New York Neighborhoods Guide

By Casey Makovich

Planning a trip to New York City? We've put together a handful of the top attractions, places to see, and which neighborhoods in New York to visit during your vacation.

Downtown

Financial District (a.k.a. Wall Street)

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Better known as Wall Street, the financial district encompasses the entire southern tip of Manhattan and is considered the economic capital of the country. Below are a few suggestions for fun activities. For more, check out our post on things to do in Lower Manhattan.

Things to Do in the Financial District

  • Head to Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan for a stroll through flower gardens and waterfront landscape. Catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to learn about immigration to the United States through NYC.
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  • Explore the moving 9/11 Memorial & Museum, located on the former site of the World Trade Center. Here you'll find a monument to the lives lost in 1993 and 2001, and learn about the brave history of those who lived through the tragedy and helped to rebuild this iconic part of NYC.
  • Experience the excitement at the headquarters of the New York Stock Exchange. Stop by the impressive Federal Hall building and be sure not to miss 40 Wall Street, the “Crown Jewel of Wall Street."
  • Take a picture with the famous Charging Bull Statue on Bowling Green, which optimistically symbolizes a bull market (constantly rising). A guided walking tour of Wall Street is one of the best ways to make the most of your visit to the area.
  • Head to the Manhattan side of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and rent a bike for a cycling tour to some of New York City’s most notable sights.
  • Explore the harbor on a speedboat thrill ride, a nighttime water taxi statue cruise, or an express Statue of Liberty cruise.

Little Italy & Chinatown

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Little Italy and Chinatown are two distinct neighborhoods representing two different cultures with an emphasis on one common thing: delicious, ethnic food. Make the most of your time in this neighborhood and let the pros show you around on a SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown Walking Tour.

Things to Do in Chinatown

  • Check out Mott and Grand Streets for exotic food stands, busy markets, and little shops.
  • For a little cultural perspective and for a better understanding of Chinatown, the world’s largest Chinatown outside of Asia, visit the Museum of Chinese in America.
  • Stop by Canal Street, famous for knock-offs, bargain souvenirs, and cheap merchandise.

Things to Do in Little Italy

  • Check out the boutique shopping scene in NoLIta (North of Little Italy).
  • Taste your way through the rich Italian culture at any of the popular restaurants along Mulberry Street and poke around the specialty shops to see all the imported Italian treats.
  • Head to the Italian American Museum for a cultural account of Italian immigration to the United States.
  • Visiting New York in September? Be sure to check out the Annual Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day festival celebrating the Patron Saint of Naples.

Tribeca

If you know the meaning of this neighborhood’s name, you’ll be able to find its location; the Triangle Below Canal Street. Tribeca is home to many celebrities who now live in Tribeca’s renovated factories and warehouses and plays host to the famous annual Tribeca Film Festival.

SoHo

SoHo, or South of Houston Street, is an impressively fashionable, well-known neighborhood of cobbled streets, narrow sidewalks, restored buildings, trendy restaurants, and even trendier boutiques.

Lower East Side

The Lower East Side has a truly American history, home to a melting pot of immigrants, from the early Eastern European Jews, to the more recent Latino and Asian immigrants. Although trendy restaurants and shops have begun popping up in the area, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is a popular attraction dedicated to preserving the neighborhood’s history, immigrant culture, and more.

Greenwich Village (East and West)

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In Greenwich Village (both east and west) you’ll find New York’s thriving counterculture of writers, artists, activists, musicians, and bohemians. Allen Ginsberg resided in East Village in his day, and the Beat poets began their revolutionary art in West Village coffee houses. Expect everything to have a proud, independent vibe in this part of town.

