The High Line
A long-abandoned elevated freight rail line running along the spine of West Chelsea has been transformed into one of the most innovative — and popular — urban parks in the world.
The Staten Island Ferry
Still the best bargain in town. The free ride across New York Harbor and back affords breathtaking views of the Downtown skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
Take a free ferry from Downtown Manhattan to a former Coast Guard outpost, now entirely parkland.
While the Chinatowns in other cities become little more than tourist traps, New York’s has retained its vibrancy, thanks to a constant influx of immigrants. Known for designer knockoffs and dozens of restaurants, it’s worth a trip just to take in the throbbing vitality on the jammed streets.
If you visit New York and don’t take in at least one Broadway show, you’ll regret it later. Most shows offer same-day deeply discounted tickets at the TKTS booth on Broadway and 47th Street.