For information on tours (guided or audio), purchasing
tickets and what you can expect to see during your visit, see the official
UN Website section on
planning your visit.
The United Nations Headquarters in New York is located
on First Avenue between 42nd Street and 48th Street.
Wall Street and the area surrounding it (the Financial District) represents the
center of investment activity and financial matters in the United States.
Home of the New York Stock Exchange (11 Wall Street - between New and Broad
Streets) and the NASDAQ, the Financial District offers little to see, but still attracts tourists
who want to see this center of economic power.
Many give the Financial District a quick look while on their way to
the nearby 9/11 Memorial at the site of ground zero and the World Trade
Starting at Battery Park and running along
Broadway until you reach the City Hall at Chambers Street is an area of New
York known as the "Canyon of the Heroes." This is where New York holds
its famous "ticker-tape" parades for those the city regards as
"Heroes" . Along the route, the sidewalks contain black granite
plaques listing the honorees of past parades.
Since its opening in 1891 Carnegie Hall has been regarded as one of the leading classical music
centers in the United States.
The facility has three active stages
(the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage, the Joan and
Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall and the Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall. The three
venues offer a wide variety of music and attending a concert at Carnegie
Hall is a treat. For more details see the
Carnegie Hall is located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.
We realize that many would argue that Lincoln Center is the leading
center for the performing arts, and that may be true - but there is
something magical about Carnegie Hall. If you want to see Lincoln
Center, home of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and
several noted ballet companies, it is a large complex of theaters bounded by
62nd Street on the south, 65th Street on the north, Amsterdam Avenue on the
west and Columbus Avenue on the east.
Yankee Stadium, home of the "Bronx Bombers" is located across the Harlem River,
which separates Manhattan from
the Bronx. If you are interested in attending a game during your visit to
New York, start at the official website of the
where you can find their schedule and information on attending a game.
Tickets can be arranged in a variety of manners, but see if the concierge of
your hotel can be of assistance. Note, you can also tour the stadium.
If interested, see this page of the official
New York Yankee's website.
The stadium is located at One East 161st Street in the Bronx, about 25
minutes by subway from Midtown, Manhattan.
The Bronx Zoo offers world-class exhibits such as the Congo Gorilla
Forest, The Wild Asia Monorail, Tiger Mountain and Madagascar! There is a
world of excitement here for children and those young at heart. Check the
official website for more information on the animals you can see during
your visit. Feeding sessions are always popular and the zoo provides a menu of
feedings that rotates daily. See the official website of the Bronx Zoo for
The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and a
half hour later on weekend and holidays. From November 1 to April 1 the zoo
closes at 4:30 p.m. The facility is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas,
New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Note some of the outdoor
attractions are closed in winter.
The Bronx Zoo is located at Fordham
Road and the Bronx River Parkway. Details on transportation can be
found at the Zoo's website.
The largest and
oldest Chinatown in the United States is located on the Lower East Side of
Manhattan and it is here that you can find numerous examples of Chinese
culture. Chinatown is bounded (approximately) by Delancey on the north, Worth Street
on the south, Essex Street on
the east and Broadway on the west. Canal Street, east of Broadway
at its intersection with Walker and Baxter Streets, will put you
in the heart of Chinatown.
The New York Magazine
Guide to Chinatown has details on what you can find to do and
recommendations for places to eat in this interesting section of New
Although still popular with tourists, Little Italy is now a shadow
of its former self, but if you want a taste of the Old World, this may be
the section of the city for you.. See the official website of Manhattan’s
District for information on where you can eat, as well as what there is
to see and do.
To the west of Broadway, south of 14th Street and
surrounding Washington Square Park, the Village has a long history of art
and bohemian lifestyles.
Greenwich Village was the center of the Beat Generation (Jack Kerouac, Allen
Ginsberg and others) in the United states in the 1950s. However, today’s more gentrified Village remains an attraction for
many, perhaps because it is home to many of the celebrities who prefer
to New York City. In addition, the Village is
well-regarded as the home to many off-Broadway
theaters and numerous venues for music (particularly jazz) and comedy.
See this website
(informative but not "official"), as it provides good coverage of “what’s
on” in the Village.
The Seaport and Pier 17 have become a popular
marketplace on the Lower Manhattan waterfront. Offering shops, concerts,
street performers and a friendly atmosphere, the Seaport is one of the
places to be in Manhattan. See the
website for details on what’s on and whether this is a stop for you.
The Seaport is normally open seven days a week. Although the area was
flooded by Hurricane Sandy, shops and restaurants have reopened. Sunday hours start at 11 a.m.
with closing at 6 p.m. The rest of the week the action starts at 10 a.m.
and ends at 7 p.m. Location, Fulton and South Streets, Pier 17.
SEA-PORT for information of what's open when.
Another good reason to visit the South Street Seaport
is to take a cruise on the Circle Line to see the New York Harbor from the
If you want a great view of the Statue of Liberty, New York's skyscrapers or
the Brooklyn Bridge, your best view might just be from one of the many
Circle Line cruises. See the
website for details on the cruises available, their pricing and
schedules. Most Circle Line cruises depart from Pier 16 at South
Although Coney Island is long past its prime, it continues to attract visitors
nostalgic for an old-time amusement park. If you are looking for a piece of the
past and any number of places to have a tasty New York hot dog (including Nathan's),
Coney Island may be just the ticket for you. By the way, Coney Island is a
collection of rides and attractions, rather than a unified theme park,
In essence, there is no general admission ticket and you pay for the rides
Located on a peninsula at the southern end of Brooklyn, Coney Island can be
reached by train or bus from Manhattan in about an hour. The park is open
seasonally, usually between Easter and Labor Day. Due to damage by
Hurricane Sandy and a planned renovation, Coney Island may not open until
Memorial Day 2013.
See the unofficial website of
Island for information on visiting and hours of operation.
New York's famous Saint
Patrick's Day Parade is held annually on March 17, except when the date falls
on a Sunday and is the parade is held the day before. The Parade usually
starts at 11 a.m. and marches along Fifth Avenue from approximately 44th
Street to 86th Street.
See the official website of
Patrick's Day Parade for details on attending.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (yes, it is held on Thanksgiving Day)
traditionally begins at 77th Street and Central Park West, passes down 7th
Avenue through the Times Square area and eventually terminating at 34th Street
and 7th Avenue, near Macy's Herald Square.
For 2012 it has been proposed that the Parade will turn on 6th Avenue
instead, bypassing Times Square and its hotels, which are prime, warm, viewing
platforms for observing the parade. Needless to say, the proposed change is being
hotly debated in New York.
Check local websites for details on the actual parade route or Google
"Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Speaking of Macy's - Herald Square, the store's Christmas window unveiling
usually occurs in mid-November, followed later in the month by the opening of
its Santaland on the 8th floor. Both events are a delight for kids of
and you should take advantage of the opportunity to see the store, if visiting New
York in November or December.
Tickets for the National TV shows originating in New York are
extremely popular and the free tickets to
attend a taping are often
difficult to acquire due to the high demand (particularly for Saturday Night Live).
If you plan
on being in New York and want to see one of these shows, attempt to reserve your
tickets as far in advance as possible. Note, we used the phrase
"attempt to reserve your tickets", as many of the shows award their tickets
based on a lottery.
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