Touristy things to see in New York
Good to hear about your trip to New York City. New York is visited by approximately 48 million tourists both domestic and international every year and people of all ages have a good time. I'll suggest things to see keeping in mind your preferences.
New York City Serenade (Source: b k)
Below I have suggested some of the most popular and interesting places that you could visit when you are there.
This is the site that symbolizes NYC. So a visit here and a photo op is a must for every tourist visiting the city.
The Statue was gifted by France to the US in honor of their friendship which happened at the time of the French Revolution. It's now considered as the American symbol of freedom.
Here's a review extract:
Lightening the torch for World
You can go there either from the New Jersey or from the New York but from either side you will have to take the ferry on Hudson river to reach to Liberty Island. You may want to take a stop at the Ellis Island where the ferry does make the stop. When ferry moves towards Liberty Island and you first gets a glimpse of Statue of Liberty, it would definitely come to your mind, how was this huge structure built? The answer is in the museum which is inside the monument. The monument tickets are limited during the day and are available free of cost. When you book your ticket online make sure to select the monument ticket also.
To reach the landmark, you'll need to take a ferry from Battery Park City or New Jersey (NJ). Though admission to the statue is free, you need to purchase tickets for the ferry ride.
Ticket prices: Adults - $12; Senior Citizens (62+) - $10; Children (from 4-12) - $5; Children (3 & below) - free
You can check the latest ticket cost and purchase your tickets online. There will be no need to purchase any tickets if you have availed the New York Pass, which gives you free entry to over 55 NYC attractions, including the Statue of Liberty. Click here for ferry schedules. Statue of Liberty phone: +1-212-363-3200. Do read these tips for your visit.
Statue of Liberty (Source: Mark Heard)
Almost all movies that have stories based in New York would have a scene from this iconic landmark. There are many different things you can do here depending on the weather and the season.
- Go ice-skating at the Wollman or Lasker rink
- Go sledding on Pilgrim Hill
- Here's a list of the events happening on the 26th at the park
- Rent a bicycle - These can also be rented from Loeb boathouse. Cycling is a very popular way of exploring the park. Its faster than walking, and cheaper than renting a horse. It will also keep you very warm on a cold winter's day !
- Visit the Central Park Zoo - See around 130 species of animals, all living in environments designed to recreate their natural habitat. In Tisch Children's Zoo, you can pet their newest member - a baby mini-Nubian goat smiley. Admission to Wildlife Center includes admission to Children's Zoo. The cost of tickets is : Adults $10.00; Senior Citizens (65+) $7.00; Children 3-12 $5.00; Children under 3, Free.
- Take a walking tour through the park. You can download both a walking map and mp3 files for a guided audio tour from this site.
- You can grab a bite anytime you feel like snacking from one of several concession stands around the park. Dinner can be enjoyed at a more formal restaurant. I'd recommend the Boathouse for the beautiful view it offers. See here for reviews.
Central Park, New York (Source: Matt Wilkinson)
With an art collection of over 2 million pieces, Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art-lover's dream! It is also the largest museum in the entire western hemisphere and that makes it an absolute must-see. If you're an art buff, it's good that you'll be in New York for two weeks because it is not possible to see the entire museum in one visit! Be sure to take a map at the ticket counter so you can decide what you want to see on your first visit. Here's a taste of what you will see:
New York City's grand museum! Journeying through the art of mankind can be a overwhelming yet joyous experience. From Ancient Egypt through the Renaissance to American masters, try and take your time going through each section. You won't get to see everything but what you do see will be memorable.
(Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Metropolitan Museum Of Art - George Washington Crossing the Delaware (Source: David Ohmer)
233 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Don't go by the name - it may sound creepy but a visit to the Museum of Sex turns out to be very educational! Post the visit, you can treat yourselves in the adjacent Oralfix Aphrodisiac Cafe if time permits (the joint's got some really wacky but thought-provoking menus!).
Let's check out a visitor's review on the Museum:
Very interesting with some room for improvement
The main negative comments we saw were to the extent that this is nothing more than an excuse to display porn. We feel that couldn't be further from the the truth! But, we've also noticed that museum goers fall in to two categories generally. One that just looks and one that looks and learns. If you take the time to look at the displays and read the accompanying material, it's very informative and contextual.
