About New York City

by SmarterTravel Staff

Between 1890 and 1950, an estimated 22 million immigrants landed in New York City. The flood of people continues, though nowadays, most come just come to visit. Each year, the five boroughs of New York City attract 40 million visitors looking to play, stay, and bite off what the Big Apple has to offer.

There's no shortage of things to do in New York City. From Fifth Avenue to Soho, shopping aficionados have hundreds of ways to indulge. At plays and musicals on Broadway and off, spectacle is king. History buffs can visit Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and other sights. From the MoMA to the Met, culture vultures have some of the country's best museums at their feet. Adventurous eaters can dine around the world within a few short blocks. And even nature lovers will find refuge in the green expanses of Central Park and Prospect Park.


Serious sightseers can join one of dozens of New York City tours—some of which are even free—to see the city through the eyes of an expert. To skip the lines at many of the most popular New York City attractions, many visitors opt for city passes that bundle multiple admissions at discounted prices.

Few urban centers offer as many options as New York City. From activities and places to eat right down to the number of airports serving the city (LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark), you've got nothing but choices.

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