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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... Read More

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 City... Read More

The National 9/11 Memorial Museum is located in lower Manhattan on the site of the World Trade Center. Except for the handsome entry pavilion designed... Read More

Members show up regularly for continuing-ed classes or workouts in the 80,000-sq-ft gym, but this is hardly your average community center. The nonprofit... Read More

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

Located in a pre-Civil War townhome just off Abingdon Square in the West Village, Abingdon 12 is a shop full of curios collected by owner Paul Caddell ... Read More

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 Waldorf... Read More

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

Climb trails through the northern peaks of the park or backcountry canoe in the St. Regis wilderness area. Read More

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

A must-do for couples, mother-daughter duos, or friends, Aire Ancient Baths is one of the most luxurious ways to unwind in the city. This two-story... Read More

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

Specializing in stainless steel household goods, this Italian-based kitchenware company’s flagship U.S. store sits in New York’s Soho... Read More

Founded by dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey in 1958, this historic modern dance company redefined the genre. Dance lovers can buy tickets to... Read More

Owned by Patti Bordoni and Marco Liotta, Amarcord Vintage Fashion is a chic Nolita boutique selling vintage European clothing from the 1940’s... Read More

Permanent home to New York City’s renowned Roundabout Theatre Company, the 740-seat American Airlines Theatre features an Italian Renaissance... Read More

One of New York City’s most prestigious museums, the American Museum of Natural History encourages visitors to get in touch with the natural world.... Read More

A travel agent for more than 30 years, Amy Glass specializes in New York City, Costa Rica, and soft adventure travel (think biking, bird-watching and... Read More

This Japanese-run lounge is a hushed, romantic spot for a cocktail for two—that's because seating is limited, and in traditional style, drinkers ... Read More

Since the tiny shop’s designs started showing up in photos of starlets and rockers a decade ago, the neighborhood’s secret is out but still... Read More

Who says there’s nothing good about an economic downturn? Manhattan’s beloved Antiques Garage, adored by legions of New York collectors, was... Read More

Designated a landmark in 1983, the historic Apollo Theater originally opened in 1914 and evolved to become the premier performance venue for African... Read More

Inspired by the apothecaries and absinthe bars of 19th-century Europe, Chinatown’s Apothéke serves “prescription” cocktails... Read More

Appellation Wine and Spirits is the place to buy organic and biodynamic products in Chelsea; in fact, nearly all of the 250 wines stocked carry one of... Read More

Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan features an innovative exterior to match the gadgets inside. A glass cube marks the... Read More

From Mandy Oser, of Le Bernardin, comes this trendy wine and food bar serving mineral-driven wines and a menu of innovative small plates. The candle-lit... Read More

With the abundant and thriving arts institutions and creative expression that fill New York, there is so much art to consider and ARTime, since its... Read More

Once located in Greenwich Village, this massive wine emporium became even bigger when it moved to an eco friendly, neo-Romanesque NoHo landmark building... Read More

The whitewashed walls of Atmos in Harlem are lined with cubbyholes filled with an extensive selection of running, skate, basketball, and casual sneakers... Read More

Located at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan, the Avery Fisher Hall is a performance venue hosting various musical events... Read More

An all-natural, organic bakery, Babycakes offers sweet treats that are free from common allergens like wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, and eggs. Founder... Read More

This tiny bakery is locals’ go-to spot to for sweet and savory baked goods on the weekends. A buzzing group of bakers in blue work jumpsuits hum... Read More

Every New Yorker loves a bar with an outdoor patio, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Bamboo 52. Add to the mix a sushi bar and a well... Read More

A nationally-known brand, Banana Republic is synonymous with luxurious, yet accessible clothing and accessories. Owned by clothing giant The Gap, Inc.,... Read More

Located in New York City’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, Bank Street Books is a treasure trove of children’s literature. Founded in 1970... Read More

From Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group comes Maialino, a neighborhood Roman trattoria overlooking Gramercy Park. The restaurant’s... Read More

In Prospect Heights, this cash-only neighborhood bar attracts guests with its cushioned deep couches, a long wooden communal table, and a small... Read More

These appealingly sleek wine bars are like bits of modern Milan beamed wholesale into two distinctive Manhattan hoods. The glossy, warmly lit interiors,... Read More

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... Read More

This unerringly hip, Gallic-owned live-music club runs the gamut from washboard swing and Reinhardt-style guitar jazz to quwwali and klezmer. Read More

The department store’s Chelsea location closed down in 1996, but this airy, edgy outpost—set inside a warehouse satisfies the needs of high... Read More

The Baseball Center is a go-to destination for baseball aficionados in the New York City area. This 15,000-square-foot facility is a baseball fan&rsquo... Read More

One of the last “great movie palaces of New York,” the Beacon Theatre was designated a landmark in 1979. Art Deco in style with a lavish rotunda lobby,... Read More

Peruse this gigantic warehouse space and turn Williamsburg’s fashionable locals’ cast-offs into your vintage treasures for wallet-friendly... Read More

A four-mile loop on the Major Welch Trail climbs skyward for panoramas and then descends on a snippet of the famed Appalachian Trail. Read More

Offseason, hike the ski runs to see the entire yellow and bronze valley below. Read More

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

Located in Manhattan, this shop sells the intricate stationary and calligraphy of namesake Bernard Maisner. With 30 years of experience,... Read More

This original shop on the Upper East Side of this revolutionary, east-coast, wine chain is now under the A&P umbrella, but still carries its own... Read More

The sweet aroma in the air outside this Boerum Hill bakeshop comes from its impressive display of pastries, cakes, pies, tarts, and marzipan, as well as... Read More

