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Let’s go in order and first of all let’s talk about Los Angeles – the city from which your journey will begin. If you are visiting Los Angeles for the first time, know that this is a city in which you cannot do without a car. Don’t try to save money on Uber – with local distances it will be much more expensive.

I recommend living in the Santa Monica or West Side areas. Well, if the travel budget is not very limited – stay in Beverly Hills – these three areas will meet expectations one hundred percent! The fact is that in Los Angeles, the area of ​​residence is critically important.

This factor will play a decisive role in whether you like the city. It is huge and consists of dozens of districts, each of which is, in fact, a separate town. Avoid Compton, Green Meadows, Gateway North, and Mid City not only in terms of living but also visiting. Ahead of the questions “why” – I recommend revising “Do not threaten South Central ..”

Of the obvious and must-see places, of course, Universal Studio and the sign “Hollywood” as well as a walk along Rodeo Drive. The Walk of Fame or the Dolby Cinema may well not make the expected impression on you, but, of course, not seeing them on your first visit here is also impossible.

Of the not obvious, but, in my opinion, absolutely obligatory places – the Getty Center and the villa of this collector in Malibu. On your way to Malibu, be sure to visit the Park of All Religions – one of the most beautiful parks in the City of Angels.

In addition, plan a daytime (daytime, because after 8 pm homeless people rule in that area) a trip to Downtown to see one of the most fantastic creations of the architect Frank Harry – the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

I recommend to take no more than 5 days to the city – this time will be quite enough to have time to see all the most interesting in it and around. In general, from my own experience I will say that the city makes an ambiguous impression – here the pretentious wealth of Beverly Hills is adjacent to the poverty of Compton and Mil City. Precisely a city of contrasts.

Los Angeles will appeal to those who love country life. Despite its size, the city is not a metropolis, but a huge number of cities and towns, united by a huge web of highways. I already spoke about the extreme necessity of the car above, but I will repeat it again.

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Long Island City: art and design a stone’s throw from Manhattan

This “suburb” of New York has come a long way. From a purely industrial center, Long Island City it has turned like the best of the swans into a vibrant and lively center, full of art galleries, museums and even fashion, cinema and painting ateliers. Without, however, losing its typical face: the buildings that characterize it, dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, have been carefully restored and (re) brought to new life.

Long Island City, a suburb of Queens, is also a wonderful patchwork of restaurants, trendy and vintage shops, nightclubs and theaters. A destination perhaps apparently less sparkling than Manhattan, but no less interesting. Rather.

Where is it and how to get there

Long Island City, located east of Manhattan and close to the East River, covers an area of ​​approximately 218 hectares. Reaching it is simple (and all in all fast), whether you arrive from the airport or for those who leave Manhattan.

FromNew York JFK International Airport you can choose from 7 solutions to reach Long Island City: train, subway, bus, taxi, rental car, limousine or shuttle. Here you will find the most comfortable (and economical).

  • Train + subway: about 36 minutes, with 1 change. From JFK Terminal 4, take the JFK Airtrain (one runs every 10 minutes), get off at Jamaica AirTrain station. Then take underground line E (MTA), Sutphin Blvd – Archer Av – JFK Airport stop, direction World Trade Center and get off at Court Square Station. Total cost of the trip about € 7.
  • Taxi: starting from 30 minutes (the time varies according to the departure time). Taxi rank outside each airport terminal. Cost of the ride, between € 60 and € 80 (to which a tip of about 10% of the total amount must be added).

If you prefer to rely on a private shuttle service (also shared to save a little) you can take a look at the link below.

Private transfers from New York Airport

To reach Long Island City from Manhattan I have talked about it in more detail (reporting the travel times from the main attractions of New York) in the section of the article dedicated to where to sleep in the area.

What see

Art community, cultural polychromy, sublime panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. And then again museums, creative activities, art galleries, world-class shopping and unexpected gastronomic experiences. Long Island City is a stop in itself, to be taken into consideration if you want to discover, and experience, the cool side but definitely cheaper than New York. Here is a guide to all the unmissable must-haves, to mark on your diary.

Gantry Plaza State Park

More than 48,000 square meters of greenery, this city park nestled along the banks of the river is a must-see in Long Island City. Much loved by locals, who come here for strolling, picnicking, reading a book, the park is perfect for photography enthusiasts that here will have a privileged all-round view of midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building and the United Nations Building.

Among the points to be photographed, moreover, not to be missed are the two large “towers” bearing the inscription in huge letters “Long Island” which, at the time when the city was an industrial suburb, served as loading and unloading wagons and barges that they traveled from Queens to Manhattan. Another must-have is thesign of Pepsi Cola, huge and cheeky, as well as one of the most photographed and sought after spots in the park, it has recently risen to the rank of “historic place” in New York. Instagrammable places aside, however, Gantry Plaza State Park is also a hotbed of events and concerts, as well as a kind of open-air movie set, as movies, TV series and commercials are often shot here.

After a relaxing tour of the park, it may be a good idea to cool off a bit. Maybe sipping some excellent craft beer. One place near the Gantry Plaza State Park that is worth a stop is here Rockaway Brewing Company. Born from the homely passion of two friends, Ethan and Marcus, who initially brewed beer in the backyard, this place is one of the top addresses in the city. Housed in an industrial garage dotted with picnic tables and colorful stools, Rockaway Brewing Company serves beers with unusual flavors.

To order: the Summer Shandy, a mix of beer and fresh lemonade. Heavenly drink for just $ 7.
Recommended for: those who love crowded clubs, full of locals.
Not recommended for: snobs.

Queensboro Bridge

Another New York icon, this connecting bridge between Queens and Manhattan opened in the early 1900s (and therefore one of the oldest in NYC) has seen the passage of carriages and cars, runners and directors, Hollywood stars and ordinary tourists. . Also known as the 59th Street Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge spans Roosevelt Island and is the first access to Manhattan for runners on the New York Marathon.

A real star, he was the set of films (and posters), as well as sensational musical successes. Just think of the masterpiece of Woody Allen “Manhattan”, with Diane Keaton and Woody Allen who, sitting on a bench, talk while looking at this bridge. Or the hit “Feelin ‘Groovy”, by Simon and Garfunkel, inspired by the Queensboro Bridge. To appreciate it to the fullest, it is worth putting on comfortable shoes and crossing it on foot. In fact, there are cycle-pedestrian paths on both sides that allow you to stop, from time to time, to take spectacular photographs.

If you want to walk it, expect about 30 minutes of walking to cross it from one side to the other.

Museums and historic buildings

Here is a selection of Long Island City’s top historic buildings and museums.

Sculpture Center

First of all, it should be noted that it is a anomalous museum. Do not expect static collections, but rather works that tell, in progress, the development and innovations in the contemporary sculptural panorama. Founded in the 1920s, housed in what was once a tram repair shop, today the Sculpture Center is a showcase for emerging artists, national and international.

Open Monday and Thursday from 11 to 18, the cost of the entrance ticket is, as for some museums in New York, at the discretion of the visitor. Suggested contribution: 10 $.

Long Island City Court House

One of those buildings whose stones, undoubtedly, speak. Criminal court first, then county court, sheriff’s office, until it becomes what it is today: the headquarters of the Supreme Court of Queens. Built in 1874, destroyed by a fire, put back in order, today the building has a mix of styles: from the English neo-Renaissance to the neoclassical. A triumph of limestone, metal, ceramic tiles.

Two of the garages currently part of the structure were once used as prisons, with all the legends and tales attached and connected to the intended use. Finally, the Long Island City Courthouse is part of the historic and prestigious buildings of the city of New York.

MoMA Ps1

Museum of contemporary art, is one of the oldest in NYC. As you can guess from the name it is a branch of the MoMA which is located in Manhattan. It does not have permanent exhibitions, but only temporary ones. This is why, in its formulation, it is an artistic pole of studied improvisation.

The MoMa Ps1 is housed in a building built in 1892 and presents, among other exhibitions, collections dedicated to hip-hop, choreographic dance, emerging artists, new genres. The brand new and already hyper-celebrated restaurant inside the Museum has been managed for a few months by the famous chef Mina Stone, in collaboration with the Greek artist Alex Eagleton, who oversaw the design. The result is a union of art and cuisine, including dishes with a typical Mediterranean flavor, strictly seasonal ingredients and references to the past, but with modern touches.

Saint Mary’s Church

Founded in 1868, originally housing a school, the Church of Santa Maria di LIC is a temple clad in red brick, with a huge central cone-shaped bell tower. Destroyed by fire and rebuilt several times, it is worth a visit especially for its splendid organ.

A perfect example of a hybrid instrument, dating back to 1894, the organ as it is admired today is a mixture of ancient and modern. A feature that is actually the common thread of the whole church, starting from its facade, in the Gothic style, without actually being one, wisely (re) created with the sole use of bricks and humble materials.

Where to eat

  • The Burger Garage: for burger lovers and Co., this is the place-to-be! Voted “Best Burger in Queens”, located a stone’s throw from MoMa Ps1, here you can go wild with succulent menus, hot dogs, chicken wings, grilled cheeses and the inevitable shakes. At more than reasonable prices, starting at $ 11.
  • Penthouse 808: will appeal to those who want to always feel at the top. Located on the top floor of The Ravel Hotel, with spectacular views of the city, Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge, this restaurant is one of the chicest in Long Island City. It offers dishes and cocktails inspired by Hawaii and Asia, based on fish, but also on meat. The must-have cocktail? The Volcanic Tiki, served inside a totem pole. Dress code: smart casual. Price per person, excluding drinks, starting from $ 31.

