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Ricky from Bandung, Indonesia asked

Things to do in NYC

Hi guys, I am travelling to NYC next month for 10 days with my family. I am from Indonesia, and not familiar with the city. Any recommendation for must-visit places/foods/shopping in New York? I am also thinking to book a culinary tour from a website called verlocal. Any thoughts on that? Thank you, I really appreciate you guys help

New York City (New York)

8 Answers
answered by
Cheng from Singapore

If you enjoy shopping - plan to spend a day in Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

For a relaxing day - go to Central Park; great photo opportunities and a lovely place to have a walk 

Chelsea Market for fresh lobster at  a fairly affordable price and a great place to check out other food. Then from there, take a walk on the High Line Park which is a park that was converted from old railway tracks in New York and you'll get a feeling like you are walking amongst the buildings. 

My personal favourite is going to Brooklyn...if you are there at the right season they have outdoor weekend markets like Smorgasburg. So go google and check it out. 

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  2. Central Park (attraction)
  3. Chelsea Market (attraction)
  4. High Line Park (attraction)
  5. Brooklyn (neighborhood)
answered by
Tracy from Greensboro

For places to visit, you can always do the Empire State Bldg, but I really like going to the Top of The Rock  If you go between 7am and 10am you can see them film the Today  Show on the plaza. There might even be  a one of the major artists free summer concerts on a Friday. Bills Burgers is a good quick and not expensive  meal right next to 30 Rock (Rockefeller Ctr)Near that is St. Patrick's Cathedral and Central Park.The park is beautiful and large. The is a zoo, pond and fields,etc. Do not walk in park at night.You can shop on Fifth ave. and have High tea at The Plaza. The American Museum of Natural History and the The Metropolitan Museum of Art,Guggenheim and the Metropolitan museum of Art (The Met) are all interesting. The Hell's Kitchen( it is a nice area,old name) neighborhood has great restaurants and different price ranges.The Ground Zero Museum Workshoparea is a very moving visit.  While in lower NYC you can go to Battery Park and take the ferry to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where all the immigrants came through. You can walk down Wall Street Plazaand see the famous bull but there isn't much there besides it. The High Line Park is a nice walk It runs along an old train line. Try and take in a play on Broadway. TKTS stand is in Time Square and you can wait in line to get discount tickets for that day's show. Have fun!

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  1. Empire State Bldg (attraction)
  2. Top of The Rock (attraction)
  3. St. Patrick's Cathedral (attraction)
  4. Central Park (attraction)
  5. The Plaza (hotel)
  6. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (attraction)
  8. Hell's Kitchen (attraction)
  9. Ground Zero Museum Workshop (attraction)
  10. Battery Park (neighborhood)
  11. Statue of Liberty (attraction)
  12. Ellis Island (attraction)
  13. Wall Street Plaza (attraction)
  14. High Line Park (attraction)
answered by
Sean from Hudson Valley

Hello Ricky,

I believe one of the best ways to truly familiarize yourself with a place is to walk around it.  This gives you a real feel for the place you are visiting.  Fortunately, New York is a good city for walking, with an extensive public transit system.

Another nice thing about exploring a new place on foot is that it can be rather inexpensive, as it allows you to control what you choose to spend your money on. 

Among the many inexpensive things to do in New York are, visiting many of the historic neighborhoods, such as Greenwich VillageSoHoGarment District and what's left of Little Italy

.ake a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, or the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty

A trip to the American Museum of Natural History  can be quite enjoyable.  This is especially true if the weather is inclement.

If the weather is nice, though, there's always Battery Park and the River Walk Bar & Grill.

Eventually, everyone that goes to New York visits Times Square

Probably the best free thing in New York is Central Park. Even if you just take a short stroll through it, it's worth the visit. The park itself has many an attraction, including the lake, the Central Park Zoo, and many pleasant walking trails.  There are walking tours and bicycle tours available, and of course, you can do it on your own.

Another popular, and free attraction is a walk over the Brooklyn Bridgeis not only a good place to visit on a trip to New York City, Brooklyn can be a destination in, and of itself.  For about the last ten years Brooklyn has been on the rise. It's now a splendid mixture of traditional "ethnic" neighborhoods and newer, hipper enclaves. Take a look at Wikipedia's entry for Brooklyn and you'll find a rundown on the various ethnicities in various sections of town. It's in these places you'll find some great food.

