Manhattan is a hub for LGBT history. There’s no admission fee to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo. Grab a drink at the Stonewall Inn’s bar, where the 1969 police raid took place, and sit on a bench at Christopher Park to reflect on George Segal’s Gay Liberation statues. While you are in Manhattan, you’ll want to check out the Lips Drag Queen Show Palace, Restaurant & Bar, considered one of the best drag performances in the city. Head across to Brooklyn for more LGBT sites. Stop by the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. Hit the happy hour at Ginger’s Bar, a popular lesbian pub in Brooklyn known for tasty drinks, pool, karaoke and drag queen bingo. In Queens, the Q Center provides essential services, community assistance and advocacy programs for youth and adults. The Albatross Bar in Astoria features Sutton Lee Seymour, one of the most beloved drag queens around, along with karaoke and Brokeback Bingo, in a friendly, neighborhood bar ambience.
Chances are, you’ve seen dozens of movies or television shows featuring or filmed in New York City. The 1984 ghost-comedy favorite “Ghostbusters” was filmed at various locations around Manhattan. Get photos at Columbus Circle, the famous traffic circle where the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man arrives. Whether you consider yourself a Carrie or a Charlotte, a Samantha or a Miranda, put on your Manolos and take the “Sex and the City” Hotspots Bus Tour to see more than 40 trendy Manhattan locales – including the famous Magnolia Bakery in the West Village – frequented by the female cast. Order a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli, a locale made all the more legendary in “that scene” from “When Harry Met Sally” (1989). The Audrey Hepburn classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) features multiple New York landmarks, and so does legendary “The Godfather” (1972), academy Award-winning “Birdman” (2014), the Christmas cult comedy “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992), Natalie Portman’s dark thriller “Black Swan” (2010), and many more.
New York City is known for its exceptional theater, eclectic performing arts scene and big Broadway productions. Seeing a famous Broadway show, such as “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “Hamilton,” is one of the most iconic experiences in New York City. Beyond the theater district, the Harbor Lights Theater Company in Staten Island brings outstanding professional theater to the dynamic North Shore neighborhood. Past productions include “Rent,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Oliver!” and “The King and I.” New York theatre is much like the city itself: innovative, experimental, and culturally diverse.
Day 1 – Manhattan Start at world-famous Rockefeller Center, where you can tour NBC Studios, meet a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall and browse the shops (including a LEGO Store and a Nintendo Store). Pick up some souvenirs at M&M’s World, the Disney Store or the American Girl Place in Times Square. Day 2 – Brooklyn People of all ages can enjoy a walk across the upper level of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Finish with a visit to Coney Island, the quintessential boardwalk experience, for amusement park rides, games and food. Day 3 – Staten Island Kids and adults will love the Staten Island Ferry ride, which operates for free 24/7. Active families can spend time exploring the nature trails at Staten Island’s Greenbelt Conservancy or the beautiful gardens at Snug Harbor. Let your younger children’s imagination run wild at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. Day 4 – Queens A family day in Queens should include a visit to the New York Hall of Science, a hands-on, interactive museum. Spend time outside at the Queens County Farm Museum. Families who love sports can catch a Mets game at Citi Field or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark. Day 5 – Bronx The must-see attraction here is the Bronx Zoo, the largest urban zoo in the country. Stroll through the colorful flora at Wave Hill’s public gardens and enjoy views of the Hudson River. See the 27-time World Champion Yankees play at Yankee Stadium.
The Bronx is a part of the city that is always reinventing itself. Today, this borough is known for its urban green spaces, such as the Bronx Zoo, Van Cortlandt Park and the New York Botanical Garden; fantastic international food, including an authentic Little Italy; and the famous Yankee Stadium, which you can tour even if there isn’t a Yankees baseball game happening when you visit. Fans of mystery writer Edgar Allan Poe can visit his cottage in the Bronx, where he spent the later years of his life and penned such classics as “The Cask of Amontillado” and “Annabel Lee.” With a history dating to 1654, the opulent Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated New York City Landmark. Take a tour of the mansion and carriage house.
