Lives in Virginia
Since Mar 2010
25-34 year old male
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When I hear people are coming to NYC, especially on a first trip I recommend they come to this museum first, on their very first day. The 19 minute video they show every half hour on the city of New York is worth the entry price alone. They have a wonderful permanent collection of NY artifacts, and revolving special exhibitions as well. A favorite here is the old horse & carriage. This is a great intro to any trip to NYC. A smaller museum, plan for 1.5 hours here. Not nearly as crowded as some of the large museums.
This is my favorite neighborhood in NYC. Very local, non touristy, and full of history. There is a young scene, thanks to NYU, but also an older classier scene as well. This neighborhood as a wealth of wonderful restaurants - some of the best in the city. I love the local shops that one must explore. It's truly a gem of a neighborhood, with Washington Square Park at its heart. Go here for a quiet and local unique experience. Enjoy dinner and shopping here!
Washington Square Park is my favorite in the city. Very local, and not too touristy. Combine it with a walking exploration of Greenwich Village and visit some local shops and restaurants. Lots of great photo opportunities here of Downtown and Midtown!
If you want one of the best authentic Italian meals of your life, then go here to this restaurant. You can occasionally feel the shake of a subway go by beneath you, but don't let that scare you. Rafele, who is from Naples, does it right and has the best southern Italian Food in the city I think. This restaurant feels like Italy, with a slightly modern feel. If you've been to Italy and had authentic southern Italian Food, this place will do justice.
One of the most famous buildings in the world, the Guggenheim in NYC is truly unique. Architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright lovers will enjoy this museum for the architecture alone. Their permanent art collection is one of the best I've seen in the city, and the free audio guides here are really nice. Temporary Collections can be hit or miss depending on your tastes, but really you can't pass up a chance to see this world famous museum. Adjacent to Central Park and some delicious local restaurants nearby on Lexington Ave this is a nice area of the city.
What can I say about Central Park that hasn't been said already? Probably nothing. This is a must for any trip. A world famous and unique park. The history and geology of the park is amazing. There's a great free nature center the north of the park. If you want to avoid the crowds, head to the northern sections!
The Met is my favorite of the large museums in New York City. I love the Greek/Roman statues, the art paintings upstairs, and the Egyptian collections the most. You need to have a plan and an idea of what you want to see here before you go - it's massive. They have sample itineraries for visiting the museum on their website that allow you to see the highlights. Plan for 3 hours here, and if you have less time than consider doing the museum highlights. See their website for information. It's really on the same scale as the Louvre in Paris. Stunning and huge museum. Can't see it all in one day! When I tell people to pick one large museum in the city, it's usually this one.
The American Museum of Natural History isn't for everyone.... but it is apart of my guide because I see it as one of the runner's up (along with the Met) for the big museum visit on any vacation or holiday to NYC. At any day at anytime of the year you can expect the museum to be packed with children. Don't expect to see the Dinosaurs up close, and forget about it being quiet. Some of the treasures of this museum though are in the lower level and not as popular with tourists. Lucy, for example, the pro-human skeleton found in Africa is one of this museum's gems and near the fossils and meteorites. This museum has an amazing app that will show you and lead you to their star attractions, like Lucy. I recommend using it and planning what you want to see and do. If you can't stand crowds, this museum won't be for you.
The Frick Collection is quickly losing its gem status among visitors. What once was less frequented is now a popular tourist spot, just like the MET or MOMA or AMNH. It can get crowded here, so go when it opens or about 1 hour before it closes. 1 - 1.5 hours is enough time to see here. This is a classic home representative of the mansions that lined 5th avenue in the 1920s. It's a lot of history and introduces you to what living was like for the early wealthy crowd. Think of "Daddy Warbuck's" NYC home. It's very unique which is why I include it in this guide as something one can customize if they have interest in seeing it.
Any chance to take in the NYC skyline is a must. My favorite place to see the skyline is from Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Promenade. Views from Top of the Rock and Empire State Building can't be beat either. See the skyline from afar if you can!
Great views of the city, and very historic. Buy your tickets in advance, and avoid the tourist crowds. Come here on a night when it's open late to get a view of the city late at night!
