name of the street is a synonym to the New York theatre life, since its shelters many of the theatres in the city. In fact, not all of them are situated on the same street but the area around Times Square is the most influential one.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – It is a complex of 12 separate studios, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera House, the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, as well as the Carnegie Hall and the City Music Hall, in other words – a huge variety of classical music, jazz, opera, starry concerts and performances. A wonderful way to spend the night.
Madison Square Garden – The NBA games are played here, as well as different show programs and starry concerts. The arena is the home of the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks and it also hosts the annual Grammy Awards. It is a huge sports complex that can seat more than 19,000 people. Tourist tours are organized, too. Madison Square Garden is situated on 7th Avenue in Manhattan.
Times Square – The Square is the heart of New York and it is vigorously throbbing: busy traffic, vehicle horns’ honking, neon lights, billboards, TV studios and radio stations, theatres, a huge Christmas tree and New Year’s Eve show to remember, loud concerts with fireworks. These are just some of the adventures waiting for you there. At Times Square you will also find the TKTS Discount Booth, where you can buy tickets for the Broadway shows with 50% discount on the same day of the event. The booth is located under a huge staircase, open for visitors, offering a panoramic view to the square.
Manhattan – It’s needless to say that this is Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite place, and it will definitely become yours, too. This is the most populated and the oldest borough in New York with numerous skyscrapers, stores, trade centers, restaurants, theatres, museums. Here shopping is an art – all you need is imagination and a big wallet. Don’t worry if you lack these qualities, no one will ask you for money, if you are just window-shopping or stealing… not some clothes, but rather thousands of good ideas for your everyday life and style.
Museum of the City of New York – Here you will learn much about the history and development of New York over the years. You will see photos and paintings of the city, old advertisements and posters, models of popular buildings and virtual exhibitions. There is also a cinema hall in the museum where you can watch movies dedicated to New York. The museum is situated on 103rd Street and 5th Avenue. More information is available here.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – At this museum you will be introduced to works of the arts of painting, photography, cinema, press and online media. There is also a curatorial department of architecture and design with the museum, which is the first of its kind in the world. The museum halls shelter works by Frida Kahlo, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and many others. The museum is situated in central Manhattan. More information about working hours and entrance fees is available here.
Brooklyn Museum – This is the second-biggest art museum in New York. Here you will see pieces of art from all over the world: Asian, Islamic, Egyptian and African art, paintings and sculptures of European artists, furniture, costumes, jewelries. The museum is constantly organizing rich temporary exhibitions. It is situated in the central part of Brooklyn. Information about working hours and entrance fees is available here.
National Museum of the American Indian – At this museum you will learn much about the Native Americans – the Indians. You will see traditional musical instruments, clay and leather vessels, jewelry, clothes, tools, and get acquainted with the ancient Indian rituals. At the video center you can watch films dedicated to the Indian culture. All this is free of charge because there is no entrance fee. The museum is situated in Lower Manhattan. More information is available here.
New York City Marathon – Do you accept the challenge of becoming New York’s next champion? The New York City Marathon is one of the biggest in the world. More than 100,000 people take part in it every year, while the route is 42 km long. It is organized every fall at Central Park and attracts both professional athletes and many ambitious amateurs. The award fund amounts at more than USD 600,000. You started practicing already, didn’t you? Follow the dates of the New York City Marathon here.
Yankee Stadium – This is baseball fans’ paradise, and especially of those cheering for the legendary New York Yankees. Apart from the huge stadium, there is also a rich museum here, dedicated to the baseball team, as well as several bars. During the off season you have the chance to examine the whole stadium both from the inside and the outside, as well as to enter players’ locker room and the playground with the bases.
National 9/11 Memorial & Museum – Nearly 13 years after the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed in a terrorist attack, the museum dedicated to 9/11 opened doors at the place of the tragedy in May 2014. Photos of each of the victims are arranged in a special hall. These are not just some portraits but pieces of these people’s lives – a father teaching his kids to play baseball, wedding photos…
New York City hot dog – It’s unacceptable to walk down the streets of New York and miss trying the prominent hot dog. It is a simple hot dog – a bun with a cooked sausage, mustard and ketchup, but it can be found at any corner and every fast food chain, and it has its own special charm. This is the most popular fast food in the City. Next come the pizza and the burgers, so grab a bun and full steam ahead!
Madame Tussauds Museum – Be the guest of the stars! Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alicia Keys and many others, whom you can take a photo with and even touch. But be careful, they are made of wax but still they may surprise you. Stand shoulder to shoulder with superheroes, historical figures and political leaders. Challenge your fears in the dark room where evil villains are hiding behind every corner and become part of a special cinema adventure with fog, snow, wind and anything you can imagine at the 4D cinema hall in the museum. The Madame Tussauds Museum is situated at Times Square. Information about working hours and entrance fees is available here.
Flushing Meadows–Corona Park – It is situated in the borough of Queens. The 1964 New York World's Fair was held here. In the park you will find the impressive Unisphere fountain, build back then as a symbol of the fair and a kind of a monument to the beginning of the cosmic era. The spherical stainless steel construction weights 408 tons and represents the terrestrial globe. It is in the middle of a pool and surrounded by high fountains. It is 50 m tall, with 37 m diameter. There are many benches and green alleys in the park, perfect for a nice walk or a rest.