Is sleeping in Long Island City affordable?

Choosing a hotel in Long Island City can be a win-win, even in budget terms, without sacrificing comfort, elegance and comfort. Hotel, b / b, and guesthouse prices are typically lower than in other Manhattan neighborhoods. Also, plus not to be forgotten, Long Island City is well connected to the main attractions of the Big Apple.

Here are some examples using the subway:

  • From LIC to Times Square: take the line 7 at Hunters Point Av., direction 34 St. – 11 Av., and get off at Times Sq – 42 St. Estimated travel time about 10 minutes.
  • From LIC to Central Park: one of the various possible options is to take the line IS at Court Square-23 St Station change at 7 Avenue Station, get on the line B. and get off at 72 Street Station, which is located near Strawberry Fields. Estimated travel time about 20 minutes.
  • From LIC to Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center): take the line IS from Court Square-23 St Station and get off at the World Trade Center stop. Journey time about 25 minutes
  • From LIC to the ferry harnesses for Statue of Liberty: one of the possible options is to take the line 7 at Court Square Station, change at Grand Central-42 Street Station onto the line 5 up to Bowling Green. Estimated travel time: about 30 minutes.

To see the recommended hotels in the area, I invite you to read our article on where to sleep in New York and in particular the section dedicated to Long Island City. For more general advice on the various types of accommodation in the city, I refer you to our dedicated page which you can access by clicking on the link below.

Our tips on accommodation in New York

Is Long Island City dangerous?

Finally, all that remains is to provide an honest answer to a question that many will surely have asked themselves. Long Island City is, globally speaking, a neighborhood absolutely safe, like most of the New York City suburbs. Obviously, as for any destination, common sense rules apply: avoid wandering with too much cash, do not show off gold and valuables, do not frequent the dimly lit areas along the river after a certain hour. Advice that is valid, as mentioned, for any other destination in the world.

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What to see in Harlem? Itinerary among the attractions of the African American district of New York

In the north area of ​​Manhattan is the Harlem neighborhood, where history, street art, musical flair and an animated religiosity have met and coexisted for decades. There are many reasons of interest: come on museums celebrating the Spanish-American community ai murals along the streets where the African American community has struggled to assert their identity and culture, come on theaters where Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson and Louis Armstrong played at churches where every Sunday the most musical and powerful gospel voices in New York rise.

In this article I will give you some tips on how to organize a Harlem itinerary, trying to show you the places of cultural, popular and gastronomic interest that can make you experience the most authentic possible of this neighborhood of New York.

Harlem: where it is and how to get there

The Harlem district is located north of Central Park, in the area known as Upper Manhattan, and more precisely between 155th Street in the north and 96th Street and 110th Street in the south. The area is accessible by subway and is well connected to Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

The heart of Harlem is on the 125th Street so I suggest you take the metro (line A, B, C or D) and get off at the stop called ‘125th Street’. From the metro station, just take a few steps and you will arrive at one of the most symbolic places in Harlem: theApollo Theater. Also on 125th Street you will find it Studio Museum and within easy walking distance of two of Harlem’s most famous restaurants: the Red Rooster is Sylvia’s.

What to see in Harlem: recommended itinerary

Here are some tips on how visit Harlem with info and suggestions on the most significant attractions in the neighborhood.

Other attractions in the area?

If you have some time before immersing yourself in the neighborhood you can also reach the famous and prestigious one Columbia University (116th Street / Broadway) and the impressive St. John the Divine Cathedral (1047 Amsterdam Ave) in neo-Gothic style. You may not have known that, but it is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Both are located on the outskirts of Harlem, to the west, between the center of the neighborhood and the Hudson River.

The Apollo Theater

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Harlem landmark, theApollo Theater is located at 253 West of 125th Street. The theater opened in 1914 with the name Hurtig & Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, but it was in 1934 that it took the name of Apollo Theater, later becoming one of the most representative artistic centers of the black cultural movement called Harlem Renaissance. From a theater for burlesque shows open only to whites, it became a stage and springboard for black artists in search of fame: Ella Fitzgerald he made his debut here in 1934 at the age of 17 during one of the Amateur Nights which still make this place famous today, while Jimi Hendrix won first prize in a competition for amateur musicians in 1964.

In addition to the already mentioned, Billie Holiday, James Brown & The Famous Flames, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill are just some of the names of artists who began their careers performing at the Apollo Theater. I would say that a photo under the red sign of the theater is essential!

The Studio Museum

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The historian Studio Museum is located at 144 West of 125th Street, but is closed at the moment (December 2018) and a new museum will open soon. The museum’s goal is to enhance the contemporary art works by African American artists and to support the work of emerging artists.

Despite the closure of the museum galleries, the activity continues and it is possible to admire temporary exhibitions at the Studio Museum 127 at 429 West of 127th Street from Thursday to Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00.

Malcom Shabazz Harlem Market

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Going south, not far from the 116th Street subway stop for red lines 2 and 3, you will find the Malcom Shabazz Harlem Market. It was in this area that he gave his fervent speeches Malcolm X, a key figure in the struggle for civil rights of African Americans. Strolling through this market you will find African-American-style objects, clothing and crafts. The market is open from 10am to 8pm by entering 52 West 116th Street.

El Museo del Barrio

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If I say Harlem, the first thought goes to the black community that has inhabited this neighborhood for decades. But actually East Harlem it hosts a large Latin American community, which over the years has become increasingly popular. The Barrio Museum, at 1230 5th Avenue (therefore farther from downtown Harlem, along the Museum Mile) collects works of art and organizes exhibitions, performances, educational programs and events to enhance Latin American and in particular Caribbean culture.

The museum is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00.

Admission costs $ 9 for adults and $ 5 for students and seniors. Children under 12 enter for free.

Strivers’ Row

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The northern part of Harlem, although a little less known to tourists, is very elegant and worth a stroll. By subway you can get off at 135th Street near Saint Nicholas Park and City College of New York. You are in historic district of Saint Nicholas, commonly known as Strivers’ Row. Between 138th and 139th Streets, the red and gray brick buildings built between 1891 and 1893 are among the most important examples of 19th century New York urban architecture – a godsend for photography lovers traveling to Manhattan.

Is Harlem dangerous?

Formerly known for its high crime rate, Harlem is no more dangerous today than other areas of New York and certainly deserves to be visited. Obviously, to visit it safely, it is better not to venture into less touristy areas alone when it gets dark, but this recommendation is always valid. I recommend that you visit it on a Sunday (or Wednesday) so that you can join one gospel mass celebrated in one of the many churches in the neighborhood. And by the way… here are some tips.

Attend a gospel mass in Harlem

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You’re in the black neighborhood of New York… like giving up one gospel mass?

Among the most famous churches in which to go to see and above all hear a real sung mass is the Abyssinian Baptist Church at 132 Odell Clark Place. It is located in the north of Harlem and is among the churches that attract the most tourists on Sundays, in addition to the Baptist believers who regularly attend the parish. The church could therefore be quite crowded and it is likely that you will need to arrive well in advance to find a place. Other popular and generally less touristy places where you can attend a gospel service are there Bethel Gospel Assembly, Canaan Baptist Church, Greater Refuge Temple and the First Corinthian Baptist Church.

Gospel Mass with Harlem tour

It is important to remember that you are attending a religious service and therefore it is essential to be respectful, dress appropriately even if it is summer, do not leave before the end of the mass (sometimes even two or three hours!) and possibly do not take pictures or videos. All this will help you to truly enter the captivating and extraordinary atmosphere of this unique and unforgettable experience. To learn more, read our in-depth study on Harlem Gospel Masses.

Where to eat in Harlem: soul food in New York

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What better place to taste the American soul cuisine if not Harlem? We recommend two of the most famous restaurants in the neighborhood, but the choice in the neighborhood is certainly not lacking if you want to taste fried chicken, grilled ribs, grilled prawns and breaded catfish.

  • The Red Rooster Restaurant Harlem is located at 310 Lenox Avenue, a side street of the famous 125th Street. It is one of the restaurants in the chain opened by the renowned chef Marcus Samuelson. In addition to the offer of a typical cuisine, this place is famous for the live music that entertains diners every evening. You can stop for brunch on the weekend from 10am to 3pm, for lunch Monday to Friday from 11.30am to 3pm or for dinner from 4.30pm to 10.30pm during the week. On Fridays and Saturdays you can eat until 11.30pm.
  • Not far away is another iconic Harlem restaurant: located at 328 Malcolm X Boulevard, the Sylvia’s Restaurant The Queen of Soul Food boasts of serving authentic soul food since 1962 and also in this case the musical accompaniment is not lacking: Gospel brunch Sundays and live music every Wednesday.
  • If you don’t like crowded places, you can try too Harlem Shake (373 Malcolm X Blvd).

Where to sleep in Harlem?

