Getting Here (Plane):
There are more than a hundred air carriers traveling to NYC from all over the country and the world, including American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and United. Air travelers to New York City may arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA), both in Queens, or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in neighboring New Jersey. LaGuardia primarily serves domestic destinations, and also offers flights to select Canadian and Caribbean destinations. Kennedy and Newark both serve domestic and international destinations.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Jamaica, Queens, NY 11430
New York’s largest airport serves more than 80 airlines, most of which are international. It is approximately 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Here’s how to get to Midtown Manhattan from JFK:
- Taxi: $52.50 flat fare (non-metered), plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 30 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan, depending on traffic and road conditions.
- AirTrain JFK: $7.75 (children under 5 are free); AirTrain links the airport to the subway and Long Island Rail Road. AirTrain also offers free service between points in the airport.
- Uber / Lyft:
- Uber rates to Manhattan can get as low as $35 and as high as $163 depending on the service. Flat rates apply to direct trips between specified locations. Lyft, on the other hand, starts at $48 and can get as high as $76 for Plus.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Jackson Heights, Queens, NY 11371
This is New York’s second-largest airport, with nearly 20 airlines serving mostly domestic destinations, as well as Canada and the Caribbean, from four passenger terminals. LaGuardia is on the northern shore of Queens, directly across the East River (about 8 miles from Midtown Manhattan).
- Taxi: Approximately $29–$37 metered fare, plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 20 to 25 minutes to Midtown Manhattan.
- City Bus: $2.75 (Transferrable to subway). Two express buses serve LaGuardia; the M60 and Q70. The Q70 goes nonstop to Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue, a major subway hub in Queens with five lines. The M60 runs to Harlem and connects to all the major subway lines in Manhattan.
- UberPOOL is $23 to $29,UberX is $30 to $39, UberXL is $44 to $57; Lyft is $26 to $40.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark, NJ 07114
Newark Airport, with more than 30 airlines (many of which are international), is across the Hudson River from New York City—16 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Here’s how to get to Midtown Manhattan from Newark Liberty:
- Taxi: Traveling to Manhattan, metered fare; approximately $50 to $75, plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 45 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. During weekday rush hours (6–9am and 4–7pm) and on weekends (Saturday–Sunday, noon–8pm), there is a $5 surcharge for travel to anywhere in New York State except Staten Island. When traveling to the airport from Midtown Manhattan, service is via New York City’s regulated yellow taxis. Metered fares range $69–$75, plus a $17.50 surcharge in addition to tolls and gratuity.
- AirTrain Newark: $15.25. AirTrain links to the airport via NJ Transit and Amtrak’s Newark (or EWR) train station; 45 to 90 minutes to Midtown Manhattan, requiring a transfer from the AirTrain line to the NJ Transit line (be sure to keep your ticket after using it to exit the AirTrain station, as it is also used for the NJ Transit fare) or Amtrak. AirTrain also offers free service between points in within the airport complex, including hotels and parking. Look for signs marked “Monorail/AirTrain Link” (do not follow signs for Ground Transportation).
- UberPOOL is $45 to $46, UberX is $43 to $50, UberXL is $55 to $66; Lyft is $28 to $42.
- Shared Shuttle: Two companies, GoAirLink and SuperShuttle, are ride-sharing services that have the door-to-door benefits of a taxi but could be significantly cheaper, depending on the number in your group.
Seventh to Eighth Avenues, between West 31st and West 33rd Streets
Penn Station is the main terminal for Long Island Rail Road, and a terminal for Amtrak and NJ Transit. Subway lines here include the 1, 2, 3, A, C and E.
(800) 872-7245 | (212) 630-6400
Amtrak is the national passenger railroad of the United States. New York City’s Penn Station is their busiest station in the nation, serving hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. The company offers numerous packages and deals, including special passes allowing international visitors to make multiple stops throughout the country.
New York City is in the Northeastern part of the US, and we experience a variety of weather conditions and temperatures. Though most people would probably prefer to visit during the warmer months, with a little extra clothing in your luggage, you can have a marvelous time in New York City any time of the year.
Average High – 39°F / 3°C
Average Low – 26°F / -3°C
It’s cold and windy in New York City in January, that’s the best way to describe it. There is also a very good chance of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, so if you’re planning on visiting New York City in January, you will need to bring all your winter gear.
Pack at least one hat, some warm sweaters, gloves, scarves, boots, a heavy coat, and you might consider bringing along some long johns or thermal underwear, particularly if you are planning to spend a good amount of time outside.
Average High – 42°F / 6°C
Average Low – 29°F / -2°C
February is another cold and windy month in the Northeast, with snow, and other forms of wintry weather in the forecast.
Pack hats, some warm sweaters, gloves, scarves, boots, long johns, and a heavy coat.
Average High – 50°F / 10°C
Average Low – 35°F / 2°C
Most New Yorkers consider March weather to be the most unpredictable. Snow and other forms of wintry weather are still in the forecast even though the official start of spring occurs in March.
I would still pack winter weather clothing for a trip to New York during this month.
Average High – 60°F / 16°C
Average Low – 45°F / 7°C
April is a transitional month in New York City. Winter has faded and Spring is slowly raising the temperature. April can be a rainy month and late season snowstorms have dumped the white stuff on the city in the past, so keep a good eye on the weather if you’re planning on visiting during this month.
You may not need heavy winter clothes in April, but you will still need to dress warmly. Lightweight rainwear made for travelers would be helpful.
Average High – 71°F / 22°C
Average Low – 55°F / 13°C
Spring-like temperatures arrive in the Northeast in the Month of May. The weather should be warming up nicely, and this is a great time to visit New York City. Rates are still low, and the masses of visitors have not yet arrived.
Bring a nice jacket and long sleeve shirts and blouses. It may get warm enough for short sleeves, so you might want to pack one or two pieces.
Average High – 79°F / 26°C
Average Low – 64°F / 18°C
June is when things really begin to warm up, however you might want to pack a light jacket or warm sweater. It can get cool in the evenings, especially in the early part of the month.
