Long Island City Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Long Island City; our list of the best things to see, including Times Square, Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center.
  • Times Square is a major commercial intersection in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Times Square – iconified as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", and the "The Great White Way" - is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway theater district, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
    Midtown food nearby
  • Empire State Building

    Empire State Building

    350 5th Ave
    $23 adults, $20 seniors (62+), $17 children (6-12), free for military in full uniform/children under 5 (tickets to 102nd floor observatory are $17 extra and only sold at ticket office; express line tickets also sold). A legend from the moment it was finished in 1931, the Empire State Building was easily the tallest building not just in New York, but the entire world for many years before being overtaken by another New York landmark - the twin towers of the World Trade Center. With the destruction of those two buildings, the Empire State Building was once again the tallest building in the city, but that lasted less than eleven years. Even as the second-tallest building, though, it remains iconic, and one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Expect long lines, and a lot of them - you'll have to wait in line to pass through a security checkpoint, wait in line to get tickets, wait in line for the elevators, and then make your way through the crowd on the outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor. One way to deal with the lines is to buy an express line ticket, which will bring you to the front of any line, but it will more than double the cost of your ticket. Another option is to visit very early in the day or late in the evening, when the lines will be considerably shorter. Despite the long lines and inevitable tourist kitsch, the views are excellent and the experience of being outdoors on top of New York City is a great one. Note that hawkers outside the building may try to tell you there is a very long line inside and that they can get you tickets to cut the line for some exorbitant price; before believing them, go inside and check the actual wait time which is clearly written on the electronic boards.
    Garment District eat nearby
  • Rockefeller Center

    Rockefeller Center

    30 Rockefeller Plz
    The Christmas Tree, the Skating Rink, NBC studios, the shops and hubbub - you can't miss it. The Christmas Tree and the Skating Rink are naturally not year round, but in the summer, the complex is a hub for touristy operations. Within the striking Art Deco buildings of the complex are several dining establishments overlooking the area and many stores. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave (between 50th and 51st Sts), ☎ +1 212 307-7171. Daily 11:30AM–6PM. See the Rockettes, another show, or just tour the famous Art Deco masterpiece.Top of the Rock Observation Deck, W 50th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), ☎ +1 212 698-2000, e-mail: info@topoftherocknyc.com. Daily 8:30AM-midnight, last elevator at 11PM. $25 adults, $23 seniors, $16 children. On the 70th floor of the GE Building (better known by some as "30 Rock") is this narrow observation deck, built to resemble the deck of a cruise ship. The deck affords uninterrupted views over Central Park to the north and across Midtown to the south.
    Midtown restaurants nearby
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

    Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

    28 East 20th Street
    Tu-Sa 9AM-5PM, closed Federal holidays. $3 adults, children under 16 free, guided tours available. A designated National Historic Site, Roosevelt lived at this site from his birth in 1858 until the age of 14 years. The building is not the original - that was demolished in 1916 - but a reconstruction erected by admirers only three years later in 1919 after Roosevelt's death, and subsequently furnished with many of the original fittings and memorabilia of the 26th US President by Roosevelt's wife and sisters.
    Chelsea food nearby
  • Grand Central Terminal

    Grand Central Terminal

    42nd St
    Walk in and see the main concourse, a cavernous room often filled with people and elegantly detailed, with arched windows, a lovely clock, and an astronomical ceiling.
    Midtown eat nearby
  • Music Hall of Williamsburg

    Music Hall of Williamsburg

    66 N 6th St
    Door times usually at 8PM.. Hosts larger indie rock concerts for the 18+ crowd. 600-person capacity.
    restaurants nearby
  • Museum of the Moving Image

    Museum of the Moving Image

    3601 35th Ave
    Tu-Th 10:30AM-5PM, F 10:30AM-8PM, Sa-Su 10:30AM-7PM. $12 adults, $9 seniors/college students, $6 children 3-18, free children under 3.
    Astoria-Long Island City food nearby
  • Sephora

    Sephora

    1500 Broadway
    Daily 10AM-Midnight. One-stop shopping for all your cosmetic needs.
    Garment District
  • Nintendo World Store

