New York City Attractions
There's always something new and exciting around every corner! Explore, you'll love it!
Abigail Adams Smith Museum - Federal style decorative exhibits. A garden surrounds this 1799 carriage house.
American Craft Museum - Covers a broad spectrum of 20th Century American crafts in every medium.
American Museum of the Moving Image - Motion pictures, television, video and electronic multi-media history.
American Museum of Natural History - MUST-SEE! Devoted to presenting the natural sciences, big, all-day event.
American Scandinavian Foundation - Often has exhibits featuring Scandinavian artists.
Americas Society - Exhibits of South & Central American art.
Aqueduct Raceway - One of the most important thouroughbred horse racing facilities in the U.S.A.
Asia Society Galleries, The - Ancient and modern Asian art including the Rockefeller collection.
Bard Graduate Center for Studies in Decorative Arts - International decorative arts exhibits.
Battery Park (includes Castle Clinton and Battery Park City) You can get to the Statue of Liberty from here.
Bronx Museum of the Arts - Modern and Contemporary Art with ethnic themes reflecting local demographics.
Bronx Zoo, The - The biggest urban zoo in the U.S.A., this all day event even has a monorail and skyrides. Full day.
Brooklyn Battery Tunnel - Longest underwater vehicle tunnel in North America.
Brooklyn Bridge, The - MUST-SEE! You can't buy it but you can walk on it! A 19th century engineering marvel.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - The wife and I took a romantic stroll here once, lots of roses.
Brooklyn Children's Museum - Hands-on, child geared exhibits.
Brooklyn Museum of Art - A broad spectrum, Goya, Degas, Monet, Courbet, Egyptian art and much more.
Carnegie Hall - This is a world famous performance hall/theater. I even saw Carl Sagan & Isaac Asimov there!
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The - A gothic revival w/ 17th cent. tapestries, under construction since 1892.
Central Park - MUST-SEE! Has a zoo, Carousel, walking tours, horse-drawn carriages, sports playing fields, boating & more.
Childrens Museum of Manhattan, The - My daughter liked it! 5 floors of hands-on exhibits.
Childrens Museum of the Arts, The - Includes international childrens art and hands-on exhibits.
China Institute, The - A smaller museum featuring traditional chinese arts and crafts.
Chinatown - MUST-SEE! It's growing and growing, little Italy has been absorbed by it and it's an epicural treat.
Chrysler Building, The - MUST-SEE! Stunning art deco building, you must go into the lobby and see this ornate wonder!
City Center - A theater center devoted to presenting diverse types of music, dance and theatrical performances.
City Hall & City Hall Park - Built in 1812, see the Governor's room furnished in antiques. It's FREE and near the Brooklyn Bridge.
Cloisters, The - Exclusively European medieval art & structures, operated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Conference House, The - National historic landmark, Staten Island, dtd. 1670's, peace conference here to prevent Amer. Revolution (failed of course).
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum - affiliated with the Smithsonian and housed in the former Andrew Carnegie mansion.
Downtown Athletic Club - Home of the Heisman Trophy.
Ellis Island National Monument and Immigration Museum - Millions of immigrants passed through these portals, next to the Statue of Liberty.
Empire State Building, The - MUST-SEE! Stunning panoramic views from the observation deck.
Equitable Gallery, The - Diverse art genres displayed.
Federal Hall National Landmark - Across from the New York Stock Exchange, New York was the site of the 1st U.S. capital.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Only Fort Knox has more gold. Contact beforehand before touring.
Flatiron Bldg. - This 1902 building looks so cool (it looks like a wedge from above), you have to catch a picture of it.
Forbes Magazine Galleries - Includes Faberge eggs, toy soldiers, historical documents, paintings, photos & more.
Fraunces Tavern Museum - Once bombed by terrorists, this famous 18th century tavern focuses on Amer. History.
Frick Collection, The - Features a collection spanning 7 centuries of sculpture, paintings and decorative art.
George Washington Bridge - Connects New Jersey with upper Manhattan.
Governors Island - Once a military base for various branches of the U.S. armed forces, very interesting old fortifications!
Guggenheim Museum, The Solomon R. - MUST-SEE! Frank Lloyd Wright designed building and an eclectic art collection.
Guggenheim Museum Soho - Special exhibitions and overflow display space to the extensive Guggenheim collection.
Gracie Mansion - Traditional home of the mayor of New York City.
Grand Central Terminal - MUST-SEE! Beautifully restored, incredible zodiac light ceiling, useful bustling commuter center.
Grant's Tomb (a.k.a. General Grant National Memorial) - Crypt of Ulysses S. Grant & his wife Julia, dangerous at night.