If once anyone would have advised you not to look for a hotel in these parts, today it can be said without fear of being proven wrong that sleeping in these parts during a vacation in Manhattan is a solution to be seriously considered! For specific advice on Harlem, I refer you to our in-depth analysis on the various neighborhoods where to find accommodation in the city of New York.

Advice on where to sleep in Harlem

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Midtown Manhattan: what to see, where to eat and attractions not to be missed

Midtown is home to some of New York’s top attractions, luxury hotels, major buildings and one of the most famous “squares” in the world, Times Square. The neighborhood (or the set of neighborhoods) is very large and contains other smaller neighborhoods within it; for this we will delimit its boundaries from 34th to Central Park.

The beating heart of Manhattan, always hectic and crowded and among the most expensive in real estate, will make you feel at the center of the world!

How to get

Midtown is easily accessible from all parts of the city via all subway lines (except the brown). For example, you can start your route from Times Square by getting off at 42 St or 49 St stations (N, Q, RW trains on the yellow line), or from Rockefeller Center at 47-50 Streets (D, F, M on the orange line).

For some tips on getting around New York take a look at our Manhattan subway guide.

What to see in New York Midtown

Times Square

Those who go to New York for the first time almost always insert Times Square as the first stop on your itinerary. There is indeed something that attracts tourists from all over the world; will be the LED lights with the advertisements of the most famous brands in the world, the red staircase, the Hard Rock Café or the M & M’s shop? It is the most touristic place in New York, yet even the second, third or fourth time in the city we feel drawn to the intersection of Broadway and 7th avenue. Times Square is so crowded that it is the most visited place in the world with 360,000 passersby a day, more than 120 million a year.

Check out the famous Coca Cola ad, now animated with independently moving cubes, shop at Forever 21, the Disney Store, Levi’s or grab a bite at one of the many restaurants.

There are no monuments, history or art: you just have to roll your eyes and be amazed in front of thousands and thousands of LED lights that illuminate the road in the evening as if it were day. But not only! You’ve heard of the Broadway musical, well, this is where it was born and thrives today, with the most impressive concentration of theaters in the city!

Would you like to know more? Read our Times Square article.

Top of the Rock

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The observation deck Top of the Rock sits atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one of New York’s tallest skyscrapers completed in 1933 and home to the Rockefeller family offices, among others.

In my opinion it is the best place for a top view of NYC. The main reasons are simply two: you can see Central Park and the Empire State Building! Furthermore, the Top of the Rock, unlike the latter, does not have grates.

It is very easy to find because it is located in Rockefeller Plaza. The closest subway stop is Rockefeller Center Station. The prices are a bit expensive but I assure you that the view is worth the expense, especially if you go at sunset.

For prices, ticket times and all the information to organize a visit to the skyscraper, you can refer to our guide on Top of the Rock.

Chrysler Building

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The Chrysler Building is located between 42nd Street and Lexington and, although for only 11 months, it was the tallest skyscraper in the world from 1930 to 1931 (it was surpassed by its New York cousin Empire State Building). To date, with its 319 meters, it is the sixth tallest in the city and a symbol of art-deco.

You can visit the lobby and see the ceilings created by Edward Trumbull. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to go further even with private tours or to climb what in 1945 was the Celestial observation point, accessible for only 50 cents.

For more information on what there is to see and how to organize the visit, I refer you to our in-depth analysis on Chrysler Building.

UN building

Midtown Manhattan What to See

The UN building has served as its headquarters since its construction in 1952. As with other UN buildings around the world (Austria, Switzerland and Africa), it is not a territory belonging to the country where it is located, but enjoys the right of extraterritoriality.

As it should be, the headquarters in New York are armored and patrolled by the NYPD, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit them. In fact, guided tours are available through the visitor center that will take you to discover the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber and other important classrooms. Tickets cost $ 22 for adults and $ 15 for children and students and can be purchased here.

The address is 405 E 42nd Street.

Fifth Avenue

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It is the most famous street in New York and certainly one of the most talked about in the world. Here the big names showcase windows designed ad hoc to attract the attention of the millions of passers-by who spend mind-boggling amounts. Fifth Avenue boasts luxury brands such as Armani, Chanel, Tiffany and Louis Vuitton and others more affordable for everyone such as Zara, H&M, Sephora and Tommy Hilfiger.

Not only shopping, but also significant points of interest to visit:

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Saint Patrick Cathedral New York what to seeSt. Patrick’s Cathedral was built between 1853 and 1878 in the European Gothic style and is located near Rockefeller Center. The contrast it creates with the surrounding skyscrapers is quite unusual.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center Top of The RockRockefeller Center is one of the focal points of Fifth Avenue and is ideal for a break from shopping. It is a complex of buildings that in winter contains an ice skating rink in the center and the famous Christmas tree lit every year at the end of November. Among the most famous and photographed buildings, the Radio City Music Hall which hosts various shows, including the famous ones Rockettes.

New York Public Library

Midtown Manhattan What to SeeOpposite Bryant Park stands the impressive New York Public Library. It is the second largest library in the United States and includes more than 52 million volumes (printed and otherwise). The building can be visited for free from 10 to 18.

Bryant Park

Midtown Manhattan What to SeeBryant Park is a small park that divides 6th and 5th streets and is home to the New York Public Library. Given its central location it can get crowded in summer but has a more intimate atmosphere than Central Park. In winter you do ice-skating and shopping for souvenirs and Christmas items at the Winter Village.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building What to SeeTo find it, follow its tip peeking through the skyscrapers or go straight to 350 Fifth Avenue. It is 443 meters high and a large part of Manhattan is visible from its top. In addition to the splendid panorama it offers (especially at sunset), it is important because it is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city of New York.

MoMA

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On the fifty-third street stands the MoMA, one of the most famous museums in the world and one of the most visited in New York. Recognized globally for its collection of modern and contemporary art, it includes paintings, statues, sculptures and photographs that exceed 150,000 pieces. Among the most precious paintings, to name a few: The demoiselles d’Avignon and Picasso’s self-portrait, Starry Night by Van Gogh e Dance by Matisse; there are also numerous other works by Chagall, Dalí, Cézanne, Boccioni and Pollock.

If you want to save on the ticket price, go on Friday to get in for free from 4 to 8 pm. The address is 11 West 53 Street and is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm (closes at 8pm on Fridays).

For more information on how to organize a visit to the museum, read our guide to MoMA in New York.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal Manhattan What to seeCall often Grand Central Station and appeared on the small and large screen, this NYC station connects Manhattan with several counties in the state of New York and with Connecticut through the trains of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. Despite being a simple station, it is also very interesting from a tourist point of view (the estimate is about 22 million people a year).
For most long-distance trains departing from New York refer to the Amtrak company which operates from Penn Station instead.

Find this wonderful station with the highest number of tracks in the world (44) at 89 E 42nd St.

Shopping

Midtown Manhattan What to SeeIf 5th avenue isn’t enough for you, try the Garment District, Also known as Fashion District. It stretches from 34th to 42nd and is characterized by a high concentration of showrooms and shops for the retail sale of clothes and fabrics. Ideal if you are looking for something more authentic and unique than the big chains.

Do not miss the Macy’s to Herald Square, one of the largest – pass me the pun – department stores in the world.

Where to eat

There are tons of options for dining in Midtown. Tourist traps of course are teeming, but there are also many interesting places. Here are three proposals:

  • The Counter
    Very central restaurant in Times Square (at number 7) with average prices and excellent burgers. The beauty is the extreme customization of the sandwiches: you can choose from more than 85 ingredients and select them on a sheet with boxes.
  • Brooklyn Diner
    An American diner for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner with a bright vintage sign that does not go unnoticed. It must be said that it is not the classic cheap and easy-going diner, in fact it is quite nice inside and the burgers and breakfasts exceed $ 15. However, it is average for prices in the area and the portions are generous.
    Address: 155 W 43rd St
  • Cafe China
    It is a one-star Michelin Chinese restaurant in central New York. Don’t worry, the prices are normal (8-17 $) and the atmosphere is very casual. Go for it with dim sum, noodles and spicy specialties.
    Address: 13 E 37th Street

Where to sleep

Sleeping here means having practically everything within 2 steps. Clubs, attractions, restaurants, hotels, transport and all kinds of services. If the pros are clear, so are the cons: like all areas besieged by mass tourism, Midtown may not be ideal for those looking for a quiet neighborhood. In any case, if you are not part of this category, this area is certainly worth considering and in this regard, I would like to point out our targeted advice on how to find accommodation in the neighborhood. If you prefer another neighborhood, I recommend reading our guide on accommodation in New York, which you can find by clicking on the button below:

Our tips for sleeping in New York

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SoHo in New York: the Cast Iron District

The many neighborhoods of New York are a bit like small towns within the big metropolis, each with a distinct identity, and SoHo is no exception. To distinguish this area are the characteristic cast iron and red brick buildings with fire escapes outside, typical structures of the Big Apple immortalized in many films and now become the object of the desire of many VIPs who have taken home in the many lofts of the district.

SoHo has also been a pilgrimage destination for important artists since the 1970s and the many art galleries you will encounter while walking are there to remind you that that artistic past is still alive, but SoHo is above all the shopping district in New York, where the stores of the big names gather in a sort of minor version of Fifth Avenue.

