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Things to do in New York

Given New York’s size and diversity, just narrowing down your list of things to do in New York may be challenging. See the city like the newcomers did: Start with a harbor tour and then head over to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The panoramic views from Lady Liberty never cease to be thrilling. Fifth Avenue has the biggest names (and often the biggest prices), so what to do in New York if you don’t have limitless funds? Wander the boutiques in Soho and Greenwich Village, and shops in Chinatown, for quirkier and more economical finds. Don’t dismiss the outer boroughs, either. Queens has Jackson Heights, which is gaining a large following for great ethnic food, and the Bronx has the famed Bronx Zoo, as well as historical sights such as Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, the author's former home on the Grand Concourse.

Seeing the big museums has always been one of the big things to do in New York—but it can be overwhelming. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, narrow your visit to a few collections and then take your time with them. Another don’t-miss is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), or smaller museums like the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side.

As a quick side trip from the side—and an alternative to the hyped Hamptons— head to Greenport, on the North Fork in Suffolk County. It has a quaint village or inns and shops, and a fun Maritime festival in September. The Catskills and the Adirondacks offer endless outdoor things to do in New York: hiking trails, cool springs, and plenty of lodges or cabins where you can sit on a quiet porch that feels worlds away from the big city.

  • (Le) Poisson Rouge

    Created by musicians, (Le) Poisson Rouge (LPR) on Bleecker Street is a indie venue for music, dance, and theater located just a few blocks south of... More
  • 105 Riv

    105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but also has an unmarked entrance down the street. Expect 105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but a... More
  • 52nd Street Project

    The 52nd Street Project was founded by actor/playwright Willie Reale in 1981 with the aim of improving the lives of the children living in New York... More
  • A.b.k. Custom Leather Craft

  • A.P.C. Surplus store

    Last season’s clothes are about half-price. More
  • ABC Carpet & Home

    Entering this six-floor, boho-luxury emporium transports you straight into a gypsy king's lair. The ceiling drips with chandeliers in every imagina... More
  • Abingdon 12

    p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } Located in a pre-Civil War townhome just off Abingdon Square in the West Village, Abingdon 12 is a shop full of curi... More
  • Absolute Bagels

    Serving what are, arguably, some of New York City’s best bagels, Absolute Bagels is a small, unassuming shop on the city’s famed Upper West Side. T... More
  • Acorn, a Brooklyn Toy Shop

    At this fairy tale of a store, you'll find mobiles hand-stitched from Liberty of London fabrics, bamboo model airplanes made in Vietnam, German Wal... More
  • Adirondack Museum

    Embark on a Gilded Age expedition here for exhibitions of the region’s history: logging, boating, and handmade furniture. Pick up lunch at the muse... More
  • Adirondack Park

    Climb trails through the northern peaks of the park or backcountry canoe in the St. Regis wilderness area. More
  • Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

    This brightly lit, pink-and-white walled Soho boutique takes its name from the Spanish fashion designer, who started her career in women’s clothing... More
  • Ajna Bar

    Located in the Meatpacking District, Ajna (nee Buddha) Bar serves cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and sushi in an opium den-like setting, complete ... More
  • Alessi

    Specializing in stainless steel household goods, this Italian-based kitchenware company’s flagship U.S. store sits in New York’s Soho neighborhood.... More
  • Alison Wines & Vineyards

    In a peeling red dairy barn from the 1800s, the tasting room pours Merlots and fruit wines, two regional specialties turning the Hudson Valley into... More

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