The New York List


In a city of more than 600 art galleries,
250 museums and countless places of interest, considerable planning is needed for sightseeing. The city's tourist attractions are
sights you've heard about all your life. You won't have time to see them all, but some are absolute musts...


Top Ten in New York City

1.         Visit the Rockefella Centre Christmas Tree– one of the most famous Christmas Trees in the world! Many people go to the Empire State Building for magnificent views, however the ‘Top of the Rock’ include views of the Empire State Building, so arguably better views of the city skyline.

2.       Planning a trip to Liberty Island? Get to Battery Park (for the ferry) as early as possible. Lines get really busy from about 9am, and you don’t want to be waiting in long lines in a New York winter!

3.       One word: Speakeazy. These secret bars have come a long way from the prohibition era 85 years ago, but they still have the underground feel as you walk into the back room of a laundrette or enter through unmarked wooden doors  that demand a secret password! 

4.       If you are in New York on a Sunday morning, Harlem is the place to be! From gospel workshops, to heritage jazz tours, the uptown neighbourhood of Harlem has been a buzz of African/American activity since the 1920’s, especially in the music movement. The Apollo Theater in Harlem introduced the world to acts like The Jackson 5, James Brown and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few, and their civil rights and gospel / spiritual tours are all led by locals. A must do in New York!

5.       See a sport! Basketball and American Football is on during the winter months, with the New York Knicks and The New York Giants both having home games around the time of the conference. The experience in both Madison Square Gardens and the MetLife Stadium is sensational, especially for those avid sports fans or those who just want their fix of a hot dog in a stadium! Check ticketmaster.com for match availability.

6.       If you are ever going to see a show, see it at the worlds home of theatre. A show on Broadway is like no other, with 41 professional theatres to choose from there will always be a show that matches your requirements.  Productions taking place around the conference dates include Chicago, Wicked, My Fair Lady and The Phantom of the Opera, and you can either prebook tickets online or purchase a same day ticket from a TKTS Booth located in Times Square.

7.        If you love watching TV shows and films, and often find yourself daydreaming about being there, daydream no more! Movie and TV tours are daily in New York, with Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Gossip Girl and a generic Movie Tour all popular for tourists wishing for a glimpse into the life of Carrie, Tony Soprano, Serena Van der Woodsen or Ghostbusters! As New Year in New York is a popular time for these trips to sell out, book ahead to avoid disappointment.

8.       New York is in a fantastic location, meaning it is easily accessible to a range of fantastic cities and landmarks. In less than 4 hours southbound you can be touring around the Whitehouse in Washington DC. Or 5 hours north takes you to Boston and Massachusetts – home of the Freedom Trail, the Tea Party and the Salem Witch Trails!

9.       Central Park is the world’s most famous park, and with 58 miles of pedestrian paths, is one that you can spend days wondering around. For families, there is ice skating, the Central Park Zoo and rides on the Carousel, and for couples and singles, there are outdoor board games and John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

Don’t forget – the most amazing experience in Central Park is horse riding through the snowy pathways (don’t worry, you get a blanket!) Don’t forget to prebook this popular tour, with lengths differing between 25minutes and 3hours!

10.     Woodbury Common Shopping outlet is just over an hour north of Manhattan, and is a must for those seeking to purchase items from the worlds largest collection of designer outlet stores. From clothing to entertainment, and mens to womans and children, there is something for everybody. And with bus transportation making it easily accessible, all you’ll need to worry about it how much room you have in your suitcase!

Must See and Do….

Iconic Sights:

The Statue of Liberty | You can get to Battery Park by subway line N or R to Whitehall Street; 4 or 5 to Bowling Green; 1 to South Ferry | Website

Lady Liberty; the symbol of freedom and democracy. A donation from the French as a gesture of international friendship to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence, this imposing statue (305ft/93m) is the most famous of landmarks-not only in New York but in the modern world. It is only accessible by the Statue of Liberty ferry, which leaves from Battery Park about every 45 minutes (http://www.statuecruises.com).

