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New York, New York

With a globally recognizable skyline and 8.4 million people who call it home, New York City is bursting with diversity and excitement – from the iconic attractions you've seen on TV and in the movies to hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. Each of the five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island – has a distinctive flavor, while individual neighborhoods maintain identities all their own.

Facts

City proper: 8,491,080
Metropolitan area: 23,632,722
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The subway runs 24 hours. Retail stores are open all week from 10am to 6pm or later. Most bars and clubs close at around 2am-4am.
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The City

New York City may be small in size, but it’s huge in numbers, energy and attitude. It’s the most densely populated city in North America with 8 million citizens on just 830 square kilometers of land. It has always been a city of immigrants, and, even today, about one-third of its citizens are foreign-born. Roughly 138 languages are spoken here, and vibrant new ethnic enclaves pop up all over the city, offering visitors a vast array of interesting cultural and culinary experiences.

While the city pulses with the blood of its newest residents, old New York is still alive and well. Opera still bursts from the venerable stage of the Lincoln Center. Wall Street, the hive of capitalism, still bustles with the excitement and tension of the stock market. And the stately apartments of New York’s wealthy still frame majestic Central Park.

New York has become one of America’s safest cities, and the best way to see it is to walk. Numbered streets in Manhattan make navigation easy and run from east to west, while avenues intersect from north to south (uptown and downtown). New Yorkers are friendly and talkative, and nearly every night of the week the city’s bars and clubs are crowded with revelers. There are several universities in New York, which contribute to keeping the city fresh and young.
LGBT Sites
Manhattan is a hub for LGBT history. There’s no admission fee to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo. Grab a drink at the Stonewall Inn’s bar, where the 1969 police raid took place, and sit on a bench at Christopher Park to reflect on George Segal’s Gay Liberation statues. While you are in Manhattan, you’ll want to check out the Lips Drag Queen Show Palace, Restaurant & Bar, considered one of the best drag performances in the city.

Head across to Brooklyn for more LGBT sites. Stop by the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. Hit the happy hour at Ginger’s Bar, a popular lesbian pub in Brooklyn known for tasty drinks, pool, karaoke and drag queen bingo.

In Queens, the Q Center provides essential services, community assistance and advocacy programs for youth and adults. The Albatross Bar in Astoria features Sutton Lee Seymour, one of the most beloved drag queens around, along with karaoke and Brokeback Bingo, in a friendly, neighborhood bar ambience.
Iconic Movie Locations
Chances are, you’ve seen dozens of movies or television shows featuring or filmed in New York City. The 1984 ghost-comedy favorite “Ghostbusters” was filmed at various locations around Manhattan. Get photos at Columbus Circle, the famous traffic circle where the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man arrives.

Whether you consider yourself a Carrie or a Charlotte, a Samantha or a Miranda, put on your Manolos and take the “Sex and the City” Hotspots Bus Tour to see more than 40 trendy Manhattan locales – including the famous Magnolia Bakery in the West Village – frequented by the female cast.

Order a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli, a locale made all the more legendary in “that scene” from “When Harry Met Sally” (1989). The Audrey Hepburn classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) features multiple New York landmarks, and so does legendary “The Godfather” (1972), academy Award-winning “Birdman” (2014), the Christmas cult comedy “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992), Natalie Portman’s dark thriller “Black Swan” (2010), and many more.
Theater
New York City is known for its exceptional theater, eclectic performing arts scene and big Broadway productions. Seeing a famous Broadway show, such as “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “Hamilton,” is one of the most iconic experiences in New York City. Beyond the theater district, the Harbor Lights Theater Company in Staten Island brings outstanding professional theater to the dynamic North Shore neighborhood. Past productions include “Rent,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Oliver!” and “The King and I.” New York theatre is much like the city itself: innovative, experimental, and culturally diverse.
5 Days of Family Fun across New York
Day 1 – Manhattan
Start at world-famous Rockefeller Center, where you can tour NBC Studios, meet a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall and browse the shops (including a LEGO Store and a Nintendo Store). Pick up some souvenirs at M&M’s World, the Disney Store or the American Girl Place in Times Square.

Day 2 – Brooklyn
People of all ages can enjoy a walk across the upper level of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Finish with a visit to Coney Island, the quintessential boardwalk experience, for amusement park rides, games and food.

Day 3 – Staten Island
Kids and adults will love the Staten Island Ferry ride, which operates for free 24/7. Active families can spend time exploring the nature trails at Staten Island’s Greenbelt Conservancy or the beautiful gardens at Snug Harbor. Let your younger children’s imagination run wild at the Staten Island Children’s Museum.

Day 4 – Queens
A family day in Queens should include a visit to the New York Hall of Science, a hands-on, interactive museum. Spend time outside at the Queens County Farm Museum. Families who love sports can catch a Mets game at Citi Field or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark.

Day 5 – Bronx
The must-see attraction here is the Bronx Zoo, the largest urban zoo in the country. Stroll through the colorful flora at Wave Hill’s public gardens and enjoy views of the Hudson River. See the 27-time World Champion Yankees play at Yankee Stadium.

Neighborhoods

New York City hardly needs an introduction, but the city’s five boroughs might.
Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island may all represent one city, but they each have their own personalities and must-see attractions. Get to know the colorful attributes that make each New York City borough unique.

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The Bronx
The Bronx is a part of the city that is always reinventing itself. Today, this borough is known for its urban green spaces, such as the Bronx Zoo, Van Cortlandt Park and the New York Botanical Garden; fantastic international food, including an authentic Little Italy; and the famous Yankee Stadium, which you can tour even if there isn’t a Yankees baseball game happening when you visit.

