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.

Once the site of a chapel on Peter Stuyvesant’s farm, St. Mark’s is more than just a church: the sanctuary does double duty as a performance space and plays as much a part in the neighborhood’s cultural history as in its history of worship.

If there’s a sport, you can probably play it at this expansive complex set along the Hudson River with facilities for everything from bowling and rock climbing to year-round ice skating and golf (especially popular because you get to whack balls into nets overlooking the water).

With occupiers, hipsters, yuppies, NYU-loafers Washington Square Park—an iconic downtown landmark with its own “Arc de Triomphe”—is a mosaic of Village characters.

The department store’s Chelsea location closed down in 1996, but this airy, edgy outpost—set inside a warehouse satisfies the needs of high-fashion shoppers. Both men and women head here for everything from designer jeans to of-the-minute accessories.

Hosted at the SushiSamba Restaurant in Greenwich Village, the Sushi and Sake 101 class is a two-hour class teaches students how to select sushi-worthy fresh fish, what tools are necessary for preparing sushi at home, the history and production of sake, and how to pair sake and sushi. During the c

The Spread: Never mind that New York ranks 25th out of 30 cities for farmers' markets in our AFC survey: this market has as much variety as the Big Apple itself.

Founded by Rita Brookoff, who became a proponent of vintage fashion when she began wearing her mother’s 1940’s suit jacket during her high school years, Legacy is a funky boutique on Thompson Street in New York’s Soho that offers shoppers a unique blend of both vintage and modern fashion.

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In Prospect Heights, this cash-only neighborhood bar attracts guests with its cushioned deep couches, a long wooden communal table, and a small outdoor patio in the rear decorated in white Christmas lights.

The Brooklyn Historical Society has informative neighborhood guides.

The natural skin care products and treatments developed by celebrity aesthetician Tracie Martyn are used by many Hollywood actors, among them Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, and Lauren Graham.

A retro dessert parlor with cookies named after the owner’s relatives, and whoopee pies made of cream cheese and pumpkin cake.

Founded in Paris in 1837, Hermès has evolved into one of the world’s most respected brands of ready-to-wear and personal accessories. The brand opened its first store solely for men in February 2010 on New York City’s Madison Avenue, opposite its flagship United States store.