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10 Most Iconic New York Buildings

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This post is about NYC’s 10 most popular skyscrapers, with tips on how to visit them if possible. We also list the free tours that we offer that cover each building.

 

 


THE TOP 10 NYC SKYSCRAPERS

This list is in geographical order. We begin in Lower Manhattan and work our way north up the island of Manhattan. Here is a link to the map if you would like to follow along.


40 Wall Street

New York Wall Street 40 nycThis 71-floor tower, also known as the Trump Building, was originally called the Bank of Manhattan Building. At 927 feet (283 m), it is the 123rd tallest building in the world, 25th in the United States, 10th tallest in New York City, and for just a few days was tallest in the world. Read more »

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How to Tour the Federal Reserve in NYC

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This post explains how to take a free tour of the Federal Reserve Building in NYC, including tips on hours, how to get here, as well as other tips to help you plan your visit. A tour of the vaults is listed among the top free things to do in NYC.

 

 

Making Reservations

Guided tours of the Federal Reserve are offered every weekday (excluding bank holidays). Currently, this is the only way to get into the Federal Reserve and see the Vault and other exhibits. Read more »

New York on a budget

A Trip Guide for NYC on a Budget

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This post is about how to visit NYC on the cheap. We list dozens of ways that you can enjoy all that this city has to offer even if you are on a shoestring budget. (en español) (auf Deutsch).

 

 

Be sure to check our comprehensive list of Things to do in NYC.

Also, take a look at our free, pay-what-you-wish walking toursWe offer over 30 different kinds of tours — walking tours of a specific neighborhood or a combination of several areas.

We also have food toursnight tours, bike tours, and ghost tours.

For those who like to explore on their own at their own pace, we even have dozens of self-guided tours as well as GPS-enabled audio tours

 


FINDING DISCOUNTS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

Tourist Passes

New York Pass Night Things to Do

Even before you arrive in New York, look into purchasing a tourist pass. Depending on which pass you buy, you could save as much as 50% on the cost of attractions that are likely on your ‘must-see’ list. 

See our guide, Which is the Best Tourist Pass to Buy to compare what is available and if a pass is right for you.

Also, when planning your trip, it would be wise to look into bus and boat tours since those activities are scheduled times and you can build your itinerary around them.

Likewise, many companies offer bundles that combine their boat and bus tours with popular NYC attractions.

TIP: You may find our suggested budget itineraries for 1, 2, and 3 days in NYC helpful when planning your trip.

Also, check on Groupon and Living Social for discounts on tours, tickets to shows, meals, top attractions and more. 


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Little Italy’s San Gennaro Feast

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This post is about the San Gennaro Feast in NYC’s Little Italy, with some history, some tips on what to do, how to get here, and what to eat.

 

 


Introduction

Everybody needs a little Italian in their life from time to time, so get ready for the annual San Gennaro Feast. Every September, Little Italy hosts the 11-day-long celebration in honor of Patron Saint of Naples.

This tradition of the San Gennaro Feast in New York City was started in 1926 by immigrants from Naples, Italy, who had settled in the area that today is called Little Italy. Back then, the feast took place on September 19th and only lasted one day.

Today, September 19th remains special with religious processions and masses, but the whole San Gennaro Feast lasts for over a week now and lets its visitors in on neighborhood culture, fun and festivities.  

There are activities, live music performances, and street vendors.  You can watch the famous cannoli-eating competition, so don’t feel bad about trying out some cannoli yourself. 

Even better, Little Italy’s restaurants and pastry shops will set up outdoor dining facilities, so you can be in the middle of it all while enjoying a variety of Italian specialties.  

Click here for more information about Little Italy.

And if you don’t make it to San Gennaro, you can try some of these foods on our Greenwich Village Food Tour. Pizza lovers, be sure to check our post on how to find The Best Pizza in New York City.

 


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When is the Feast?

In 2018, the Feast of San Gennaro is from September 13th through September 23rd. In fact, the feast is one of our top 10 things to do in September in NYC.