Things to Do in Greenwich Village (East and West)

  • Visit the 9/11 Tribute Center and see exhibits that showcase personal accounts of grave losses, bravery, survival, hope, and patriotism associated with 9/11. Guided tours are led by 9/11 family members who lost loved ones, rescue and recovery workers, civilian volunteers, lower Manhattan residents, and 9/11 survivors who escaped from the towers.
  • Visit the storied Washington Square Park, the heart of New York University’s “campus” and view the iconic Washington Square Arch.
  • Explore diverse collections of contemporary creative works (with a particular focus on American artists) at the Whitney Museum of Art.

Midtown

Flatiron District

This district takes its name from its architectural centerpiece, the historic Flatiron Building, an iconic triangular-shaped skyscraper. Head here for designer shopping and to check out Union Square, the center stage for many political rallies.

Chelsea

Although formerly a working-class district, this area now boasts a vibrant art scene and has recently been attracting a large gay population. With the influx of artistic pursuit, the neighborhood is now host to many chic restaurants, galleries, theaters, and shops.

Things to Do in Chelsea

  • Browse through the trendy Chelsea Market for some good eats and local-artisan shopping before taking a stroll on the High Line, a beautifully landscaped, elevated path through Manhattan’s West Side.
  • Catch a comedy show at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

The Garment District

NYC’s Garment District sets the trends for America’s billion-dollar fashion industry. It’s the designers here who decide what you’ll most likely be coveting in seasons to come. Most of the actual clothing production no longer happens in Manhattan, but you’ll still find New York's famous Macy’s, the largest department store in the world.

Hell’s Kitchen

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Generations ago, Hell’s Kitchen was predominantly a residential area inhabited by Irish immigrants and notorious for being a rough area. In the past few decades however, gentrification and an influx of upscale bars, restaurants, and nightclubs have helped this neighborhood flourish.

Things to Do in Hell’s Kitchen

  • Head to Pier 86 to experience all things sea, air, and space at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
  • Go on a cruise starting in the Hudson River for a unique view of the city’s top sights: the Best of NYC Cruise.

Broadway & Times Square

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The focal point of Broadway and Times Square is the entertainment business. Glitzy, and full of flashing lights, Times Square is home to tons of music studios, record labels, and production companies. Over 20 theatrical stages can be found on Broadway Street alone. Times Square is the world’s most visited tourist attraction, with well over 300,000 people passing through daily. Here are some ideas on what to do there. If you want some more suggestions then check out our post on things to do in Times Square during your trip.

Things to Do in Broadway & Times Square

  • No trip to NYC is complete without catching a Broadway show. Insider tip: head to the large TKTS booth right in Times Square to see which Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, plays, and dance productions are offering same-day discounted tickets.
  • Explore all things weird and abnormal at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  • Rub shoulders with the celebs at Madame Tussauds New York, a fascinating collection of hyperrealistic wax sculptures.
  • Feel like a giant at the unique Gulliver's Gate, a lovingly recreated display of miniaturized attractions from all over the world, including many iconic spots in NYC.
  • Get above all the action and check out the impressive views of Central Park, the Empire State Building, and more from the Top of the Rock. Visitors can also go on a tour of Rockefeller Center, the “hub of Manhattan.”
  • Visit the greatest collection of modern art in the world and experience the New York museum scene at the Museum of Modern Art.

Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue is Manhattan’s shopping mecca lined with high-end shops, many of which provide excellent opportunities for window-shopping (or, if your budget allows, a special purchase). Although the avenue is much longer, the destination shopping is concentrated in the area of Fifth Avenue between Bryant Park on its southern end and Central Park on its northern end.

Things to Do on Fifth Avenue

  • Shop ‘til you drop! Fifth Avenue is host to world-famous brands such as Bergdorfs, Van Cleef & Arpels, Henri Bendels, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, and some more affordable brands such as Gap, Zara, UNIQLO, Banana Republic, and more.
  • If you're beginning at the lower end of the shopping district, you can also snap a photo of the famous stone lions of the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (or pop inside to see the gorgeous reading rooms).
  • One block west is Sixth Avenue, where many attractions in the Times Square area are.

