New York City Things to Do

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  • 1. Times Square

    It's a magical place. There's an ocean of lights and animated billboards; colours and images flow vertically up the side of the great buildings that surround the square. It's enough to grab the...

  • 2. Central Park

    Central Park is immense. Not just in fame, or in size but in the sheer strength of will it took to carve the park out of the rocky, swampy soil that it was built on. Manhattan lies on a delta of long...

  • 3. Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

    UPDATE: Ellis Island is still undergoing repairs due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, but it is currently open on a limited basis. See the website for details. When you visit the Statue of Liberty, be...

  • 4. Empire State Building

    Until a few months ago, the Empire State Building was once again the tallest buildng in New York City. Although now #2, it is still an icon and world-wide symbol of NYC. Building started shortly after...

  • 5. Rockefeller Center

    Always heard about Rockefeller Center on TV. David Letterman? or a special. Then, there is the iconic winter skating at the center. So, we made a short side trip to stop by. We were between meals and...

  • 6. Chinatown

    New York City has the largest Chinese population outside of Asia, and Manhattan's Chinatown is one of the oldest population centres in the West. It's tucked up right alongside the shiny buildings...

  • 7. Brooklyn Bridge

    They call it the Bends. It's not as if Brooklyn Bridge invented the condition - they'd known about it for centuries, but it was here that decompression sickness entered the public imagination. The...

  • 8. South Street Seaport

    Berthed on the South Street Seaport are historical ships that range from a little tugboat, the W.O. Decker to the four-masted Peking and my favorite, the blazing red-colored light ship Ambrose (see...

  • 9. Ground Zero - World Trade Center

    After the disaster of September 11th 2001 the city of New York decided the best response to losing the World Trade Center was to rebuild it. Instead of simply replacing the twin towers they decided to...

  • 10. Wall Street

    It is the most impressive building in Wall Street, with columns recreating Greek architecture. Its staircase functions almost as a balcony over the place, with tourists disputing the angles to take...

  • 11. Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry

    Richmondtown is a village at the center of Staten island. The reason I went there was the historic Richmond town, a town that is actually an open-air museum! It opened at 1958 and you can see 27...

  • 12. Soho District

    Many of us who have watched movies and TV series have seen these ladders, or similar around New York. There were a TV serie "Tales from Soho" and of episode was named according to the ladders (The...

  • 13. Greenwich Village

    The area of Bleecker & Macdougal St in the village is an enjoyable walk, both day and nightime. There is so much history and for me so many musical ghosts to chase. Some of the best music & major...

  • 14. St Patrick's Cathedral

    In 1853 architect Hames Renwick was hired to design St. Patrick's Cathedral. The cornerstone was laid in 1858 and With several delays, it wasn't until 1879 that the Cathedral was completed and open,...

  • 15. Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met is the largest art museum in the Americas, and one of the three biggest in the world. It's second only in visitors to the Louvre. It's enormous. I got lost in the museum for a good part of a...

  • 16. Battery Park

    I like Battery Park because it's one of the oldest places in New York City, and one of the newest. It's old because it's the area when the Dutch landed to found New Amsterdam in the 1620's. It's one...

  • 17. Little Italy

    ...No, I'm not talking about street performers. I'm talking about the Italian men outside of their restaurants beckoning everyone to come in and have a taste of authentic Italian cuisine. I love these...

  • 18. Top of the Rock

    As we were walking past the Empire State Building and the line that extended from the lobby out onto 5th Avenue and around the corner onto 34th Street, I pondered why the Empire State Building line...

  • 19. United Nations

    This is the centre of the modern world. While some people play down the importance of the United Nations, this is the building where the world leaders gather to make decisions that can alter the...

  • 20. Fifth Avenue

    For fashion-conscious visitors, shopping at New York's 5th Avenue stores is a must. The best location is between 39th and 60th Streets. Here you'll find high end department stores, jewelry stores,...

  • 21. Flatiron Building

    The Flatiron Building is a product of its location. At the intersection where the diagonal of Broadway slashes through the north-south of 5th Avenue, a tight, triangular patch of land became home to...

  • 22. Grand Central Terminal

    Can there be a more beautiful, intoxicating, spellbinding train station in the world? It's not so much a station as a celebration of the movement of people - a temple to transport, an arched transept...

  • 23. Guggenheim Museum

    My niece wanted to visit the Guggenheim so I added it to our Go Select Pass. It was the last of the six attractions we visited, we had already been to MOMA and the Metropolitan Art Museum, both of...

  • 24. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

    Even if you don't like modern art, you will surely find something that you love at MOMA. MOMA has an amazing collection of prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, as well as other forms...

  • 25. American Museum of Natural History

    This building, at the beginning of Broadway, looks over the first cattle market in New York. It stands where the forts of the Brits and the Dutch once stood. Born in Belgium, I'm always happy when I...

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Comments (2)

  • tvor's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    As i mentioned on the Rome page, Hotels and Ask a question not necessary in the Things to do section. Also, could the link to add to your personal travel guide be added from these pages rather than have to seek the tip through the individual's page? Makes it much easier to build a custom travel guide.

  • riorich55's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    As I was writing some tips for a city just west of where I live this morning I found out about this interesting event happening in June this year.

    I wanted to let anyone who lives in the United States and any visitors to the U.S. this summer that there is a very unique event going on. Lincoln Highway is not as well known as its other old U.S. Highway (Route 66), but is actually older (1913 vs 1926) then its road cousin and actually does travel through the middle of the country from coast to coast (New York to San Francisco). Route 66 actually starts in my hometown of Chicago and heads to California.

    Anyway here is a link and a bit of a description for anybody who is interested.

    "Join fellow historians and tourists for the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours, headed for Kearney, Nebraska from each coast, for the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. Antique cars, Classics, muscle cars, ’50s cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods, and modern cars are welcome to participate.

    You will travel the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway covering many miles of two-lane history, four-lane progress, and even gravel scenic beauty. Travel from America’s urban centers, through pastoral farm lands, over breathtaking mountains and rolling prairies.

    Travelers from the East will start at Times Square, the heart of America’s most vibrant city. You will travel through ivy-covered college towns such as Princeton, New Jersey, and the Amish country of Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh’s steel and beer brewing industrial history, you will travel through Ohio’s diverse agricultural and commercial mix. Indiana takes you through more Amish farm land, South Bend’s Notre Dame and automotive history and on to Illinois. From Illinois you will travel to Iowa’s farmland across the Mississippi River into the prairies of Nebraska and on to the Centennial celebration in Kearney at the Great Platte River Arch Museum.

    Western travelers enjoy beginning their journey in the urban centers of San Francisco and Oakland, California. After traveling through the state’s agricultural Central Valley you are exposed to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains and Donner Pass before dropping into the deserts of Nevada and the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Climbing the mountains out of Salt Lake City, you will enter the wide open spaces of Wyoming and on to historic Cheyenne for an overnight stop. This is followed by your easterly trek into Nebraska and eventually joining the rest of the travelers from the east for the grand parade of cars into Kearney on opening day."

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