Brooklyn is a meeting point of old and new. The borough has evolved into a cultural hub, particularly in the Williamsburg neighborhood – think artisanal shops, vintage clothing and trendy nightlife. Still, Brooklyn claims timeless icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge (have your camera handy for a selfie), nostalgic Coney Island (try a Coney dog at Nathan’s Famous) and the Brooklyn Museum, one of the country’s oldest and largest museums housing nearly 1.5 million works. Next door, stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Throughout the year, but particularly during cherry blossom season in the spring, this garden impresses visitors with colorful blooms and peaceful paths to evoke your inner wanderer. For a different type of culture, check out the 150-year-old Brooklyn Academy of Music and its calendar full of avant-garde plays, dances, music, literary events and lectures.
Manhattan is (literally) an island unto itself and is recognized for its world-famous landmarks. On your list of must-dos: people-watching and exploring the urban outdoors attractions in Central Park, seeing a Broadway show and, of course, getting caught up in the wave of excitement that is Times Square. Manhattan is known for its impressive art institutions. Admire the striking Frank Lloyd Wright design of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which features definitive works of Impressionists, Surrealists, Minimalists and more. Another favorite is The New Museum, which spotlights contemporary art in a unique, seven-story space in Manhattan’s trendy Lower East Side. Don’t leave New York without visiting the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, site of the former immigration station complex where millions of immigrants entered the USA from 1918 to 1924. It’s also the site of the iconic Statue of Liberty.
Named the top destination for U.S. travel by Lonely Planet in 2015, Queens is notable for its artsy offerings, distinctive neighborhoods and extraordinary cultural diversity. Explore the Greek tavernas, restaurants and bakeries in Astoria, or the thriving Chinatown in Flushing. Check out the changing art galleries at MoMA PS1, specializing in avant-garde work from ultra-modern artists. Both of New York City’s primary airports, John F. Kennedy and La Guardia, are also located in Queens. For an indoor-outdoor cultural experience, Noguchi Museum has the best of both worlds. Housing the works of celebrated Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, the museum offers guided tours and a tranquil sculpture garden perfect for relaxation. Visit the King Manor Museum in Jamaica, Queens, for a journey back in time. The estate was home to Rufus King, an abolitionist and one of the drafters and signers of the U.S. Constitution.
The Staten Island Ferry runs for free, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, to this beachy borough. The ferry stops in the historic St. George neighborhood: home to 19th century architecture, the 1920s St. George Theatre, the National Lighthouse Museum and the Staten Island Museum. Green spaces are plentiful in this borough. Explore the trails and parks of Staten Island’s Greenbelt, which is three times larger than Central Park. In the summertime, enjoy kayaking and sunbathing at Staten Island’s family-friendly beaches. Staten Island has a number of unique historic sites. The Alice Austen House holds a collection of photos and the original 19th-century wooden camera of Alice Austen, one of the first women to become a professional photographer. Visit for a detailed look at the life and accomplishments of this pioneer. Check out the natural history exhibits, regional art and local history at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor. See thousands of artifacts and more than 30 structures dating to the 17th century at the Historic Richmond Town museum complex, a cultural treasure of Staten Island.
A chill in the air won’t keep New Yorkers inside. In January, visitors can attend the Three Kings Parade, which is hosted by El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan and honors Three Wise Men in the Nativity story. The streets may be white with snow, but the parade brings a colorful procession of Latin dancing, music and puppets.
Dog lovers can plan a visit in February to catch the legendary Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Manhattan. In addition to the judged events, attendees can look forward to art exhibits, dog-themed writing seminars and national club gatherings where they can snap photos of stunning and unique breeds.
New York City summers bring the heat and more fun. The much-loved Shakespeare in the Park summer series from May through August consistently draws crowds to Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The productions are free, but tickets can be hard to come by, so plan accordingly.
Fall in the City is one of the most colorful seasons, as the leaves change from green to gold and red. In September and October, the New York Film Festival, which is considered the most prestigious of its kind in the country, takes place at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. Attendees are among the first to see feature films, experimental works, documentaries, shorts and other special screenings.
In October, the Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan celebrates the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and the contributions of Italian-Americans in the USA. It is considered to be one of the largest celebrations of Italian-American culture in the country.
