Things to do in New York City

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New York City offers world-class museums and galleries, unparalleled music and theater, 1,700+ parks, and myriad other activities. Boredom? Not an op... Read More

New York City offers world-class museums and galleries, unparalleled music and theater, 1,700+ parks, and myriad other activities. Boredom? Not an option.

More than anything, New York is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct history and personality: the stately apartment buildings and tony shops of the Upper East Side, the bustling, crooked streets of Chinatown, the blend of storied waterfront and new construction in downtown Brooklyn. Each neighborhood can—and should—be explored on foot; a day passed wandering New York City streets is always a day well spent.

Of course, there’s so much more to do in the city besides walking. In fact, most visitors can recite from memory a list of New York’s tried-and-true tourist stand-bys: Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, MoMA, the Met, the Museum of Natural History, Yankee Stadium. No one needs to be told that these iconic attractions are worth a visit: they are and they always will be. But to really immerse yourself in the city, with its energy and wit and incomparable blend of cultures, we suggest veering off the well-trodden path

Art lovers, for example, might want to check out Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, the Milk Gallery in Chelsea, or the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side. Music fans can scope out emerging talents at Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side, catch a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene, or just walk through Washington Square Park—informal live concerts are legion on sunny days. Film buff? Head to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria or the one-of-a-kind Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, where you can sip a craft cocktail while you watch a movie. From comedy shows and hidden parks to flea markets and exclusive boutiques, our favorite things to do in NYC are an eclectic mix of can’t-miss classics and beloved local haunts.

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    9/11 Memorial Museum

    The National 9/11 Memorial Museum is located in lower Manhattan on the site of the World Trade Center. Except for the handsome entry pavilion designed... Read More

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    Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

    Founded by dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey in 1958, this historic modern dance company redefined the genre. Dance lovers can buy tickets to... Read More

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    American Museum of Natural History

    One of New York City’s most prestigious museums, the American Museum of Natural History encourages visitors to explore and understand the natural world... Read More

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    Apollo Theater

    Designated a landmark in 1983, the historic Apollo Theater originally opened in 1914 and evolved to become the premier performance venue for African... Read More

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    Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

    Even if you can’t catch a live show, there’s plenty to see and do at this iconic venue, whose programming runs the gamut from film to theater to opera... Read More

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    Beacon Theatre

    One of the last “great movie palaces of New York,” the Beacon Theatre was designated a landmark in 1979. Art Deco in style with a lavish rotunda lobby,... Read More

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    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets with a visit to the bucolic Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is especially glorious during cherry blossom... Read More

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    Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Any trip to Brooklyn would be incomplete without a jaunt in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which spans the waterfront in DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights. The most... Read More

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    Brooklyn Museum of Art

    With an encyclopedic collection spanning from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, the Brooklyn Museum has something for everyone. It is, however, known... Read More

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    Brooklyn Winery

    It was only a matter of time before Williamsburg got its own winery. This one, with 18 locally made, award-winning wines, offers flights, curated cheese... Read More

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    Carl Schurz Park

    Running from East 84th Street to East 90th Street between East End Avenue and the East River, Carl Schurz Park is a neighorhood gathering spot as well... Read More

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    Delacorte Theater

    Central Park’s 1,800-seat open-air theater near Belvedere Castle is the epicenter for Shakespeare in the Park—an annual summer series of free-to-the... Read More

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    Dyckman House

    Sheltered from the bustle and traffic of upper Broadway by a row of trees, the Dyckman Farmhouse sits in the middle of Inwood, Manhattan's northernmost... Read More

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    Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

    Known best as the site of two world fairs (and for the iconic, 12-story stainless-steel globe that sits in its northern half), Flushing Meadows-Corona... Read More

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    Fort Greene Park

    It’s not as manicured as Central Park or as sprawling as Prospect Park, but this intimate green space is a beloved gathering spot for picnics on sunny... Read More

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    Fort Tryon Park

    Surrounding the city’s Cloisters museum, a reconstructed monestary that is home to nearly 5,000 medieval treasures, Fort Tryon Park overlooks the Hudson... Read More

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    A visit to Chelsea's galleries would be incomplete without a trip to Gagosian, one of the top power players in the art world. Past shows have featured... Read More

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    Hall of Science

    At the Hall of Science, an incredible hands-on museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, children and science-nerd adults can find out how physics affects... Read More

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    Hammerstein Ballroom

    Built in 1906 as the home of the Manhattan Opera Company, this ornate, two-tiered ballroom, which boasts a hand-painted ceiling and elegant side... Read More

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    High Line

    At the south end of the High Line, an abandoned 1930’s elevated freight rail track turned 21st-century park, The Standard, High Line is situated on... Read More

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    Louis Armstrong House Museum

