Top Things To Do In New York Including Travel-guide, Attractions, Restaurants, Cheap Hotels, Good Places To Visit.
1.Take a walk on the High Line
2.Lunch at Chelsea market
3.Walk the Manhattan Bridge, Dumbo then the Brooklyn Bridge
4.Wander around Central Park
5.Take a guided tour of Harlem
6.Listening to gospel in Harlem
7.Eat the best cookies in the world at the Levain Bakery
8.Marvel at Columbia University
9.Stroll in Riverside Park
10.Ponder and go into ecstasies at the World Trade Center
11.Smell the fresh air of the Hudson at Rockefeller and Battery Parks
12.Admire NYC illuminated at the Empire State Building
13.Enjoy the atmosphere of Times Square
14.Escape to Chinatown
15.Stroll in Brooklyn
16.Discover vegan cuisine
17.Walking, walking, walking….
New York, United States
Things to do in New York fascinates me and that I have had the chance to visit already 5 times. However, I cannot say that I know really well, there are so many things to see and things to do in New York! My travels having been quite spaced out, I also tend to do certain things several times: there are places that I love too much not to see them again on each stay!
It's still a city where I have my bearings and where I feel really good. It takes me in the guts as soon as I step into it: I can walk there for hours and hours without getting tired, appreciating its energy and observing everything around me. Perhaps it is also related to the fact that New York is the first city I went to alone when I was 18, when I was rather shy and spoke poor English. I still have a feeling of excitement and freedom that I get every time I go there.
Jerome Charyn, an American novelist, said of New York that she was "A strange mixture of law and disorder", and that is exactly what I feel when I am there. The city appears very orderly at first glance due to its orthogonal urban plan and the vertiginous verticality of the buildings. But in the middle of these buildings reigns an incredible, intoxicating effervescence…. A gigantic flow of cars and passers-by, continuous noise (shrill sirens, horns, car engines ...), flashy signs and advertisements, the smell of food from countless street vendors ... All the senses are called upon!
It was therefore high time to tell you about it on this blog and to give you some ideas of things to do in New York, some quite essential and well known, others a little less and that I discovered during my last stay..
The High Line is one of my recent discoveries and a favorite things to do in New York. When my cousin Sarah, who lives in NYC, told me that this was one of her favorite things to do in New York, I wondered how I could have missed such a place on previous occasions. stays. The High Line is in fact relatively recent, with an inauguration of the various portions in 2009, 2011, and 2014.
High Line, Nueva York, EE. UU
The High Line is a suspended urban park built on a former railway line. If you know the Coulée Verte in Paris, it's a bit the same idea: the park is all in length (about 2km) and in height. It is really a very nice things to do in New York : the old rails have been kept in places, vegetation planted and several works of art installed. As a bonus, the High Line winds between buildings and offers beautiful views of the streets of New York. The cars pass under the High Line and one can thus quietly observe the traffic and the prospects of the city. At the top! Several stairs lead to the High Line: see the map here.
Before or after a walk on the High Line, do not miss the Chelsea Market. This is a very large covered market with a wide variety of shops and restaurants. The common characteristic of these shops? To be (for the most part) dedicated to food. Depending on your desires, you can really find all kinds of specialties, to buy or to taste on the spot.
Chelsea Market, New York, United States
For my part, I fell in love with The Lobster Place, a kind of giant fish shop where I was able to feast on a lobster roll (a kind of lobster sandwich, yes I know but they are not the same prices as France !). But you can also enjoy other fish-based specialties such as clam soup, grilled lobster half, sushi prepared in front of you… The hardest part is really choosing from best things to do in New York! Address: 75 9th Avenue (between 15th and 16 Streets)
The Manhattan Bridge (Manhattan Bridge) is less well known than the Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn Bridge). It is of course less sexy at first glance: the space dedicated to pedestrians is located at the same level as the rails of the train, which pass by making a rather appalling noise, and the view is made a little more difficult by a fence. That being said, I really enjoyed walking there because it allows you to have beautiful views: Chinatown first and then a more global view of Manhattan and one of best things to do in New York. Taking the Manhattan Bridge also allows you to take a loop walk: walk on the Manhattan Bridge, then walk around Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, Brooklyn district located between the two bridges) then cross again by the Brooklyn Bridge. For someone like me who doesn't like to go back and forth, this is ideal! ?