The festivities start every day at 11:30 am and ends at 11:00 pm (Sundays through Thursdays) and 12:00 am midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

At the Festival Main Stage at Grand and Mott Streets, there will be free entertainment every night from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm as well as free music and/or food demonstrations and lectures every afternoon between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

For a complete schedule of events, click here

Get even more ideas for things to do at night in NYC as well as our master post of things to do in the Big Apple


Where is the Festival?

The main street of the festival is Mulberry Street, between Canal Street and Houston Street. Regardless of how you decide to arrive here, use this Google Maps link to get directions from your point of departure to the heart of the festival.

 

Where is the San Gennaro Feast

 

Other side streets take part in the festivities as well. It takes place east to west on Grand Street, between Mott and Baxter Street, and east to west on Hester Street, between Mott and Baxter Streets. 

TIP:  Learn more about Little Italy and its neighborhood, by taking one of our pay-what-you-wish tours that include Little Italy: our SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown Tour, our Downtown Manhattan 3-hour tour, and our New York in One Day Tour

How to get here by subway?

Take the Q train to Canal Street or the 6 train to Spring Street and walk 5-6 minutes. 

Be sure to check out our posts on mastering the NYC subway and choosing a subway MetroCard.

 


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What to Eat at San Gennaro

There is so much variety you will have a hard time choosing. Below is a list of traditional food served at the festival. All are delicious and you cannot go wrong with any of these.

Be careful, the smells will entice you to want to try one of everything – something you may end up regretting. Pace yourself and have a blast!

Savory Foods 

From left to right: Calzone, Stromboli, Arancini and a Sausage and Peppers Sandwich

Calzone

Kind of like a pizza sandwich, calzone uses pizza dough, and it is folded, sealed and baked. They are filled with tomato sauce and usually ricotta cheese instead of mozzarella, and the variations include pepperoni or other meats, sometimes spinach or other cheeses. They are quite big and very filling. 

Stromboli 

More like pizza rolls. They’re made from a thicker version of pizza dough, and these rolls usually have meats, cheese and sometimes tomato sauce.

Arancini (rice balls) 

This is classic Italian street food. These are small rolled balls of risotto (slowly cooked rice with a creamy consistency). Often they are accented with just a bit of Romano cheese, then coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. Sometimes there may be bits of prosciutto mixed in. If you are a vegetarian, be sure to ask.

Sausage and Peppers

You will see many stands selling this classic, and it is usually served in a large roll, sandwich style. It is Italian sausage cooked with green bell peppers, red peppers, and cooked sweet onions. It is very important to make sure you order the appropriate spice level as some Italian sausages can be very spicy. Mostly you will find sweet sausage at the festival.

Pizza and Pasta

There is no shortage of pizza and pasta and most will be familiar to you. San Gennaro is a great chance to try smaller portions of pasta dishes you might not get otherwise, like pasta in clam sauce or oysters. 

 


Sweet Foods and Coffees

From left to right: Canolli,  Gelato, Zeppole, and an Espresso and  a Cappuccino

Canolli

This dessert originated in Sicily in Italy. A tube-shaped shell of fried dough, filled with a rich, sweet, creamy filling made from ricotta cheese. Sometimes they have a chocolate ricotta filling or even dipped in dark chocolate on the outside.

Gelato

It’s not just Italian ice cream. Both are delicious, but they are made differently. Gelato is churned at a slower speed which means that less air is whipped into the mix, making it richer. Gelato is also served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream so it is not quite completely frozen. 

Gelato comes in an array of flavors and you can order in a cone or in a cup.  Some classic Italian flavors are Bacio (chocolate and hazelnut ), Stracciatella (chocolate-chip) and Nocciola (hazelnut). You can also find the familiars: strawberry, coffee, vanilla, and pistachio.

Zeppole 

This simple but addictive dessert originated in Naples. Zeppole are similar to deep-fried fritters except they are golf-ball sized. First, the batter is dropped into oil and quickly deep-fried.  Then they are coated with a light film of powdered sugar and served up piping hot in a simple brown paper bag. So, so good.

