New York City’s guidebook

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New York City’s guidebook

Sightseeing
This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more. “Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden." Almost everyone has a positive impression of the park, but no one has quite the same experience or recommends that you do quite the same thing. There's an almost impossible amount of sights to see here (hidden treasures, indeed), including 20 playgrounds, 48 fountains, monuments or sculptures and 36 bridges.
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Central Park
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This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more. “Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden." Almost everyone has a positive impression of the park, but no one has quite the same experience or recommends that you do quite the same thing. There's an almost impossible amount of sights to see here (hidden treasures, indeed), including 20 playgrounds, 48 fountains, monuments or sculptures and 36 bridges.
Visitors love the American Museum of Natural History off Central Park West. Whether you're exploring the interactive exhibits on the land, the sea or outer space; user reviews take on a common theme. This museum is incredible. Even the cafeteria and gift shop are worth your notice. There are approximately 32 million artifacts inside, spread across four city blocks, 25 buildings and through 45 exhibition halls, so don't even plan on seeing everything in one day. The Rose Center for Earth and Space is a particular favorite, but you should also plan on visiting the dinosaurs, the Hall of the Universe and the Butterfly Conservatory (on display from October through May). Local experts also say this museum is one of the best things to do as a family visiting New York City. "It’s an imaginative place, good for anyone of any age ... and it's educational and interactive," says Richard Tucker, head concierge at The Refinery Hotel. Local experts say the institution is one of the city's can't-miss museums.
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American Museum of Natural History
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Visitors love the American Museum of Natural History off Central Park West. Whether you're exploring the interactive exhibits on the land, the sea or outer space; user reviews take on a common theme. This museum is incredible. Even the cafeteria and gift shop are worth your notice. There are approximately 32 million artifacts inside, spread across four city blocks, 25 buildings and through 45 exhibition halls, so don't even plan on seeing everything in one day. The Rose Center for Earth and Space is a particular favorite, but you should also plan on visiting the dinosaurs, the Hall of the Universe and the Butterfly Conservatory (on display from October through May). Local experts also say this museum is one of the best things to do as a family visiting New York City. "It’s an imaginative place, good for anyone of any age ... and it's educational and interactive," says Richard Tucker, head concierge at The Refinery Hotel. Local experts say the institution is one of the city's can't-miss museums.
This iconic plaza has it all – beautiful sculptures, an enormous skating rink, a fishbowl view of NBC Studios, plus hordes of stores and restaurants. Though undoubtedly there will be intense crowds, this is an experience that's worth having at least once. During the wintertime holidays, the plaza sparkles with an illuminated Christmas tree and skaters gliding across the ice rink. But don't fret if your New York adventure doesn't take place during the cold months. There's plenty to do year-round. If you plan ahead, you can spend a morning watching a taping of the "Today" show, an afternoon observing the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and an evening catching a performance at Radio City Music Hall. Travelers say the Top of the Rock offers some of the best views of Manhattan and say the experience is worth every penny. Visitors recommend booking the combo ticket that includes a tour of the building and the observation deck access.
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Rockefeller Center
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This iconic plaza has it all – beautiful sculptures, an enormous skating rink, a fishbowl view of NBC Studios, plus hordes of stores and restaurants. Though undoubtedly there will be intense crowds, this is an experience that's worth having at least once. During the wintertime holidays, the plaza sparkles with an illuminated Christmas tree and skaters gliding across the ice rink. But don't fret if your New York adventure doesn't take place during the cold months. There's plenty to do year-round. If you plan ahead, you can spend a morning watching a taping of the "Today" show, an afternoon observing the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and an evening catching a performance at Radio City Music Hall. Travelers say the Top of the Rock offers some of the best views of Manhattan and say the experience is worth every penny. Visitors recommend booking the combo ticket that includes a tour of the building and the observation deck access.
This sprawling cathedral sits amid the hustle and distinctively secular bustle of Rockefeller Center. But that doesn't take away from its otherworldly vibe. Whether you're religious or just making an architectural pilgrimage, you can't help but be impressed by St. Patrick's. Travelers love the small historical church's beauty and stained glass windows but say you don't have to carve out too much time to see it. Previous vacationers also suggest visiting at Christmastime to really see the church in all its glory. If you're hopping the subway to St. Patrick's, take the B, D, F or M train to the Rockefeller Center stop. You can visit from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. each day, plus there's Mass every day of the week. Visit the church's official website for specific service times. And if you don't have the time or energy to tour St. Patrick's, keep in mind that you can still get a great bird's-eye view of the cathedral from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.
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St. Patrick's Cathedral
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This sprawling cathedral sits amid the hustle and distinctively secular bustle of Rockefeller Center. But that doesn't take away from its otherworldly vibe. Whether you're religious or just making an architectural pilgrimage, you can't help but be impressed by St. Patrick's. Travelers love the small historical church's beauty and stained glass windows but say you don't have to carve out too much time to see it. Previous vacationers also suggest visiting at Christmastime to really see the church in all its glory. If you're hopping the subway to St. Patrick's, take the B, D, F or M train to the Rockefeller Center stop. You can visit from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. each day, plus there's Mass every day of the week. Visit the church's official website for specific service times. And if you don't have the time or energy to tour St. Patrick's, keep in mind that you can still get a great bird's-eye view of the cathedral from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.
Just south of Times Square lies some of the most beautiful 4 acres in Manhattan – Bryant Park. Though its lush green space has existed for more than 150 years, Bryant Park was a revitalization project of the 1990s that made it a sanctuary for locals and tourists alike. This is the preferred place for midtown Manhattan professionals to come eat lunch, for fashionistas to strut during fashion week and for performers to showcase their talents during Broadway in Bryant Park and Piano in the Park. You don't need a preplanned event to enjoy Bryant Park – you could simply come here to enjoy the scenery or to use the free Wi-Fi. Recent visitors do offer a few suggestions though, like stopping in the New York Public Library (which sits facing the park's Great Lawn), ice skating around the Pond or riding on the French-style carousel. The list of activities doesn't stop there. Bryant Park also hosts yoga and tai chi classes, knitting circles, chess tournaments and literary events. Unsure of where to start? Mull over your choices in the park's eateries: Bryant Park Grill and Bryant Park Café. Recent visitors say a stroll through this park makes for a delightful respite from the busy city and many note how well-maintained the grounds are. You'll find Bryant Park at Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets; take the B, D, F or M train to 42nd street or the 7 train to Fifth Avenue. Hours change dependent on season and activity, so visit the official website for more details and events.
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Bryant Park
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Just south of Times Square lies some of the most beautiful 4 acres in Manhattan – Bryant Park. Though its lush green space has existed for more than 150 years, Bryant Park was a revitalization project of the 1990s that made it a sanctuary for locals and tourists alike. This is the preferred place for midtown Manhattan professionals to come eat lunch, for fashionistas to strut during fashion week and for performers to showcase their talents during Broadway in Bryant Park and Piano in the Park. You don't need a preplanned event to enjoy Bryant Park – you could simply come here to enjoy the scenery or to use the free Wi-Fi. Recent visitors do offer a few suggestions though, like stopping in the New York Public Library (which sits facing the park's Great Lawn), ice skating around the Pond or riding on the French-style carousel. The list of activities doesn't stop there. Bryant Park also hosts yoga and tai chi classes, knitting circles, chess tournaments and literary events. Unsure of where to start? Mull over your choices in the park's eateries: Bryant Park Grill and Bryant Park Café. Recent visitors say a stroll through this park makes for a delightful respite from the busy city and many note how well-maintained the grounds are. You'll find Bryant Park at Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets; take the B, D, F or M train to 42nd street or the 7 train to Fifth Avenue. Hours change dependent on season and activity, so visit the official website for more details and events.
No museum in the United States is as celebrated as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spilling over with masterpieces from all over the world, including notable collections from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity, "the Met" is an art experience unlike any other, and like much in New York, it's impossible to see all the museum has to offer in one day (or even two days, for that matter). If you've never been there, then you should definitely visit its permanent collections (the first floor's Greek and Roman art, Egyptian art and the second floor's Islamic art exhibits are especially popular with travelers). If you've already visited the Met a time or two, then plan your next trip around the semiannual exhibits by the Costume Institute, or head to The Met Cloisters, an offshoot museum that's dedicated to medieval Europe's art and architecture located in Fort Tyron Park. Travelers adore the Met, calling the facilites and artwork first-class. Many suggest consulting the museum's website to strategize what exhibits you'd like to see ahead of your visit to make the most of it. You can also sign up for a separate guided tour for a more in-depth understanding of the museum's contents. You can take the 4, 5 or 6 train to the 86th St. station; the museum is located at 1000 Fifth Ave., on the eastern perimeter of Central Park. You can visit the museum from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. (You can also patron the museum's Great Hall Balcony Bar or Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar for a quick cocktail.) Suggested admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors and $12 for students; kids younger than 12 can enter for free with a paying adult. Tickets are valid at all three locations for three consecutive days. You can purchase tickets online or in person. If you are a resident of New York state or a student in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, the admission is "pay what you wish." These tickets must be purchased in-person with a valid ID. Be sure to visit the art museum's website for additional information, including upcoming exhibits.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
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No museum in the United States is as celebrated as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spilling over with masterpieces from all over the world, including notable collections from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity, "the Met" is an art experience unlike any other, and like much in New York, it's impossible to see all the museum has to offer in one day (or even two days, for that matter). If you've never been there, then you should definitely visit its permanent collections (the first floor's Greek and Roman art, Egyptian art and the second floor's Islamic art exhibits are especially popular with travelers). If you've already visited the Met a time or two, then plan your next trip around the semiannual exhibits by the Costume Institute, or head to The Met Cloisters, an offshoot museum that's dedicated to medieval Europe's art and architecture located in Fort Tyron Park. Travelers adore the Met, calling the facilites and artwork first-class. Many suggest consulting the museum's website to strategize what exhibits you'd like to see ahead of your visit to make the most of it. You can also sign up for a separate guided tour for a more in-depth understanding of the museum's contents. You can take the 4, 5 or 6 train to the 86th St. station; the museum is located at 1000 Fifth Ave., on the eastern perimeter of Central Park. You can visit the museum from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. (You can also patron the museum's Great Hall Balcony Bar or Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar for a quick cocktail.) Suggested admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors and $12 for students; kids younger than 12 can enter for free with a paying adult. Tickets are valid at all three locations for three consecutive days. You can purchase tickets online or in person. If you are a resident of New York state or a student in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, the admission is "pay what you wish." These tickets must be purchased in-person with a valid ID. Be sure to visit the art museum's website for additional information, including upcoming exhibits.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum serves as the primary tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the six lost in the 1993 bombing. The memorial's twin reflecting pools and man-made waterfalls rest as eerie footprints where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood. The 1-acre pools are enclosed in bronze panels on which the names of every victim are inscribed. The museum spans across 110,000 square feet and relays the narrative of the attacks through a series of multimedia displays, real-time recordings, authentic artifacts and an interactive table. Recent visitors cited the overall atmosphere of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as sobering but moving. "After 9/11 the whole city changed, the mentality changed," says Shawn Harris, head concierge at the WestHouse Hotel New York. "What was knocked down, we rebuilt, and it's a monument to our strength. It's gorgeous inside even though a little somber." Many travelers say they were impressed with the site as a whole, noting its respectful and informational displays. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is accessible via the Fulton Street subway stops, which are serviced by the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 lines. Admission to the memorial is free. Admission to the museum costs $26 for adults, $20 for college students and seniors, $18 for veterans, and $15 for kids ages 7 to 17. Children under 7 years old are free, but still require a ticket. Family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks, as well as 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, may enter for free. On Tuesdays, admission is free for all visitors between 5 and 8 p.m. Distribution for Free Admission Tuesdays tickets generally starts at 4 p.m. and is a first-come first-serve basis. The memorial welcomes visitors daily from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.; the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Last entry to the museum is two hours before closing. If you'd like a more in-depth look at the museum and the importance of surrounding sites, such as St. Paul's Chapel, consider signing up for one of the city's best tours, including the best walking tours in NYC. For up-to-date information, check out the official National September 11 Memorial & Museum website.
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World Trade Center Memorial
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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum serves as the primary tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the six lost in the 1993 bombing. The memorial's twin reflecting pools and man-made waterfalls rest as eerie footprints where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood. The 1-acre pools are enclosed in bronze panels on which the names of every victim are inscribed. The museum spans across 110,000 square feet and relays the narrative of the attacks through a series of multimedia displays, real-time recordings, authentic artifacts and an interactive table. Recent visitors cited the overall atmosphere of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as sobering but moving. "After 9/11 the whole city changed, the mentality changed," says Shawn Harris, head concierge at the WestHouse Hotel New York. "What was knocked down, we rebuilt, and it's a monument to our strength. It's gorgeous inside even though a little somber." Many travelers say they were impressed with the site as a whole, noting its respectful and informational displays. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is accessible via the Fulton Street subway stops, which are serviced by the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 lines. Admission to the memorial is free. Admission to the museum costs $26 for adults, $20 for college students and seniors, $18 for veterans, and $15 for kids ages 7 to 17. Children under 7 years old are free, but still require a ticket. Family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks, as well as 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, may enter for free. On Tuesdays, admission is free for all visitors between 5 and 8 p.m. Distribution for Free Admission Tuesdays tickets generally starts at 4 p.m. and is a first-come first-serve basis. The memorial welcomes visitors daily from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.; the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Last entry to the museum is two hours before closing. If you'd like a more in-depth look at the museum and the importance of surrounding sites, such as St. Paul's Chapel, consider signing up for one of the city's best tours, including the best walking tours in NYC. For up-to-date information, check out the official National September 11 Memorial & Museum website.
At this beautiful train station, you can eat some lunch or shop till you drop, but recent travelers most enjoyed just taking in the scenery. Before you enter, be sure to snap a few shots of the ornate beaux-arts neoclassical architecture outside. Inside the celebrated main concourse, you're treated to glimmering marble floors, gold and nickel-plated chandeliers and a sky-themed ceiling. Food options range from the upscale (Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. or The Campbell Apartment) to the legendary (the Oyster Bar or the gourmet kiosks at the Grand Central Market) to the fast and easy (Starbucks). As mentioned, there are also plenty of shopping options, though most travelers suggest you leave most of Grand Central's pricey merchandise in the store. If you want a train-themed souvenir, visit The New York Transit Museum Store in the shuttle passage. Travelers call the train station "iconic" and say it's a beautiful space to walk through or to grab a meal and people-watch. Grand Central Terminal is another prominent attraction located in midtown Manhattan. You can reach the station on the 4, 5, 6, 7 or S trains. If you just want to take a quick peek, note the station is free to enjoy from 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can guide yourself through the venue or docent-led tours are available at 12:30 p.m. daily and cost $30 for adults and $20 for seniors, students and kids. You could also purchase the audio tour to enjoy at your leisure for $12 per adult, $11 per student and $10 per senior or child. Grand Central's shops and restaurants have more restricted hours; for information on their hours, plus details on tours, station maps and train schedules, visit the official website.
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Grand Central Terminal
89 East 42nd Street
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At this beautiful train station, you can eat some lunch or shop till you drop, but recent travelers most enjoyed just taking in the scenery. Before you enter, be sure to snap a few shots of the ornate beaux-arts neoclassical architecture outside. Inside the celebrated main concourse, you're treated to glimmering marble floors, gold and nickel-plated chandeliers and a sky-themed ceiling. Food options range from the upscale (Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. or The Campbell Apartment) to the legendary (the Oyster Bar or the gourmet kiosks at the Grand Central Market) to the fast and easy (Starbucks). As mentioned, there are also plenty of shopping options, though most travelers suggest you leave most of Grand Central's pricey merchandise in the store. If you want a train-themed souvenir, visit The New York Transit Museum Store in the shuttle passage. Travelers call the train station "iconic" and say it's a beautiful space to walk through or to grab a meal and people-watch. Grand Central Terminal is another prominent attraction located in midtown Manhattan. You can reach the station on the 4, 5, 6, 7 or S trains. If you just want to take a quick peek, note the station is free to enjoy from 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can guide yourself through the venue or docent-led tours are available at 12:30 p.m. daily and cost $30 for adults and $20 for seniors, students and kids. You could also purchase the audio tour to enjoy at your leisure for $12 per adult, $11 per student and $10 per senior or child. Grand Central's shops and restaurants have more restricted hours; for information on their hours, plus details on tours, station maps and train schedules, visit the official website.
Close The world's tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that's floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. After admiring the mosaics in the Art Deco lobby, take an elevator ride to the 86th or 102nd floor and get ready to drink in astounding 360-degree views from this iconic skyscraper observatory.
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Empire State Building
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Close The world's tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that's floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. After admiring the mosaics in the Art Deco lobby, take an elevator ride to the 86th or 102nd floor and get ready to drink in astounding 360-degree views from this iconic skyscraper observatory.
This brightly shining beacon draws visitors year-round. So let's discuss your visiting options. The most popular method involves waiting at least 90 minutes for the ferry to cart you from Battery Park (in Lower Manhattan) to the statue located on Liberty Island, then making a stop at Ellis Island before returning to the mainland. The first boat of the day leaves at 9 a.m., the last boat leaves around 3:30 p.m., but almost all travelers complain of the long, disorganized lines and security screenings on top of the $18.50 ferry fee for such an abbreviated trip. To avoid some of the hassle and make the most of your day, travelers offer a few tips. One, get in line extra early so that you can get on one of the first boats. Two, purchase a ticket and catch the ferry at the Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey (you'll get the same tour but face shorter lines). If you're short on time, have no fear – you can still view the monument from Battery Park or the High Line. Taking a guided tour is another hassle-free way to see the iconic landmark. Several of the city's best boat tours circle the Statue of Liberty, making for some spectacular photos. And for a bird's-eye view, consider one of the best New York City helicopter tours. The ferry that leaves from Battery Park is accessible from the Bowling Green subway stop; you can take the 4 or 5 train and visit any day except Dec. 25. Check out the official website for more information or go to the Statue Cruises website for boat schedules, information and to purchase tickets online. For more helpful tips on making the most of your visit, check out our list of everything you need to know before you go.
Statue of Liberty
This brightly shining beacon draws visitors year-round. So let's discuss your visiting options. The most popular method involves waiting at least 90 minutes for the ferry to cart you from Battery Park (in Lower Manhattan) to the statue located on Liberty Island, then making a stop at Ellis Island before returning to the mainland. The first boat of the day leaves at 9 a.m., the last boat leaves around 3:30 p.m., but almost all travelers complain of the long, disorganized lines and security screenings on top of the $18.50 ferry fee for such an abbreviated trip. To avoid some of the hassle and make the most of your day, travelers offer a few tips. One, get in line extra early so that you can get on one of the first boats. Two, purchase a ticket and catch the ferry at the Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey (you'll get the same tour but face shorter lines). If you're short on time, have no fear – you can still view the monument from Battery Park or the High Line. Taking a guided tour is another hassle-free way to see the iconic landmark. Several of the city's best boat tours circle the Statue of Liberty, making for some spectacular photos. And for a bird's-eye view, consider one of the best New York City helicopter tours. The ferry that leaves from Battery Park is accessible from the Bowling Green subway stop; you can take the 4 or 5 train and visit any day except Dec. 25. Check out the official website for more information or go to the Statue Cruises website for boat schedules, information and to purchase tickets online. For more helpful tips on making the most of your visit, check out our list of everything you need to know before you go.
Some say that Times Square is like a five-block metaphor for New York City itself – it's exciting, colorful and always jumping. Others describe this area of midtown Manhattan as artless, overpriced and congested. Perhaps this commercial stretch from West 42nd to West 47th Street is a little of both, and though locals would advise you to avoid it, you should at least catch a glimpse of its neon lights. Most travelers recommend visiting the area after dark to see the marquee displays. Many add checking out Times Square before or after a Broadway show is the perfect time to fit it into your schedule. Times Square's biggest tourist draw is the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. Revelers crowd the area to see New York's famous Waterford crystal ball descend 77 feet from a pole on the One Times Square building. If you're feeling brave, take a trip to New York and Times Square at this time of year and watch the ball drop for free! Just plan on coming in the early morning and staying all day, and note that the area is super crowded, even by New York standards. Times Square's constant activity makes it easy to find (take any train that stops at 42nd Street and Times Square or Port Authority). Several of the city's top bus tours and best walking tours include stops at Times Square. Some of the best New York City helicopter tours also fly over the iconic five-block stretch. Visit the official website for more information on what you can see and do in the area, and keep in mind the area's restaurants and stores have closing hours, but the billboards of Time Square bedazzle 24/7.
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Times Square
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Some say that Times Square is like a five-block metaphor for New York City itself – it's exciting, colorful and always jumping. Others describe this area of midtown Manhattan as artless, overpriced and congested. Perhaps this commercial stretch from West 42nd to West 47th Street is a little of both, and though locals would advise you to avoid it, you should at least catch a glimpse of its neon lights. Most travelers recommend visiting the area after dark to see the marquee displays. Many add checking out Times Square before or after a Broadway show is the perfect time to fit it into your schedule. Times Square's biggest tourist draw is the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. Revelers crowd the area to see New York's famous Waterford crystal ball descend 77 feet from a pole on the One Times Square building. If you're feeling brave, take a trip to New York and Times Square at this time of year and watch the ball drop for free! Just plan on coming in the early morning and staying all day, and note that the area is super crowded, even by New York standards. Times Square's constant activity makes it easy to find (take any train that stops at 42nd Street and Times Square or Port Authority). Several of the city's top bus tours and best walking tours include stops at Times Square. Some of the best New York City helicopter tours also fly over the iconic five-block stretch. Visit the official website for more information on what you can see and do in the area, and keep in mind the area's restaurants and stores have closing hours, but the billboards of Time Square bedazzle 24/7.
Set on an abandoned rail track on Manhattan's West Side, this sprawling nearly 1½-mile-long landscaped park stretches over three of the city's most lively neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. Standing 30 feet above street level, the High Line offers sweeping views of the Hudson River and Manhattan's cityscape. But the vista isn't the only reason visitors and Manhattanites flock to this manicured green space. Here, you'll find continually changing public art installations, a handful of food vendors and a sprawling picnic and sunbathing area (known as the 23rd Street Lawn). Recent visitors recommend escaping to the High Line when you need a break from the city's hustle and bustle. Many say on a sunny day this is one of the best ways to take in the views of Manhattan, calling it "urban oasis." The High Line is split into three sections, with multiple easily accessible entrance points. The first section extends from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The following section stretches all the way to West 30th Street. And the third installment runs from West 30th to West 34th Street. You can reach the High Line via the L, A, C or E trains to 14th Street and 8th Avenue, the 1, 2 or 3 train to 14th Street and 7th Avenue, or the 1 train to 18th or 23rd street. Access to the High Line is free. Hours vary by season, but it's typically open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 or 11 p.m. in the spring, summer and fall. Visit the official website for further details and info on current events.
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High Line
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Set on an abandoned rail track on Manhattan's West Side, this sprawling nearly 1½-mile-long landscaped park stretches over three of the city's most lively neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. Standing 30 feet above street level, the High Line offers sweeping views of the Hudson River and Manhattan's cityscape. But the vista isn't the only reason visitors and Manhattanites flock to this manicured green space. Here, you'll find continually changing public art installations, a handful of food vendors and a sprawling picnic and sunbathing area (known as the 23rd Street Lawn). Recent visitors recommend escaping to the High Line when you need a break from the city's hustle and bustle. Many say on a sunny day this is one of the best ways to take in the views of Manhattan, calling it "urban oasis." The High Line is split into three sections, with multiple easily accessible entrance points. The first section extends from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The following section stretches all the way to West 30th Street. And the third installment runs from West 30th to West 34th Street. You can reach the High Line via the L, A, C or E trains to 14th Street and 8th Avenue, the 1, 2 or 3 train to 14th Street and 7th Avenue, or the 1 train to 18th or 23rd street. Access to the High Line is free. Hours vary by season, but it's typically open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 or 11 p.m. in the spring, summer and fall. Visit the official website for further details and info on current events.
One of many signature landmarks of New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge is also one of the oldest suspension bridges in the country. Its six-lanes (and one pedestrian and bicycle walkway) span the East River, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. Walking across the bridge remains a tourist pastime. Some visitors decide to skip the bridge in favor of other attractions, but if you're short on money, this truly is one of the best ways to experience the city and to get a unique view of either borough. You can take the A or C train to the High Street stop in Brooklyn and stroll along the bridge back to Manhattan. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from one side to the other, and it's free to visit. Several of the best walking tours in NYC make stops at the bridge. For a unique perspective of the bridge, consider signing up for boat tour, many of which pass under the iconic landmark, or a helicopter tour.
