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July 29, 2007updated Nov 10, 2022

What to do in New York

By Chris Boyle

Don’t miss out on the wealth of attractions, adventures and experiences New York has to offer

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

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One of the most iconic buildings in New York houses an internationally renowned art collection.

A visit to the Guggenheim is a unique experience unlike any offered by a conventional art gallery – architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the museum as a journey, with visitors walking up (or down) a gently sloping spiral. The galleries are divided like membranes in citrus fruit, with self-contained yet interdependent sections. Visitors can view pieces by great artists like Picasso, Kandinsky and Miró at their own pace or join a tour to learn about museum highlights, special exhibitions or the building itself. Alternatively, book a private viewing before or after museum hours and have this amazing spot entirely to yourself.

CENTRAL PARK

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You can easily spend a full day taking in the wonders that this 843-acre oasis in the center of Manhattan has to offer.

A perfect rectangle, flanked by striking buildings, Central Park is packed with bike and running paths, playing fields, playgrounds and more. It plays host to summer concerts, open-air Shakespeare plays and winter ice skating, not to mention full-time residents like the Central Park Zoo and the Conservatory Garden. Walking is a great way to experience this serene landscape, and there are many walking tours available, or opt for a romantic horse-and-carriage tour. Lunch lakeside at The Loeb Boathouse, featured in many a film.

SHOPPING IN MIDTOWN

In the upper reaches of Midtown you’ll find Manhattan shopping at its most glamorous and sophisticated.

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Fifth and Madison Avenues, along with 57th Street, boast many of the world’s top brands, as well as New York’s own celebrated department stores. Extremely busy on weekends, you’ll encounter both residents and visitors shopping in this area, which brims with high-end designer flagships, as well as fine galleries, museums and restaurants. Musts include Tiffany & Co., Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s.

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