New York City Things to Do

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  • 1. Times Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Of all the places i have visited in my 30 years on this earth, one of the things when visiting NYC that you can't miss is times square. Even if its only for the sake of saying, yes I have been there...

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  • 2. Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We took the ferry from New Jersey to Ellis Island which is an island at the southern tip of Manhattan. It is a place which millions of people who migrated by ship to the Port of New York in the United...

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  • 3. Empire State Building

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is yet another icon of New York City. Glimpses of it are shown in movies and TV shows set in NYC. It is internationally famous. We have learned that the Empire State Building stands at 1,454...

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  • 4. Rockefeller Center - Plaza

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New York in the winter is the best. Especially when you get a chance to ice skate at Rockefeller Center. The annual Christmas tree is always a sight to see. We made this trip last year, enjoyed...

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  • 5. Chinatown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I recommend Chinatown to you because, There are so many things to buy, stands are everywhere filled with cool trinkets. Last time I bought some jade necklaces, a flower, a really cute purse, and an...

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  • 6. Central Park

    There's more to do in Central Park than just do the routine walk, stroll, tai-ichi and running excercises. Couple of things you can do are Horse Coach or carriage riding, the TukTuk or tricycle ride ,...

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  • 7. Brooklyn Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Brooklyn Bridge was built between 1869 and 1883 and connects Manhattan with Brooklyn. The bridge is one of the most famous and magnificent landmarks in New York City. The world's larges...

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  • 8. Ground Zero - World Trade Center

    Ground Zero is now a memorial for those who lost their lives during the tragedy that was 9/11. Now it has 2 large fountains engraved with the names of those who lost their lives and the surrounding...

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  • 9. South Street Seaport

    4 out of 5 stars

    http://www.stjohndivine.org/In Pier 17 a true effort to preserve the real history of the city became a must of New York. Historic buildings, historic ships, and a lively commerce, with Brooklyn...

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  • 10. Wall Street

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

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  • 11. Theatre District - Broadway Shows

    None of my trips to the city are complete without seeing at least one Broadway musical. I'm not a student anymore so I can't rush every show to get cheaper tickets, but my friend suggested the new...

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  • 12. Metropolitan Museum of Art

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Temple of Dendur, costumes, mummies, knights, Americana, Modern paintings, sculptures, art of other continents ... It just can't be beat. We can easily lose ourselves here for days. The Met...

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  • 13. Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Many people told us to go to Staten island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. We did go to the island of Statue of Liberty, since I wanted to see it close. And it was good we did. At our last day we...

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  • 14. St Patrick's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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,...

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  • 15. Greenwich Village

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Thank you so much for sharing the Greenwich Village on Virtual Tourist. I have ALWAYS wanted to visit there and although I may never get to do that, your pictures gave me a lasting impression of the...

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  • 16. Chrysler Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We really like the look of The Chrysler Building. We have seen it countless times on TV and in movies and shows set in New York City, so it was nice to see it "up close and personal". It is located...

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  • 17. United Nations

    4 out of 5 stars

    We wanted to see the United Nations Complex. We walked from the Chrysler building, eastward along 42nd Street, until we reached First Avenue. The United Nations Complex runs for several blocks along...

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  • 18. Soho District

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    hehehe, it rhymes! many people want to sit at the famous chair inside kat'z deli that is the setting for Sally's (Meg Ryan) Fake Orgasm Scene with Harry (Billy Crystal) of the famous Chick Flick of...

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  • 19. 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,...

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  • 20. Flatiron Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I don´t know why, but in my eyes this is one of the most beautyful buildings in NY. Maybe it is so oldish, and it´s little bit different than the others, because of it´s interesting shape. I don´t...

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  • 21. Battery Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    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...

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  • 22. Saint Paul Chapel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    On September 11, 2002, 1 year after the attacks of 9/11, the mayor of London presented this bell to the city of New York. It's located in the garden of the Chapel, on the backside, close to ground...

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  • 23. Little Italy

    4 out of 5 stars

    ...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...

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  • 24. Grand Central Terminal

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Grand Central Terminal, in Midtown Manhattan, which New Yorkers Affectionally call the Grand Central Station, is the largest Train and Subway terminal in the World in the number of platforms (44...

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  • 25. Top of the Rock

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This was redone/remodeled fairly recently. It's clean, safe and convenient. The observation deck is really modern with tall "glass" railings so you have an unobstructed view of the city and down to...

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  • ter1413's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    9/11 Memorial Museum Visitor Information

    I just wanted to post this re my visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum today as it has opened to the public. I thought it may answer some questions that may or may not be 100% clear on the website.

    -My scheduled time slot was 11:00am. I arrived at appr 10:30 and was let in at about 10:35. So just like the Memorial, it looks as if they will let you in early based on how many people are already inside.

    -I heard/saw a few people walk up to the ticket booth right outside while I was on line. I heard the attendant say that the earliest scheduled slot available was for 3:00pm. So same day tickets are possible, but I would recommend booking in advance. I would also not count on same day tickets.

    -Security was airport style(metal detector/jackets, bags & belts/etc in the bin.) I did not have to take my shoes off. That process took appr 3 minutes. But be prepared for longer lines.

    -The entire facility is equipped with elevator and escalators. Ramps are also throughout the building so you do not need to use the stairs. It is fully wheelchair accessible and manual ones are available onsite(at the coat check-first come, first served.)

    -There is a small cafe inside(Pavilion Cafe.) I didn't purchase anything from there but I am guessing that they have water/coffee. Outside food and beverage is not permitted.

    -DSLR cameras are allowed inside. I didn't notice anyone with a "pro style" setup. The limitation is that there is no photography allowed inside the September 11, 2001 Historical Exhibition which in inside/part of the Museum.

    -There is a coat check/"bag" check. I don't think this means that they want you to do a load of shopping and then leave the bags there while you visit the Museum. This looks like it is for knapsacks, etc. The coat/bag check is inside after you go through security.

    -There are bathrooms throughout the facility. You must have a ticket to go inside and utilize the bathrooms. There are still no bathrooms on the grounds of the 9/11 Memorial.
    However, there is a Burger King down the block on Trinity/Liberty and Century 21 is also right next to the Memorial.

    -There are first aid technicians also within the Museum.

    -There is an auditorium where a film is shown(appr 15 minutes.) I had on a jacket, but note that the air conditioner was on HIGH in that area.
    I recommend the film.

    -There are audio tours available. You can arrange this via the welcome desk inside. Tours can only be provided by Museum staff.

    -The use of cellphones is prohibited. Touching of any of the artifacts is prohibited. Proper decorum should be followed.

    -There is no "dress code"..but proper decorum is recommended.

    -There is a gift shop. I won't really comment on that.

    I won't attempt to give my feedback re the Museum except to say that it was VERY moving and emotional for me. I also won't attempt to say how long one should spend at the Museum. I left after about 3 1/2 hours. I also didn't bring my camera and only took 1 picture with my phone.

    My visit was sponsored by Conde Nast, the NYC based publishing company and one of the tenants that will move into One World Trade when complete.

  • 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. www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/tour/2013.com

    "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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