The statue is open daily 9:30 am-5 pm (with extended hours in peak seasons). The last ferry to the island sails from Manhattan at 3:30 pm. (You can get to Battery Park by subway line N or R to Whitehall Street; 4 or 5 to Bowling Green; 1 to South Ferry.)

St. Patrick's Cathedral | Fifth Avenue, between 50th and 51st streets (subway line B, D, F or M to 47th-50th Streets-Rockefeller Center; E to Fifth Avenue-53rd Street), Manhattan, New York City. | Website

The Cathedral was originally designed by architect James Renwick Jr as the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of New York. A breathtaking sight of soaring columns, brilliant stained-glass windows and sculptures, this international landmark is the icon of Catholic faith.

Chapel open Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm (gift shop closes at 4:45 pm), Sunday 7 am-6 pm.

World Trade Center Site and National September 11 Memorial and Museum | 1 Albany St, at Greenwich Street (subway line 4, 5, J or Z to Fulton Street; A or C to Broadway-Nassau; E to Chambers Street; 2 or 3 to Park Place; R to City Hall), Manhattan, New York City. | Website

The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere - a 1,776 foot high slender structure made of glass and steel, its distinctive spire is a dominate feature of the New York skyline. Set inside the contemplative Memorial Plaza ( an 8-acre site composed of a grove of nearly 400 white oak trees, and the largest man-made waterfalls in the United States.) is the official memorial; a touching display of national grief and a tribute to the 2,977 people who lost their lives in the 2001 attacks. The museum, tells the story of 9/11 through interactive technology, archives, narratives and a collection of artifacts. 

9/11 Memorial 
Daily, 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

9/11 Memorial Museum
Sun.–Thu., 9 a.m.–8 p.m. with last entry* at 6 p.m.
Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m.–9 p.m. with last entry* at 7 p.m. 

9/11 Memorial Museum Special Holiday Hours
Sunday, December 30, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

To make the most of your visit, consider buying a CityPASS. Save 42 percent on 9/11 Memorial Museum admission, plus five top New York City attractions within 9 days with New York CityPASS.

Choose from top attractions and institutions including:

  • 9/11 Memorial Museum

  • Empire State Observatory

  • American Museum of Natural History

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck or Guggenheim Museum

  • Statue of Liberty

  • Ellis Island or Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises 

With CityPASS, you’ll skip most ticket lines, too. CityPASS for adults is $126 and $104 for children (ages 6–17). Website.

See & Do Museums…

Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust | Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place (subway line 1 to South Ferry; R to Whitehall Street-South Ferry; 4 or 5 to Bowling Green), Manhattan, New York City. | Website

A harrowing but crucial education about painful lessons learnt from the past. The institution offers intellectually rigorous and engaging exhibitions, programs, and educational resources on Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.

Hours: Sunday - Tuesday 10 am-5:45 pm.

Phone: 646 437 4202

Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd Street (subway line 4, 5 or 6 to 86th
Street), Manhattan, New York City.
| Website

If you only have time to visit one museum during your stay, make sure its the M, displaying over 5,000 years of art from around the world, in more than 3 million works of art. It showcases one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian art outside of Cairo, Islamic Art galleries, and the Greco-Roman gallery of which contains some of the most important sculptures in the world. Not to mention fabulous works by Vermeer, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Degas, Gauguin and Van Gogh.  

Hours: Open Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday 10 am-5:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-9 pm.

Phone: 212 535 7710

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | 1071 Fifth Ave., at 89th Street (subway line 4, 5 or 6 to
86th Street), Manhattan, New York City

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum structure alone is a work of art. Best experienced by taking an elevator to the top, work your way down the spiraling gallery corridors and gawk at its daring art shows and unique collection. Holdings include Chagall's
Green Violinist, Picasso's Woman Ironing and Kandinsky's Composition 8.

Hours: Open daily except Thursday 10 am-5:45 pm (Saturday until 7:45 pm) Open daily in 2019.

Phone: 212 423 3500