The High Line — This unique, elevated public park recently opened in New York to rave reviews from around the world. An abandoned, almost destroyed freight rail line, it once delivered to Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, West Side warehouses and Post Office. It was rescued by preservationists intent on maintaining New York’s industrial past. This innovative new public walkway has a green roof and other sustainable attributes, and is indeed a great example of high-profile recycling. The High Line boasts incredible views of the Hudson River and skyscrapers shimmering off the water, and offers grass and gardens, art exhibits, tours, events, and more.
The Staten Island Ferry — Jump on the boat at Battery Park, on Manhattan’s southern tip, and relax for the hour-long round trip to the borough of Staten Island and back. Get great views of the New York and New Jersey skyscrapers and bridges, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. You can even bring your bike on the boat.
The Forbes Galleries — This cool museum has amazing permanent exhibits of toy boats (more than 500), toy soldiers (more than 10,000), Monopoly (with early versions of the world-famous game) and an interesting “Trophies” display. Rotating exhibits include jewelry, photography, multimedia art, and more.
Sirius XM Live on Broadway Series — This concert series broadcasts live every Wednesday at noon on the satellite radio channel, and is free to the public. Live performances and interviews fill out the 45-minute show, taped at the Broadway Concierge & Ticket Center in the Times Square Information Center. Featured performers are generally Broadway stars, Tony Award winners, cast members from popular ongoing productions, and other musical theatre notables.
Public Restrooms at Bryant Park — Okay, with all the culture and beauty and nightlife and excitement that New York has to offer, we choose to talk about … a toilet? Well, considering how few public bathrooms there are in NYC, these are a welcome sight — especially if you’ve been trudging around Times Square and other parts of Midtown for hours. The Bryant Park restrooms are the nicest public restrooms in Manhattan. Contained in a small building next to the New York Public Library, the bathrooms feature arrangements of fresh-cut flowers, fragrant incense sticks, sanitary covered toilets, marble and mosaic tiles, crown molding, and sometimes a restroom attendant to hand you a towel.