Coney Island has a reputation as a circus-worthy tourist trap, which is exactly what it is. But you may be surprised by the old-timey charms of this beachfront American town. You’ll definitely be impressed by the food—Queen Cobra Thai, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and El Gato Nacho, in particular. Locals and tourists hang out on the beach, eat ice cream cones on the promenade, and stand in line for the famed Cyclone roller coaster.
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It's fitting that St. Patrick's Cathedral would be on the same street as stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels. That's because for many people, shopping is a religious experience, and here between 34th and 59th streets you'll find the holy grail. Even if you're not planning to put your credit card to work at high-end stores, travelers say a stroll along Fifth Avenue is a must. It's one of the top places top shop in the city, according to local experts.
Set on an abandoned rail track on Manhattan's West Side, this sprawling nearly 1½-mile-long landscaped park stretches over three of the city's most lively neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. Standing 30 feet above street level, the High Line offers sweeping views of the Hudson River and Manhattan's cityscape. But the vista isn't the only reason visitors and Manhattanites flock to this manicured green space. Here, you'll find continually changing public art installations...
This main branch, officially called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, attracts plenty of book lovers, history junkies and architecture aficionados. Most people swing by the Bryant Park landmark to say hello to Patience and Fortitude (the famous stone lions guarding the entrance) and to admire the lovely beaux-arts design.
If you're in the mood to read, you'll find an exhaustive collection of maps, in addition to special collections of English and American literature, English Romanticism and...
If you have time to explore only one neighborhood, this is the one to pick. Start off in Washington Square Park, the physical and spiritual heart of Greenwich Village. In the early 1800s the park was a parade ground and the site of public executions; today that gruesome past is all but forgotten, as playgrounds attract parents with tots in tow, dogs go leash-free inside the popular dog runs, and everyone else seems drawn toward the large central fountain. Afterward, a stroll through the West Village reveals...
In less than a generation, Brooklyn has transformed into a global capital of culture and creativity. This happening New York City borough across the East River from Manhattan buzzes with energy, excitement, and the inherent tension of coupling reinvention with a dedication to authenticity. From food and drinkto fantastic events to fun for the kids, this borough is not be missed.
Mostly located in the area surrounding Times Square, more than three dozen Broadway theaters host some of the greatest spectacles in town. From big-budget musicals to high-minded plays to stage debuts featuring Holly wood stars, there’s likely to be something for everyone playing on the boards. You should buy tickets in advance for popular shows, but if you’re willing to see anything and looking to save some money as well, stop by the TKTS booth in Times Square, which sells same-day tickets at a discount.
Grand Central is not only the world’s largest (76 acres) and the nation’s busiest railway station—nearly 700,000 commuters and subway riders use it daily—but also one of the world’s most magnificent, majestic public spaces. Past the glimmering chandeliers of the waiting room is the jaw-dropping main concourse, 200 feet long, 120 feet wide, and 120 feet (roughly 12 stories) high, modeled after an ancient Roman public bath. Overhead, a twinkling fiber-optic map of the constellations covers the robin’s egg–blue...
For millions of immigrants, the first glimpse of America was the Statue of Liberty, growing from a vaguely defined figure on the horizon into a towering, stately colossus. Visitors approaching Liberty Island on the ferry from Battery Park may experience a similar sense of wonder. The neighboring Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration tells the story not just of Ellis Island but of immigration from the colonial era to the present day, though numerous galleries containing artifacts, photographs, and taped...
One of New York’s noblest and most recognized landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge stretches over the East River, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. A walk across its promenade—a boardwalk elevated above the roadway, shared by pedestrians, in-line skaters, and cyclists—takes about 40 minutes and delivers exhilarating views.
Hands down, Times Square is the most frenetic part of New York City, a cacophony of flashing lights and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that many New Yorkers studiously avoid. If you like sensory overload, the chaotic mix of huge underwear billboards, flashing digital displays, on-location television broadcasts, naked cowboys, and Elmo clones will give you your fix.
This public space was a highly desirable address when it opened in 1847, and is now a verdant oasis. It hosts art installations, food festivals and a popular series of summer concerts. The destination is also home to Shake Shack, a summer favorite (as evidenced by the shockingly long lines) for burgers, fries and, of course, shakes.
A floating museum - get up close to the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the space shutle Enterprise, a British Airways Concorde and submarine Growler, wander through interactive exhibitions, explore historic artifacts and discover the history of American innovation and bravery.
An American military and maritime history museum, the collection of museum ships and aircraft at Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum is one of America's leading historic,...
See New York's iconic skyline from the water with your choice of boat tour, from the best of NYC to a sunset cruise of the harbor lights and more.
Marvel at the beauty of New York's waterfront and spot the city's landmarks aboard Circle Line Sightseeing cruises.
Award-winning guides, famous routes, state-of-the-art boats and magnificent views of the NYC skyline, complete your New York adventure with Circle Line cruises.
Breathtaking panoramas stretching miles in all directions, Top of the Rock has the best view in NYC with its perfect view of the Empire State Building. Day and night, gaze across the city's great landmarks and skyscrapers.
Located 850ft above ground atop the Art Deco Comcast Building, don't miss picture-perfect views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building. Skip the queue and zip to the top with the New York Pass.
An interactive wax museum with over 200 lifelike figures, Madame Tussauds is world-famous and an iconic one-of-a-kind New York attraction. Located in the heart of Times Square, this fully-immersive experience can't be missed.
For over 250 years, Madame Tussauds has entertained guests with realistic wax figures of the world's most famous figures. With five floors of entertainment, it's easy to see why it's one of NYC's most popular destinations.
The largest art museum in the US
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the US
The oldest items on display at the Met date back more than 75,000 years
The museum's rooftop garden features a cafe, bar, temporary exhibtions & sweeping skyline views
This massive museum has 45 exhibition halls & millions of natural specimens
The museum's open daily, 10 AM–5:45 PM (except Thanksgiving & Christmas)
All of the museum's exhibitions are wheelchair-accessible & wheelchairs can be borrowed at the museum for free
Top of the Rock is an indoor/outdoor observation deck on the Rockefeller Center's 70th floor
The Rink at Rockefeller Center offers seasonal outdoor ice skating from Dec through Apr
The annual lighting ceremony of the center's famous Christmas tree has been taking place for more than 75 years
One World Observatory is located on floors 100–102 of One World Trade Center, with exhibits & restaurants
The observatory is reached via glass elevators that climb to the 102nd floor in just 47 seconds
The observatory features a section of glass floor for views of the street 100 stories below
Central Park is the most-visited urban park in the world, with more than 37 million annual visitors
Though it stretches over 843 acres, Central Park is only NYC's 5th-largest public park
The park was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1858
New York Harbor is at the mouth of the Hudson River, where it empties into New York Bay & the Atlantic Ocean
The Staten Island Ferry runs 24/7 in New York Harbor, taking passengers between Manhattan & Staten Island free of charge
Hudson River Park, the waterfront green space along Manhattan's west side, is the longest riverfront park in the US
It was the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years, 1931–1970, when the World Trade Center was built
It was the first building in the world to have more than 100 floors (it has 102)
Hundreds of Native American ironworkers from the Mohawk tribe took part in the skyscraper's construction
The statue was a gift from France for the US independence centennial, but it was dedicated in 1886, 10 years later
There are 3 smaller copies of the statue in Paris, plus a life-size replica of Liberty's torch
The statue's height, from the base of the pedestal to the tip of the torch, is more than 305ft