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Activities & Events

One of the greatest cities in the world, NYC offers a perfect stage for the greatest event in specialty foods, the Summer Fancy Food Show. Be sure to take time to enjoy some of what New York City has to offer.

  • There’s plenty to see and do—and eat—in the area surrounding the Javits Center.

    The Museum at FIT: Features exhibitions and collections focusing on fashion and culture. Also offers guided group tours (for a fee) of up to 25 by appointment.
    Closed Sunday, Monday, holidays.
    Free. (212) 217-4530
    Restaurant Recommendation: Rocking Horse Café

    Madison Square Garden All Access Tour: Explore exclusive VIP areas of Madison Square Garden and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history. Discover the spectacular Chase Bridges, get the inside scoop on all your favorite players when you explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms, and view the arena like never before.
    Tours run daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Price: $27 adult, $20 child (12 & Under). (212) 465-6741
    Restaurant Recommendation: Delmonico’s Kitchen

    New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building: Docent-led tours are an excellent way to see highlights of The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The Library offers tours of the building as well as exhibitions. Free docent-guided tours for walk-in visitors are available, as well as group tours (for a fee).

    • One-hour tours of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday through Saturdays and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tours meet at the reception desk in Astor Hall.
    • All group tours must be scheduled in advance. Call (212)930-0650 or email tours@nypl.org for reservations and further information.

    Restaurant Recommendations: Benjamin Steakhouse; Pershing Square

    Urban Oasis Shopping/Educational Tour: 5 types of fashion walking tours:

    • Garment District educational (most popular);
    • Garment District shopping;
    • Garment District educational and shopping;
    • Garment District Fabric & Trim (Saturdays Only);
    • Soho/Nolita shopping.

    Tours are offered Monday through Saturday (can accommodate special time requests).
    Price: $55-$90 per person. (888) 284-3136
    Restaurant Recommendations: Gaonnuri (Garment District); Il Mulino Prime (SoHo)

  • The Central Park Boathouse: Take a boat ride in the middle of Central Park, then relax and enjoy the view over lunch at the Lakeside Restaurant.

    Brooklyn Bridge Park: Enjoy a ton of fun activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park, including free kayaking, sports and even a pop-up pool/beach—opening on June 26.

    The High Line: This free, elevated park on the Far West Side is one of the most popular warm-weather activities in the city and stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to 34th Street (near the Javits Center).

    Smorgasburg: Referred to as “The Woodstock of Eating” by The New York Times, this popular food market held Saturday in Williamsburg and Sunday in Prospect Park, features 100+ local and regional food and beverage vendors.

    Coney Island: The amusement park, aquarium, boardwalk and beach continue to be must-see summer destinations in New York. Plus, Coney Island is home to the annual July 4th hot dog eating contest!

    TV Show Tapings: Attending the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City is fun and free. It’s best to arrange obtaining tickets as far in advance as possible, depending on the individual show’s policies. Still, many shows have standby options if you’re willing to wait.

    Staten Island Ferry & Cruises: New York City comprises several islands, and its waters are home to an extensive ferry system to take you uptown and downtown, as well as across the rivers between boroughs. Perhaps the best-known transport is the Staten Island Ferry. It’s primarily a commuter shuttle between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan, but it’s also a wonderful 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan—plus it’s free!

    Other shuttles include New York Water Taxi and NY Waterway and other services are available, too, such as harbor and sightseeing cruises like Statue Cruises, operating direct service from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

    Attraction Passes: http://www.nycgo.com/attraction-passes/

    Broadway Tickets: http://www.nycgo.com/broadway/

    Shopping: If you love to shop, choices abound. Midtown offers top-name fashion spots like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and other big-name department stores; SoHo, TriBeCa and NoLIta feature celebrity designer goods, handmade jewelry and artwork; and Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a fun place to find one-of-a-kind vintage apparel in charming boutiques. For culture and entertainment, consider NYC’s remarkable museums and the bright lights of Broadway at the Theatre District in Times Square.

    Cocktails & Drinks: Night owls can party at cocktail lounges in Chelsea and dancing dens in the Meatpacking District. There’s also cabaret and karaoke in Times Square, comedy clubs in Greenwich Village and Long Island City, and rock and roll venues on the Lower East Side.