If the budget is out of reach, strolling along the streets of the district observing the always well-set up shop windows is still a pleasant experience; in the evening, SoHo lights up, offering numerous places to have fun and savor the nightlife new Yorker.

Where is SoHo and the meaning of the name

The SoHo neighborhood identifies the area it extends to south of Houston Street (hence the name, which derives from South Of Houston Street) to Canal Street, bordered to the east by Crosby Street and to the west by Sixth Avenue or (according to some) by the Hudson River (the boundaries of New York neighborhoods are not always clearly and unambiguously defined). The district is located in the Lower Manhattan area and borders Tribeca to the south, Little Italy and Nolita to the east (North of Little Italy), north with NoHo (North of Houston Street) and Greenwich Village,

How to get to the Soho neighborhood

There are a series of metro stops that, due to their location, seem to almost “surround” the borders of the SoHo district:

  • Broadway-Lafayette St: lines D, F, M
  • Prince Street: N, Q, RW
  • Canal Street Subway Station: N, Q, R, W
  • Canal Street Station: A, C, E
  • Spring Street: C, E

Among these, to explore the neuralgic center of the neighborhood and most of the attractions described in this article, I recommend going down to Prince Street.

For details on the operation of the subway, I refer you to our guide on how to use the subway in New York.

What to see in SoHo: walk along the main places of interest

In the map below you will find all the attractions described in the article with the respective icon according to the category of interest (buildings, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, etc.). I recommend you use it to orient yourself during your walk in the neighborhood.

Cast Iron District and surroundings: hunting for historic buildings

SoHo New York what to seeThe most characteristic area of ​​SoHo is that of the so-called Cast Iron District, where the main cast iron buildings are located, many of which are finely made and interesting from a historical point of view. The best way to see these buildings is undoubtedly Greene Street, main street of SoHo along with Prince Street, Spring Street and West Broadway Street.

Along Greene Street you will find:

SoHo New York what to see

  • 139 Greene St: Anthony Arnoux House: in reality it is not a cast iron building but a historic red brick house dating back to 1825 and belonging to a merchant. Passing by give it a quick look!
  • Intersection with Prince Street: at this intersection there are some points of interest to observe:
    • 112 Prince St: you will find the Trompe L’Oeil mural by Richard Hass, an immense mural that reproduces the appearance of a typical SoHo building giving the illusion of being a royal palace. If you are interested in the genre, know that Hass has made several works of this type in other cities as well.
    • 109 Prince Street: right in front of the mural is one of the most elegant historic buildings on the street at the corner of Prince Street. It was built in 1882 by Jarvis Morgan Slade and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    • 102 Prince St: are you ready for a cinematic amarcord? A few steps from the Richard Hass mural, the lovers of movie Ghost they will jump, recognizing the beautiful building where Sam and Molly lived.
    • 110 Greene St: a few more steps past the intersection and you will find the SoHo Building, consisting of the union of 2 buildings, the first from 1908 and the second from 1920, commissioned by a well-known New York merchant. At the foot of the building is the Floating Subway Map, an 87-foot-long work made of concrete poles embedded in the pavement, created by Belgian artist Francoise Schein in 1986. The map reproduces the New York subway scheme as it was structured at the time.
  • 72 Greene St: This work by Isaac F. Duckworth, which has many other cast iron buildings in the surrounding area, is one of the historic buildings that best represent the French Renaissance style of SoHo. The property, the flagship jewel of the Cast Iron District, is known as King of Greene Street and, as we are about to see, she is not far from her better half …
  • 28 Greene St: another masterpiece by Duckworth himself, this other cast iron palace built in 1873 has indeed earned the title of Queen of Greene Street!

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Moving around you can have fun finding many other interesting buildings, here is a list of what is only a small part of what awaits you:

  • 451 Broome St: The Silk Exchange Building (1895)
  • 488-492 Broadway: Haughwout Building (1857)
  • 561 Broadway: The Little Singer Building (1904)
  • 469 Broome St: The Gunther Building (1871)
  • 80 Wooster St: Fluxhouse Cooperative (1895)
  • 421 Broome St: Building where Heath Ledger lived

Are you interested in early twentieth century architecture in New York?

Here is a skyscraper that you can’t miss: the Woolworth Building!

Shops and places for shopping

SoHo New York what to seeWondering where to shop in New York? As mentioned, SoHo is the perfect neighborhood to stroll between elegant shop windows and designer shops, a sort of re-edition of Fifth Avenue, so much so as to re-propose the main brands, such as Tiffany, Apple, Dior, Banana Republic, Nike, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Adidas, all located around Greene Street.

Shopping in these shops it could put a strain on your wallet, however, if you are not satisfied with a simple stroll through the windows, in SoHo it is not impossible to find places at more digestible prices where to take a souvenir for relatives and friends; some examples? My advice is to go to the MoMA Design Store, on Spring Street, an excellent receptacle for particular objects, inspired by art and design; it will not be difficult to find an original gift!

Alternatively, it may be a good idea to rummage through the always numerous stalls of street vendors on the street …

Art galleries and art installations

SoHo New York what to see Between the 1960s and 1970s, the neighborhood’s many vacant lofts attracted a large number of artists who wanted to exploit the large spaces and natural light that penetrated through the large windows of these premises for their works. Today in SoHo there are still many art galleries, among which it is worth mentioning:

  • Franklin Bowles Gallery, which boasts, among other things, a remarkable collection of French paintings from the 19th century and some sketches by Rembrandt
  • Louis K. Meisel Gallery, whose specialization are photorealism and contemporary realism
  • The Earth Room, a modernist installation from 1977 by Land Art exponent Walter De Maria, which filled an entire floor of a building with earth
  • The Drawing Center: the only non-profit institution in the States to deal exclusively with historical and contemporary designs

Churches and Museums

Those who come to SoHo usually don’t go looking for churches or museums (at least they are not art galleries) but this neighborhood also has something interesting to offer in this area. These are 3 attractions that are quite out of the way (especially the second and third) compared to the nerve center of the neighborhood, however you can consider them for a more complete knowledge of the area.

  • Shrine Church of St Anthony of Padua: the second Italian parish founded in the United States as well as the oldest in New York.
  • New York Fire Museum: collection of artifacts, gears, means of transport and historical appliances used by firefighters since the 18th century.
  • Children Museum of Art: a museum where your children can try their hand at art by becoming expert artists themselves!

Night clubs

If you want to taste some of SoHo nightlife, know that in this neighborhood the nightlife not lacking and the places to choose from are not few. Consider these 2:

  • Jimmy at the James: at the James Hotel there is a suggestive panoramic terrace from which to sip a good drink while admiring the Freedom Tower and the other skyscrapers of the Manhattan skyline. If you happen to be in winter, the terrace is closed but don’t be discouraged, you can still admire the view from the interior room with full-length windows.
  • Pegu club: excellent quality of cocktails and live music is the irresistible mix that attracts the customers of the Pegu Club. The food served is Asian inspired, the prices of the drinks are not low but those looking for a Mr. drink will not be disappointed.

Where to eat: recommended restaurants

SoHo New York what to seeThe neighborhood’s dining scene is very rich, a bit like in all of New York. Between French cuisine and historic venues, i SoHo restaurants they know how to conquer even the most demanding palates. Here are some tips:

  • Dominique Ansel Bakery: Here in 2013 the famous was born Cronut, a sort of hybrid between croissant and donut, an idea of ​​the pastry chef Dominique Ansel. If you want to try one, however, you will have to arrive early as these pastries are literally stormed and run out quickly.
  • Dean & Deluca: D&D, so affectionately called by locals, opened here in 1977 and is now considered an important part of SoHo’s history. It is not a restaurant but a kind of food / market with a lot of quality products imported from all over the world.
  • Fanelli Café: this restaurant is housed in a building dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, which was also used during the 1920s speakeasy (clandestine place for the sale of alcoholic beverages). Today, Fanelli is a good place to eat American cuisine in the nerve center of the neighborhood.
  • Raoul’s: what is now a high-quality and high-priced French restaurant was once a bargain-priced tavern frequented by unsavory people and run by 2 poor Frenchmen. Things have changed a lot now and, with its over 40 years of age, Raoul’s has become an important piece of the neighborhood’s history.
  • Balthazar: This popular French bistro with attached patisserie and bakery can be a good option for lunches, brunches and dinners, but also for a good breakfast or a fleeting coffee.

Where to sleep in SoHo

The SoHo area has a good number of accommodations and, in addition to the beauty of the neighborhood, has the advantage of the location: we are in fact close to Downtown, and all its attractions are easily accessible with a few stops on the subway. In addition, with short and pleasant walks you can reach the neighboring neighborhoods of Little Italy, Greenwich Village, Tribeca and Chinatown.

If you want to sleep in this area, I refer you to my advice on how to find accommodation in SoHo; if you prefer an overview of all the best districts to sleep in New York with recommended hotels area by area, you can click on the button below.

My tips on where to sleep in New York

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Lower Manhattan and Financial District: what to see in Downtown New York

Lower Manhattan (or Downtown), the area where the tallest and most impressive skyscrapers in New York are located, is an area full of attractions that extends from 14th Street to the end of the island.

Lower Manhattan includes various neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, East Village, Tribeca, Chinatown and Little Italy. In this article, however, as a matter of convenience and to allow you to create an itinerary, we will only consider the area that goes from Wall Street down.

