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 63rd Street in New York City’s Central Park, the Heckscher softball fields are perfect for a game of baseball or softball. The six fields are named after former park commissioner August Heckscher who served for six years beginning in 1967.

As grandson of one of ice cream giant Carvel’s first shop managers, you might say the frozen treat is in owner Jon Snyder’s blood. Throw in an epiphanal trip to Italy, and you’ve got the genesis of Laboratorio del Gelato.

Opened in 1985, Grace’s was the first gourmet food market in the Upper East Side. The store’s namesake, Grace Balducci Doria, grew up helping her parents run their shop in Greenwich Village and continued the family tradition with her husband by establishing their own small business.

This unerringly hip, Gallic-owned live-music club runs the gamut from washboard swing and Reinhardt-style guitar jazz to quwwali and klezmer.

Books of Wonder, with its world renowned Oz section of books by L. Frank Baum and successors, is the oldest and largest independent children's bookstore in New York City.

Ina

Founded by Ina Bernstein, a mainstay in New York City’s fashion scene, INA is one of the city’s premier designer consignment shops.

Founded by Brooklyn native Lisa Price, Carol's Daughter sells a full range of natural beauty products, including skin care, hair care, and bath goods, that has attracted the likes of Oprah, Mary J. Blige and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Designated a landmark in 1983, the historic Apollo Theater originally opened in 1914 and evolved to become the premier performance venue for African-American artists from the 1930’s through the present.

Five Saks Fifth Avenue outposts around the U.S. are introducing a Zen vibe by partnering with two big names in the spa world: Canyon Ranch and Blue Lagoon. Each has developed its own private line of products, sourcing indigenous ingredients.

Nope, this isn’t about J.Crew (the casual clothing store) branching out into brandy and fine old Scotch.

The red-hot restaurant/lounge is from the owners of Bungalow 8, and resembles a louche artists’ salon in midcentury Havana.

Replete with red leather banquettes and low lighting, the glamorous and intimate Monkey Bar has a long and colorful history dating back to the days before World War II (playwright Tennesee Williams is said to have mysteriously choked on an eyedropper cap here, which lead to his death).

Catering to anyone who wears underwear, from slim-waisted stars like Sarah Jessica Parker to full-figured women who sing the praises of the Curvy Girl Collection, this boudoirlike boutique is all about the unmentionables.