Welcome to Manhattan
While New York state is America’s top apple producer, Manhattan gained the nickname of Big Apple from horse racing and the fact that the city’s race tracks were considered big-time venues. Fitz Gerald soon began referring to the Big Apple in his newspaper columns. In the 1930s, jazz musicians adopted the term to signify NYC was home to big-time music clubs. The nickname later faded until it was revived in the early 1970s when it finally stuck. A phenomenal one-of-a-kind place, the city awaits your arrival to take a bite!
What to love
- Manhattan is one of the most walkable cities in the country and offers buses and subway trains that operate 24/7, 365. They don’t call it “the city that never sleeps” for nothing,
- Manhattan boasts 53 niche neighborhoods, each with its distinct charm.
- There is no other city on the planet that can compare to Manhattan’s fast-paced vibe, the hustle and bustle of the people, the 24-hour lifestyle, and the palpable creative spirit of this urban treasure.
- A land of opportunity, there are countless industries that thrive here.
- There are countless theaters, arts and culture venues, sports facilities, nightlife opportunities, shopping destinations, and exceptional restaurants.
Dining, entertainment & shopping
Start your day with a steaming hot cappuccino from Lenox Coffee Roasters before snagging NYC’s classic breakfast: a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich at one of the many bodegas studded throughout the city. Ladies who lunch head to Riverpark for a fabulous waterfront meal filled with delectable cheese, charcuterie, and creative cocktails. An iconic spot for savoring lunch, tea time, libations, and dinner, BG Restaurant offers exceptional food and sweeping Central Park views.
One thing is certain—Manhattan is teeming with entertainment options. Between the Broadway productions, tours, and nightlife, you will never experience a dull moment. Get a taste of the city’s rich culinary scene with a food and culture walking tour. You simply must see a show when you’re in town, so make your way to Midtown Manhattan’s Theatre District to feast your eyes on new musicals, long-running hits, and provocative dramas every night of the week. Once you’ve filled your day with some of NYC’s best eats and shows, head to one of the wonderful bars for a nightcap.
In addition to abundant entertainment and dining opportunities, walking down Manhattan’s sidewalks makes you feel like you’ve acquired a front-row seat to NY Fashion Week. Manhattan is home to five distinct shopping districts: SoHo, Midtown East, Midtown West, Hudson Yards, and Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side. Strolling down Madison Avenue, you’ll find a goldmine of luxury retailers and designer stores, including Hermes, Asprey, Goyard, and Alexander McQueen. For a luxury shopping experience similar to that of Dubai, head to Hudson Yards, where you’ll find NYC’s first Neiman Marcus. If you’re going to an event at Lincoln Center, stop by The Shops at Columbus Circle for a quick shopping spree.
If this grand assortment of dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations is a bit intimidating, stick to exploring 5th Avenue, one of Manhattan’s best-known streets and home to a plethora of luxury shops, museums, restaurants, and more.
Whether you wander down 5th for the day or taxi around to various neighborhoods to relish various amenities, everything is at your fingertips in Manhattan.
Things to do
Head to Riverside Park on hot summer days to enjoy recreational facilities, including a skate park, a range of sports courts and fields, biking the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, and the 110-slip public marina at 79th. Watch your little ones romp around the playground, take to the Hudson River via kayak, or get competitive on the tennis courts.
Just when you thought you’d seen it all, visited all the museums, went to all the parks, and shopped until you dropped, there is still more to do here! Manhattan hosts various events throughout the year, suitable for folks of all ages. The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center have presented the New York Jewish Film Festival for 31 years, providing an engaging lineup of narratives, documentaries, shorts, and screenings of a thought-provoking nature.
Every winter, the most prestigious antiques show in America occurs at the Park Avenue Armory. The Winter Show features a unique selection of pieces from ancient times through the art deco movement and beyond, making for a fantastic place to purchase one-of-a-kind items to add elegance to your Manhattan home. NYC Must-See Week is the perfect way to experience NYC’s most iconic attractions, museums, tours, and performing arts productions. There are many annual events to partake in throughout NYC, so keep an eye out and make some room in your packed calendar.
- P.S 145 The Bloomingdale School, PK-5, Student curriculum includes developing qualities like patriotism, responsible citizenship, self-discipline, respect for authority, and respect for others.
- MS54 Booker T. Washington Middle School, 6-8, Academic excellence is the school’s foundation, with educators nurturing a community of intelligent, mature, and motivated critical thinkers.
- Manhattan/Hunter Science High School, 9-12, This school is a small and selective institution offering each student a science-focused, college-preparatory education.
- Friends Seminary, K-12, Service is an integral part of their curriculum, instilling a sense of stewardship of the school community and respect for responsibility to Manhattan and beyond.
- Trinity School, K-12, Trinity provides a balanced educational program for body, mind, heart, and soul, incorporating the arts, athletics, and community service throughout its educational programming.