The modern LGBT civil rights movement began at the Stonewall Inn, which still operates as a neighborhood gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. The Gay Liberation Monument is across the street in Christopher Park and commemorates the pivotal events of the rebellion that took place there in June 1969.
The nearby LGBT Community Center was where LGBT people met to first form groups like ACT-UP and GLAAD. The Center still shows off artwork, including the famed Keith Haring bathroom, and is a great resource for what's going on the in the city for LGBT people.
Pause and reflect at the new National September 11 Memorial & Museum (212/266-5200).
In the Financial District, bargain hunters find top-label treasures at steep discounts at Century 21. Browse the bustling markets and curio shops of Canal Street and Chinatown, with everything from exotic foods to silk robes.
Have lunch on the lower east side at Katz's Delicatessen, the famous and authentic New York deli where Harry met Sally.
Explore Rockefeller Center - a location made famous by 30 Rock, the Today Show and its seasonal ice skating and Christmas tree. Bring out your inner star by going backstage at the NBC Studio Tours or Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour.
Sophisticated shoppers are drawn to the elegance of classic Fifth Avenue stores like Tiffany's, Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman's, as well as striking new entries like Hollister and the 24-hour Apple Store. Modern chic attracts shoppers to designer flagships on Madison Avenue like Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren and dozens more, as well as the famous and fabulous Barney's department store. With a million square feet of floor space, Macy's Herald Square is the world's largest department store and an American classic.
Feel the excitement of Times Square's bright lights and giant screens. Dine on restaurant row, and you haven't seen theater till you've seen a Broadway show! Be sure to buy tickets ahead of time, or take a try at the TKTS discount ticket booth.
At 843 acres, Central Park is perhaps the world's most famous public park. Within its walls, find meadows, ponds, 58 miles of walking paths, and a myriad of outdoor activities: picnics, ice-skating, concerts, a zoo, an antique carousel and more.
Museum Mile on upper Fifth Avenue may have more culture per square foot than any place on earth. Home to ten iconic museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A little further south is the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Harlem is the world-famous capital of African-American history and culture. Tour the Apollo Theater (212/531-5300), whose long-standing Amateur Night has launched the careers of greats like Michael Jackson, Sarah Vaughn and Lauryn Hill. Taste delicious soul food at local restaurants, like Sylvia's, the Lenox Lounge, Amy Ruth's or the Red Rooster.
The Shops at Columbus Circle offer exclusive shopping and dining in the striking new Time Warner Center.
Sail through bustling New York Harbor on a five-mile, 25-minute Staten Island Ferry ride with spectacular views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Within walking distance of the ferry terminal is the Staten Island Museum, with exhibits on art, science nature and history.
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is one of NYC's most dramatic walking routes. A beautiful 15-minute stroll takes you from lower Manhattan, across the East River and into the tree and brownstone-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights. Stop at the Brooklyn Promenade for breathtaking photos of the Manhattan skyline and lunch and shopping on Montague Street.
Summertime is perfect for a visit to Coney Island to stroll the boardwalk, experience the thrills of Luna Park and the Cyclone roller coaster - still consistently rated as one of the greatest and wildest in the world - and grab a bite at the very first Nathan's Hot Dogs. The eclectic Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation, every year bringing out elaborate costumes and general fabulosity.
In the Bronx, the historic New York Botanical Garden has wowed visitors since the late 19th century as a living plant museum with 250 acres of gardens and landscapes across a National Historic Landmark site. The nearby Bronx Zoo, opened in 1899, is one of the most famous and largest wildlife conservation parks in the nation, with naturalistic habitats like the Jungle World, Tiger Mountain, Wild Asia and Congo Gorilla Forest.
The Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, Queens occupies one of the 13 buildings that comprised the former Paramount studios complex. Today, it is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to exploring the art, history, and technology of the moving image through computer-based interactive exhibits, audiovisual material, movie and TV artifacts and even video arcade and console systems available for play by visitors.