Espresso 

Espresso is concentrated coffee served in small cups, often with a twist of lemon rind on the edge of the cup. You won’t see many people add sugar, but you will see Italian-Americans drink an espresso shot in one go!

Cappuccino 

This is a shot or two of espresso and then filled with steamed milk. Add sugar as you like and enjoy sipping slowly.

 


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Central Park Bike Tours

Which Central Park Bike Tours Are Best?

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In this post, we cover bike tours of Central Park, including our pay-what-you-like option, other companies, bike rentals as well as tips on how to explore Central Park on your own.

 

 


WHY TAKE A BIKE TOUR?

With over 26 million visitors a year (and larger than Monaco!), Central Park is the jewel of Manhattan. And containing over two centuries of history, there’s a lot to cover. Whether it’s about the Irish laborers who built it, or of the multi-million dollar penthouses lining the park today, Central Park showcases the entire spectrum of the New York experience. 

At 843 acres (340 ha) though, it can be a lot to take on by foot!  In fact, we offer 2 walking tours of the park, and combined, they still leave out the very northern 3rd of the park.

With a bike tour of Central Park, you can cover over six miles of it without being too worn out. And not only is an experienced tour guide a wealth a knowledge, but he or she will show you the safest and quickest way to the most famous landmarks.

Our pay-what-you-wish tour operates on a limited schedule. Therefore, we have listed a few companies with daily schedules that we recommend. 

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Christmas in New York City

Cosas que Hacer para Navidad en Nueva York

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Esta publicación es una guía de cosas que hacer en Nueva York durante la Navidad, incluidos mercados, árboles de Navidad públicos, recorridos y espectáculos. Los días festivos son siempre una época mágica del año, pero hay algo especial en pasar Navidad en Nueva York. Si planeas visitar muchas atracciones durante los días festivos, considera un pase de descuento turístico y asegúrate de consultar nuestra guía definitiva de cosas que hacer en Nueva York.


Recorrido de Luces Navideñas

Luces de Dyker Heights Brooklyn

Patinaje Sobre Hielo

El Cascanueces

Fotos con Papá Noel

 

 

 

 

Consulte nuestra guía sobre el Clima en Nueva York en Diciembre, Cosas que Hacer en Diciembre, así como nuestra guía para Visitar la Ciudad de Nueva York con un Presupuesto.


Recorrido de Luces Navideñas

Free Tours by Foot ofrecerá nuestro popular recorrido de Luces de Navidad nuevamente este año. ¡No pierda esta oportunidad de ver todos los días festivos decorados y legendarios escaparates de una sola vez!

Al igual que todos nuestros otros recorridos a pie, tendrá la oportunidad de pagar lo que quiera y ver lo mejor y lo más hermoso de los ofrecimientos de días festivos de nuestra ciudad. ¡Veremos todo, desde el Lincoln Center hasta Lord y Taylor, hasta el Arbol Rockefeller! El recorrido irá a menudo, vea nuestro calendario para las fechas/horas.

Haga clic aquí para ser llevado a la página del recorrido.

Eche un vistazo a este recorrido virtual de las pantallas de luces navideñas.

Get Your Guide también ofrece un recorrido de Luces de Navidad y Sitios del Cine (en autobús) en español. 

 

Christmas Movie Tour

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3 Days in New York City What to Do

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This post is a detailed sample itinerary for spending 3 days in New York City and is intended for tourists and other newcomers to the city, as well as other itinerary ideas.

 

Video of our Manhattan in a Day Tour

 


OVERVIEW

If this is your first visit to New York you may feel overwhelmed by the number of sights you want to see, so we’ve created these itineraries that will help maximize your time so you can make the most of every day. 

Our suggested activities are just that – suggestions. We’ve filled each day to the brim but go at your own pace. This budget-friendly 3 days in New York City itinerary can be used in conjunction with our pay-what-you-wish two hour guided walking tours or our self-guided tours.  

Also in this post are links to other posts with in-depth information about the sites recommended as well as information on how to visit them and how to purchase tickets when necessary, including how to get discounts or free entry.