You have to dedicate at least a day to see it all since only the visit to the Statue of Liberty can take a lot of time. So organize your itinerary with these tips and discover some of the most famous New York places in the world such as Wall Street and Ground Zero.

How to get

Begin your Lower Manhattan tour in the morning from the Statue of Liberty. The easiest way to reach Battery Park, the point from which the ferries depart, is to get off at one of the following stops:

  • Bowling Green (trains 4 and 5)
  • Whitehall Street (N, R and W trains)
  • South Ferry (train 1)

For travel tips you can read our guide to the New York subway.

What see

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Photo from the ferry to Liberty Island

The Statue of Liberty, along with Ellis Island, is definitely Lower Manhattan’s most popular attraction and needs no introduction.

The Statue of Liberty, almost 100 meters high, is visited every year by about 3.5 million people from all over the world. Some decide to see it from afar, from Battery Park, others (most) take the boat tour stopping at Ellis Island. Here, from 1892 to 1954, millions of immigrants passed through in search of fortune in America. Today it is possible to visit the museum and search for one’s ancestors in the archives.

Plan your visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the morning to take your time. The tour requires a little planning as the lines can be very long. For this I refer you to our article on like visiting the Statue of Liberty.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge what to seeUnmissable, iconic and walkable. Although the latter is not an adjective, I believe it is of interest to many. The most famous bridge in New York in fact it is open to pedestrians and bicycles in the central part, above the car area, and is usually crowded (and windy). Not only is it possible to enjoy a view of the Lower Manhattan skyline, but it is also fascinating to observe its timber and steel structure up close.

Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1869 over a period of 14 years and is still an engineering jewel today. It can be reached in 20 minutes on foot from Battery Park, or by subway getting off at Brooklyn Bridge City Hall, Park Place or City Hall. Of course, walking this point also gives you the precious opportunity to visit Brooklyn proper.

For more details, I refer you to our article on how to get there and visit the Brooklyn Bridge.

Ground Zero

Lower Manhattan AttractionsGround Zero is, as many will know, an area completely dedicated to the commemoration of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. A day that changed history, the way of flying and traveling and, physically, even a part of New York. In fact, where the Twin Towers once stood, the 9/11 Museum and the 9/11 Memorial are now housed. The latter consists of two chasms left by the towers in which large waterfalls flow; the first is instead a museum that collects testimonies, videos and photos of the accidents.

The visit will take away more time if you decide to visit the museum as well, otherwise it will not take more than half an hour. But the times will get longer if you decide to visit what is in effect one of the most representative attractions of Downtown, the Freedom Tower, the tallest skyscraper in New York, which offers an unforgettable view of the city.

For detailed information read our guide on how to reach and visit Ground Zero and the World Trade Center.

PS: in front of you don’t miss theOculus, New York’s futuristic train and subway hub.

Wall Street and Trinity Church

Lower Manhattan What to SeeLike the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street also enjoys considerable fame. It is one of the most popular areas in New York and a must in Lower Manhattan.

Wall Street is located in the financial district or Financial District, which includes numerous “engines” of the American and world economy such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Apart from the various buildings belonging to financial institutions, the most seen attraction in the area is undoubtedly the bull, the so-called Charging Bull (they say touching her jewels brings good luck!).

For all the attractions of this important street read our article on Wall Street.

In the middle of the Wall Street skyscrapers it also rises Trinity Church, a neo-gothic style church that you will have no trouble finding. It was built in the early eighteenth century and had to cope with various renovations due to the fire of 1776 which occurred during the American Revolution. It is located at 75 on Broadway. Also a few minutes’ walk away is St. Paul’s Chapel, between Fulton and Broadway.

For timetables and details to organize the visit take a look at our article on how to visit Trinity Church.

Advice: go down further south (500 meters from the New York Stock Exchange) to the so-called Stone Street. It is a very beautiful and photogenic cobblestone street, a sort of period remnant of the city that was originally called New Amsterdam.

Battery Park

Visit Battery ParkThe Battery Park, is a green area today simply called by the original name The Battery, from which ferries depart for Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Among its points of interest:

  • Hope Garden
    It is a small plot with flowers and a sculpture dedicated to AIDS victims.
  • East Coast Memorial
    The East Coast Memorial instead commemorates the victims of the Second World War who fell during the Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945). More than 4000 names are engraved on the granite pillars and in the center is the statue of an eagle flying in the direction of the Statue of Liberty.
  • American Merchant’s Marine Memorial
    The 1991 sculpture, on the side of the park overlooking the Hudson River, portrays three merchants on a boat about to sink after a submarine attack and one in the sea trying to go up.

Take a walk and, if you are hungry, stop to eat meat and fish specialties at the Pier A Harbor House.

For all the park’s attractions, read our guide to Battery Park.

Woolworth Building

Downtown Manhattan What to seeAt 233 Broadway is the Woolworth Building, a building built between 1910 and 1912 that still remains one of the 100 tallest skyscrapers in the United States and among the 30 tallest in New York.

To enter and see the interiors (there are very beautiful mosaics) you need to take a private tour by purchasing the relevant tickets. Find all the information to enjoy this fine example of early twentieth century architecture in our guide to Woolworth Building.

Staten Island Ferry

Financial District Manhattan What to SeeThe ferry from Manhattan to New York’s less populated borough, State Island, departs from the Whitehall Terminal in Downtown. It takes around 25 minutes and runs 24/7.

The routes are frequent, one every 15-20 minutes and it is free: it could be a valid option to see the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty if you do not intend to take tours or cruises.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Downtown New York What to seeThe Museum of Jewish Heritage is located between Robert F Wagner Park Jr and South Cove Park, next to Battery Park.

It is a museum dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust and is easily recognizable due to its pyramid structure. Spread over six buildings symbolizing the points of the Star of David, more than 25,000 objects from the Holocaust and modern Jewish history relating to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are on display. The Museum of Jewish Heritage it is divided into three floors in chronological order: Jewish Life a Century Ago, The War Against the Jewish and The Jewish Renewal.

Recommended for all history buffs who are also keen to deepen Jewish culture in a non-European context, museum tickets cost $ 12 for adults, $ 7 for children (13-17) and admission it’s free under 12 years old.

Where to eat

Here are 3 interesting places, each an expression of a particular type of culinary experience.

  • Pier A Harbor House
    A classy solution for those looking for a dinner or lunch overlooking the Hudson River. The location is huge (enough to make us weddings), chic and elegant. Also perfect for a cocktail in one of the four bars.
    22 Battery Pl.
  • The Bailey Bar & Brasserie
    Great meat, classic burgers and sandwiches. It is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and after dinner.
    52 William St.
  • Schilling
    Craving for dishes less Americans? Or one schnitzel? Schilling brings Austria to New York with mega-cutlets and an industrial style with a long communal table in the center.
    109 Washington St.

Where to sleep

From the extensive list of attractions you find in this article (and not all of them! 🙂) you can easily understand how this area represents an excellent solution for accommodation. If you want to stay overnight in this area I suggest you read our tips on how to stay in Lower Manhattan, if you prefer an overview with all the best neighborhoods in New York and some tips to save click on the button below:

Our tips for sleeping in New York

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Upper East Side: discovering the VIP district of New York

Welcome to one of the NYC neighborhoods with the highest concentration of VIPs! L’Upper East Side, the “rectangle” of Uptown Manhattan east of Central Park (which separates it from the western side, Upper West Side), is one of the most pleasant neighborhoods to explore, walking among elegant buildings, chic shop windows and vintage cafes, and above all enjoying the Museum Mile, a stretch of the famous Fifth Avenue where there are some of the most important museums in the world, including the Met and the Guggenheim Museum.

The neighborhood, bordered to the west by Central Park and to the east by the river East River, it is so large that it also includes the districts of Yorkville and Lenox Hill within itself; exploring it thoroughly by visiting all the attractions is an out-of-reach task, so focus on a selection of places of interest. Here are the main things to see and do to pack a Upper East Side itinerary.

How to get

As the neighborhood is very large, it is good to identify the area with the main places of interest and this is certainly that of Museum Mile close to Central Park; the main stops are along Lexington Avenue, 3 blocks away, and allow you to progressively get off at the intersections with roads 59, 63, 68, 77, 86, 92, 96, 103 and 110. To move more easily, I refer you to our guide on how to use the subway in New York.

