You may know this city by many monikers – the city that never sleeps, or perhaps the capital of the world, but whichever name you prefer, New York City and its many iconic landmarks will never cease to amaze visitors with its richness and diversity. With so many worthy things to experience at every turn, we pick the best among the colossal list of things to do in New York.
The Brooklyn Bridge is an engineering feat – constructed in the 19th century and spanning 1,595 feet across the East River, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it officially opened in 1883. Over the years, it has now etched itself as a key emblem of New York City’s iconic skyline, transporting busy vehicular traffic below and visitor foot traffic above.
The old Essex Street Market has just upped its game. From a drab food hall and market with stale ventilation, it is now a swanky new watering hole on the other side of Delancey Street that is three times its previous size. 21 stall holders and restaurants from the old Essex Street Market has moved into this new space with brand-new kitchens and stalls and are joined by 18 new restaurateurs and artisanal food shops. You’ll find a smorgasbord of culinary goodies here from typical New York fare to Japanese snacks and Dominican food like chicken empanadas.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum pays homage to the profound loss and tragedy that struck the nation, and the world at large on the fateful day in 2001. Entering the museum, you descend from the street to the lower levels where the foundation of the former Twin Towers once formed. The contemplative and introspective journey through the museum is a powerful and spiritual one. As you listen to personal stories painfully retold, and the fierce resilience demonstrated by the nation united in the face of a horrific tragedy, you are forced to confront the poignancy of the events of fateful day.
Statue of Liberty
This iconic statue needs little introduction as to why it made our list of best things to do in New York. Yes, so the Statue of Liberty is a little touristy, but not visiting is akin to travelling to Paris and not having seen the Eiffel Tower. Never! The two best ways to visit this icon is either to take the free ride on the Staten Island Ferry or take a paid tour via Statue Cruises. Our recommendation is to take the Staten Island Ferry ride as it is free and will take you relatively close to the iconic statue for the perfectly framed shot. Pro tip: You’ll need to be standing on the right-hand side (north) of the ferry when you are leaving Manhattan.
The high line is a raised 1.5 mile long park constructed along a truncated section of the old train tracks. Today, it’s a place bustling with activity including regular music performances, shopping, food, drinks. Enjoy alfresco evenings out in the summer with views of the Hudson River and the high-rise landscape of the Chelsea neighbourhood. The exciting summer months play host to a calendar of free, seasonal events including traditional art of Tai Chi, mindful meditation and star gazing on clear nights.