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.
Boasting the world’s first Cigar Aficionado smoking lounge, Cigar Inn is located in the Midtown East neighborhood, and it’s easy to find if you just look for the decorated Native American statue standing out front.
The well-edited, mint-condition The well-edited, mint-condition vintage clothing at always feels just right, particularly the garden-party frocks from the ’40s and ’50s.
Located in the Meatpacking District, Ajna (nee Buddha) Bar serves cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and sushi in an opium den-like setting, complete with red chandeliers, cloth couches, and a bamboo tunnel decorated with Buddha statuettes. The walls feature gold murals and Chinese calligraphy.
The Paula Cooper gallery in Chelsea is known for showing minimalist and conceptual art. Inside the industrial, chalk-blue building, a large open space is filled with white walls, a light grey floor, and a flood of natural light from the skylight and high ceilings.
Combining effortlessly unencumbered minimalism with the subtle beauty of a polished concrete floor and curving acrylic walls, the Derek Lam boutique in downtown New York City is a signature sanaa design.
The 77-story masterpiece of Art Deco architecture and detail.
As grandson of one of ice cream giant Carvel’s first shop managers, you might say the frozen treat is in owner Jon Snyder’s blood. Throw in an epiphanal trip to Italy, and you’ve got the genesis of Laboratorio del Gelato.
Manhattan’s Antiques Garage, adored by legions of New York collectors, was slated for demolition but has been saved from the wrecking ball—at least for the foreseeable future. This bi-level concrete parking lot is a survivor from the days when the neighborhood was full of antiques venues.
Chelsea Waterside Park covers 2.5 acres at 11th Ave. from 23rd to 24th streets in Manhattan and includes a dog run, multi-use recreational field, basketball court and a children’s play area with water and sand features.
Owned by chef Thomas Keller, this particular location of the Bouchon Bakery is situated on the third floor of the Time Warner Center across the street from New York’s Central Park.
One of the best indie-rock music venues to emerge this millennium, Pianos opened quietly in 2002 in a former piano store—the club’s current owners didn’t bother to remove the sign—and since then has become an emerging band’s dream gig, thanks to the intimate setting and über-cool nabe.
Building on the Spanish food trend in the city, of which jointly owned Chelsea tapas bar Tía Pol helped spur, this simplified East Village wine shop carries around 250 or so different labels from around the Iberian peninsula, organized geographically, with special attention being paid to sherry.