Fans of mystery writer Edgar Allan Poe can visit his cottage in the Bronx, where he spent the later years of his life and penned such classics as “The Cask of Amontillado” and “Annabel Lee.” With a history dating to 1654, the opulent Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated New York City Landmark. Take a tour of the mansion and carriage house.
Brooklyn
Brooklyn is a meeting point of old and new. The borough has evolved into a cultural hub, particularly in the Williamsburg neighborhood – think artisanal shops, vintage clothing and trendy nightlife. Still, Brooklyn claims timeless icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge (have your camera handy for a selfie), nostalgic Coney Island (try a Coney dog at Nathan’s Famous) and the Brooklyn Museum, one of the country’s oldest and largest museums housing nearly 1.5 million works.

Next door, stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Throughout the year, but particularly during cherry blossom season in the spring, this garden impresses visitors with colorful blooms and peaceful paths to evoke your inner wanderer. For a different type of culture, check out the 150-year-old Brooklyn Academy of Music and its calendar full of avant-garde plays, dances, music, literary events and lectures.
Manhattan
Manhattan is (literally) an island unto itself and is recognized for its world-famous landmarks. On your list of must-dos: people-watching and exploring the urban outdoors attractions in Central Park, seeing a Broadway show and, of course, getting caught up in the wave of excitement that is Times Square.

Manhattan is known for its impressive art institutions. Admire the striking Frank Lloyd Wright design of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which features definitive works of Impressionists, Surrealists, Minimalists and more.
Another favorite is The New Museum, which spotlights contemporary art in a unique, seven-story space in Manhattan’s trendy Lower East Side. Don’t leave New York without visiting the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, site of the former immigration station complex where millions of immigrants entered the USA from 1918 to 1924. It’s also the site of the iconic Statue of Liberty.
Queens
Named the top destination for U.S. travel by Lonely Planet in 2015, Queens is notable for its artsy offerings, distinctive neighborhoods and extraordinary cultural diversity. Explore the Greek tavernas, restaurants and bakeries in Astoria, or the thriving Chinatown in Flushing. Check out the changing art galleries at MoMA PS1, specializing in avant-garde work from ultra-modern artists. Both of New York City’s primary airports, John F. Kennedy and La Guardia, are also located in Queens.

For an indoor-outdoor cultural experience, Noguchi Museum has the best of both worlds. Housing the works of celebrated Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, the museum offers guided tours and a tranquil sculpture garden perfect for relaxation. Visit the King Manor Museum in Jamaica, Queens, for a journey back in time. The estate was home to Rufus King, an abolitionist and one of the drafters and signers of the U.S. Constitution.
Staten Island
The Staten Island Ferry runs for free, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, to this beachy borough. The ferry stops in the historic St. George neighborhood: home to 19th century architecture, the 1920s St. George Theatre, the National Lighthouse Museum and the Staten Island Museum. Green spaces are plentiful in this borough. Explore the trails and parks of Staten Island’s Greenbelt, which is three times larger than Central Park. In the summertime, enjoy kayaking and sunbathing at Staten Island’s family-friendly beaches.

Staten Island has a number of unique historic sites. The Alice Austen House holds a collection of photos and the original 19th-century wooden camera of Alice Austen, one of the first women to become a professional photographer. Visit for a detailed look at the life and accomplishments of this pioneer.
Check out the natural history exhibits, regional art and local history at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor. See thousands of artifacts and more than 30 structures dating to the 17th century at the Historic Richmond Town museum complex, a cultural treasure of Staten Island.

Events

Celebrations and festivities are a year-round – and day-to-night – affair in New York City, making it easy to have your visit to coincide with the merrymaking. Check out this selection of popular festivals, featuring sports, music, art, and international shows and exhibitions.

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Three Kings Parade (January)
A chill in the air won’t keep New Yorkers inside. In January, visitors can attend the Three Kings Parade, which is hosted by El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan and honors Three Wise Men in the Nativity story. The streets may be white with snow, but the parade brings a colorful procession of Latin dancing, music and puppets.
Winter Jazz Fest (January)
Also in January, the six-day Winter Jazz Fest in Greenwich Village is known for its top-notch lineup and two nights of “marathon” music, with live shows that last into the wee hours of the morning at small venues around the city.
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (February)
Dog lovers can plan a visit in February to catch the legendary Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Manhattan. In addition to the judged events, attendees can look forward to art exhibits, dog-themed writing seminars and national club gatherings where they can snap photos of stunning and unique breeds.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March)
It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re Irish, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan in March is for all party-goers. The parade travels up famed Fifth Avenue, passing famous landmarks like St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Central Park.
Sakura Matsuri (April)
New York City shines in the spring, when the snow melts and the trees start to blossom. In April, Sakura Matsuri, the cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, signals the start of the season as the cherry trees burst into a pretty pink splendor.
Major League Baseball (April)
Local sports fans go crazy for Major League Baseball’s opening day in April. Catch the New York Yankees playing at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx or the New York Mets at Citi Field in Queens.
Shakespeare in the Park (May-August)
New York City summers bring the heat and more fun. The much-loved Shakespeare in the Park summer series from May through August consistently draws crowds to Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The productions are free, but tickets can be hard to come by, so plan accordingly.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! (June-August)
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, which runs June through August, features free music, theater performances and multimedia shows from both acclaimed and emerging artists at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (August)
In August, bring the whole family to the exciting boat races at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. The event takes place in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens where families can expect delicious food, family activities, music and dancing.
New York Film Festival (September-October)
Fall in the City is one of the most colorful seasons, as the leaves change from green to gold and red. In September and October, the New York Film Festival, which is considered the most prestigious of its kind in the country, takes place at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. Attendees are among the first to see feature films, experimental works, documentaries, shorts and other special screenings.
Columbus Day Parade (October)
In October, the Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan celebrates the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and the contributions of Italian-Americans in the USA. It is considered to be one of the largest celebrations of Italian-American culture in the country.
New York City Marathon (November)
The biggest marathon in the world, the TCS New York City Marathon, takes place in November. Participants run through all five boroughs, starting at Staten Island and culminating at Central Park in Manhattan.
Food Festivals
The annual Taste of Times Square in June offers up small dishes from dozens of restaurants around the city, with flavors of just about every cuisine imaginable. Held every September in the Belmont Little Italy section of the Bronx, the Ferragosto food festival celebrates all things Italian.

