New York

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.

Founded by Paul Pellicoro in 1985, DanceSport is New York City’s largest dance studio. Located near the Empire State Building, the company offers more than 80 group classes, teaching a variety of Latin and ballroom dances such as the salsa, mambo, and tango.

Italy’s vast mosaic of grape varieties and winemaking styles have long been the inspiration behind Vino, which opened in 2000 after the success of jointly owned restaurant I Trulli across the street.

The travel agent of choice for a who's who of notables, including Fortune 100 companies, members of European royalty, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are all clients, Barbara Gallay has a four-decade legacy in the travel industry that's put her on a first-name basis with top hotel general managers

Built in 2001 as part of the revitalization effort of Coney Island, this 7,500-seat stadium next to the ocean serves many purposes beyond hosting the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team, including concerts, parades, festivals, boxing and wrestling matches, even weddings.

Chelsea Waterside Park covers 2.5 acres at 11th Ave. from 23rd to 24th streets in Manhattan and includes a dog run, multi-use recreational field, basketball court and a children’s play area with water and sand features.

Taking its namesake from the city's oldest standing bridge, this park is wedged between Amsterdam Avenue and the East River.

Housed in several beautifully laid out barns, converted into a museum space in 1950, is the world's premier collection of Shaker artifacts and archives, though the site itself had nothing to do with the Shakers.

Now in its 128th season, the Metropolitan Opera is located inside New York’s Lincoln Center, where it hosts more than 200 opera performances a season. Founded in 1883, the Met has presented a number of U.S.

On New York City’s Upper West Side, Salumeria Rosi is an authentic Italian salumi shop and restaurant.

The shop has everything you need to explore the lake, from paddleboats and kayaks to hydro bikes.