Since 1991, the award-winning Big Onion Walking Tours has been offering guided tours through New York’s ethnic neighborhoods and historic... Read More

The barber shop has a cocktail lounge, a kitchen, and even a bouncer. Pair a hot-and-cold-towel shave with a thin-crust pizza and a BlackJack (Jack... Read More

An airy, minimalist window-lined store that started as a Hamptons staple, it carries designers for men (Rag & Bone, Rogues Gallery) and women (Zac... Read More

Have walking guide Ernie La Prairie take you out in his wooden rowboat for an island picnic. Last stop: the outfitter’s store, which stocks... Read More

Touted as a modern-day speakeasy, Blue Owl is housed inside a basement on Second Avenue in New York City. The bar is composed of two small rooms, and... Read More

Established in 2007 by brothers and restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg, this tiny wine bar is part of New York’s celebrated Blue Ribbon... Read More

Actress Phoebe Cates has created a cozy two-floor space with a signature blue exterior and stocked it with original gifts, jewelry, children's toys, and... Read More

Rainer Schnaars named his bakery after his favorite band, the Blue Brothers, and is where the gregarious, bearded 49-year-old creates pastries like a... Read More

Years as agent: 27. Specialties: India, Sri Lanka, Small luxury cruises. Consulting fee: $500. Read More

Take a boat through the glassy inlets of the St. Lawrence River—it flows north, toward Montreal. In summer, alight at Heart Island, one of 1,865... Read More

Books of Wonder, with its world renowned Oz section of books by L. Frank Baum and successors, is the oldest and largest independent children's bookstore... Read More

Chelsea wine shop Bottlerocket distinguishes itself by how its selection is organized. Most wines are separated by the foods that they pair with best,... Read More

Owned by chef Thomas Keller, this particular location of the Bouchon Bakery is situated on the third floor of the Time Warner Center across the street... Read More

Open for more than 20 years, Bowery & Vine is one of the city’s premier wine and spirits sellers. The 1,700-square-foot store is located in... Read More

Live entertainment is the main order of business at Bowery Electric, just a short walk from the Bowery Hotel. DJs play nightly and the bartenders serve... Read More

Housing 50 NYC-themed lanes, Bowlmor is part bowling alley, part nightclub. Beyond knocking down pins over drinks, there’s also the Stadium Grill... Read More

This once tiny gallery in the county courthouse rotunda has grown into 33,000 square feet of exhibition space behind a glass accordion-like faç... Read More

Even if you can’t catch a live show, there’s plenty to see and do at this iconic venue, where the programming runs the gamut from film to theater to... Read More

Simultaneously high art and rollicking good fun, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is a Broadway-beating theater space that draws boldfaced names&mdash... Read More

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets with a visit to the bucolic Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is especially glorious during cherry blossom... Read More

One of the neighborhood’s most popular draws, Brooklyn Brewery was one of the first craft brewers around when it opened in 1988. Today, it produces 26... Read More

...hop on the L subway line to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery and its vats of microbrews. Read More

A stroll along this span is an only-in-New York experience that provides an up-close sense of the city's true grandeur. It's hardly the world-record... Read More

Any trip to Brooklyn would be incomplete without a jaunt in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which spans the waterfront in DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights. The park has... Read More

The nation's first museum just for kids sports a new canary-yellow, Rafael Viñoly-designed upper level incorporating solar panels, and has... Read More

The Brooklyn Historical Society has informative neighborhood guides. Read More

With an encyclopedic collection spanning from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, the Brooklyn Museum of Art has something for everyone. It is,... Read More

It was only a matter of time before Williamsburg got its own winery. This one, with 18 locally made, award-winning wines, offers flights, curated cheese... Read More

One of the city's most famous public spaces, Bryant Park dates back to 1686 and was renamed in 1884 in honor of New York Evening Post editor William... Read More

This aptly named wine shop specializes in Burgundies from both well-known and obscure regions, including Chablis, Pommard, and Chassagne-Montrachet. The... Read More

The 1948 post–Art Deco cinema in Callicoon, NY, charges a mere $5 a seat for matinees. Read More

$15 per person single kayak 1 1/2 hours, boat tours $20 per person Read More

Running from East 84th Street to East 90th Street between East End Avenue and the East River, Carl Schurz Park is a neighorhood gathering spot as well... Read More

Commissioned by Andrew Carnegie and designed by New York City architect William Burnet Tuthill, this famed venue opened in 1891. The Italian Renaissance... Read More

Founded by Brooklyn native Lisa Price, Carol's Daughter sells a full range of natural beauty products, including skin care, hair care, and bath goods,... Read More

Haddad was a Hudson pioneer, planting Hudson's first gallery on Warren Street in 1991. Read More

Already a successful design icon in South Africa, Carrol Boyes brought her extensive line of house wares and decorative arts to the United States... Read More

Located in Belmont, this cheese and sandwich shop has been a neighborhood institution for decades. Though the shop itself is small, the line outside is... Read More

Formerly of Bergen Street in Brooklyn, this little boutique in the West Village is the creation of former interior designer, Kerrilyn Pamer. Recently... Read More

Located in the Flatiron District's famous Plaza Hotel, the Caudalíe Vinotherapie Spa is the Paris brand’s only U.S. location. Founded by... Read More

Take a drive or paddle along part of the 12-mile Cayuga-Seneca Canal, teeming with bass, trout, and salmon. Read More

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

Rambling yet contained, nature-filled yet man-made, this 843-acre oasis provides a welcome respite from the concrete jungle for locals and tourists... Read More

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... Read More

Considered one of the most original, forward-thinking wine shops in the nation, this TriBeCa store was first established in 2001 by wine experts David... Read More