The annual Taste of Times Square in June offers up small dishes from dozens of restaurants around the city, with flavors of just about every cuisine imaginable. Held every September in the Belmont Little Italy section of the Bronx, the Ferragosto food festival celebrates all things Italian. A taste of the Southern USA comes to Manhattan in January with the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. In February, Manhattan’s Chinatown rings in the Lunar New Year with colorful street celebrations, a parade and samples of some of the best Chinese food around. April brings the Bacon and Beer Classic to Queens, an event featuring craft beer and unique pork-centric dishes along with contests, music and games. During the winter and summer seasons, participating eateries from all over the city create special prix fixe menus for NYC Restaurant Week. For a discounted rate, you can try an appetizer, main dish and dessert at hundreds of the city’s most popular upscale restaurants.
Find an array of beautiful botanical gardens across New York City. Take in the small, lovely Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, where visitors can follow a walkway that winds through unique floral gardens. On Staten Island, at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, visit the popular Chinese Scholar’s Garden, where the landscaping is inspired by Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist poetry. In the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden is a can’t-miss stop for its stunning and expansive flora – the narrated tram tour is a great way to see it all. Try to schedule a spring visit to the historic Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is absolutely glorious during Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival.
A picnic in one of New York City’s parks is practically a rite of passage for all New Yorkers. When the weather is nice, head to the Great Lawn in Central Park. Dotted with sunbathers, picnickers and families, this iconic green space is Manhattan’s own version of the great outdoors, complete with a backdrop of gleaming skyscrapers. Farther downtown on a scenic stretch of elevated railway, the High Line in Manhattan is a popular pedestrian park with casual cafes and fantastic views of the city. Over in Brooklyn, plan for an afternoon barbecue at Prospect Park, visiting the zoo and the Audubon Center while you’re there.
Walk the city’s unique collection of bridges for a different perspective. Make sure you have plenty of storage on your camera for a stroll across the famous Brooklyn Bridge – this is a great spot for picture-taking. Cars and trucks rumble underneath while pedestrians can take gorgeous photos of the cityscape and the East River below. Crossing from Manhattan into Brooklyn, you can easily spend several hours exploring Brooklyn Bridge Park’s playgrounds, outdoor sports, kayaking, bicycling and a small beach. On a smaller scale, walk across Gapstow Bridge and Bow Bridge in Central Park. Snap some photos, and get inspired by lush views of the park with the city skyline in the background.
New York is a coastal city with water in all directions. Rent a rowboat at the Loeb Boathouse to cruise the lake in Central Park from April through October. In Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is where the U.S. Tennis Open is held. It’s the site of two World’s Fairs and a hub of outdoor activity. Rent a paddleboat and enjoy the scenery. Beachgoers can head to Midland or South Beach on Staten Island for canoeing, kayaking, sunbathing, swimming and fishing.
Bike-friendly New York City offers many resources for those who want to journey the boroughs on wheels. The Citi Bike program is a convenient and flexible way to get around. Buy a short-term or multi-day pass to explore Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, the Hudson River Greenway or car-free Governors Island. While traveling on your bike, you can take in the views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk on Staten Island. Pedal the paved trail at the Bronx River Path, or bike to the Rockaways in Queens for a beachside ride and views of the city across the water.
New York City is also a playground for runners. To start, scenic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York City’s third-largest park, is awesome for jogging on the wooded trails or track. The trails are especially pretty when the leaves change color in the fall season. Running aficionados can join other runners on the soft-surface Reservoir Loop in Central Park, a 2.5-kilometer trail with great skyline views. Discover a hidden treasure in Roosevelt Island situated between Manhattan and Queens. Take the aerial tram over the East River to access this off-the-beaten-path locale. As you jog the paved trails, keep an eye out for several fascinating landmarks, including the Gothic-revival North Point Lighthouse at the northern tip of the island.
When the weather gets chilly, the outdoor rink at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan is likely New York City’s best-known skating spot. The rink is open October through April and is a must-do activity if you’re visiting during the colder months. Also in Manhattan, both Lasker Rink and Wollman Rink in Central Park offer rentals and lessons in the winter season. The LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park in Brooklyn has two skating rinks that also host ice hockey, broom ball and other winter ice activities.
New York City is surrounded by water, offering plenty of places for paddlers to explore. From Staten Island’s South Beach, Kayak Staten Island offers free, 15-minute kayaking sessions for beginners. Once you get the hang of it, you can rent your own and set out from multiple launch points on the island’s eastern shore. Another great paddling location is the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, where you can reserve a free kayak for 20 minutes on the weekends from June through August. Be sure to have a camera ready to capture outstanding views of the city and the Brooklyn Bridge. Long Island City Community Boathouse in Queens also provides free, 20-minute slots for walk-up kayaking and canoeing on Hallets Cove.
