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
This 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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
From left to right: Calzone, Stromboli, Arancini and a Sausage and Peppers Sandwich
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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!
This is a shot or two of espresso and then filled with steamed milk. Add sugar as you like and enjoy sipping slowly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Throw yourself right into the heart of the city in Midtown Manhattan.
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.
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
Exit 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.
From 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.
Leave 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.
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.
Leave 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.
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!
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).
When you leave the church, walk a short distance east on Wall Street until you reach Broad Street.
For 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From 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.
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.
Walk 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.
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-wishSoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour.
A night out in Greenwich Village
For 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 »