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.

Taxidermied heads of South African Cape buffalo and other animals hang on the walls, before an intriguing array of antiques and found objects (Victorian birdcages and clock bodies; hand-knotted Persian mats).

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

One of New York City’s eight official scenic landmarks, Riverside Park is a haven of natural beauty and recreation in one of the nation’s most vibrant urban centers. The four-mile park runs from 72nd Street to 158th Street, following the Hudson River.

Unless you live in the neighborhood, it’s a bit of hike to this Washington Heights wine shop—but you’ll thank your feet for it. Owner Peter Yi’s mission is clear: to offer the best wines from around the world at competitive prices.

Appellation Wine and Spirits is the place to buy organic and biodynamic products in Chelsea; in fact, nearly all of the 250 wines stocked carry one of these labels.

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.

Who says there’s nothing good about an economic downturn? Manhattan’s beloved 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.

Specializing in stainless steel household goods, this Italian-based kitchenware company’s flagship U.S. store sits in New York’s Soho neighborhood. With its stark white walls and mirrors, the futuristic-looking store is the perfect place to sell these unique culinary tools.

The chic, arctic-inspired Polar, located below New York’s Marcel at Gramercy, is a less overt version of the trendy ice bar. Here, the temperatures aren’t freezing, but the décor evokes the chilly environs of the North Pole.

The nation's first museum just for kids sports a new canary-yellow, Rafael Viñoly-designed upper level incorporating solar panels, and has display cases made of compressed sunflower seeds. See the permanent exhibit on Brooklyn's natural habitats (yes, New

Named for the goddess of the agave plant, Mayahuel in the East Village offers a mix of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine and fine mescals and tequilas from Mexico as well as cocktails.

A light-drenched space in SoHo hosts this first-in-the-States location for Space NK, London native Nancy Kinnaird's apothecary beauty brand. NK's specially formulated hair and skin products are sold in a 2,000-square-foot Greene Street boutique with dramatic product displays and mirrored walls.