This iconic 843-acre park was planned to give New Yorkers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and the designers did such a good job that when relaxing on one of the huge lawns, or picnicking by a lake, or strolling along its miles of biking and walking paths, it's often hard to believe you're right in the middle of Manhattan. The park also contains world-class museums and hosts countless activities and concerts, especially in the summer months.
Known informally as the "Whitney", this outstanding institution is devoted to the art of the United States. A full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art is presented here, and with 21,000 works by 3,000 artists (such as Andy Warhol), you can easily spend a few hours inside. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos, photography and new media are all here to be enjoyed.
The floating museum housed inside a nearly 300-meter-long USS Intrepid aircraft is a remarkable monument all in itself, but the exhibits contained inside are no less exhilarating. See the authentic space shuttle Enterprise, the legendary spy jet A-12 Blackbird, as well as the world's fastest commercial airplane. Right next to the Intrepid is the USS Growler strategic missile submarine - the only one of its kind open to public, with interactive games and simulators on board.
The 9/11 Tribute Center tells the devastating story of the tragic events that occurred in New York on September 11, 2001. Many of the volunteer guides who work at the Center were directly involved in the events - some lost family members, while others helped deal with the mortifying aftermath of the attacks. Hearing their first-hand narratives is an emotionally overwhelming experience that is made possible by the project of the September 11th Families Association.
Visitors usually spend one full day at the Met, and that's a shame, because to truly appreciate everything this gigantic museum offers would take at least a week. The museum’s permanent collection of some 2 million works includes masterpieces from history's greatest artists, as well as countless wonders from ancient civilizations, the Egyptian Temple of Dendur being, perhaps, the most notable example.
Featuring one of the world's most comprehensive collections of modern art, including masterpieces by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Warhol, Pollock, and many, many more, the MoMA is one of the most visited places in New York. Housed in this beautiful and modern building, floor after floor of painting, photography, design, sculpture, and more, it captivates visitors for hours on end.
It is a wonder to behold this instantly recognizable building from street level, leaning your head so far back it hurts and feeling utterly insignificant in the shadow of the gargantuan skyscraper; the truly marvelous views are enjoyed from the observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors.
New Yorkers tend to religiously avoid Times Square, and proudly proclaim how much they hate it, but standing among the flashing signs, the larger-than-life billboards and the throngs of bustling tourists is an inimitable experience. Indeed, most people there are visitors to the city snapping pictures of all the excitement, but that's part of the fun of trying to take in the hectic and overwhelming intersection.
Immigrants arriving to the United States in the late 19th century via Ellis Island were treated to this immense statue, a representation of freedom and American ideals, as their first glimpse of the country. Though no longer shining in its original copper hue, visitors flock here for a closer look at one of New York's most enduring symbols.
The selection of world-class musicals and performances available in New York's most famous theater strip is unparalleled in the world. If you’re willing to stand in line for up to an hour, you can get theater and musical tickets for 25-50% off the box office price for shows the same day. Just visit the TKTS office on Times Square.
With over 650 different species, this 250-acre zoo, the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, gives visitors the chance to admire and experience a huge variety of wildlife. Popular exhibits and sections include the Wild Asia Monorail safari, Congo Gorilla Forest, and of course, everything to do with big cats.
This elevated park, built on a railway trestle that had been abandoned for 30 years, is a sliver of green that looks out onto the stark landscape of Manhattan’s west side. The renovation mimics the way nature had begun to overtake the park before it was saved from demolition by two friends who lived in the neighbourhood. Food vendors and small cafes have settled along the park, making the area one of the city's most pleasant for a stroll and a snack.
Students from nearby New York University ensure that Washington Square Park is always alive with activity; this Greenwich Village park is also a favorite spot for street performers, chess players and musicians, making the people-watching here some of the city's most entertaining.
After years of debate, controversy and delay, the site of the former World Trade Center buildings has finally been converted into a beautiful memorial site and museum. The new One World Trade Center has also been erected, and at a significant 1,776 feet tall (1776 being the year American independence) is now the tallest building in the Western hemisphere.