What see

Museum Mile

Museum lovers could spend even more than a week on the Upper East Side and perhaps still have something to see. The list to choose from is in fact very large:

  • Frick Collection: in an elegant mansion of the early twentieth century there is the collection of Henry Clay Frick, industrialist and promoter of the arts who has collected over time masterpieces from all over the world, from Titian to Goya, from Rembrandt to Turner. A museum like this in any other American city would probably be one of the flagship attractions and art lovers can’t give it up unless reluctantly. You can learn more about this collection by reading our article dedicated to the Frick Collection.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: the largest museum in New York, a real spearhead of the city as well as of the whole United States, with an impressive collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt (including the Temple of Dendur), and extraordinary examples of art European, Islamic, American, Ancient Greek and Roman. The dimensions are so vast that visiting it without a minimum of preparation could be a strategic mistake, so we have written a detailed guide to the Met in New York.
  • Neue Galerie: housed in a beautiful estate from the early twentieth century, this small but fascinating museum dedicated to German art is a real gem, just think that there are works by Paul Klee, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. The first Friday of the month from 6 to 8 pm admission is free, it is worth taking advantage of it even if, due to its small size, it is easily crowded.
  • Guggenheim Museum: the bizarre spiral shape conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright is already a sight in itself and immediately betrays the spirit of this great museum dedicated to contemporary art opened in 1939. It is a must not only for lovers of the genre and to testify to it there are long lines at the entrance. To better organize a visit, I refer you to our guide to the Guggenheim Museum.
  • National Academy Museum and School: this ancient association was founded in 1825 by a group of artists to promote the arts both through shows and exhibitions and through educational activities. Today the museum, housed in a Beaux-Arts-style building, boasts a remarkable collection of works of art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as a particular section entirely dedicated to the portraits of artists (there are over 1000) that were requested as a condition for becoming a member of the association.
  • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum: housed in a splendid villa dating back to 1901, this is the only museum in America to trace the development of design starting from historical evidence up to the contemporary era. Here you will find decorations, wood carvings, metal objects, ceramics, costumes, musical instruments, furniture and many other examples useful to demonstrate how the very concept of design has changed over time.
  • The Jewish Museum: in this museum there are thousands of objects dating back to Jewish history, culture and tradition, as well as many works of modern and contemporary art. It is also interesting to admire the building that houses it, the Felix M. Warburg House, a neo-Gothic style building dating back to 1908.
  • Museum of the City of New York: those wishing to learn more about the history of New York will find in this museum housed in a building built in Georgian style a vast number of collections (there are over 1 million and a half of artifacts) and a series of interesting temporary exhibitions and very neat.
  • El Museo del Barrio: museum dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean art with many Puerto Rican works on display; unless you are passionate about the genre it is difficult for you to get into it.

As you have seen, the number of museums to choose from is considerable, however, in general, if you are in visit New York for the first time and culture is one of your first interests, you will hardly make it two of them in your itinerary of attractions, and your choice will probably fall on the most famous: the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum, which will compete with a another nearby museum: the MoMa.

Roosevelt Island Tramway

Upper East Side New York What to See Let’s leave the cultural-themed attractions for a moment, undoubtedly the main ones on the Upper East Side, and let’s move on to another area for which New York is famous all over the world: that of panoramic views.

If the most famous skyscrapers in the city allow you to admire the New York skyline from Downtown and Midtown, the Roosevelt Island aerial cable car will allow you, on the way up to Long Island City, to appreciate the splendid view of the East River, a view of the city that is decidedly less “mainstream” but really surprising and suggestive, if you don’t believe it take a look at this video.

Emanu-El Synagogue

Upper East Side New York What to SeeA few steps from the Central Park Zoo is one of the largest synagogues in the world, an expression of Reform Judaism, the dominant current in the United States of America. Entering ad Emanu-El (admission is free) you will be immediately struck by its monumental structure in neo-Romanesque style, the large rose window divided into 12 sections to symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel and the refined decorations.

Attached to the synagogue there is also an interesting museum (Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica) where, in addition to the conservation of sacred objects and vestments, exhibitions dedicated to Jewish history, culture and identity are set up.

Gracie Mansion

Upper East Side New York What to SeeLocated away from all the other attractions in the neighborhood, the Gracie Mansion is located in Carl Schurz Park, a beautiful park with a pleasant riverfront on the East River. It is a historic villa, built in 1799, and used since the 1940s as the official residence of the Mayor of New York.

Guided tours are available to visit the interior but they are not many throughout the week and it is necessary to book (all the info on the official website). To reach the villa the nearest metro stop is 86 Street (lines Q and R), a 10 minute walk away.

Attractions on the East side of Central Park


Bordering the neighborhood with the great park of New York, some places of interest located on the eastern edge of Central Park are considered by many to be an integral part of the Upper East Side (the Metropolitan Museum of Art itself is in effect all ‘ inside the park). Here are the main attractions you will encounter as you travel up Fifth Avenue from south to north:

  • William Tecumseh Sherman Monument: beautiful equestrian statue dedicated to an American Civil War general
  • Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children’s Zoo: two small well-kept zoological gardens, even if the animals present are not very many
  • The Arsenal: this historic building between 1847 and 1851 served as a warehouse for the weapons of the New York State militia
  • Delacorte Clock: a musical clock that plays a different rhyme at programmed intervals, here is the list of songs
  • Waldo Hutchins Bench: Neoclassical-style memorial dedicated to a politician who was elected to both the New York State Assembly and Congress
  • Mayor John Purroy Mitchel Memorial: another memorial, this time dedicated to the 95th mayor of New York
  • Conservatory Garden: a splendid garden composed of 3 sections, each inspired by different styles (Italian, French and English).
  • Fort Clinton: an elevated viewpoint over the Harlem Meer pond used as a fort in 1814
  • Duke Ellington Statue: statue dedicated to the great jazzman located in the northeastern corner of Central Park, which at this point ends up leaving room for Harlem. A real pilgrimage destination for New York jazz lovers.

I remind you that to know in detail the main attractions of the park you can refer to our article on what to see in Central Park.

Shopping

Shopping in the busiest areas of the neighborhood (Madison Avenue for example) might not be a great idea, as there are quite expensive boutiques and designer stores.

Another area with many shops and big names is between Lexington and Third Avenue, along 86th Street. More for those looking for bargains, it can be pleasant for those who like to peek at some window displays. In addition to some general tips on where to shop in New York, here is a map of the main shops in the area:

Upper East Side: where to eat between restaurants and cafes

Upper East Side New York What to SeeBeing a neighborhood inhabited by VIPs and important personalities, there is no shortage of luxury restaurants and sophisticated cafés, for example the Sant Ambroeus (Italian cuisine) and the Café Boulud (French, starred), suitable places to take a peek at high society but certainly not for those looking for informal restaurants or affordable prices.

However, there are many interesting alternatives:

  • sweet tooths can go by Insomnia Cookies or from Two Little Red Hens
  • American cuisine at a good price in a nice 2-story venue with live music awaits you at Five Mile Stone
  • those in search of the classic hamburger can fall back on the nearby and always reliable chain Shake Shack.
  • Are you curious to taste one of the most famous hot dogs in the city? Two steps away there Papaya King.

If on the other hand you feel in the mood for sushi or Japanese cuisine one of the most popular clubs of this kind in all of New York awaits you on York Avenue, almost on the border with the East River. Is called Tanoshi, it is a bit off-center compared to other places of interest but for lovers of the genre it is an almost obligatory stop and worth the trip. Book well in advance otherwise you risk being left with a dry mouth and, if you like, you can bring a drink from home (doesn’t seem to be a problem?).

Where to sleep

From personal experience I can say that staying on the Upper East Side is definitely a great choice; first of all to savor the pleasant atmosphere of the neighborhood, but also for the ease of connections, with subway stops well distributed along the key points. The proximity to the museum complexes and Central Park constitutes a considerable surplus. If you want to sleep in this area, I refer you to my advice on how to find accommodation in the Upper East Side and, alternatively, I also point out below an overview of all the best areas to find accommodation in New York.

My tips on where to sleep in New York

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Upper West Side in New York: itinerary among the museums and restaurants of the neighborhood

L’Upper West Side is a New York neighborhood that stretches west from 59 to 110 in a perfectly parallel way to Central Park. Like the Upper East Side, theUWS (as it is often abbreviated by New Yorkers), it is a very rich and prestigious residential area, where it is pleasant to walk among the many terraced houses in brownstone.

Despite being mostly occupied by stately homes and private residences, the neighborhood boasts a number of points of interest to consider, especially for culture lovers.

How to get

The Upper West Side of New York is well served along its entire length by 2 subway lines:

  • The IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue (trains 1, 2 and 3) which travels on Broadway
  • IND Eight Avenue (A, B, C and D trains) which travels on Centra Park West

As there are many stops, I do not recommend buses and I invite you to plan your visit along one of the two lines going down and up according to the places of interest (or proceed on foot).

Starting from the south, close Columbus Circle, the metro stops are:

  • 72 St
  • 72nd St-Broadway
  • 79 St
  • 81 St
  • 86 St
  • 96 St
  • 103 St
  • Cathedral Parkway

For more information, take a look at our guide on how the New York Subway works.

What see

The following itinerary lists the main attractions of the district from south to north.

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a conglomeration of buildings in Lincoln Square which includes some of the most important artistic organizations such as the New York Philarmonic and the New York City Ballet.

The complex manages to attract more than 5 million visitors every year thanks to 26 concert halls and theaters belonging to 12 organizations:

  • The Juilliard School
  • The Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • School of American Ballet
  • The Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Lincoln Center Theater
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • New York City Ballet
  • New York City Opera
  • New York Philharmonic
  • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center hosts some important events during the year (calendar here), among which the Midsummer Night Swing in late June / early July and the Lincoln Center of Out Doors from late July to mid August. If you are not going to any show (on the official website linked above there are all the information), still consider a visit, especially in the evening, when the lights of the buildings create a suggestive atmosphere.

It is a 5 minute walk from Columbus Circle.