A taste of the Southern USA comes to Manhattan in January with the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. In February, Manhattan’s Chinatown rings in the Lunar New Year with colorful street celebrations, a parade and samples of some of the best Chinese food around. April brings the Bacon and Beer Classic to Queens, an event featuring craft beer and unique pork-centric dishes along with contests, music and games.

During the winter and summer seasons, participating eateries from all over the city create special prix fixe menus for NYC Restaurant Week. For a discounted rate, you can try an appetizer, main dish and dessert at hundreds of the city’s most popular upscale restaurants.

Nature & Outdoors

New York City is known as a bustling, diverse metropolis, but it’s also a great city for enjoying nature. Spend a day on the water, have a picnic under the trees and marvel at the seasonal blooming flowers – with a New York twist, of course – or indulge in one of the many other outdoor activities the city has to offer.

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Botanical Gardens
Find an array of beautiful botanical gardens across New York City. Take in the small, lovely Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, where visitors can follow a walkway that winds through unique floral gardens. On Staten Island, at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, visit the popular Chinese Scholar’s Garden, where the landscaping is inspired by Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist poetry. In the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden is a can’t-miss stop for its stunning and expansive flora – the narrated tram tour is a great way to see it all. Try to schedule a spring visit to the historic Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is absolutely glorious during Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival.
City Parks
A picnic in one of New York City’s parks is practically a rite of passage for all New Yorkers. When the weather is nice, head to the Great Lawn in Central Park. Dotted with sunbathers, picnickers and families, this iconic green space is Manhattan’s own version of the great outdoors, complete with a backdrop of gleaming skyscrapers. Farther downtown on a scenic stretch of elevated railway, the High Line in Manhattan is a popular pedestrian park with casual cafes and fantastic views of the city. Over in Brooklyn, plan for an afternoon barbecue at Prospect Park, visiting the zoo and the Audubon Center while you’re there.
Bridge Crossing
Walk the city’s unique collection of bridges for a different perspective. Make sure you have plenty of storage on your camera for a stroll across the famous Brooklyn Bridge – this is a great spot for picture-taking. Cars and trucks rumble underneath while pedestrians can take gorgeous photos of the cityscape and the East River below. Crossing from Manhattan into Brooklyn, you can easily spend several hours exploring Brooklyn Bridge Park’s playgrounds, outdoor sports, kayaking, bicycling and a small beach. On a smaller scale, walk across Gapstow Bridge and Bow Bridge in Central Park. Snap some photos, and get inspired by lush views of the park with the city skyline in the background.
Boating
New York is a coastal city with water in all directions. Rent a rowboat at the Loeb Boathouse to cruise the lake in Central Park from April through October. In Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is where the U.S. Tennis Open is held. It’s the site of two World’s Fairs and a hub of outdoor activity. Rent a paddleboat and enjoy the scenery. Beachgoers can head to Midland or South Beach on Staten Island for canoeing, kayaking, sunbathing, swimming and fishing.
Biking
Bike-friendly New York City offers many resources for those who want to journey the boroughs on wheels. The Citi Bike program is a convenient and flexible way to get around. Buy a short-term or multi-day pass to explore Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, the Hudson River Greenway or car-free Governors Island. While traveling on your bike, you can take in the views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk on Staten Island. Pedal the paved trail at the Bronx River Path, or bike to the Rockaways in Queens for a beachside ride and views of the city across the water.
Running
New York City is also a playground for runners. To start, scenic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York City’s third-largest park, is awesome for jogging on the wooded trails or track. The trails are especially pretty when the leaves change color in the fall season. Running aficionados can join other runners on the soft-surface Reservoir Loop in Central Park, a 2.5-kilometer trail with great skyline views.

Discover a hidden treasure in Roosevelt Island situated between Manhattan and Queens. Take the aerial tram over the East River to access this off-the-beaten-path locale. As you jog the paved trails, keep an eye out for several fascinating landmarks, including the Gothic-revival North Point Lighthouse at the northern tip of the island.
Ice Skating
When the weather gets chilly, the outdoor rink at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan is likely New York City’s best-known skating spot. The rink is open October through April and is a must-do activity if you’re visiting during the colder months. Also in Manhattan, both Lasker Rink and Wollman Rink in Central Park offer rentals and lessons in the winter season. The LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park in Brooklyn has two skating rinks that also host ice hockey, broom ball and other winter ice activities.
Kayaking
New York City is surrounded by water, offering plenty of places for paddlers to explore. From Staten Island’s South Beach, Kayak Staten Island offers free, 15-minute kayaking sessions for beginners. Once you get the hang of it, you can rent your own and set out from multiple launch points on the island’s eastern shore. Another great paddling location is the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, where you can reserve a free kayak for 20 minutes on the weekends from June through August. Be sure to have a camera ready to capture outstanding views of the city and the Brooklyn Bridge. Long Island City Community Boathouse in Queens also provides free, 20-minute slots for walk-up kayaking and canoeing on Hallets Cove.