    Nintendo World Store

    10 Rockefeller Plaza
    A two story specialty store that sells a wide variety of Nintendo merchandise, including videogames, t-shirts, and plushies of your favorite Nintendo characters. The most popular aspect of the store is their Pokecenter which has a wall dedicated to Pokemon videogames, DVDs, action figures and plush dolls. The plush dolls and action figures that are on sale change every week or so, so you need to be quick to find and buy your favorite pokemon’s plush counterpart. The store has a large section devoted to Wiis and 3DS/DS’s that are opened for customers to play and preview videogames before they purchase them. The store also sometimes holds tournaments and video viewings to promote upcoming releases of games.
    Midtown
  • Lincoln Square 13 Cinema

    Lincoln Square 13 Cinema

    1998 Broadway
    First showings begin around noon, last showings begin around 11PM. $12-$16. A multiplex two blocks from Lincoln Center, showing major, first-run films on 13 screens. It also contains an IMAX cinema showing mainstream feature films.
    Upper West Side food nearby
  • Museum of Modern Art

    Museum of Modern Art

    11 W 53rd St
    Sa-M,W-Th 10:30AM-5:30PM, F 10:30AM-8PM, closed Tu. $20 adults, $16 seniors, $12 students, free for children under 16. Free admission for all on Fridays 4PM-8PM. One of the greatest and most popular collections of modern art, on a par with the Tate Modern in London or Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou. Exceedingly popular so be warned: queues for tickets start early and stretch long. To avoid the crowds, turn up at the door at least a half hour before opening, then take the elevator to the top floor and work your way down. The building is as much a draw as the outstanding collection; possessing arguably the best collection of modern masterpieces world-wide, MoMA houses important art works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Paul Cézanne, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, and works by leading American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close. MoMA also holds renowned art photography and design collections.
    Midtown eat nearby
  • Bloomingdale's

    Bloomingdale's

    1000 3rd Ave
    An enormous department store that is frequented by the glamorous and the masses alike. A must-visit for any serious shopper.
    Midtown
  • P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

    P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

    22-25 Jackson Ave
    1 Contemporary Art Center (MoMA PS1), 22-25 Jackson Ave, ☎ +1 718 784-2084. Th-M noon-6PM. Suggested admission $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Supported by the Museum of Modern Art, this innovative (and cheap) contemporary art museum is in a former public school building. The conversion left most of the original features of the school - the large ex-classrooms are perfect for installations - and the bathrooms are a blast from the past. P.S.1 is a few blocks south on Jackson Avenue from the Citibank tower; the entrance is a concrete slab (how fitting) which occludes view of the school itself. P.S.1 also has a nice cafe and outdoor seats where every able-bodied New Yorker can enjoy a smoke.
    Sunny Side food nearby
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    945 Madison Ave
    W-Th,Sa-Su 11AM-6PM, F 1PM-9PM, closed M-Tu. $18 adults (26-61), $12 seniors (62+)/students/young adults (19-25), free for children 18 and under. Pay what you wish on F 6PM-9PM. Founded in 1931, the Whitney Museum is known for displaying contemporary American art even more up-to-date than the Museum of Modern Art. It is most famous for its long-standing tradition of hosting a biennial art show that displays many lesser-known artists new to the American art scene.
    Central Park eat nearby
  • American Museum of Natural History

    American Museum of Natural History

    79th St and Central Park West
    Pay-what-you-wish (suggested admission $16 adults, $12 seniors/students, $9 children); special exhibitions cost extra. Holding a remarkably large collection, each of the 5 floors of this massive building has expansive and well-designed exhibits devoted to astronomy, biology, geology, anthropology, climatology, and paleontology. You will want to allow a full day if you hope to see the entirety of the museum. Some of the highlights are the Rose Center for Earth and Space on the northeast corner of the building, which contains a seven-story glass cube holding the Hayden Planetarium, a huge sphere suspended above the exhibit halls below and holding a "cosmic pathway" exhibit; the numerous habitat diorama halls on the first, second and third floors, with recreations of African, Asian, North American, and ocean plants and animals, including a full-size model of a Blue Whale suspended above the Ocean Life Hall; a Hall of Minerals and Gems, which contains many rare and beautiful specimens, including the largest star sapphire in the world and a chunk of a massive meteorite; extensive anthropology halls on the first, second, and third floors, with exhibits devoted to people of Asia, Africa, Central America, the Pacific, and Native Americans; and the natural history halls on the fourth floor, with one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world.
    Central Park restaurants nearby
  • Discovery Times Square

