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The City that Never Sleeps didn’t earn that moniker for no reason. Manhattan and its five surrounding boroughs make up the the world’s capital of culture, offering world class museums, restaurants, shopping, theater and a host of other iconic sights and attractions. Pair that with an unparalleled momentum that keeps city dwellers and visitors buzzing from one place to the next and you will finally understand what’s at the heart of the Big Apple.

Cheat Sheet

Sleep at the St. Regis in Midtown, New York City – Eat at Landmark by Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick and Mario Carbone, as soon as it opens – Drink a dirty martini at the Polo Lounge or enjoy a scotch in the West Village’s Waverly Inn – See the landmarks form Brooklyn Bridge  – Shop Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue –  Get outside the city in the meadows of Central Park – Don’t miss the theater or a concert at The Bowery Ballroom

What to do in New York City

The most densely populated city in the United States has no shortage of opportunities to keep you busy. Visit iconic attractions like Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, Times Square and One World Observatory at One World Trade Center. See world-class art at any one of the city’s renowned museums—the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum and The New Museum to name a few. Scour theater listings for your favorite Broadway play. Outfit your wardrobe by shopping up and down Fifth Avenue and hitting eclectic downtown boutiques. If you are a foodie, you can eat and drink your way through the city from noodles and dim sum in Chinatown and classic slices of New York pizza to multiple Michelin Starred restaurants and cocktail bars.

What to take to New York City

What you bring to New York City all depends on what you’re planning to do. During the day, that usually involves plenty of walking, so bring shoes that will take you around to the many sights without hurting your feet. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the weather and pack outerwear for cooler days or the inevitable deep freeze in the fall and winter months and sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses for hot summer afternoons. You can sport your best jeans in most of the city’s trendy spots and theater, but if you opt for fine dining, pack an outfit to fit your venue and experience.

What to buy in New York City

Forego the Statue of Liberty statues and “I Love NY” shirts for souvenirs that won’t lose their luster. If you’re visiting a museum, stop by their gift shops on your way out for a curated selection of books, jewelry and other trinkets. The city’s foodhalls and flea markets also offer local products from artisanal makers that are perfect for bringing back home. For oenophiles, City Winery, the city’s only fully functioning winery has bottles perfect for carrying home.

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