Do & See

You’ve seen them a million times in the movies, but there’s nothing like taking in these quintessential New York City landmarks in person. First stop, a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, capped with a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry for stellar views of both. Immerse yourself in the bustle and bright lights of Times Square followed by the incomparable spectacle of a Broadway show – both experiences that you can’t find anywhere else but NYC. Explore Rockefeller Center, and take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. Experience Grand Central Terminal, a unique architectural gem and the city’s major transportation hub. As panoramic scenes go, NYC can’t be beat. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for views of New York Harbor or scale 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Art Deco skyscraper to Top of The Rock, an observatory offering 360-degree views of the city.

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Central Park
This iconic 843-acre park was planned to give New Yorkers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and the designers did such a good job that when relaxing on one of the huge lawns, or picnicking by a lake, or strolling along its miles of biking and walking paths, it's often hard to believe you're right in the middle of Manhattan. The park also contains world-class museums and hosts countless activities and concerts, especially in the summer months.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Known informally as the "Whitney", this outstanding institution is devoted to the art of the United States. A full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art is presented here, and with 21,000 works by 3,000 artists (such as Andy Warhol), you can easily spend a few hours inside. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos, photography and new media are all here to be enjoyed.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The floating museum housed inside a nearly 300-meter-long USS Intrepid aircraft is a remarkable monument all in itself, but the exhibits contained inside are no less exhilarating. See the authentic space shuttle Enterprise, the legendary spy jet A-12 Blackbird, as well as the world's fastest commercial airplane. Right next to the Intrepid is the USS Growler strategic missile submarine - the only one of its kind open to public, with interactive games and simulators on board.
9/11 Tribute Center
The 9/11 Tribute Center tells the devastating story of the tragic events that occurred in New York on September 11, 2001. Many of the volunteer guides who work at the Center were directly involved in the events - some lost family members, while others helped deal with the mortifying aftermath of the attacks. Hearing their first-hand narratives is an emotionally overwhelming experience that is made possible by the project of the September 11th Families Association.
Governors Island
A 172 acre island near the city, Governors Island is constantly evolving. In 2016, the Hills became accessible (an elevated area from which the Statue of Liberty and the New York Harbor can be seen). Other attractions include New York's longest slide and a permanent installation by artist Rachel Whiteread. If you want to take a tour of the island, you can do so at the Soissons Landing Welcome Center, Wednsesday through Sunday.
The Shed
The Shed's objective is to help emerging artists by commissioning work belonging to many different disciplines. It is located at the Bloomberg Building and comes equipped with a movable outer shell that grants access to a public outdoor space, the Plaza, when it is retracted; a theater hosting movie screenings and opera performances and two column-free galleries for exhibitions.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Visitors usually spend one full day at the Met, and that's a shame, because to truly appreciate everything this gigantic museum offers would take at least a week. The museum’s permanent collection of some 2 million works includes masterpieces from history's greatest artists, as well as countless wonders from ancient civilizations, the Egyptian Temple of Dendur being, perhaps, the most notable example.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Featuring one of the world's most comprehensive collections of modern art, including masterpieces by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Warhol, Pollock, and many, many more, the MoMA is one of the most visited places in New York. Housed in this beautiful and modern building, floor after floor of painting, photography, design, sculpture, and more, it captivates visitors for hours on end.
Empire State Building
It is a wonder to behold this instantly recognizable building from street level, leaning your head so far back it hurts and feeling utterly insignificant in the shadow of the gargantuan skyscraper; the truly marvelous views are enjoyed from the observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors.
Times Square
New Yorkers tend to religiously avoid Times Square, and proudly proclaim how much they hate it, but standing among the flashing signs, the larger-than-life billboards and the throngs of bustling tourists is an inimitable experience. Indeed, most people there are visitors to the city snapping pictures of all the excitement, but that's part of the fun of trying to take in the hectic and overwhelming intersection.
Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island
Immigrants arriving to the United States in the late 19th century via Ellis Island were treated to this immense statue, a representation of freedom and American ideals, as their first glimpse of the country. Though no longer shining in its original copper hue, visitors flock here for a closer look at one of New York's most enduring symbols.
Broadway Shows
The selection of world-class musicals and performances available in New York's most famous theater strip is unparalleled in the world. If you’re willing to stand in line for up to an hour, you can get theater and musical tickets for 25-50% off the box office price for shows the same day. Just visit the TKTS office on Times Square.
Bronx Zoo
With over 650 different species, this 250-acre zoo, the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, gives visitors the chance to admire and experience a huge variety of wildlife. Popular exhibits and sections include the Wild Asia Monorail safari, Congo Gorilla Forest, and of course, everything to do with big cats.
The High Line
This elevated park, built on a railway trestle that had been abandoned for 30 years, is a sliver of green that looks out onto the stark landscape of Manhattan’s west side. The renovation mimics the way nature had begun to overtake the park before it was saved from demolition by two friends who lived in the neighborhood. Food vendors and small cafes have settled along the park, making the area one of the city's most pleasant for a stroll and a snack.
Washington Square Park
Students from nearby New York University ensure that Washington Square Park is always alive with activity; this Greenwich Village park is also a favorite spot for street performers, chess players and musicians, making the people-watching here some of the city's most entertaining.
World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial
After years of debate, controversy and delay, the site of the former World Trade Center buildings has finally been converted into a beautiful memorial site and museum. The new One World Trade Center has also been erected, and at a significant 1,776 feet tall (1776 being the year American independence) is now the tallest building in the Western hemisphere.
Rockefeller Center
The summer months see crowds enjoying outdoor events as well as eating and shopping options, but this huge Art Deco complex really comes alive in winter, when the iconic ice-skating rink and enormous Christmas tree take center stage. Visitors also come to see, and sometimes take part in, the filming of any number of NBC television programs. A highlight here is the (somewhat expensive) trip to the Top of the Rock, from where the views of the city and Central Park are unmatched.
Madison Square Garden
The Garden is the city’s premiere sports and entertainment complex, home to the New York Rangers, Knicks and Liberty teams, as well as the stage for massively popular musicians and artists when they come to New York. The more intimate WaMu Theater also hosts concerts, shows and stand-up comedians. For a behind-the-scenes view, take the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour.
Bryant Park
This small but ideally located (in the heart of Midtown, between Grand Central Station and Times Square) green space is a favorite among locals for its pleasant, laid-back atmosphere and for the countless activities hosted there year-round. Concerts, film festivals and theater performances are all on the menu. The beautiful New York Public Library, located right in the park, is also worth a visit.
Carnegie Hall
This world-famous concert venue is a New York City landmark and must-see music attraction. Carnegie Hall presents classical, jazz, folk, world and popular music with breakthrough and veteran performers. Since its opening in 1891, this concert hall has become the emblem of musical achievement around the world and has showcased the world’s finest artists—from Tchaikovsky to Mahler, Horowitz and Callas to Bernstein, and even Judy Garland and the Beatles.
Prospect Park
The landscape architects in charge of this enormous green oasis in the heart of Brooklyn declared that they were prouder of Prospect Park than any of their other works, including Manhattan's Central Park. It is the center of life in Brooklyn, and on any day of the week you can see local residents jogging, picnicking, or flying kites, and on Saturdays the green market draws huge crowds.
Guggenheim Museum
As famous for its building as for the works of art held within, the Guggenheim Museum boasts mesmerizing collections of Kandinsky, Chagall, Picasso, Renoir, Manet, and Van Gogh. The central spiral leads up towards the imposing glass dome past exhibits that can be viewed from different angles and distances on your way up, making the art-viewing experience here quite unique.
Staten Island Ferry
For some of the best views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, visitors needn't spend a penny. The free ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island takes about 25 minutes, and tens of thousands of people take it every day. Most visitors who are just interested in the views simply get off on Staten Island and get right back on to head back to the city.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
This museum and memorial to the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust was constructed in the shape of the Star of David, and its three floors hold exhibits on early 20th century Jewish life, Nazism and anti-Semitism, and post-war Jewish life, respectively. The grounds also contain a theater, memorial garden, library, and cafe. It is a solemn visit, but an important one.

