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40 Things to Do in New York City (Video)


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This quick New York City insider travel guide for sightseeing Manhattan will take you through Things to Do, Eat and Neighborhoods to check out. It will guide you through the top attractions in NYC. Activities are listed by neighborhood so you can tackle this itinerary easily.

I’ve lived in New York City (Manhattan) for close to nine years. If you think this Big Bad Apple is exciting, charged and quick-paced, then you’re right!  The city doesn’t sleep and for its ladder-climbing-strap-holding citizens, that’s a good thing. Life is lived on the run. Just like the way Manhattanites like it.

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40 Things to Do in New York City

Note: Relevant character information is in the video and details summarized below.


Downtown Manhattan is the financial  and governmental district. The home of Wall Street, the wharf, World Trade enter towers. You can take the ferry to Staten Island,  pass the Lady Liberty and look back at  the New York City skyline.

1.  9/11 Outdoor memorial to the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers C

Subways: A, C, 1, 2, 3 to Chambers Street;  A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains to Fulton Street;  2 or 3 trains to Park Place;  E train to World Trade Center

2.  9/11 Museum,  Admission: $24, Tuesdays Free after 6pm, Website

3.  Wall Street Charging Bull.,  Broadway and Morris Street

4.  Wall Street, Location: Between Broad and Wall Street

5.  Federal Hall Memorial, Location: 26 Wall Street

6.  Walking Brooklyn Bridge. From Manhattan, enter the bridge near City Hall/ Centre Street. Subways:  4, 5, 6, J, Z and R lines.

7.  Statue of Liberty, Governors Island

8.  Staten Island Ferry

Hours: 7am-11pm Duration: 25 minutes. Admission: Free.  Subway: Whitehall Terminal / 4th South Street in Lower Manhattan. Lower East Side

9. Katz’s Famous Delicatessen, 205 E Houston St / Allen Street.  Subways: 2nd Ave, Delancy, Essex


New York City harbors one of the grittiest Chinatowns you’ll experience in fishy smells, budget eats and a Chinese community  and culture, which can make you feel like you’re in China.

10.  Explore Chinatown. Nearest Subway: Canal Street

11. Try Boba Tea in Chinatown

 Little Italy

Oh Mama Mia! If you’re looking for a bit of pasta, canoli and a little Italian flavor, then Little Italy has got a lot of character for you. It’s the hub of Italian restaurants and delis. If you’re in the city during September then check out the San Gennaro Festival, one of the liveliest religious festivals in Manhattan.  Little Italy stretches from Mulberry Street to Chinatown.

12.  Explore Little Italy.  Nearest Subway: Canal Street

13.  Try Cannoli in Little Italy.    Recommended: Cafe Palermo, 148 Mulberry St (btwn Grand & Hester St); Ferrara Bakery, 195 Grand St (btwn Mott & Mulberry St)

14.  Soho for Shopping.  Subways: Spring St,  Prince St.,  Broadway-Lafayette

15.  Soho Cobblestone streets (Mercer, Greene, Bond & Wooster Streets)

West Village

If you’re looking for upscale small boutiques with a bit of old money charm or a cafe to brunch at, the West Villlage holds a quiet and subdued atmosphere.

16.  Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes,  401 Bleeker Street/11th St

Union Square

Union Square or 14th Street/Broadway is one of the main transfer hubs on the subway. It’s ‘the gathering place’ for many with a fresh market, dog park and lots of people watching.  If you’re staging a peace rally, demonstration or event you want to voice, this is the main park to do it at. The park square is surrounded by restaurants and shopping, a Whole Foods, Best Buy and more.

17.  Union Square Park, 14th & Broadway

Meatpacking District to Chelsea

Warehouses, designer boutiques and art galleries stretch these west side districts starting at 14th Street and 10th Avenue, alll the way to 23rd Street.  At night the meatpacking district is alit with restaurants and bar/clubs. You’ll also find the High Line Park, an old raised railroad renovated into a raised urban walkway.

18.  High Line Park, Gansevoort St to 30th St/9th-11th Aves)


19.  Bus Tours/ Film Location Tour (Review of my Sex & the City hotspots tour with  OnLocation Tours coming )

20.  New York Food Tours  (Read my review of Ahoy NY Food Tours & Tastings)

21.  Eating at a Breakfast Truck in NYC (Video)

28. Subway performances


22.  Empire State, 350 5th Ave

23. B & H Photo and Camera Store, 34th St & 9th Ave

24.  New York Public Library

25.  Bryant Park

26. Chrysler Building

27. Grand Central, 89 East 42nd St,

29. Times Square, Broadway Ave/ 42nd- 53rd St

30.  Broadway Theater District, 40th-54th Streets, 7th and Broadway

31.  Halal Food Truck in NYC (Video)

5th Avenue

32.  Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller

33.  Top of the Rock

34.  FAO Schwartz (next to the giant Apple Store)– Closed

Central Park

Central Park  is one of the biggest, most visited and most filmed urban park in the U.S.. It offers a range of free outdoor events from concerts in the summer, Shakespeare in the Park and more. Stroll, rent a bike, hire a horse carriage or take a jog through the park.

35.  Columbus Circle, 59th & Broadway

36. Central Park, 59th -110th Streets/ 5th & 8th Aves, Website

37. Bike Rentals & Park Tours at Central Park  (Cost ranges from $15+)

38. Horse Carriage & Pedicab Tours  (Costs start at $155+)

39. John Lennon’s “Imagine” Memorial, Central Park west & 72nd St

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is the home of the high arts such as opera, symphony concerts and ballet. It’s also the home of Julliard School and the New York Public Library.  During the summer, Lincoln Center sports an outdoor event program, showcasing the most popular dance companies the Big Apple has to offer… for free!

40. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (62nd-65th Streets)

Getting Around

The Big Apple is a pedestrian city, where residents commute by subway, bus, taxi, Uber and foot. Vulnerable to weather, other people and its zealous ambitions, makes New Yorkers survival based.

Jaywalking is absolutely acceptable and you’ll always find yourself standing a foot -or ten- into the street when waiting on the corner for the light to change. It’s about getting that extra edge into your day; a way to slice time. Got your running shoes on? 

The subway operates 24 hours a day. Cost per single ride as of 2017 is $2.75.   You can purchase a single, day unlimted, 7 day, 30 day and year unlimited pass.  The unlimited passes work on the public buses as well.

Related Posts about New York:

A Food Guide of Ethnic Neighborhoods in NYC

(Video) Eating at a Breakfast Truck in NYC

(Video) Halal Food Truck in NYC

Things to Know About New York City



Music:  Someone_Your_Own_Size | YouTube Commons

Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons: Daniel Schwen, Jim Henderson, Eldar Kalmalov

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  1. jonthan swirsk6 says:

    If u like cheese cake…got to try “lindy’s” in penn. Station or just penn. Station alone is somthing all its own..;)

  2. Very cool list Christine.

    As a NJer who’s spent much time in the City I feel you have all the great spots covered.

    Even though they’re terrible this year I’d say for any tourist to definitely catch a Knicks game at MSG.

    They may be struggling but it’s still an amazing experience.

    I went to Game 4 of the 99 Finals – Game 4 I think at least – and the place exploded as it was their only win of the series. I’ve also been to a few regular season games over the years.

    Thanks for the share!


    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Ryan: haha.. I wish I had thought of that. That’s a great add. I’ve not gone to a game yet! How about baseball teams? Which do you root for?

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