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.

Head to the back of this cozy Nolita boutique and you’ll spot German designer Nina Freudenberger creating eclectic interiors for stylish Manhattanites. The shop’s vibe—streamlined Scandinavian chalet meets European hunting lodge—was inspired by Freudenberger’s memories from Denmark and Bavaria.

Located in a bright and airy space on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, this small vintage and couture boutique sells women’s clothing. Owner Juliana Cairone is an expert shopper and carefully chooses every item sold in the store.

Runs 24 hours a day, with departures every 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 to 60 minutes during off-peak hours.

 

Husband and wife team Dikko Faust and Esther Smith explore the art of printing in their TriBeCa store Purgatory Pie Press.

Mark Isreal has been turning out what can only be described as craft doughnuts from this trendy, Lower East Side locale since 1994, but the basic recipes he used to put the Doughnut Plant on the map share a history that stretches all the way back to 1910, when Mark's grandfather, Herman, baked fo

An undulating, 73-foot-long wall of more than 3,500 wine bottles—displayed horizontally and illuminated from behind—serves as the focal point of this celebrated midtown wine shop.

Located in New York City’s Theater District on West 40th, the Drama Book Shop is a great resource for anyone who works in or simply loves theater and film.

Opened in 2009, Swing, A Concept Shop, is the creation of native New Yorker, designer, and globetrotter Helena Greene. The first to bring designer labels like Rick Owens and Racquel Allegra to Harlem, Swing’s well-lit white walls let the quality of each hand-selected item speak for itself.

Though F.A.O. Schwarz came to Manhattan in 1870 (making it the oldest toy store in the city), the famous Midtown East location on Fifth Ave. didn’t open until 1986.

Clean lines, streamlined forms, and the season's hot colors can be found among the designs of this Chilean-born couturier favored by Michelle Obama.