Uptown

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Central Park

At the heart of Manhattan is Central Park, an 843-acre historic park. Central Park is complete with beautiful landscaping, wide open green space, an expansive playground, a children’s zoo, boathouse, seasonal ice skating rink, and more.

Things to Do in Central Park (from North to South)

  • Check out the Conservatory Garden, a formal garden that represents three distinct European garden styles.
  • Pack a picnic and head to the Great Lawn in the heart of Central Park for some lazy day lounging and people watching.
  • Take a quick hike up to the Belvedere Castle for a lookout on some of the best views of the park and the city skyline that surrounds it.
  • Browse through art and grab a light bite to eat and a cocktail at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s roof garden café and martini bar for sweeping city skyline views.
  • For more artistic inspiration, head to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum.
  • Visit the American Museum of Natural History, one of the largest museums in the world, famous for its expansive collection of dinosaur fossils and skeletons.
  • Rent a model sailboat and race a friend at the Model Boat Sailing pond.
  • Grab a friend and sign up for an hour row boat rental on the Lake at the Loeb Boathouse.
  • Check out the wildlife at the famous Central Park Zoo, an activity that’s fun for all ages.
  • Rent a bike and make your own itinerary or follow a bike tour to see the best of Central Park and beyond.

That's a pretty fun list right there if you ask me. Want even more? Then head over to our list of popular things to do in Central Park and nearby areas. Central Park is always a great visit with kids or teenagers as well, so take them with you.

Upper East & West Sides

The Upper East Side and the Upper West Side (bordering Central Park on opposite sides) boast luxurious apartments inhabited by some of the city’s most affluent residents and many of the city’s museums and most-visited attractions.

Things to Do in the Upper West Side

  • Just south of the Upper West Side is Lincoln Center, the world’s most famous performing arts venue. Go on a tour and learn all about New York’s music and dance scene.
  • Spend a little time exploring history specific to NYC at the New York Historical Society Museum and then head over to the iconic American Museum of Natural History. The two attractions are conveniently located next door to each other.

Things to Do in the Upper East Side

  • Visit Museum Mile and check out the Met and the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Explore the outdoor art scene in the Bronx on the Hunts Point Street Art Walking Tour.

Harlem

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Renowned as a hub of African American culture and history, including the Harlem Renaissance of the ‘20s and ‘30s, Harlem gave the world such icons as Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Browse through rows of beautiful brownstones and a plethora of churches.

Things to Do in Harlem

  • Learn about graffiti and street art on a 2 1⁄2 hour walking tour around Harlem. You’ll discover a new appreciation for the role Harlem has played in the history and evolution of hip hop culture.
  • Catch a show at the legendary Apollo Theatre performance hall, one of Harlem’s most famous icons.

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2013 World Science Festival in New York City

