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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
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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
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)
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 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)
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
32. Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller
33. Top of the Rock
AO Schwartz (next to the giant Apple Store)– Closed
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 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)
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.
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