Take the Charlotte-Essex Ferry to historic Essex, NY, a former shipping hub now home to stone houses and antiques shops. Drive along the scenic... Read More

Originally founded in a small garage by co-owners John Cheim and Howard Read, this acclaimed gallery is now a 6,000-square-foot Chelsea landmark... Read More

Not the place to pick up a $100 Schwinn, this tiny Chelsea bike shop (and gear-head hang-out) focuses on more high end options. Ground zero for cycling... Read More

If there’s a sport, you can probably play it at this expansive complex set along the Hudson River with facilities for everything from bowling and... Read More

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,... Read More

Taking up 10,000-square-feet of Chelsea Market, this wine shop was intended to be just a wine storage facility, but in order to lease the basement it... Read More

The boutique carries groovy clothes and shoes from across the decades. The real gems are on the second floor. Read More

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is an interactive museum for children and their families that aims to provide children with a fun, educational... Read More

Known for innovative sweets, chocolatier Joan Coukos honed her craft of handmade, small batch chocolate making during a 2000 trip to Brussels. Unique... Read More

The 77-story masterpiece of Art Deco architecture and detail. Read More

Boasting the world’s first Cigar Aficionado smoking lounge, Cigar Inn is located in the Midtown East neighborhood, and it’s easy to find if... Read More

Since 1963, this three-screen cinema has showcased a canon of cult classics—not to mention an eclectic mix of edgier flicks. Want to re-watch... Read More

Newly opened Citi Field features a granite, brick, and limestone façade plus a sunlit rotunda honoring Brooklyn slugger Jackie Robinson. A trio... Read More

With its towering ceiling, airy interior, and oversize baked goods, City Bakery cultivates an air of abundance. Known for its salad bar, prepared... Read More

Furniture designer Sohrab Bakhshi packs this space with everything from aluminum World War II military cases to vintage clocks, plus Bakhshi's own... Read More

Founded by Christiane Celle in 2008, Clic Gallery primarily focuses on photography from both emerging and established artists. Located in New York&rsquo... Read More

If the diminutive storefront with its gilded signage, flowerpots, and tin ceiling recalls an earlier era, so does the spirit of this indie bookstore,... Read More

The museum houses 35,000 dazzling objects and offers glassblowing demonstrations. Read More

Michael and Paula Croteaux run the only winery in the United States dedicated solely to rosé. Read More

An undulating, 73-foot-long wall of more than 3,500 wine bottles—displayed horizontally and illuminated from behind—serves as the focal... Read More

Aspiring chefs and food lovers should experience the gourmet craftsmanship of the wunderkinds studying at the CIA at Hyde Park by stopping in their... Read More

Founded by Paul Pellicoro in 1985, DanceSport is New York City’s largest dance studio. Located near the Empire State Building, the company offers... Read More

Taxidermied heads of South African Cape buffalo and other animals hang on the walls, before an intriguing array of antiques and found objects (Victorian... Read More

Founded by Paolo DeRobertis in 1904, the tradition of DeRobertis is maintained today by his grandchildren. According to the New York Times, to enter... Read More

Strange Factor: You don’t have to be dead to ride in a hearse through NYC. Drew Raphael, ex–marketing exec turned tour guide, offers tours... Read More

Central Park’s 1,800-seat open-air theater near Belvedere Castle is the epicenter for Shakespeare in the Park—an annual summer series of free-to-the... Read More

Combining effortlessly unencumbered minimalism with the subtle beauty of a polished concrete floor and curving acrylic walls, the Derek Lam boutique in... Read More

Often cited as the toughest hiking trail in the East, this east-to-west voyage in the Catskill Mountains of New York traverses the spine of the mountain... Read More

Tucked away on W. 12th Street, between University Street and Fifth Avenue, is this French-inspired café that has been serving up the neighborhood... Read More

No New York institution displays monumental modern art better than Dia: Beacon. The former Nabisco factory shows notable works like Richard Serra&rsquo... Read More

Window displays packed full of furry stuffed animals, wooden play sets, and handmade clothes draw those young and young at heart into this East Village... Read More

Amidst the tiny shops of the East Village, this wine and specialty spirit store that moved into new digs on Avenue B in mid 2011, has a vast selection.... Read More

Don't miss Ditch Plains, with its legendary offshore breaks and wide beach bracketed by jagged cliffs. Read More

Taking its name from the Latin word meaning “home,” Domus is a small shop in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen that sells a... Read More

New York City’s downtown boathouse is a volunteer-run organization that aims to provide New Yorkers with additional recreational opportunities via... Read More

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... Read More

Sheltered from the bustle and traffic of upper Broadway by a row of trees, the Dyckman Farmhouse sits in the middle of Inwood, Manhattan's northernmost... Read More

Drawing in celebrity candy addicts like Janet Jackson and Madonna, Dylan’s Candy Bar has become NYC’s most popular candy shop, as well as... Read More

Located in the East Village on Fifth St. between Aves. C and D, El Jardin del Paraíso was created in the early 1980s after nearly a dozen... Read More

Meticulously restored over the course of a decade, this beloved Moorish Revival landmark on the Lower East Side has a soaring 70-foot ceiling and... Read More

See America through the eyes of the 12 million immigrants that entered through Ellis Island. A highlight of the museum is the building itself, built in... Read More

Check out Mark Twain’s octagonal study at Elmira College, which has artifacts such as his chair, documents, and several photos of nearby Quarry Farm,... Read More

Young parents from the playground across the street come to ogle Czech glassware and mod ceramic vases like kids at a candy store. Read More

Espasso sells contemporary, art-deco inspired furniture with a Brazilian influence. While São Paulo native Carlos Junqueira opened the store in... Read More