American Folk Art Museum

Upper West Side New York What to SeeLocated a few meters from Lincoln Center, there is the interesting American Folk Art Museum. As the name suggests, it focuses on folk art (i.e. folk art) by American and foreign artists through more than 7,000 works starting in the eighteenth century.

The American Folk Art Museum is little known to Italian tourists but a short visit is highly recommended as it takes less than an hour and is stocked with almost 3000 paintings and drawings, thousands of sculptures and fabrics, and hundreds of ceramic objects. .

It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:30 to 19, on Fridays from 12 to 19:30 and on Sundays from 12:00 to 18.

It is located precisely on Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th. Admission is free.

The Dakota

Upper West Side New York What to SeeThe Dakota is an old New York residential building dating back to 1886 that perhaps not everyone is familiar with. In fact, it may seem like a classic New York palace but in the past it has hosted several personalities from the show and not, including John Lennon. The beatle He lived there from 1973 until he was assassinated at the hotel entrance in 1980.

The address is 1 W 72nd St and in a few minutes, upon entering Central Park, you can reach John Lennon’s memorial, Strawberry Fields.

New York Historical Society

Upper West Side New YorkFounded in 1804, this was the New York’s first museum. It has a number of works that exceeds one and a half million, including important names such as Durand, Cole and Church. Highlights include the Hudson River School’s collection of paintings, a 19th-century American art movement inspired by Romanticism, objects by George Washington and the world’s largest collection of Tiffany lamps and glass.

The New York Historical Society also maintains a world-class library with as many as three million books, maps, atlases, journals and manuscripts, including the first written record of the three words “United States of America”.

The museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm, Fridays from 10am to 8pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. The entrance ticket costs $ 21 for adults, $ 13 for adults. students and $ 6 for children (5-13). Every day from 2 to 3:30 pm the museum offers a free tour.

It is located at 170 Central Park West.

American Museum of Natural History

Upper West Side New YorkThe American Museum of Natural History it is one of the most important places of interest on the Upper West Side and one of the largest museums in the world: it is made up of 28 buildings, a planetarium and a library.

It’s easy to get lost and spend almost a day there because the things to see are endless. Just think that only a very small part of the more than 30 million objects including plants, fossils and minerals is exhibited and shown to 5 million visitors a year.

One of the pieces that struck me most was the whale, positioned on the ceiling in full size (almost 30 meters). Both adults and children will be able to do nothing but gape at it! Other must-see attractions are the Star of India, the world’s largest 563.35-carat blue sapphire and the 65-million-year-old tyrannosaurus skeleton.

There are three different types of tickets starting at $ 23 for adults and $ 13 for children (2-12). Here you will find all the information. The museum is located between Central Park West and 79th St. It is open daily from 10am to 5.45pm.

To organize your visit, I suggest you read our detailed guide to Natural History Museum of New York.

An advice?

Plan what to see and download the AMNH Explorer app to easily find the rooms and better organize your tour.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Upper West Side New YorkIf you are traveling with children, this is the place for you (indeed, for them). The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a sort of museum-playroom with four floors divided into thematic areas including that dedicated to Dora the Explorer.

It is a perfect solution when it rains or simply when you want to let your children discover something new with stimulating and educational games.

Tickets cost $ 14 for adults and children. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 10 to 17, Saturdays from 10 to 19. During the summer it also opens on Mondays.

By 2021 the museum will move between 96th and Central Park West, but for now the location remains at 212 W 83rd St.

Riverside Park

Upper West Side New YorkRiverside Park is a narrow, 6-kilometer-long park that runs alongside Manhattan on the Hudson River. Here you can relax walking through the avenues or rent a kayak during the weekend.

Among the points of interest, the Amiable Child Monument, which commemorates a child who died in the area in 1797, the monument to Eleanor Roosevelt, the statue of Joan of Arc and various basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.

The park extends from 72nd Street to St. Clair.

Nicholas Roerich Museum

This house-museum is dedicated to the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich and houses around 200 works dedicated to the Himalayas and spirituality. It is divided into three floors and is recommended for all art lovers (especially oriental, but not only). Its peculiarity is that it is housed in an elegant residential building where, among other things, classical music concerts and cultural initiatives are also held; certainly one of the most unique and curious attractions of the whole Upper West Side.

The Nicholas Roerich Museum is located at 319 West 107th Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is free.

Where to eat

Here are 3 recommended restaurants:

  • Carmine’s Italian Restaurant
    With 5 locations across the United States, Carmine’s Italian Restaurant serves great Italian food in a 1960s venue. If you want to finally taste the famous spaghetti with meatballs, do it here. But be careful: the portions are huge!
    Find it at 2450 on Broadway.
  • Zabar’s
    Founded by a Ukrainian immigrant in the 1930s, today Zabar is a landmark on New York’s Upper West Side. Stop at this market for a quick lunch of bagels and Jewish specialties, or try the excellent pastries for breakfast.
    It is located at 2245 on Broadway.
  • Jacob’s Pickles
    At 509 Amsterdam Avenue is Jacob’s Pickles which cooks South American dishes and comfort foods like fried chicken and grits. Obviously, as the name implies, there is no shortage of gherkins (also fried).

Where to sleep: Upper West Side hotel

Sleeping in New York’s Upper West Side means choosing a residential and quiet neighborhood, certainly more human-sized than the noisy Times Square. The accommodation facilities are found mainly in the South area, around Columbus Circle, an excellent area for spilling into the Midtown area. If you want to stay overnight in this area I suggest you read our tips on how to stay on the Upper West Side, if instead you are interested in an overview with all the best neighborhoods in New York and some tips to save click on the button below:

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Little Italy: what to see and where to eat in the Italian district of New York

There Little Italy of the past, that of the first migratory flows at the beginning of the 20th century, hosted about 10,000 Italians. The neighborhood was quite large and competed with Italian Harlem, where the largest community of Italians in New York resided. Today it only comprises three blocks and is slowly disappearing due to the high rents and the fierce competition from nearby Chinatown (which I recommend you visit together with Little Italy).

Those born in Italy are practically non-existent here and many of the restaurants are tourist traps. Don’t despair though: there is still something to see and although the atmosphere is no longer what it used to be, it’s always nice to fantasize about a place that gave hope to our compatriots. From here began the American dream for many. Experience it yourself, even if for only three blocks.

How to get to Little Italy

Little Italy in New York is located in the southern part of Manhattan and borders directly with Chinatown (so I recommend you visit them together).

The closest metro stops are:

  • Canal St (on lines J and Z and on line 6)
  • Grand St (on lines B and D)

What to see in New York’s Little Italy

Mulberry Street

Little Italy New York What to SeeMulberry Street is the hub of Little Italy and is full of restaurants. Don’t be fooled as most are tourist traps and the attendants outside will try to convince you to enter. At the beginning of Mulberry Street there is the famous writing “Little Italy” to symbolize the entrance to the neighborhood.

If you are interested in historic venues and places where some of the settling of scores between mafia members that once tore the neighborhood of Little Italy took place, along Mulberry Street you will find the following points of interest:

  • From Gennaro (129 Mulberry Street): restaurant where Crazy Joe Gallo was murdered on April 2, 1972 on his birthday
  • Mulberry Street Bar (176 Mulberry Street): this historic venue from the early twentieth century was Frank Sinatra’s favorite and, luckily, it has no particular dramatic episodes to tell, despite this it has been used as a location for many genre films such Donnie Brasco, The Sopranos is Law & Order.
  • Curb Exchange (intersection between Mulberry Street and Kenmare Street): this is not a place but an intersection where alcohol was illegally sold during Prohibition (only 1 block from the Police district !!!)
  • Ravenite Social Club (247 Mulberry St): What today looks like a shoe shop was once the base of operations for the Gambino family, where FBI agents installed recording equipment to spy on Mafia bosses such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano.

Italian American Museum

Little Italy New York What to SeeIt is one of the few remaining points of interest really Italians. The small Italian American Museum contains important testimonies of Italian immigrants and tells their story through letters and photographs dating back to the early twentieth century.

It is located on the corner of Mulberry Street and Grand Street and is undergoing a refurbishment: by 2019 it will see four floors full of temporary and permanent exhibitions and will include a theater for film screenings and presentations.
Admission costs $ 7.

The feast of San Gennaro

Little Italy New York What to SeeIf you happen to be in New York in September you can’t miss the San Gennaro festival. Born in 1926 thanks to Neapolitan immigrants, it lasts 11 days and takes place in Mulberry Street between Houston and Canal. There will be fun among the stands that sell food to eat on the street and the lights that light up in the evening.

Rossi & Co.

At 193 Grand Street Rossi & Co. owner Ernie will welcome you with a big smile to his realm of kitchen utensils. Not only that, the shop is a real emporium full of souvenirs, CDs and useful and not useful objects. If you pass here before Christmas and you want to go shopping for the nativity scene, you will also find the figurines of the Magi… & co.

Where to eat

Little Italy New York What to SeeObviously in Little Italy in New York there is no shortage of places to eat. Here are a few.

