#01 Statue of Liberty

There’s no greater symbol of the American dream than the magnificent statue that graces New York Harbor.

#02 Empire State Building

Still the most original and elegant skyscraper of them all.

#03 Metropolitan Museum of Art

You could easily spend a whole day (or week or month) at the Met, exploring everything from Egyptian artefacts to modern masters.

#04 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The pools in the buildings’ footprints and museum artefacts, including the Last Column, can’t help but stir emotion.

#05 Grand Central Terminal

Hit up the shops, throw back some oysters and gawk at the celestial ceiling above the majestic concourse.

#06 Baseball

A summertime treat: enjoy a hot dog, a cold beer and America’s pastime in the Yankees’ or Mets’ homes – or for a more intimate experience, see a Cyclones game in Coney Island.

#07 Museum of Modern Art

Simply put, MoMA holds the most comprehensive collection of modern art in the world, curated in a breathtaking setting of glass atriums and statuary.

#08 Fine dining, food trucks and food halls

After splashing out at a celebrity chef spot, save some cash – and still eat like a king – at one of the city’s mobile trucks or upstart food halls.

#09 Rockefeller Center

If anywhere can truly claim to be the centre of New York, this stylish piece of twentieth- century urban planning is it.

#10 Live jazz

New York’s jazz scene is vibrant, but Harlem is first choice for characterful venues and late-night jam sessions.

#11 Bar hopping in Williamsburg

Haute food, house-made bitters, vintage arcade games, a beer or three at a beloved local brewery – it all adds up to a night of good fun.

#12 The Frick Collection

He may have been a ruthless coal baron, but Henry Frick’s eye for art and the elegance of his collection’s setting make this one of the city’s best galleries.

#13 Brooklyn Bridge

Take the less-than-a-mile walk across the bridge to see beautiful views of the downtown skyline and Harbour Islands.

#14 Brooklyn Flea

An array of funky crafts, clothes and antique vendors coupled with local food purveyors has made this weekend event (and its food-only spinoff, Smorgasburg) an institution.

#15 The High Line

This plant-filled Chelsea walkway offers a unique perspective on the city below and on the power of progressive urban renewal.

#16 Central Park

The city’s most beloved swathe of green: take a boat ride, watch Shakespeare in the Park or enjoy a picnic after a morning spent museum-hopping.

#17 Staten Island Ferry

Savour Manhattan’s skyline and the Statue of Liberty from a boat’s-eye view – absolutely free.

#18 Long Island City art

MoMA PS1 is the focal point, but there are cool smaller galleries and, on the periphery, a funky sculpture park.

#19 Coney Island

Ride on classics like the Wonder Wheel or Cyclone, or on the new Thunderbolt, high above the boardwalk, for a seaside thrill.

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