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... Read More

Husband-and-wife team Eva and Gentry Dayton added some motorcycle chic to this minimalist, gallery-like boutique. Black and gray garments from Ann... Read More

Exhale Spa is located in Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District. Covering 5,000 square feet, the spa is known for its Core Fusion program,... Read More

Though F.A.O. Schwarz came to Manhattan in 1870 (making it the oldest toy store in the city), the famous Midtown East location on Fifth Ave. didn&rsquo... Read More

When was the last time you could buy anything for cents in New York? Head to the Fay Da Bakery in Chinatown and you’ll have the chance. If the... Read More

It's not the ambiance that brings crowds to this art-house cinema in the West Village—the seats are rock-hard and undersized and the facility... Read More

At Bard College, Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts hosts cultural events as creative as its architecture. For four weeks this... Read More

Some buildings are born to be icons. With its unique triangular “iron” shape, Beaux-Arts styling and bragging rights as one of New York... Read More

The Flatiron Lounge is the product of the creative union between the owners of New York’s Zinc Bar and San Francisco’s Red Room and expert... Read More

Known best as the site of two world fairs (and for the iconic, 12-story stainless-steel globe that sits in its northern half), Flushing Meadows-Corona... Read More

It’s not as manicured as Central Park or as sprawling as Prospect Park, but this intimate green space is a beloved gathering spot for picnics on sunny... Read More

Surrounding the city’s Cloisters museum, a reconstructed monestary that is home to nearly 5,000 medieval treasures, Fort Tryon Park overlooks the Hudson... Read More

North of Harlem and on the western edge of Washington Heights, Fort Washington Park extends from West 155th Street to West 179 Street. Once home to a... Read More

Although it opened in 2004, walking into this custom tailor/barber/apothecary is like stepping into a 19th-century gentlemen's stockist. Started by a... Read More

A visit to Chelsea's galleries would be incomplete without a trip to Gagosian, one of the top power players in the art world. Past shows have featured... Read More

With seemingly countless galleries lining its streets, Chelsea is essentially a museum—one displaying everything from experimental art from up-and... Read More

Hike this 3-mile trail for panoramic views of 4,180-foot Slide Mountain. Read More

Citizens of the style world decorate their dining rooms with finds from this tiny shop full of artfully stacked minimalist china, jewel-like tea sets,... Read More

The Chinese and American antiques are unexpectedly high-quality for such a low-fi setting: the gritty margins of Williamsburg. Owner Natalie Vichnevsky... Read More

Opened in 1985, Grace’s was the first gourmet food market in the Upper East Side. The store’s namesake, Grace Balducci Doria, grew up... Read More

The restoration of this beautiful Beaux-Arts behemoth in the late 1990's has created the perfect place to enjoy a drink or dinner while watching... Read More

The Vanderbilts’ fairy-tale lodge. Read More

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... Read More

As the city’s first eco-friendly nightclub, Greenhouse offers a “green” place for Manhattan partiers to dance the night away. The... Read More

Grom is an Italian gelateria devoted to making the best artisanal gelato through the use of top-quality ingredients sourced from around the world. In... Read More

The New York outpost of renowned French spa Guerlain is located inside the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Treatment rooms are decorated in soothing... Read More

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... Read More

At the Hall of Science, an incredible hands-on museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, children and science-nerd adults can find out how physics affects... Read More

Built in 1906 as the home of the Manhattan Opera Company, this ornate, two-tiered ballroom, which boasts a hand-painted ceiling and elegant side... Read More

The equestrian-themed bar launched with Triple Crown viewing parties in a space decked with polo memorabilia and custom furniture from the Pennsylvania... Read More

Blue boxes of Hangul characters hover over their English translations on the storefront of this Hmart in Koreatown. While the majority of the products... Read More

Located in Central Harlem, this upscale, boutique wine store specializes in the products of artisanal winemakers. The more than 300... Read More

Head to the back of this cozy Nolita boutique and you’ll spot German designer Nina Freudenberger creating eclectic interiors for stylish... Read More

Located at 63rd Street in New York City’s Central Park, the Heckscher softball fields are perfect for a game of baseball or softball. The six... Read More

This wine and spirits shop in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn is beloved for many reasons — the great lengths its staff goes to please... Read More

Founded in Paris in 1837, Hermès has evolved into one of the world’s most respected brands of ready-to-wear and personal accessories. The... Read More

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

Here bridges crisscross a clear, cold stream of water that flows through jagged rocks. Read More

The High Line, an abandoned 1930s elevated rail track turned 21st-century park, is beloved by locals and tourists alike. It threads through some of the... Read More

Oak floors, lacquered brick walls, and a sound track of gypsy music set the scene for Santa Maria Novella toiletries (originally made by Italian monks)... Read More

an ice cream spot that’s especially Beware long lines at this icecream store; it's especially popular after the nearby multiplex lets out.... Read More

Tour Springwood, the lifelong home of four-term U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, plus acres of gardens, landscaped lawns, and some of the remaining... Read More

Located in East Harlem, Hot Bread Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that teaches low-income women how to launch and run a food business. In order to... Read More

Spend a lazy afternoon browsing the 12,000-plus volumes. Read More

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

Named after the original New York International Airport, Idlewild Bookstore was opened by David Del Vecchio, a former United Nations press officer, in... Read More

Opened in July 2011 on Bedford Avenue right between the L train stop and McCarren Park, the newest location of this Brooklyn based company features... Read More

Founded by Ina Bernstein, a mainstay in New York City’s fashion scene, INA is one of the city’s premier designer consignment shops. The... Read More

