Top 15 Things to Do in Manhattan

What can you do in Manhattan?

What would you have seen or done in Manhattan? I’ll tell you in my 101 Things to do in Manhattan. Of the New York sights, the most important ones are also included, but my absolute favorite tours, bars and even rooftop restaurants that spin around!

I’ll take you from the north of Manhattan to the southernmost tip so that you won’t get bored and see as much of our favorite city as possible. To me, the Things to do in Manhattan also include things where you don’t have to do anything at all – except to let the city work! I wish you a lot of fun!

The Edge viewing platform

The Hudson Yards observation deck called Edge is taking shape. Slowly things are getting serious around the major project Hudson Yards. Since 2005, the new, gigantic Hudson Yards business district has been under construction in Midtown. With a proud 25 billion dollars construction cost, it is also the most expensive project in American history to date, and The Edge observation deck will then become the new highest open observation deck in New York and replace the Empire State Building!

Bateaux Dinner Cruise

The Bateaux New York boat trip is an absolute highlight. First we start from the Chelsea Piers in the direction of the George Washington Bridge – the skyline offers the perfect scenery for great pictures. During the trip, you can move freely on the ship, take pictures or just admire the view while having a glass of wine. The live band plays all known songs about New York. The dinner à la carte is included in the price and worth every cent.

One World Observatory

Since the end of May 2015, tickets have been available for the viewing platform of the One World Trade Center, and New York is now one major attraction richer. Enjoy the breathtaking view over all of New York!!!

Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour

The Stage Door Tour is a treat for anyone interested in entertainment, history and theatre. Learn about the origins of the legendary Rockettes and get initiated into the secrets of the Great Stage.

City bike

For $12 dollars a day, you can ride a bike all you want. For example a tour to Brooklyn and back – there over the Brooklyn Bridge and back over the Manhattan Bridge. There are over 800 stations throughout New York City, so you’ll have no trouble finding a drop-off or rental location near you.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a burger chain with no less than 22 stores in New York alone. We got this spot recommended by a New Yorker as the “best burger in town” with the warning that you have to wait an hour for your burger – but it was worth the wait! From the outside, the burger shop may seem quite inconspicuous, but the burgers are certainly among the best in New York.

Macy’s in Herald Square

With around 198,500 m², Macy’s is the largest department store in the world and makes the shopping heart beat faster on a total of 10 floors. Over the past 150 years it has become a true New York icon, is considered a trendsetter and therefore belongs on every to-do list of a New York visit.

Pier A Harbor House

The Pier A Harbor House extends over two levels and also offers a large outdoor area. The restaurant area has been completely restored and shines in new splendor. On the second floor you will also find the cocktail bar.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is one of the oldest parades in New York City, attracts some 700,000 people annually who want to be part of the spectacle. The parade takes place either directly on March 17th or – if it is a weekday – on the following weekend. Destination of the parade is the St. Patrick Cathedral. At 11 a.m. on the dot, the parade starts moving north at 44th Street/corner of 5th Avenue.

5th Avenue

5th Avenue is one of the most famous shopping streets in the world and a must-see if you want to go shopping in New York! Fifth Avenue starts right at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and goes all the way to 143rd Street in Harlem. The length of 5th Avenue is over 11 kilometers – it takes you about 2.5 hours on foot.

Brookfield Place

Close to Ground Zero, a complex of buildings is hidden away, where there is plenty of choices, especially for an exclusive taste: High-end brands from Gucci to Hermes as well as noble restaurants for absolute gourmets are represented here. On the second floor is also the Hudson Eats Food Market. Brookfield Place is located directly on the banks of the Hudson River in the middle of the financial district. In addition to shopping and restaurants, regular events take place here. In winter, especially during the Christmas season, there is a light show and an outdoor ice rink for skating.

You can combine Brookfield Place with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial or the One World Observatory.

Hop-on Hop-off Bus (1 day)

The tour in an open double-decker is the most pleasant and comfortable way to get to know New York! During the tour, you will see famous landmarks like the famous Empire State Building and the new One World Trade Center.

New Year boat trip with fireworks and lobster dinner

Eat like a king – you can do that on this boat tour. A delicious lobster buffet awaits you along with another fish and seafood buffet. During the meal you can enjoy the sparkling skyline of New York and look forward to a tête-à-tête with the Statue of Liberty – just before midnight the boat stops right in front of her feet. From the main deck, you can watch the spectacular fireworks display and then let the DJ heat you up on the dance floor.

Refinery Rooftop

A very small rooftop bar very close to Bryant Park with a beautiful view of the Empire State Building is located on the roof terrace of the Refinery Hotel. This two storey rooftop bar in Midtown is not very big with almost 300 m2, but it has its charm due to the combination of location and quality of the cocktails. Why? Behind the cocktails is Alex Ott, who also developed his innovative and modern drinks for the rooftop bar “Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel.

Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park, centrally located in the Village, extends over almost 4 hectares. Close to New York University with its distinctive Washington Square Arch, a triumphal arch inaugurated in 1895, the park is a popular place to be when the weather is fine. Through the Arch, you have a wonderful view along 5th Avenue to the top of the Empire State Building.