If all you have is one day, we have a one-day itinerary that gives you a hearty taste of New York, taking you to places you’ve heard of and always wanted to see. With activities for morning, afternoon and night (and ideas for meals), our one-day itinerary will leave you exhausted but happy. 

If you are traveling with kids, tweens, and teens, you may want to look at our 3 day itinerary with Kids in New York City.

Be sure to look at our comprehensive guide of Things to Do in New York City for even more ideas.

If you are planning on using one of the hop-on-hop-off buses to get around NYC, almost every stop listed below is near a bus stop. Be sure to read our post on which New York bus tour is best for you.  

Now get ready to take that first bite of the Big Apple!  You may also want to consider saving money on the big attractions, like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty with a tourist pass that packages attractions together for one flat price.  

If you aren’t sure about getting a tourist pass, read our post comparing them at New York City Attraction Passes: Which One Is the Best to Buy?.

 


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DAY 1 IN NEW YORK CITY

Throw yourself right into the heart of the city in Midtown Manhattan.

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square is actually a triangle between Broadway and Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street to 47th Street. Subways that go to Times Square are the 1,2,3,7, N, Q, R and S trains. A quick stroll should be enough to give you a sense of New York’s energy.  

However, to learn about Times Square’s history and fun facts, use our things to see in Times Square post for both day and night.  

When you are ready to move on, head back to 42nd Street and walk east one long block to 6th Avenue. There you will find Bryant Park, a calm park to catch your breath from the frenetic pace of Times Square.

There are food kiosks along the west side of the park. At the far end of the park, the magnificent building you see is your next stop, the New York Public Library. 


New York Public Library

New York Public LibraryExit Bryant Park on 42nd Street and walk down to the corner of 5th Avenue where you will find the main branch of the New York Public Library built in 1913.

Step inside to see the grand Beaux-Arts lobby and the giant Reading Room, where a scene from the 1984 film “Ghostbusters” was filmed.

Don’t forget to say hello to ‘Fortitude’ and ‘Patience’, possibly the world’s most famous pair of lions.

Click here for more information about the library and to find out about tours of the library, including our tours and tours offered by the library itself. 


Grand Central Station

grand central terminal tourFrom the library, continue walking east on 42nd Street two long blocks. On the way, take a look up in the sky and you’ll see the shimmery, scalloped spire of the Chrysler Building

Enter the station (officially named Grand Central Terminal) through the doors at the intersection of 42nd Street and Park Avenue. Read our free guide to Grand Central Terminal to learn more about its history, architecture, and secrets.

For a more in-depth learning experience, consider one of the many tours of the terminal, including guided and self-guided options.

The lower level has restrooms and a very large, high-quality food court. It’s a great spot to grab lunch before heading to the next stop on the tour. 


Rockefeller Center

Prometheus Rockefeller CenterLeave Grand Central and walk back along 42nd Street to 5th Avenue to do some window shopping. Enter Rockefeller Center by walking along the short pedestrian path known as The Channel Gardens, located along 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets.

Straight ahead of you is the behemoth 30 Rockefeller Center and beneath it is the lower concourse where the famous ice skating rink and Christmas tree are in the winter months.

For ideas of what you can see at Rockefeller Center, take a read of our self-guided tour.

Popular options here include the Top of the Rock Observation Deck (next stop), as well as tours of NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall. There are also ample places to get some food here.

Additionally, you can be here in the morning for a taping of the Today Show or come back in the evening to be an audience member for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Both are free to attend. 


Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Top of the Rock View

For a bird’s eye view of New York City the observation deck at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza is in many ways the better option than the Empire State Building or One World Trade Center.

One of the benefits is that tickets are for specific time slots so you aren’t wasting time waiting in line. Also, at the Top of the Rock, you can get a selfie with the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower (One World Observatory) and you – all in one picture! See our Top of the Rock visitor’s guide for ticket and hours.

If you aren’t sure which skyscraper view is best for you, read our post about the pros and cons of each of the big three: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, or One World Observatory?


Central Park

Central Park at DuskLeave the sidewalks behind and head for greener pastures by exploring the southern part of Central Park. Enter at 59th Street and Central Park South and make your way to The Pond and Gapstow Bridge for a great photo op.