Average High – 85°F / 29°C
Average Low – 70°F / 21°C
Hot weather comes to New York City during the month of July. Pack plenty of shorts and short sleeves. Don’t forget the sunscreen, especially if you plan to do a lot of touring around town.
Average High – 83°F / 28°C
Average Low – 69°F / 21°C
It’s hot and humid in August in New York City, and thunder showers are frequent. Pack your summer clothes and perhaps some rain gear.
Average High – 76°F / 24°C
Average Low – 61°F / 16°C
We start to see the weather cooling down in September, but it’s still warm making it one of the best months to visit New York City. Since the new school year all around the United States has just started, many Americans don’t vacation during this month, so crowds at NYC attractions are less, and hotel prices start dropping.
Average High – 65°F / 18°C
Average Low – 50°F / 10°C
October weather in New York City is absolutely lovely and makes it one the best months to visit the city (especially since you will avoid the summer crowds). The weather has cooled down and a crispness is in the air as the leaves shower down from the trees, making it a great time to walk around and take in all the sights and attractions New York City has to offer.
Pack a few sweaters and a warm jacket, and you should be well prepared for the weather.
Average High – 54°F / 12°C
Average Low – 41°F / 5°C
Cold weather begins to set in during the month of November. Wintry weather is possible, so pack warm clothing for your visit to the Big Apple during November.
Average High – 44°F / 7°C
Average Low – 32°F / 0°C
It’s cold in December and wintry weather and snow are very possible, though the past few years have been mild. I would pack winter clothing (warm sweaters, gloves, hats, long johns or thermal underwear, and so forth), for a visit to New York in December.
There are two types of cards to choose from: a Pay-Per-Ride card and an Unlimited Ride card. With a Pay-Per-Ride card, your card will deduct $2.75 every time you take the subway/bus. An Unlimited Card costs a flat fee $33.00 and you can use the subway/bus as many times as you want within a set number of days (7).
- There is a one-time $1 fee when you purchase a card. * Don’t throw your card away when it runs out of money, or you will have to pay $1 again when you by a new card.
- Up to 4 people can use the same MetroCard. It will still cost $2.75 per person per ride but you do not need to pay the $1 fee for multiple cards.
- Each ride includes a free transfer (within two hours) between subway lines, bus, and subway, or between buses.
- This card can be used on the JFK AirTrain connecting the airport to the subway system (additional cost applies).
- It can only be used by 1 person.
- Once you have swiped the card to enter the subway, it cannot be used again for 18 minutes.
- Unlimited Ride MetroCards are not accepted by the JFK AirTrain, Express buses or PATH trains.
How to Use the NYC Subway
- So take a minute and search for a subway map inside the station (there is one in each station) or ask the station attendant for a free subway map to go.
- When looking at the map, you will see the different lines in different colors and numbers. New Yorkers don’t call the train lines by their colors, so make sure you are choosing the subway line that you need by letter or number. That’s because even though the blue line shows lines A, C, and E, these train routes eventually split up and you may end up somewhere completely different from where you intended to go.
- When looking at the subway map you will see that some stops have black dots and others have white dots. Black dots are “local” stations and the only trains that stop here are trains that make every stop on the line. White dots are “express” stations and all trains on a line stop here.
- Another important thing you have to figure out is whether you need to go uptown (generally meaning north), or downtown (generally meaning south) – for those staying in Manhattan. This means that you will have to choose the correct platform. Also, some subway stations (usually local train-only stations) have separate entrances for uptown, or downtown-bound trains. This means that you might have to cross the street to get down to the direction you want to go.
- Also, you will notice that most subway stations have either a green globe or a red globe. Historically, these were installed to tell riders which stations are open 24 hours (those are marked with a green globe) and which stations are closed at night (those marked with a red globe).
- Another mistake that newbies to the NYC subway system make is to exit from one station to head to another station to catch a different train, thus having to pay for another ride. Some stations have pedestrian tunnels that connect them to other stations.
If you are still not sure whether you are getting on the right train or standing on the right side of the platform, just ask somebody. You will be surprised to find that many New Yorkers like to help you find your way. And why not ask the conductor. At each station, there are black and white striped boards that conductors on the train must point at (to prove they didn’t fall asleep).
The Financial District
- Best for: Museums, historic sites (like the September 11 Memorial and Museum), architecture, and access to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge
- What you won’t find: Great dining, much evening entertainment
- Parameters of the neighborhood: Everything south of Chambers Street
This is where New York City—then New Amsterdam—was born. The area packs the same historic punch as do colonial sections of Boston and Philadelphia. It was on Wall Street that George Washington took the oath of office as America’s first president. It was here, at Fraunces Tavern, that the Sons of Liberty gathered to plot the overthrow of the British. It was at Castle Clinton and then Ellis Island that millions of immigrants flooded the city in the 19th and 20th centuries to get their first glimpse of a “promised land”. The great financial movers and shakers also stalked the area (and continue to do so today), and a visit to these “canyons of greed” at the beginning of the day or at 5pm, when those men and women in suits and trader’s smocks pour onto the streets, is an exciting sight. Recent history has overshadowed other sights and for many visitors this has become simply the place to pay respects at Ground Zero at the extraordinary 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Other top museums here include the National Museum of the American Indian and The Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Chinatown (& Little Italy)
- Best for: Affordable dining and shopping
- What you won’t find: Top museums, streets without gridlock
- Parameters of the neighborhood: Chinatown is roughly bordered by Broome Street to the north, Allen Street to the east, Worth to the south, and Lafayette Street to the west.
