There is so much to see and do in New York City that even longtime residents never get to do it all. How then, does a tourist decide where to go and what to see? This guide to five must see neighborhoods in New York City will give you a good start to learning about this much loved city.

new-york-cityBroadway/Times Square

A great place to begin your New York holidays is in Times Square. Stand in line for half price tickets to the latest Broadway show. Check out the views made famous on New Years Rockin Eve, Good Morning America, and countless other New York movies and television shows.

Times Square has more to offer than Broadway. If it is a museum experience you crave, head to Madame Tussaud’s and view the famous wax statues. Take your picture with Sinatra or Monroe.

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is the home of many strange and wonderful exhibits, while the Discovery Times Square Exhibition offers ever changing and always amazing displays. Be sure to check out what is on display during your trip to the big apple.

Tribeca

Are you a movie buff? Plan your trip around the Tribeca Film Festival. Founded by none other than Robert DeNiro, this amazing film festival spotlights the best of the best, and the best of the rest. Celebrity sightings are always a possibility at the screenings.

Fancy a good book instead? Check out the self-proclaimed oldest mystery bookshop in the United States, The Mysterious Bookshop. Poetry more to your liking? Get your fix at The Poets House. If off Broadway theater tickles your fancy, check out some of the small, local theaters of Tribeca.

SoHo

If art galleries are your thing, make sure to include SoHo in your itinerary. You will find some of the pioneer galleries as well as some newcomers. All will showcase art that begs to come home with you. If you have young whippersnappers with you, who are begging to be educated about all of this art, take them to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, and let the interactive exhibits bring out their inner Van Gogh’s.

Greenwich Village

What can we say about the village that hasn’t been said? Home to New York University, the area has been a bohemian, starving student hangout for decades. It also boasts some of the most beautiful brownstones in the city, and Washington Square Park. Home to the iconic New York chess players, the arch seen in almost every movie set in NYC, and beautiful landscapes, Washington Square calls to you to sit and set a spell for a break from the rush of the city.

Upper West Side

Home to Central Park West, Museum Mile, and Lincoln Center, Manhattan’s Upper West Side hosts many of New York’s most famous places. See the opera at Lincoln Center. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Museum Mile. Explore the beauty of Central Park. All of these treats and more await you on the Upper West Side.

This neighborhood guide should start off your New York Holidays right.

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