New York Travel Guide

New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with good reason. NYC is the mecca of business in the United States, and as a melting pot of American culture, there is something for every style, taste and budget in The Big Apple, with so many hidden gems around every corner. Spring, summer, fall, or winter; there's never a bad time to visit NYC, whether you're coming to meander through the museums, take off on a shopping spree, or just take in the beautiful and historic sights of the city.

Il Gatopardo

Il Gattopardo

Midtown hot spot Il Gattopardo, owned by husband-and-wife-team Gianfranco Sorrentino and Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and partner Chef Vito Gnazzo, invites diners to enjoy refined Italian dishes in a sleek, modern setting. Il Gattopardo serves traditional Southern Italian comfort food that has been adapted for the contemporary palate without compromising the authenticity of the cuisine. The Sorrentinos are committed to producing top quality Southern Italian gastronomy through the use of authentic ingredients, and to keeping the tradition of vibrant and passionate Italian culture and hospitality.

River Cafe

The River Cafe

Think of any Woody Allen movie about New York, and chances are the opening, middle or ending is a shot from under the Brooklyn Bridge looking at the skyline of Manhattan. Cue “Rhapsody in Blue.” And right there, on a moored dock, with the grand, lighted expanse arching its way above you, you’ll find the beloved River Café, opened by Buzzy O’Keeffe in 1977. It has long been considered one of the city’s most romantic dining areas, not just for its glass-walled view of the East River and cityscape, but also for its attention to detail in just the right flowers, table settings, music, wine list and special celebratory evenings.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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The Guggenheim is a radical departure from the typical museum layout—and from every other building in New York, for that matter. The circular concrete structure stands in stark contrast to the rectangular steel-and-glass buildings that surround it. Inside, a central ramp—which spirals upward and outward from one exhibition floor to the next—creates an open interior space, flooded with daylight that pours in through a glass dome. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the iconic building that houses Solomon R. Guggenheim's modern art collection, including paintings by Kandinsky as well as works by Picasso, Klee, Miró, and more.

Prospect Park

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In Brooklyn, you can find a place that has no reason to envy Central Park, since it was designed by the same two men after the completion of Manhattan’s most famous green space. Prospect Park holds its own at 585 acres! Here you will find several plazas, bridges, waterways, monuments, statues, and hundreds of bird species. The park can be enjoyed in all seasons, but on warmer days there are many things to keep you from leaving! You just can’t miss this beautiful park in NYC. Head to Prospect Park to enjoy a picnic with your friends or family in one of many designated areas. It is practically impossible to get lost. One of the best ways to see the park is renting a bike and just discovering the numerous trails. Make time to watch some baseball, relax in Long Meadow, or rent a kayak to navigate through the lake. Additionally, there is an outdoor movies under the stars festival; a very popular summer event.

Hallet Nature Sanctuary

Central Park

Central Park is the natural heart of New York City. It attracts around 35 million visitors every year. The wildlife in the park's several bodies of water is outstanding. A 2003 census found 500 species of plants and animals.The Central Park Zoo has five acres of exhibits, including sea lions, snow leopards, and four species of penguins. Looking to “escape” to nature without leaving Manhattan? Nestled right in bustling Central Park is Hallett Nature Sanctuary, a quiet haven with dirt trails, bird life, and benches to sit on. It is a great place to come with a book, a picnic or to meditate. Additionally, you’ll find ice skating or horse drawn carriage rides nearby, depending on the season.

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