Living in New York: Things to Do and See in New York
Manhattan: Island of Opportunity
Top Things to do in New York City
The oldest, smallest, and most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, Manhattan is renowned as a world center for finance, media, fashion, and the arts. Though small in scale, spanning just 13.7 miles long and 2.3 miles at its widest point, Manhattan is monumental in terms of what it offers—an unprecedented number of attractions and amenities, which are cherished by its 1.6 million-plus residents and more than 54 million annual visitors.
Look no Further than New York City's Skyline
Manhattan’s dazzling skyline, which is framed by the Hudson and East River, is an ever-evolving architectural showcase displaying iconic Art-Deco skyscrapers including the magnificent Empire State and Chrysler buildings and modern marvels such as the breathtaking One World Trade Center.
Famed for its legendary shopping, dining, and nightlife, Manhattan also boasts an impressive array of preeminent institutions including the United Nations Headquarters, New York Stock Exchange, Columbia University, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, and Museum of Modern Art.
It also houses more than 80 national listed monuments and historic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Brooklyn Bridge, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the New York Public Library main branch.
Shop and Eat Real New York Food
The island is brimming with world-class culture, entertainment, shopping, dining, and nightlife. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Manhattan’s thousands of eateries, which range from diners to fine dining. Its numerous Michelin-star restaurants include six three-star rated establishments such as the prestigious La Bernadin and Jean Georges.
Those seeking high-end retail therapy head to the exclusive jewelry shops and high-fashion havens on Fifth Avenue and flagship designer boutiques of Madison Avenue, Soho, Greenwich Village, and the Meatpacking District; these premier locations also house many of the city’s five-star hotels, luxury day spas, and top restaurants.
Take a Stroll Through Central Park
Central Park has been enchanting New Yorkers since it opened in 1857. A tranquil oasis amid the city that never sleeps, this world-famous landmark comprises 843 acres of pristine parkland replete with mature trees, verdant pastures, lush foliage, a boating lake, reservoir, an ice rink, sports grounds, walking trails, and running and cycling tracks. The city’s other green spaces include Hudson River Park, Bryant Park, and Riverside Park, while the Charles Renfro-designed High Line provides a unique urban respite.
Take a Ferry to The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have been an American symbol of liberty since 1886, and along with Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building, remain among the top tourist attractions in the world. Dubbed “The crossroads of the World,” Times Square is a neon wonderland visited by 50 million people each year. Home to Broadway, New York’s world-class Theater District, as well as the famous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop extravaganza, Times Square is also renowned for its global business district, megastores, five-star hotels, and dining establishments.
Explore Manhattan's Luxury Real Estate
Manhattan’s luxury real estate options range from grand Gilded Age mansions to luxury penthouses in soaring, state-of-the-art residential buildings. One of city’s most prestigious areas, the Upper East Side is replete with magnificent Beaux-Arts mansions, brownstone townhouses, and white-glove prewar co-ops that line the elegant blocks of Fifth, Park, and Madison Avenue.
The Upper West Side’s highly prized residential offerings include historic landmark apartment buildings and grand townhouses on Central Park West, as well as luxurious contemporary duplex and triplex aeries with spectacular views of the city skyline at Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle.
The revered Central Park South features high-rise five-star serviced buildings steps from the park and some of the best shopping and dining in the city.
Downtown, Greenwich Village and the West Village are prized for their quiet, leafy streets lined with brownstones with private gardens, while lower Manhattan’s other desirable draws include the trendy Soho, Tribeca, Flatiron District, and Chelsea, which offer spectacular private lofts and contemporary apartment buildings equipped with stellar amenities such as pools, health clubs, and roof gardens.
Enjoy Manhattan Year-Round
New York is a four-season city, but is at its very best during the temperate spring and fall seasons. The Holiday season, from late November to early January, is also a popular time of year as the streets and shops of Midtown Manhattan are illuminated with yuletide decorations including the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, while other festivities include the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Times Square New Year’s Eve party, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Transportation Options to and From New York City
Manhattan is served by the major international airports of LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark Liberty, which are all conveniently located less than an hour away. The transit hubs of Grand Central and Penn Station provide a gateway to the nationwide train network.
Getting around Manhattan is easy; transportation options include the New York City Subway system, the city’s famed yellow cabs, and chauffer-driven stretch limousines and town cars.
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