At points, Chinatown takes on the aspects of Shanghai or Beijing: the dense crowds on the streets, the awnings with Chinese characters, the pinging sound of Chinese conversation everywhere. It’s a fun, truly transporting area to visit and one that’s been voraciously swallowing up other neighborhoods—Little Italy, the Jewish Lower East Side—for the past few decades. In fact, except for two blocks of Mulberry Street (from Canal to Broome), strung with colored lights, Little Italy has ceased to exist and is really only a tourist-trapping shadow of its former self. There are a handful of worthwhile places to shop for Italian food, eat gelato or get Italian coffee, but no noteworthy restaurants and very few real Italian-Americans around anymore. For great, cheap eats (and shopping) stick with Asian restaurants and marts, for the most part.
TriBeCa, Nolita & Soho
- Best for: Dining, bars, star-sightings, architecture, shopping
- What you won’t find: Cutting-edge galleries (they’re now in Chelsea), museums
- Parameters of the neighborhood: Let’s explain the names first. SoHo means “south of Houston Street”. This fashionable neighborhood extends down to Canal Street, between Sixth Avenue to the west and Lafayette Street (one block east of Broadway) to the east. Nolita is the area just north of Little Italy (Mott, Mulberry Street and Elizabeth Street north of Kenmare Street). Bordered by the Hudson River to the west, the area north of Chambers Street, west of Broadway, and south of Canal Street is the Triangle Below Canal Street, or TriBeCa. To get here, take the 1 subway to Chambers Street.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, comes the harder task of figuring out what it is about former factories and tenements that the ultra-rich find so appealing. They certainly wouldn’t have wanted to work or live in this area back then, but these formerly industrial areas have been drawing a lot of boldfaced names lately. And with these arrivistes has come a welcome wagon of hot new restaurants, boutiques, spas, and boites. Which means simply wandering these (often) cobblestoned streets, by the cast-iron buildings (Soho has the most of any area in the world) can be a hoot.
The Lower East Side & East Village
- Best for: Dining, bars, dance and music clubs, art galleries, innovative theaters, local designer-clothing shops
- What you won’t find: Museums (with the exception of the very fine Tenement Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art)
- Parameters of the neighborhood: Between Houston and Canal streets east of the Bowery
For millions, these areas were once the portal to America. In fact, the buildings you see on the Lower East Side were built expressly to house the teeming masses of immigrants who flooded into New York between roughly 1840 and 1930. At the turn of the last century, this was the most densely populated area in the world, with a dozen to an apartment and pushcarts jamming the streets. While there are some remnants of that life in the old-world fabric and luggage stores along Orchard Street, these areas are mostly known today for bars, lounges, and music clubs. It’s in these two neighborhoods that you’re most likely to find young designers opening their own tiny stores and protégés of the town’s great chefs trying out their own first restaurants. I may be prejudiced because I live in the East Village, but I find it one of the most vibrant areas of Manhattan, though many blocks have lost their gritty edges thanks to ever-rising real estate prices.
- Best for: Strolling, dining, historic sites, lovely architecture, specialty food shops, theater, live music clubs, star sightings
- What you won’t find: Museums, many hotels
- Parameters of the neighborhood: From Broadway west to the Hudson River, bordered by Houston Street to the south and 14th Street to the north
Greenwich Village has always been where the city’s outsiders and oddballs have found a haven. In Dutch Colonial times, it was farmland set outside the walls of the city, and a number of slaves were given conditional freedom in return for providing the burghers with food (and fighting off the Native Americans). At the turn of the 20th century, the area became known as a bohemian enclave, where artists of all sorts (Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Winslow Homer, to name a few) could find cheap lodging and companionship. In the 1950s it was at the center of the Beat movement; in the 1960s and ’70s the area around Christopher Street became the center of a burgeoning gay rights movement (in the ’80s it was a hotbed of AIDS-related activism).
Today, the high real estate prices have dulled the Village’s edge, and you’re more likely to see dads with strollers than long-haired poets walking these streets. And that dad might be Alec Baldwin, one of the many celebs who now call the tree-shaded brownstones of the Village home sweet home. But the charms of the area are still intact, as is the illusion that you’ve entered another city altogether. Very few buildings in the neighborhood reach to 10-stories (most are lower than that) and small shops elbow out chain stores. It’s a wonderful place to simply come and get lost in.
Chelsea & the Meatpacking District
- Best for: Art galleries, nightlife, shopping, the Highline, gay bars
- What you won’t find: Theater, Museums (other than the Whitney)
- Parameters of the neighborhood: Roughly the area west of Sixth Avenue from 14th Street to 30th Street
Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is today what Soho was 10 years ago, and what Greenwich Village was 20 years ago. The major galleries have moved here, as has Greenwich Village’s large gay population. This makes for a lively cultural scene with many bars and clubs (dance clubs are in abundance from 22nd and 29th streets between Tenth and Eleventh avenues). The so-called Meatpacking District, named for the slaughterhouses in the area, has also become an extremely popular nightlife destination (as well as a shopping mini-mecca for its handful of super-trendy stores). An off-shoot of Chelsea, it’s NYC’s adult Disneyland, filled with late-night clubs, bars, and restaurants that are unhindered by the city’s zoning laws (as there are no schools or churches in this part of town). A final reason to come here: the Highline Park, a marvel of urban reclamation.
The Flatiron District, Union Square & Gramercy Park
- Best for: Dining, historic sites, architecture, Off-Broadway theater
- What you won’t find: Museums
- Parameters of the neighborhood: The Gramercy Park area is from about 16th to 23rd streets, east from Park Avenue South to about Second Avenue; the Flatiron District is south of 23rd Street to 14th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue; Union Square is the hub of the district from 14th Street to 18th Street.
If you look up as you meander through these three bustling, adjoining (and overlapping) areas, you’re likely to see brown street signs proclaiming ladies mile. It was on this stretch, mostly on Broadway and Park Avenue South, that the first wave of department stores transformed the lives of New Yorkers in the 1850s. Instead of hopping from a dry goods shop for fabric to a milliners for hats to a cobbler for shoes, women from all over the city came here to outfit themselves and their homes in stores that, wonder of wonders, had everything they needed under one roof. Notice the large plate-glass windows on many of the facades, another department store innovation. Above, the windows are much smaller and point to a second element of the “Ladies Mile”: brothels. When the stores closed for the day, the establishments upstairs opened. And where there’s prostitution, theater often follows. The area around Union Square was New York’s first show district.