Dining

Dining in New York City can be an inspiring experience for travelers and long-time residents alike. Restaurants and cafes line the streets, and the culinary options are unlimited. Bookmark this list of classics to help you navigate the culinary standouts, including famous delicatessens, notable New York eateries and trendy hot spots from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

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Arturo’s
Want a New York City pizza experience to remember? Order a coal-oven baked pie at Arturo’s and enjoy the kitschy vibe of the restaurant, along with a fantastic bar and live jazz. This Greenwich Village staple has been around for over 60 years.
Emma's Torch
At this restaurant you'll be served food prepared by refugee chefs. Emma's Torch provides three month-long paid apprenticeships that help their students find a place in society, all while giving their guests dishes like black-eyed pea hummus and tamarind barbecue wings. Their happy hour takes place Tuesday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm.
Atomix
Atomix offers a Korean 10-course meal, starring dishes like parsley rice, grilled mackerel, and peas with caviar, at two different seating times: one at 6pm, the other at 9pm. Every dish is accompanied by bits of trivia detailing the sources of inspiration for it, along with up to two bottles of wine, to be enjoyed at their horseshoe-shaped table in the dining room.
Sardi's
Stop by this old-school Theater District staple before or after a show. Open since 1921, Sardi’s menu features American, Italian and seafood fare, and there are dozens of caricature drawings of Broadway stars on the walls.
M. Wells Dinette
Inside Queens’ legendary art institute, MoMa PS1, find a rotating menu of Québécois-inspired delicacies at M. Wells Dinette. The quirky cafe is decorated like an elementary classroom, where you can enjoy your meal at a schoolroom table, alongside vintage yearbook photos and a chalkboard menu.
Red Rooster
Taste Southern-inspired dishes, such as gumbo and catfish, at this Marcus Samuelsson restaurant. Enjoy live music at the speakeasy-esque Ginny’s Supper Club on the lower level of the Harlem location.
Peter Luger Steak House
The beef is dry-aged on site at this Michelin-starred steak house. The original location in Williamsburg has been serving since 1887. It’s also regularly hailed as one of the best steak houses in New York City, so make sure to make a reservation.
Keens Steakhouse
Keens is a genuine neighborhood icon. At the end of the 19th century, Keens Chophouse was a lively meeting point of the talented and famous, actors running in and out at performance intermissions at the Garrick Theater across the street for steaks and world-famous mutton chops.
The Ainsworth
With a luxurious interior complete with dozens of flat-screen televisions, The Ainsworth is an inviting venue for whatever the occasion may be, from casual breakfast to dinner, brunch, and evening sporting broadcasts with drinks.
P.J. Clarke’s
When in New York, do not miss P.J. Clarke’s. It was here that it all began in 1884, when Mr. Patrick Joseph Clarke started his business, which later grew to become a legend. This classic bar remains virtually unchanged after all these years, and still keeps to the staples of friendly service, great atmosphere and local vibe, and, of course, serves some of the best burgers in the city.
Sylvia’s
Harlem’s heartiest soul food accompanied by a gospel choir on Sundays. Sylvia Wood founded this restaurant in 1962 after buying the original luncheonette with financial aid from her mother, who had to mortgage her house to provide it. Harlem locals as well as well-known celebrities dine here. Some of her star customers have been Bill Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, Magic Johnson and Nelson Mandela.
Prune
The name Prune comes from the owner’s childhood nickname, not the fruit. They serve delicious food with that special home-cooked taste, and the ample Bloody Mary bar offers no less than ten variations of the popular drink, including one with lime, tequila and smoked chipotle.
The Grey Dog
This is a charming and popular cafe and restaurant that has several locations around the city. It is a family-run restaurant, started by two brothers who have formed a loyal crowd around their healthy and tasty dining options and the cool, cozy, laid-back decor.
Indochine
This stylish restaurant is a favorite among New Yorkers and travelers. It has been around since 1984 and serves delicious and exotic French-Vietnamese cuisine. They also offer a pre-theatre menu every day of the week.
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Feel the motion of travel while enjoying fantastic seafood. At Grand Central Oyster Bar, businessmen rub shoulders with tourists and lone travelers. You can choose to sit in the dining area or at one of the bars. If you choose the bar you will most likely find someone to chat with while having your oysters.
Junoon
This Michelin-rated venue is led by the culinary team of renowned chef Vikas Khanna, and presents a menu that reflects the eclectic flavors of India. Their guiding principle is to present a varied and intriguing seasonal menu brought straight from the farm to the table, executed to perfection.
Lure Fishbar
For a truly unique dining experience for the seafood lover, visit Lure Fishbar. Their food is fresh from the sea and served in a variety of equally delectable ways. If you enjoy sushi, visit their raw bar for over 20 different options.
STK Downtown & Rooftop
You'll find STK both midtown, close to the theater district, and downtown, in the meatpacking district. The STK Downtown is the flagship restaurant and does not only offer a top class dining experience in a sleek and elegant dining room, but also a rooftop terrace, with the same high-quality cuisine in a more relaxed setting.
Le Souk
Feel the taste of Morocco, showcased within an exclusive menu created by consulting chef Doug Psaltis. Do not miss out on their excellent shisha pipes after dinner. The luxurious space spans three levels, and breathes an air of oriental mystery and relaxation, with from belly dancing performances, bottle service, and the city's hottest DJs.
Murray’s Bagels
You haven’t been to New York if you haven’t had a bagel. Be sure to try one with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Murray's Bagels has a very nice location in southern Manhattan.
Little India
Also known as "Curry Row," this tiny row of restaurants on E 6th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues has a unique (if not chaotic) charm that isn't found anywhere else in the city. Restaurateurs beg, plead, and often shout while courting clientele.
Chinatown
There are more than 200 restaurants in New York’s Chinatown. Here you can revel in all kinds of Chinese specialties. Pick one with a recent Time Out or Zagat rating sticker in the window for quality food.