Everyone knows New York is one of the best places in the world for art, culture and entertainment, but did you know that NYC is big in the science scene, too? There are plenty of science-oriented New York City attractions available this spring, including the 2013 World Science Festival. Hosted in New York each year by the Science Festival Foundation, this year’s festival is from May 29 to June 2, 2013, and will be held in locations across the city. The Science Festival Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the wonder and significance of scientific discovery with the general public. This series of events is perfect for any visitor or local interested in learning more about our world. Sessions span a variety of topics, formats, and styles, including everything from conventional lectures and multi-media presentations to pie-making, film-viewing, and a science themed StorySLAM. Here’s a selection of just a few of the many sessions available during the 2013 World Science Festival. Big Picture Questions One of the great things about modern science is just how much exciting and groundbreaking work is being done in labs, universities, and research facilities around the world. These sessions feature cutting-edge topics and big questions that humans have always asked about themselves and the universe. Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics Speakers: Brian Greene, Maia Guest, Carl Howell, Michael Roush Wednesday, May 29, 2013 / 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Also available on Thursday during the same time slot in the same theater. The New Victory Theater This popular session is all about the mysteries of quantum mechanics, from Einstein’s day to our own. Learn how quantum theories radically changed the ways scientists understood the fabric of the universe. Perfect for the aspiring astrophysicist or Michael Crichton fan. Image courtesy of the Science Festival Foundation Architects of the Mind: A Blueprint for the Human Brain Speakers: Bill Weir, R. Douglas Fields, Kristen Harris, Murray Shanahan, Gregory Wheeler Friday, May 31, 2013 / 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College You’ve probably heard the metaphor of the body as a machine – well, your brain may be the computer that runs it! Speakers at this session debate past and present theories about the functioning of the human brain, trying to figure out what makes our brains more than “an elaborate organic computer.” Of course all this raises the provoking question: if our brains are computers, then will the advanced computing systems in our future count as sentient? Infinity Speakers: Keith Devlin, Raphael Bousso, Philip Clayton, Steven Strogatz, W Hugh Woodin Friday, May 31, 2013 / 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM NYW Skirball Center for the Performing Arts It doesn’t get any more “big picture” than this. From math to art to philosophy, the concept of infinity has been a huge part of human culture for centuries. In this session, modern scientists and philosophers will debate the possibility of infinity as something that actually exists in our tangible world. The source of some of the most profound and most controversial ideas in human history, the idea of infinity is a truly fascinating topic. Science and Food Some of my favorite sessions this year combine the human love of food with the science that produces it. Learn all about the science behind some of your favorite snacks and beverages, alongside a history of the ways in which advances in modern technology have changed both our diet and our relationship with food as a culture. Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology, and Archaeology Speakers: Sam Calagione, Patrick E. McGovern Thursday, May 30, 2013 / 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM The Bell House The art of brewing beer dates back to 9000 BC, making it quite possibly the oldest use of biotechnology in human history. Beer was also influential in shaping the human diet, agricultural industry, and scientific progress. Explore ancient ales, and even try a few samples! When else can you say you’ve tried a 3,500-year-old Nordic Grog recipe? (Grog tastes a lot better than it sounds.) Image courtesy of the Science Festival Foundation The Taste of Science Speakers: Dave Arnold, Maxime Bilet, Owen Clark, Wylie Dufresne, Rachel Dutton, Stuart Firestein, Kent Kirshenbaum, Michael Laiskonis, Harold McGee, Amy Rowat, César Vega Thursday, May 30, 2013 / 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Astor Center This session is being billed as “part science lab, part cocktail dinatoire.” Hosted by chefs and culinary scientists, this event is a multi-course tasting experience that reflects the endless possibilities of science in the kitchen. Did you know that a lot of scientific discoveries have been made by experimenting chefs? The Science of Food: From Geek to Chic Maxime Bilet, Anne E. McBride, Harold McGee Friday, May 31, 2013 / 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM The Institute of Culinary Education If “The Taste of Science” looks interesting to you, you’ll probably love this one, too. This session features two groundbreaking books by Harold McGee and Maxine Bilet as the heart of a conversation about the relationship between science and cooking. Think of it as a great retrospective on the culture and technology of food science. Family-Friendly Sessions Because the World Science Festival offers such a diverse selection of events and talks, there are a few that aren’t designed with kids in mind (see above: “Cheers to Science!”). Fortunately, Festival planners are putting on a bunch of great events that kids and families will enjoy. The Dance of the Planets: An Evening Under the Stars Saturday, June 1, 2013 / 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park This is the event for kids who love to stargaze (the ones with glow-in-the-dark stickers on the ceiling, too). This outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the night sky alongside leading astronomers. There will be live music and plenty of telescopes to go around (although you’re encouraged to bring your own if you have one). Amateurs and professionals all welcome! [Tip: If your kids love stargazing here, visit the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History for more astronomical fun.] Cool Jobs Speakers: Baba Brinkman, Katherine Isbister, Michelle Khine, Amanda Kinchla, Edwin Olson Sunday, June 2, 2013 / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts As part of the Science Festival Foundation’s dedication to spreading an interest in science, this session is all about the cool jobs across the science fields available today. If your kids are really into robots, show them the possibilities of a future in engineering design! Other highlighted jobs include everything from ecology to biomedical engineering. The perfect opportunity to inspire a life-long love of science. Of course, this is just a small sliver of what’s going to be on tap at the World Science Festival this year. Visit the Festival website for more information on the schedule; some exhibits and sessions have yet to be announced. And don’t be discouraged if something you really want to see has been sold out – there are a limited number of tickets available only at the door. If your visit to the World Science Festival piques your curiosity, consider a visit to some of the other science-themed New York City attractions, like the American Museum of Natural History (home to one of the best collections of dinosaur bones in the world, plus the famous Hayden Planetarium) and the Intrepid Museum (actually on an aircraft carrier!) and Space Shuttle Pavilion.
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What to do on Easter Weekend in New York City