Check out our things to do in Central Park post, which includes a map and self-guided tour as well as other tips to enjoy your visit. Download our audio tour app and let us guide you through the park any time of day.

We also offer pay-what-you-wish guided Central Park tours as well.


Wrapping up your day with a Broadway Show 

Where to buy Discount Broadway tickets Times Square - TKTS booth

There’s no better way to wrap up a trip to New York City than seeing a Broadway show.  Be sure to read our post on ways to get discount Broadway theater tickets.

If you are flexible about what show you see and don’t mind giving up some of your city exploring time, go to one of the several TKTS tickets booths throughout the city for discounted tickets for shows playing the same night.

Ticket availability and inventory can change quickly throughout the day so browse real-time listings on their website or on the official TKTS app. We suggest going to the TKTS booth and line up before they open (hours vary by location). It does eat up some of your day, but it is well worth the discount!

There are many things to do at night in Times Square, including Midnight Moment.

For more evening ideas, check out our guide to 40+ things to do at night in NYC.

 


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DAY TWO IN NEW YORK

– Historical New York – Lower Manhattan

Stroll the oldest streets of the city and see sites from the early days of New York. Be sure to also read our self-guided tour of things to see and do in Lower Manhattan.

Trinity ChurchTrinity Church on Wall Street

At the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway is this gothic revival church was built in 1846. Trinity Church, whose spire is 284 feet (86 m) tall, was once the tallest building in New York City.

Step inside to admire the stained glass windows and stroll into the cemetery and see the grave of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the US Treasury (and whose face is printed on the $10 bill). 

Use our self-guided tour to get the most out of your trip to Trinity Church.

When you leave the church, walk a short distance east on Wall Street until you reach Broad Street. 


Wall Street

New York Stock Exchange Exterior Wall StreetFor all the sites along Wall Street and the Financial District check our self-guided tour of Wall Street. There are three buildings not to miss, all located at the intersection of Wall and Broad Streets.

On the northeast corner, you will see an impressive stone building with George Washington’s larger than life statue in front of it. This is Federal Hall National Memorial.

It was on this site that the first U.S. Congress met after America gained its independence and where George Washington was sworn in as the first U.S. President.

The hall is open to the public free of charge. Inside the hall are exhibits that display early American artifacts, including the Bible used by President Washington at his swearing in. There is also a National Park Visitor Center and free bathrooms.

On the southwest corner is the New York Stock Exchange. On the corner across from the Stock Exchange is a short limestone building with no name plaque. Built in 1913, this was formerly the headquarters for the J.P. Morgan & Co. The Wall Street side of the building retains pockmarks caused by the shrapnel from a 1920 domestic terrorist attack, still unsolved, which killed 40 people.

Walk back to Broadway along and walk south to Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan. Along the way, you will pass the Charging Bull statue. It’s from here that our Lower Manhattan GPS-enabled audio tour and our guided tour start from.


Battery Park Netherlands Memorial Battery Park

Since the 1800s, the site of the park has served New York City in a number of ways. First, it was where New York built a fort, Castle Clinton, to defend against the British in the War of 1812. In the second half of the 19th Century, before Ellis Island was built, the former fort structure was an immigrant depot.  

The park has a beautiful waterfront with vast views of the New York Harbor including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There are many things to see in Battery Park.

Should you decide to visit these places, here is our guide to visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Keep in mind that visiting Lady Liberty will eat up several hours of your day, not even including Ellis Island. Instead, we recommend that you take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. 


Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry Free ToursAs a time-saving, budget-conscious alternative to visiting the Statue of Liberty, we recommend a free ride on this commuter ferry. In fact, this is our #1 out of 10 free things to do in NYC.

During the boat ride, you get a good view of the Statue of liberty and Ellis Island and stunning views of the Lower Manhattan skyline.

The ride there and back is about 50 minutes, slightly longer in the high season, and doesn’t require a ticket. The ferry runs frequently on during the week and slightly less often on weekends. 