When we went, there was an area under construction so that was a bummer, but there was still a lot of cool stuff. If you go just to look, you can be done in 30 minutes. But if you take time to read and discuss, it will take several hours.
Do read this very interesting take on the Oralfix Cafe, which even includes some recommended menu options!
Buy your tickets online to avail a $3 discount! The entry is restricted to adults above the age of 18 only, so remember to carry a valid age proof.
Museum of Sex! (Source: Peiling Tan)
Here are a few things you can do if it appeals to you.
An interesting way to get introduced to city and its culture, but to do it in the best possible way through the food the city has to offer.
A user recounts his experience with Foods of New York:
Learn about the city like you would on a regular tour - BUT WITH FOOD!
I took two Foods of NY tours in October during my visit: The Chelsea Market/Meatpacking District Tour and the Greenwich Village Tour. I enjoyed them both, but if I had to recommend only one it would be the Chelsea Market.
Our guide on the Chelsea Market tour was Cindy. I've been on dozens of food tours across the country, and when I meet guides that tell me their other job is acting, I usually cringe. This can mean that they are canned and impersonal, and focused more on the "performance" than the tour guests. NOT the case with Cindy! She was exuberant, hilarious, and very guest-focused.
The building that hosts the Chelsea Market is rich with not only delicious food, but fascinating history. We visited many different restaurants and eateries, so the cuisine was varied. We learned about food, cultural traditions, and New York City as a whole.
The Greenwich Village tour was also tasty and fun. It was cool to learn about the way neighborhood residents live and the foods they eat on a daily basis. There definitely seemed to be an Italian focus.
Next time I'm in town I plan to take another tour with Foods of NY!
You can also check out other recommended food tour operators as per TripAdvisor's reviews. Choose the one that appeals you the most.
(Source: Andy L)
A Broadway show is highly recommended because you enjoy theater. Visit Broadway for more information on tickets. Also, here is some help from Wikitravel:
New York's Broadway is famous for its many shows, especially musicals. You might want to visit TKTS online, which offers tickets for shows the same night at discounted prices, usually 50% off or visit BroadwayBox.com, or NYTix.com, community sites posting all recent Broadway discounts. TKTS has two offices, one at Times Square with lines often hours long, and a much faster one (sometimes minutes) at South Street Seaport (Corner of John St, just south of Brooklyn Bridge). Note that only cash is accepted at South Street. Show up at opening time for best selection. Tickets to most Broadway shows are also available from the Broadway Concierge and Ticket Center, inside the Times Square Visitor Center.
New York City travel guide - Wikitravel (Source: New York City travel guide - Wikitravel)
Here are few of the popular places in NYC in case you want enjoy the nightlife there.
Russian bars are also a major hit with the travelers to NYC. One of the best Russian bars in town: KGB Bar.It is an ex-Ukranian social club that has retained its Soviet theme and has over time transformed into somewhat of a literary club.
KGB Bar Inc
85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003-8904
Phone:(212) 505-3360 â€Å½
To visit website go here.
KGB Bar (Source: Jennifer Boyer)
If you're the literary kinds, who likes to spend time with a drink and a book, the KGB is where you're going to have a ball. Here's a review:
KGB is not a dive bar, nor is it a hipster hangout. It's organized, clean, seductive, cozy, and literary. These things do not a dive bar make. Plus, it has a unifying theme.
Come here for a chilled-out drink in a community atmosphere. Wear black. Mingle with some writers. Debate current politics. Swap manuscripts. Discuss the latest film festival or your favorite existentialist poet. Find a friendly stranger who wishes more bars attracted intellectuals. Bring a business card and sip your cocktail sheepishly, like you know more than the other people in the room, but you're not pretentious.
You'll fit right in.
if you're looking for an Irish pub in NYC, there's nothing better than The Dubliner. Right from the typically Irish name to the decor, the atmosphere, and the food and drinks, The Dubliner makes you feel like you are in a side-street in Ireland rather than on the streets of NYC.
(Source: Hershel Gattis)
45 Stone St (between Coenties Aly & Mill Ln)
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 785-5400
Whether you're looking for a quiet drink all alone or want to make new friends, The Dubliner is just what you've been looking for!
