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The Big Apple Guide - Unique and Customizable

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New York City isn't necessarily the most beautiful city in the world. But the people who live and visit here all form a connection with this city, a connection that you cannot experience anywhere else. This guide is meant to give ideas for travelers of any sort. Customizable and Unique Experiences to experience New York City more like a local, than a tourist. Plan the trip you want to have. Don't let someone else plan for you. See and experience the things you want to see and experience. Don't just go to the top of Empire State Building because you feel like you have to. With precious vacation/holiday time you need to be smart about your planning. I encourage visitors to group sites and attractions that are in relative closeness to each other to help maximize their time. For example, take the staten island ferry when you also visit Trinity Church, Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, and walk the Brooklyn Bridge and walk past city hall. Explore Central Park after visiting one of the large museums that's situated right there at the park. If you want to explore art galleries in Chelsea or visit the Chelsea Market, combine it with a walk on the high-line and maybe a small fantastic museum nearby like the Rubin. Be smart, have fun, and plan the trip you want to have - this guide will help you do-it-yourself. Make your visit unique. Make it yours.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

25 Places

7 City Tips

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25 Places

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

Art Museums, Children's Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Greenwich Village

Neighbourhoods

Washington Square Park

Neighbourhoods, Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rafele

Restaurants

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Art Museums

Central Park

Parks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

American Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museums

Frick Collection

Art Museums

Manhattan Skyline

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Empire State Building

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Grand Central Terminal

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Chrysler Building

Architectural Buildings

The Halal Guys

Restaurants

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Staten Island Ferry

Ferries

Trinity Church

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites

Chelsea

Neighbourhoods

The High Line

Parks, Scenic Walking Areas

Rubin Museum of Art

Speciality Museums

Flatiron Building

Architectural Buildings

SoHo

Neighbourhoods

The Met Cloisters

Sacred & Religious Sites, Art Museums

Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

Sacred & Religious Sites

VTJedi's City Tips

  • It can get really hot and sweaty in July/August in NYC. This is the time of year a lot of locals flee the city because of the scorching 90 degree heat. With rays from the sun reflecting from skyscraper and building windows one can fry easily - wear sunscreen!
  • January 2 - April 1 is the cheapest time of year to visit the city!
  • Reserve your accommodations well in advance if you can. Often times the closer you get to your arrival dates, hotels will fill up and other hotels will raise their prices!
  • Use the subway. Fast, cheap, easy means of getting around - and easy to navigate!
  • Don't linger in Times Square too long. Food is overpriced and hotels there are expensive. Stay somewhere more local to get a true NY experience. Nothing is far away in Manhattan - just a short subway ride away!
  • Group your activities and sites and museums into clusters to help maximize your time!
  • Take time to experience different neighborhoods, and make dinner reservations in advance! One of the best ways to experience different neighborhoods can be to have dinner in different areas. A nice stroll after dinner and you'll get to see different places.
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    New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
    Art Museums, Children's Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    VTJedi Says:

    When I hear people are coming to NYC, especially on a first trip I recommend they come to this museum first, on their very first day. The 19 minute video they show every half hour on the city of New York is worth the entry price alone. They have a wonderful permanent collection of NY artifacts, and revolving special exhibitions as well. A favorite here is the old horse & carriage. This is a great intro to any trip to NYC. A smaller museum, plan for 1.5 hours here. Not nearly as crowded as some of the large museums.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • No advance tickets needed
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Variety is the Spice of Life 17/09/2017
    • Exquisite Tiffany and More 16/09/2017
    • New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
    Address:
    170 Central Park West
    at Richard Gilder Way
    New York City, NY 10024-5152
    Phone:
    +1 212-873-3400
    Price range:
    USD 21 - USD 21
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Greenwich Village
    Neighbourhoods
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    VTJedi Says:

    This is my favorite neighborhood in NYC. Very local, non touristy, and full of history. There is a young scene, thanks to NYU, but also an older classier scene as well. This neighborhood as a wealth of wonderful restaurants - some of the best in the city. I love the local shops that one must explore. It's truly a gem of a neighborhood, with Washington Square Park at its heart. Go here for a quiet and local unique experience. Enjoy dinner and shopping here!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Many walking tours are online. Check out unique shops and restaurants while you're here.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great little area to just walk around and enjoy 19/09/2017
    • One of the best areas in Manhattan! 18/09/2017
    • Greenwich Village
    Address:
    14th Street and West of Broadway
    New York City, NY
    Phone:
    646-801-8
    Other:
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    Washington Square Park
    Neighbourhoods, Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    VTJedi Says:

    Washington Square Park is my favorite in the city. Very local, and not too touristy. Combine it with a walking exploration of Greenwich Village and visit some local shops and restaurants. Lots of great photo opportunities here of Downtown and Midtown!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is one of the most photogenic parks in the city. If you look carefully, you'll get amazing pics of the Empire State Building and of the new World Trade Tower
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delightful Park With Friendly Squirrels 19/09/2017
    • Very Nice Park 17/09/2017
    • Washington Square Park
    Address:
    West 4th Street
    Greenwich Village
    New York City, NY 10001
    Hours:
    Sat - Sun
    07:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Rafele
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    VTJedi Says:

    If you want one of the best authentic Italian meals of your life, then go here to this restaurant. You can occasionally feel the shake of a subway go by beneath you, but don't let that scare you. Rafele, who is from Naples, does it right and has the best southern Italian Food in the city I think. This restaurant feels like Italy, with a slightly modern feel. If you've been to Italy and had authentic southern Italian Food, this place will do justice.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make a reservation!
    • Try their wines - very typical of the region and very delicious.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 9,640 restaurants in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place 15/09/2017
    • Archetypal Village Italian 13/09/2017
    • Rafele
    Address:
    29 7th Ave S
    New York City, NY 10014-3938
    Phone:
    +1 212-242-1999
    Price range:
    USD 31 - USD 50
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:00 - 22:00
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 16:30
    Mon - Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    Art Museums
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    VTJedi Says:

    One of the most famous buildings in the world, the Guggenheim in NYC is truly unique. Architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright lovers will enjoy this museum for the architecture alone. Their permanent art collection is one of the best I've seen in the city, and the free audio guides here are really nice. Temporary Collections can be hit or miss depending on your tastes, but really you can't pass up a chance to see this world famous museum. Adjacent to Central Park and some delicious local restaurants nearby on Lexington Ave this is a nice area of the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go when they first open, because it will be less crowded.
    • Start at the bottom and work your way to the top. This is how everyone moves in a spiral upwards around the museum and by starting early you'll see crowds below and behind you.
    • This is a world famous museum and prepare for crowds. Be smart.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #99 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    • In between exhibitions, but still worth it. 19/09/2017
    • Seasoned New Yorker First Time! 18/09/2017
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    Address:
    1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St.
    New York City, NY 10128
    Phone:
    +1 212-423-3500
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    10:00 - 17:45
    Fri
    10:00 - 17:45
    Sat
    10:00 - 19:45
    Other:
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    Central Park
    Parks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    VTJedi Says:

    What can I say about Central Park that hasn't been said already? Probably nothing. This is a must for any trip. A world famous and unique park. The history and geology of the park is amazing. There's a great free nature center the north of the park. If you want to avoid the crowds, head to the northern sections!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Head north to avoid the crowds and experience ruins from colonial times, and forested woods and waterfalls.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Everything we had hoped for and more 19/09/2017
    • Beautiful tranquility in a busy city 19/09/2017
    • Central Park
    Address:
    59th to 110th Street
    Manhattan Borough, from Central Park West to 5th Avenue
    New York City, NY 10022
    Phone:
    (212) 310-6600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    VTJedi Says:

    The Met is my favorite of the large museums in New York City. I love the Greek/Roman statues, the art paintings upstairs, and the Egyptian collections the most. You need to have a plan and an idea of what you want to see here before you go - it's massive. They have sample itineraries for visiting the museum on their website that allow you to see the highlights. Plan for 3 hours here, and if you have less time than consider doing the museum highlights. See their website for information. It's really on the same scale as the Louvre in Paris. Stunning and huge museum. Can't see it all in one day! When I tell people to pick one large museum in the city, it's usually this one.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't just come to this museum without a plan - know what you are going to see before you come or risk being overwhelmed
    • Get there when they open or come on a late night opening to avoid the crowds
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Medieval armor is a must-see 19/09/2017
    • do what I did not...plan your trip 19/09/2017
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Address:
    1000 5th Ave
    New York City, NY 10028-0198
    Phone:
    +1 212-535-7710
    Price range:
    USD 25 - USD 25
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 17:30
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    American Museum of Natural History
    Natural History Museums
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    VTJedi Says:

    The American Museum of Natural History isn't for everyone.... but it is apart of my guide because I see it as one of the runner's up (along with the Met) for the big museum visit on any vacation or holiday to NYC. At any day at anytime of the year you can expect the museum to be packed with children. Don't expect to see the Dinosaurs up close, and forget about it being quiet. Some of the treasures of this museum though are in the lower level and not as popular with tourists. Lucy, for example, the pro-human skeleton found in Africa is one of this museum's gems and near the fossils and meteorites. This museum has an amazing app that will show you and lead you to their star attractions, like Lucy. I recommend using it and planning what you want to see and do. If you can't stand crowds, this museum won't be for you.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This Museum is Pay as you Wish, just like the Met. If you buy in advance your tickets online you must pay full price
    • Buy your tickets online... but even with advance tickets you must still wait in the entry line to get in the building. Once there, you must then wait in another line to get to a kiosk to print your tickets. It's still faster than waiting to pay.
    • Do not use the subway entrance or the main entrance on Central Park West. Instead, enter from the side street to the north of the building. It's used less frequent and when you enter and go downstairs you'll be near the planetarium and there are many kiosks to print your pre-purchased tickets.
    • Visit the planetarium show
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic museum...so much to see 19/09/2017
    • Premier Natural History Museum 19/09/2017
    • American Museum of Natural History
    Address:
    79th Street and Central Park West
    New York City, NY 10024
    Phone:
    +1 212-769-5100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:45
    Other:
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    Frick Collection
    Art Museums
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    VTJedi Says:

    The Frick Collection is quickly losing its gem status among visitors. What once was less frequented is now a popular tourist spot, just like the MET or MOMA or AMNH. It can get crowded here, so go when it opens or about 1 hour before it closes. 1 - 1.5 hours is enough time to see here. This is a classic home representative of the mansions that lined 5th avenue in the 1920s. It's a lot of history and introduces you to what living was like for the early wealthy crowd. Think of "Daddy Warbuck's" NYC home. It's very unique which is why I include it in this guide as something one can customize if they have interest in seeing it.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Go early to avoid the crowds.
    • Don't bring young children here - they will be bored.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Favorite NYC museum 18/09/2017
    • Disappointing. Few real masterworks worth the effort and the price of the ticket. 17/09/2017
    • Frick Collection
    Address:
    1 E. 70th St.
    Fifth Ave.
    New York City, NY 10021-4994
    Phone:
    +1 212-288-0700
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Manhattan Skyline
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    VTJedi Says:

    Any chance to take in the NYC skyline is a must. My favorite place to see the skyline is from Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Promenade. Views from Top of the Rock and Empire State Building can't be beat either. See the skyline from afar if you can!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Brooklyn Promenade is one of the best views!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • World Beater 19/09/2017
    • It's Manhattan!!! What more needs to be said?? 19/09/2017
    • Manhattan Skyline
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 00:00
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    Empire State Building
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    VTJedi Says:

    Great views of the city, and very historic. Buy your tickets in advance, and avoid the tourist crowds. Come here on a night when it's open late to get a view of the city late at night!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Buy tickets in advance - a must!
    • Come here on a night when it's open late - till 1am - and experience zero crowds and see the city all lit up at night!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History with a View 19/09/2017
    • Beautiful views! 19/09/2017
    • Empire State Building
    Address:
    350 Fifth Avenue
    Between 33rd and 34th Streets
    New York City, NY 10118-0110
    Phone:
    +1 212-736-3100
    Other:
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    Grand Central Terminal
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    VTJedi Says:

    Grand Central is beautiful. There are great cheap eats in the basement, but the main terminal is just stunning. You don't have to spend a lot of time here, and Grand Central has wonderful subway connections. You are just a few blocks from Bryant Park, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations. It's a must on every trip I take to NYC. Stop and people watch!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Campbell Apartment inside Grand Central is a unique find - a speakeasy type bar. No jeans or flip-flops - you must be dressed nice to get in. A nice place for a drink to feel like 1920's New York
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beauty in amongst the beasts! 19/09/2017
    • Grand central 19/09/2017
    • Grand Central Terminal
    Address:
    89 E 42nd Street
    New York City, NY 10017-5503
    Phone:
    (212) 340-2583
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:30 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Chrysler Building
    Architectural Buildings
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    VTJedi Says:

    I like the Chrysler Building for a piece of Art Deco New York. At one time it was the tallest building in the city. Just go in the grand entry room - you won't be admitted any further - to see the beautifully restored space. Be sure to look up when in the neighborhood for views - and check out the gargoyles if you can spot them!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to look up when passing by this building!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Probably My Favourite Building in NY 18/09/2017
    • interesting building 18/09/2017
    • Chrysler Building
    Address:
    405 Lexington and 42nd St.
    New York City, NY 10174
    Phone:
    +1 212-682-3070
    Other:
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    The Halal Guys
    Restaurants (Middle Eastern, Fast food)
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    VTJedi Says:

    I don't like to recommend restaurants (because when the secret gets out, I have a hard time getting in!) but the Halal Guys are famous street found in and around midtown Manhattan. This is the best street food in NYC. Famous Halal Food for about $7 a plate (one plate can easily feed two people). It's worth it for sure on any visit to NYC to experience street food once. Get the white sauce for sure, and ask for just a little of the red sauce if you dare (very spicy!) The food is so good you often see locals come up and get take out to walk back to their apartments!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The red sauce is very spicy, but a little is needed so just ask for a small squirt!
    • The Best Street Food in NYC
    • Don't confuse them with the other guys selling halal food. They aren't the same quality. Look for the bright yellow shirts that say "The Halal Guys".
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 9,640 restaurants in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No thanks guys 19/09/2017
    • Was not good 18/09/2017
    • The Halal Guys
    Address:
    6th Avenue At 53rd
    New York City, NY
    Phone:
    +1 347-527-1505
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    19:00 - 04:00
    Fri - Sat
    19:00 - 05:30
    Other:
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    Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts
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    VTJedi Says:

    Of all the things you can ascend to the top and see, this is my favorite. You must reserve tickets in advance, which means you take a risk it being bad weather. But the views are great because you can see the Empire State Building from this view, AND you can see Central Park. That's what makes this special because from the ESB you can't see Central Park. What's missing from this view? it's not as high up as the ESB and you can't see downtown all that well. But with three levels inside and out, it is worth it and if you have to choose between the ESB and this, then I say go with this!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets in advance. Go for sunset or mid morning times for best views but consider the position of the sun the time of year you are visiting or risk being blinded and having to edit the glare out of your photos.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sunset visit 19/09/2017
    • Fantastic views of all of Manhattan and especially Central Park 19/09/2017
    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    Address:
    30 Rockefeller Center
    New York City, NY 10112-0015
    Phone:
    +1 212-698-2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    VTJedi Says:

    This museum is simply amazing and it really does do justice to explain what happened here. One of the most stunning museums I've visited. This will take 3+ hours to do this museum justice, especially if you have kids or seniors with you as you descend underground 7 levels or so. I'd actually recommend passing on their video, it might make some upset as it features George W. Bush and some might disagree with his assessment of the situation. Get your tickets in advance.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets in advance for a timed entry
    • Get the free iPhone app and listen to one of the many different tours they have.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Somber but beautiful 19/09/2017
    • Respectful and Informative 19/09/2017
    • The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    Address:
    180 Greenwich St
    World Trade Center
    New York City, NY 10007-0089
    Phone:
    +1 212-312-8800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Staten Island Ferry
    Ferries
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    VTJedi Says:

    This is a free way to see the NYC lower manhattan skyline and the statue of liberty (from afar). If you can't afford the half day it can take to see the statue of liberty up close, then this can be a great way to see the city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look for views off the side of the boat towards the east river. You can get great shots of 4 or 5 bridges across the East River in the same camera shot if you time it right. Great Views!
    • It takes 1 hour round trip for the Ferry. You must get off in Staten Island, go around, and get back on again to get back to Manhattan. They typically run every half hour or so but check the schedules!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun and a Great View 19/09/2017
    • FREE SERVICE 24/7 GREAT VIEWS OF STATUE OF LIBERTY 19/09/2017
    • Staten Island Ferry
    Address:
    4 South Street
    New York City, NY 10004
    Phone:
    +1 212-839-3061
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    01:00 - 12:59
    Other:
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    Trinity Church
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    VTJedi Says:

    You don't need a lot of time for this spot, but it's one of the most historic churches in the United States and in all of New York. Combine it with a visit to Wall Street, Staten Island Ferry, or the 9/11 Memorial as all the sites are nearby.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The courtyard closes at 4pm, and that is one of the neat things to see here.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing little church 18/09/2017
    • Beautiful Treasure 18/09/2017
    • Trinity Church
    Address:
    89 Broadway
    New York City, NY 10006
    Phone:
    +1 212-602-0800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Chelsea
    Neighbourhoods
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    VTJedi Says:

    A great neighborhood, not very touristy, but full of amazing art galleries and up and coming restaurants. The high line goes through its western side, and is a must. Many consider this to be a new gay center for the city. If you want to experience local New York... look no further.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Good Diners and restaurants can be found in the neighborhood. This is local working New York!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice neighborhod 18/09/2017
    • Chelsea neighborhood...the flower district 11/09/2017
    • Chelsea
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    The High Line
    Parks, Scenic Walking Areas
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    VTJedi Says:

    The high line is a must visit, but not in peak times of the day or the holidays. Be smart and go early in the morning or late after the tourist afternoon rush. It's now a world famous clever design for an above ground railway in Manhattan. Enter from midtown and take it through Chelsea, in and around and through buildings and get out at W 14th street and take a visit to Chelsea Market or go all the way to the end at W 10th. Very fun, when it's not crowded.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go in the mornings, but NOT afternoons and NOT on any holiday. It can be wall to wall humans and you can't enjoy it during those times.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Elevated Escape 19/09/2017
    • Neat idea! 19/09/2017
    • The High Line
    Phone:
    +1 212-206-9922
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Rubin Museum of Art
    Speciality Museums
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    VTJedi Says:

    The Rubin is a true gem of the Chelsea Neighborhood. 5 floors or so of amazing art from the Himalayas. This small museum is never crowded, and you'll be treated to world class art without the crowds at the Met.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go anytime - no crowds!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Experience the past and present inside the Rubin 17/09/2017
    • Not What I Expected 05/09/2017
    • Rubin Museum of Art
    Address:
    150 West 17th Street
    New York City, NY 10011
    Phone:
    +1 212-620-5000
    Other:
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    Flatiron Building
    Architectural Buildings
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    VTJedi Says:

    Madison Square is one of my favorite spots in the city. Very historic and the square is flanked by many historic buildings like the MetLife Building and the Flatiron. Grab a coffee and sit and admire the flatiron and this amazing local square. In my opinion, this is a must-see in NYC. It's one subway stop away from Grand Central so I often combine this square with grand central.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sit in the square and watch locals go by. It's a good people watching spot.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting building, nice area 19/09/2017
    • Great nyc landmark 17/09/2017
    • Flatiron Building
    Address:
    175 5th Ave
    At 23rd St.
    New York City, NY 10010-7703
    Phone:
    +1 212-477-0947
    Other:
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    SoHo
    Neighbourhoods
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    VTJedi Says:

    I love SOHO for the shopping. The architecture is great and there are some fabulous restaurants. When in NYC and you want to get your shopping fix and your big name stores, go to SOHO. Have lunch in the neighborhood or grab a coffee and enjoy and absorb a different neighborhood away from Times Square as you shop till you drop!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Grey Dog - for lunch or brunch!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another iconic NYC neighborhood 18/09/2017
    • Walk the Walk 14/09/2017
    • SoHo
    Address:
    South of Houston Street
    New York City, NY 10022
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    The Met Cloisters
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Art Museums
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    VTJedi Says:

    This is one of my favorite escapes from Manhattan, which doesn't require me to leave Manhattan. It's a little slice of Italy and Nature right here in New York City. The Cloisters are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and feature the Met's Medieval Art Collection. Take the subway up to the tip of Manhattan, walk through an amazing local park and see the old fort, and then in the distance you'll see the Cloisters, a medieval looking building which seems to have been plucked straight from the Tuscan Countryside. Inside you'll be treated not only to the beauty of the museum, but to some amazing medieval art. You could very well have entire rooms to yourself as many tourists don't make it this far north. On the way back, have lunch near Columbia and visit St. John of the Divine!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Combine the cloisters with a trip to Columbia and St. John of the Divine
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A gem - off the beaten track, but worth a visit 18/09/2017
    • Well Worth the Price of The Cab Ride from Midtown plus Admission 17/09/2017
    • The Met Cloisters
    Address:
    99 Margaret Corbin Drive
    Fort Tryon Park
    New York City, NY 10040
    Phone:
    +1 212-923-3700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:15
    Other:
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    Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    VTJedi Says:

    This is a must visit, even if you aren't religious. It's like a great giant cathedral that has been plucked out of Europe. Free to enter and see, the cathedral was unfinished. Combine it with a visit to Columbia, have lunch, and go north and visit the Cloisters!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Don't miss the beautiful peace table!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Open Minded Cathedral!!! 14/09/2017
    • Disappointed 10/09/2017
    • Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
    Address:
    1047 Amsterdam Ave
    New York City, NY 10025-1747
    Phone:
    +1 212-662-2133
    Other:
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