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What to see in New York

Hey guys for today’s post I want to share with you some things that you can be interested in seeing while being in the great city of New York. It took me soo long to make this post so I would really appreciate if you leave a comment or if you share this post w friends and family. That would really mean a lot to me. I love traveling but unfortunately I don’t have the money for it, but who knows maybe in the future I will be traveling more! New York is pretty high on my travel bucket list, that’s why I made a lot of research to put this post together because, maybe, it’s gonna be useful in the future! What about you guys, do you like traveling? If yes where do you wanna travel? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

LOWER MANHATTAN

The area of Downtown Manhattan or Lower Manhattan starts from the tip of the island that overlooks the port of New York and arrives at 14th Street. It is the historical nucleus of the city and in this area, there were the first Dutch settlements.

This is why, compared to the remaining area of Manhattan, it has an uneven and non-grid road structure and the streets have names and not numbers.

In this area, there are the most beautiful neighborhoods in Manhattan to visit.

Neighborhoods and areas of Lower Manhattan

  • BatteryPark
  • Chinatown
  • Governors Island
  • Greenwich Village
  • East Village
  • Little Italy
  • Meatpacking District
  • SoHo
  • Tribeca
  • Union Square
  • Wall Street and the Financial District (When to visit it: better from Monday to Friday with open exchange)
  • World Trade Center (ex Ground Zero)

The attractions not to be missed

  • 9/11 Memorial (schedule: daily from 7:30 am to 9 pm. Prices: free)
  • 9/11 Museum (schedule: daily from 9 am to 8 pm. Prices: $21)
  • Ellis Island (Open all year, except December 25th. Prices: from $ 18)
  • High Line ( schedule: from 7 am to 10 pm. Until 19 in winter and until 23 in summer)
  • One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) Open every day. schedule: 9 to 20 | Tickets: from $ 28
  • Oculus of Calatrava (schedule: from 10 am to 9 pm)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (when to visit it: better at sunset, heading from Brooklyn to Manhattan)
  • Statue of Liberty (Open all year, except December 25th. Prices: from $ 18)

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN

Think of Midtown Manhattan and the first thing that comes to mind is Times Square. The Midtown Manhattan area reaches 59th Street (the south side of Central Park) and conventionally starts at 23rd Street in Chelsea, although Midtown is sometimes referred to as 14th Street.

In the Midtown area, made up of various neighborhoods, there are some of the most important attractions of New York to visit, such as the Empire State Building, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, etc.

This area also reflects the more touristy and postcard-filled New York and is the best area to stay (but also the least economic), being central and well served by the subway.

The attractions not to be missed

  • Empire State Building schedule: open 365 days a year from 8 am to 2 am (closes New Year’s Eve first) Prices: from $ 34.
  • Rockefeller Center (It hosts the Top of the Rock, the skating rink and the Christmas tree)
  • Times Square
  • 5th Avenue (The most famous avenue in New York starts from Washington Square Park, but the most famous stretch is just that of Midtown. In a stretch of Central Park, it is called Museum Mile, as it hosts several museums)
  • MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art is one of the most important museums in the world dedicated to modern art. Timetables: the museum is open every day from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm but on Friday it closes at 8 pm, on this day entry is free from 4 pm onwards)
  • Grand Central Terminal (Timetables: the shops open on weekdays from 7 am to 8 pm)
  • Wax Museum (One of the most entertaining and visited museums. Hours: during high season it is open from 9 to 22, otherwise from 10 to 20 on weekdays and from 10 to 22 on weekends)
  • Chrysler Building (You can only visit the atrium, which does not mean that it is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers in New York)
  • UN building (schedule: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4.30 pm)
  • Bryant Park One of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan, a real oasis to relax in this area. Hours: 7 am to 10 pm (closure changes according to events and season)
  • New York Public Library (Opening times: 10 am to 6 pm)
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Top of the Rock schedules: the Top of the Rock observatory is open 365 days a year. From 8 to 24 (New Year’s Eve closes first). Ticket prices: from $ 34.
  • Flatiron Building: it is not possible to visit it, but it must be photographed

Midtown Manhattan Neighborhoods

  • Chelsea
  • Hell’s Kitchen (Once an infamous area, today it hosts a flea market and many restaurants where eating cheaper (and tastier) than in nearby Times Square)
  • Roosevelt Island To reach by cable car!