    Great Eating: Foodies who want to savor delicious, authentic cuisines from every region in the world should head to Astoria or Flushing in Queens, the East Village in Manhattan, and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn.

    While you’re in NYC, follow NYCGO on Twitter and Facebook for daily events, tips and deals. Or head to nycgo.com for a list of mobile applications you can download on your smartphone to help you explore NYC with ease.

  • Baseball: The New York Yankees will play at home during SFFS16! The Mets will also host the Cubs at Citi Field, June 30 – July 3.

    Soccer: NYCFC, the City’s newest Major League Soccer (MLS) team, will host the New York Red Bills at Yankee Stadium on July 3.

    Copa America Soccer: The Centennial Copa America soccer tournament will take place in June. Three matches (group stage, Quarterfinal and the Final) will be hosted at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey.

    Pride Week Events: Various events related to Pride Week will be taking place in the City through June 26th.

    Shakespeare in the Park: One of NYC’s most unique summer happenings! Tickets are awarded through a lottery and are free. Taming of the Shrew will be performed while you’re in town for SFFS16.

    NY Philharmonic in the Park: An annual musical event, in late June. Dates for this summer are yet to be announced.

    The Sports Calendar: http://www.nycgo.com/sportscalendar

  • Tourists and locals agree—these historic and cultural sites are essential to the NYC experience.

    Metropolitan Opera Backstage Tour: The Metropolitan Opera Guild Backstage Tours are held during the Met performance season at 3:00 pm on weekdays and Sundays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Tours are not held on days of final dress rehearsals, or other special events in the opera house.
    Price: $25 individual, $20 for groups of 10+. (212) 769-7028
    Restaurant Recommendation: A Voce Columbus

    Lincoln Center Tour: Tours typically visit up to 3 venues where a spectacular range of artists have performed, including Luciano Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein, and Renée Fleming. These venues are also home to resident organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, Chamber Music Society and more. Specialty tours are offered, including the popular Art & Architecture Tour. American Sign Language Interpretation and Foreign Language Tours are available upon request.
    Price: $20. Additional 15% off regular adult admission through Delegate Discount Pass with promo code: NYCDELEGATE15. (212) 875-5350
    Restaurant Recommendation: Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center

    Radio City Stage Door Tour: The Radio City Stage Door Tour offers an insider's look at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. On this guided tour, discover art deco masterpieces, learn the secrets of the Great Stage, or meet a Rockette! Tours run daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Price: $27 adult, $20 child (12 & Under). (212) 247-4777
    Restaurant Recommendation: Rock Center Café

    Yankee Stadium Tours: Yankee Stadium offers a variety of tours, both for individuals and for groups of 15-35.
    Price: $20 (prepaid online), $18 per person for groups of 15+. (646) 977-8400
    Restaurant Recommendation: NYY Steak – Yankee Stadium

    NY Adventure Club: New York Adventure Club curates unique tours and events, with a focus on history and storytelling. Experiences range from exploring historic landmarks, to visiting off-the-beaten-path museums and stores. Behind-the-scenes and special access urban experiences each week.
    Price: Varies by tour.

    Grand Central Terminal Tour: The tour focuses not only on the architectural highlights of the Terminal but provides a real story about little known secrets, anecdotes, archival material and the History of the Terminal, with a capital H. Visitors will not see Grand Central with the same eyes after taking the tour.
    Price: $25, group rates for 10+. (212) 464-8255
    Restaurant Recommendation: The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

    Whitney Museum: As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource.
    Price: Free. (212) 570-3600
    Restaurant Recommendation: Untitled, Located at the Whitney Museum.

