NEW YORK CITY'S Top 20
Collected by AFAR Traveler, AFAR Contributor
Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Summed up by the phrase, 'the city that never sleeps,' New York is electric no matter the time of day. There is always a constant buzz in the background, kind of like the hiss you once heard between songs on your favorite cassette tapes. At any...
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
There are two main reasons to visit this small midtown park, which takes up the three city blocks between Madison and Fifth avenues from 23rd to 26th streets. The first is that its lawns, benches and temporary art installations all have views of...
353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
While there are still a few processing warehouses that nod to the name of this historic west-side district, what mostly gets packed here these days are the swanky nightclubs that punctuate its cobblestone streets. After-dark crowds...
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
The High Line, a defunct elevated train track that was reimagined as a linear pedestrian park, immediately became one of the city’s best-loved public spaces for both locals and visitors when it opened in 2009. Start at the southernmost entrance,...
476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
The main branch of the New York Public Library is one of the country’s grandest Beaux Arts buildings, a temple to learning on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets. At the end of the 19th century, John Bigelow, who oversaw the Tilden...
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
Stepping into the enormous main concourse of this landmarked architectural jewel—with its sweeping granite staircases, hulking columns and 38-meter (125-foot) ceilings painted with night-sky constellations—can be a jaw-dropping experience. What’s...
SoHo, New York, NY, USA
Once the haunt of artists, this cobblestoned downtown neighborhood (which runs roughly between Houston and Grand streets from Broadway to West Broadway) is now chockablock with high-end clothing, jewelry, cosmetics and housewares stores; as such,...
New York, NY, USA
What better way to explore these two adjacent, culturally rich downtown enclaves than by tasting your way through them? Ahoy New York’s three-hour walking tours (which, conveniently, take place during lunchtime) let you learn all about the history...
334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is an engineering wonder and an architectural one as well, a masterpiece of design that has inspired acclaimed poets (Hart Crane, Marianne Moore), writers (Jack Kerouac), and painters (Joseph Stella). While...
89 South St, New York, NY 10038, USA
New York City as we know it today began as a bustling port—which is why this landmarked downtown district contains some of the city’s oldest architecture. Many mercantile buildings, brick row houses and cobblestone lanes here date to the early...
New York, NY, USA
The Statue of Liberty may be the most iconic sight that comes to mind when one thinks of the history of immigrants in New York, but not far from it in the harbor is another important landmark—Ellis Island. Until the Supreme Court ruled in...
101, One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007, USA
“See Forever” is the tagline of the city’s newest, and it might be said, most heroic observation deck—set atop One World Trade Center, which is currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The adrenaline rush starts with a ride in a...
180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA
Make a visit to the striking and solemn National September 11 Memorial, where two cascading waterfall pools are set within the original footprints of the fallen Twin Towers. You may also decide to visit exhibits chronicling the harrowing events of...
20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
If walking through New York’s streets seems chaotic, try getting above it all—with a panoramic view from the top of the city’s most famous skyscraper. From above, the beautifully engineered order of the buildings, parks and thoroughfares below is...
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA
The Museum of Modern Art, one of the city's—and the country's—premier institutions for modern and contemporary art, first opened its doors in 1939. Its permanent collection of almost 200,000 works includes masterpieces by many of the...
Theater District, New York, NY, USA
New York’s world-famous theater district, long known as the Great White Way for the brilliant lights that illuminate it at night, encompasses 40 different theater venues, which are scattered along the midtown stretch of Broadway and its...
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027, USA
Since it first opened its doors in 1914, this celebrated Harlem concert venue has hosted some of the brightest lights of R&B, jazz, blues, gospel and soul music. In fact many stars (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and James Brown) got...
New York, NY, USA
Manhattan can, famously, feel like endless rows of apartment blocks and office towers for most of its length. At least above 14th Street, a regular grid of streets and avenues, bisected only by Broadway, has transformed the city into a dream for...
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art—or, commonly, the Met—is one of the world's great museums, alongside the Louvre, the British Museum, and a handful of others. It would be easy to devote an entire week's visit to the museum alone, and...
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
Located on the Upper West Side, at 79th Street and Central Park West, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's largest museums. It has 45 different halls, occupies more than 2 million square feet, and has some 33 million...
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