UPDATE: Many performances, museums and venues have been closed and canceled due to coronavirus. Events on this list may be affected by these cancelations—if you're unsure, please call ahead to confirm.
NOVEMBER 2019: In our massive overhaul of the Do List—that is, our essential rundown of the things every New Yorker and visitor must check off their bucket lists—we replaced a whopping 34 entries. (That’s, like, a third of the list, people!) Why? Because in NYC, what’s necessary is always changing. As you can see below, we’ve added recent faves—looking good, Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop—and even yet-to-debut attractions—ditto, The Edge—into our mix of tried-and-true staples. Plus, we also crowned a new No. 1 pick: Having one hell of a night out at Club Cumming.
Every day, our staffers are eating, drinking, partying, gigging and generally appreciating their way throughout this fair town of ours. Which makes pinning down the most essential New York activities kinda…tough. We need to include the classics, naturally—art museums in NYC, stellar New York attractions, killer bars and restaurants in NYC—but also spotlight the more recent or little-known gems that we truly love. Consider the below your NYC Bible.
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You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.