Manhattan Bridge, New York, United States
Once you get off the Manhattan Bridge, take the time to wander around Dumbo a bit. I really liked this old industrial district: beautiful renovated industrial buildings, a lot of bars/shops that make you want things to do in New York... not to mention the countless newlyweds who all came to be photographed in the same place and seemed to take the exercise very seriously, whatever or their nationality (ok, I'm a little mocking…). It is also in Dumbo that you can take the famous perspective photo of the Empire State Building between two pillars of the Manhattan Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge is then a must-see things to do in New York: you will pass a lot of people, but it must be said that it is really neat! I really enjoyed the view of Manhattan's buildings at sunset (but it's also worth it during the day!). Just try to be careful not to interfere with New Yorkers crossing the bridge to come home from work by bike and who frankly hate all those tourists with an annoying tendency to walk on the bike path…!
Nothing original in advising you to go for a walk in Central Park, this huge lung of things to do in New York. Hard to imagine, but it is 341 hectares. Suffice to say that there is plenty to do there for a few walks ... I have always loved going for a walk there but enjoyed it even more during my last stay for two reasons. On the one hand, I was there in the fall and the colors are really beautiful.
Central Park, New York, United States
On the other hand, I also wandered there in the late afternoon and really had fun taking pictures at night. I was walking around at random and was lucky enough to come across several crazy viewpoints. The contrast between vegetation, lakes, and buildings is striking in Central Park. And at night, the reflections add yet another dimension ...
Harlem is a neighborhood that I did not know at all and that I wanted to discover on my last trip things to do in New York. I decided to try out a guided tour of Harlem by the New York Agency in French from my friend Alex. The agency offers a whole series of guided tours of things to do in New York, all of which take place in French: this is not a criterion for me normally but it is interesting if you are not very comfortable in English or you simply want to try out tours imagined by a true New York enthusiast!
Harlem, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
In the company of Svetlana, French who has lived in NY for several years, I went to explore Harlem at 3:30 on a Sunday morning. I loved this tour, offering for my taste a good mix of walking around different parts of Harlem, explanations of the history of the neighborhood, and anecdotes.
If you want to listen to the gospel, consider going there first as you won't be doing it during the guided tour. The schedule of this visit has also been designed so that you can get to the churches beforehand, where masses are often held early!
Listening to a gospel mass in Harlem is one of my best experiences with things to do in New York. I share this moment in detail with you in an article dedicated to gospel music in Harlem.
Have you ever tasted the best cookies in the world? I do! They can be found at the Levain Bakery, which has several addresses in guides things to do in New York. Do not miss this delicacy served fresh from the oven and which really melts in your mouth. Do not have eyes bigger than your stomach by buying full of them: each cookie weighs an incredible weight (the moment you take your bag containing 2 cookies and you feel like the person giving you 15 so many the bag is heavy is quite funny!). And needless to say, it's really fat. To sum up, a cookie made me breakfast and lunch (yet I have a good appetite!), But I haven't regretted a single second ? Addresses: all addresses here.
NYC - UWSLevain Bakery
I discovered the prestigious Columbia University campus (Columbia University), one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, while visiting Harlem. I went back the next day to spend some more time there and enter one of the buildings, which is open to the public. It’s pretty grandiose! Address: at the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and 116th street.
Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Riverside Park is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it is one of my cousin's favorite parks (yes, I took a lot of her advice!) And I did indeed enjoy going there. walk around. It has a peaceful side, with its trees and a view of the Hudson River. The only regret compared to Rockefeller or Battery Park (which I talk about below): there is a road all below, along the river. We are therefore less cut off from the noise of the city, but it is still very pleasant to walk there and we still feel a bit elsewhere! Address: The north of the park is located just west of 129th street.
Riverside Park, New York, Vereinigte Staaten
My first trip to things to do in New York was shortly after the September 11 attacks: I have never seen the Twin Towers but had not yet been able to see the new World Trade Center, with its memorial, its museum, its new tower (One World Trade Center, which you can also climb up) and its new station/shopping mall. I did not visit the museum but went to see the memorial, which has strong symbolism of things to do in New York and which I found really striking.