Located in the Garment District, the International Wine Center was founded in 1982 to educate the public on wine. The center offers four levels of... Read More

This floating museum is housed in a former U.S. aircraft carrier that served in WWII and Vietnam War. The ship retired in 1982 and, in that same year,... Read More

Nope, this isn’t about J.Crew (the casual clothing store) branching out into brandy and fine old Scotch. J.Crew’s Liquor Store in the West... Read More

Founded at Yale University in 1902, J. Press is known for selling menswear of exceptional quality. The 4,000-square-foot New York City store, located on... Read More

Graduating at the top of his class from French Culinary Institute, chef Tim Oltmans brings his skills to this upscale Brooklyn Heights restaurant... Read More

Established in 2000 in Brooklyn, Jacques Torres Chocolate makes bonbons, chocolate chip cookies, and hot chocolate. This real-life chocolate factory,... Read More

Visible courtesy of the large front windows, the gleaming silver pipes and machinery of this Hudson Square chocolate shop are proverbially hard at work,... Read More

Distinct among Chelsea galleries for its decidedly international scope, James Cohan Gallery represents some well-known names (such as the estate of... Read More

Founded in 1907, the Japan Society is a nonprofit organization uniting the people of Japan and the United States through its more than 100 annual events... Read More

The standout success within the controversial Time Warner Center Mall is the slick Jazz at Lincoln Center venue, largely thanks to artistic director... Read More

One of The Big Apple’s most respected and well-attended music venues, Joe’s Pub opened at The Public Theater in 1998. The intimate space... Read More

Architect Eero Saarinen’s 1962 design is a lyric poem in poured concrete, all curve and swoop, about the wonder of flight. Read More

Enter with reverence, for this is a place of art and master craftsmanship. “Shoes” seems too common a word to describe the expertly handmade... Read More

An interior design icon for more than half a century, John Rosselli is a go-to source for unusual, well-priced antiques. Rosselli, who began his career... Read More

Music and fashion merge in John Varvatos’ menswear shop at 315 Bowery, the former home of the Lower East Side's legendary CBGB live music club.... Read More

"Your home should be like a good dose of Zoloft" is a witticism that graces the walls of one of the irreverent potter-slash-designer's newest shops.... Read More

Working with CEOs, multi-generational families, and vacation seekers since 2005, Julia Kostenko of Altour Travel specializes in creating unique travel... Read More

Set on an estate that once belonged to Eleanor Roosevelt’s grandparents, Kaatsbaan provides dance companies with studios and a performance space... Read More

In New York’s Lower East Side, Kate McGregor's stylish boutique offers fashionable, eco-friendly clothing and accessories compatible with a range... Read More

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Founded by brothers Tomohiro and Yoshio Katagiri in 1907, this small Japanese grocery store has been selling imported Japanese items for more than a... Read More

Opened to the public in 1978, the award-winning Abraham Goodman House is home to all three divisions of the Kaufman Center, including Merkin Concert... Read More

The Museum: Established in 1916, this still-working kazoo-manufacturing company not only is the only metal-producing kazoo factory in North America, but... Read More

Founded by Kee Ling Tong back 2002, this SoHo sweet shop specializes in handmade chocolates and macaroons displayed with artistic flair behind glass... Read More

Tucked inside the storied St. Regis Hotel, this high-class watering hole—named after the whimsical Maxfield Parrish mural behind the bar—is... Read More

Go for the concert, stay for the jaw-droppingly ornate decor. This event space dates back to 1929, when it was opened as Loew's Kings Theatre. It closed... Read More

This narrow, gallerylike women's clothing store (think long expanses of white walls installed with reverently displayed handbags) is run by Beth Buccini... Read More

Spoiler alert: Klaus Von Nichtssagend is not a real person. The name actually translates to “Klaus says nothing” at this petite, 500-square... Read More

Catering to anyone who wears underwear, from slim-waisted stars like Sarah Jessica Parker to full-figured women who sing the praises of the Curvy Girl... Read More

As grandson of one of ice cream giant Carvel’s first shop managers, you might say the frozen treat is in owner Jon Snyder’s blood. Throw in... Read More

Olympic Pedigree: Figure skater-turned-movie star Sonja Henie took one gold medal at the Olympic Center’s rink in 1932. Nearly five decades later,... Read More

Guests gather at sunset to sip an Ubu Ale or a Lake Placid IPA. The brewery has won a slew of awards, including best in New York State at the TAP beer... Read More

This attractive (and nice-smelling) shop sells space-saving, stylish, and smart housewares. You don’t have to live in a closet-sized apartment to... Read More

Great for a family tubing trip down the Delaware River. Read More

The atmosphere recalls an outsized Finnish sauna, with acres of glowing pine and a glass-enclosed deck. The crowd, most nights, is just as attractive. Read More

Like a closet out of The Arabian Nights, this boutique is stocked with hand-loomed, Indian-inspired textiles and antique jewelry. Read More

Traveling the world, sampling wine from small sun-drenched vineyards, looking for that perfect bottle that holds a sense of place.... this is exactly w... Read More

“Numquam jactate” is the motto of this men’s shoe store, located in New York City’s West Village. The phrase means “never... Read More

Founded by Rita Brookoff, who became a proponent of vintage fashion when she began wearing her mother’s 1940’s suit jacket during her high... Read More

Liberty View's growers are devoted to sustainable farming practices at their site amid the breathtaking hills and dales of the Hudson Valley. The... Read More

Located a block west of Central Park, Lincoln Center spans over 16 acres and is home to a dozen performing arts organizations, among them the... Read More

America’s preeminent center for the arts counts 11 resident organizations, among them, the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center... Read More

