Manhattan Island Travel Guide

  • Manhattan Island
    by Mr.Sparkle
  • Restaurants
    by Linse
  • Restaurants
    by Linse

Manhattan Island Things to Do

  • Times Square iz jus' like thim thir...

    One of the most well known area of Manhattan...Times Square. Between 42nd and 48th street there is a spot where Broadway and seventh make a lazy "X"...that is where you will find Times Square. Up until the mid to late 80s, Times Square was a bit "seedy" with it's porn, prositution corners, high crime and theft rate. However, after the resurgence of...

  • Have your portrait drawn

    While in Battery Park, en route to the statue of liberty, you may want to have your likeness drawn. The artists are usually fast and cheap.

  • A Central Park Walk

    Central Park is ideally located in the heart of Manhattan. You can enjoy a nice summer day under a tree, reading a book. This place is a jewel in NYC.

  • Guggenheim Museum

    This is definitely worth a visit, if only to take a picture of the unique roof! It was so very crowded when I was there that the ticket booth has a queue of more than 10 people! I gave it a miss, and went to Metropolitan Museum of Art instead.

  • Strawberry Fields in Central Park

    This is on the West side of Central Park where Yoko Ono apparently stays. Strawberry Fields is a tribute to John Lennon.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

    This is a MUST-SEE museum. Entrance fee is USD15.00 for adults and USD10 for children. Then again, it is only a "suggested" feee. Apparently you may choose to pay less! I just paid the 15 bucks. I spent 3 solid hours wandering around. It has beautiful painting, sculptures etc. The halls are (not exact name) Medieval Armour and Weaponry, Eastern...


Manhattan Island Restaurants

  • French...New York style!!

    My foodie cousin recommended this resturant, so we met up with her for a delicious, casual dinner. Started off with drinks and then went straight to ordering dinner. My cousin chose the Charcuterie Plate (assortment of cured sausages, ham, prosciutto, pâté & pickled vegetables), LJ chose the Mushroom Ravioli meal (forest mushrooms & Madeira cream...

  • Infuse your appetite - Eat Indian Fusion

    We had a few hours to kill before we headed to the airport, so we decided to walk around Lower Manhattan to visit Battery Park, The Downtown Athletic Club, The Twin Tower Memorial, etc. Well all this walking causes one to build up a mighty appetite, so while we were looking around, we spied an Indian Fusion restaurtant that we just had to visit....

  • A truly Legendary experience

    I contacted my"foodie" source who receommended that we visit Cabana Nuevo Latino for a truly legendary experience. The restaurant was located near to where we were staying, offerec awesome views of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and the water and most importantly, delivered delicious food with great customer service. For the appetizer, we chose...


Manhattan Island Nightlife

  • B.B King Blues Bar & Grill

    Great place to see bands perform. One room has a stage for concerts. The room has space for about 1,000 people. There is also a bar located in the back, with seats in the round with carpeted floors. Waiters & waiteress around to serve drinks. Depends on the event that is taking place, but for the most part casual wear is fine.

  • Greenwich Village

    We walked around the Village one night...there's a lot of different places to stop in for a drink and/or dancing. In the picture, this is me actually holding a (real) python. Under the influence of stupidity? courage? something anyway.greenwich village nightlife

  • Speaking of night...

    Observatory Hours:9:30am to Midnight daily. Last elevators go up at 11:15pm. Open daily 365 days a year. Admission: ESB Audio Tour $5 Adults (18-61) $11 Youth (12-17) $10 Child (6-11) $6 Seniors (62+) $10 Military w/ID $9 Military In Uniform Free** 5 or younger Free* I recommend this when you visit here for the first time...NYSKYRIDE + ESB...


Manhattan Island Transportation

  • Getting Around with NYC Subways & Buses

    The New York City transportation system is very efficient and is probably the best way to get around the city.

  • Subway at Times Square

    If you are in the Times Square area and need to catch a train you don't have to run to Grand Central. You can catch a train here at the Subway station at East 42nd street in Time Square. Below is a link of the shedule of the trains listed on the display at Station in the picture.

  • Grand Central Station

    This is the famous Grand Central Station. Here you can take the Metro North Trains to areas in the Bronx & Westchester County. Also you can catch the MTA Subway Trains to stations in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan & Bronx.In the lower level of Grand Central Station, you can catch a bite to eat from the many different varieties of food. There is enough...


Manhattan Island Shopping

  • Macy's in Spring

    Macy's in spring is LOVELY. I felt like I was i somebody's garden instead of a department store! And Macy's is huge. You can easily spent several hours inside! I was so amazed that all the flowers are real!!!

  • Gourmet food stuffs

    This is a gorgeous shop with perfectly displayed produce. I shop for gourmet ingredients all over the world and I found this to be pretty reasonable for the good stuff. I found anchovy stuffed olives in the can to ship home for 1.99 plus many chorizos from around the world. It's nice, especially for the location. It's no Trader Joe's but no store...

  • Rockefeller Center

    When you see this big plaza surrounded by flags and a sunken plaza (skating rink in winter), you've found Rockefeller Center. Not just 1 building, but many. Lots of shopping and dining to do in this area. Don't miss out on the underground part. I like the Metropolitan Museum Store, my husband goes for the NBC Store. New York City prices!


Manhattan Island Local Customs

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    What an interesting use for a...

    by aphrodyte Updated Jul 3, 2003

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    If you can't tell what the bill board's:
    YOUR FAMILY'S PART $56,984

    There is no doubt that in this country, the power of influence is through advertising. What is interesting to note in this picture that it says my part of the debt is $57,000. I don't even get PAID that much. I only own debit cards, and my student and car loans are paid off. My student loan wasn't even that much.

    I admit that I wear designer clothing, (I gotta have my Victoria Secret) and I eat at quality restaurants. However, I have never been so down as to owe THAT MUCH money. I love my country, I love almost everything about it. But I tell you what...the US Govt is one expensive prostitute.

    Anyway, that's my rant for the day.

    We are one expensive country!

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Manhattan Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Look both ways before crossing the...

    Some of these jerks just cross the street without looking. And then they get hit and whose fault is that?

  • Tourist souvenir shops

    Please be very careful, and get familiar with the currency! E.g. how much value is a quarter, a dime, a nickel etc. I got cheated when the shopowner gave me some coins from I believe South American countries as change, instead of the proper US currency coins. This particular shop is on Fifth Avenue, near American Girl Place shop. Unfortunately I...

  • Be very care on the subway

    Try and ride in a car with other people. To ride alone you could be mug. And try and put your money in different area on your person.


Manhattan Island Tourist Traps

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    J JamesonThis will definitely grab your...

    by VinTolucci Updated Jun 19, 2006

    Stay away from the seedy side of town, you may get mugged.

    Unique Suggestions: If you must see the new devil in miss jones make sure you are not alone! I don't want to have to pick you up at the precinct.

    Fun Alternatives: Go to the gentlemans clubs in L.I.C. instead.

    Go see the latest Jenna Jameson flick here.
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Manhattan Island What to Pack

  • Don't pack alot, not necessary

    If you over shop you can buy these one-time bags made of nylon for 1.99. Stuff your NY t-shirts in them for a budget bag. They are usually blue and white colored. They are durable and hold alot of stuff, made in China. Seems like the only people dressing up are the tourists, makes them easy to spot. We went to dinner w/ a local NY guy. Went to a...

  • Laptop

    Bryant Park is a WiFi “Hot Spot,” bringing the internet free to users of laptops and handheld devices with 802.11b Ethernet cards.

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Manhattan Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Center of Manhattan's Flatiron District

    Located between 23rd & 26th streets and Fifth and Madison avenues, Madison Square Park is excellent for a rest as you come from Middle Manhattan on your way to lower Manhattan. There are many benches to rest, eat & read. There are also come food place to grab a bit to eat in the park. If you bring your dog or have one, your pet can even play in his...

  • Cooper Union

    Located on Astor Place between Third and 4th Aves, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning. This beautiful building sticks out among the tall modern skycrapers. A must see and visit while in the East Village.

  • St. Bartholomew's Church

    On 109 East 50th Street is the beautiful St. Bartholomew's Church. This church is dwarfed buy the modern tall buildings that surround it. It is located near the Met Life building about a 10 minute walk. The church also has a cafe.


Manhattan Island Favorites

  • Cleopatra's Needle

    by keeper7 Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Build in 1600 BC in Heliopolis, Egypt, later removed by the romans from Alexandra in the 12th century BC.
    It presented to New York City buy Khedive of Egypt and erect in Central Park on Febuary 22, 1881. On the other side of the monument is a plaque with the translation.

    Fondest memory: Fondest memory is waking near the great lawn and seeing the neddle for the first time. It was the first time I had seen an ancient artifact from Egypt.

    Cleopatra's Neddle
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