There’s so many sights to see in New York City, and your Big Bus Tour takes you to just about all of them. But if time is limited you might not get to explore them all. We’ve picked out some of our favorite destinations and landmarks in the city to help you make your own must-see list. And if you don’t get to tick them all off . . . well, you’ll just have to come again.
1) 9/11 Memorial
This moving and emotional memorial honors the victims of the September 11th attack. You’ll find it at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. There’s also a historical exhibition covering the background to the events and the impact they are continuing to have. Don’t miss the poignant memorial exhibition too. 180 Greenwich Street.
2) Top of the Rock
Shopping, fine dining, even ice skating in the winter months – however you like to spend your free time you’ll find something to enjoy at Rockefeller Center. This is a vibrant hub in midtown Manhattan for office workers and tourists to come and relax. The star attraction is the observation deck ‘Top of the Rock,’ where you can enjoy fabulous views across the city from 70 floors up.
Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan.
Wander into Chinatown and you might just feel like you’re on another continent. Chinatown has the largest Chinese population in the Western Hemisphere, and the shopfronts and restaurants are a fascinating mix of eastern and western influences. You can buy culinary delights on the sidewalk, or go upmarket for some of the best Asian dining in the city, if not the country. So if you’re feeling hungry, grab a bite to eat in Nom Wah Tea House, New York’s first dim sum parlor, or check out Great NY Noodletown.
4) The Guggenheim
How many art galleries do you know that look as stunning as the work they contain? The Guggenheim makes a grand yet quirky statement on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The building is wider at the top than at the bottom, but it all makes sense when you’re inside, as a ramp spirals upwards to create the perfect viewing gallery. Officially titled the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the gallery houses a wide collection of art from the mid-19th century to the present day, including masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne and van Gogh.
1071 Fifth Avenue.
5) Bergdorf Goodman
If you’re a shopaholic you’ll feel right at home in New York. Fifth Avenue is one of the best shopping streets in the world. And one must-see department store on Fifth is Bergdorf Goodman. You’ll find a huge range of designer clothes here, including everything from Balenciaga to Valentino.
754 5th Avenue.
6) Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met for short, is the largest art museum in the US, and one of the ten largest in the world. Exhibits stretch over 5,000 years, celebrating human creativity from around the world. You’ll need more than a day if you’re going to look at everything, so if time is limited grab a gallery guide and pick out your absolute must-sees.
1000 5th Avenue.
7) West Village
Welcome to one of New York’s quirkiest neighborhoods. The West Village earned the nickname ‘Little Bohemia’ in 1916, thanks to its cobbled streets, brownstone houses and artists’ lofts. It’s still a quaint place for a stroll today, with plenty of shops, restaurants and coffee houses to visit and enjoy. Check out The Spotted Pig diner and the traditional Pearl Oyster Bar.
8) The Frick Collection
The beautiful Henry Clay Frick House with its classical frontage is a sight in itself. But wait till you step inside. The Fricks amassed a huge collection of paintings by the old masters, including Bruegel the Elder, Johannes Vermeer and Piero della Francesca.
1 East 70th Street.
9) Yankee Stadium
The roar of the crowd, the hot dogs, the thrills of a home run. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a baseball match. And there’s nowhere better to catch one than at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Yankees regularly play here, and the atmosphere is always electric. Do grab a hot dog and a beer from one of the concession stands while you’re here, it’s part of the ritual!
1 East 161st Street, the Bronx.