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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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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NYCRuns Labor Day 5K and 10K

Feel ultra accomplished on your day off by sweating off extra cals on this special Labor Day run on Roosevelt Island. There are two distances offered (3.1 and 6.2 miles) so you can take it as slow or as fast as you like. If you’re no good at packing light, stash your gear at the bag check while

  1. Roosevelt Island Roosevelt Island
  2. Mon Sep 1
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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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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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FLOW.14 Opening

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While Hurricane Sandy was a cruel reminder of the importance of the city’s shoreline, this annual summerlong exhibition encourages appreciation of the place where land and water meet in a much kinder fashion. Tread Randalls Island’s nearly 5-mile perimeter to interact with site-specific

  1. Randall's Island
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Tue Oct 7
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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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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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