Cafes

New York may be better known as a diner city than a cafe city, but it would be wrong to underestimate the cafe scene in the Big Apple. New York City and delis go together like pastrami and rye, and the city holds plenty of tried-and-true legendary restaurants, which range from hot dog stands to finer establishments.

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Katz’s Deli
A Lower East Side institution immortalized in several films, Katz’s has been serving piping hot pastrami sandwiches and kosher pickles since 1888. Order the pastrami Reuben at this local institution, where the meat is hand-carved and indescribably tender. Bring your appetite – this legendary sandwich is huge!
Kopitiam
This small cafe focuses on serving Malaysian and Singaporean food, like Nasi Lemak, a dish made with coconut rice and fried anchovies, or Ikan Bakar, spicy grilled stingray. You can finish your meal with mochi or their cinnamon cake "kuhi lapis", together with one of the house's signature milk-based drinks.
Second Avenue Deli
You can order the popular hot corned beef sandwich, but they say the matzo ball soup at this Kosher deli will cure any and all ailments – there is a reason this soup is nicknamed “Jewish Penicillin.”
Nathan's Famous
Beloved by legends like Al Capone and Franklin Roosevelt, Nathan’s has been serving its beef hot dogs since 1916. Try them at the original Coney Island beachfront location.
Roberta's
At this hip hangout in Bushwick, experience the wonder that is Roberta’s Bee Sting pizza – mozzarella, tomato, thin-sliced soppressata and honey on a wood-fired crust.
Sadelle's
Sadelle’s specializes in bagels, boiled on site and served on a stacked tower. Try the smoked Scottish salmon and grab a slice of chocolate babka – a sweet yeast cake – to-go.
Mile End Delicatessen
Forget the calories and order the Ruth Wilensky, a seared beef salami sandwich, or an authentic Canadian poutine – a quick dish made with French fries, cheese curds and gravy.
Junior's Restaurant & Bakery
This establishment is American diner food at its finest. Many cheesecake fanatics claim Junior’s hand-mixed, kosher recipe is the best – it’s worth ordering a slice (or two) to determine for yourself.
Veniero’s
Veniero’s was voted to have the "Best Desserts in New York City" in 2010. It has been an Italian pastry heaven since 1894. With its Italian marble floors and stained glass ceilings, you can enjoy your espresso or cappuccino, homemade biscotti or cannoli and pretend you’re in Rome.
Little Owl
Little Owl is like the name suggests: compact, yet romantic and cozy, and serves excellent meals at a reasonable price. A fun detail: it is located in the famous building featured on the popular TV show “Friends.”
Shake Shack
If you are yearning for a great meal of typical American fast food, this is the place to go. Shake Shack started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001, and, after three years of long lines, they opened their first permanent stand. Today you can find Shake Shack not only at several spots in New York but also in other cities across the US and internationally. Even if they now have more than one stand, be prepared to stand in line – these burgers and hot dogs are still some of the most popular in the city.
Cafe Lalo
Featured in the movie "You've Got Mail," Cafe Lalo is a New York City landmark. It is the perfect place to go before or after a movie or theatre production. The cafe features fantastic coffee, alcoholic beverages, breakfast and dinner foods, and over 100 fresh baked cakes, tarts, and pastries.
Bouchon Bakery
In Bouchon Bakery, it feels as though you've been transported straight to Paris. At your fingertips are delicious selections of soups, salads, entrées, and desserts, as well as a patisserie next door. Bouchon Bakery has two New York City locations - Timer Warner Center and Rockefeller Center - to serve its many boulangerie lovers.
Abraço Espresso
Abraço Espresso is renowned for its olive oil cake as well as their bakery offerings, that feature the freshest ingredients from the local farmers' markets. Breakfast begins at 8am, and small plates and prix-fixe items are served around noon. They have as diverse a pastry menu as they do a coffee one, so come and take your pick.
Cupping Room Cafe
Opened in 1977, Cupping Room Cafe has served as a bar, restaurant, and bakery ever since. They feature breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus and have happy hour every Monday to Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Their breakfast menu features pastries, pancakes, waffles, and omelets; for dinner, enjoy a delicious burger, salad, or sandwich and a great hand-crafted coffee.
Brooklyn Roasting Company Roastery & Espresso Lab
The Brooklyn Roasting Company is serious about its coffee, and that is never more evident than at its Roastery & Espresso Lab. For a delicious, well-crafted, memorable cup of coffee, try their location at 25 Jay Street.
Little Italy
Though much of the area formerly known as Little Italy has been consumed by rapidly expanding Chinatown, the decorative Mulberry Street and Mott Street still offer a variety of authentic Italian fare. Stop to rest your feet in one of the several Italian cafes, while you enjoy a smooth espresso and decadent cannoli.

