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.

A great vintage store for blazers

Explore the birthplace of women’s rights at this free museum.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham called this "one of the greatest bookstores on the face of the Earth" for its friendly atmosphere and well-read personnel (staff favorites are displayed up front, along with noteworthy new books).

Located in New York City’s Theater District on West 40th, the Drama Book Shop is a great resource for anyone who works in or simply loves theater and film.

Building on the Spanish food trend in the city, of which jointly owned Chelsea tapas bar Tía Pol helped spur, this simplified East Village wine shop carries around 250 or so different labels from around the Iberian peninsula, organized geographically, with special attention being paid to sherry.

One of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, the Guggenheim in New York City is dedicated to modern and contemporary art from the 20th century to the present. The Guggenheim was founded by Solomon R.

Indian-born travel agent Pallavi Shah has more than 20 years of experience organizing customized trips to her home country.

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, followed by a walk through adjacent Prospect Park, the, well, second-greatest greensward in New York.

Run by the Lower East Side Girls Club, Sweet Things Bake Shop offers you not only fun homemade goodies, but the chance to make a difference--when you shop at Sweet Things Bake Shop, the proceeds help inner-city girls gain skills for a successful life.

New York–based X.O. Travel Consultants caters to industry types such as sommeliers and restaurateurs, but occasionally trips are open to wine-loving amateurs and often feature renowned experts serving as tour guides.

The shop carries a great assortment of cheeses.

With more than 20 years as a gallerist, Nicole Klagsbrun has developed an eye for young artists that are about to bloom in the art world. Her Chelsea gallery is more spacious than most with vast white walls and natural light flowing in from large windows.

Originally built in 1923 as a meeting hall for the Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, this neo-Moorish facility, perhaps best known for its terra cotta tile rooftop, exterior tile work, and three Moller pipe organs, now houses the New York City Center.