Greenwich Village - Much more than the city's gay/lesbian epicenter; hetero's have a blast here too!
Hayden Planetarium - MUST-SEE! Now a component of the Rose Center for Earth and Space
Hispanic Society of America, The - Art from Spain, Portugal, the Americas and an extensive library.
Holland Tunnel, The - Long underwater tunnel connecting New Jersey and Manhattan.
Hotel Chelsea - Built in 1884, so many famous people lived here, see the lobby, the music store & their site.
IBM Building - MUST-SEE! - See the tranquil public space with living bamboo trees inside & cool river sculpture outside.
International Center of Photography, The - Photographic art works.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum - MUST-SEE! Aircraft carrier, submarine, includes the SR-71 (the worlds fastest jet plane).
Islamic Cultural Center - Architecturally interesting domed mosque and minaret.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - a humongous, ultra-modern convention center, the largest in the city.
Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art - Way out on Staten Island, biggest collection in the western hemisphere.
Japan Society Gallery - Classical and modern Japanese works of art including touring exhibits.
Jewish Museum, The - Religious and historical Jewish art.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts offers several different tours and also includes these famous entities:
Lincoln Tunnel - A Vehicular toll tunnel with 3 tubes connecting New Jersey with Manhattan.
Little Italy - A ghost of it's former self, China town has surrounded it and one by one the buildings become chinese-owned.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum - Recreates the common living experience of 1900's N.Y.C. dwellers.
Macys at 34th St. Herald Square - This amazing department store is the last of it's kind, it's NOT a mall experience.
Madison Square Garden - NY Knicks, NY Rangers, other teams, circuses, animal shows, tennis, boxing, exhibitions, much more. They also offer the "All Access Tour" where you get a behind the scenes look at the facility.
Manhattan Bridge - The entry arch is significant, it crosses the east river, next north of Brooklyn Bridge (easy to see from South St. Seaport.
Manhattan Municipal Building - Near Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall & Police Plaza, see the golden angelic statue atop its pinnacle.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The - MUST-SEE! A real Egyptian temple, ancient to modern art, overwhelming! >1 day.
Museo Del Barrio, El - Latin American art in many mediums including Puerto Rican folk art.
Museum for African Art, The - Changing art exhibits from the continent.
Museum of American Folk Art - Across from Lincoln Center and displaying traditional American folk art.
Museum of the City of New York - Describing the history of the great city via various historical artifacts & media.
Museum of Jewish Heritage - Memorial to the Holocaust located in Battery Park,
Museum of Modern Art, The - a.k.a. MoMA, it presents works from a ginormous collection.
Museum of Television & Radio, The - Located in a 17-floor custom designed ediface, displays the history of T.V. and radio.
National Academy of Design - Design art museum/gallery.
National Museum of the American Indian - a Smithsonian Institution museum.
New Museum of Contemporary Art in Soho, The - presents art created in recent years.
New York Aquarium - In Coney Island, this is an excellent aquarium with dolphin shows, sharks and much more.
New York Botanical Garden, The - Offers tram, golf cart and walking tours. One of the most beautiful collections of flora on Earth.
New York City Fire Museum - Antique fire-fighting equipment and presenting the distinguished history of "New York's Best"
New York City Transit Museum, The - Full scale train cars in an actual subway station. Currently being renovated.
New York Commodities Exchange (a.k.a. New York Board of Trade) - You'll never see more controlled-chaos anywhere else!
New York Life Insurance Company Bldg. - Walk through the lobby of this 1928 New York Classic. Feel old New York!
New York Stock Exchange - MUST-SEE! They have a free visitors gallery.
New York City Subway System, The - MUST-SEE! Thrilling and perfectly safe in most areas, scary and dark in some.
New York Hall of Science - On the grounds of the former World's Fairs '39 & '64, hands-on science museum.
New York Historical Society, The - A museum and library with millions of important historical documents.
New York Public Library, The - MUST-SEE! - Although there are many interesting branches, you MUST SEE the one at 42nd St. & 5th Ave.
NY Boat Charter - Offering yachts, sailing and fishing boats for 1 to 600 passengers; daily, hourly & weekly.
Orchard St. - Interesting old time sidewalk hawking of apparel. Bustling.
Pennsylvania Station (Madison Square Garden Above) - Mega commuter node, the definition of New York City commuting!
Pierpont Morgan Library - In the former residence of J.P. Morgan, rare books from the dawn of printing to the present.
Police Bldg., The (old) - NOT Police Plaza, it's the former N.Y.C. Police headquarters, copper-top dome and interesting fascade.