Easter is a great time to visit New York, as the east coast shakes off its winter chill and the city bursts into colorful, vibrant life with a riot of tulips, cherry blossom and forsythia. Then, of course, there’s the Big Apple's annual Easter Parade, when a flamboyant forest of the biggest, boldest (and downright wackiest) bonnets you’ve ever laid eyes on weaves its way through Midtown Manhattan. Egg hunts, too, make for a cracking Easter day out for kids aged three to 93 and, who knows, you might even get a chance to meet the Easter bunny herself. So, pack your spring layers, brace your sweet tooth for joy, and read on for our eggs-pert guide to all things Easter in NYC. The Big Apple in Bloom If flowers float your boat and plants set your heart aquiver, there may be no better time to visit New York than over the Easter weekend, when many of spring’s best-loved blooms will be out in force. Central Park is as good a place as any to start your olfactory odyssey. Hit up the Bridle Path at 90th Street, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and the aptly-named Cherry Hill at 72nd Street for your cherry blossom fix – the pretty pink blossoms opposite the fairytale folly that is the park’s Belvedere Castle make for some of the finest spring selfie opportunities in town. If the weather plays ball, rent a bike to explore all of the park’s hidden nooks, or take a rowboat out onto the tranquil lake. The brief but beautiful annual cherry blossom explosion continues over at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where 26 species ensure good coverage from March through May. Meanwhile, the New York Botanical Garden adds a fragrant themed display of thousands of blooming orchids to the 200-or-so flowering cherry trees within its 50-acre forest. Want more? Take a spring stroll along the High Line (with a tour guide, if you so wish), where colorful wildflowers meet hip outdoor art installations and picnic spots are alive with the sound of birdsong and chattering squirrels. You’ll spot pretty Lady Jane tulips, Sunburst witch hazel and Virginia bluebells along this elevated former railway line on Manhattan’s west side. Or tiptoe through the tulips on Park Avenue: tens of thousands of the colorful blighters burst into bloom along the boulevard every spring. New York Easter Parade Put a great big hat-shaped marker in your diary for Easter Sunday, the eggstraordinary pinnacle of Manhattan’s Easter calendar. For today is the day that New Yorkers from across the state converge at 49th Street to follow the short Easter Parade route along Fifth Avenue, clad in some of the most outlandish headgear you’ll see in this galaxy, or any other. Yes, we’re talking about the annual festival of Easter bonnets, in which you can expect to see people in everything from period costume (a hat-tip to the parade’s 19th-century origins) to iconic New York landmarks in hat form (you may well lose count of the Empire State Buildings and Statues of Liberty), flamboyant flower-festooned fashion statements, and – for the very brave – pyramids of carefully balanced (real) eggs pointing precariously skywards. There are no prizes to be won, just the fawning admiration of your peers as you strut your stuff along Fifth Avenue in your eggstravagant Sunday best. It’s free to join and you can spend all day mingling with behatted fellow revelers along the half-mile route, with somewhere in the region of 30,000 people expected to turn up most years, weather permitting. Easter Egg Hunts in NYC Whether you’ve got kids or not, there’s surely no better way to spend your Easter weekend than mingling with the Easter bunny, having your face painted in a rainbow of colors and, of course, getting your sticky paws on some sweet, sweet Easter candy. You’ll find plenty of events taking place in parks and playgrounds across the Big Apple over Easter weekend. Note that while there are dozens to choose from, NYC Easter egg hunts are extremely popular so book ticketed events well in advance and turn up early for free hunts to avoid disappointment. Hit up East Harlem for the admirably punny annual NYSoM Easter Eggstravaganza, a free event that includes timed egg hunts, plus egg painting, a street fair and photo opportunities with the Easter bunny and pals. Over on Governer’s Island, there are hunts tailored by age group, with a whopping 10,000 painted wooden eggs to be found across 120 acres. Expect magic shows and puppetry as well as arts and craft stalls and a beer garden for the grown-ups. You can even make it educational. CMoM (the Children’s Museum of Manhattan) runs a fun Easter Egg scavenger hunt that’s included with your admission ticket. Set your little bunnies loose to seek out the cute critters hiding in eggs around the museum. There are prizes for successfully completing the challenge and Miffy – a close relative of the Easter bunny – may also make a guest appearance on the day. Easter Brunch in NYC Brunching is practically a religion in New York so, if the above activities sound just a little too taxing for a relaxing Easter weekend break, feast your eyes on these beauties for some of the finest Easter brunches in town. And remember to book in advance! The Dutch NYC. This SoHo stalwart promises long boozy brunches fueled by some of the best pre-noon cocktails in Lower Manhattan. Pair heaving platefuls of cornmeal blueberry flapjacks and avocado toast with a reviving Matcha Sour, or a punchy Oaxacan Sunset, with tequila, mezcal, hibiscus, lime and cassis. Jacob’s Pickles. Hit the dive bars a little too hard last night? This Upper West Side diner has you covered, with comfort food classics including heart-stopping biscuit-and-egg breakfast sandwiches and fluffy pancakes with buttermilk fried chicken. Wash down with a Bloody BLT – vodka, bacon and a jalapeño-pickled egg. Balthazar. The Oyster Marys at SoHo’s Balthazar are worth the entry price alone, but stick around for the divine eggs florentine and uber-comforting corned beef hash. The Garden @ The Standard. This East Village garden lets you tuck into oysters, steaks and mimosas in your own private yurt. There’s even an adult Easter egg hunt, with prizes including an overnight stay at The Standard. Ideal if you’ve overindulged in cocktails and chocolate eggs. Wynwood. For a family friendly option complete with epic brunch buffet, egg hunt and Easter bunny photo opportunities, make for Wynwood on Staten Island. Grateful grown-ups get a mimosa or bellini on arrival. Save on things to do on Easter weekend in New York City Save on admission to NYC attractions with Go City. Check out @GoCity on Instagram for the latest top tips and attraction info.
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New York in June

