In addition to being a great place to enjoy a bit of nature, Central Park has plenty of attractions within its limits, and most of them are free, making it one of the few cheap things to do in New York. Some of the most popular places to visit include Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the lake. If you're going to explore the park on your own, start by picking up a map at one of the visitor centers and tracing your route. Are you thirsty for more? Discover the 50 best things to do in New York.
Although the One World Observatory occupies the 100th and 102nd floors of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, this observation platform can be reached in just 60 seconds through a set of “Sky Pod” elevators, which offer great visual immersion. During the interactive tour, guests walk through some of the foundations on which the building is built before entering the elevators, which are equipped with floor-to-ceiling LED screens that show a video of the history of the city and the building. Once at the top, the video concludes when the screen is raised to reveal stunning 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline. After enjoying the views, head to One Café for a casual meal, One Mix for small plates and cocktails, or, the jewel, One Dine for a complete dining experience with large windows overlooking the skyline (reservation required).
Do you feel like taking a helicopter tour of the Big Apple? Well, now's your chance. Arguably, there's no better way to see New York City than flying high in the sky, right? Grab your camera (and your seatbelt), sit back and relax while the pilot takes you across one of the most iconic skylines in the world. Not sure which one is right for you? Check out our top picks of the best helicopter tours in New York to help you decide. Have you seen everything you could on the streets of New York and are you looking for an ocean-oriented activity? It's time to go to the New York Aquarium.
Whether it's to visit the penguin habitat or to whet your appetite at mealtime, the oldest aquarium in the United States. UU. It has a lot to discover. Be sure to visit the sea lion pool, the recreated reef and the shark exploration tank, only if you dare.
Summit One Vanderbilt sits atop the new 67-story One Vanderbilt, a 1401 foot tall skyscraper. As the fourth tallest building in the city after the One World Trade Center, the Central Park Tower and 111 West 57th Street, it is located just west of Grand Central Terminal, where the underground experience is accessed for the first time. After walking through a corridor with mirrors and its own immersive elements, visitors take an elevator to the 91st floor, where they are 300 meters above the streets and sidewalks of New York. Kenzo Digital has created a fully reflected infinite room called Air that reflects the sky and the views of the city over and over again, making you feel like you are walking in the sky or on another plane of existence.
Looking above and below you in this two-story space, you see that your reflection repeats itself forever. After climbing to the third level of this experience, guests will discover Levitation, a series of transparent glass boxes that protrude from the building 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. Here, you can stand on the other side of the street with only one glass between you and the floor. It's certainly not for the faint of heart.
The Frick Madison is now located at 945 Madison Avenue, the former headquarters of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met Breuer, while Henry Clay Frick's mansion is undergoing an enormous renovation. This new season will last two years, and while Marcel Breuer's brutalist building is far removed from the Gilded Age mansion, the space offers a very different and unusual view of the collection, according to museum officials. Unlike the Frick Mansion, the Breuer building is a clean slate, in sharp contrast, which really helps to draw the viewer's attention to individual works. Here the eyes are not busy looking at ornate furniture.
It's about seeing the smallest details of the artwork that you might have overlooked in the mansion. According to Ian Wardropper, director of Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen, he's a different Frick than you've ever met. In fact, you can't miss visiting JFK International Airport thanks to this magnificent and completely renovated TWA terminal, which serves as a hotel, food and drink and convention destination. The interior of Eero Saarinen's iconic 1962 building exudes 1960s elegance, with 512 rooms overlooking the JFK walkways, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, a rooftop pool, and an observation deck.
To really feel out of the city, head to the 38-acre wilderness area on the west side of the park known as Ramble. The area has a long history (as a gay cruise destination that dates back to the beginning of the last century, among other things), and was even proposed as a recreational area in the mid-1950s. Fortunately, the winding trails, rocks and streams remain, apparently waiting to be discovered. If you want lots of sun and a more social atmosphere, spread out a blanket at Sheep's Meadow, where there are groups that play guitar and frisbee and tan topless as far as the eye can see.
Lady Liberty or Liberty Enlightening the World, as it is officially known, was a gift from France on the United States' hundredth birthday. A universal symbol of freedom that welcomed more than 10 million immigrants who were sailing around Ellis Island in the early 20th century, the copper-clad sentinel measures 305 feet high from the bottom of its base to the tip of its torch. Book three weeks or more in advance to see the New York skyline from Liberty Island, with access to the statue's crown, and go earlier if you also want to take the ferry to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. We won't argue if you want to call this glittering pinnacle of Art Deco architecture the most impressive skyscraper in New York.