    1 World Observatory and 9/11 Ground Zero Tour: Start by ascending to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit.
    Price: $32 Adult; $26 Child. (844) 696-1776

    9/11 Memorial: In remembrance of 9/11, this walking tour guides you through the former World Trade Center in New York, where the tragic events of 9/11 took place. The tour is guided by New Yorkers who have a personal connection to 9/11. You will hear their personal stories and the touching stories of tragedy and heroism of many other everyday citizens.
    Price with Tour: $44 adult, $35 child.
    Price without Tour: $24 adult, $15 child.
    Restaurant Recommendation: One

    Lower East Side Tenement Museum: Look behind the walls of the Tenement Museum to see how we bring the 19th century into modern day. Guests on the VIP experience take a private, behind-the-scenes tour with the museum's president, followed by lunch or dinner with the president in the Lower East Side.
    Price: $25 adult, $20 child. (877) 975-3786
    Restaurant Recommendations: Russ & Daughters Cafe

    Other NYC Tours: http://www.nycgo.com/articles/city-experts-nyc-tours

  • What better way to get to know a city than by tasting all it has to offer? With these food tours, you’ll experience the breadth and depth of cuisine in NYC.

    Brooklyn Brewery Tour: Offers a fun experience and two different tour options. Small Batch Tours: Monday through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. sharp. Dates are opened at Midnight EST approx. 31 days in advance of the tour. Available by reservation-only.
    Price: $15.
    Friday Tasting Room: The line starts forming as early as 5:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. for this weekly tradition. The rules are simple: beer tokens are 5 for $20 or $5 each. The pizza is deliverable. The cask is tapped. The space is bare bones. There is very little to get in the way of tasting and savoring some of the best and freshest beer in the whole wide world-- no cover, no reservations, no tours. Get here early to snag a table in our communal Tasting Room and settle in.
    (718) 486-7422

    Free Tours By Foot: Get an intimate view of the City on one of Free Tours by Foot's walking tours—they are free to take, and guests can name their own price, so their guides have an added incentive to make your tour a terrific experience. Food tours include the following neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, East Village, Chinatown, and a Harlem Gospel/Soul Food tour.
    Price: Varies. (646) 450-6831

    Meatballs and Macdougal St. Walking Tour: Learn about NYC history with a lively local guide accompanied by music, serenades and vintage photos on the Meatballs and Macdougal Street Walking Tour. The tour winds through Greenwich Village's Italian neighborhood and Macdougal Street in just over two hours. Highlights include St. Anthony of Padua Church, Washington Square Park and Macdougal Street. Enjoy pizza and falafel tastings and, of course, a yummy meatball from Raffetto’s Pasta. Tours are conducted in English, Spanish and Italian.
    Price: $40. (929) 244-0587

    Enthusiastic Gourmet Food Tours: Who doesn’t love to eat? Exploring the cultural cuisine of NYC can be the best way to authentically discover the flavor and character of each neighborhood. Tours explore Chinatown, the Jewish Lower East Side, Little Italy or the melting pot that is Downtown NYC, all with the history and unique flavors imparted by Susan Rosenbaum, otherwise known as the Enthusiastic Gourmet. With all the good food to find, finding your enthusiasm will be as easy as finding your appetite.
    Price: $55. (646) 209-4724

    Scott’s Pizza Tours: Offers a variety of guided neighborhood pizza tours, from Times Square, to Greenwich Village, to Brooklyn and more. Tours available by foot or by bus and typically last 2-3 hours.
    Price: $40. (212) 913-9903

    Get VIP access to NYC’s finest food and beverage establishments with private dining events, tours and demonstrations.

    Chef's Table Tasting at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse: Includes a five-course tasting menu and wine pairing. As well as interaction with executive chefs and the sommelier. Maximum of 10 guests per group booking.
    Price: $225 per person. (212) 661-4810

    VIP Experience at Delmonico’s: Inculdes a private behind the scenes tour of legendary dining rooms that Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain all dined in, and a recap of the restaurant’s pioneering history (first restaurant to allow women to gather unescorted without men!) Following the tour, guests will enjoy a private three-course meal, and will leave with a personalized “Dining at Delmonico’s” cookbook.
    Price: $175.00 per person plus beverages, plus tax, 22% service. (212) 509-1144

    VIP Experience at Beauty & Essex: Includes cocktail demonstrations; meet and greet with celebrity chef, Chris Santos; mini cooking demonstration; Pawn Shop Guess 'Treasure vs. Trash and Pawn Shop 'Real Pawnbroker' games; and Pawn Shop Make your own 'Vintage Gold Charm Bracelet.'
    (212) 614-0146

    Exclusive “Behind the Scenes Kitchen Tour” at Lavo: Curious foodies will love learning the inner workings of the high end, high volume NYC restaurant that serves over 1,000 guests in one night. Tour Includes: meet and greet with executive chef, overview of the kitchen, explanation of chefs’ roles, vendor supply management, menu inspiration, Q&A, and a demonstration of making LAVO’s world famous 1 lb. Wagyu meatball. After the tour, guests are treated to a five-course lunch or dinner including wine.
    Inquiries: NYSales@TaoGroup.com or call (212) 750-5588.

