The Stonewall Inn bar in lower Manhattan was the site of the Stonewall Riots in , considered a transformative event for the gay liberation movement, when members of the LGBTQ community demonstrated against one of the police department's regular raids. The building has been occupied by many other businesses over the years, but the Stonewall Inn returned for good in and has remained a popular nightlife spot for its live music, trivia nights, drag and cabaret shows, as well as historical significance.
It is now a federally recognized national landmark. The largest mausoleum in the United States is located in Harlem. The Gen. Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial houses the remains of our 18th president and his wife, Julia.
Admission is free, and that includes entrance to the memorial and the visitor center, and to all ranger-led programs. While there, take time to reflect on the memorial's simple quote: Let us have peace. Keeping track of the latest deals and free or cheap events in the Big Apple is a never-ending process.
Cheapism may earn a commission if you buy through a link on our site. Sign up for our newsletter. To heat up your next date. Tuck yourselves into one of the cushy benches and toast your intimate, globe-trotting evening. A 1,foot-high-observation deck atop 20 Hudson Yards that opens in March To take in panoramic views of the entire city on a 7,square-foot triangular platform.
The world's most famous green space. With its top-flight sound system, sophisticated menu and deeply chill vibes, Nowadays is a slice of Neverland for club kids. If you want to see the production that kicked off the immersive theater craze in New York, look no further than this long-running hit which spans multiple floors of the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea.
Glossies of celebs spanning the past century crowd the walls at this throwback Lower East Side gem. Snag it if you can. A true feat of 19th century engineering and arguably the one walk every local and visitor must take. And you'll hear no arguments from us. Designed by original starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright, it's arguably the only New York museum that shows art inside a work of art. Don't miss : What makes the building a global icon is its stunning interior rotunda and oculus.
After years of legislation and major landscaping, the community group Friends of the High Line was able to morph the former elevated train line into a public space back in Now, people walking along the 1. Kings County still reigns supreme when it comes to venues where you can rock out, as this year-old staple attests. Run by promoter Bowery Presents, MHOW outpost is basically a mirror image of similarly sized Bowery Ballroom, one upping its polished Manhattan counterpart with improved sightlights—including elevated areas on either side of the room—and a bit more breathing room.
During morning hours? Absolutely not. The fact is that we do this weekend wakeup must—or afternoon stomach-padder, depending on how last night went—better than anyone. And although Tal Bagels provides by no means the most calming bagel experience in New York—for that, head to High Street on Hudson or Sadelle's—OG New Yorkers know that they're best eaten hunched over on park bench or at a bagelry counter top anyway.
And we can't think of a better spot than this. Still hungry? Momentarily forget all your grievances towards the MTA, and sneak a look at the fancy old City Hall train station from , which boasts tiled ceilings, brass fixtures, and skylights. Thursday night is opening night for galleries, meaning you can hop around from place to place, pretend you know things about art, and drink plenty of free wine in the process. Prepare for a vodka-fueled night of dancing, acrobatics, and far more borscht than you knew you wanted.
While the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular is certainly a viable option, plenty of your favorite Spotify-friendly artists should also lure you into a red velvet seat at this classic theater. There are a number of reasons you should be hanging out uptown, chief among them: listening to live music in the neighborhood where modern jazz truly came into its own. The bridge originates from the 17th century although was completely rebuilt in and with the last major renovation in Only cyclists and pedestrians can cross the bridge.
For maximum charm factor come here at night to see the bridge illuminated by 1, light bulbs. The National Maritime Museum Scheepvaart Museum in Amsterdam has an impressive inner courtyard with a spectacular glass roof.
The roof consists of some 1, glass pieces and the pattern was inspired by compass roses from old nautical maps. At Kattenburgerplein 1. Sunday Market is a funky free market event in Amsterdam held every first Sunday of the month at Westergas between The stalls are a mix of food, fashion, art, design and kids stuff with some live music thrown in.
Westergas is at Haarlemmerweg in west Amsterdam. These are held in the building foyer with the doors opening at and the shows running The venue is at Amstel 3 near Waterlooplein.
