Everything you need to know to plan a visit to New York City, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. Start with these Quicklinks to zero in on a neighborhood or popular attraction. Learn more from our introductory article and links to the local history timeline. Explore recommendations for sights, activities, food, lodging, entertainment, and festivals and events. No time to do all this online? Download a New York City travel guide or have Amazon deliver one to your door.
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Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island
9/11 Memorial Broadway Central Park
Bronx Zoo Chinatown
Ellis Island Empire State Building
Fifth Avenue Freedom tower
Grand Central Greenwich Village
Lincoln Center Metropolitan Museum of Art MOMA
Museum of Natural History Rockefeller Center
South Street Seaport Statue of Liberty
Discover New York City
Asked why he moved to New York City, John Lennon answered, “If I’d lived in Roman times, I’d have lived in Rome. Where else? Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself.”
Indeed New York City is impressive from almost any angle. With an absolute population of almost 9 million people and a metropolitan area of over 20 million, it is the largest city in the United States. If it were a country, it would have the ninth largest economy in the world, and is home to over 50 Fortune 500 companies.
New York City has scores of famous landmarks, iconic buildings, important museums, acclaimed restaurants, historic hotels, as well as the largest theatre district in the world.
The New York area was inhabited by Native American tribes long before Europeans arrived and started exploiting its natural resources. Following several decades of development as a Dutch trading colony, the city of New Amsterdam was incorporated in 1653. In 1664 the city passed into British hands and was renamed New York.
These are our top 15 recommendations for visitors to New York City. Why the Faber dozen?
- Visit the Empire State Building. Take in the view from the 86th floor Observation Deck.
- Visit the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Center.
- Revel in Times Square and see a Broadway Show.
- Go for a Stroll on Fifth Avenue. Rockefeller Center.
- Visit Freedom Tower and the National 9/11 Memorial.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Museum of Modern Art
- See a ballgame at Yankee Stadium
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry.
- Run with the bulls on Wall Street. The New York Stock Exchange.
- Visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
- Enjoy a casual outing to Brooklyn’s Coney Island Amusement Park.
- Lose yourself in the Museum of Natural History.
- After you finish running around to all of these other great sights, sit down and relax in Central Park.
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