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Things to do in New York

From the 70th floor, Top of the Rock gives panoramic views of Manhattan's skyscrapers. Midtown is home to ornate Grand Central Terminal and Downtown has crowded Canal Street in Chinatown. On the Upper East Side, locals rollerblade through Central Park, browse art at the white-spiralled Guggenheim and heritage at the Jewish Museum. Walk over Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn, home to Egyptian statues at Brooklyn Museum. Most museums open daily, with free entry on Friday evening. Some close on Monday.

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International Center of Photography, New York. © International Center of Photography
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International Center of Photography

World's best photographers

Manhattan's spacious International Center of Photography's huge permanent collection spans photographic history from early gelatin silver to digital colour prints. Other exhibits include illustrated magazines published between World Wars I and II, and classics by Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Smith.



Cost

US$12; concessions US$8; under-12s free

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (until 8pm Fri)

Address

1133, Sixth Avenue (at 43rd Street), New York City 10036

Telephone

+1 212 857 0000

Transport

42nd Street or Times Square subway

Website

International Center of Photography Website

Museum of Modern Art, New York. Courtesy of Timothy Hursley, 2007
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Contemporary creations

Revamped in 2004 by Yoshio Taniguchi, MoMA's spacious and skylit Manhattan galleries contain the world's finest collection of 20th-century art. After browsing Léger's oils, Giacometti's sculpture and Schiele's drawings, watch a classic movie in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theatres.



Cost

US$20; concessions US$12; under 16s free

Opening Hours

Wed-Mon 10.30am-5.30pm (Fri until 8pm)

Address

11, West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York City 10019

Telephone

+1 212 708 9400

Transport

Fifth Avenue/53rd Street subway

Website

Museum of Modern Art Website

Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York. © Jeff Greenberg, NYC & Company, Inc
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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Honouring the immigrants

In the Statue of Liberty's shadow, Ellis Island Immigration Museum honours the 12 million immigrants who landed here from countless countries, between 1892 and 1954. Photographs, archives and interviews tell their heart-rending stories of hope.



Cost

Free; ferry US$12; concessions US$10; children US$5

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-5.15pm

Address

Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, New York City 10004

Telephone

+1 212 363 3206 (info); +1 212 269 5755 (boat schedules)

Transport

Access to the island is by the Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry, which leaves from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and from Liberty State Park in New Jersey

Website

Ellis Island Website

Jewish Museum, New York. © Peter Aaron/Esto
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Jewish Museum

Cultural and historical collection

Housed in the ornate 1908 Warburg Mansion on the Upper East Side, the Jewish Museum includes over 28,000 paintings, religious icons and interactive installations. One of the best displays, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, illustrates the impact of history on Jewish culture.



Cost

US$12; concessions US$10; under-12s free

Opening Hours

Thu-Tue 11am-5.45pm

Address

1109, Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York City 10128

Telephone

+1 212 423 3200

Transport

86th Street subway

Website

Jewish Museum Website

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York. Courtesy of NYC & Company Inc, © Susana Pashko
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Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

Extraordinary arts

A white spiral building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is an architectural icon on Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile. World-famous contemporary art includes exhibits by Kandinsky, Picasso and Chagall, and there are regular temporary exhibitions.



Cost

US$18; concessions US$15; under-12s free

Opening Hours

Sun-Wed & Fri 10am-5.45pm; Sat 10am-7.45pm

Address

1071, Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York City 10128 0173

Telephone

+1 212 423 3500

Transport

86th Street subway

Website

Guggenheim Museum Website

Brooklyn Museum, New York. Photo by Adam Husted
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Brooklyn Museum

World history and art

The renowned Brooklyn Museum gets all New Yorkers travelling to the suburbs for its five floors of exhibits, which include ancient Egyptian statues, feminist art and American paintings. The museum hosts free concerts the first Saturday of every month.



Cost

Suggested donation: US$10; concessions US$6; under-12s free

Opening Hours

Wed-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun 11am-6pm

Address

200, Eastern Parkway (at the corner of Washington Avenue), New York City 11238

Telephone

+1 718 638 5000

Transport

Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum subway

Website

Brooklyn Museum Website

Grand Central Station, New York. Photo by Frank English, courtesy of Metro-North Railroad
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Grand Central Terminal

Iconic train station

The Beaux Arts Grand Central Terminal in Midtown gleams with its gold-leaf ceiling of the main concourse, the iconic four-faced brass clock and marble staircase. There's also a selection of restaurants and bars here.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 5.30am-1.30am

Address

200, Park Avenue (at 42nd Street), New York City 10022

Telephone

+1 212 340 2345

Transport

Grand Central subway

Website

Grand Central Website

Central Park, New York. Courtesy of Central Park Conservancy
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Central Park

City's green lung

Manhattan's vast Central Park, over 2.5 miles long, would take several days to explore fully. Locals love ice-skating in winter, boating in summer and cycling or rollerblading all year. Other relaxing places include the secluded conservatory and the Victorian Belvedere Castle.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 6am-1am