 There is a great deal of history in Brooklyn;  as there is in Manhattan  It has a populous that is fiercely proud, with an independent spirit. Younger and less gentrified than Manhattan, Brooklyn has a lot to offer, with a fresher, more original attitude, and quite often at more reasonable price.

Getting back and forth between Manhattan and Brooklyn is easy. There are numerous subway stops that will take you there, and the system is fairly east to navigate. This is always my preferred way to travel. It's free from the problems of surface traffic, and less expensive than a cab.

Several bus lines cross the East River between the two locations, and of course, taxis are always an option.

I have to be honest, I have never heard of the website verlocal.  However, if you are looking for an authentic New York dining experience consider eating a Katz's Deli  It is Located on the corner of Houston and Ludlow. Open since 1888, it's one of the last real delis in New York City. If you've ever seen the film "When Harry Met Sally", it's where Meg Ryan's famous scene was filmed. It still serves the best Pastrami, anywhere!

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  1. Greenwich Village (neighborhood)
  2. SoHo (neighborhood)
  3. Garment District (attraction)
  4. Little Italy (attraction)
  5. Staten Island Ferry (attraction)
  6. Statue of Liberty (attraction)
  7. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  8. Battery Park (attraction)
  9. River Walk Bar & Grill (restaurant)
  10. Times Square (attraction)
  11. Central Park (attraction)
  12. Central Park Zoo (attraction)
  13. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  14. Katz's Deli (attraction)
answered by
Fritzi from San Francisco

How lucky to have 10 days to discover NYC. There are so many great things to see and do. First get a transit pass, 7 days and 3 days unlimited all access subways and buses. Either you can zip around town underground, or sightsee by taking different bus routes. My favorite is going downtown on the Fifth ave bus. 


NYC has many world class museums, such as the The Metropolitan Museum of ArtMuseum of Modern ArtThe Frick CollectionMorgan Library and Museum ShopAmerican Museum of Natural History.


There are also epic buildings to visit, like Grand Central TerminalNew York Public Library - Mid-Manhattan LibrarySt. Patrick's CathedralSt James Cathedral Pavilion.


Central Park is famous, as is the High Line Park


I recommend you explore by neighborhood, "uptown" (residential) 

Midtown, business, downtown, the east and west village, SoHo, Chinatown and the financial district. 


For very little money, about $6 you can order a guidebook online from the NYC Visitirs bureau. It will detail all the seasonal free events, concerts and street fairs. There is so much going on there you will be amazed at the many choices. 


If you want a human guide I have a very good friend living in Brooklyn who might spend some time with you. She is a social Native New Yorker. 


Have a great trip.

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answered by
Chelsy from Los Angeles

Plus, you can look up Famous Fat Dave Food tours. AMAZING Look him up on facebook or

Funnest I ever have in NYC And I've been many times!

High Line Park (start up around 30th and work down to 16 15th st, bit of a walk) is great and if you walk in the right direction will take you to Chelsea Market Everything at your fingertips and have a treat or lunch

Otherwise, soooo much to do

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  2. Chelsea Market (attraction)
answered by
Dave from Houston

My absolute favorite place in NYC is the departure lounge at La Guardia airport. Thats because I always feel like I've been robbed there. Prices are so high and people are so rude. 

However, its not all bad. The Metropolitan Museum is a real treat and some of the restaurants are among the world's best. Google for Chef David Bouley. I think the may have moved and renamed his restaurant but you will dine in style and have a memorable meal if you look him up.

There is a neighborhood called Greenwich Village that is laid back with a lot of casual restaurants. It is one friendly oasis in NYC with (some) affordable prices. 

The least expensive fun thing to do is ride the Staten Island Ferry back and forth. That gets you out on the water with a great view of the Statue of Liberty.

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answered by
Anna from Athens

Hello Ricky! I have written a two part guide on NYC on my blog and I'm linking it here for you. The first part is about sightseeing and museums and the second one about shopping, eating and generally exploring the city.

As for the culinary tour, I don't know...I personally wouldn't do it. You can always visit Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District, next to the hyped Highline and new Whitney Museum and find a lot of different kinds of food.

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answered first by
Heather Ann from Stamford, Connecticut

how much do you want to spend for food?  There are some wonderful but expensive restaurants in nyc and then there are some moderate and fun restaurants

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