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Brooklyn Bridge
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One of many signature landmarks of New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge is also one of the oldest suspension bridges in the country. Its six-lanes (and one pedestrian and bicycle walkway) span the East River, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. Walking across the bridge remains a tourist pastime. Some visitors decide to skip the bridge in favor of other attractions, but if you're short on money, this truly is one of the best ways to experience the city and to get a unique view of either borough. You can take the A or C train to the High Street stop in Brooklyn and stroll along the bridge back to Manhattan. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from one side to the other, and it's free to visit. Several of the best walking tours in NYC make stops at the bridge. For a unique perspective of the bridge, consider signing up for boat tour, many of which pass under the iconic landmark, or a helicopter tour.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, or simply, "The Guggenheim," is one of the most well-known art museums in the country, and it's just as renowned for its cutting-edge design as it is for its pieces. The coiled building (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) stands out on Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. Inside, the halls are chock full of some of Norman Rockwell's, Pablo Picasso's and Wassily Kandinsky's best work. Travelers agree this museum "never fails to impress." Visitors loved the building's design and architecture, and the variety of works housed within. Located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, at Fifth Avenue and 88th Street, you can reach the Guggenheim on the 4, 5 and 6 trains to 86th Street. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except on Tuesdays and Saturdays, when it closes at 8 p.m. Admission costs $25 for adults, $18 for students and seniors with an ID; children younger than 12 get in for free. Plus, on Saturdays, the museum features a "pay what you wish" policy (though $10 is suggested, cash only) from 5 to 8 p.m. If you purchased the New York CityPASS, you get discounted access to this museum. You can visit the museum's website for more information on current events and featured exhibitions.
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, or simply, "The Guggenheim," is one of the most well-known art museums in the country, and it's just as renowned for its cutting-edge design as it is for its pieces. The coiled building (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) stands out on Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. Inside, the halls are chock full of some of Norman Rockwell's, Pablo Picasso's and Wassily Kandinsky's best work. Travelers agree this museum "never fails to impress." Visitors loved the building's design and architecture, and the variety of works housed within. Located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, at Fifth Avenue and 88th Street, you can reach the Guggenheim on the 4, 5 and 6 trains to 86th Street. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except on Tuesdays and Saturdays, when it closes at 8 p.m. Admission costs $25 for adults, $18 for students and seniors with an ID; children younger than 12 get in for free. Plus, on Saturdays, the museum features a "pay what you wish" policy (though $10 is suggested, cash only) from 5 to 8 p.m. If you purchased the New York CityPASS, you get discounted access to this museum. You can visit the museum's website for more information on current events and featured exhibitions.
Known as the "the People's Playground," this famous amusement area in Brooklyn has witnessed an illustrious past. In the early 1900s, Coney Island enticed New Yorkers to visit with its bathing pavilions, seaside resorts and amusement park. The Great Depression took its toll on the fun-loving spot, causing many attractions to close. But after years of economic instability, Coney Island has reclaimed its place on the Brooklyn map, with a fresh roster of eateries and entertainment (including a July Fourth hot dog-eating contest and an annual Mermaid Parade) found along the boardwalk. Coney Island now features several separate amusement parks, as well as a museum, which hosts a variety of exhibits and shows. According to recent visitors, Coney Island is a worthwhile trip in the summer if you have the time and have younger kids in tow. You are welcome to visit Coney Island throughout the year, but to enjoy all of the amusement park activities you'll want to come in the spring or summertime. Typically, amusement park rides and attractions operate from noon until the evening during the week and weekends, though some attractions feature different operating hours. You can purchase a day pass to the amusement area for unlimited rides or individual ride tickets; prices vary by day and by height. For further details, consult Coney Island's official website. The easiest way to reach Coney Island from Manhattan is via the D, Q, N or F train to Stillwell Avenue. You may also take the B36, B64, B68, B74 or B82 buses from Manhattan.
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Coney Island
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Known as the "the People's Playground," this famous amusement area in Brooklyn has witnessed an illustrious past. In the early 1900s, Coney Island enticed New Yorkers to visit with its bathing pavilions, seaside resorts and amusement park. The Great Depression took its toll on the fun-loving spot, causing many attractions to close. But after years of economic instability, Coney Island has reclaimed its place on the Brooklyn map, with a fresh roster of eateries and entertainment (including a July Fourth hot dog-eating contest and an annual Mermaid Parade) found along the boardwalk. Coney Island now features several separate amusement parks, as well as a museum, which hosts a variety of exhibits and shows. According to recent visitors, Coney Island is a worthwhile trip in the summer if you have the time and have younger kids in tow. You are welcome to visit Coney Island throughout the year, but to enjoy all of the amusement park activities you'll want to come in the spring or summertime. Typically, amusement park rides and attractions operate from noon until the evening during the week and weekends, though some attractions feature different operating hours. You can purchase a day pass to the amusement area for unlimited rides or individual ride tickets; prices vary by day and by height. For further details, consult Coney Island's official website. The easiest way to reach Coney Island from Manhattan is via the D, Q, N or F train to Stillwell Avenue. You may also take the B36, B64, B68, B74 or B82 buses from Manhattan.