My Favorite New York City Attractions

Sight seeing in Manhattan

As an ex-New Yorker, I grew up in the heart of the city in the area of Chelsea.

I explored by foot and with my 10 speed bicycle many of the wonderful things that make Manhattan a dream for everyone wanting to see the sites that are shown in many of the movies and television shows over the years.

Here's my personal list of what to see and do when visiting Manhattan - New York City and the surrounding areas.

The heart of New York City for site seeing and explorers

I have prepared the following list to help travellers follow a sequential path that will take them from one side of the city, and around the entire city to save time. I'm sure that while doing this many will find things that will make them wander in different directions, so remember to add some flexible time to your total days of staying in the Big Apple.

Tips and clues to exploring New York City by foot, bus, and train

If its your first time in NY, then you will want to know that from about 14th street up to about 125th street the city is very nicely organized in square blocks with avenues running north to south and streets east to west in a numbered order. This organization changes in the areas of lower and upper Manhattan.

From the southern tip where the ferry boats to Staten Island up to 14th street street, avenues and streets can intersect at different places as this is the historic section of old New York or New Amsterdam as it was known back then.

If you plan your excursion with extra time, then you can make use of the buses to see more of the city otherwise use the metro train system especially when transversing longer distances as it is much faster. As in many countries now, transportation passes are available for multiple daily and weekly trips. Do not try to use a car in New York for site seeing as you will only be wasting your time. Finally wear very comfortable shoes, preferably sneakers, because you will be doing miles or kilometers without knowing it.

Here is the Google Map link to most of the places listed under New York City.

Have a question, feel free to contact me.

Happy touring!

New York City, NY

Approx. time required in hours

Down Town - The Historic center of New York up to about 14th street

Tribute WTC Visitor Center half a day .5 to 1

National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center
walk-through 0.5

Trinity church walk-through 0.5

Wall Street walk-through 0.5

South Street Seaport walk-through 1

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum walk-through 2

World Trade Center area walk-through 1

The New York City Police Museum walk-through 2

Statue of Liberty half a day to day 2 to 4

Touring New York City via ports and waterways see below

China Town walk-by 2

Little Italy walk-by 2

Greenwich Village walk-through 2

Brooklyn Bridge walk-through .5 to 1

Down Town - West side, 14th up to 34th street

Chelsea Piers walk-through 2

Mid town - East side, 14th up to 34th street

Flatiron Building (First tallest building in the world) walk-by

Mid town - West side, 34th up to about 42th street

Madison Square Garden walk-through 0.5

Macy's walk-through

Empire State Building Observation Deck half a day 2 to 4

Mid town - West side, 42th up to about 59th street

Times Square walk-by 0.5

The Broadway Theater District walk-by 0.5

St. Patrick's Cathedral walk-through 0.5

Rockefeller Center walk-through 0.5

Radio City Music Hall walk-by 0.5

NBC Studio Tour walk-by 1 to 2

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) half a day 2 to 4

Top of the Rock half a day 1 to 2

Mid town - East side, 42th up to about 59th street

Grand Central Terminal and Station walk-through 1

New York Public Library walk-by 0.5

United Nations Plaza walk-through 1

Whitney Museum of American Art half a day to day 2 to 4

Mid town - West side, 57th up to about 72th street

Lincoln Center walk-by 0.5

Carnegie Hall walk-by 0.5

American Museum of Natural History half a day to day 2 to 8

Hayden Planetarium half a day 2 to 4

Mid town - East to West side, 57th up to about 72th street

Central Park - Great Lawn walk-by 1 to 2

The Model Boat House and Lake walk-by 1 to 2

The Central Park Zoo walk-by 1 to 2

Roosevelt Island Tramway walk-by 1 to 2

Mid town - East side, 59th up to about 72th street

Central Park - Cleopatra's Needle walk-by 0.5

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum half a day 2 to 4

The Metropolitan Museum of Art half a day 2 to 4

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
walk-through 0.5

Uptown, 96th up to about 181th street

El Museo del Barrio walk-through

Dwyer Cultural Center walk-through

Grace Church walk-through

Museum of the City of New York walk-by

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum walk-through

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine walk-through 0.5

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens half a day 1 to 2

Grant's Tomb (General Grant National Memorial) half a day 1 to 2

The Hispanic Society of America walk-through

The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational and Cultural Center walk-through

The Studio Museum in Harlem walk-through

Van Cortlandt House Museum walk-through

Other Attractions in and about New York City

New York City via its waterways via  Ferry

Statue of Liberty half a day to day

Ellis Island and Ellis Island Immigration Museum half a day to day

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises half a day to day

Clipper City Tall Ship Cruises half a day to day

Manhattan By Sail half a day to day


Coney Island half a day to day 2 to 4

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens half a day to day 2 to 4

The Bronx

Bronx Zoo half a day 2 to 4

Yankee Stadium walk-by 0.5

City Island


The World Fair Grounds of 1966 - New York Hall of Science half a day 1 to 2

Astoria half a day 1 to 2

Long Island (car suggested, approx. 3 hours from NYC, a day to 2 days)

Montauk Point, 125 miles out on the Atlantic Ocean

Montauk Point Light


Stony Brook

Oheka Castle

Staten Island

half a day to day

Historic Richmond Town walk-through

Fort Wadsworth walk-through

The Noble Maritime Collection walk-through

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