Must-see attractions in New York City

  • 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…

  • Strivers’ Row

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    Also known as the St Nicholas Historic District, these streets were the darling of Harlem’s elite in the 1920s. The graceful row houses and apartments,…

  • Diamond District

    Midtown

    Like Diagon Alley in Harry Potter, the Diamond District is a world unto itself. Best experienced on weekdays, it's an industrious whirl of Hasidic Jewish…

  • 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…

  • Inwood Hill Park

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    This 196-acre oasis contains the last natural forest and salt marsh in Manhattan and evidence suggests the land was used by Native Americans in the 17th…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    Built in 1765 as a country retreat for Roger and Mary Morris, this columned mansion is the oldest house in Manhattan. It is also famous for having briefly…

  • National Jazz Museum

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    This small, Smithsonian-affiliated museum is a passionate love letter to the golden era of jazz in Harlem. From the 1930s to 1960s, the neighborhood was a…

  • 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…

  • Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    Built in 1784 on a 28-acre farm, the Dyckman House is Manhattan’s lone surviving Dutch farmhouse. Excavations of the property have turned up valuable…

  • Coney Art Walls

    New York City

    This open-air public museum of street art features 35 freestanding walls transformed each season into colorful murals by emerging and renowned graffiti…

  • David Zwirner

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    David Zwirner operates several galleries around Chelsea, including this five-story, sustainability-certified building with 30,000 sq ft of exhibition…

  • Paula Cooper Gallery

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    An icon of the art world, Paula was one of the first to move from SoHo to Chelsea in 1996 (she was also one of SoHo's pioneers, opening the first gallery…

  • Sylvan Terrace

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    The wooden houses on storybook Sylvan Terrace – resplendent with their high narrow stoops, dentiled canopies and boldly paneled wooden doors – constitute…

  • Children's Museum of the Arts

    SoHo & Chinatown

    This small but worthy stop encourages kids aged 10 months to 15 years to view, make and share art. Rotating exhibitions aside, the center offers a vast…

  • Gladstone Gallery

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Curator Barbara Gladstone has learned a thing or two after three decades in the Manhattan art world. Expect talked-about, well-critiqued exhibitions from…

  • Donald Judd Home Studio

    SoHo & Chinatown

    The former home and studio of the late American artist Donald Judd offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and artistic practices of the minimalist…

  • Seagram Building

    Midtown

    A textbook regular, the 38-floor Seagram Building is one of the world's finest examples of the international style. Its lead architect, Ludwig Mies van…

  • Ramble

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    In Central Park, between 73rd and 78th Sts, the leafy 38-acre Ramble is a wooded thicket that’s popular with bird-watchers. It's easy to lose your way in…

  • Hamilton Heights Historic District

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    Two parallel streets in Hamilton Heights – Convent Ave and Hamilton Tce – contain a landmark stretch of historic limestone and brownstone town houses from…

  • White Columns

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Geographically, White Columns is part of the Meatpacking District, but aesthetically speaking, it's in Chelsea. The sedate, multiroom space hosts a wide…

  • Pioneer Works

    New York City

    Making stunning use of a red-brick warehouse with wood-beamed ceilings, Pioneer Works hosts progressive, avant-garde temporary art exhibitions from…

  • Matthew Marks Gallery

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Founded in 1991, this gallery exhibits the work of American and European artists making use of many different media, from painting to printmaking to…

  • Bethesda Fountain

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This neoclassical fountain is one of New York’s largest. It’s capped by the Angel of the Waters, who is supported by four cherubim. The fountain, created…

  • Cheim & Read

    Upper East Side

    With its roll of artists past and present including Bill Jensen, Louise Bourgeois, Jannis Kounellis, Jenny Holzer and Tal R, Cheim & Read showcases…

  • Paley Center for Media

    Midtown

    This pop-culture repository offers more than 160,000 TV and radio programs from around the world on its computer catalog. Reliving your favorite TV shows…

  • Domino Park

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Opened to the public in 2018, five-acre Domino Park has a riverside walkway with big Manhattan views and a playground styled like big metal pipes –…

  • The Mall

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This Parisian-style promenade – allegedly the only straight line in Central Park – lined with rare North American elms, is flanked by statues of literati…

  • Convent Avenue Baptist Church

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    A lovely Gothic-style church offering traditional Baptist services since the 1940s. Morning congregations are fairly dressy.

  • Canaan Baptist Church

    Harlem & Upper Manhattan

    A modern Harlem church, founded in 1932, that welcomes visitors to Sunday services.

  • NEW YORK - MARCH 27:  Justin Batt, museum technician, looks over a 19th century cannon in the museum at Fort Hamilton, New York City's only active-duty military base, on March 27, 2009 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  Fort Hamilton is one of the oldest military bases in the country, and has over two hundred active duty military along with their families, many of them living in base housing. Built in the early 19th century, Fort Hamilton stands at the site on the Verrazano Narrows where the British first landed to face George Washington's army at the beginning of the American Revolution. Military recruiters currently often use the garrison to funnel through new enlisted recruits from the New York metropolitan area to complete their paperwork and medical tests prior to leaving for basic training and their first assignment in active duty.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Harbor Defense Museum

    Harbor Defense Museum

    New York City

    Beneath the breathtaking Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and located inside Fort Hamilton, military buffs will discover a small treasure trove of artifacts at…

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