Grand Central is beautiful. There are great cheap eats in the basement, but the main terminal is just stunning. You don't have to spend a lot of time here, and Grand Central has wonderful subway connections. You are just a few blocks from Bryant Park, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations. It's a must on every trip I take to NYC. Stop and people watch!
I like the Chrysler Building for a piece of Art Deco New York. At one time it was the tallest building in the city. Just go in the grand entry room - you won't be admitted any further - to see the beautifully restored space. Be sure to look up when in the neighborhood for views - and check out the gargoyles if you can spot them!
I don't like to recommend restaurants (because when the secret gets out, I have a hard time getting in!) but the Halal Guys are famous street found in and around midtown Manhattan. This is the best street food in NYC. Famous Halal Food for about $7 a plate (one plate can easily feed two people). It's worth it for sure on any visit to NYC to experience street food once. Get the white sauce for sure, and ask for just a little of the red sauce if you dare (very spicy!) The food is so good you often see locals come up and get take out to walk back to their apartments!
Of all the things you can ascend to the top and see, this is my favorite. You must reserve tickets in advance, which means you take a risk it being bad weather. But the views are great because you can see the Empire State Building from this view, AND you can see Central Park. That's what makes this special because from the ESB you can't see Central Park. What's missing from this view? it's not as high up as the ESB and you can't see downtown all that well. But with three levels inside and out, it is worth it and if you have to choose between the ESB and this, then I say go with this!
This museum is simply amazing and it really does do justice to explain what happened here. One of the most stunning museums I've visited. This will take 3+ hours to do this museum justice, especially if you have kids or seniors with you as you descend underground 7 levels or so. I'd actually recommend passing on their video, it might make some upset as it features George W. Bush and some might disagree with his assessment of the situation. Get your tickets in advance.
This is a free way to see the NYC lower manhattan skyline and the statue of liberty (from afar). If you can't afford the half day it can take to see the statue of liberty up close, then this can be a great way to see the city.
You don't need a lot of time for this spot, but it's one of the most historic churches in the United States and in all of New York. Combine it with a visit to Wall Street, Staten Island Ferry, or the 9/11 Memorial as all the sites are nearby.
A great neighborhood, not very touristy, but full of amazing art galleries and up and coming restaurants. The high line goes through its western side, and is a must. Many consider this to be a new gay center for the city. If you want to experience local New York... look no further.
The high line is a must visit, but not in peak times of the day or the holidays. Be smart and go early in the morning or late after the tourist afternoon rush. It's now a world famous clever design for an above ground railway in Manhattan. Enter from midtown and take it through Chelsea, in and around and through buildings and get out at W 14th street and take a visit to Chelsea Market or go all the way to the end at W 10th. Very fun, when it's not crowded.
The Rubin is a true gem of the Chelsea Neighborhood. 5 floors or so of amazing art from the Himalayas. This small museum is never crowded, and you'll be treated to world class art without the crowds at the Met.
Madison Square is one of my favorite spots in the city. Very historic and the square is flanked by many historic buildings like the MetLife Building and the Flatiron. Grab a coffee and sit and admire the flatiron and this amazing local square. In my opinion, this is a must-see in NYC. It's one subway stop away from Grand Central so I often combine this square with grand central.
I love SOHO for the shopping. The architecture is great and there are some fabulous restaurants. When in NYC and you want to get your shopping fix and your big name stores, go to SOHO. Have lunch in the neighborhood or grab a coffee and enjoy and absorb a different neighborhood away from Times Square as you shop till you drop!
This is one of my favorite escapes from Manhattan, which doesn't require me to leave Manhattan. It's a little slice of Italy and Nature right here in New York City. The Cloisters are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and feature the Met's Medieval Art Collection. Take the subway up to the tip of Manhattan, walk through an amazing local park and see the old fort, and then in the distance you'll see the Cloisters, a medieval looking building which seems to have been plucked straight from the Tuscan Countryside. Inside you'll be treated not only to the beauty of the museum, but to some amazing medieval art. You could very well have entire rooms to yourself as many tourists don't make it this far north. On the way back, have lunch near Columbia and visit St. John of the Divine!
This is a must visit, even if you aren't religious. It's like a great giant cathedral that has been plucked out of Europe. Free to enter and see, the cathedral was unfinished. Combine it with a visit to Columbia, have lunch, and go north and visit the Cloisters!