    Celebrity chef events at the Institute of Culinary Education: Enjoy a hands-on cooking party or professional demonstration led by the country’s hottest chefs. You'll begin with passed hors d'ouvres and end with a full-service, sit-down lunch or dinner, including wine.
    Call (212) 847-0700 for details.

    Blending Session at Brooklyn Winery: Paired with any private food and beverage packages, the Blending Session is an interactive event focused on experiencing wine in a fun, hands-on format. An expert instructor will lead the group in learning the techniques and art of blending wine, and how and why it's used in the wine-making process. Each team will compete and submit their unique blend to a blind taste test judged by our staff and the winning team is awarded with Brooklyn Winery wine to take home.
    Price: $75+ per person; paired with a separate F&B package. (347) 763-1506

    Bakery Classes at Le Pain Quotidien: LPQ offers intimate baking classes at their Bleecker Street location, for all skill levels.
    Price: $50-$125 per person. (646) 797-4922

    Tours and Classes at Raaka Chocolate Factory: Tour the factory, taste cacao from all over the world, and even make a hand-crafted bar of chocolate.
    Call (855) 255-3354 for details.

    Dining & OpenTable Reservations (by area/cuisine/features): http://www.nycgo.com/dining/

Explore NYC

Neighborhood Guides

Weather

New York City weather can vary from day to day, and even morning to afternoon, but a guide to the seasons can help you plan your wardrobe. Spring (March–May) in New York City brings budding flowers, light winds and rain, with the season's temperatures ranging from cool to very warm. Summer (June–August) is characterized by bright, sunny, hot days and later sunsets, sometimes accompanied by cool breezes in areas near the water. The fall season (September–November) is cool and crisp, so it's wise to wear layers. The winter months (December–February) are cold and snowy with less daylight, though the sky is often sunny, blue and clear.

Time Zone

New York City is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (Greenwich Mean Time minus five hours during daylight saving time, from March through November, and minus six hours the rest of the year). Check here for the current date and time in NYC.

International Visitors

If you're visiting New York City from outside the United States, you may need a visa to enter the
country. For details, visit the US State Department’s visa information website.

Tipping Guidelines

  • Hotel doorman: $3 for hailing a cab
  • Porters and bellhops: $1–$2 per bag
  • Maids: $1–$2 per person, per day of your visit, or as much as $5 per day
  • Waitstaff and bartenders: 15–20 percent of total bill
  • Taxi drivers: 15–20 percent of total fare
  • Tips for other service personnel, such as theater ushers, tour guides and coat-check staff, are always appreciated.

It’s worth noting that if you’re having drinks at a bar, bartenders typically expect a $2 tip for every drink they serve you. Later, when the bar gets crowded, you’ll be glad that the bartender remembers you!

Special-Service Needs

New York City is committed to ensuring accessibility for everyone with special needs, and has equipped all buses with lifts for those in wheelchairs and those who have difficulty climbing stairs. In addition, many subway stations include elevators, ramps, visual display signs, accessible public telephones, and tactile and audio features on vending machines. Subways also have automated voices indicating stops, and all buses and select subway stations are wheelchair accessible. Many street-hail taxicabs accommodate wheelchairs. To request a wheelchair-accessible taxi, call the accessible dispatch center at 646-599-9999; text a request to 646-400-0789; or download the free mobile app “WOW Taxi” at the Apple App Store. Passengers with disabilities are eligible for reduced fares on most mass-transit trips. For more information about NYC accessibility, call 212-NEW-YORK from outside the City or 311 while in town; contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (212-788 2830, TTY: 212-504-4115, nyc.gov/mopd); or visit NYC & Company’s accessibility section.