The summer months see crowds enjoying outdoor events as well as eating and shopping options, but this huge Art Deco complex really comes alive in winter, when the iconic ice-skating rink and enormous Christmas tree take center stage. Visitors also come to see, and sometimes take part in, the filming of any number of NBC television programs. A highlight here is the (somewhat expensive) trip to the Top of the Rock, from where the views of the city and Central Park are unmatched.
The Garden is the city’s premiere sports and entertainment complex, home to the New York Rangers, Knicks and Liberty teams, as well as the stage for massively popular musicians and artists when they come to New York. The more intimate WaMu Theater also hosts concerts, shows and stand-up comedians. For a behind-the-scenes view, take the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour.
This small but ideally located (in the heart of Midtown, between Grand Central Station and Times Square) green space is a favorite among locals for its pleasant, laid-back atmosphere and for the countless activities hosted there year-round. Concerts, film festivals and theater performances are all on the menu. The beautiful New York Public Library, located right in the park, is also worth a visit.
This world-famous concert venue is a New York City landmark and must-see music attraction. Carnegie Hall presents classical, jazz, folk, world and popular music with breakthrough and veteran performers. Since its opening in 1891, this concert hall has become the emblem of musical achievement around the world and has showcased the world’s finest artists—from Tchaikovsky to Mahler, Horowitz and Callas to Bernstein, and even Judy Garland and the Beatles.
The landscape architects in charge of this enormous green oasis in the heart of Brooklyn declared that they were prouder of Prospect Park than any of their other works, including Manhattan's Central Park. It is the center of life in Brooklyn, and on any day of the week you can see local residents jogging, picnicking, or flying kites, and on Saturdays the green market draws huge crowds.
As famous for its building as for the works of art held within, the Guggenheim Museum boasts mesmerizing collections of Kandinsky, Chagall, Picasso, Renoir, Manet, and Van Gogh. The central spiral leads up towards the imposing glass dome past exhibits that can be viewed from different angles and distances on your way up, making the art-viewing experience here quite unique.
For some of the best views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, visitors needn't spend a penny. The free ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island takes about 25 minutes, and tens of thousands of people take it every day. Most visitors who are just interested in the views simply get off on Staten Island and get right back on to head back to the city.
This museum and memorial to the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust was constructed in the shape of the Star of David, and its three floors hold exhibits on early 20th century Jewish life, Nazism and anti-Semitism, and post-war Jewish life, respectively. The grounds also contain a theater, memorial garden, library, and cafe. It is a solemn visit, but an important one.
Inside Queens’ legendary art institute, MoMa PS1, find a rotating menu of Québécois-inspired delicacies at M. Wells Dinette. The quirky cafe is decorated like an elementary classroom, where you can enjoy your meal at a schoolroom table, alongside vintage yearbook photos and a chalkboard menu.
Keens is a genuine neighborhood icon. At the end of the 19th century, Keens Chophouse was a lively meeting point of the talented and famous, actors running in and out at performance intermissions at the Garrick Theater across the street for steaks and world-famous mutton chops.
When in New York, do not miss P.J. Clarke’s. It was here that it all began in 1884, when Mr. Patrick Joseph Clarke started his business, which later grew to become a legend. This classic bar remains virtually unchanged after all these years, and still keeps to the staples of friendly service, great atmosphere and local vibe, and, of course, serves some of the best burgers in the city.
Harlem’s heartiest soul food accompanied by a gospel choir on Sundays. Sylvia Wood founded this restaurant in 1962 after buying the original luncheonette with financial aid from her mother, who had to mortgage her house to provide it. Harlem locals as well as well-known celebrities dine here. Some of her star customers have been Bill Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, Magic Johnson and Nelson Mandela.
Feel the motion of travel while enjoying fantastic seafood. At Grand Central Oyster Bar, businessmen rub shoulders with tourists and lone travelers. You can choose to sit in the dining area or at one of the bars. If you choose the bar you will most likely find someone to chat with while having your oysters.
This Michelin-rated venue is led by the culinary team of renowned chef Vikas Khanna, and presents a menu that reflects the eclectic flavors of India. Their guiding principle is to present a varied and intriguing seasonal menu brought straight from the farm to the table, executed to perfection.
You'll find STK both midtown, close to the theater district, and downtown, in the meatpacking district. The STK Downtown is the flagship restaurant and does not only offer a top class dining experience in a sleek and elegant dining room, but also a rooftop terrace, with the same high-quality cuisine in a more relaxed setting.
