There’s plenty to do in the City That Never Sleeps. In fact, you could spend your entire life here and never see everything the city has to offer. Check out four of the most popular attractions in New York.
There are some attractions that New York is particularly known for. One of the most famous icons is Times Square. Head to the center of it all — the Times Building — for people watching and billboard gawking.
Even if theater just isn’t your thing, you should still try to see a Broadway show while you’re here. The music, costumes, sets and stories are all a true work of art.
The Empire State Building is one of the most recognizable structures in New York. Built in 1931, it is a great example of an Art Deco-style structure. You can take an elevator to the top to appreciate a great view of Manhattan.
One World Trade Center opened in 2014. The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, this building soars 1,776 feet above the city. The height is also a nod to the year 1776 — the year America declared independence.
Grand Central Terminal is a great example of Beaux Art-style structure. You can take a tour through its halls and appreciate its turn-of-the-century decor or simply swing by to enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants located inside.
Central Park is the park to end all parks. It’s not the largest park in New York (that award goes to Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx). Yet it is the most famous park — possibly in the entire world. You can explore 844 acres of green space here. Take a carriage ride, hop in a rowboat or dine at one of the many restaurants inside.
If your idea of a day in the park doesn’t involve other tourists, head to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Central Park’s little sister, Prospect Park has all the rest and relaxation of her Manhattan sibling — just without all the crowds. Head here on a Sunday in spring, summer or autumn for Smorgasburg, a weekly food festival.
You also can’t miss visiting some of the city’s smaller (yet equally famous) parks, including Washington Square Park, Tompkins Square Park and Columbus Park.
Food and Drink
New York’s food scene is as famous as its other attractions. You can’t leave the city without tasting some of its most iconic foods.
Brought to New York City by Polish immigrants in the 1800s, bagels are a common household staple in New York. Head over to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side for a bagel with schmear and lox — a typical Sunday breakfast.
According to legend, knishes originally hail from Knishin, Poland. These stick-to-your-ribs treats include a pastry dough stuffed with mashed potatoes, veggies and either meat or cheese (Kosher law dictates you can’t mix meat and dairy). Some of the most famous knishes can be found at Yonah Schimmel, also on the Lower East Side.
Chinese dumplings are as New York as pizza and bagels. Chinese immigrants began flocking to New York in the 1850s. You can find these little fried or steamed morsels all over the city — but the best is found in Chinatown. Most dumplings cost around $1.50 for four.
Don’t you dare come to New York City without trying a slice of thin-crust New York-style pizza. Fuhgetaboutit. You’ll find thin crust slices all over the city for around $1. Yet the Food Network has deemed Bleecker Street Pizza’s Nona Maria slices to be the best in Manhattan for several years.