  • Lombardi’s
    Founded in 1905, this pizzeria at 32 Spring St was the first to land in the United States. The quality is perhaps no longer what it once was and the prices have nothing to do with ours, but it is worth it if you are nostalgic and lover of the culinary history of our country.
  • Aux Epices
    Malaysian and French cuisine. A particular combination that explodes into particular flavors at 121 Baxter St. Aux Epices welcomes only 20 seats, so I recommend you book. The restaurant is well furnished, the courses well presented and the prices of the main courses fluctuate around $ 15.
  • Pasquale Jones
    If you don’t care about the history of Lombardi’s but still want pizza, go no further than 187 Mulberry Street. Pasquale Jones bakes a real Neapolitan pizza and serves it in a modern and welcoming place. Recommended for anyone looking for a home fragrance after a week of burgers.
  • Ferrara Bakery
    Entering here is like stepping into Italy. The atmosphere is typical of an Italian bar with sweets, pastries, cannoli and dry biscuits. Come here for breakfast and accompany the dessert with a cappuccino. Ferrara Bakery has been an institution since 1892. You can find it at 195 Grand Street.

If you are interested in a guided tour designed specifically to discover the typical dishes of Little Italy and nearby Chinatown, you can find more information about it by clicking on the button below.

Food Tour Chiantown and Little Italy

Where to sleep near Little Italy

Little Italy, strictly speaking, is made up of a few blocks, so it is not easy to find accommodation within the neighborhood, however in the immediate surroundings of SoHo and Tribeca you can find many accommodation options. For specific tips on this, check out our tips on where to sleep in Soho and Tribeca. Fewer facilities are found in the nearby Chinatown neighborhood, if you are interested in a complete overview of the recommended areas to stay in the city (with advice on specific hotels) you can refer to our guide on how to find a good hotel in New York.

Our tips on where to sleep in New York

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Chinatown in New York: discovering the Chinese quarter of Manhattan

Surrounded by Tribeca, Little Italy and the East Side, with more than 90,000 inhabitants, New York’s Chinatown is one of the largest Asian communities outside Asia. Due to the increase in rents that plagues all of Manhattan, including Chinatown, many have moved to other neighborhoods in New York (and even outside the city) with a strong predominance of the Chinese community. Despite this, it is a neighborhood and not to be missed, especially when combined with Little Italy (which today it really is little). Here are my tips on what to see and, especially for Asian food lovers, where to eat.

How to get to Chinatown

New York’s Chinatown neighborhood, popular as it may be among city itineraries, isn’t as large as San Francisco’s Chinatown, while in size it is closer to Los Angeles Chinatown, given due proportions. You can easily visit it on foot in one morning and stop for lunch in one of the restaurants that I recommend at the end of the article.

Chinatown is easily accessible via the subway. The nearest stations are:

  • Canal Street Subway
  • Canal Street
  • East Broadway

Accessible with lines: 4, 6, F, J, M, N, Q, RW and Z. If you are not practical remember to take a look at our guide on how to use the subway in New York.

What to see in New York’s Chinatown

The main street in Chinatown is Canal Street, the commercial artery of the district, full of shops and activities of various kinds. Among the vendors who will try to fill you with some junk and the general frenzy it is better not to spend too much time and detour to the attractions recommended below.

Mahayana Buddhist Temple

Chinatown New York what to seeChinatown’s largest Buddhist temple is located on Canal Street, just steps from the Manhattan Bridge access. At the entrance 2 large statues of golden lions will welcome you, while inside its main attraction, the large golden Buddha almost 5 meters high, awaits you.

If you want you can offer $ 1 to draw a fortune ticket. Upstairs there is a souvenir shop suitable for those who want to take home a souvenir of the visit. The atmosphere that awaits you is one of profound silence and respect, a nice contrast to the noise you will hear returning to Canal Street.

Chatham Square

Chinatown New York what to seeChatham Square is one of the main crossroads in Chinatown: many streets converge here, such as Doyers Street, East Broadway and Mott Street. Until 1820 the square was used as an open-air market for the sale of livestock. Later it began to attract tattoo artists, hotels and bars, particularly appreciated by the military and sailors who passed through the area.

With prohibition, the area was cleaned up and in 1961 the Kim Lau Memorial Arch was built in memory of the Chinese-Americans who fell during the second World War. Although of considerable historical importance, it is to be seen quickly as it is not that fascinating in my opinion.

Columbus Park

Chinatown New YorkA few minutes’ walk from Chatham Square is Columbus Park, one of the most dangerous ghettos in New York at the time. Fear not, today it is a safe place frequented by the Chinese community that uses it as meeting point to play board games and do tai chi early in the morning. Especially on weekends, the park sees street performers perform classic Chinese plays, while kids play on the basketball and volleyball courts.

It is certainly a place where it is possible to admire the diversity of New York thanks to the meeting of different cultures (not only Asian), which frequent it every day.

Aji Ichiban

It will seem strange to see a candy shop on this list, but Aji Ichiban is a real institution in Chinatown. This sweet tooth’s paradise is located between Mott and Pell and is one of the chain’s 90 stores around the world. Here in New York there were four other locations, but they are now all closed, leaving Aji Ichiban on Mott Street as the only “survivor”.

There are many sweets and they vary in shape and taste. It works like in candy stores in Italy: you take a bag and fill it as you like. If you’re feeling brave, there’s no shortage of savory Asian snacks like classic dried squid.

Museum of Chinese in America

Chinatown New YorkIf you are passionate about China, the MOCA is a museum that retraces the history of immigrants Chinese in America mainly through photography. It’s small and won’t take you a lot of time. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm and on Thursdays from 11am to 9pm. Tickets cost $ 10.

Pell Street

Chinatown New YorkPell Street is one of the most famous streets in the Chinese Quarter. Surrounded by red brick buildings dating back hundreds of years, it is full of shops, restaurants and hairdressers; precisely for this reason it is often called “Barbershop Alley” (the “alley of hairdressers”).

It is a very photogenic street lined with Chinese signs and signs, so don’t miss the chance to see it and find the right angle to capture the essence of Chinatown (even in the evening). Not surprisingly, together with Doyers it is a favorite location for photographers and filmmakers.

Doyers Street

Chinatown New York what to see Another pillar of New York’s Chinatown is Doyers, a small street that contains a lot of history. The name derives from the eighteenth-century Dutch immigrant Hendrik Doyer, owner of the land where the road is today and a distillery (now a post office). As I anticipated before, Doyers is loved by photographers because of the liveliness of its signs, but above all for the particular curve that characterizes it.

In New York it is in fact difficult to find curved streets because the rules of the so-called Grid Plan of 1811 imposed the “grid” construction, typical of Manhattan and many other American cities. Its famous curve was nicknamed the “Bloody Angle” in the 1900s due to the numerous shootings between two rival gangs, On Leong and Hip Sing.

Edward Mooney House

Noteworthy is the Edward Mooney House between Bowery and Pell because it is the oldest house in New York. It was built in 1785 by a butcher, Edward Mooney, after the war of independence, on two floors and with classic red bricks.

As you walk down Pell Street you will notice it right away as it stands out among other surrounding buildings. Since the nineteenth century the place has housed a tavern, a restaurant, a hotel and even a billiard room. Today it is a bank.

Manhattan Bridge (entrance)

Chinatown New York what to seeIn Chinatown stands the imposing entrance to the Manhattan Bridge, one of the four suspension bridges over the East River. It opened in 1910 and that year the construction of the arch and columns began, which was completed in 1915. It is one of the historic monuments of the United States and is not to be missed if you are in the area.

Where to eat

  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor
    Opened in 1920, Nom Wah Tea Parlor is New York’s oldest dim sum restaurant and one of the most famous. With its vintage and casual appeal, it offers a varied menu, from har gow (shrimp dumpling) and noodles. Plan your visit to Chinatown in the morning so that you will arrive here hungry for lunch and try the delicacies served for nearly a hundred years.
  • Apothéke
    At 9 Doyers Street is Apothéke, a classy venue that moves away from Chinatown kitsch with skilled bartenders in white coats. The menu? It’s set up like a prescription.
  • Mission Chinese Food
    At Mission Chinese Food, American influences are felt not only on the food, but also on the menu. The prices are slightly higher than the low cost ones that distinguish Chinese restaurants, but the dishes are special and the atmosphere is welcoming. Does Mission remind you of anything? San Francisco! In fact, there is also a location in the famous neighborhood. In New York it is located at 171 E Broadway.
  • Great NY Noodletown
    Lovers of noodles, this is the place for you. A bowl of broth is what you need if you are in New York during the winter. Great NY Noodletown will know how to warm you up at 28 Bowery.
  • Kam Hing Coffee Shop
    The specialty here is the sponge cake, our sponge cake. Take a break and accompany it with tea or a typical Vietnamese iced coffee. It is located at 199 Baxter Street.

If you are interested in discovering the typical dishes that can be tasted in Chinatown with the guidance of an expert, you can consider the possibility of taking an organized tour that will take you to discover the delicacies of this neighborhood along with those of Little Italy. You can get more information about it by clicking the link below.

Food Tour Chiantown and Little Italy

Where to sleep in the Chinatown area

In the Chinatown area there are some accommodation facilities (not many hotels in reality but several apartments and B & Bs). Furthermore, the area is central and well connected, so if you don’t mind the Asian atmosphere and the ethnic neighborhoods, I refer you to this list of all the accommodations available in the area. If, on the other hand, you are interested in a complete overview of the recommended areas to stay in the city, read our article on how to find a good hotel in New York.

Our tips on where to sleep in New York

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