Interestingly, the same area has become another important theater district for New York’s Off-Broadway playhouses in recent years. The dining scene is also hot here.
For the best strolling, head directly for the Gramercy Park area, named for the only privately-owned park in the city (the keys go to those apartment owners whose windows overlook the park). Around the park are a number of beautifully preserved historic homes and clubs, including the wisteria-clad home of former Mayor James Harper (4 Gramercy Park S.), the Players Club (at 16 Gramercy Park S; its members included Edwin Booth and Mark Twain), and the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park S., a hangout for Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Dreiser).
Times Square & Midtown West
- Best for: Theater and entertainment of all sorts, the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, Macy’s
- What you won’t find: Serenity
- Parameters of the neighborhood: From 30th Street to 59th Street west of Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River
Midtown West, a vast area, encompasses several famous names: Madison Square Garden, the Garment District, Rockefeller Center, the Theater District, Hudson Yards and Times Square. It’s the area people think of when they think of New York and the reason why so many visitors say with a smirk “Well, it’s a nice place to visit, but I couldn’t ever live there.” And because they’re basing their judgments on crowded, loud, pushy midtown, they’re absolutely right: It’s unlivable . . . which is why so few New Yorkers actually live in this area. In certain parts of Midtown there’s no residential housing whatsoever, and it’s only the tourists who attempt to get a good night’s sleep in this bustling neighborhood.
Midtown East & Murray Hill
- Best for: Great architecture, shopping (and window-shopping), historic sites, the United Nations, the Empire State Building
- What you won’t find: Museums, nightlife (again, with some exceptions)
- Parameters of the neighborhood: East from Fifth Avenue to Third Avenue, north from 42nd Street to 57th Street
In the 1950s, Madison, Park, and Lexington Avenues started to sprout with skyscrapers and soon were rivaling the Wall Street area for office space. That’s primarily what you’ll find here: people in suits, looming glass towers, and lots of traffic. Among all that are some spectacular architectural sights like Grand Central Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Chrysler Building and the Seagram’s Building. Go closer to the East River and the area becomes largely residential with little to recommend it to visitors beyond Bloomingdales and the United Nations.
A tremendously popular stretch of Midtown East is Fifth Avenue as it runs from 57th Street down to the Empire State Building at 34th Street. Stroll it for some of the best window-shopping on the planet.
Upper West Side
- Best for: Museums (like the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Historical Society), Central Park, bars, kid-friendly restaurants, classical music and dance at Lincoln Center and elsewhere
- What you won’t find: Great shopping (again with some exceptions), edge
- Parameters of the neighborhood: Starts at 59th Street and encompasses everything west of Central Park.
In some ways, the Upper West Side has the most suburban vibe of any of Manhattan’s neighborhoods. National chain stores line the major thoroughfares and the sidewalks swarm with strollers. It’s a popular area for families thanks to its proximity to Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
It wasn’t always this way. When I was growing up on the Upper West Side, and even before that, the neighborhood had a reputation for being an intellectual hotbed, a place where highly political New Yorkers planned protests. No more. But it’s still an extremely pleasant place to visit with good, if unoriginal, shopping; a handful of topnotch museums; New York’s famous art hub, Lincoln Center; and, of course, access to the glories of Central Park. And the Time Warner Center gives the neighborhood the dubious distinction of having the priciest food court in the world.
Upper East Side
- Best for: Museums, architecture, window-shopping, Central Park, bars
- What you won’t find: Fine dining (although I list some exceptions to that), theater, music clubs
- Parameters of the neighborhood: Starts at 59th Street and encompasses the area east of Central Park
10021 is the richest zip code in the world, and it belongs to the Upper East Side, in particular the swank swatch of pavement that runs from 61st to 80th streets. Also known as “The Gold Coast” and “Millionaires Mile”, this is the stomping grounds for New York’s high society: the Prada-clad women and old money men who sit on the boards of the neighborhood museums, go to a lot of cocktail parties, and endow scholarships for kicks. Their mansions and marble-face townhouses make for nifty sightseeing for those interested in architecture; and the shops along Madison Avenue offer a peek into the extravagant fashions adopted by the ultra-rich and the top designers who serve them.
Museums also play a key role on the Upper East Side, and there’s a greater concentration of top-flight museums here than anywhere else in the country, with the exception of the Mall in Washington, D.C. You’ll want to spend at least 1 day exploring Museum Mile—the Metropolitan, Guggenheim, The Frick, Cooper-Hewitt, and more are all in the area
- Best for: Dining, bars, clubs, historic sites.
- What you won’t find: Theater, shopping, museums (except for the Studio Museum and the Museo del Barrio)
- Parameters of the neighborhood: Harlem proper stretches from river to river, beginning at 125th Street on the West Side, 96th Street on the East Side, and 110th Street north of Central Park. East of Fifth Avenue, Spanish Harlem (El Barrio) runs between East 100th and East 125th streets.
Perhaps the most rapidly transforming neighborhood in the city, Harlem is safer and cleaner than it’s been in decades . . . but may be losing some of its intrinsic character. A largely African-American neighborhood since the 1920s—and home to some of the greatest black writers, politicians, and artists of the 20th century—the neighborhood is now drawing an increasing number of Caucasian residents, lured here by lower real-estate prices and the beauty of a brownstone-lined community. My recommendation: Visit here soon before the authentic soul and Caribbean joints disappear, the gospel churches lose their swing, and the rhythm of the streets changes its beat. There’s much to see, including dozens of well-preserved Beaux Arts brownstoners, historic homes and hopping bars and clubs.
- Best for: Museums, parks, lovely architecture, innovative galleries, dining, great views of Manhattan
- What you won’t find: You find pretty much all the same types of attractions in Brooklyn that you will in Manhattan. It deserves a visit!
