You’ll never run out of things to do in New York. Hitting all of the major sights in one trip requires ambition, but hey, New Yorkers are ambitious.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The “Met,” as it is commonly known, is New York’s most popular tourist destination. Enjoy the museum’s permanent collection of some 2 million works; including some of the finest paintings of Picasso, Matisse; and the wonders of ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations. To top it all off, literally, is a rooftop garden with a spectacular view of Central Park.
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Phone: +1 (212) 535-7710
Museum of Modern Art
Features the world’s most comprehensive collection of modern art. Recently renovated by renowned architect Yoshio Taniguchi, the building itself has become as much of an attraction as the art inside.
Address: 11 West 53 Street, btw Fifth and Sixth Aves
Phone: + 1 (212) 708 9400
The “lungs of the city,” Central Park is Manhattan’s largest and most beautiful green space. A tribute to John Lennon, Strawberry Fields, a black and white tile mosaic of the word “imagine”, can be found near the 72nd Street entrance to the park.
Address: Strawberry Fields
Where prostitutes and drug dealers once roamed, families now bask safely in the neon glow of the square’s massive, illuminated advertisements. It’s the face of a safer (and wealthier) Manhattan.
Address: 42nd Street and Broadway
If you’re willing to stand in line for up to an hour you can get theatre and musical tickets for 25-50% off the box office price for shows the same day at the TKTS office on Times Square. Only cash or traveler’s cheques accepted.
Address: Duffy Square, 47th Street (btw Broadway and 7th)
Circle Line Boat
The 3-hour “Full Island Cruise” circumnavigates the entire island of Manhattan and takes visitors past 25 major
historical landmarks; including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge.
Address: Pier 83, West 42nd Street
Phone: +1 (212) 563-3200
Washington Square Park
One of the best spots for people watching on a sunny day, the park is filled with street performers, chess players, musicians and students from nearby New York University.
Address: West 4th Street and MacDougal
Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island
When immigrants arrived by boat in the late 19th century, the first sight they saw was the Statue of Liberty – an enduring symbol of the American dream.
Address: Battery Park
Opening hours: Daily 8.30am-5.30pm, boats go every 30 minutes.
Phone: +1 (212) 269-5755, +1 (212) 363-3200
Empire State Building
Currently the tallest skyscraper on the American east coast. The views from the observation deck on the 86th floor are breathtaking.
Address: 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd & 34th Streets
Opening hours: Daily 8am to Midnight
Phone: +1 (212) 736-3100
“Sex and the City” Tour
Guides take you everywhere your favorite TV-show characters go, and fill you in on all the show’s juicy, behind- the-scenes gossip in the process.
Address: Near Fifth Avenue and 58th Street (exact location provided upon purchase)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri at 11am, 3pm, Sat-Sun at 10am, 11am, 3pm
Phone: +1 (212) 209 3370