National September 11th Memorial and Museum

Memorial Pools 911 MemorialPlan your visit to the Memorial with our detailed guide Visiting the 911 Memorial and Museum

Enter Memorial Plaza from Liberty Street and Greenwich Street. There is no entry fee to this public memorial plaza. You simply walk on to the plaza and can spend as much or little time as you want there.

The centerpieces of the Memorial are the Reflecting Pools, two massive cascading fountains set in the exact location that the twin towers stood. Inscribed around the bronze edges of the pools are the names of those who died on 9/11.

For details on the other sites within the Memorial, we have a short, self-guided tour and also offer several pay-what-you-wish tours that include the 9/11 Memorial as a part of or as the main focus of the tour.


Freedom Tower at One World Observatory

Freedom Tower view daytime

As an alternative to visiting Top of the Rock for your 360-degree bird’s eye view of New York City, visit the Freedom Tower atop One World Trade Center.

It is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance, as you must select a specific date and time. Tickets are $32 and up. Read our guide to getting tickets to the Freedom Tower for more information.

TIP: General admission tickets are included for free with the purchase of the Sightseeing Unlimited and Sightseeing Flex passes. You should also read our sections on combo tickets and discounts


Sunset on the High Line

High Line

Take the A or C train uptown from Fulton Street Station to 14th Street and 8th Avenue. Walk to 10th Avenue where you will find the 14th Street entrance to the High Line, an old elevated train track that was converted into a free, urban park with incredible views of the Hudson River waterfront.

The High Line is narrow but long and runs to 33rd Street. There are exits every two blocks and wooden lounge chairs to sit back and watch the sunset.

The buildings along the High Line have an interesting history as well which you can learn about High Line self-guided walking tour and our audio tour.

Of course, you can always join our pay-what-you-wish High Line/Chelsea tour as well. Finish up with food from one of the dozens of food shops at the Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue and 16th Street.

 


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DAY THREE IN NEW YORK

Live Like A Local – Spend the day doing what New Yorkers do on their days off: walk, shop and eat.

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

Visit the Brooklyn BridgeHead over to Brooklyn by subway to begin your walk over the bridge. For information about subways, starting points, and history of the bridge, check out our self-guided tour of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Including time to take photos of the incredible views of the skyline and the harbor, give yourself 45 minutes from start to finish of the bridge.

If you are curious about life outside of Manhattan, we have two tours of the area, our 2 hour Brooklyn Heights Tour and our 3 hour Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour.


Lunch in Chinatown  

Chicago chinatown food tour bbq kingFrom the bridge exit, walk north on Centre Street, through the civic district lined with neo-classical courthouses. On Worth Street make a right and walk one block to Columbus Park, always filled with locals playing cards, socializing or doing tai-chi.

One block past the park is Mott Street, the main street of Chinatown. If you want to delve deeper into this fascinating enclave, we have a self-guided tour of Chinatown. There is no shortage of inexpensive restaurants along Mott and the side streets.

After your meal, walk north on Mott Street to Grand Street and make a left.


Little Italy Little Italy, New York City

Technically Little Italy starts when you cross Canal Street, but Chinatown has become so crowded that most of Little Italy is more like a Chinatown extension.

For the most authentic Italian experience, walk along Grand Street and Mulberry Street where you can find some of the oldest Italian food shops and restaurants in all of America.

We have a self-guided tour of the neighborhood that could help you plan out what you will want to see.


SoHo

Haughwout Building SoHoWalk through this trendy, fun neighborhood and its Historic Cast Iron District with impressive, decorative buildings. You will get the opportunity to peek into some of SoHo’s impressive art galleries and fashionable boutiques.

Our SoHo Self-Guided Tour and Neighborhood Guide can help you locate the highlights of the neighborhood.

Note: These neighborhoods are fun to walk through on your own, but to really get a true sense of what they were and are all about – in just two hours — we offer a pay-what-you-wish  SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour.


A night out in Greenwich Village

Cafe WhaFor a huge variety of restaurants and nightlife, the Village is THE place to go. Here’s our self-guided Greenwich Village Tour including a neighborhood guide with suggestions of where to eat, shop and see live music or comedy.