    Take a tour of Louis Armstrong's longtime Corona home, which retains the same layout and furniture as it did when the jazz great lived there. The tours,... Read More

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    Tenement Museum

    The Lower East Side has come a long way since the early 20th century, when immigrant families striving for a better life were crammed into tenement... Read More

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    Milk Gallery

    To see cutting edge work at the intersection of music, pop culture, style, and art, head to Milk, which operates a photography studio and a ground-floor... Read More

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    MoMA PS1

    Housed in an abandoned Romanesque Revival former public school building, this museum was originally founded as an alternative arts organization, but... Read More

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    Morgan Library & Museum

    For a glimpse at Gilded Age New York, a visit to financier and avid art collector J.P. Morgan's office and library can't be beat. The luxurious library... Read More

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    The oldest house in Manhattan was originally built in 1765 as a summer house for a British army colonel, who was forced to leave the home during the... Read More

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    Mount Vernon Hotel and Museum Garden

    Difficult though it may be to believe, when the Mount Vernon Hotel was built in 1799 it served as a "country getaway" for well-to-do New Yorkers looking... Read More

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    Museum of the Moving Image

    Fans of the big and small screen shouldn't miss a visit to this sleek Astoria museum, where visitors can explore the history, artistry, and technology... Read More

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    Nelson A Rockefeller Park

    With the shores of the Hudson River as a backdrop, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park is one of the city's most picturesque gathering spots. Set in Battery Park... Read More

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    New Museum

    This striking home for downtown's contemporary art hub—led by savvy director Lisa Phillips—made a splashy debut in December 2007, thanks to its... Read More

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    Nitehawk Cinema

    When Williamsburg was still bereft of a cinema, Nitehawk came in with a decidedly Brooklyn approach. It installed a bar and lounge on the main floor,... Read More

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    Noguchi Museum

    Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi built this intimate two-story museum in a converted industrial building in Long Island City in the mid-1980s. Its... Read More

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    New York Public Library and Bryant Park

    The Beaux-Arts New York Public Library building, praised by the New York Herald as a "splendid temple of the mind" when it opened in 1911, anchors the... Read More

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    One World Trade Center

    A triumphant symbol of New York's resilience, One World Trade Center has reshaped the city's skyline. The tower stands 1,776 feet tall—in honor of the... Read More

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    Most famous as the setting of Jay-Z's Picasso Baby video, Pace has been producing groundbreaking shows since its founding in 1960. At Pace's three... Read More

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    Park Avenue Armory

    The historic Park Avenue Armory, a 19th-century construction, has been made over as a venue for the creation and presentation of the visual and... Read More

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    One of Manhattan's little known but most lovely parks is set right in the heart of Turtle Bay, accessible via a series of steps off 51st Street. There's... Read More

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    Queens County Farm Museum

    Spread out over 47 verdant acres, the Queens County Farm Museum is a living artifact: it's one of New York City's oldest farmsteads, with a history that... Read More

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    Queens Museum of Art

    Visitors to the Queens Museum, set in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, should head right for the panorama of New York City, an incredible recreation of all... Read More

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    Riverside Park

    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... Read More

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    Rockaway Beach

    Decimated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Rockaway Beach has come back stronger than ever with a restored beachfront and boardwalk and an influx of new... Read More

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    Socrates Sculpture Park

    Built on an abandoned landfill, this outdoor museum displays large-scale sculpture and multimedia installations. The park is set alongside the East... Read More

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    St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery

    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... Read More

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    The Cloisters

    Set within lush Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, the Cloisters museum and garden offers visitors an in-depth look at European medieval art,... Read More

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    The LeFrak Center at Lakeside

    Set on the southeastern part of Prospect Park, right next to the lake, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside is a recreational hub offering ice-skating in... Read More

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    Museum of Arts and Design

    Occupying a trapezoidal island diagonally across from Central Park, the 12-story, white-marble building by Edward Durrell Stone stood for close to half... Read More

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    The Trinity Cemetery & Mausoleum

    Listed in the National Register of historic places, the Trinity Cemetery sits above the Hudson River on upper Riverside Drive. The burial ground was the... Read More

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    Tompkins Square Park

    The East Village’s “backyard” is a humble patch of reclaimed swamp land where urban dwellers come to play chess, play with their kids, watch birds of... Read More

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    Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

    If you're looking to catch some local comedy talent before they hit it big, Upright Citizens Brigade—casually known as UCB—is the place to be. The space... Read More

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    Washington Square Park

    As one of the more lively parks in the city, Washington Square Park provides more than its fair share of entertainment to visitors strolling through the... Read More

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    Whitney Museum

    The Whitney Museum's highly anticipated new home at the end of the High Line lives up to the hype. Renzo Piano's airy new building features greatly... Read More

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