New York City

Things to do in New York City

It’s impossible to take in everything New York City has to offer in a single trip, so when you’re traveling to the Big Apple, it’s wise to plan out an itinerary in advance. Want to sample all the best restaurants NYC has to offer? You can easily map your way from restaurant to restaurant, visiting all of New York’s trendiest eateries. Looking to spend some serious cash on designer duds? Hit the boutiques in SoHo and along Fifth Avenue, stopping only to ransack the racks at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Hoping for the classic tourist experience? Visit the bright lights of Times Square, and make your way to Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. You’ll never run out of things to do in New York City.

Arts and culture lovers should plan to visit New York’s many museums, including the Met, MoMA, and the Museum of Natural History – and cap it off with a visit to Chelsea, where you can peek into smaller galleries and artist’s studios. Sports fans looking for things to do in New York City shouldn’t miss a chance to watch the Yankees play at Yankee stadium, and grab a drink with like-minded fans in a Midtown sports bar. Partiers who visit New York City can take advantage of the city’s booming nightlife in trendy neighborhoods like the Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village, and Williamsburg, in Brooklyn. By the time you’ve worked your way through a fraction of what the Big Apple has to offer, you’ll be exhausted – but you’ll never want to leave.

Located at 660 Madison Avenue, Barneys New York is a New York City institution.

Theatergoers in the know head under the red steps at Broadway and 47th Street to find big savings on tickets to New York City’s hottest shows. The Times Square TKTS booth sells day of performance tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows for up to 50% off.

13 vendors sell Honduran tacos, Mexican huaraches, Ecuadoran ceviche, and other delicious treats to spectators and players alike (a semi-pro league holds matches here every weekend).

 

open all day Sat. and Sun., mid-April to mid-October

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.

Not the place to pick up a $100 Schwinn, this tiny Chelsea bike shop (and gear-head hang-out) focuses on more high end options. Ground zero for cycling enthusiasts, the shop packs its inventory in from the floor to the ceiling, but it also offers soup-to-nuts repairs.

Lindblad is a top adventure company, with an impressive affiliation with the National Geographic Society. Research scientists come on board, and passengers can observe NG field sites and equipment, including undersea cameras and hydrophones and video-microscopes.

If Auntie Mame had a store, it would be this vibrant Upper East Side boutique, which designer Freymann fills with women's and children's clothing, accessories, and gifts gathered on her world travels.

- Specialist in safari travel to East and South Africa
- 26 times American Express Travel Pacesetter

Chelsea wine shop Bottlerocket distinguishes itself by how its selection is organized. Most wines are separated by the foods that they pair with best, ranging from poultry to Chinese take-out, and the 300-plus different wines in stock even change with what foods are in season.

An outpost for whimsical, funky design. Ceramic salt-and-pepper shakers in the shape of chicken feet share space with silk-screened pillows by a local graphic artist.

Actress Phoebe Cates has created a cozy two-floor space with a signature blue exterior and stocked it with original gifts, jewelry, children's toys, and clothing culled from around the globe.

Pregnant with her first son and less able to move around large canvasses, French-American painter Sydney Albertini turned to decorating the stock in her mother’s ceramics store. The response was overwhelming enough to begin her own business.