If Brooklyn had not traded its sovereignty to become a borough of New York City in 1898, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States, just after New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. With 2.6 million residents (according to the last census), it certainly is the most populous borough of the city and at 71 square miles, it’s also the largest. Which is all a long way of saying it’s very difficult to pin down the nature of Brooklyn, as it’s just too darn big to be summarized in a nutshell.
The two most affluent neighborhoods are Brooklyn Heights, which is right off the Brooklyn Bridge, boasting spectacular views of Manhattan; and Park Slope, the area surrounding Frederick Law Olmstead’s other great work of landscape architecture (after Central Park), Prospect Park. Both are stellar strolling areas, filled with lovely Beaux Arts brownstone buildings (Brooklyn Heights was the first neighborhood in the city to be landmarked).
The borough’s artists tend to live in Red Hook, Williamsburg (though many are getting priced out here), and a few hold-outs still live in DUMBO (the area “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”). You can pop by all for afternoons of gallery hopping. Williamsburg has one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities in the world. Walk the streets peopled by this sect and you may feel as if you’ve stepped back into an old country Shtetl (an illusion only somewhat ruined by the incongruous but ever-present cellphones).
Eastern Europe also makes an appearance in Brighton Beach, which has the largest ex-pat Russian community in the world. It’s not the friendliest area, but fascinating to visit nonetheless, with stores selling endless rows of nesting dolls and Lenin t-shirts, and small-scale nightclubs that out-glitz and out-crass Vegas. Just up the shore from Brighton Beach is famed Coney Island. It’s still an amusement park, though one with less panache than in its heyday.
Among the touristic highlights of the borough are the view from the Brooklyn Heights promenade; Peter Luger, an iconic steakhouse in Williamsburg; the shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; and in Park Slope a constellation of sights including the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and Prospect Park.
- Best for: Baseball, Italian restaurants, zoos, and gardens
- What you won’t find: Museums, nightlife, other types of noteworthy food, hotels, theater
I may be condemned for this assessment, but to my mind there are only four reasons a tourist should even think of going to the Bronx: Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Gardens, and the Italian restaurants and stores of Arthur Avenue. If you have no interest in any of these sights or facilities, you can skip this giant borough without too much regret.
- Best for: Museums, ethnic dining, affordable hotels
- What you won’t find: Theaters, great shopping, top architecture
Archie Bunker no longer lives in Queens. In fact, the grouchy, bigoted xenophobe at the center of the famed 1970s sitcom All in the Family probably wouldn’t recognize the borough today. In just the past 50 years it’s gone from being a somewhat insulated community of Irish- and Italian-Americans to the most international community in the United States.
It’s this ability by tourists to globe trot in an afternoon that makes Queens appealing, despite the dreary, industrial look of much of it. Whether you’re downing samosas or shopping for saris in very Indian Jackson Heights; breaking plates at a Greek restaurant in Astoria; or buying miracle water and tacos at a Mexican botanica in Corona, there’s much to taste, smell, and experience.
Museums are another big draw, and the borough now tops Brooklyn for its cultural attractions, boasting four great ones: The Museum of the Moving Image, PS 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Isamu Noguchi Galleries, and the Louis Armstrong House.
- Best for: Views of Manhattan from the ferry
- What you won’t find: Notable museums, nightlife, hotels, theaters, truly great restaurants, interesting architecture
And I’ll again be blunt: Except for the fun and free ferry ride here, there’s no reason a tourist should visit here. Yes, there are a handful of cultural and historic sites, and a new-in-2019 outlet mall, but none that justify the commute.
How to Choose A Restaurant in New York City
There are over 24,000 restaurants in New York City, so choosing where to eat can be a challenge, especially if you don’t live in the area.
We’ve created this guide to help you make a choice through visual inspection and good old common sense. Of course you can also take a look at Zagat, TripAdvisor or any number of websites that rate restaurants, but our methods will help supplement the often times conflicting information you’ll find on those sites.
Look For the Letter Grade
The New York City Health Department inspects restaurants and other food service establishments at least once a year. The inspectors are not trying to determine if the food tastes good or is good for you, so that information you’ll have to find elsewhere.
They are, however, checking for compliance with the food handling, food temperature, personal hygiene of restaurant staff, and vermin control guidelines set out by the agency. Once the inspection is complete, a letter grade is given to that establishment.
The letter “A” is the highest rating, and the restaurant being shut down is the lowest. Anything less than an “A” (in these New Yorker’s opinion) is simply unacceptable. If the restaurant, bar, diner or sandwich shop has anything else, even a grade pending sign, you might not want to eat there. Food poisoning or finding a roach in your food is not fun.
Don’t Eat Sushi at a Steak House
In a city where there are so many restaurants to choose from, deciding which one to eat at can be a hassle, especially when you’re dining out with a group. One person wants pizza, another Asian, and the next, steak. Eventually, you have to make a choice, which means someone will have to compromise and not get what they want. Smart restaurateurs know this, so you’ll often find steak on the menu at a seafood restaurant, or sushi rolls at a steak house.
Well, here’s our advice: for the best possible meal when you eat out, order the restaurant’s specialty. A steak house should have really great steak…that’s what they specialize in. Their sushi may be palatable (maybe), but it won’t be the best sushi you’ve ever eaten. For really good sushi, go to a restaurant that specializes in it.
Our go to food is a hamburger. Very few American’s have not eaten one, and most of us have cooked and eaten many. So a good hamburger should be easy to make for any chef cooking in the US. After all, the recipe is simple. Take some ground beef seasoned at the least with salt and pepper, grill or fry it, and slap it on bread. It’s hard to mess that up! Since you’ll find some form of it on most menus, it’s our go to food when we absolutely don’t want what a restaurant specializes in.
