#01 Statue of Liberty
There’s no greater symbol of the American dream than the magnificent statue that graces New York Harbor.
#02 Empire State Building
Still the most original and elegant skyscraper of them all.
#03 Metropolitan Museum of Art
You could easily spend a whole day (or week or month) at the Met, exploring everything from Egyptian artefacts to modern masters.
#04 9/11 Memorial and Museum
The pools in the buildings’ footprints and museum artefacts, including the Last Column, can’t help but stir emotion.
#05 Grand Central Terminal
Hit up the shops, throw back some oysters and gawk at the celestial ceiling above the majestic concourse.
A summertime treat: enjoy a hot dog, a cold beer and America’s pastime in the Yankees’ or Mets’ homes – or for a more intimate experience, see a Cyclones game in Coney Island.
#07 Museum of Modern Art
Simply put, MoMA holds the most comprehensive collection of modern art in the world, curated in a breathtaking setting of glass atriums and statuary.
#08 Fine dining, food trucks and food halls
After splashing out at a celebrity chef spot, save some cash – and still eat like a king – at one of the city’s mobile trucks or upstart food halls.
#09 Rockefeller Center
If anywhere can truly claim to be the centre of New York, this stylish piece of twentieth- century urban planning is it.
#10 Live jazz
New York’s jazz scene is vibrant, but Harlem is first choice for characterful venues and late-night jam sessions.
#11 Bar hopping in Williamsburg
Haute food, house-made bitters, vintage arcade games, a beer or three at a beloved local brewery – it all adds up to a night of good fun.
#12 The Frick Collection
He may have been a ruthless coal baron, but Henry Frick’s eye for art and the elegance of his collection’s setting make this one of the city’s best galleries.
#13 Brooklyn Bridge
Take the less-than-a-mile walk across the bridge to see beautiful views of the downtown skyline and Harbour Islands.
#14 Brooklyn Flea
An array of funky crafts, clothes and antique vendors coupled with local food purveyors has made this weekend event (and its food-only spinoff, Smorgasburg) an institution.
#15 The High Line
This plant-filled Chelsea walkway offers a unique perspective on the city below and on the power of progressive urban renewal.
#16 Central Park
The city’s most beloved swathe of green: take a boat ride, watch Shakespeare in the Park or enjoy a picnic after a morning spent museum-hopping.
#17 Staten Island Ferry
Savour Manhattan’s skyline and the Statue of Liberty from a boat’s-eye view – absolutely free.
#18 Long Island City art
MoMA PS1 is the focal point, but there are cool smaller galleries and, on the periphery, a funky sculpture park.
#19 Coney Island
Ride on classics like the Wonder Wheel or Cyclone, or on the new Thunderbolt, high above the boardwalk, for a seaside thrill.