The Linda Gross Theater is the main stage of the Atlantic Theater Company, founded in 1985 by David Mamet and William H. Macy, but is also used as a... Read More

Years as Agent: 18. Specialties: New Orleans, Switzerland. Fee: Varies. Read More

Lindblad is a top adventure company, with an impressive affiliation with the National Geographic Society. Research scientists come on board, and... Read More

A nondescript brown door leads to the speakeasy-style cocktail lounge, Little Branch, in the West Village. The glow from candles softly light the warm... Read More

The New York flagship features an extensive collection of cameras, film, and accessories. But if you’re not in the market for a lomo, it’s... Read More

Stroll the sculpture gardens at the 16-acre arts space, ounded by textile designer and crafts expert Jack Lenor Larsen. Works by artists like Willem de... Read More

Today’s experiential traveler wants to participate rather than merely observe. But while working a harvest usually means backbreaking, dawn-to... Read More

River tube ( $5/day) on the easy ripples of the Delaware River—float past the towering cliffs and swaying trees, no paddles or stamina required. Read More

Take a tour of Louis Armstrong's longtime Corona home, which retains the same layout and furniture as it did when the jazz great lived there. The tours,... Read More

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... Read More

A New York City landmark, the Macy’s Herald Square store is a retail giant encompassing a city block and rising 10-and-a-half stories high. The... Read More

It’s kitschy. It’s fun. And it’s probably the only way you’re ever going to get your photograph taken with Morgan Freeman or... Read More

Looking for a circa-1970 handmade Mexican wedding gown or a lightly used Bottega Veneta clutch? Former model and fashion buyer Christina Kolbe sells... Read More

This home décor store is the kind of place you can get lost in for hours. Every inch of space (ceiling included) is overflowing with charming... Read More

On almost any afternoon inside this Upper West Side open arts studio, you’ll find kids and adults hard at work, creating soaps, candles, jewelry,... Read More

For over a century, Kiehl’s occupied a certain niche in the New York market: a European-style apothecary selling body care products under their o... Read More

Situated in midtown Manhattan, this 35,000-square-foot health club is home to one of the city’s finest pools. Although the facility is best known... Read More

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is an exposition of vintage fashion and antique textiles held at the Metropolitan Pavilion three times a year. Each... Read More

A member of the FROSCH team, Margot Cushing has been leading patrons on trips throughout Asia, France, Italy, and Spain for more than 30 years. From her... Read More

Travel agent Maria Guerrieri has helped Linden Travel develop into one of the most well-known travel agencies in New York. Located on Third Avenue in... Read More

See Mark Twain's octagonal study. Read More

A bright blue exterior with large windows displays what this gourmet market is most recognized for: a traditional butchery specializing in locally... Read More

Stay in one of the historic farmhouses on the Marshlands Conservancy, a 173-acre wildlife sanctuary in Rye, New York. No modern glamour here, but you... Read More

One of the oldest toy stores in the city, Mary Arnold was established in 1931 and continues to offer a great alternative to the bustling mega toy stores... Read More

A pioneer in the Chelsea art scene, Matthew Marks has acquired through the years 16,000 square feet of exhibit space, encompassing four galleries and a... Read More

Named for the goddess of the agave plant, Mayahuel in the East Village offers a mix of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine and fine mescals and... Read More

If you are a fan of documentaries, the Maysles Cinema more than delivers. Founded by Albert Maysles, who with his late brother made non-fiction films... Read More

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... Read More

Vibrant and youthful, this small SoHo shop sells colorful knitted garments from eponymous designer Meg Cohen, as well as an eclectic variety of... Read More

One of the world's great museums, this Gothic Revival labyrinth tries to be all things to all art lovers—and with its expansion over the past two... Read More

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... Read More

Evoking the comforting atmosphere of a home kitchen, this West Village bakery contains a fireplace, bright blue tiled tables, and glass jars filled with... Read More

Installed at 134 Eldridge Street, near the boundary of Chinatown, a plain gray door with “134” and “M&H” in small stickers... Read More

To see cutting edge work at the intersection of music, pop culture, style, and art, head to Milk, which operates a photography studio and a ground-floor... Read More

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

Provenance matters at this wine shop on Staten Island’s north end. Professionally trained by the Court of Master Sommeliers, the staff works hard... Read More

Housed in an abandoned Romanesque Revival former public school building, this museum was originally founded as an alternative arts organization, but... Read More

Established in 1943, Mondel Chocolates is one of New York City’s best loved chocolatiers. Popular with everyone from Columbia University students... Read More

Replete with red leather banquettes and low lighting, the glamorous and intimate Monkey Bar has a long and colorful history dating back to the days... Read More

Hike along the cliff-top trails to the park's historic lighthouse and take in views of the Atlantic. Read More

In a borough littered with beautiful old buildings, these architectural-salvage specialists sell an impressive range of hard-to-find fixtures and hardware. Read More

Not the typical wine shop, Moore Brothers, located in the Flatiron District purchases bottles directly from small artisanal winegrowers ... Read More

For a glimpse at Gilded Age New York, a visit to financier and avid art collector J.P. Morgan's office and library can't be beat. The luxurious library... Read More

Located inside Rockefeller Center, New York institution Morrell & Company stocks some 2,500 wine and spirits. The shop has been at the same... Read More

The oldest house in Manhattan was originally built in 1765 as a summer house for a British army colonel, who was forced to leave the home during the... Read More

Twenty-first-century design connoisseurs can't get enough of this SoHo destination that's part store, part museum. You'll find subversive Cindy Sherman... Read More

A great choice for beginners, thanks to its free, guided nature tours up a two-mile path with summit views of the Adirondack High Peaks region. Read More