Police Plaza - Unremarkable exterior, but the epicenter of police operations in N.Y.C., next to City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge & Municipal Bldg.
Queensborough Bridge - Unremarkable.
Queens Museum of Art, The - Features a scale model of NYC, last updated early '90's, on the old Worlds Fair Grounds.
Radio City Music Hall (Don't Miss NBC Studios, also see Rockerfeller Center) - see the Rockettes and more.
Richmondtown Restoration - On Staten Island, 17th century lifestyle re-enactment, 25 restored bldgs, 1 built in 1695!
Rockerfeller Center (also see Radio City Music Hall) - MUST-SEE! see the murals and underground tunnels.
Roosevelt Island Tramway - take a ride over the East River. Quiet on residential Roosevelt Island, but a fun ride.
Rose Center For Earth and Space - Ultra-modern complex which absorbed the Hayden Planetarium.
St. Patricks Cathedral (Across from Rockerfeller Center) - a GINORMOUS Catholic house of worship.
South Street Seaport - MUST-SEE! major tourist stop, tall ships, Fulton Fish Market, mall-like shopping experience, Titanic memorial lighthouse, more!
South Street Seaport Museum - The rich nautical history of South Street Seaport on display.
Staten Island Ferry, The - MUST-SEE! Best panoramic view of N.Y on the upper back deck, see Statue of Liberty & Verrazano Bridge.
Staten Island Zoo - A nice small zoo featuring a tropical forest setting with bats, a large collection of reptiles and an acquarium with sharks and piranhas.
Statue of Liberty National Monument and Museum - MUST-SEE! - Currently closed to viewing from within, the grounds are still open. When it re-opens, you'll find that walking up the spiral staircase to the head is quite memorable.
Strand Bookstore - More than 8 miles of used books. Not one of those cookie-cutter chain book stores!
Studio Museum in Harlem, The - African descended artists works presented.
Temple Emanu-El - a Jewish temple located in an interestingly designed structure.
Theater District - The center of the New York professional theater universe, see the world famous musicals & plays. Links to plays coming here.
Times Square - Completely transformed into a family friendly environment (REALLY!) It is completely new and unbelievable eye candy.
Tribeca - This neighborhood of converted warehouses is a trendy rising star of epicure and art.
Trinity Church (and museum) - See famous Alexander Hamilton's grave and other notable figures. Near Wall St.
Trump Tower - MUST-SEE! - Cool waterfall, giant geodes, stone everything, neat upper outdoor balcony. (IBM bldg. next door!)
Ukrainian Museum - Once a dominant ethnic group in the east village, presents Ukrainian art including Easter eggs.
United Nations, The - MUST-SEE! - When you are on their property, you have legally left the U.S.A.! It's a cool feeling.
United States Customs House - Incredibly ornate building which now houses the National Museum of the American Indian (above)
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge - You can only drive over it, no walking allowed. Seen from Staten Island Ferry. Longest suspension bridge in N. America.
Wall St. Area - Walk down some of the narrow side streets and be amazed at how little light penetrates some of them.
Washington Square Park - MUST-SEE! - Hyper-human activity surrounded by NYU (private university w/many blgs.) & Greenwich Village.
Whitney Museum of American Art - a.k.a. "The Whitney", another super-power art museum.
Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris - note the hanging mobile sculptures in this smaller space.
Williamsburg Bridge - Unremarkable.
Woolworth Building, The - Lost in a competition with the Chrysler Building to be the tallest of its time.
Yankee Stadium - See the beloved New York Yankees powerful baseball team. Outside the stadium use auto-theft deterrent systems, keep eyes open.
Yeshiva University Museum - Jewish ceremonial religious objects and rare literature and art. Moved to The Center for Jewish History.
city that never sleeps.
New York City also has many privately-owned art galleries and an incredible/excellent range of dining possibilities. There are many interesting and unique shopping experiences (which we plan to cover here at some point) that go way beyond those bland cookie-cutter chain stores (although you can find that too!)
There are interesting boat tours run by Circle Line Cruises which include The Beast (a very high speed water tour) Seaport Music Cruises and other companies such as NY Waterway with quite a variety of cruises and the Chelsea Screamer. There are also numerous water ferries which usually are used by commuters to go to and from Long Island (including Queens and Brooklyn), Staten Island, New Jersey and upstate, but also include routes to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There are several helicopter tours, the ones I know about are Island Helicopter and Liberty Helicopter Tours. As long as we're talking about aircraft, the airports serving the metropolitan area are John F. Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark (in New Jersey). There are many varied passenger rail services into the city: Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North, Metropolitan Transit Authority, New Jersey Transit and Path Trains.
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