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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    A must-do for couples, mother-daughter duos, or friends, Aire Ancient Baths is one of the most luxurious ways to unwind in the city. This two-story... Read More

  • American Museum of Natural History

    One of New York City’s most prestigious museums, the American Museum of Natural History encourages visitors to get in touch with the natural world.... Read More

  • High Line

    The High Line, an abandoned 1930s elevated rail track turned 21st-century park, is beloved by locals and tourists alike. It threads through some of the... Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Scandinavia House

    The Scandinavia House is New York City's one-stop shop for all things Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Icelandic. The calendar of this... Read More

  • The Cloisters

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

  • The Frick Collection

    Many New Yorkers will tell you the Frick Collection is the best (and certainly, the most beautiful) art museum in the city. Housed in the historic Henry... Read More

  • 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. With... Read More

  • Whitney Museum

    After a 2015 move to the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum's airy and asymmetric new home features expansive galleries and balconies with skyline... Read More

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