Look For Patrons
Over 8 Million People live in New York City and they all have to eat. So, if you come across a restaurant in Manhattan that is empty at 7:00 on a Friday night, you might not want to eat there despite what any reviews on a website might say. While it’s true that Zagats, Yelp and other websites have restaurant ratings and reviews, most New Yorkers will keep their opinion to themselves and vote with their wallets. If they like a restaurant, they spend their money there…if they don’t, they won’t.
Any really good restaurant will have a wait before you’re seated if you don’t have a reservation, especially in entertainment centers like the theatre district and Times Square. If a restaurant is empty and you can be seated as soon as you walk in during peak lunch or dinner time, you might want to think twice about eating there.
Look For Authenticity
New York City is a melting pot of people from all over the world, and since most people like to eat the foods they’re used to or reminds them of home, you’ll find restaurants that specialize in cuisine from every continent. Since that is the case, go for authenticity. If you want to try authentic Korean food, find a restaurant where Korean people like to eat. For authentic Mexican food, find a restaurant that Mexican’s rave about. That’s not hard to do. You can Google anything.
Our Favorite Restaurant List
Fried chicken at Sylvia’s
328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027, (212) 996-0660 – Visit Website
Founded by Sylvia Woods — known as the Queen of Soul Food — in Harlem in 1962, Sylvia’s set a high standard for dishes like fried chicken, smothered pork chops, barbecued ribs, and fried catfish. She used only a light dusting of flour on the intact skin of her fried chicken, which provides the crispness rather than a thick breading, a refreshing change from the fried chicken at today’s fast-food chains and fast-casual chicken establishments.
Al pastor tacos at Taco Mix
234 E 116th St #1, New York, NY 10029, (212) 289-2963 – Visit Website
Many New Yorkers first became aware of the twirling vertical rotisserie of pork topped with pineapple called a trompo when it appeared in the window of Taco Mix in East Harlem, which originated as a taco cart owned by Jorge Sanchez in 1991. Now trompos are seen all over town, betokening excellent pork tacos on corn tortillas, assembled on the spot, and simply garnished with cilantro and chopped onions. Squirt on the green or red salsa, or any of the other toppings like oiled and dried chiles displayed on the counter. Multiple locations.
Chocolate chip walnut cookie at Levain Bakery
167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023, (212) 874-6080 – Visit Website
Constance McDonald and Pamela Weekes started out making bread in 1995 but ended up making cookies. Many consider their softball-sized product the city’s best, with their gooey interior and chocolate- and walnut-loaded dough — and daily lines show it. Other choices include dark chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal raisin. Multiple locations.
Franks at Gray’s Papaya
2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, (212) 799-0243 – Visit Website
Excellent, snappy, all-beef hot dogs and gritty but somehow refreshing fruit drinks are the hallmarks of this Upper West Side old-timer founded by Paul Gray in 1973. It also reflects a distinctive New York City style frankfurter that originated a century earlier in Coney Island. Topping choices are limited to mustard, sauerkraut, stewed onions, and ketchup (though true New Yorkers would never use ketchup).
Shackburger at Shake Shack
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, (212) 889-6600 – Visit Website
The Shackburger may have gone worldwide, but it was first flipped in Madison Square in 2004. The secret to the Shackburger’s everlasting popularity is the patty, which has big beefy flavor and just a hint of funkiness, with superior quality lettuce and tomato and a mayo-based sauce. You can get them all over town, and indeed all over the world, but the best is still found at the original Madison Square location.
Banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, (212) 462-2572 – Visit Website
Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes may have become famous from a cameo in Sex and the City, but locals know to go for the banana pudding. It’s packed with banana slices, lush vanilla pudding, and slightly softened vanilla wafers, and the banana flavor is strong in every bite.
Pierogies at Veselka
144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, (212) 228-9682 – Visit Website
Veselka has been serving a mix of Ukrainian home cooking and American diner grub 24 hours a day, seven days a week since 1954. A plate of pierogies with sour cream and caramelized onions is the essential order — they’re made in house and the restaurant goes through a lot of them, so they’re always fresh. Choices include the classic meat, potato, cheese, or sauerkraut, but other options abound, like steak, lobster, and arugula and goat cheese.
Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, (212) 219-2773 – Visit Website
The Cronut has become quintessential New York since its invention by French pastry chef Dominique Ansel in his Soho bakery in 2013. Soon after its birth, the croissant-doughnut hybrid became a viral sensation, spawned countless knockoffs, and attracted long lines (it still does). The flaky, layered dough comes filled with cream, and the bakery prepares a new flavor every month. Those in the know will order ahead to cut the line.
Bagel with lox and cream cheese at Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, (212) 475-4880 – Visit Website
NYC might have better bagels, but there is no better bagel and lox experience than the one at Russ & Daughters. Four generations of family ownership and over one hundred years of business give this place a certain sense of gravitas, but it’s the quality that keeps people coming back.
Pastrami on rye at Katz’s Deli
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, (800) 446-8364 – Visit Website
Katz’s serves New York’s favorite pastrami sandwich, a meat central to the city’s carnivorous identity, and indeed it may have originated here. At Katz’s it’s not just a humongous pile of pink cured beef, but one in which the flavor is richer and emphatically smokier than other popular versions served around town. It’s a dish that New Yorkers have craved and relished for over a hundred years.
Jerk chicken at Peppa’s
738 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226, (646) 683-6012 – Visit Website
Founded by Gavin Hussey (nicknamed Peppa) in the 90s, this storefront that has spouted many branches produces some of the best Jamaican jerk chicken in the city. And remember that jerk pork was the standard back in Jamaica, and that jerk chicken may have been invented in Brooklyn. Finished over flame, Peppa’s rendition has a charred exterior and slight vinegary tang, but you’d best also squirt on the jerk sauce, which adds fiery notes of allspice and scotch bonnet pepper.
Pizza at Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230, (718) 258-1367 – Visit Website
Dom DeMarco is the most legendary pizzaiolo in New York, if not the entire country. His pies are topped with a three-cheese blend, snips of fresh basil, and a thin layer of olive oil. The typical Di Fara experience involves confusion at the cash register and a long wait for your food, but the sight of Dom fussing and fiddling with his pizzas usually might make up for any hassle. DeMarco has eased up on his cooking duties in recent years and passed them on to his sons.