Bars & Nightlife

It's a cliché to say that New York is the “city that never sleeps,” but it's true. No matter what you’re looking for – karaoke, live music, dancing – you can find it at all hours. See the New York Yankees’ historic home ballpark. Head to Madison Square Garden to catch an ice hockey match, basketball game or concert.

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The 40/40 Club
The brainchild of celebrity artist Jay-Z and his partner Juan Perez, 40/40 is a luxurious sports bar and lounge equally fit for watching a sporting event and having a casual dinner out in Midtown.
Manhattan Proper
With flat-screen TVs and a menu featuring modern takes on all-American comfort foods, Manhattan Proper is an excellent restaurant and bar that serves local beers and an extensive list of further drinks, including wine and cocktails.
Sky Room Times Square
The Sky Room takes New York City nightlife to a new level and transports its guests to a high-energy oasis overlooking Midtown Manhattan. The bi-level lounge occupies the 33rd and 34th floors of the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites Times Square on 40th Street, and boasts 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
Latitude
Located where Hell’s Kitchen and Times Square meet, Latitude is one of the top happy hour spots in the city, complete with an open-air rooftop terrace and billiard tables. Sports fans can enjoy any of their favorite sporting events on the high-definition TVs placed throughout the venue. Take advantage of the dinner and late-night menus while DJs spin the latest hits.
SOB’s
SOB’s, aka "Sounds of Brazil," is a live music venue in SoHo that aims to introduce guests to (and supply old-timers with ever-increasing servings of) music other than tired pop hits, which ranges from hip-hop to Brazilian, Caribbean, Haitian, and Latin music, as well as tunes from all across the world.
Bowery Ballroom
This historic venue still hosts live shows nearly a century after its inauguration, and has appeared in a couple of well-know cultural productions.
Esperanto
This Latin-inspired restaurant and bar is a favorite brunch spot on Avenue C. Something special is going on most nights, like Taco Tuesdays, World Music Wednesday and Flamenco Nights.
The Press Lounge
At this stylish rooftop bar fancy cocktails compete with stunning views of the city skyline. Since it opened in 2010, it has been nominated as one of Manhattan’s finest rooftop lounges by several newspapers and magazines. The Press Lounge has a dress code, so if you're wearing flipflops, you'd better go back to your hotel and swap shoes before you arrive.
The DL
The DL is a three-story restaurant, bar, and rooftop lounge located in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The rooftop lounge is the Lower East Side's newest hotspot for both afternoon and evening.
Hotel Chantelle
Escape the hectic city streets at the swanky rooftop lounge of Hotel Chantelle, or the basement space where dance parties are regularly hosted.
McFadden's Saloon
With its excellent central location and great happy hour deals, McFadden's is a great choice for an evening with friends. Expect resident DJs to spin tunes as you tuck into their attractive menu of Irish-American comfort food.
Brooklyn Brewery
This Williamsburg brewery has filled a gap in the Brooklyn beer scene. The taproom always has eight to ten options, including Local 1, a Belgian-inspired lager, and several seasonal brews. Free short tours are offered on weekends.
The Owl's Head
This cozy wine bar offers an eclectic, distinct, and affordable selection of global wines and craft beers, as well as savory and sweet artisan bites. The atmosphere is intimate, and the setting rustic, paying homage to the original design of the 1904 building. It hosts wine tastings and monthly events relating to wine and poetry.

