A Visitor’s Guide to the Upper East Side
There’s less traffic, so things are a bit easier for pedestrians, and you don’t have to worry as much about the reckless drivers in Midtown, for example. The Upper East Side has a reputation for being safe, charming, and a bit luxurious too. You are away from some of the city's touristy areas, but you can always get there if you’d like to. The following are some general things visitors should know about staying on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
What's Open Now in NYC's Union Square
Union Square has long been a place of entertainment, activism, and companionship, with many stores, a leafy park, and theaters opening up around the square since it formed in the early 1800s. Although the area has undergone many changes over the years, Union Square continues to be a source of leisure for New Yorkers and tourists alike.
A Quick Guide to Times Square
Visit before or after the Broadway rush is on and you’ll know instantly why the Times Square crossroads is nicknamed “The Center of the Universe.” Read on for our picks for great attractions, bites, and beers at the Crossroads of the World.
What to Do in the Financial District
The Financial District might be the most historically rich neighborhood in New York City. You’ll find traces of founding fathers George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, the country’s first fine dining restaurant, and a 300-year-old tavern on these winding streets at the tip of Manhattan.
The Vessel, The Shed, and What Else to See at Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards is the state-of-the-art building development, new to the West Side of Manhattan. Larger than Rockefeller Center at 28 acres, this impressive neighborhood contains a climbable monument, a hotel, a mall, an arts space, offices, residences, restaurants, and 14 acres of public space.
What to Do on the Upper West Side
New York comes home to the Upper West Side. This storied neighborhood has made its name with peaceful residences, great schools, and utter livability in the midst of a frantic city. Visitors enjoy the area's opera, dance, music, and film at Lincoln Center and relish natural wonders at the American Museum of Natural History. Walk West 81st a few blocks, and you'll feel like a local in no time.
What's New at Hudson Yards
We’ve rounded up some recently completed projects and things to look forward to—The Shed, Edge, Electric Lemon, Tiffany & Co., and more, this fall and beyond at Hudson Yards.
What to Do on the Upper East Side
As far back as the the 1800s, the stretch of Fifth Avenue along Central Park was known as Millionaire's Row. This nickname could easily be revived today, as The Upper East Side maintains a reputation as home to old money. But there's much more to the neighborhood than the gleam of Park Avenue high-rises and well-dressed doormen. The Upper East Side attracts millions of visitors each year with a long line of cultural institutions known as Museum Mile, which includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
What to Do in Tribeca
Named for the TRIangle BElow CAnal, Tribeca's cobblestone streets are lined with former industrial buildings that have been converted into large, luxurious lofts and apartments with outrageous price tags. Many contend that its biggest draw for out-of-towners is the food, though there are also several art galleries and shopping worth investigating.
What to Do in SoHo
As time goes on, all things must change. No other section of New York exemplifies this old bromide better than SoHo. Located directly south of Houston Street on the west side of Manhattan (bounded Lafayette Street on the east, Canal Street on the south, Varick Street on the west), SoHo is a friendly, beautiful, and history-rich section of New York that is home to some of the best shopping, dining, and avant-garde art.
What to Do in Midtown West
When visitors think of New York City, they probably think of Midtown. That's where all the iconic sites are packed into a few square miles, from the Empire State Building to Times Square. Midtown West is the broad term for everything west of Fifth Avenue between 34th and 59th Streets. This article covers the southern half of Midtown West (34th to 42nd Streets), full of shopping, entertaining, and legendary sightseeing destinations.
What to Do in Midtown East
New York's city center is called Midtown, the site of the most famous skyscrapers in the world and a multitude of must-see destinations. Midtown East, which starts on Fifth Avenue and continues to the East River, extends from East 34th Street to 59th Street. Mix and mingle with the white-collar workers teeming through Grand Central at rush hour, drink in the Deco masterpiece of the Chrysler Building, and shop the stores on Fifth Avenue for an unforgettable New York experience.
The Best Things to Do in Times Square, the Theater District & Rockefeller Center
A primer on the best things to in Times Square, the theatre district New York, Hell’s Kitchen, Rockefeller Center and more in Midtown.
What to Do in Chinatown NYC
Everyone thinks of Chinatown when the confetti-filled Chinese Lunar New Year parade rolls down Mott Street every year, but outside dim sum, firecrackers, and dragon dances, Chinatown remains a mystery to most New Yorkers.
What to Do in Harlem
The poet Langston Hughes asked, "What happens to a dream deferred?" This line begins a poem entitled "Harlem," written in 1951. Since the Great Migration of the early 20th century, during which black Americans relocated from the South to major urban areas in the North, Harlem had grown into the cultural epicenter of black life. The Harlem Renaissance lasted throughout the 1920s and produced talents like Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Duke Ellington, and Zora Neale Hurston. Since then, Harlem has raised other cultural titans like James Baldwin and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Today Harlem remains a vital destination for all who love live music, a rich blend of cultures, and food that sticks to your ribs.
These Are All the Best Things to Do and See in Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village is one of the most historically rich and fun neighborhoods in NYC. With its restaurants, comedy clubs, and bars, you'll find plenty of things to do in the Village.
What to Do on The Lower East Side
For decades, New York City's Lower East Side was synonymous with immigrants housed in cramped tenements, suffering terrible conditions in hope of a better life. Today, this cultural mecca is home to emerging artists, young professionals, and innovative shopkeepers with dreams of their own.
What to Do in Chelsea
Chelsea, the area west of Fifth Avenue and north of 14th Street to about 30th Street, has long been known for its tree-lined residential streets and the storied artists haven that was the Chelsea Hotel. In recent years, however, it has become a sought-after New York neighborhood with an abundance of art galleries, bars, and restaurants—and the New York offices of a little business called Google.
Itinerary—Saturday in Gowanus: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Reborn
Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighborhood once known for manufacturing and shipping, as its namesake canal runs directly through the area. Once an eyesore wedged between prettier areas like Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Gowanus has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. We’ve put together a day of fun in Gowanus for the adventurous and hungry visitor to this remarkable neighborhood.
What's Good to Do on a Day in Harlem?
What's good to do on a day in Harlem? The neighborhood is rich in history and offers so much to see. While the more popular neighborhoods that tourists like to check out aren't as far north in Manhattan don't disregard Harlem. Take the short subway ride uptown for some good soul food and activities that go beyond just the normal tourist spots.
Historic Lower East Side Synagogues
Whether you are interested in history, Judaism, architecture, or even none of the above, there is a lot to enjoy at three old synagogues on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the most famous immigrant district in a city renowned for its immigrant history. All three can be visited in a few hours as distances between them are small.
What's Good to Do on a Day in SoHo?
What's good to do on a day in Soho? From shopping to dining and drinking, here are a few fun suggestions.
What's Good to Do on a Day in Washington Heights?
What's good to do on a day in Washington Heights? From Fort Tryon Park to "La Casa del Mofongo," you'll find plenty to check out here.
Things to Do in the Flatiron District in NYC
The Flatiron District takes its name from the Flatiron Building, the endlessly photographed wedge-shaped building on 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. The boundaries of the neighborhood push north of 23rd Street into what used to be considered a portion of the NoMad neighborhood, and south down towards Union Square. After you snap your perfect pic in front of the Flatiron, you have endless options to explore. We’ve narrowed them down for you, whether you’re looking to shop, eat, explore, or all of the above!
Branching Out on the Lower East Side
The Lower East Side is a nightlife center of New York City, but beyond its many bars and live music halls, there are plenty of great things to check out. Read on for some ideas for branching out on the LES.