Feel the taste of Morocco, showcased within an exclusive menu created by consulting chef Doug Psaltis. Do not miss out on their excellent shisha pipes after dinner. The luxurious space spans three levels, and breathes an air of oriental mystery and relaxation, with from belly dancing performances, bottle service, and the city's hottest DJs.
Rather than some famous celebrity chef who's never there, Toshi's promises honest comfort food, good cheer and great shows. What makes this one stand out is the unparalleled performance calendar, which includes internationally-renowned artists and students from across the world. On the menu you'll find a mix of different cuisines, including dishes such as pizza, salad, sushi and steak.
A Lower East Side institution immortalized in several films, Katz’s has been serving piping hot pastrami sandwiches and kosher pickles since 1888. Order the pastrami Reuben at this local institution, where the meat is hand-carved and indescribably tender. Bring your appetite – this legendary sandwich is huge!
Veniero’s was voted to have the "Best Desserts in New York City" in 2010. It has been an Italian pastry heaven since 1894. With its Italian marble floors and stained glass ceilings, you can enjoy your espresso or cappuccino, homemade biscotti or cannoli and pretend you’re in Rome.
If you are yearning for a great meal of typical American fast food, this is the place to go. Shake Shack started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001, and, after three years of long lines, they opened their first permanent stand. Today you can find Shake Shack not only at several spots in New York but also in other cities across the US and internationally. Even if they now have more than one stand, be prepared to stand in line – these burgers and hot dogs are still some of the most popular in the city.
Featured in the movie "You've Got Mail," Cafe Lalo is a New York City landmark. It is the perfect place to go before or after a movie or theatre production. The cafe features fantastic coffee, alcoholic beverages, breakfast and dinner foods, and over 100 fresh baked cakes, tarts, and pastries.
In Bouchon Bakery, it feels as though you've been transported straight to Paris. At your fingertips are delicious selections of soups, salads, entrées, and desserts, as well as a patisserie next door. Bouchon Bakery has two New York City locations - Timer Warner Center and Rockefeller Center - to serve its many boulangerie lovers.
Abraço Espresso is renowned for its olive oil cake as well as their bakery offerings, that feature the freshest ingredients from the local farmers' markets. Breakfast begins at 8am, and small plates and prix-fixe items are served around noon. They have as diverse a pastry menu as they do a coffee one, so come and take your pick.
Opened in 1977, Cupping Room Cafe has served as a bar, restaurant, and bakery ever since. They feature breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus and have happy hour every Monday to Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Their breakfast menu features pastries, pancakes, waffles, and omelets; for dinner, enjoy a delicious burger, salad, or sandwich and a great hand-crafted coffee.
This casual dining option in Union Square has an upscale diner feel. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and a late-night menus with eclectic offerings with American and Brazilian influence. Have a seat at the bar and order a drink–anything from a milkshake to a mimosa.
Though much of the area formerly known as Little Italy has been consumed by rapidly expanding Chinatown, the decorative Mulberry Street and Mott Street still offer a variety of authentic Italian fare. Stop to rest your feet in one of the several Italian cafes, while you enjoy a smooth espresso and decadent cannoli.
The Sky Room takes New York City nightlife to a new level and transports its guests to a high-energy oasis overlooking Midtown Manhattan. The bi-level lounge occupies the 33rd and 34th floors of the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites Times Square on 40th Street, and boasts 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
Located where Hell’s Kitchen and Times Square meet, Latitude is one of the top happy hour spots in the city, complete with an open-air rooftop terrace and billiard tables. Sports fans can enjoy any of their favorite sporting events on the high-definition TVs placed throughout the venue. Take advantage of the dinner and late-night menus while DJs spin the latest hits.
SOB’s, aka "Sounds of Brazil," is a live music venue in SoHo that aims to introduce guests to (and supply old-timers with ever-increasing servings of) music other than tired pop hits, which ranges from hip-hop to Brazilian, Caribbean, Haitian, and Latin music, as well as tunes from all across the world.
At this stylish rooftop bar fancy cocktails compete with stunning views of the city skyline. Since it opened in 2010, it has been nominated as one of Manhattan’s finest rooftop lounges by several newspapers and magazines. The Press Lounge has a dress code, so if you're wearing flipflops, you'd better go back to your hotel and swap shoes before you arrive.