Address

59th Street to 110th Street, (between 5th Avenue & Central Park West), New York City 10022

Telephone

+1 212 360 3444

Transport

Columbus Circle subway

Website

Central Park Website

New York Public Library, New York. Photo by Peter Aaron/Esto
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New York Public Library

Bibliophiles' heaven

Guarded by huge marble lions Patience and Fortitude, the Beaux Arts New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue has scholarly volumes for reference only and temporary exhibitions. Look upwards in the gallowed Rose Main Reading Room to see the restored ceiling murals, lit up by 18 chandeliers.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Mon-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri 8am-8pm; Sat & Sun 10am-6pm

Address

5th Avenue & 42nd Street, New York City 10018-2788

Telephone

+1 917 275 6975

Transport

42nd Street and Sixth Avenue subway

Website

New York Public Libraries Website

Brooklyn Bridge, New York. Courtesy of Emma Levine
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Brooklyn Bridge

Suspension bridge to Manhattan

An iconic 1595-foot suspension bridge, completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge links Brooklyn to Manhattan over the East River. Chunky cables, steel girders and views make a wonderful walk, especially towards Manhattan's skyline. Walk, cycle or rollerblade across its wooden platform.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

24 hours daily

Address

New York City 11201

Telephone

+1 212 442 7000

Transport

City Hall (Manhattan side) or High Street (Brooklyn side) subway

Website

New York City Department of Transportation Website

Website

New York City Department of Transportation Website

Canal Street, Chinatown, New York. Photo by Darren McGee, courtesy of NYS DED
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Canal Street, Chinatown

Oriental market and mayhem

The eastern half of Canal Street is the hub of busy Chinatown and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. It comes alive here at the weekend market, when stall holders set up to sell pork dumplings and buckets of live eels, and hawkers their fake designer goods.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Most stores open 10am-8pm

Address

China Town, New York City 10013

Transport

Canal Street subway

Staten Island Ferry, New York. Courtesy of CleanPix, © NYC & Company Inc
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Staten Island Ferry

Harbour views

Not just any commuter trip: the half-hour journey on the passenger ferry between Manhattan and Staten Island traverses New York's busy harbour, offering views of the Statue of Liberty. Ride the return trip towards Manhattan for sunset views of the city.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 24 hours

Address

1, Whitehall Street (at South Street), Battery Park, New York City 10004

Telephone

311 (from New York); +1 212 639 9675 (outside New York)

Transport

1, 4, 5, N, R subway lines as well as the M1, M6 and M15 bus lines

Website

New York City Department of Transportation Website

Website

New York City Department of Transportation Website

Mother AME Zion Church, New York. Courtesy of Mother AME Zion Church
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Mother AME Zion Church

Gospel chapel and song

For an uplifting Sunday, join the gospel singing by both congregation and choir at the Mother AME Zion Church, perfectly capturing Harlem's spirit. This was New York's first black church, established in 1796, and gave shelter to escaped slaves, including Frederick Douglass.



Cost

Free (donation suggested)

Opening Hours

Services: Sun 11am-1pm; open other days for visits

Address

140-147, West 137th Street, Harlem, New York City 10030

Telephone

+1 212 234 1544

Transport

135th Street subway

Top of the Rock, New York. © Bart Barlow
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Top of the Rock

City-wide views

From the top of the iconic Art Deco Rockefeller Center's 70 floors there are 360-degree views of Manhattan. Reopened in 2005 after 20 years, the Empire State Building, Central Park, and Rockefeller ice-rink are visible from Top of the Rock.



Cost

US$21; concessions US$19; 6-12 year olds US$14

Opening Hours

Daily 8am-12am (last elevator 11pm)

Address

70/F 30, Rockefeller Plaza (entrance on 50th Street), between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York City 10112

Telephone

+1 212 332 6868

Transport

Rockefeller Center subway

Website

Top of the Rock Website

Russian & Turkish Baths, New York. © Russian & Turkish Baths
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Russian & Turkish Baths

Sauna and scrub

For a deep clean and reviving massage, the Russian & Turkish Baths in East Village has an old-world feel. Try the sizzling Russian sauna, ice-cold pool and Turkish steam room, followed by Dead Sea salt scrub.



Cost

All-day pass US$30 including sauna, steam & pool; treatments US$35-US$90

Opening Hours

Mon, Tue & Fri 12pm-10pm; Wed & Sun 2pm-10pm; Thu 5pm-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; women only Wed 10am-2pm; men only Thu 12pm-5pm; Sun 8am-2pm

Address

268, East 10th Street, (between 1st Avenue & Avenue A), New York City 10009

Telephone

+1 212 674 9250

Transport

1st Avenue and 14th Street subway

Website

Russian & Turkish Baths Website

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