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.
A summer camp for adults. Straight across the water from Surf Lodge, Ruschmeyer’s is a relative newcomer to the scene having opened in 2011.
Preorder the fried chicken.
Jam-packed with both tourists and neon, this famous area may be the city's most frenetic and chain-store heavy, but it's also becoming a worthwhile stop for architecture aficionados.
Spend the the afternoon exploring this 1892 estate on Newcomb Lake that’s accessible by foot, bike, or horse-drawn wagon. You’ll see one of the High Peaks in the distance.
Located in the NoLita neighborhood, Wine Therapy has keyed into a growing demand for organic and biodynamic wines.
Co-owner of one of the largest female-owned travel consulting businesses in the nation (Valerie Wilson Travel), this agent of nearly two decades has insider clout to spare.
If you love truly unique children’s threads that haven't been mass-produced and shipped to just about every major retailer, check out Estella between West 13th and 12th Streets.
New York Water Taxi offers daily harbor tours, specialty cruises, and boat charters on water taxis, cruise boats, and speed boats.
Husband-and-wife team Eva and Gentry Dayton added some motorcycle chic to this minimalist, gallery-like boutique.
Situated in downtown Manhattan, this full-service spa is ideal for clients seeking affordable health and beauty treatments in a no-frills environment.
The whitewashed walls of Atmos in Harlem are lined with cubbyholes filled with an extensive selection of running, skate, basketball, and casual sneakers.
This inviting, state-of-the-art winery with award-winning wines hosts free Friday jazz at sunset, overlooking the vines.
Part of the largest performing arts complex in the world, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) makes its home inside Alice Tully Hall.