Things to do near the Empire State Building

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Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse

  • Rated as: 4/5
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The 1913 Beaux Arts train station is the city’s most spectacular point of arrival. The station played an important role in the nation’s historic preservation movement, after a series of legal battles that culminated in the 1978 Supreme Court decision affirming NYC’s landmark laws. One notable

  1. 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
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"Grand Central Centennial Quilts"

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Last spring, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine teamed up with local store the City Quilter to host a national contest for blankets inspired by the 100-year-old terminal. The grand prize, first- and second- place winners, and 27 finalists in this display draw from the building’s design

  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jul 6
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New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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RECOMMENDED: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building The century-old main branch of the NYPL is about as regal a setting for reading—either on your laptop or those old dusty things called books—as you’ll find in the city. Two massive Tennessee-marble lions, dubbed Patience and

  1. Fifth Ave, at 42nd St, 10036
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The Municipal Art Society of New York

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New York’s Municipal Art Society carries out the mission of Jane Jacobs, the grand dame of urbanism, with events and exhibitions designed to promote the preservation and intelligent design and planning of our city.

  1. 111 W 57th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10019
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Chrysler Building

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions We won’t argue if you want to call this glimmering pinnacle of Art Deco architecture NYC’s most eye-popping skyscraper. Triangle-shaped windows in its crown are lined with lights, creating a beautiful effect come nighttime. Oozing a moneyed

  1. 405 Lexington Ave, at 44th St
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Lord & Taylor

  • Price band: 2/4

Oft-overlooked for its more glamorous department store counterparts, Lord & Taylor offers an ever reliable selection of classic brands like Ralph Lauren—minus surging crowds. The men's department is particularly strong, and they offer loads of basics, like lingerie.

  1. 424 Fifth Ave, between 38th and 39th Sts
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LIVE from the NYPL: Steve Hindy, Kim Jordan and Charlie Papazian

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As craft beer continues to rise in popularity, Brooklyn Brewery cofounder Steve Hindy, New Belgium cofounder Kim Jordan and American Homebrewers Association founder Charlie Papazian (also author of zymurgist bible The Complete Joy of Homebrewing) expound on the importance of artisanal suds.

  1. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Ave, at 42nd St, 10036
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Sony Wonder Technology Lab

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Young techies can revel in this midtown spot's hands-on activity stations. One of our favorites is the Dance Motion Capture exhibit; kids stand in front of the camera and do their best booty shake and hand jive. Then, they choose an avatar and watch as the character performs their unique moves.

  1. 550 Madison Ave, Sony Plaza, at 56th St
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Roosevelt Island

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Thanks to the boxy red tram that glides above the East River, Roosevelt Island may be one of the only spots in New York City that’s a joy to get to via public transportation. The area's attractions include tennis courts, ball fields and Franklin D.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions This legendary house of worship counts Presidents, movie stars and business moguls among past and present attendees. While its intricate marble towers are a marvel of Gothic Revival architecture, St. Pat’s interior—including the Louis Tiffany–designed

  1. 14 E 51st St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
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