Wall Street – Here tension is felt in the air, but you will be happy to take a look at the buildings from the outside, not as a nervous trader from the inside. Wall Street is a street sheltering the New York Stock Exchange, the biggest in the world. The name of the street has turned into a byword for the economy of the USA, since it houses the major economic institutions of the country.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival – Colorful pageant and immense sports spirit! The annual Chinese festival is held in August. It is organized during the weekend and forms the biggest regatta of this type in the USA. There is a race of colorful row boats in the form of a dragon, tasty food, much of dances and traditional Chinese performances. The access to the festival is free of charge. It takes place at the Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens. See the dates for the next festival and don’t miss the fun.
Chinatown – If you want to escape from New York and go to a distant exotic place as fast as possible, you should stop by in one of the three Chinese quarters. The biggest one is in Manhattan, while the other two – in Queens and Brooklyn. You will find great variety of Chinese food at every corner. Restaurants and fast foods offering Chinese delicacies, stores and markets with all kind of goods from China. Embark on a real fantasy of colors and aromas while walking down the busy streets and listening to thousands of Chinese people talking.
Little Italy – This romantic neighborhood in New York is known for its Italian migrants, who, according to the latest census, have been outplayed in number by the Chinese, and there is some merger between Little Italy and Chinatown, but here you will definitely find small Italian restaurants, cafes, pizza restaurants and pasta stores. It is situated in Lower Manhattan.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Its towers are raising high on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. It is built of bricks covered with marble. The Neo-Gothic cathedral was built in the middle of the XIX century. It seats 2,200 people. The interior impresses with its wonderful stained glasses, four huge organs and a reproduction of La Pieta by Michelangelo, which is three times bigger than the original.
Queens Botanical Garden – Treat yourself with a rest amidst beautiful flower paths or under the shadow of the high trees, enjoy one of the outdoor concerts in the night and the butterflies fluttering around the flowers. Roses, gardenias, orchids and fresh herbs will pamper your senses. The garden is situated over 40 acres in Queens. Information about working hours and entrance fees is available here.
New York beaches - New York will surprise you with its sunny water fun and attractions, too. There are more than 80 public beaches in the city. Brighton Beach, for instance, is known for the many Russian eateries along the coastline. That is why it became known as the Little Odessa. Coney Island Beach offers many attractions at its amusement park. Orchard Beach, on the other hand, is the only public beach in The Bronx. It spreads over 115 acres and is 2 km long. Nearby there are many entertainment and catering establishments and thus it is good for a picnic under the sun or the beach umbrellas. There are also volleyball, football, tennis, handball and basketball playgrounds. Dive into the adventure right now!
Coney Island – Ready for fun? There are many outdoor amusement parks close to the beach. Roller coasters that will make you scream, many carousels and the New York Aquarium (more information here) with its cute penguins, sea lions and the huge octopus from the Pacific Ocean. It is in Brooklyn. More detailed information available here.
Battery Park – Bike paths, vast gardens, high trees and many flowers spread on 25 acres. The park is situated in southern Manhattan, right against the port. Its name was inspired by the batteries placed here to protect the city. In the park you will find the Castle Clinton, a fort dating back to 1812, which can be examined from the inside and you can also take a walk in its big garden full of restaurants and cafes. Battery Park also shelters Hope Garden, which is dedicated to the victims of AIDS.
Bronx Zoo – A home for more than 6,000 animals of 600 different species. The zoo is situated over 256 acres and natural habitats from all over the globe have been established for the animals. You can go on a safari tour and get acquainted in person with kangaroos, gorillas, leopards from the Himalayas, zebras, giraffes, penguins and many others.
With a ferry to Staten Island – The ferryboat (Staten Island Ferry), which connects Manhattan and Staten Island, is free of charge. During the 25-minute trip you may order a drink and enjoy the splendid views to the skyscrapers of Manhattan, the Port of New York and the Statue of Liberty. The ferry runs twenty-four-seven so it is up to you to decide whether to enjoy the sunset or the sunrise, a sunny day or a beautiful night with the lights of the city while on board.
Staten Island Children’s Museum – This is the first children’s museum in the world. Here the kids can both have fun and learn new things. They can play giant chess, tic-tac-toe, and giant bowling. The little visitors may also act in plays and wear costumes like real actors or become firemen and also learn about the life of the insects, which are presented in human-size figures. There is also water fun with boats in a pool that has a lighthouse, and many more. Information about working hours and entrance fees is available here.
Shopping in New York - The entire Manhattan is waiting for you! Luxurious boutiques, big stores and trade centers. In Greenwich village you will find souvenirs and music records, as well as many bookstores. Antiques and pieces of art are found in Soho. The biggest department store - Macy’s, offers something for everyone’s budget, while the Chinese neighborhood is full of everything you may need at good prices – pretty kettles, tableware, exotic teas, and more.
Nightlife in New York - In the City That Never Sleeps it will be a real shame to stay inside and nap! Jazz clubs with live music, concerts, countless bars, discotheques and clubs, karaoke bars and the very popular stand-up comedy clubs, where a single person will entertain you the whole night while you are having a dinner or a drink. Close to the port in Manhattan, there are great restaurants with a beautiful view to the ocean, offering exquisite menus. A Broadway musical or a baseball game – both wonderful ideas for an unforgettable night in the city. This is New York, baby!