    Discovery Times Square

    New York Times Bldg226 W 44th St
    Discovery Times Square Exposition is an exhibition hall that caters to traveling exhibitions that are deemed "too large, too expensive, too nondisciplinary or too commercial" for local museums. Discovery TSX has been home to Harry Potter: The Exhibition, CSI: The Experience, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, King Tut NYC: Return of the King, and Pompeii the Exhibit.
    Chelsea food nearby
  • New York Public Library

    New York Public Library

    455 5th Ave
    M,Th-Sa 11AM-6PM, Tu-W 11AM-7:30PM, closed Su. Free. The main branch of the New York Public Library (officially the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building), this is the grand structure flanked by lions on both sides of the entrance. Inside you'll see impressive architecture, long hallways, and beautifully designed reading rooms.
    Garment District eat nearby
  • Jersey Boys@Venetian

    Jersey Boys@Venetian

    2 hours and 10 minutes with a pause.
    Midtown restaurants nearby
  • Radio City Music Hall

    Radio City Music Hall

    1260 Avenue of the Americas
    See the Rockettes, another show, or just tour the famous Art Deco masterpiece.
    Midtown food nearby
  • FAO Schwartz

    FAO Schwartz

    767 5th Ave
    One of only two FAO Schwarz stores remaining in the country, this is the Holy Grail of toy stores, with toys and collectibles ranging from the small, cheap, and mainstream to the enormous, expensive, and exotic. Take a walk across the giant piano on the floor to feel like Tom Hanks in 'Big.'
    Midtown
  • Top of the Rock

    Top of the Rock

    30 Rockefeller Ctr70th Fl
    Daily 8:30AM-midnight, last elevator at 11PM. $25 adults, $23 seniors, $16 children. On the 70th floor of the GE Building (better known by some as "30 Rock") is this narrow observation deck, built to resemble the deck of a cruise ship. The deck affords uninterrupted views over Central Park to the north and across Midtown to the south.
    Midtown restaurants nearby
  • Walter Reade Theater

    Walter Reade Theater

    165 W 65th St
    The Film Society always puts on a terrific repertory program and shows a wide variety of experimental and foreign films. In addition, numerous talks and panels are held here, many featuring bold-named directors, screenwriters, and actors.
    Midtown food nearby
  • Walter Reade Theater

    Walter Reade Theater

    the premier film society in the United States
    The home of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the premier film society in the United States. The theater itself is a good place to catch the latest trends in cinema from all over the world with annual showcases from Africa, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, and Asia. The film society organizes the annual New York Film Festival at nearby Alice Tully Hall (at the Time Warner Center in 2007 because of construction at Alice Tully) in late September-early October.
    Central Park eat nearby
  • Strand Bookstore

    Strand Bookstore

    828 Broadway
    One of the foremost used bookstores in New York, reportedly housing over 18 miles of shelf space, all of it crammed to capacity. A recent renovation has opened up the space tremendously, though that will be a surprise to any newcomer, who will marvel at the wall-to-wall crowds.
    East Village
  • Knitting Factory

    Knitting Factory

    361 Metropolitan Ave
    Door times usually at 7PM or 8PM. Bar open Mon-Fri 5PM to late, Sat + Sun 12PM to late. The legendary New York concert club moved from Manhattan to Williamsburg in 2009. Check a diverse blend of live music, comedy, and special events. Main room events are all ages, bar events 21+.
    Williamsburg
  • New York Historical Society

    New York Historical Society

    170 Central Park West
    Americana including Audubon’s watercolors of birds.
    Central Park eat nearby
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