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Our Top 10 NY Attractions


  1. The MoMA –  The BEST!  Located on 53rd between 5th and 6th.  There will hardly be a painting that you don’t recognize!  It’s like opening up an art book.  Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, and lots of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Picasso’s are just a few favorites.
  2. Central Park – Enter from the Southeast corner (by FAO Schwartz and the Plaza Hotel- 59th and5th Ave) and walk by the zoo.  Then, cut across to the middle of the park and walk straight north (up) to the Boathouse restaurant.  Have a glass of overpriced wine (totally worth it) on the deck and watch the row boats, fountains, street performers, etc.  Then continue directly west and go to The Castle.  Beautiful views!  Make your way back to the center either by backtracking, or try the different maze trails.  You aren’t even half way up through the park, but this is our favorite sort of “day in the park.”
  3. Union Square Farmer’s Market – Open every day except Sunday.  In Union Square (14th and Park Ave).  Take the 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R and W trains to get there.  There are TONS of treats for sale at the market.  The neighboring area is also interesting to explore.  Don’t miss the Lychee Martinis at the restaurant Republic.  Many other large and small interesting shops are there — Trader Joes (14th St.  between Park and 3rd avenues), Whole Foods, DSW and many others.
  4. The Strand – Just south of Union Square, on the corner of 12th St. & Broadway is the largest bookstore in New York.  According to their website they have 18 miles of books on three floors.  It opened in 1927 and is still owned by the same family.  It is the last survivor of Manhattan’s “Book Row.”
  5. Soho –  To the south of Union Square, Broadway will take you to SoHo (South of Houston Street, pronounced “How-ston” – seriously).  Great shopping, or window shopping for the mere mortals.  If you weave in and out of King St, Prince St, Spring St, and Broome St, you will see some of the most amazing, and EXPENSIVE, shops in NYC.  Check out the Prada store on Broadway, and for some YUMMY chocolates stop by either Maribelle’s (on Broome) or Vosges Haut- Chocolat (on Prince)!Many artists display their work along the SoHo streets — Broadway, Spring, Prince —  on weekends.  This is not your run of the mill tourist-trap art – some of the work is really, really good.
  6. 5th Avenue shopping!  Need I say more?!  Start around 34th St (the Empire State Building), and head up until you reach Central Park.  Also, take a little detour on 50th and check out Rockefeller Center.
  7. Times Square –  Stretches along Broadway and 7th Avenue from approximately 42nd to 50th streets.  It will be a zoo of tourists, but it’s one of New York’s  highlights!  At 3am it is as light, and often as crowded, as it is at 3pm.  Check out the giant Toys R Us with the indoor Carousel!  You may also notice some posturing between an M&M and a Hershey Kiss, underscoring the rivalry between the M&M World and the Hershey Store’s.  Also interesting are Dave and Busters or the ESPN Zone.  Word of advice- don’t eat at any chain restaurants-  they are a rip-off, and there are SO many fantastic restaurants in NYC.
  8. Broadway – At times Square and Surrounding it, is the Broadway theatre district.  However, the majority of the theatres “on Broadway” are in fact located on the side streets within a block or two from Broadway.  You can get ½ priced tickets for most Broadway shows at the half price ticket booth (located in the center of Times Square).
  9. Katharine Hepburn Garden – Just down the street from our appartment, on 47th street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, is a long and wide street block lined with flowers and benches.  The Garden is dedicated to Katharenie Heburn who used to live in the neighborhod and was an active member of the Turtle Bay Association.  The Garden commemorates her love for flowers and gardening.
  10. The United Nations–  Very interesting and much less noisy and crowded than other NY attractions.  The U.N. have their own post office and stamps, just like a separate country.  You can mail yourself a post card with one of their special stamps.  There is also an amazing gift shop.  Located on 1st Avenue around 47th street.


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