Looking for the ultimate summer in New York experience? Wherever your interests may lie, the city is the perfect destination with fantastic activities, spectacular landmarks, and world-class cultural amenities to embrace your sense of wonder and thrill. Head out for a day of kayaking at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, enjoy some sweet tunes at the Blue Notes Jazz Festival, or have a blast at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade – this place has it all! Whatever you choose to do, we promise you won’t leave disappointed! With Go City, you can see more, for less. Experience the Culture of the City New York comes alive in the summertime with some great musical events. From June 15th right through to August 15th, audiences can catch contemporary jazz masters doing what they do best, as hosted by the Blue Note Jazz Club. The annual jazz festival features over 80 acts at a variety of city venues, but we think that the best place to hear some tunes is right against the backdrop of Central Park – honestly, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon. A well-recognized intellectual hub, New York presents a wide array of incredible museums for visitors all year round. Celebrating the city’s rich concentration of culture, the Museum Mile Festival provides the opportunity for visitors to view some of the area’s most revered art and history repositories. Stretching along Fifth Avenue, the block party includes some of the city’s finest institutions, such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York. With specialities ranging from modern, contemporary and historic art to Latin American and Jewish history, there’s a little something for everybody here. Get the perfect taste of New York from favorite local vendors as you explore the Bronx across the Harlem River. Run by a diverse, female-operated team, the Bronx Night Market seeks to showcase the vibrancy of the area through its food and culture. A total feast for the senses, the event features a broad array of delicious provisions at super affordable prices. Whether you’re more savory or sweet, one thing’s for sure – you won’t be leaving on an empty stomach! In addition to all the great food, the market also offers some interesting stalls to browse as well as live performances from local musicians. Try Something New Summers in New York can get, shall we say, a little humid? If you’re looking for a fun way to cool down, why not try kayaking? Running from the beginning of the month, visitors can head down to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse to for a free session. All paddlers are accompanied by friendly watersport experts and provided with proper kayaking equipment to ensure full safety. Granting amazing views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, this truly one-of-a-kind experience should be at the top of everyone’s itinerary! When the summertime rolls around, many of the city’s renowned cultural institutes transform themselves to suit the weather. A cornerstone of New York City culture, the Lincoln Center consolidates art with nature with a number of outside programs. During the month of June, visitors can relax in the outdoor reading room or catch live jazz performances and cabaret concerts under the stars. In addition, the establishment's newly designed park serves as the perfect place for fun and recreation after a busy day’s exploring. One of our favorite things to do for June in New York is head down to Brooklyn to catch the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Eccentric and lively, the event is the country's largest art parade and one of the city's greatest summer events. Bringing together creatives from all over the nation, the festival celebrates ancient mythology whilst serving as a total flourish of self-expression. A must-do for lovers of all things campy, this one-of-a-kind fiesta involves outlandish nautical-themed costumes, huge floats, and fun marching bands. Artsy, exciting, and downright ludicrous - hey, isn’t that what New York City is all about? Get Festive June in New York brings a whole host of fun and festivities. Drawing in tens of thousands of participants and millions of spectators each year, the city’s pride parade is one of the largest LGBTQ+ marches in the world. If you’re looking to join in on the fun, head down to Fifth Avenue towards the end of the month to experience the incredible and vibrant parade take to the streets. Complete with rainbow-colored floats, high-spirited dancing and iconic performers, you won’t want to skip this one. Those familiar with New York can attest that the city provides a wide array of fun festivals for visitors throughout the summertime. Kicking off towards the end of the month, Juneteenth is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves and celebrating diversity in culture. Perhaps the most conventional way to celebrate the holiday is by rocking up to the Juneteenth NYC, which kicks off at 5 p.m. in Brooklyn each year. In addition, the city hosts many cool and unique ways to celebrate black culture across all five boroughs, including special screenings at the Museum of Moving Image, Broadway productions celebrating black performers, and Juneteenth Freedom Fest NYC: Block Party. Those who are looking for a fun and affordable ways to experience the city might be interested in the next item on our list. Originally created in the aftermath of 9/11, the River to River Festival was presented with the intention to soothe and celebrate the city’s strength through art. Starting from mid-June, the event features everything from music and dance performances to live installations and screenings. With an incredible atmosphere and so much to see, this one is fun for all the family. New York is what vacation destination dreams are made of. Whether you’re a foodie, an artsy type, or a music lover, you’ll be spoiled for choice with great things to do in the city. Explore the area to its full potential with Go City’s All-Inclusive Pass or Explorer Pass. If you’d like to know more, connect with us on Instagram and Facebook.
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