A local New Yorker, who is a regular at the The Dubliner says:
Of the three best pubs on Stone Street, Ulysses has an amazing Sunday brunch and Stone Street Tavern is always packed, but The Dubliner takes the prize as my favorite!
Maybe it's because it's never too empty or too crowded either! Regardless, buckets of coronas well-made quesadillas = pure happiness in any location and that's what goes down whenever we hit "The Dub" for happy hour.
(Source:New York, NY)
Well, you can try and get a reservation here because if you are able to get one then i can assure you there isn't a better pub anywhere.
This is the hottest of all hot spots! Located in the penthouse of the Standard Hotel is Top Of The Standard. It's got a glass floored terrace which is 18 floors up in the air and a hot tub in the middle of the bar!
Best Nights: Fri, Wed, Thu
Happy Hour: No
Alcohol: Full Bar
Coat Check: Yes
Noise Level: Average
Good For Dancing: Yes
Here's what one of the clubbers had to say:
There is absolutely nothing understated about this Meatpacking District lounge, located atop Andre Balazs' Standard Hotel. It oozes opulence--from the white leather banquets, which overlook the Hudson River through floor-to-ceiling windows, to the vast bar, centered around a tall wooden column.
Perks include attentive service from good-looking waitresses, smoking balconies with transparent flooring (so that the 18-story drop is visible) and the high likelihood of an A-list celebrity sighting (Madonna, P Diddy and Justin Timberlake have all been spotted). Entry is, for the most part, limited to the famous and well-connected, which explains the crowd of disappointed would-be partiers huddled near the ground floor entrance.
The Boom Boom Room (Source:Citysearch)
48 Washington St (West 13th Street)
New York, NY 10014
Monday to Thursday, 9am-12pm
Friday and Saturday, 9am-1am
Also open Sunday
Top of the Standard (Source: Patrick Barry)
Here are a couple of places to shop around in NYC depending your taste and budget.
Crown and Two Chairmen, Soho, W1 (Source: Ewan Munro)
The uber fashionable neighbourhood of New York, SoHo is one of the best shopping districts in the city. The side-walks during the day are lined with vendors selling clothes, jewellery, artworks and more. The items in the boutiques and shops here include clothes, accessories, housewares, gift items and so on.
SoHo's shopping grid runs from Broadway west to Sixth Avenue, and Houston Street south to Canal Street. Broadway is the most commercial strip, with such recognizable names as Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Sephora, and A/X Armani Exchange. H&M, the Swedish department store with cutting-edge fashions sold at low, low prices, has two stores that face one another on Broadway. Bloomingdale's has a downtown branch on Broadway, while nearby, Prada's flagship store is worth visiting for its spacious, almost soothing design alone (by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaus). A definite highlight is the two-story Pearl River Chinese emporium, which offers everything from silk cheongsam (traditional Chinese high-necked dresses) to teaware.
This is what the shopper had to say.
For some of the trendiest shopping in New York, visit the interesting SoHo district. Here you will find galleries, boutiques and chain stores, selling items such as clothing, house wares, jewelry, art and health food, in stylish and enticing surroundings.
(Source: New York Shops, NY, USA)
Located to the East of Broadway in Chinatown, Canal Street is a preferred spot for buyers looking for unusual items. Check out the place for its fake purses and knock-off designer stuff - great for bargaining!
Here's what Wikitravel has to say about the place:
Down in Lower Manhattan, Canal Street east of Broadway around Chinatown is the polar opposite of Madison and Fifth Avenues; a paradise for bargain hunters and people looking to buy counterfeit knock-offs of high-end clothes and accessories. If you want to impress people back home with the fake Louis Vuitton bag you got for $30, this is the place to go. Also look at the stores that line Mott Street between Canal and Chatham Square. Nearby is NoLiTa, which has become synonymous with avant-couture boutiques in charmingly dilapidated buildings. Some stores are so idiosyncratic that they appear not to sell anything at all, yet are perpetually crowded and passionately trendy.
(Source: Sergio Calleja (Life is a trip))
Explore related trips
mygola allows you to have an expert do all the online research for you. You can ask for flights, hotels, restaurants, things to do or anything else.Ask us now