At the height of their membership, in the mid 1800's, the Shakers numbered just under 6,000 across 18 prosperous settlements from Maine to Kentucky. It... Read More

Difficult though it may be to believe, when the Mount Vernon Hotel was built in 1799 it served as a "country getaway" for well-to-do New Yorkers looking... Read More

Steeped in an 80 year tradition of fine printing, Mrs. John L. Strong sells exquisite stationery and accessories. Ready-to-write products are sold... Read More

New York’s best bagel: an impossible award given the excess of this mouth-watering bread product throughout the five boroughs. But Murray’s... Read More

A division of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, the Museum at FIT was founded in 1969 to exhibit and collect items related to all things... Read More

Occupying a trapezoidal island diagonally across from Central Park, the 12-story, white-marble building by Edward Durrell Stone stood for close to half... Read More

The hullabaloo over MoMA's $600 million makeover in 2005 (and $20 admission fee) has overshadowed how impressive its collection truly is. This smartly... Read More

Fans of the big and small screen shouldn't miss a visit to this sleek Astoria museum, where visitors can explore the history, artistry, and technology... Read More

Founded by expat Peter Myers and his wife, Irene, in 1985, Myers of Keswick is an English grocery store located in the West Village. Originally intended... Read More

Known for her hand-engraved stationery, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer, has more than 30 years of experience in engraving with monogram-and-type ... Read More

This virtually deserted beach is also ideal for private picnics and solo sunbathing. Read More

With the shores of the Hudson River as a backdrop, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park is one of the city's most picturesque gathering spots. Set in Battery Park... Read More

Come in for hiking guidebooks and maps. Read More

Stop in for owner ex-Vogue and W magazine staffer Anna Bern' eclectic merchandise—exquisite artisan goods and handmade finds sourced by Bern on... Read More

Besides its exemplary collection of German and Austrian fine and decorative art, the Neue Galerie has a jewel-like design shop, highlighted by... Read More

This striking home for downtown's contemporary art hub—led by savvy director Lisa Phillips—made a splashy debut in December 2007, thanks to its... Read More

Housed inside a revitalized building constructed by Oscar Hammerstein in 1900, the New Victory Theater is New York City’s premier theater for... Read More

Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, the New York City Ballet is the largest dance organization in the country with roughly 90 dancers.... Read More

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... Read More

In Central Park is the New York Conservatory Garden - six acres of tranquility and order. The gardens are divided into three styles: French, Italian, a... Read More

No categories, no competition—the focus is on the films at the New York Film Festival, hosted at the Lincoln Center. Each year, the festival intr... Read More

The Beaux Arts New York Public Library building, praised by the New York Herald as a "splendid temple of the mind" when it opened in 1911, anchors the... Read More

New York Water Taxi offers daily harbor tours, specialty cruises, and boat charters on water taxis, cruise boats, and speed boats. They provide a unique... Read More

Founded in 1804, New York’s oldest museum provides a comprehensive look at the city’s rich history and heritage, exhibiting an extensive collection of... Read More

What a rush - 750,000 gallons of water hurtling over rocks, supplying 4.4 billion watts of natural power. Read More

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... Read More

Gamers consider a trip to this 10,000 square-foot retail store overlooking Rockefeller Center a kind of pilgrimage to a high-tech mecca. On the first... Read More

Ninth Street Espresso keeps it simple: they serve specialty coffee. Opened in 2001, this flagship location in Alphabet City is marked only by a black... Read More

Nitehawk is a neighborhood cinema with a decidedly Brooklyn approach. There is a bar and lounge on the main floor for before- or after... Read More

A light-drenched space in SoHo hosts this first-in-the-States location for Space NK, London native Nancy Kinnaird's apothecary beauty brand. NK's... Read More

Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi built this intimate two-story museum in a converted industrial building in Long Island City in the mid-1980s. Its... Read More

When she couldn't find sheets to fit the sleek steel beds her husband, artist Julian Schnabel, designed, Olatz Schnabel went back to her design-school... Read More

Choose from dozens of active pursuits. Two standouts: Strapping into a bobsled (equipped with blades in the winter, and wheels in the summer), or riding... Read More

Try a bobsled run. It’s the only bobsled, luge, and skeleton track east of the Rockies. There’s also a network of cross-country ski trails. Read More

A retro dessert parlor with cookies named after the owner’s relatives, and whoopee pies made of cream cheese and pumpkin cake. Read More

A triumphant symbol of New York's resilience, One World Trade Center has reshaped the city's skyline. The tower stands 1,776 feet tall—in honor of the... Read More

Learn safe and proper shotgun skills at Orvis Sandanona, the oldest shooting club in the country. Read More

OZOcar is an eco-friendly chauffeured car service based out of New York City that also serves New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, Westchester, and... Read More

Dwarfed by skyscrapers, this 19th-century brick building at the corner of 3rd and 55th stands as a holdover from another era—a genuine saloon that... Read More

Most famous as the setting of Jay-Z's Picasso Baby video, Pace has been producing groundbreaking shows since its founding in 1960. At Pace's three... Read More

The venerable Pace Galleries opened its Chelsea location in order to reach younger, critically-acclaimed artists. The converted garage has more than 5... Read More

Founder Eleanor Langston, a former beauty editor, is taking nail art to a new level by including runway trends (hello polka dots and silver foil–covered... Read More

The area around the mountain is a ring-shaped valley formed by an ancient meteor impact. From the top, there are Thomas Cole-worthy vistas as far as you... Read More

The stationery store extraordinaire stocks whimsical gifts and housewares: birdhouses, bookends, ribbons, and hand-blocked quilts from India. Read More