Roast beef sandwich at Brennan & Carr
3432 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11229, (718) 769-1254 – Visit Website
Established in 1938 in Sheepshead Bay when the surrounding area was mainly farmland, Brennan & Carr provides NYC’s answer to LA’s fabled French dip sandwich. A flavorful wad of beef awash in its steaming juices is deposited on a Kaiser roll, and the beefy aroma arise from the sandwich like an early morning fog. The place is a joy to visit, looking like a Civil War stockade in its fenced parking lot.
Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse
320 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036, (212) 997-9494 – Visit Website
It started as a speakeasy in 1926 and is now one of the city’s classic steakhouses. As one of the oldest restaurants in the Theater District, it was once a haunt of people like Frank Sinatra. When ordering, stick to the steakhouse classics — steak, creamed spinach, or any one of the myriad potato preparations.
Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza
32 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, (212) 941-7994 – Visit Website
Lombardi’s is the first pizzeria in New York City and, supposedly, the country. It moved a few decades ago from the space it had occupied since 1905 to a place down the block, but it’s still one of the city’s few coal-oven pizzerias. Go early or late to avoid the onslaught of tourists and get a basic red or white pie.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013, (212) 962-6047 – Visit Website
Chinatown’s oldest restaurant serves up fresh and consistently delicious dim sum, ordered off a menu rather than a cart. The dining room, dating back to 1920, is a relic. Order the pork buns, the sticky rice in lotus leaves, the shrimp & chive dumplings, and any of the rice rolls. During peak dim sum hours (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) there may be a wait, but it’s never unbearable.
Here is our comprehensive list of museums in New York City in Alphabetical order by name covering all five boroughs. If you love museums, New York City is the place for you.
Magnificent 18th and 19th century Art by self-taught artists.
American Museum of Natural History
A massive collection of habitat dioramas with lions, tigers, bears and more, the art of peoples from around the world…and of course dinosaur bones. A must see when visiting New York City.
A groundbreaking collection of both traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian American art.
The first Museum in the US dedicated to children with innovative exhibits designed to educate and entertain kids from infancy to High School age.
An extensive collection of art from ancient Egypt, African art, European paintings and contemporary art.
Features a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs designed to inspire children to learn about themselves and the diverse cultures of this world
With more than 210,000 design objects, this branch of the Smithsonian is devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design with interactive displays that are informative and captivating.
A Latino cultural institution that has a wide-ranging collection with art, exhibits, live performances and other special events demonstrating the richness of the Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Between 1892 to 1954, 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island on their way to a new life in a new country. Glimpse their stories at the Ellis Island Museum.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed modern-art museum with a vast collection of modern and contemporary art.
Dedicated to photography and visual culture, its museum at 250 Bowery has exhibitions and programs that explore the history, and future, of image making.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
One of our favorite museums, you’ll get to walk on the deck and visit the bridge of an actual aircraft carrier and board an actual submarine. Its a must see when visiting New York City.
With more than 100 events each year featuring presentations of Japanese art and culture, as well as Japanese Language classes and crash courses for travelers to Japan, the Japan Society presents a glimpse of Japanese culture right her in New York City.
NYC Life, Cultural
Visit apartments that recreate immigrant life in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Lower East Side of New York City.
As stated in the museums mission statement, its goal is to “emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives”
A fabulous presentation of the history, heritage, and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States with more than 65,000 artifacts, photos, memorabilia, documents, oral histories, and artwork in its collection and archives.
Learn about the Jewish experience before, during and since the Holocaust.
NYC Life, Art, Culture
This museum celebrates New York City’s past, present and future through its collection of prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.
National Museum of the American Indian
The permanent and temporary exhibitions at this museum, as well as public programs that include music and dance performances, films, and symposia, celebrate the rich culture of Native American peoples.
Specializing in the presentation of new art created with new ideas.
Situated in Corona Queens, the Hall of Science has “450 exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and participatory activities that explain science, technology, engineering, and math.” Great for the kids and adults.
Located inside an actual decommissioned subway station, The New York Transit Museum tells the story of the people and feats of engineering that created one of the world’s largest transportation systems. Get on board vintage train cars, buses and pass through turnstiles from throughout the centuries.
NYC Life, Art, Culture
The oldest museum in New York City with more than 1.6 million works of art on display,
An exhibition space made available to emerging artists. You’ll see innovative artwork from various genres.
Focuses on the presentation of the highest quality visual arts and educational programs of interest to the diverse group of people that live in the New York City metropolitan area, with particularly emphasis on what’s important to the residents of Queens.
See, learn about and enjoy the art of Himalayan Asia through exhibits, and special programs that include films, lectures and concerts.
Cultural, Art, Horticultural
28 uniquely New York City buildings (including a world class concert hall), 9 botanical gardens and a working farm make up this historical location. You can peruse contemporary art, stroll through breathtaking gardens and purchase farm fresh produce at this truly unique and inspiring location on Staten Island.
Through the use of ships, interactive exhibits, and educational experiences, this museum is dedicated to telling the story of New York City’s rise as a major seaport that played a significant role in the development of the Unites States of America into the great nation it is today.
Since 1881, this museum has been “exploring the dynamic connection between natural science, art and history”
Statue of Liberty National Monument
See this neoclassical sculpture that symbolizes the freedom we Americans hold dear in conjunction with the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
This contemporary art museum focuses on connection diverse audiences to the urban experience through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, and education programs.
Medieval European Art
A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe with over 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements in its collection. Its located in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park.
A world renown collection of old master paintings, European sculpture and decorative arts housed in a Gilded Age mansion that was once the home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick.
This unique collection has nearly 30,000 works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media that showcases the global Jewish experience.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
With more than two million works of art from across the globe, the MET has something for everyone…works by the masters, contemporary art as well as works from ancient Egypt, Rome and cultures around the world from every century. If you enjoy art, the Met is the best place to visit during your trip to New York City. This is another of our favorite museums.
