The Best Things to Do in New York City
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
New York City provides a seemingly endless upwelling of experiences vying for your attention. For starters, find world-class art at the Met Museum or Chelsea's galleries; catch shows on Broadway or at indie theaters; and admire the bucolic parks and exhilarating skyline views. It's impossible to do it all in one visit, so give in to what excites you most. Explore by subway, ferry, tram, and, best of all, your own two feet to people watch and absorb the energy.
210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
I love living in New York for many reasons. The High Line Park is one of them. As some random 'free things in NYC list' put it, 'How did they manage to squeeze so much awesomeness in such a small space?' In New York city no less! The elevated park...
Governors Island, New York, NY 11231, USA
In New York City, the perfect getaway when you can't get away is Governors Island. This former Army and Coast Guard post is a cool combination of manicured parkland with art installations and a Stepford-ish ghost town. Its appeal isn't just its...
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA
Lincoln Center is an iconic landmark featured in TV shows, movies, and countless city tours. It is an artist's mecca comprised of many buildings, including Avery Fisher Hall, the Julliard School, and The Metropolitan Opera. All of the buildings...
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA
Printin' is a wonderful exhibit that challenges traditional ideas of what print could be, encompassing prints, drawings, films, photographs, sculptures and more. Spent a fun afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art. Worth checking out! Moma.org
1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224, USA
New York is the place that people from around the world flock to in a bid to get lost amongst the rush of people and activity that chokes the small island of Manhattan. Unfortunately, only a small handful venture across the Hudson to explore NYC's...
New York, NY, USA
Life in NYC is never dull! It is vibrant, exciting and every day is an event, and I absolutely fell in love THE city from the first moment I step foot in it. Human interactions and emotions are in your face and displayed in the open for anyone who...
254 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
One of New York's loveliest historic districts, Brooklyn Heights sits along the East River to the south of the Brooklyn Bridge. Its streets are lined with beautifully preserved and restored 19th-century town houses while a promenade along its...
180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA
The morning of September 11, 2001—when two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, and two others, also hijacked, crashed into the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania—is one of those moments for which everyone who was...
99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040, USA
The Cloisters, a museum devoted to medieval art and architecture, is a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of NYC. This tranquil treasure is definitely worth a half day (or more) trip on your next visit. A branch of the Metropolitan...
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
Talk about "slow food!" Everything we picked out for our picnic-style dinner was aged...aged cheeses, aged meats, a bottle of 2008 red. I love knowing that months and years ago, someone in Italy was thoughtfully creating my dinner that I'd eat way...
201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003, USA
At the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway, Union Square has a long history—back to at least 1845—as a gathering spot for locals. New York is too large to have one main plaza, but Union Square would make any list of New York's...
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Established in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney as a showcase for American artists, the Whitney continues to be the premier museum in the world for 20th-century American art. It displays masterworks from contemporary artists such as Edward...
New York, NY 10004, USA
An excerpt from a poem to commemorate the city in which I live: 'Like a divine answer to a selfish prayer, the moving vessel slams to a halting, screeching, shaking, screaming stop and you are swept up in an exiting flow of sheep or salmon or city...
New York, NY, USA
Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a unique and thought-provoking place to visit for locals and visitors alike. While this spot is significant to American history in general, for many it is a special experience to visit an important piece in their...
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
The dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History are usually the highlights for visitors, and they are indeed beautiful and worthy of praise, but the Hall of the North West Coast Indians is a gem that most people miss. The Hall is the oldest...
45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, USA
Manhattan is one of the most magical places in the world during the holidays. It's also one of the craziest and most crowded. The crown jewel of a New York Christmas is the huge Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. Thousands of people gather in...
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
The secret is out. "Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass", there lies a Brooklyn neighborhood with understandably immense appeal - DUMBO. Who can resist cobblestone streets, waterfront parks, colorful art and sweeping views of Manhattan? This...
209 W Houston St, New York, NY 10014, USA
A self-described “cinema of ideas,” Film Forum has thrived against the odds since its humble premiere: 50 seats and a single projector in 1970. The nonprofit (typically open 365 days a year) closed for a few months in 2018 to upgrade...
New York, NY 10012, USA
Once a week, every week, I get to leave my classroom after a long day of work and walk under the Arch at the entrance of Wash. Sq. Park. Something about it feels triumphant, maybe it is because its thursday night at 9pm and my week is ending or...
90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
Every weekend, you can take the L train over to Williamsburg and sample any number of dishes at Smorgasburg-the food edition of the Brooklyn Flea Market. Although we only grazed the surface, the Brooklyn Piggies and Ramen burger were fantastic....
881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
Located just steps from Park Hyatt New York, Carnegie Hall has hosted music lovers since opening in 1891. While it’s easy to admire its elegant exterior from many vantage points around the hotel, it’s worth visiting the famed music hall for a show...
334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
On our last trip to New York City, we ventured over to Brooklyn by subway, but decided to enjoy the unseasonably warm December day and walk back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was the first time we had walked the bridge and the sight of...
610 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020, USA
New York has no shortage of places where you can spend your money, but one of the most famous strips of retail fantasies runs along Fifth Avenue, starting at Saks Fifth Avenue at 48th Street (across the street is the southern end of Rockefeller...
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458, USA
If you want to get into the holiday mood, see the annual Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Gardens which has become an annual tradition for lots of families. In the middle of luscious plants and trees, model trains run through New York...
Main St, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044, USA
A little known gem in NYC is the Roosevelt Island Tram. Swipe your metrocard and hop onto this lovely basket to cross the east river. Enjoy stunning views of midtown, and chat with the tram conductors :) Follows the same path as the f train, but...
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
Brooklyn is one of the most uniquely diverse places on the planet, and the museum embraces that identity. Stepping into an architectural gem of Brooklyn history, I found art, artifacts, and identities I've recognized in other museums around the...
62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011, USA
Sitting right along the Hudson River, this 28-acre sports and entertainment complex is the out-of-doors escape from the concrete jungle. From a roller skating rink to a golf club (complete with an academy, driving range, and simulators), this...
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301, USA
Located on Staten Island, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is a one-stop-shop for visual arts, events and picturesque parks. Snug Harbor's Farm Stand is open Fridays from 3-6pm during the months of June through November. This is...
Basement Level of City Point, 445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Much of the buzz around Brooklyn in recent years has focused on Williamsburg and, to a lesser degree, the nearby Bushwick and Greenpoint districts. Downtown Brooklyn and its neighbor, Fort Greene, have been enjoying a renaissance too, however. One...
175 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Lovers of dance... get thee to the Joyce Theater next time you're in New York. Seriously. Move away from Broadway. I know you've been there and done that. It's expensive. And too glossy. Take a risk. See something beautiful or slightly scary in a...
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...
- 1 History + Culture Airbnb Wants to Pay for You to Live in This Italian Village for a Whole Summer
- 2 Air Travel The Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets
- 3 Natural Wonders A Rare Super Blood Wolf Moon Will Be Visible Over America This Weekend
- 4 Packing Tips How to Pack a Suitcase
- 5 Travel for Good Here’s What You Need to Know About Getting Tickets to See “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico