Manhattan and New York City, NY Attractions – What to See and Do!
Manhattan's many neighborhoods are all different from each other and are a must see while visiting New York City.
Walk around one of the oldest neighborhoods of New York City, through the Financial District, Wall Street and the Stock Exchange building and down to the South Street Seaport where you can see the old Manhattan Harbor and enjoy amazing views of the Hudson River. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is also nearby, as are the ferries to reach Staten Island, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and Governor's Island -- which is a terrific place to have a picnic or go for a bike ride.
» Lower East Side: Once home to mostly German, Italian, Irish and Eastern European and Jewish immigrants has lent its pushcart-filled street to trendy cutting edge boutiques, fine international restaurants such as Allen & Delancey, Tre, Little Giant, Il Barrio Chino, Schiller's, and venerable old institutions which embody the culture of the Lower East Side: Katz's Deli, New York's last appetizing store, Russ & Daughters, Yona Shimmel's knish store, and Moshe's Bakery.
For night life, there are hip clubs like the Box, lounges, bars, famous music venues such as the Piano, the Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Mercury Lounge, numerous art galleries, the Tenement Museum (its gift shop is juxtaposed to the neighborhood icon, the Blue Moon Hotel) and the New Museum of Art. There also are quite a few historical synagogues including Kehila Kedosha Janina, the Eldrige Street Synagogue, Chasam Sopher and Bialystoker, as well as churches, St. Theresa's and St. Mary's.
» The New Museum is located on the Bowery at Prince Street. Within its innovative all-white architectural design structure it shows just about everything the contemporary art world has to offer. Its hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, closed on Mondays.
» Soho: Famous art galleries such as OK Harris and the Drawing Center call this area home; its famous cast iron buildings, once home of artists' lofts and factories, are now high end, amazing residential units, famous brand name boutiques and exclusive restaurants.
» Little Italy: Home of "old school" Italian restaurants, beautiful old Catholic churches including St. Patrick's, and the historical Police Building. Authentic Italian grocery stores abound that have been passed on from generation to generation since the 1800s.
» Chinatown: Chinese is the vernacular on all billboards, Pagodas buildings, amazing Mandarin, Cantonese, and Dim Sum restaurants. Chinese department stores, outdoor markets, unique shopping experiences and bargains.
» TriBeCa: A mostly residential area, it has been home for over a few years to the major art galleries and art institutions in the City. The free opening gallery receptions on Thursdays are a great occasion to mix art with parties and the opportunity to chat with local artists.
» The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States in recognition of their friendship during the American Revolution, is located on Liberty Island in New York harbor. The ferry to the Statue of Liberty leaves every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
» Ellis Island, the famous Federal immigration station active from the late 1800s through 1924, enables visitors to investigate genealogical immigration history. You can view photos and videos of the immigrants who arrived through the island. The museum is free with purchase of a ferry ticket at the South Ferry. The best way to get there is the number 1downtown train to the South Ferry station.
» The Museum of Jewish Heritage located at 36 Battery Place, is dedicated to the exploration of Jewish heritage and as a living memorial to the Holocaust. Its hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and it is closed on Saturday.
» Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center towers stood from their completion in 1973 until September 11, 2001. Nearby is the Tribute Center, located at 120 Liberty Street (212) 422-3520. There is a small museum area and a visitor’s center. Walking tours by the September 11 community are available daily, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Sun through Fri, Sat until 4:00 PM.
» East Village and Alphabet City: once part of the Lower East Side, this neighborhood has gone through many transformations. Eastern European, Jewish and Italian immigrants left, soon to be replaced by artists and musicians. There are still some Polish groceries and Italian bakeries, such as Venero's, but the artists are gone and now it is home to a very trendy young crowd, funky bars and boutiques and also a lot of good affordable restaurants.
» Greenwich Village: One of the most elegant and charming neighborhoods in the City, with its many historical buildings (when Manhattan was founded most of them were farms). Its bohemian and hippie era has passed, and the Village has matured into a sophisticated neighborhood with exclusive restaurants and cafes, jazz clubs and high-end designer boutiques.