Shopping

Shopaholics and fashionistas, whisk out your credit cards. New York may very possibly be the best shopping city in the world. Every major chain and label has an outpost here, and there are so many small designer boutiques and markets of all kinds, you’re guaranteed to bring home much more than you had budgeted for. Shopping in New York is quite simply retail heaven.
Midtown
If you’re able to tear yourself away from Macy’s, there are retail shops of all kinds as far as the eye can see in this neighborhood. Walk uptown and cross over to 5th Ave to see the shops grow increasingly delectable and exclusive towards Saks Fifth Ave.
Chinatown/Canal Street
Bustle through the street stalls to find bargain versions of top designer handbags, shoes, watches, and perfumes. Always haggle for a better price. Wander deeper into Chinatown to find more unusual goods.
Soho/Prince Street
Soho is the most stylish of neighborhoods for expensive designer goods and unbeatable window-shopping. Once the home of New York’s bohemian artist community, today a loft in SoHo sells for millions.
Lower East Side/St. Marks Ave
Every designer boutique you encounter here is hipper than the next. Vintage clothing is displayed and sold with equal measures of style. And it’s not a bad place to stop for a trendy haircut or a cup of coffee either.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
Browse for antiques, dresses and shoes from the past century at the weekend street flea market in Hell’s Kitchen, rain or shine. Not old junk, but priceless relics. There are also several flea markets in the area of Sixth Ave and 26th Street.
Macy’s
Macy’s is the world’s largest department store, with seven floors of merchandise covering an entire city block. Even if your friends aren't interested in shopping you can always tempt them with the historical sight; the original wooden escalators, from 1902, that are still in use today.
Saks Fifth Avenue
At Saks Fifth Avenue you can revel in ten floors of world-famous luxury goods. Here you will find brands such as DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry London, Lacoste, and Vera Wang, just to name a few. On the eighth floor, you can take a break from all the shopping and sit down in a cafe.
Bloomingdale's
Designers have shared floor space with mid-priced labels since 1886 in this Art Deco landmark building, housing one of the world’s most famous department stores. You will most likely find something here to bring back home in "the little brown bag."
B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio
B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio has been around since 1973 and serves New Yorkers and visitors with the latest technology. This world-class store is run by Hasidic Jews; opening hours therefore might vary from other shops.
Journeys
When visiting New York, a necessary thing is comfortable shoes. At Journeys, you'll find all the trendy sneakers and shoes from brands like Vans, Adidas, Converse and New Balance and you find their shops on three locations on Manhattan.
Century 21 Department Store
Century 21 Department Store has some of the best discounts on clothing you can find anywhere. New shipments are brought in daily. While visiting New York, be sure to stop by and see how much you can save on a new touring outfit.
Bergdorf Goodman
Bergdorf Goodman is one of New York City's quintessential shops. Loaded with designer clothing as well as unique offerings from not yet well-known artists and designers, it is a must-visit. Be sure to stock up on the season's latest trends.
Tiffany & Co.
If for no other reason than as homage to Audrey Hepburn and Truman Capote's famous novel "Breakfast at Tiffany's," visit Tiffany & Co.'s flagship New York City store. Inside, it will immediately become clear why people love Tiffany's. From diamonds to sapphires to simple charms and necklaces, Tiffany's jewelry and accessories will certainly enchant you.
The Strand
For bibliophiles who still love to hold a paper-back in their hands, the Strand is one of the last great bookstores in Union Square. The Strand boasts over 18 miles of books all available for your perusal. Upstairs are fashion and art books; downstairs are books straight from the hands of some of the world's most well-known book critics.
8th Street and St. Mark's Place
For chic and affordable clothes, visit 8th Street and St. Mark's Place. The entire area is full of unique shops that feature a variety of items. Pick up some vintage jewelry and a new outfit for your stay in New York City.
Erie Basin
Focusing on antique and vintage jewelry, Erie Basin has unique pieces that you have never seen before. Some of their inventory features stunning emerald pieces dating back to the 1920s, Victorian era rings, and quaint diamond rings. Stop in and see what treasures you might find.

Tourist Information

Passport / Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit New York City are late spring and early fall, when temperatures are moderate and the rush of tourist crowds is at its very beginning or nearing the end.
Newark International Airport
Newark International Airport is located in New Jersey and from here you can choose to take a taxi, train or bus to go to the city.

If taxi is your choice of transport, you will find cars waiting outside the arrival hall. It takes approximately 35 minutes to New York City.

There is an AirTrain, transporting passengers from the arrivals hall to the trains (NJ TRANSIT or Amtrak train). It takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport to Penn station.

The Newark Airport Express bus takes about 50 minutes and it stops at Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Metro
If you’re going somewhere too far to walk, the subway is the way to go. Most subway lines travel up and down Manhattan, while buses travel across. Subway trains run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can buy a one-week unlimited Metrocard if you know you will be traveling a lot. Ticket machines in subway stations accept cash, credit and debit cards. Subway maps are free at all ticket or information booths.
Bus
Most buses in Manhattan follow the north-south or east-west grid of the city, primarily on the larger avenues. Bus stops are marked by a light-blue sign on a green post (and include a list of bus numbers and routes), and the fare can be paid either in exact change or with the MetroCard, with which you can transfer for free between metro and bus services. If transferring without a card, the driver can give passengers a free transfer coupon. Buses run frequently and, for the most part, all night, but traffic can make a long ride out of a short distance.
Taxi
You can hail a yellow cab on almost any street corner. Taxis are inexpensive and an easy way to travel. There are nighttime and rush hour surcharges. Remember to leave a tip. Manhattan has very long streets and avenues and it’s important to know both the address and the cross street of your destination. A taxi is vacant if the yellow light on top of the car is completely lit.
Post
You can buy stamps at many newsagents or at the post office. Official United States Postal Services (USPS) mailboxes are usually blue steel containers on city sidewalks. Many post offices or private mail companies like UPS or FedEx are open 8am-5pm. You'll find the main post office, known as the James Farley Post Office, close to Penn Station.
Pharmacy
Drug stores can be found across the city. Many stores are open 24 hours, but the pharmacies inside tend to close at around 8pm. One of the biggest chains is Duane Reade by Walgreens. You'll find their shops at over 250 locations.
Telephone
Country code: +1

Area code: 212
Electricity
US electrical power is 110V/60 cycles AC with two flat parallel prongs.

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