Must-see attractions in New York City

  • OCTOBER 2015: Visitors paddle in boats near a bridge at Central Park..

    Central Park

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park comprises 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways,…

  • The entrance to the American Museum of American History.

    American Museum of Natural History

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Founded back in 1869, this venerable museum contains a veritable wonderland of more than 34 million objects, specimens and artifacts – including armies of…


    Green-Wood Cemetery

    New York City

    If you want to enjoy a slice of scenic Brooklyn in total peace and quiet, make for Green-Wood Cemetery. This historic burial ground set on the borough’s…

  • Pathway at Highline Park

    High Line

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    It’s hard to believe that the 1½-mile-long High Line – a shining example of brilliant urban renewal – was once a dingy freight line that anchored a rather…

  • June 6, 2018: A small waterfall and bridge at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

    Prospect Park

    New York City

    Brooklyn is blessed with a number of historic, view-laden and well used green spaces, but its emerald is Prospect Park. The designers of the 585-acre park…

  • Brooklyn, NY, USA - June 27, 2019: Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn Museum

    New York City

    This encyclopedic museum, imagined as the centerpiece of the 19th-century Brooklyn Institute, occupies a five-story, 560,000-sq-ft beaux-arts building…

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    Whitney Museum of American Art

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    After years of construction, the Whitney's downtown location opened to much fanfare in 2015. Anchoring the southern reaches of the High Line, this…

  • An image of a street scene at Pell Street in Chinatown / New York City / Manhattan with the setting sun.


    SoHo & Chinatown

    A walk through Manhattan's most colorful, cramped neighborhood is never the same, no matter how many times you hit the pavement. Peek inside temples and…

  • Chelsea Market

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    In a shining example of redevelopment and preservation, the Chelsea Market has transformed a former factory into a shopping concourse that caters to…

  • View of Governors Island and Manhattan from air

    Governors Island

    New York City

    Off-limits to the public for 200 years, former military outpost Governors Island is now one of New York's most popular seasonal playgrounds. The fort…

  • Hudson River Park

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    The High Line may be all the rage these days, but one block away from that famous elevated park stretches a 5-mile-long recreational space that has…

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    Coney Island

    New York City

    About an hour by subway from Midtown, this popular seaside neighborhood makes for a great day trip. The wide sandy beach has retained its nostalgic,…

  • Lincoln Center

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This stark arrangement of gleaming modernist temples houses some of Manhattan’s most important performance companies: the New York Philharmonic, the New…

  • Union Square

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Union Square is like the Noah’s Ark of New York, rescuing at least two of every kind from the curling seas of concrete. In fact, one would be hard pressed…

  • Washington Square Park is a favorite summer spot for locals

    Washington Square Park

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    This former potter’s field and square for public executions is now the unofficial town square of Greenwich Village, hosting lounging NYU students, tuba…

  • New York From Above

    Flatiron Building

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Designed by Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, the 20-story Flatiron Building has a narrow triangular footprint that resembles the prow of a massive ship…

  • Japanese Hill and Pond Garden.

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    New York City

    Opened in 1911 and now one of Brooklyn's most picturesque sights, this 52-acre garden is home to thousands of plants and trees and a Japanese garden where…

  • Merchant's House Museum

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Built in 1832 and purchased by merchant Seabury Tredwell three years later, this red-brick mansion remains the most authentic Federal house in town. It's…

  • Nicholas Roerich Museum

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This compelling little museum, housed in a three-story town house from 1898, is one of Manhattan’s best-kept secrets. It displays 150 paintings by the…

  • Bushwick Collective

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Further cementing Bushwick's status as Brooklyn's coolest neighborhood is this outdoor gallery of murals by some of the most talented street artists in…

  • Little Italy

    SoHo & Chinatown

    This once-strong Italian neighborhood (film director Martin Scorsese grew up on Elizabeth St) saw an exodus in the mid-20th century when many of its…

  • Pace Gallery

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    With seven galleries across the world – including this eight-story Chelsea flagship – and decades of experience showing the work of such artists as Willem…

  • Looking down Mulberry Street at the corner of Mulberry and Broome Street in Manhattan.

    Mulberry Street

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Named for the mulberry farms that once stood here, Mulberry St is now better known as the meat in Little Italy's sauce. It's an animated strip, packed…

  • Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, New York.

    Fort Greene Park

    New York City

    War history and a hilly aspect make 30-acre Fort Greene Park a rewarding space to ramble. Forts from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 were retired by…

  • New York City Fire Museum in Manhattan.

    New York City Fire Museum

    SoHo & Chinatown

    In a grand old firehouse dating from 1904, this ode to firefighters includes a fantastic collection of historic equipment and artifacts. Eye up everything…

  • The Parlor of the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace historic site at 28 E 20th Street in New York City.

    Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    This National Historic Site is a bit of a cheat, since the physical house where the 26th president was actually born was demolished in his own lifetime…

  • Madison Square Park

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    This park defined the northern reaches of Manhattan until the island’s population exploded after the Civil War. These days it’s a much-welcome oasis from…

  • Brooklyn Art Library

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Enjoy an intimate glimpse into the creative minds of artists, both professional and amateur, at Brooklyn Art Library, which has assembled the world's…

  • National Arts Club

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Founded in 1898 to promote public interest in the arts, the National Arts Club holds art exhibitions, with free admission to the public during weekdays;…

  • Rubin Museum of Art

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    The Rubin is the first museum in the Western world to dedicate itself to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions. Its impressive collection spans…

  • Stonewall National Monument

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    In 2016 President Barack Obama declared Christopher Park, a small fenced-in triangle with benches and some greenery in the heart of the West Village, a…

  • Museum of Chinese in America

    SoHo & Chinatown

    In this space designed by architect Maya Lin (designer of the famed Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC) is a multifaceted museum whose engaging permanent…

  • New York Earth Room

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Since 1980 the oddity of the New York Earth Room, the work of artist Walter De Maria, has been wooing the curious with something not easily found in the…

  • Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art

    SoHo & Chinatown

    The world's first museum dedicated to LGBTIQ+ themes stages six to eight annual exhibitions of both homegrown and international art. Offerings have…

  • Broken Kilometer

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Occupying a cavernous ground-floor space in SoHo is this 1979 installation by the late American artist Walter De Maria. The work consists of 500 solid…

  • Red Hook Winery

    New York City

    Sip wines from across New York in this stripped-bare tasting room, lined with barrels and crowded with chardonnay-sipping locals every weekend. Though the…

  • Union Square Greenmarket

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Don’t be surprised if you spot some of New York’s top chefs prodding the produce here: Union Square’s green market is arguably the city’s most famous…

  • Gagosian

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    International works dot the walls at the Gagosian. The ever-revolving exhibits feature the work of greats such as Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel…

  • A view down the street in Ditmas Park.

    Ditmas Park

    New York City

    In this tranquil neighborhood, tree-lined side streets boast bourgeois timber houses built in the early 1900s in an eclectic mix of Colonial Revival, arts…

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20:  The Barber Chair at 'The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld' Exhibit at the New York Historical Society on May 20, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)

    New-York Historical Society

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    As the antiquated hyphenated name implies, the Historical Society is the city’s oldest museum, founded in 1804 to preserve historical and cultural…

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