The area known as De Wallen is a haven of red-lit prostitute windows, coffeeshops, peep shows etc attracting a raucous crowd of revellers, party groups and a few shady characters. If visiting do keep your wits about you and watch out for pickpockets. In the council has banned guided tour groups from visiting the area.
There are also a couple of red-light related sculptures in the church square. There is also a bronze bust pun intended of a hand touching a breast embedded into the paving stones and donated to the city by an anonymous artist. The most well known canals are the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel.
Cycling is deeply ingrained into the Dutch psyche and Amsterdam is home to nearly , bikes. Just outside of Central Station you will find the fietsflat , a 3-storey cycle parking facility which can hold up to 2, bikes. You are free to walk up the ramps to get your artistic fill of Amsterdam cycling photo opportunities.
Hop on the free 15 minute ferry to NSDM-wharf , a former shipyard wharf area in north-west Amsterdam with a completely different vibe to the centre of Amsterdam. The shipyards themselves closed in the s and the abandoned warehouses became a haven for artists, squatters and skaters. Take a free amble around Europe with a German Romantic house no. At just under 27m tall, De Gooyer is the tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands and has been standing there since , although the original construction dates back to the 16th century.
This British book chain has a large store in Amsterdam with 4 floors and an excellent selection of titles from the UK. Located at at Kalverstraat near Spui. You are free to enter the imposing building which has a 58m high dome, impressive interior and stained glass windows.
A mass is held Mon-Sat at , in English on Tuesdays. You often find international street performers, mime artists, the occasional protesters and plenty of hungry pigeons vying for a good spot. Once again, be wary of pickpockets. For a view also see The monthly Monday Match usually the first Monday of the month at involves a musician and dancer teaming up for an on-the-spot improvisational performance.
There is free admission to any non-participating visitors who just want to watch. Bemelmans Bar. The Fat Radish. Courtesy The Fat Radish. Wave Hill. The Frick Collection.
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This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Madame Tussauds Madame Tussauds New York is a wax museum located near Times Square featuring five stories of attraction space and more than wax sculptures.
The figures range from historical and royal figures to musicians and famous actors. Madame Tussauds New York is one of the busiest and largest locations of this chain of museums in the United States. A new wax figure is released every few months. In addition to the wax figures, Madame Tussauds also features a 4D film that is great for families.
Bronx Zoo The Bronx Zoo is the largest zoo in the country and among the largest zoos worldwide. It comprises acres of park lands and habitats and the Bronx River flows through the park and enhances the naturalistic environment of the zoo. The zoo features several animal feeding sessions each day, including a sea lion and penguin feeding, as well as a 4D theater and carousel. The zoo offers a premium family membership that includes unlimited admission to four prominent New York City zoos as well as to the New York Aquarium.
The award-winning show received six Tony Awards in as well as more than 70 other major arts awards, including a Grammy Award. The 2. There is no dress code. Following the performance, some of the performers may be available near the stage door for autograph signing and they may even pose for photos. The theatre offers show merchandise for purchase. The carriages operate all year round and can be found along Central Park South between 5th and 6th avenues.
The horse-drawn carriage rides take guests past many of the most popular attractions in the park. Esther JuLee 25 Aug Reply. William R. Parks 2 Aug Reply. Awesome list, will save it. Thanks for sharing such informative post. Ethel Fleming 27 Jul Reply.
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Linzi Clark 12 May Reply. Wow — a very comprehensive list — thanks for sharing! Upscale hotels and a host of restaurants and clubs have opened, and Fourteenth Street has become a mecca for high-end fashion names like Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. A section of Hudson River Park serves the area for recreation and summer concerts and further development is planned for Piers 57 and 54, which will inspire even more activity.
Come to enjoy the amenities and to see firsthand how neighborhoods evolve in this ever-changing city. A campus green for NYU students, a family playground, a haven for chess players, and a stage for folk singers, musicians, and street performers, Washington Square is the heart of Greenwich Village and a chance to see many facets of New York at play.