The heart of the Village is Washington Square Park, that bustles with street musicians, performers, and a downtown lively vibe. Take a short stroll through the park before you sit down and settle into your evening meal or entertainment venue.

If you are interested in a more thorough exploration of this cultural and historical neighborhood, we offer several pay-what-you-wish guided tours: a Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour, a Ghost Tour, and to sample different foods in the area, try our two-hour guided Food Tour.

To eat at your own pace, here is our self-guided Food Tour. No matter how you choose to explore Greenwich Village, we guarantee that you spent time in this one-of-a-kind New York neighborhood.

 


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OTHER ITINERARIES

There are many other itineraries that you could use to help plan your trip. Many of our neighborhood guides, some of which we linked to in the content above, can help you plan out a 1/2 or full day in just one area. We have several dozens of such guides.

We also have a 3-day itinerary for families. 

Lastly, we have created several things to do posts, including a top things to do post, things to do at night, for free, as well as a family-friendly list.

Tourist Discount Passes

Many people visiting NYC opt for a tourist discount pass. These passes essentially bundle together popular attractions and tours and provide a single price that discounts the ticket prices by as much as 50%. Each of these passes offers its own itineraries to help you best maximize your savings.

We created a comparison post to help you decide which pass (if any) is best for you.

Written by Courtney Shapiro

 

 

Flatiron Feature

The Flatiron Building in New York City

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This post is about the Flatiron Building in NYC, including its history, how to get here, tips on the best photo spots, and nearby attractions.

 

 


WHERE DID THE NAME FLATIRON BUILDING COME FROM?

When famed architect Daniel Burnham’s design for the George A. Fuller’s company’s office building was completed in 1902, it was named after Fuller himself, the Fuller building. But, New Yorkers gave this building a name of their own, the Flatiron Building, because of its similarity to the household appliance, a flat iron.  

 

Flatiron

 

With the intersection of Broadway and 5th Avenue forming a triangle, there was no room for a traditionally shaped building if the developer wanted to use all of the real estate available.

Instead, this plot of land, (which had always been known as the Flatiron) suggested that this, and many other buildings made at intersections would come to look like.

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Greenwich Village Tours

Greenwich Village Tours

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This post reviews and compares the various sightseeing tour options in Greenwich Village available to you, including our name your own price tours and our GPS-enabled audio tour.  

 

 


GREENWICH VILLAGE WALKING TOURS

If you want to learn all about this fantastic neighborhood, a walking tour may be your best bet. Typically clocking in at 2 hours in length, these trips will give you an entirely new appreciation for the Village.

Aside from our pay-what-you-wish options, ticket prices typically fall in the $30-$40 range, but some tours may be even more affordable depending on how much you want to spend. 

Several of the tourist discount passes offer free tours of Greenwich Village with the purchase of a pass. 

Alternatively, you can take as much time as you want to explore the Village at your own pace by taking our GPS-enabled audio tour, narrated by one of our tour guides or by enjoying a self-guided tour.

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JFK Airport to and from Times Square

JFK Airport Guide

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This post can help you figure out which is the best choice of transport to and from NYC’s 3 main airports: JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia.

 

 


JFK AIRPORT – Traveling between JFK and Manhattan

John F. Kennedy Airport is the largest and busiest of all NYC-area airports. Located in Queens, about 15 miles (23 km) from Manhattan, it handles most international flight into the NYC area, so if you are traveling from overseas, this will likely be your destination!  

You have several options to get from JFK Airport to Manhattan once you arrive.


AirTrain + Subway from JFK to Manhattan

AirTrain JFK

This is by far the cheapest (and surprisingly easy) option to get from JFK to wherever you are staying. Using a combination of the light rail AirTrain to connect with the subway system is a very easy way to reach Manhattan.

You can use this link to Google Maps and enter your destination address to get exact directions from JFK Airport.

The AirTrain circles the airport every day of the year, 24 hours a day, and stops at every terminal in the airport as well as stops from which you can connect to the subway system. Read more »