The triangle-shaped windows in its crown are covered with lights, creating a beautiful nightfall effect. The structure, which exudes a wealthy sophistication that is often identified with old New York, pays homage to its namesake with giant eagles (replicas of those that were added to Chrysler cars in the 1920s) instead of traditional gargoyles and a relief sculpture of brick racing cars, with chrome hub caps. During the famous three-way race to build the tallest building in Manhattan, the Chrysler added a needle-sharp stainless steel spire to the top 40 on Wall Street, but it was surpassed shortly after its completion in 1930 by the Empire State Building. Tim Lowery Each urban park offers its own style of green escapism, but this lush expanse goes beyond landscaped flora.
In addition to housing swaths of vegetation, including the 50-acre forest, with some of the oldest trees in the city, the garden cultivates a rotating list of shows that give a nod to the most precious green spaces in the world, such as the majestic grounds of the Alhambra Palace in Spain and Monet's outdoor sanctuary in Giverny. Sarah Bruning If you're looking for a fantastic spot to enjoy a panoramic view of everything the city has to offer, head straight to the Brooklyn Promenade. Opened in 1950, this one-third mile stretch of pavement along the East River has long been a favorite destination for residents, tourists and couples looking to relax next to an unforgettable stretch of the New York skyline. From here you can see stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
Soak up the views by taking a stroll through 19th century townhouses along the tree-lined side streets of Brooklyn Heights, or head to Brooklyn Bridge Park. This museum from the Middle Ages may have been built in the 1930s, but it looks much older than that. Located in a bucolic park overlooking the Hudson River, the structure recreates architectural details of five 15th century monasteries and houses elements from the Met's medieval art and architecture collections. Rockefeller, who donated the land for the museum, even bought land across the river to preserve the pristine view.
Be sure to inspect the tapestries, including the famous 16th century Unicorn Hunt. Andrew Frisicano Learn about the glorious history of American aviation and the courageous heroes who pioneered the world's last frontier at this non-profit educational institution that features the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid. Founded in 1982, the museum also has an incomparable collection of warplanes, a Blackbird spy plane, a Concorde, the nuclear submarine USS Growler, a prototype space shuttle and a capsule that returned one of the first astrotourists to Earth. The permanent exhibitions include a heartbreaking 30-minute video with audiovisual effects on the suicide attacks suffered by the Intrepid, while the new rotating programs range from a summer film series (starting with Star Trek, as it should be) to an annual Space %26 science festival.
Dao The Lincoln Center, one of the largest performing and visual arts campuses in the world, began construction in 1959 thanks, in part, to funding from John D. Today, the center is home to 30 world-class venues, such as the Metropolitan Opera House, the David H. The Koch Theater and the Julliard School, as well as 11 resident organizations that, together, organize thousands of events every year. At the heart of the complex is the renowned Josie Robertson Plaza, whose fountain can be seen spewing out streams of water illuminated in white with the golden glow of the Met lobby as an elegant backdrop.
Dao In 1986, artists and activists created this 4.5-acre urban park on a landfill. It now hosts large-scale sculpture exhibitions throughout the year, and it's one of the few places in the city specifically designated for artists to create outdoor works. The splendid space in Queens overlooks the Manhattan skyline and is open 365 days a year, with a green market, free yoga and tai chi classes and much more. Located just a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, this Staten Island gem, a former home for retired sailors, remains a secret.
Covering 83 acres, the area has a huge botanical garden and a cultural center surrounded by cobblestone streets and small paths of Victorian and Tudor houses. One of the most popular attractions is the Chinese Scholar's Garden, equipped with magnificent rocks that look like mountains inspired by the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks, as well as a path in the bamboo forest and a pond full of koi. The Jewish Museum, located in the Warburg mansion of 1908, organizes temporary exhibitions of contemporary and modern art and also has an important collection of works of art and Judaica. There is a permanent exhibition specifically for children, as well as a restaurant that includes an outpost in the upper area of Russ %26 Daughter, the iconic Lower East Side provider of kosher delicacies such as smoked salmon, sabre and whitefish.
Founded in 1897 by the Hewitt sisters, granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper, the only museum in the United States. UU. Dedicated exclusively to design (both historic and modern), it has been part of the Smithsonian since the 1960s. The museum hosts periodic interactive family programs that allow children to experiment with design.
This space of 12 galleries occupies an old photoengraving floor, and the entire building was designed by artist and sculptor Isamu Noguchi to be an oasis of meditation amidst its sandy industrial environment. In addition to some of his most emblematic sculptures, sketched, painted and collages studies, architectural models and stage and furniture designs, there is a garden full of works by Noguchi. You can guarantee that most New Yorkers have climbed the cyclone. After all, it's been found on the banks of the Coney Island Canal since 1927, which is quite a feat considering that it's built with wood.
