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- Bryant Park500 5th Avenue Number 1120, New York, NY 10018recommended Bryant ParkBryant Park is a nice, little park in downtown Manhattan. It's a short walk from Times Square and is a lovely respite from the hustle of New York City. Many of the New York fashion shows are held ... read morehere. In addition, the New York City Public Library is right nearby the park.
- Central Park14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1002recommended Central ParkI love Central Park. It's grand, it's beautiful, and you can go there anytime of the year and you'll always have something to appreciate. The vase size of Central Park ensures you ample time to ... read moreexplore the area.recommended Central ParkI love it, love it, love it every time I am there… Whether it’s just people/dog watching while strolling through the park, or enjoying the fabulous orange Gates installation, or attending baby’s first ... read morebirthday party at a playground in the park, or viewing it from the Top of The Rock, or being at the Strawberry Fields memorial during John Lennon’s 70th birthday celebration… This is a unique place in a city the size of New York… Don’t miss it!
- Times Square43rd Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10036recommended Times SquareThe heavy presence of tourists and the flashing lights and billboards make Time Square an enthralling and overwhelming area. Whether you're a first timer or a frequent visitor to Times Square, there's ... read morea part of you that will always be blown away by the flashy magnitude of the place.
- High Line Park519 West 23rd Street New York, 10011recommended High Line ParkThe High Line is a great example of an original transformation of a useless abandoned structure into a public place that everyone enjoys. They turned an elevated freight rail line into a park-like ... read morewalkway stretching for many-many blocks. It’s beautifully landscaped - there are flowers and bushes planted along the walkway, benches are conveniently located to take a break and enjoy many interesting views. It’s a great place for photographers – so many opportunities for great shots. There are some artworks on display at several spots. This is a very unique place in New York.Elvira Vanag
Fun thing to do!
- A Voce10 Columbus Circle, New York, NYrecommended A VoceWe went to this restaurant at the Columbus Circle for lunch on our recent visit. We were one of the earlier customers, so we easily got a table with picturesque views of the Central Park with ... read moreChristmas Market happening there on a cold December day. The service was nice (if you don’t count that our waiter offered us wine menu but then came back 5 minutes later saying that they can’t serve alcohol before noon in NY, so we can’t order anything, because it wasn’t noon yet – no big deal, though a glass of mimosa would have been nice). The food that we ordered was excellent. Both my husband and I had roasted royal trumpet mushrooms appetizers that were flavored by truffle oil and had a couple of truffle shavings on top. They were out of this world. Then we had Branzino dish and Squash and ricotta gnocchi. They were fantastic as well. I would love to come here again for sure. Btw, it’s a Michelin star rated restaurant.Elvira Vanag
Nice place to eat at the Columbus Circle.
- Columbus Circle1849 Broadway, New York, NY 10023-7602recommended Columbus CircleThe Columbus Circle has a lot to offer to the locals and tourists alike. It has great shopping for a full wallet (you can’t use your maxed-out credit card there though), it offers great dining, it has ... read moreWhole Foods store, it’s home for Jazz at Lincoln Center… and it’s just a great building to enter on a freezing or steaming hot day to catch your breath and collect your thoughts.recommended Columbus CircleColumbus Circle forms at the southwest corner of Central Park and features a few recognizable public monuments. Old NY hotels front the south end of the park at 59th Street and the commanding Trump ... read moreTower flanks the western corner of the park. Check out the Shops in Columbus Circle and visit the Whole Foods downstairs.Meg Brooker
Just north of Times Square, Columbus Circle is a great place from which to explore both Central Park & Lincoln Center--
- The Metropolitan OperaLincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United Statesrecommended The Metropolitan OperaThe Metropolitan Opera will never lose its magic and grandeur. [I really hope so.] The convenience of The Met: Live in HD (transmitting the performances via satellite) will never replace the real ... read moreexperience of going to the Met (even though Live in HD is great) – just remember the episode in “Moonstruck” when Cher and Nicolas Cage go to “La Boheme” at the Met. One important note though – if you can’t afford to buy good (=very expensive) tickets and you’d at least once seen the HD version, you may be a bit disappointed. Nevertheless, going to the Met is a real treat!Elvira Vanag
Not to be missed for opera lovers.
- Jazz at Lincoln Center33 W 60th St # 11, New York, NYrecommended Jazz at Lincoln CenterMy Jazz at Lincoln Center experience was always linked with the performances at the Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola – no specific reason, just the choice of performances. It’s always been a wonderful ... read moreexperience. The room is cozy and just perfect for the shows that they have. You can order a drink or a meal while you are there – everything is served without much distraction from the show. The view through the windows behind the stage, with the Central Park in the background, adds to the magic of the evening. I like the convenience of making a reservation there without paying up-front – you just need to show up there 10 minutes earlier to keep your reservation.Elvira Vanag
If you like jazz, this is one of the places to go.
- Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers811 7th Avenue on 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019recommended Sheraton New York Hotel & TowersWe stay at this hotel often when we come to New York for a weekend. We always use points, so room rate is not an issue. I like this hotel. The rooms are not big but clean, and I like their heavenly ... read morebed. If you get a room on a high floor you often get nice view. We usually get late check-out (4 pm). The best part about this hotel is that it is in walking distance from Times Square, Theater District, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue, MOMA.Elvira Vanag
You probably should stay somewhere in Midtown, to be close to typical NY attractions. We usually stay at this hotel.
- Cafe Lalo201 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024recommended Cafe LaloYou know the Jerry Seinfeld stand-up routine about how a kid's entire life's focus until about nine years old is about candy -- how to get more, where to get more, when they'll get more? Coming to ... read moreCafe Lalo is like being a kid in the proverbial candy store, no matter your age. I don't think there's a sugary treat that hasn't been produced here. Sure, there are the usual cakes (try chocolate orange mousse; yum), pies and tarts, but there are also fresh berries with zabaglione cream (my personal favorite), lavender and chocolate brownies, maple pecan cheesecake, et al. And, if you needed another reason to come here, their brunch (served every day until mid-afternoon) is fantastic. Oh, did I mention that they're open until 2 or 4am and serve elaborate cocktails into the early morning hours? Sure, it's a little touristy, as it was featured in the film 'You've Got Mail,' but the wide-eyed tourists are part of its ... ahem ... sweetness.Alex
This is fun for a first-timer to New York.
- Staten Island Ferry4 South Street, New York, NY, United Statesrecommended Staten Island FerryLeaving from the South Ferry port at the southern tip of Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry, which is free, runs every 15 to 30 minutes during the day and runs between Manhattan and Staten Island, ... read moreobviously. You can take a day trip from the hustle and bustle and jump off the ferry and explore the Island, which has a slew of museums, theaters and attractions. The ferry trip, however, is well worth it, if only for the views. The short journey provides great views of the city on the wall street side. You also get a great photo opp of the Brooklyn Bridge and a close up look at the Statue of Liberty, without having to pay for the pricey ticket to visit the island itself. I took this trip during my last day in the city and it was a great way to see an alternate view of the city.
- Grimaldi's19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201recommended Grimaldi'sI'm not sure if you are headed outside the Manhattan borders, but I highly recommend you take the short subway ride to Brooklyn. It's a calmer area, but just as fun as the city. While there, you ... read moreabsolutely have to have dinner at Grimaldi's. This is honestly one of the best pizzas I have ever had. The place is famous and the line proves it. On any given day at any given time, there are 10-40 people waiting for a table. It doesn't help that the restaurant is kind of tiny. Besides all this, the pizza is completely worth it. Made with delicious, fresh ingredients and served by a authentic italian family, Grimaldi's Pizza is a meal you have to try!
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May is a great time to visit NYC-- definitely bring your walking shoes-- there is a lot to do and see if you are staying in midtown and venturing from there to other parts of the city--
- New York Palace Hotel455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022recommended New York Palace HotelThe Gilt Bar in the New York Palace Hotel is worth seeing. Definitely on the pricey end, but the gold ensconced walls mixed with contemporary LED colored lighting creates a definite old-NY-meets-new ... read moreatmosphere that is well worth the price of a drink. The bar menu is good too.Meg Brooker
Dinner or drinks here is an opulent NY experience!
- Macy's151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001recommended Macy'sMacy's at Herald Square is a New York City landmark. Also the historic sponsor of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade-- Macy's is a great destination for the native NYC shopper and tourist alike. Plus, ... read moreHerald Square has pedestrian walkways and an urban square and is very close to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.Meg Brooker
Iconic New York destination, and just south of Times Square--
- Cafe Luxembourg200 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023recommended Cafe LuxembourgCafe Luxembourg is a mainstay upper West Side restaurant with about a 30 year history. Food is French/American bistro served in an elegant, vintage dining atmosphere. Reservations are a must, and the ... read moredining experience is intimate and elegant. Lots of regulars frequent here, including a pretty visible celebrity clientele.Meg Brooker
Fun place for dinner if you are seeing a show at Lincoln Center--
- MoMA—Museum of Modern Art11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019-5401