Must-see attractions in New York City

  • St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

    Basilica of St Patrick's Old Cathedral

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Though St Patrick’s Cathedral is now famously located on Fifth Ave in Midtown, its first congregation was housed here, in this restored Gothic Revival…

  • Neon sign at night: The Brooklyn Brewery beer logo is displayed in the front window of a bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NYC- February 28, 2015

    Brooklyn Brewery

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Harking back to a time when this area of New York was a beer-brewing center, the Brooklyn Brewery not only brews and serves tasty local suds but also…

  • New York, New York, Brooklyn, The Old Stone House, Replica Of Original From Revolutionary War. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

    Old Stone House

    New York City

    Part community focal point, part museum, this quaint stone house was reconstructed by the (in)famous urban planner Robert Moses. A faithful replica of a…

  • Children playing in Sunset Park during the day.

    Sunset Park

    New York City

    Sunset Park is a lovely hangout spot: on summer evenings, families keep cool in its Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, and kids love its large, modern…

  • Tibet House.

    Tibet House

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    With the Dalai Lama as the patron of its board, this nonprofit cultural space is dedicated to presenting Tibet’s ancient traditions through art exhibits,…

  • NEW YORK CITY - MAY 2015: Entrance of American Folk Art Museum. It is an art museum devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists.

    American Folk Art Museum

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This small institution offers rotating exhibitions in three small galleries. Past exhibits have included quilts made by 19th-century soldiers and…

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    Gramercy Park

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Romantic Gramercy Park was created by Samuel Ruggles in 1831 after he drained the area’s swamp and laid out streets in an English style. You can’t enter…

  • The Bethesda Terrace Central Park.

    Bethesda Terrace

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    The arched and frescoed walkways of Bethesda Terrace, crowned by the magnificent Bethesda Fountain, have long been a gathering area for New Yorkers of all…

  • One of the walking paths at the Bush Terminal Piers

    Bush Terminal Piers Park

    New York City

    Distant views of Lady Liberty and the Manhattan skyline are the rewards of exploring this waterfront park with an industrial vibe. There's a dual-use…

  • Weeksville Heritage Center

    New York City

    In 1838 a former enslaved man by the name of James Weeks purchased a tract of land on the fringes of Brooklyn’s settled areas to build a free African…

  • Luna Park

    New York City

    The original Luna Park, the most famous of Coney Island's competing amusement parks, opened in 1903 and reigned for decades until destroyed by fire in the…

  • Kings County Distillery

    New York City

    Set in an 1899 brick building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this distillery uses New York grain to create some mighty smooth craft spirits. Come on a 45…

  • Grand Army Plaza

    New York City

    The grand entryway to Prospect Park, where Flatbush Ave meets the beginning of Eastern Pkwy, is a ceremonial arch created by visionary designer Calvert…

  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum

    New York City

    A bright-yellow, L-shaped structure houses this hands-on kids' favorite, founded in 1899 as the first children's museum in the US. The collection contains…

  • BLDG 92

    New York City

    A museum and gallery built in to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, BLDG 92 tells Brooklyn's living history, from the navy yards to its present-day innovators and…

  • Grace Church

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    This Gothic Revival Episcopal church, designed in 1843 by James Renwick Jr, was made of marble quarried by prisoners at ‘Sing Sing,’ the state…

  • Wyckoff House Museum

    New York City

    Built in 1652, Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House is New York City’s oldest building and one of the oldest in the US. A working farm until 1901, this Dutch…

  • Metropolitan Life Tower

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Completed in 1909, this 700ft-high clock tower soaring above Madison Square Park’s southeastern corner is the work of Napoleon LeBrun, a Philadelphia-born…

  • Strawberry Fields

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Standing inside the park across from the famous Dakota Building, where John Lennon was fatally shot in 1980, is this poignant, tear-shaped garden – a…

  • Riverside Park

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    A classic beauty designed by Central Park creators Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, this waterside spot, running north on the Upper West Side and…

  • Lefferts Historic House

    New York City

    Inside Prospect Park, this 18th-century Dutch farmhouse has period rooms festooned with farm implements, bouquets of herbs and antique ceramics, with a…

  • Columbus Park

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Mah-jongg meisters, slow-motion tai-chi practitioners and old aunties gossiping over homemade dumplings: it might feel like Shanghai, but this leafy oasis…

  • East River State Park

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    This 7-acre waterfront park is a slice of greenery with sublime views of Manhattan and cobbled vestiges of its cargo-handling past. It's home to plenty of…

  • Brooklyn Public Library

    New York City

    With a pillar-flanked entryway flecked with art-deco detailing, Brooklyn's main library brings to mind an ancient Egyptian temple. Take a closer look at…

  • Invisible Dog

    New York City

    In a converted factory dating to 1863, the Invisible Dog is an interdisciplinary arts center that embodies the spirit of Brooklyn's creativity. Check the…

  • Drawing Center

    SoHo & Chinatown

    America's only nonprofit institute focused solely on drawings, the Drawing Center uses work by masters as well as unknowns to juxtapose the medium's…

  • Salmagundi Club

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Far removed from the flashy Chelsea gallery scene, the Salmagundi Club features several gallery spaces focusing on representational American art set in a…

  • Great Lawn

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Located between 79th and 85th Sts, this massive emerald carpet at the center of Central Park is many a New Yorker's unofficial backyard. Created in 1931…

  • BRIC House

    New York City

    This long-running Brooklyn arts organization (responsible for the free, summer Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, among other things) is…

  • Artechouse

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    The previously unused boiler room beneath historic Chelsea Market has finally found a tenant in Artechouse, a technology-forward creative space where…

  • David Rubenstein Atrium

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    The David Rubenstein Atrium is a modern public space behind the Empire Hotel offering a lounge area (with free wi-fi), a cafe, and a TKTS booth selling…

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Don’t miss your chance to run or walk around this 1.58-mile track, which draws a slew of joggers in the warmer months. The 106-acre body of water no…

  • Conservatory Garden

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    For a little peace and quiet (as in no runners, cyclists or singing buskers), visit this 6-acre, formal garden – one of the park's official quiet zones…

  • McCarren Park

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    The grassy 35-acre McCarren Park makes a good picnic spot, and barbecues and bikinis define the action on warm summer weekends. On sweltering days you…

  • Straus Park

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This leafy little triangle is dedicated to the memory of Ida and Isidor Straus, a wealthy couple (Isidor owned Macy's) who died together in 1912 on the…

  • Central Park Zoo

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This small zoo, which gained fame for its part in the animated movie Madagascar, is home to penguins, snow leopards and lemurs. Feeding times in the sea…

  • City Reliquary

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    You knew Brooklyn was bizarro, but this repository for New York–related ephemera is something else. Tenderly curated displays exhibit objects from the…

  • Andrea Rosen Gallery

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Oversized installations are the norm at this spacious gallery, where curators fill every inch of space (and the annex, Gallery 2, next door) in…

  • Artists Space

    SoHo & Chinatown

    One of the first alternative spaces in New York, Artists Space made its debut in 1972 with a mission to support contemporary artists working in the visual…

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