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.

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.

This once tiny gallery in the county courthouse rotunda has grown into 33,000 square feet of exhibition space behind a glass accordion-like façade.

Taking its name from the Latin word meaning “home,” Domus is a small shop in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen that sells a selection of handcrafted home décor items from vendors around the world.

Located a block west of Central Park, Lincoln Center spans over 16 acres and is home to a dozen performing arts organizations, among them the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and New York City Ballet.

Located in the East Village at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street and near a Mobil gas station, The Stone is all about music, pure and simple.

The standout success within the controversial Time Warner Center Mall is the slick Jazz at Lincoln Center venue, largely thanks to artistic director Wynton Marsalis's far-reaching connections. Rafael Viñoly's design just adds to the hipness quotient.

Far more spacious than the East Village original, the TriBeCa location of Terroir features a similar quirky wine list from sommelier Paul Grieco as well as chef Marco Canora's creative small plate menu.

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.

Years as Agent: 18. Specialties: New Orleans, Switzerland. Fee: Varies.

Run by the Lower East Side Girls Club, Sweet Things Bake Shop offers you not only fun homemade goodies, but the chance to make a difference--when you shop at Sweet Things Bake Shop, the proceeds help inner-city girls gain skills for a successful life.

A New York City landmark, the Macy’s Herald Square store is a retail giant encompassing a city block and rising 10-and-a-half stories high.