Manhattan

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.

An interior design icon for more than half a century, John Rosselli is a go-to source for unusual, well-priced antiques.

Originally founded in a small garage by co-owners John Cheim and Howard Read, this acclaimed gallery is now a 6,000-square-foot Chelsea landmark representing some of the biggest names in 20th-century art.

Installed at 134 Eldridge Street, near the boundary of Chinatown, a plain gray door with “134” and “M&H” in small stickers is the only indicator patrons will find that this hush-hush cocktail lounge exists.

Grom is an Italian gelateria devoted to making the best artisanal gelato through the use of top-quality ingredients sourced from around the world. In 2007, New York became the first city with a Grom shop outside of Italy and now has three locations, including one on the Upper West Side.

Located in the East Village, this quirky bookstore is known for its massive selection of used, rare, and out-of-print titles.

Amidst the tiny shops of the East Village, this wine and specialty spirit store that moved into new digs on Avenue B in mid 2011, has a vast selection. Many of the wines, 70 percent of which are priced less than $20, are from organic and often eco-friendly, small production artisanal producers.

At the south end of the High Line, an abandoned 1930’s elevated freight rail track turned 21st-century park, The Standard, High Line is situated on massive concrete piers, boldly straddling this most extraordinary public space.

Jam-packed with both tourists and neon, this famous area may be the city's most frenetic and chain-store heavy, but it's also becoming a worthwhile stop for architecture aficionados.

Housed in the St. Regis hotel on Fifth Avenue is the boutique for Thornwillow Press.

Open for more than 20 years, Bowery & Vine is one of the city’s premier wine and spirits sellers. The 1,700-square-foot store is located in Nolita on the corner of Bowery and Houston and is packed with bottles representing a variety of regions and price points.

Within its 2.8 million square feet, the Time Warner Center offers luxury living, entertainment, fine dining, shopping, a hotel, and business space. TWC houses the opulent Mandarin Oriental hotel, as well as hosts live jazz music at Lincoln Center.