The historic Park Avenue Armory, a 19th-century construction, has been made over as a venue for the creation and presentation of the visual and... Read More

Inside 40 Great Jones Street in lower Manhattan is an über-creative world known as Partners & Spade. Founded by Andy Spade and Anthony Perduti,... Read More

When Marco Pasanella purchased this 19th-century sail-making factory in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, he used the street level space to... Read More

The Paula Cooper gallery in Chelsea is known for showing minimalist and conceptual art. Inside the industrial, chalk-blue building, a large open space... Read More

SoHo's—and perhaps the city's—best bargains are found in this sprawling two-story Chinese emporium, which stocks everything from soaps and... Read More

Tony, candlelit, and elevated one story above traffic, this refined SoHo lounge feels like the sort of place where two lovers conducting an illicit... Read More

Looking for the ultimate ice cream sandwich? Look no further. This modest-size Polish bakery, in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, will slice a... Read More

One of the best indie-rock music venues to emerge this millennium, Pianos opened quietly in 2002 in a former piano store—the club’s current... Read More

Pickle love shines at this Lower East Side destination at the corner of Essex and Grand. Proprietor Alan Kaufman devotes nine hours a day to producing... Read More

The biannual Pier Antiques Show is a treasure trove for collectors, decorators, and designers. The show, held at Pier 94, attracts locals and... Read More

One of Manhattan's little known but most lovely parks is set right in the heart of Turtle Bay, accessible via a series of steps off 51st Street. There's... Read More

Unless you live in the neighborhood, it’s a bit of hike to this Washington Heights wine shop—but you’ll thank your feet for it. Owner... Read More

Membership to the popular theater magazine's Playbill Club is free and carries all kinds of discounts - up to 60 percent off for theater, opera, dance,... Read More

The shop carries a great assortment of cheeses. Read More

The chic, arctic-inspired Polar, located below New York’s Marcel at Gramercy, is a less overt version of the trendy ice bar. Here, the... Read More

Located on the ground floor of the General Motors building, this state-of-the-art shop sells high-tech gadgets and menswear inspired by the eponymous... Read More

This eclectic art gallery was originally founded by owners Wendy Olsoff and Penny Pilkington in the East Village in 1983. After relocating twice, the... Read More

Forget the clothes: the real lure is the Rem Koolhaas-designed store itself. Manhattan’s Prada flagship replaced the downtown branch of the... Read More

Funniest club in the borough?Definitely. This glitzy, schmaltzy, Russian-Georgian supper club hosts a nightly bacchanal replete with dinner, disco balls... Read More

Established in 1976, this non-profit is the largest in the world dedicated to the promotion of artist-made publications. Inside the brightly lit space,... Read More

Known for: Her ability to match clients to the right agent among her hundreds of employees—a relationship she firmly believes determines the... Read More

A fashionista's dream (or just a cool stop-in), this avant-garde Chinatown boutique offers pricy goods all majoring in originality. The sparsely filled... Read More

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux (the team behind Central Park), Brooklyn's Prospect Park is considered by some to be the landscape... Read More

Husband and wife team Dikko Faust and Esther Smith explore the art of printing in their TriBeCa store Purgatory Pie Press. Faust sets and works the 193... Read More

Spread out over 47 verdant acres, the Queens County Farm Museum is a living artifact: it's one of New York City's oldest farmsteads, with a history that... Read More

Visitors to the Queens Museum, set in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, should head right for the panorama of New York City, an incredible recreation of all... Read More

Located in a bright and airy space on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, this small vintage and couture boutique sells women’s clothing. Owner... Read More

13 vendors sell Honduran tacos, Mexican huaraches, Ecuadoran ceviche, and other delicious treats to spectators and players alike (a semi-pro league... Read More

One of New York City’s eight official scenic landmarks, Riverside Park is a haven of natural beauty and recreation in one of the nation’s most vibrant... Read More

The non-descript red brick facade of Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea doesn't begin to hint at the eclectic art housed within. Soon after opening the... Read More

If Auntie Mame had a store, it would be this vibrant Upper East Side boutique, which designer Freymann fills with women's and children's clothing,... Read More

Decimated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Rockaway Beach has come back stronger than ever with a restored beachfront and boardwalk and an influx of new... Read More

The creation of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Rockefeller Center was born during the Great Depression and has grown to become one of the city's most visited... Read More

Check out the collection of Native American art. Read More

Rodgers has more than 50,000 items, including record albums in mint condition, crammed into every cranny of the place and guarded by a sleepy spaniel.... Read More

When Ian Schrager used his Midas touch to gild the much-loved Gramercy Park Hotel, he sure didn’t skimp on its first-floor bar, retaining the... Read More

One of New York City’s best vintage and resale shops, Roundabout sells vintage and couture items for 50%-70% off designer retail prices. Shoppers... Read More

A vacation visit to a shuffleboard club in St. Petersburg, Florida, inspired the husband-and-wife team behind Royal Palms to open their own back in... Read More

The Rubin Museum of Art is a collection paintings, sculptures, and textiles from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. The mission of the museum is to... Read More

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. A... Read More

A Brooklyn fixture since 1948, this Middle Eastern and Mediterranean market has a wide selection of picnic-ready prepared foods, including luscious... Read More

A sunset sail on a catamaran ends the day just right. Read More

Five Saks Fifth Avenue outposts around the U.S. are introducing a Zen vibe by partnering with two big names in the spa world: Canyon Ranch and Blue... Read More

Preorder the fried chicken. Read More

The Peninsula hotel's roofbar, Salon de Ning, is punctuated with global accents like Moroccan lanterns, Chinese daybeds, and Venetian mirrors. Nab a... Read More