World Trade Center, New York, United States
On a more cheerful note, I fell in love with the Oculus, the building housing the metro station and a shopping mall, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Its shape is supposed to evoke a bird flying from the hand of a child: suddenly I still can not imagine it well, but that does not prevent me from adoring the things to do in New York so much from the outside only from the inside! The architecture is truly amazing. Address: between Church Street and Greenwich Street, right next to the World Trade Center Memorial
Rockefeller and Battery Parks are among my favorite things to do in New York: coming without going for a stroll is unthinkable! I love the mix of genres that reigns there: the Hudson River, huge modern buildings, vegetation, boats, New Yorkers jogging, tourists ...
Battery Park, New York, United States
Taking a walk along the Hudson at the end of the afternoon is one of my best memories of my last trip things to do in New York: the sun warming me gently, the fresh air coming from the river, the small benches where you can sit to admire the sunset over the Statue of Liberty… I'm really a fan!
I like to start north of Rockefeller Park and slowly descend south past the piers to Ellis Island (to see the Statue of Liberty). Address: start at the intersection of Chambers Street and River terrace.
Go to things to do in New York three times without climbing to the top of the Empire State Building? Yes, it is possible but shameful ... so I ended up fixing it and have not regretted it. I went there on a Friday evening at the end of the day and had only a short time to wait before enjoying a truly magical view of the city… The Empire State Building is open every day from 8 am to 2 am, which leaves the choice of hours: for my part, I wanted to see the city illuminated and therefore went there after dark. It was awesome things to do in New York ! Cover up, on the other hand, it really curdles up there with the wind! Good news for photographers, there is no glass: it allows you to take great photos!
Empire State Building, New York, NY, USA
There are several tickets to choose from: I opted for the ticket to enter the 86th floor, the main terrace of the Empire State Building. It is also possible to buy a ticket to access the 102nd floor but it was even more expensive and I thought the 86th floor would already give me a great view. It was. Besides, the 102nd floor is apparently glassed-in, which really doesn't suit me for the pictures ...
Address: 350 5th Ave. You can book your tickets for the 86th floor (standard or no wait) here.
Times Square is a must-see things to do in New York: it's not my favorite corner, it's very touristy and doesn't correspond to what I like the most (aggressive advertising screens everywhere! ), but we have to admit that there is also a rather fascinating side. I like to go there quite quickly and have fun in the atmosphere. One of the things to do in New York that makes me laugh the most in Times Square is, I think, meeting all kinds of characters walking quietly through the streets as if everything was normal… The last time I was walking for example behind Spider-Man, who is move like everyone else with their little bag on their backs ?
Times Square, New York, NY, USA
Chinatown is a neighborhood in which I like to walk: a change of scenery is guaranteed! Signs in Chinese, supermarkets selling Asian products, restaurants where you can taste good little Chinese dishes ... You really feel elsewhere, it's a lot of fun! Walking into some restaurants can be as confusing an experience as it is in Asia when everyone looks at you as they walk in and you order a dish with no idea what it is! "Also, don't hesitate to try a foot reflexology session, I made the last pains of a fall from a horse disappear during my last stay! Chinese notes things to do in New York
I don’t know all of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods (yep, Brooklyn is huge!) But I can recommend checking out Dumbo, the corner between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges that once housed industrial warehouses. It’s a lively and fun neighborhood from which you will have the added bonus of great views of Manhattan. And don't forget to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at the same time, it's great things to do in New York but you also have a great view of Manhattan!
Brooklyn, United States
Another cool neighborhood to discover in Brooklyn is Williamsburg. Stroll along Bedford Avenue and don’t hesitate to take the perpendicular streets. There are a lot of shops, small restaurants and lots of pretty buildings, it’s nice to stroll around. There is also quite a bit of street art, although apparently, the district for Street Art is rather Bushwick.
Vegan? But yes, don't be surprised, vegan cuisine is great when done right. And that's good, Things to do in New York is full of good places to feast and discover new flavors. Attention to the curious, this is an experience that could well challenge your prejudices, even if you are absolutely not vegan or vegetarian! Here is my selection of good addresses for vegan and gluten-free restaurants from things to do in New York.
