One World Trade Center

The 1,776-foot-tall building is the anchor of the WTC campus and is among the tallest buildings in the world. A public observatory, located on the 100th floor, offers panoramic views of the city.



WTC MemorialNational September 11 Memorial & Museum

Built to commemorate the 9/11, this institution includes both a museum and the memorial plaza, with reflecting pools built in the footprints of the former Twin Towers.



st-pauls-chapelSt. Paul’s Chapel

Part of Trinity Church, this chapel has lasted through several disasters, including the Great Fire of 1776 and 9/11 centuries later. Also a rich historical site, it’s home to a pew that George Washington used.



francois-payard-cr-courtesyFrancois Payard Bakery

A more casual outpost of the titular chef’s Upper East Side patisserie, this café serves not only Payard’s famed pastries, but also panini, salads, and quiches.



shake-shack-cr-courtesyShake Shack

Danny Meyer’s near-ubiquitous burger chain offers the same delicious burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custard as its other NYC outposts, along with location-specific touches, such as a Wall-nut Street concrete.



mysterious-bookshop-cr-courtesyThe Mysterious Bookshop

Originally opened in 1979, this indie bookseller is devoted to thrillers, crime stories, and whodunits. The shop also hosts book clubs focused on topics like hard-boiled thrillers or historical mysteries.



brookfield-place-cr-courtesyBrookfield Place

It’s easy to stay entertained at this public space: There are more than a dozen restaurants (including an Umami Burger) and a robust cultural calendar filled with live music, art installations, and more



irish-hunger-memorial-cr-alamyIrish Hunger Memorial

This tribute to the Great Irish Famine is meant to evoke the Irish landscape, with native limestone and plants imported from the Emerald Isle, and pieces of an actual cottage from County Mayo.



nelson-a-rockefeller-park-cr-alamyNelson A. Rockefeller Park

In warmer months, this space is filled with crowds picnicking, playing sports, or soaking up the sun. Part of Battery Park City, its Hudson River views make it a perennially popular spot.



nancy-whiskey-pubNancy Whiskey Pub

This dive opens as early as 11am some days, giving patrons more time to down cheap beers and play shuffleboard.



dominique-ansel-bakery-cr-Thomas-SchauerDominique Ansel Bakery

French chef Ansel is known for creating the Cronut, but any of his confections are worth a try.



comedy-cellar-cr-linda-turleyComedy Cellar: Famous comedians, including Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld, regularly grace this subterranean club’s stage.



doughnut-plant-2-cr-courtesyDoughnut Plant

Creative, delicious doughnuts (try the moist tres leches variety) are available all day at this bakery.



Nuyorican-Image-2Nuyrorican Poets Cafe

Poetry slams, jazz, comedy & other live performances in a storied, bohemian space.


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