Must-see attractions in New York City

  • 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…

  • United Nations


    New York is the home of the UN, a worldwide organization overseeing international law, security and human rights. The Le Corbusier–designed Secretariat…

  • 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…

  • Met Breuer

    Upper East Side

    The newest branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in the landmark former Whitney Museum building (designed by Marcel Breuer; there's an…

  • Empire Stores

    Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

    Built just after the Civil War, the Empire Stores are a vestige of Brooklyn's historic waterfront, which once supported 3 miles of brick warehouses…

  • Skyscraper Museum

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Fans of phallic architecture will appreciate this compact, high-gloss gallery, examining skyscrapers as objects of design, engineering and urban renewal…

  • Morgan Library & Museum


    Incorporating the mansion once owned by steel magnate JP Morgan, this sumptuous cultural center houses a phenomenal array of manuscripts, tapestries and…

  • 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…

  • Museum at FIT


    Fashionistas won't want to miss a visit to the fabulous sartorial exhibits at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), which holds one of the world's…

  • 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…

  • Unisphere


    Designed for the 1964 World's Fair, this 12-story-high stainless-steel globe is the focal point of Flushing Meadows Park, and the de facto icon of Queens…

  • 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…

  • Anastasia Photo

    East Village & Lower East Side

    This small gallery specializes in documentary photography and photojournalism. Expect evocative, thought-provoking works covering subjects such as poverty…

  • 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…

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    St Marks Place

    East Village & Lower East Side

    One of the most magical things about New York is that every street tells a story, from the action unfurling before your eyes to the dense history hidden…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • Federal Hall, built 1833-1842, on Wall Street, New York City

    Federal Hall

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    A Greek Revival masterpiece, Federal Hall houses a museum dedicated to postcolonial New York. Themes include George Washington’s inauguration, Alexander…

  • Beach with the old bathhouse featured prominently.

    Riis Beach & Fort Tilden


    All the way at the bottom of the city, to the West of the quaint Rockaways, are Riis Beach and Fort Tilden, where New Yorkers of all stripes come to let…

  • 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…

  • A view of the Renwick Ruin with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

    Southpoint Park


    At the southernmost point on Roosevelt Island – which sits in the East River just off midtown Manhattan – is a grassy preserve with breathtaking views and…

  • Grant's Tomb, Riverside Drive at West 122nd Street, Morningside Heights.

    General Ulysses S Grant National Memorial

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    Popularly known as Grant’s Tomb (‘Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?’ ‘Who?’ ‘Grant, stupid!’ goes a classic joke), this landmark holds the remains of Civil…

  • 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…

  • A section of the boardwalk in the Rockaways



    These neighborhoods at the far reaches of New York City are unlike anything else in the five boroughs. Some parts look like the rest of southern Queens,…

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    Jane’s Carousel

    Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

    Behold the star attraction of the north end of Brooklyn Bridge Park: a vintage carousel built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company back in 1922. In 1984…

  • Roosevelt Island


    Floating in the East River between Manhattan’s eastern edge and Queens, New York’s anomalous, planned neighborhood sits on a tiny island no wider than a…

  • NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 30: A school child listens to a speaker during a ceremony at the African Burial Ground September 30, 2005 in New York City. Hundreds of school children attended the tribute ceremony at the African Burial Ground, a final resting place for slaves that settled in New York City. The burial ground was dedicated in October 2003. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

    African Burial Ground National Monument

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    In 1991, construction workers here uncovered more than 400 stacked wooden caskets, just 16ft to 28ft below street level. The boxes contained the remains…

  • An intersection with businesses in the South Street Seaport

    South Street Seaport District

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    The Seaport District is east of the Financial District along the river, but a whole world away. This neighborhood of cobblestone and heritage buildings…

  • 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…

  • Studio Museum in Harlem.

    Studio Museum in Harlem

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    This small cultural gem has been exhibiting the works of African American artists for more than four decades. While its rotating exhibition program is…

  • On one of the main drags of the Kaufmans Arts District.

    Kaufman Arts District


    Anchored by the legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios at 34-12 36th St, this up-and-coming district comprises more than 24 blocks of Queens' cultural heart –…

  • 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,…

  • Fraunces Tavern Museum

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Combining five early-18th-century structures, this unique museum/restaurant/bar pays homage to the nation-shaping events of 1783, the momentous year in…

  • UNITED STATES - MAY 28:  Hamilton Grange National Monument in Hamilton Heights.  (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

    Hamilton Grange

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    This Federal-style retreat belonged to Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who owned a 32-acre country estate here in the early 1800s. Unfortunately,…

  • 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…

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