This cozy wine bar offers an eclectic, distinct, and affordable selection of global wines and craft beers, as well as savory and sweet artisan bites. The atmosphere is intimate, and the setting rustic, paying homage to the original design of the 1904 building. It hosts wine tastings and monthly events relating to wine and poetry.
Macy’s is the world’s largest department store, with seven floors of merchandise covering an entire city block. Even if your friends aren't interested in shopping you can always tempt them with the historical sight; the original wooden escalators, from 1902, that are still in use today.
At Saks Fifth Avenue you can revel in ten floors of world-famous luxury goods. Here you will find brands such as DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry London, Lacoste, and Vera Wang, just to name a few. On the eighth floor, you can take a break from all the shopping and sit down in a cafe.
If for no other reason than as homage to Audrey Hepburn and Truman Capote's famous novel "Breakfast at Tiffany's," visit Tiffany & Co.'s flagship New York City store. Inside, it will immediately become clear why people love Tiffany's. From diamonds to sapphires to simple charms and necklaces, Tiffany's jewelry and accessories will certainly enchant you.
For bibliophiles who still love to hold a paper-back in their hands, the Strand is one of the last great bookstores in Union Square. The Strand boasts over 18 miles of books all available for your perusal. Upstairs are fashion and art books; downstairs are books straight from the hands of some of the world's most well-known book critics.
Focusing on antique and vintage jewelry, Erie Basin has unique pieces that you have never seen before. Some of their inventory features stunning emerald pieces dating back to the 1920s, Victorian era rings, and quaint diamond rings. Stop in and see what treasures you might find.
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
New York is served by three major airports and JFK is the most well-known one of them all. You can take public transportation or taxis to Manhattan from all airports. There is a flat-rate taxi fare from JFK to Manhattan, but there are also subway and public transport options. To reach the stops for public transport, you need to use the AirTrain in most cases. The metro from JFK to Midtown Manhattan takes approximately 60-75 minutes. There are also different bus services. The local transport company MTA operates several lines going to nearby neighborhoods. The fare is the same as for the metro. The NYC Airporter is a direct bus line from JFK to Grand Central Station and Penn Station. The journey takes approx. 60 minutes depending on traffic. You can buy tickets online or at the NYC Airporter counter inside the airport.
This is the airport located closest to Manhattan, which means you can choose from multiple means of transportation to get to the city. There are public buses as well as the shuttle, NYC Airporter, that goes directly between the airport and Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station. Taxis and vans are also available at the taxi rank outside the terminal building.
Newark International Airport is located in New Jersey and from here you can choose to take a taxi, train or bus to go to the city. If taxi is your choice of transport, you will find cars waiting outside the arrival hall. It takes approximately 35 minutes to New York City. There is an AirTrain, transporting passengers from the arrivals hall to the trains (NJ TRANSIT or Amtrak train). It takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport to Penn station. The Newark Airport Express bus takes about 50 minutes and it stops at Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
If you’re going somewhere too far to walk, the subway is the way to go. Most subway lines travel up and down Manhattan, while buses travel across. Subway trains run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can buy a one-week unlimited Metrocard if you know you will be traveling a lot. Ticket machines in subway stations accept cash, credit and debit cards. Subway maps are free at all ticket or information booths.
Most buses in Manhattan follow the north-south or east-west grid of the city, primarily on the larger avenues. Bus stops are marked by a light-blue sign on a green post (and include a list of bus numbers and routes), and the fare can be paid either in exact change or with the MetroCard, with which you can transfer for free between metro and bus services. If transferring without a card, the driver can give passengers a free transfer coupon. Buses run frequently and, for the most part, all night, but traffic can make a long ride out of a short distance.
You can hail a yellow cab on almost any street corner. Taxis are inexpensive and an easy way to travel. There are nighttime and rush hour surcharges. Remember to leave a tip. Manhattan has very long streets and avenues and it’s important to know both the address and the cross street of your destination. A taxi is vacant if the yellow light on top of the car is completely lit.
You can buy stamps at many newsagents or at the post office. Official United States Postal Services (USPS) mailboxes are usually blue steel containers on city sidewalks. Many post offices or private mail companies like UPS or FedEx are open 8am-5pm. You'll find the main post office, known as the James Farley Post Office, close to Penn Station.