Thanks to an injection of money from Astroland, an organization that took over in the 70s, this fun attraction is still going strong, which will give you a little comfort to remember when you let yourself be carried away by the old and exciting attraction. Danielle Goldstein: The century-old main branch of the NYPL is almost as majestic a setting for reading with the laptop or with those old, dusty things called books as the one you'll find in the city. Two huge marble lions from Tennessee, named Patience and Fortitude, flank the main portal and have become the institution's mascots. Once inside, check out the cavernous Rose main reading room, which spans nearly 300 feet and is equipped with chandeliers and stunning ceiling murals.
Although it's an elegant setting in most cases, it's also where Bill Murray uttered: “Are you menstruating, Alice? and “Step back, man, I'm a scientist in Ghostbusters. Tim Lowery's main exhibition (MOCA) describes the development of Chinese communities on these coasts from the 17th century to the present through objects, images and videos. Mixed-media exhibitions cover the development of industries such as laundries and restaurants in New York, Chinese stereotypes in pop culture, and the suspicion and humiliation experienced by Chinese Americans during World War II and the McCarthy era. There is also a gallery dedicated to temporary exhibitions, such as works by contemporary Chinese-American artists.
This elegant addition to the city's museum scene is entirely dedicated to German and Austrian fine art and decorations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A creation by the late art dealer Serge Sabarsky and the cosmetics magnate Ronald S. Lauder is home to the largest concentration of works by Gustav Klimt (including his iconic Adele Bloch-Bauer I) and Egon Schiele outside of Vienna. You'll also find a bookstore, an elegant (and expensive) designer store, and the Old World-inspired Café Sabarsky, serving up to date Austrian cuisine and delicious Viennese pastries.
El Barrio), El Museo del Barrio is dedicated to the work of Latino artists who reside in the U.S. The permanent collection of 6,500 pieces ranges from pre-Columbian artifacts to contemporary installations. The space also has renovated galleries, an exposed patio for programming and events, and a panLatino café that serves tacos, chili and rice with beans. Here are 12 attractions you can't miss when you visit New York City.
Both islands offer a unique experience that you should discover for yourself at least once. You can always visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with a guide to make your visit much richer, adding historical context and local vision, but regardless of how you choose to visit them, these two deserve to be included in your New York bucket list. You can also tour Broadway with a real New York actor to learn more about the stories and secrets that make New York's Theater District unlike anywhere else in the world. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is an easy and fun adventure and the perfect excuse to visit Brooklyn.
The views are unparalleled, and the bridge itself is a wonder to experience on its own. New York City has an impressive urban skyline, and we have the observation platforms to go with it. The Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and the One World Observatory are three of the best. No matter which one you choose, you're guaranteed an incredible view and an unforgettable experience.
The highlight is the ceiling of the main esplanade, which rises 125 feet above you and which displays a mural of constellations in gold leaves. Be sure to take some time to stop outside, as the building's façade is equally beautiful, and stands out among the bright, modern towers of the city center. So I didn't have enough time to include everything in this list. A list of 12 attractions is manageable as a starting point.
But this is New York City, and there's so much more to enjoy here: 3829 other incredible experiences (more or less) more than the twelve listed here. The Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm (Sweden) has opened a branch in New York in the heart of the Flatiron district that has three floors of exhibition space, as well as Verōnika, a dining room and a bar. The best way to really enjoy New York is to stay in Manhattan, rather than trying to travel from the suburbs, which can be time consuming and a little tiring. More than any other city in the United States, the events of September 11 impacted New York in a way that is still being felt today.
The American Kennel Club moved the original exhibition, which was formerly located in the Life building in New York, closer to its headquarters and library. Skating at the outdoor skating rink at the base of the tower is one of the most popular winter activities in New York City and a fun activity for families and couples. The Empire State Building is one of the most famous iconic buildings in New York and one of the main tourist attractions. But there is also top-notch culture and sports in the New York Science Hall, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Citi Field (depending on the performance of the Mets).
South of St. Louis is an oversized copy of Michelangelo's Piedad, made by the same sculptor who created the lions in front of the New York Public Library, on 42nd Street. Many of the best places to visit in New York are within walking distance of each other or a short drive away, making this city a delight for sightseeing. This street and its surroundings are home to some of the most important stock exchanges in the world, such as the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ and the New York Mercantile Exchange.
It's virtually impossible to imagine New York's glittering skyline without the iconic Empire State Building. The best area extends from roughly the south end of Central Park to the New York Public Library, or more specifically, between 60th and 40th Streets. New York's elevated park is undoubtedly one of New York's most popular attractions that everyone should check off their list. Fifth Avenue, one of the most famous shopping streets in the United States, is New York's main shopping area, where many of the best designers have their flagship stores.
The Lincoln Center is home to the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Juilliard School of Music, the Lincoln Center Theater and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and it's almost certain that some type of event will take place during your stay in the city. .