On the Lower East Side: Exploring a Storied Neighborhood
The Lower East Side started off as an immigrant, working-class neighborhood but today you'll find a destination for eating, drinking, shopping, and exploring. But it’s a part of New York that hasn’t lost its roots, so you’re likely to pop into a trendy clothing store then come upon a building from the early 1900s—and that’s part of LES charm.
Summer BID Happenings
NYC's Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are neighborhood organizations that support local businesses and their communities. Many BIDs have full event schedules, with free music, performances, pop up markets, and much more. Check out our roundup of community events taking place this summer and into September.
Lincoln Center NYC: Performing Arts in New York
Lincoln Center NYC fills a sprawling plaza and campus on the Upper West Side. Here's a guide to navigating the many institutions that call Lincoln Center home, including world-class orchestral, ballet, opera, jazz, world beat, and chamber music performances.
What to Do in SoHo
Located directly south of Houston Street on the west side of Manhattan (bounded Lafayette Street on the east, Canal Street on the south, Varick Street on the west), SoHo is a friendly, pretty, and history-rich section of New York that is home to some of the city's best shopping, dining, and avant-garde art.
New York City Maps and Neighborhood Guide
New York City can be surprisingly easy to get around. Our maps and neighborhood guide will give you a quick overview of how Manhattan is laid out and where you want to go.
Rockefeller Center: The Best Things to Do Enjoy a Day on the Plaza
Have the best day in Rockefeller Center, starting with seeing the TODAY show and Top of the Rock to stores and restaurants near Rockefeller Plaza.
A Day in New York Times Square
There’s so much to do in Times Square, New York. Here are the best hotels, restaurants, stores, and things to do to have a great time in Times Square.
The Vessel, The Shed, and What Else to See and Do at Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards, NYC's newest neighborhood, is a state-of-the-art stretch with the Hudson Yards mall, restaurants, the Edge NYC, Shed NYC, and Vessel.
What to Do in the Financial District
The Financial District in lower Manhattan encapsulates the full range of American history. You’ll find traces of founding fathers George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, the country’s first fine dining restaurant, and a 300-year-old tavern on these winding streets at the tip of Manhattan.
What to Do in Midtown East
Midtown East, which starts on Fifth Avenue and continues to the East River, extends from East 34th Street to 59th Street. From Grand Central to the Art Deco masterpiece Chrysler Building, here's what you should see in the neighborhood.
A Visitor’s Guide to the Upper East Side
There’s less traffic, so things are a bit easier for pedestrians, and you don’t have to worry as much about the reckless drivers in Midtown, for example. The Upper East Side has a reputation for being safe, charming, and a bit luxurious too. You are away from some of the city's touristy areas, but you can always get there if you’d like to. The following are some general things visitors should know about staying on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
What to Do on the Upper West Side
New York comes home to the Upper West Side. This storied neighborhood has made its name with peaceful residences, great schools, and utter livability in the midst of a frantic city. Visitors enjoy the area's opera, dance, music, and film at Lincoln Center and relish natural wonders at the American Museum of Natural History. Walk West 81st a few blocks, and you'll feel like a local in no time.
What to Do on the Upper East Side
As far back as the the 1800s, the stretch of Fifth Avenue along Central Park was known as Millionaire's Row. This nickname could easily be revived today, as The Upper East Side maintains a reputation as home to old money. But there's much more to the neighborhood than the gleam of Park Avenue high-rises and well-dressed doormen. The Upper East Side attracts millions of visitors each year with a long line of cultural institutions known as Museum Mile, which includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
What to Do in Tribeca
Named for the TRIangle BElow CAnal, Tribeca's cobblestone streets are lined with former industrial buildings that have been converted into large, luxurious lofts and apartments with outrageous price tags. Many contend that its biggest draw for out-of-towners is the food, though there are also several art galleries and shopping worth investigating.
What to Do in Midtown West
When visitors think of New York City, they probably think of Midtown. That's where all the iconic sites are packed into a few square miles, from the Empire State Building to Times Square. Midtown West is the broad term for everything west of Fifth Avenue between 34th and 59th Streets. This article covers the southern half of Midtown West (34th to 42nd Streets), full of shopping, entertaining, and legendary sightseeing destinations.
What to Do in Little Italy
On Mulberry Street between Canal and Broome, friendly fellows in smart suits call from the doorways of competing Italian eateries. They beckon you inside some of the area's oldest restaurants for a whirlwind culinary tour of New York's Little Italy. You'll be enticed by zeppoles, tiramisu, gelato, fried Oreos, pork braciole, and sausage & peppers. (Is your mouth watering yet?) If you're hungry, these guys are pretty hard to resist!
What to Do in Chinatown NYC
Everyone thinks of Chinatown when the confetti-filled Chinese Lunar New Year parade rolls down Mott Street every year, but outside dim sum, firecrackers, and dragon dances, Chinatown remains a mystery to most New Yorkers.
What to Do in Harlem
The poet Langston Hughes asked, "What happens to a dream deferred?" This line begins a poem entitled "Harlem," written in 1951. Since the Great Migration of the early 20th century, during which black Americans relocated from the South to major urban areas in the North, Harlem had grown into the cultural epicenter of black life. The Harlem Renaissance lasted throughout the 1920s and produced talents like Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Duke Ellington, and Zora Neale Hurston. Since then, Harlem has raised other cultural titans like James Baldwin and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Today Harlem remains a vital destination for all who love live music, a rich blend of cultures, and food that sticks to your ribs.
These Are All the Best Things to Do and See in Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village is one of the most historically rich and fun neighborhoods in NYC. With its restaurants, comedy clubs, and bars, you'll find plenty of things to do in the Village.
What to Do on The Lower East Side
For decades, New York City's Lower East Side was synonymous with immigrants housed in cramped tenements, suffering terrible conditions in hope of a better life. Today, this cultural mecca is home to emerging artists, young professionals, and innovative shopkeepers with dreams of their own.
What to Do in Chelsea
Chelsea, the area west of Fifth Avenue and north of 14th Street to about 30th Street, has long been known for its tree-lined residential streets and the storied artists haven that was the Chelsea Hotel. In recent years, however, it has become a sought-after New York neighborhood with an abundance of art galleries, bars, and restaurants—and the New York offices of a little business called Google.
Itinerary—Saturday in Gowanus: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Reborn
Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighborhood once known for manufacturing and shipping, as its namesake canal runs directly through the area. Once an eyesore wedged between prettier areas like Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Gowanus has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. We’ve put together a day of fun in Gowanus for the adventurous and hungry visitor to this remarkable neighborhood.
What's Good to Do on a Day in Harlem?
What's good to do on a day in Harlem? The neighborhood is rich in history and offers so much to see. While the more popular neighborhoods that tourists like to check out aren't as far north in Manhattan don't disregard Harlem. Take the short subway ride uptown for some good soul food and activities that go beyond just the normal tourist spots.
Historic Lower East Side Synagogues
Whether you are interested in history, Judaism, architecture, or even none of the above, there is a lot to enjoy at three old synagogues on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the most famous immigrant district in a city renowned for its immigrant history. All three can be visited in a few hours as distances between them are small.
What's Good to Do on a Day in SoHo?
What's good to do on a day in Soho? From shopping to dining and drinking, here are a few fun suggestions.