#01 Statue of Liberty

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

Things to do: Statue of Liberty, New York, USA.© Victoria Lipov/Shutterstock 

#02 Empire State Building

Still the most original and elegant skyscraper of them all.

Things to do in New York City: New York City. Manhattan downtown skyline, Empire State Building and skyscrapers. USA.© Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock

#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.

Things to do: Egyptian sphinx in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.© Dmitry Br/Shutterstock

#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.

The Memorial Wall, located at FDNY Engine 10 Ladder 10, directly across from the World Trade Center site© Federica Violin/Shutterstock

#05 Grand Central Terminal

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

Things to do: Main hall Grand Central Terminal, New York, USA.© Paper Cat/Shutterstock 

#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.

Things to do: Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, Baseball field, New York, USA.© Ulrich Mueller/Shutterstock 

#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.

Things to do: Hanging art fixture in MOMA, New York, USA.© Marla E/Shutterstock 

#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.

#08 Fine dining, food trucks and 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.

#09 Rockefeller Center

#10 Live jazz

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

Things to do: Saxophone playing, New York, USA.© Laurentlesax/Shutterstock 

#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.

#11 Bar hopping in Williamsburg

#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.

#12 The Frick Collection

#13 Brooklyn Bridge

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

Brooklyn Bridge walk©  Songquan Deng/Shutterstock

#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.

Things to do in New York City: New York Brooklyn flea market flea market. USA.© Yaroslava_Maltseva/Shutterstock

#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.

Things to do: High Line, New York, USA.© Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

#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.

Things to do: Central Park, New York, USA.© T photography/Shutterstock 

#17 Staten Island Ferry

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

Things to do: Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty, New York, USA.© Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock 

 

#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.

Things to do: Ferry dock at the Long Island Terminal, New York, USA.© Eric Urquhart/Shutterstock 

#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.

#19 Coney Island

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