It was redesigned as a park in , centered by a grand fountain. The park is an ideal starting point to explore the twisty lanes of Greenwich Village, filled with history and charm. Download a free self-guided tour here or here , or join the free guided tours sponsored by the Village Alliance on Saturdays at am from June through September.
The biggest reason to visit Union Square is the big colorful Greenmarket that fills half the park four days a week with over regional farmers and purveyors offering the best of farm fresh produce, artisanal cheeses and baked goods, flowers, and plants.
Saturday brings the most vendors. In holiday season, an added incentive is the enormous crafts market filling another section of the park, some red and white booths overflowing with gift ideas. The square itself is a National Historic Landmark, with a history dating to Mohandas Gandhi and Marquis de Lafayette.
December 24 to 4pm. The name says it all for this striking contemporary building, dedicated to showing the latest works by living artists. Rather than a permanent collection, the provocative exhibits are ever changing to reflect new ideas and new talents.
The museum hosts many special events, talks, and films, and initiates programs such as New Inc , which brings together professionals pursuing new forms in art as well as music, fashion, architecture, film, web development and performing arts. Wednesday to Sunday. The new galleries provide expanded exhibition space in a super-modern building that is intentionally raw, with exposed ceiling wires and unfinished columns, perhaps intended to fit its changing Bowery neighborhood.
Since the founding in by noted photographer Cornell Capa, ICP galleries have featured over exhibitions highlighting the work of more than 3, photographers, from past masters to emerging talents. New exhibits give full due to the growing role of video artists. Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, to 8pm Thursday. Developed in the late s, cast iron was found to have many advantages.
It could be economically mass produced into ornate facades that could be assembled on site and painted to resemble stone. Some of the finest cast-iron streetscapes are found on Greene Street, where some 50 buildings dating from to are found on five cobble-stoned blocks. Another site of note is the elegant Haughwout Building at the corner of Broadway and Broome streets.
The cast iron era waned with the development of steel that allowed for taller buildings, and galleries that once made SoHo an art mecca have been priced out and replaced by shopping.
Take a break from city sights at Chelsea Piers, where once defunct piers on the Hudson River have been transformed into a acre sports complex. The mile-long riverfront esplanade offers wonderful views serves as a departure point for many enjoyable boat rides. Especially recommended are the informative Classic Harbor Lines architectural tours leaving from pier 62, circling Manhattan aboard a s yacht with guides from the American Institute of Architects.
Exercise facilities include a golf driving range, bowling alley, indoor ice skating and a summer skate park. The Field House, which serves many leagues and classes, offers a selection of Drop-In Programs between scheduled sessions. These include batting cages, soccer fields, basketball courts, a gymnastics area, and a rock wall. Check what is open when you visit. Day camp activities mean that drop-ins are only available after during summer months. From the Empire State Building on 34th Street to the start of Central Park at 59th, this broad avenue is literally the center of Manhattan, the dividing line between East and West addresses and home to a host of architectural and shopping landmarks.
A stroll is a quintessential New York experience. Anyone visiting the city during Easter should note the annual Easter Parade , an unmatched procession of wild and wacky hats.
New York is at its most wondrous seen from the lofty heights of the Empire State Building. The observatory on the nd floor offers degree, mile vistas on a clear day, but the 86th-floor viewing area is even more popular because it includes an outside deck. Tickets allow access to both. The building, an Art Deco landmark, rose against all odds at the heart of the Depression. The story of the construction is told in the Dare to Dream exhibit on the 80th floor. Take time to admire the Deco-inspired lobby with ceiling murals in karat gold and aluminum leaf, an ornate compass-clock and a famous golden rendering of the building superimposed on a map of New York State.
Avoid long lines by ordering tickets online and try to come at less crowded hours, first thing in the morning or late in the day.
Or pay extra for a VIP Express ticket and bypass the lines. Dusk is an ideal time to see the city turn into a dazzle of light. Daily 8am-2am. Housed in an expansive six-story glass building with soaring sightlines, the encyclopedic collection in this ever-growing museum includes almost , works of art by over 10, artists.