A vast collection of books, illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, and old master drawings and prints.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
This world-renowned museum has such famous works as Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, the Les Demoiselles D’Avignon by Pablo Picasso, and many more. It’s another one of our favorites.
This museum celebrates New York City’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its ever changing skylines
Founded in 1968, this museum promotes the works of artists of African descent.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Presents has a large collection that exhibits the full range of twentieth century
Here’s a list of the some of the most popular shows on Broadway and where they are located:
Hamilton – A Hip Hop musical about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton
The Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 West 46th Street, New York, NY
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Les Misérable – Our Favorite Musical of All Time! Its worth seeing again and again.
The Imperial Theatre
249 W 45TH Street New York, NY 10036 (212) 239-6200
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Phantom of the Opera – A timeless story about love and obsession.
The longest running show in the history of Broadway!
247 West 44 Street, New York, NY
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Wicked – The life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West set to a most fabulous score.
222 West 51 Street, New York, NY
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Kinky Boots – The uproariously funny musical with music by Cyndi Lauper and the book by Harvey Fierstein. It’s a great show with some fabulous red boots.
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre
302 W 45th St, New York, NY
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Chicago The Musical – After 19 years on Broadway, Chicago is still a phenomenal show chronicling the struggles of femme fatale Roxy Hart in prohibition era Chicago.
219 W. 49th Street, New York, NY
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Book of Mormon – Brought to you by the makers of South Park. Irreverent and oh so funny!
Eugene O’Neill Theatre
230 West 49th Street, New York, NY
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The Lion King – An vibrant adaptation of the Disney Film
The Minskoff Theatre
200 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Off Broadway Shows
Of course Broadway has some of the best shows running, but you can also find great theatre off Broadway. There are spectacular shows downtown, uptown even in Brooklyn and Queens. If you want to enjoy really fine theatre, see something a little more avant garde and save some money to boot, take a look at the Off Broadway shows listed below:
Blue Man Group – This show is quirky comedy at its best. There’s drumming, things flying and hilarious antics that are super fun for kids and adults alike.
Astor Place Theatre
434 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
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Stomp – There’s so much rhythm in this show that you will not be able to sit still in your seat. They use garbage can lids, tires and even the kitchen sink to make uproarious music. It’s fun for the whole family and a great alternative to the traditional music of Broadway.
126 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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Avenue Q – Despite the fact that there are puppets, this is NOT a show for children. It’s a very adult comedy that touches on several controversial topics. If you’re easily offended, skip it. If you’ve got an open mind, can laugh at yourself and your funny bone is easily ticked, then enjoy this unusual show.
New World Stages
340 W 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
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- The New York Boat Show – This is the 110th year of the boat show and again its taking place at the Jacob Javits Center. Thousands of boating enthusiast flock to the boat show to see the latest in everything that has to do with boating, from canoes to yachts and everything in between. For more information got to the www.nyboatshow.com
- 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – Held at Madison Square Garden, the Dog Show is the place to be for pure breed dog lovers. Click Here for more information about the Dog show and how to obtain tickets to the event.
- The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden – Over 300 types of orchids will be on displayed in dramatic curtains, arcades, and chandeliers under the domes of America’s largest glasshouse.
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Since 1762 the Irish have been proudly marching in New York City in celebration of their heritage. The parade starts at 11:00 am at 44th Street and continues up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street and beyond. Its a lively and colorful parade that’s enjoyable by all. For more information, go to NYC St Patrick’s Parade.org
- The Tribeca Film Festival – See some of the best independent films in the industry. See The Tribeca Film Festival for more information.
- Fleet Week – Fleet Week kicks off with the famous Parade of Ships sailing into New York Harbor followed by a week of activities from air shows to tank parked right in Times Square. For more info about Fleet Week activities, got to Fleet Week New York
- Museum Mile Festival – Visit nine of New York’s greatest museums for free. For the places and times go to 38th Annual Museum Mile Festival
- The Puerto Rican Day Parade – Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Colorful, exciting and fun, watching the Puerto Rican Day Parade is a great way to spend a sunny Sunday. To learn more about the parade, go to The National Puerto Rican Day Parade Organization
- The Mermaid Parade – Have a fun filled day watching the participants dressed as mermaids, mermen and other fish folk parade down Surf Avenue in Coney Island. Its fun for the entire family. For more information, go to The Coney Island Mermaid Parade
- Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular – The crowds are enormous, but there’s nothing better than celebrating America’s birthday then the amazing fireworks show Macy’s puts on each year. Check it out at Macy’s Fireworks
- The Panasonic New York City Triathlon – All you have to do is swim the Hudson River for 1500m (), ride your bike for 40k and run 10k. In other words, you have to be a stellar athlete.
- The US Open – Tennis anyone? See the world’s top tennis players compete in five major championships that constitute the US Open (men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles) at the beautiful USTA Billy Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows in Queens. Well worth the trip and the cost of admission, there no better place to see a tennis match then live in center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. For information about the players, the schedule, ticket prices and more, go to usopen.org.
- New York Village Halloween Parade – This is the parade’s 42nd year, and anyone in a costume is welcome to join the giant puppets, 50 bands and thousands of other participants for the world’s most creative and unique parade. Find out more by visiting www.halloween-nyc.com. Boo.
- The ING NYC Marathon – This 26.2 mile race that passes through New York City’s boroughs is one of the world’s greatest road races, drawing more than 100,000 participants annually NYC Marathon.org.
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – There isn’t a parade in the world that is more well know then the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. For over 90 years the parade has entertained New Yorkers, people from around the country, and from around the world. To confirm the parade route for this year, be sure to visit Macys.com for more information.
- New Years Eve in Times Square – Watch the ball drop in person and bid farewell to 2016. If you don’t mind crowds and cold weather, this last big event of the year is the place to be.