Things to Do & See in NYC

Things to Do & See in NYC
There is no place like New York City. Humming with activity, the five boroughs that make up the city are teeming with more than 8 million residents. Though the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty will always be large tourist draws, there are many other sights worth viewing whether concrete or greenery is preferred.


Don't spend the afternoon cooped up in a bus tour when, for a much lower price, you can get a little exercise while cycling through the city. Metro Bicycles has six locations in Manhattan and each rents bikes for $9 an hour, $45 for a full day (with a same-day return) and $55 for 24 hours (prices as of 2009). Central Park has miles of paths to explore and can be coupled with a picnic in Sheep's Meadow. The West Side Bike Path runs almost the entire length of Manhattan along the Hudson River and offers views of the skyline. Pedaling through the skyscrapers of midtown is a lesson in insignificance. Lastly, a ride through Chinatown and over the Brooklyn Bridge can be rewarded by a visit to Grimaldi's Pizzeria, a local favorite.

Metro Bicycles
Midtown Store
360 W. 47 St.
New York, New York 10036
(212) 581-4500

Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria
19 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 858-4300


For those who are looking for a different type of city experience, Manhattan Kayak Company is a suitable choice. Offering tours as well as lessons year round, Manhattan Kayak caters to seasoned and beginning paddlers. Introductory courses are offered in kayak, paddling and rescue techniques and take place in the Hudson River at the Chelsea Piers. Tours start at 1.5 hours all the way up to monster all-day trips that circumnavigate the island, visit the Tappan Zee or Verrazano-Narrows Bridge or paddle by Coney Island. Private tours and classes are also available. For more strenuous trips, guests may be required to first demonstrate their ability during a shorter tour.

Manhattan Kayak Company 

The Boathouse 

Pier 66, 26th Street and 12th Avenue 

New York, New York 10001

(212) 924-1788


Take the subway up to the Bronx and stroll through the New York Botanical Garden. This oasis in the midst of a concrete jungle is sought out by visitors and locals alike for its quiet lanes and considerable flora. Located on more than 250 acres, the park is also home to a large number of plant laboratories. This is an ideal place for relaxing walks, and visitors can easily spend a couple of days here discovering the various displays. A main attraction is an area of more than 50 acres that represents the last remaining stretch of forest that once covered the area. A National Historic Landmark, the botanical garden contains more than one million plants. If you have children, the botanical garden offers well-structured educational programs.

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, New York 10458
(718) 817-8700

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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