New York City. The Big Apple. They say you see something new every day. This massive metropolis can be overwhelming if you’re visiting for the first time. So, we’re happy to share our 19 things you have to do in New York City.
1. Relax in Central Park
Central Park is an urban oasis in Manhattan. Enjoy all 843 acres, 58 miles of walking paths, and 36 bridges and arches. It’s perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
2. Get Your Advertising Fill in Times Square
Yeah, it’s a tourist trap. But it doesn’t mean it’s not worth seeing for yourself. You’ll be one of the approximately 335,000 people that pass through daily. Grab parking while you’re at it, because you won’t find it anywhere during the summer and it ain’t cheap. Want to run an ad on a Times Square billboard? That’ll cost you between $1.1 million and $4 million a year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
3. Visit The Statue of Liberty
In 1886, France gave the United States the statue as a gift of friendship. It’s a must-see for any NYC visitor. A universal symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty weighs 225 tons, or 450,000 pounds!
4. Walk the High Line
More than 20 million people have visited High Line since it opened in 2009. This 1.45 mile long park sits atop an elevated freight rail structure on Manhattan’s West Side. High Line is a completely unique experience in the city. Enjoy strolling 25 feet above street level without having to wait for street lights or crazy cab drivers!
5. Catch a Ballgame at Yankee Stadium
The new home of the 27-time World Series champion New York Yankees since 2009, Yankee Stadium cost $2.3 billion to build. Most fans prefer old Yankee Stadium. Since you won’t have a choice, any day is a great day to see some baseball in the Bronx. Just don’t forget to wear your pinstripes. Check out our post, “How to Save $$$ on a Yankees Game“. Just want to pop by for a visit to see it up close and personal, hop in the car, grab a $15 yankees stadium parking pass @ W 155th (Valet) and take a stroll.
6. Visit the 9/11 Memorial
Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future. It is a place to pay your respects and remember those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.
7. Explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Known locally as “The Met,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. It houses more than two million works. More than six million people visit The Met each year, and you should be one of them.
8. Walk The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge connects, you guessed it, Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River. An estimated 4,100 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day. It’s an architectural wonder, and provides a cool vantage point between two NYC boroughs.
9. See the sights at Top of the Rock
No other vantage point in the city offers the unobstructed views you’ll find high atop Rockefeller Center. Hey, I think I can see my house from here!
10. Check Out A New Borough
There’s more to NYC than Manhattan. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island have their own character, sights to see, and attractions to enjoy.
11. Tour MoMA
NYC is full of great museums, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is no exception. World famous paintings at the Museum of Modern Art include Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali.
12. Enjoy An Event at Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden, MSG, or The Garden–no matter what you call it, experiencing a game or concert at this world-famous venue is like no other. It’s home to the Knicks, Rangers, and hosts hundreds of concerts a year. No wonder it’s “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
13. Bryant Park
If sprawling Central Park isn’t your style, Bryant Park will do the trick. Its large lawn is perfect for enjoying a coffee and people watching. Pro tip: if you can’t unplug, the park offers free wi-fi.
14. Eat in Little Italy
New York City’s restaurants are word-class. For a taste of Italy, choose from more than 35 authentic Italian restaurants in Little Italy in Manhattan. Don’t forget the cannoli for dessert.
15. Eat in Chinatown
With more than 300 restaurants in Chinatown, you’ll never run out of tasty cuisine from China and Hong Kong. Relax after your meal while sipping on delicious tea.
16. Go Out in the Meatpacking District
Possibly the most glamorous neighborhood in the city, keep your eyes peeled for celebrities here. If the upbeat nightlife isn’t your scene, check out the Chelsea Market.
17. Shop in SoHo
“SoHo” refers to the area being “South of Houston Street. This area of Manhattan is filled with shops, galleries, and boutiques. Prepare for extra dense crowds. Walk fast, and keep moving!
18. Grab a Burger at Shake Shack
Trust us. It’s amazing.
19. Get a Pastrami Sandwich at Katz’s Deli
Katz’s has been in business since 1888. They dish up 10,000 pounds of pastrami every week! The most famous scene of When Harry Met Sally was also filmed here.
What did we miss? Share your NYC must-dos in the comments!