For the rest, it's hard to give you better advice than this: bring good shoes and walk! I like to walk in cities in general, but I think I rarely do as many km as in New York (I can sometimes do 26km days ...!). I love to feel the atmosphere of the city and its different neighborhoods.
Manhattan, New York, United States
In Manhattan, I advise you, in particular, to stroll in the adorable Greenwich Village, the trendy district of Soho, to stroll in Chelsea, to go for a walk in the Upper West Side to admire its superb houses, to browse the streets of the Financial District… Without forgetting of course a little stroll on 5th avenue!
More ideas for tours and activities things to do in New York?
There are really plenty of ideas of things to do in New York, from the most classic to the most spectacular (like the helicopter flight-tested by my friends Amélie and Manu from Bonjour New-York, for example). Get Your Guide really offers quite a few cool tours and things to do in New York!
Where to sleep in New York?
It's impossible to list all the cool things to do in New York for you, already because there are plenty of them, but also because I haven't tested them all! I know of one hotel and one apartment that I enjoyed very much when I stayed there, so I can recommend them to you.
The Paul Hotel in Nomad
I found The Paul Hotel when I was looking for a hotel that was good value for money (I got it for 150 € per night in the middle of August) and that was in a good location in Manhattan, knowing that I did not want not being far from Penn Station as well as the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which greatly facilitated my arrival and departure. Penn Station is the station from which the Newark express bus leaves to Newark airport as well as the train to JFK airport (among others) and Port Authority bus terminal is the main bus station (hence I came from Boston for example). So it's convenient and, as a bonus, the neighborhood is very nice. We are right next to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, and the Chelsea district. East and Greenwich’s villages are also not far away if you like to walk a bit, neither is Central Park in fact (30 minutes walk). In short, I really enjoyed the location!
The Paul Hotel is located in a large building. I was lucky to have from my room (very comfortable, by the way) a beautiful view of the Empire State from my room, located on the 12th floor, and enjoyed going for a drink on the RoofTop of the 'hotel, on the 22nd floor (if I remember correctly!). As a bonus, access to a fitness room located a 2-minute walk away is included in the price of the room. Really great! I just didn't try the breakfast or the restaurant because we didn't have a chance.
East village apartments
In a different style, the East Village apartments, located in a typical New York house, can be nice if you want to have a real apartment with a kitchen. Of course, it costs more than a hotel, but considering the prices of restaurants menu things to do in New York, it can quickly be more economical! I stayed with family in a 4 person apartment in the East Villages apartments, which I found after a long search. I must say that I wanted a good location, a nice decoration, good equipment, etc ... Without cutting my arm either! The apartment we got was really super nice, super well decorated, comfortable, and with a nice terrace (a luxury in Manhattan!). I also really like East Village, an area that used to be pretty badass but is undergoing a change: there are lots of little shops and restaurants, it's great! It's also a stone's throw from Greenwich Village and Soho, which I love, and it's really central to Manhattan, which is convenient for getting around and exploring the most beautiful things to do in New York.
When to go to and things to do in New York?
I've been there in the spring, summer, and fall. I would ideally recommend spring and fall.
In summer, the temperatures are really things to do in New York stifling: you can of course enjoy it, but for me, who loves to walk, it is still really hot. Let's say that involves adjusting your schedule a bit. I remember taking regular breaks in stores just to cool off for a few minutes before heading back to the things to do in New York furnace (which is also the best solution to get sick given the air conditioning temperatures in the USA: it is is frozen and you, therefore, spend your time alternating between very hot and very cold!) or even taking coffee breaks and reading during the hottest part of the day as the heat was unbearable.
I fell in love with the fall because of the really beautiful colors of the vegetation, especially in Central Park. Finally, I never experienced winter about things to do in New York but had a little glimpse of it since I went there at the end of November: it was starting to have Christmas decorations and to be very cold, it was also a whole atmosphere! To be tested next time ...
Go to New York from Paris and Strasbourg
It's easy to get to things to do in New York by plane, and you can often find cheap fares. From Paris, there are many flights, but, and I am speaking to the people of Strasbourg here, it is also easy to leave from Strasbourg. This is what I did: there is a (quick) stopover in Amsterdam but it is very convenient and it was not more expensive!