UPTOWN MANHATTAN

Uptown Manhattan from the Empire State Building.

The Uptown Manhattan area is deeply influenced by the main attraction that hosts: Central Park.

Starting from 59th Street, renamed Central Park South in the area bordering the park, several avenues incorporated in the park disappear and at its sides, we find two of the most exclusive areas in which to live in New York, the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side.

The attractions not to be missed

  • Central Park (Open from 6 am to 1 am)
  • Dakota Building (Where: the famous building is located on the corner of W 72nd Street and Central Park West)
  • Columbus Circle
  • Harlem (Neighborhood guide and Harlem tour with Gospel Mass)
  • Morningside Heights and its attractions
  • Lincoln Center
  • Metropolitan Museum: the largest museum in New York and one of the largest in the world, where you can admire works of contemporary art. Hours: from March to October from 10 am to 5.15pm; from November to February from 10 am to 4.45pm.
  • Natural History Museum: one of the most loved by Italians in New York, it was the set of the films “A night at the museum”. Hours: 10 am to 5.45pm every day.
  • Guggenheim Museum: it would be worthwhile to visit it even if only for its structure. It hosts collections of modern art. Timetables: Open every day (except Thursday, which is closed) from 10.00 to 17.45; Saturday from 10 am to 7.45 pm.

BROOKLYN

Outside Manhattan, the other district to visit is undoubtedly Brooklyn. Packed with attractions and cool neighborhoods, many parts of Brooklyn offer fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline.

The attractions not to be missed

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden (schedule: open Tuesday to Friday from 8 am to 4.30 pm and on the weekend from 10 am to 4.30 pm) Not to be missed in spring during the cherry blossom season.
  • Brooklyn Museum: second only to the Metropolitan, it houses about 1.5 million works. Schedule: Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm (until 11 pm on the first Saturday of the month). Ticket prices: from $ 16.

Brooklyn Neighborhoods

  • Brooklyn. An overview of the district, where to sleep and things to see.
  • Brooklyn Heights. Located right in front of Manhattan, its narrow streets and brownstones are not to be missed, as is the promenade that offers fantastic views of Manhattan.
  • Coney Island: located at the end of the island, when there is a nice day it is worth jumping on the metro and after 40 minutes you are walking admiring the Ocean.
  • Dumbo: acronym for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, in this neighborhood, do not miss the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge Park and Jane’s Carousel.
  • Bushwick: this district is home to the largest street art in New York.
  • Williamsburg: one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York, discover the things to see and where to eat.
  • Downtown Brooklyn

QUEENS

The attractions not to be missed

  • Long Island City is a neighborhood located in the westernmost part of Queens, New York. In the past, Long Island City has been an important manufacturing center, but today the district boasts the characteristic of being one of the reference points for contemporary art, as well as being a residential neighborhood with more accessible homes than most areas central New York. Industrial complexes have been transformed into art galleries and art institutions that make Long Island a pleasant neighborhood for art lovers, and moreover, it is much more varied compared to other neighborhoods in the metropolitan area.
  • Astoria is known for being a small Greece in New York and in fact in this area, it is possible to find many restaurants offering Greek specialties.
  • Gantry State Plaza Park most likely you have never heard of it, but I assure you it will be worth going to. To be clear is the park that houses the inscription “Pepsi Cola”.

BRONX

The attractions not to be missed

  • Panoramic view
  • Arthur Avenue and the real Little Italy for those who want to immerse themselves in a corner of Italian culture and atmosphere, a walk to Arthur Avenue is a must. Probably, indeed it is certainly the true Little Italy of New York and perhaps of all the USA; the fact that in Manhattan can be more commercial and suitable to attract tourists. But this is not the case on Arthur Avenue. To reach it, just go to the Bronx neighborhood called Belmont.
  • Bronx Zoo an ideal destination for families (but not only), the Bronx Zoo is a pleasant trip in contact with nature and animals, in the heart of the Big Apple, in the same park as The New York Botanical Garden. The zoo boasts the distinction of being the largest in the US within an urban area, covering an area of 265 acres (about 107 hectares). Inside there are more than 6000 animals of 700 different species, from monkeys to brown bears.

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