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.

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Short for Please Don’t Tell, this East Village bar’s name reflects its speakeasy vibe. The bar is only accessible through the phone booth at the back of Crif Dogs, a St. Mark's Place restaurant serving hot dogs.

Tucked inside the storied St. Regis Hotel, this high-class watering hole—named after the whimsical Maxfield Parrish mural behind the bar—is one of the best places to channel Astor-era New York. (And you'll wish you were an Astor when the bill arrives.) What else to order but a Red Snapper?

The House That Ruth Built, the new Yankee Stadium is not—but the park aims to channel Yankee greats of the past. For a genuine taste of the Bronx, go to field-level section 127 for a sandwich from Mike’s Arthur Avenue Italian Deli, like the light-and-zesty eggplant parm.

The largest stock of kosher wines in the United States sits on the shelves of this Bronx retailer.

The Beaux-Arts Vanderbilt Mansion crowns a 212-acre parkland with river panoramas.

Last season’s clothes are about half-price.

Enjoy a lakeside drive and sample wine at the 16 vineyards.

Zachary's Smile amassed such a vast collection of women's vintage clothing, its owners had to open a second location. The pieces—all in great condition—date from the forties through the eighties, with both casual and formalwear ranging in price from two digits to three.

In Italian, “belvedere” means beautiful view, which is indeed what the balconies of this 19th-century fairytale-style castle in the middle of Central Park offer visitors.

Once located in Greenwich Village, this massive wine emporium became even bigger when it moved to an eco friendly, neo-Romanesque NoHo landmark building two minutes away. The selection is deep with wines from every corner of the globe.

Billed as a bespoke travel designer, Lisa Lindblad specializes in adventure and luxury travel to destinations ranging from Morocco and Uruguay to Norway and Sri Lanka. With a background in cultural anthropology, Lindblad is known for blending the expected with the undiscovered.

With a mission to bridge the artistic heritage of world cultures, this 560,000-square-foot museum built in grand Beaux-Arts style houses a large, diverse collection of 1.5 million works that encompasses the world and stretches from antiquity to today, with special attention to ancient Egypt.

Sprawling along the Hudson River, this impressive park has tennis courts, skateparks, picnic houses, mini golf, beach volleyball and more.