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Things to do in Manhattan

At only 30 square miles, Manhattan is a fairly small area to explore, but there are so many things to do in Manhattan you will have a hard time fitting everything in. For art lovers, Manhattan hosts some of the world’s best art museums. For modern art, check out the Museum of Modern Art or the architecturally distinctive Guggenheim Museum, always showcasing amazing special exhibitions. The hallmark New York Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Met, is also a must-see site containing 19 curatorial departments ranging from ancient Egyptian to Asian to European masters. For a different type of art, check out a world famous Broadway show, but make sure to reserve your tickets early because many shows tend to sell out.

Wondering what to do in Manhattan other than art? Try taking a boat cruise through the New York Harbor to Ellis Island and see the iconic Statue of Liberty. Also, one of the top things to do in Manhattan is catching a view of the spectacular city skyline from the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock. If you’re wondering what to do in Manhattan for families, many museum such as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image offer hands-on activities for kids and the New York Hall of Science has a 30,000 square foot outdoor science playground. If the weather is nice, take a stroll through one of Manhattan’s many incredible public parks including Central Park, Washington Square Park or the High Line in Chelsea.

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  • 52nd Street Project

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  • Abingdon 12

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  • Absolute Bagels

    Serving what are, arguably, some of New York City’s best bagels, Absolute Bagels is a small, unassuming shop on the city’s famed Upper West Side. T... More
  • Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

    This brightly lit, pink-and-white walled Soho boutique takes its name from the Spanish fashion designer, who started her career in women’s clothing... More
  • Ajna Bar

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  • Alessi

    Specializing in stainless steel household goods, this Italian-based kitchenware company’s flagship U.S. store sits in New York’s Soho neighborhood.... More
  • American Museum of Natural History

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  • Annex Hells Kitchen Flea Market

    The Annex Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market was founded by entrepreneur Alan Boss in 2003. The market is a merger of Chelsea’s popular Annex Antiques Flea... More
  • Apollo Theater

    Designated a landmark in 1983, the historic Apollo Theater originally opened in 1914 and evolved to become the premier performance venue for Africa... More
  • Appellation Wine & Spirits

    Appellation Wine and Spirits is the place to buy organic and biodynamic products in Chelsea; in fact, nearly all of the 250 wines stocked carry one... More
  • Apple Flagship Store

    Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan features an innovative exterior to match the gadgets inside. A glass cube marks the ent... More
  • Ardesia

    From Mandy Oser, of Le Bernardin, comes this trendy wine and food bar serving mineral-driven wines and a menu of innovative small plates. The candl... More

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