Here are some of the Local Conference Committee’s favorite things to do in New York City:
Walk on the High Line – located on a former elevated rail line on the far west side of Manhattan, the High Line is one of New York City’s newest parks. Walk the length of the High Line admiring the native flora and fauna, the historic buildings surrounding the park, and extensive new buildings designed by leading international architects.
Go to the Top of the Rock – located at the top of the GE Building (30 Rockefeller Plaza), the Top of the Rock observation deck opened in 2005 after being closed to the public for twenty years. It has the best panoramic view of New York City because its view includes the Empire State Building. Timed tickets are available for purchase online or at the box office.
Take a sailboat tour of New York Harbor – Manhattan by Sail offers two-hour daytime, sunset and harbor lights trips on a replica clipper ship around New York Harbor. Tickets can be purchased from the kiosk between Piers 16 and 17 at South Street Seaport. The last cruise of the year is on Sunday, October 13th.
Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters – the Cloisters Museum is the less-visited medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum and is housed in a series of abbeys relocated to Fort Tryon Park in the 1930s. The park has incredible vistas of the New Jersey Palisades, the Hudson River, and upper Manhattan.
Ride the Staten Island Ferry – this ferry between lower Manhattan and St. George, Staten Island departs every 30 minutes daily (every 15 minutes during rush hour) and offers the best bargain in New York City – it’s free! Each trip across New York Harbor takes about 25 minutes.
Walk on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park – the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park offer the best free views of New York Harbor and lower Manhattan. Pack some food or bring takeout and have a picnic while admiring the views. If you’re in a mood for a long walk, this can be combined with crossing the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan.
Tour the Brooklyn Brewery – the Brooklyn Brewery opened 25 years ago in an old warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is now America’s most exported craft beer. The brewery is open for reservations-only tours from 5pm to 7pm, Monday through Thursday, and free tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm.
Visit the Union Square Greenmarket – the Union Square Greenmarket is the largest in the metropolitan area. Browse the numerous fruit and vegetable vendors, sample some of the fresh baked goods, or pick up some ingredients for a picnic lunch.
Catch some Jazz at the Village Vanguard – this world-famous Jazz club in heart of Greenwich Village has hosted first-rate jazz acts since the 1930s. It still hosts two sets per night, seven days a week, at 8:30 and 10:30pm. (Nearby is Garage, another world-renowned jazz club, which is one of APT's Night on the Town offerings!)
Go on a Big Onion Walking Tour – one of the best tour groups of the city, Big Onion guides are educators and graduate students who can provide thoughtful insight into the history, architecture and culture of New York City.
Explore the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (NPS) – part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the northeastern United States. It also contains a significant population of reptiles, small mammals and amphibians. Rangers regularly lead hikes and bird-watching tours.
Visit the Brooklyn Flea – spend a few hours scoping out this urban flea market and food-truck extravaganza. Not your average flea market, the Brooklyn Flea can be found from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays in Fort Greene at 176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave.), and on Sundays in Williamsburg in East River State Park (90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St.).
Take a Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard – tours provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center can be found at Building 92 on Flushing Avenue. The Navy Yard was once an active ship-building or ship-repair center between the 1790s and 1966, and is now an urban industrial center. The huge complex includes warehouses, former machine shops, the Greek Revival hospital building, and residential structures built in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Catch a production of Sleep No More – this interactive theatrical production takes place over five stories in the fictitious McKittrick Hotel decorated to look like an abandoned hotel from 1939. Sleep No More is a unique theatrical experience not to be missed!
Take a Jazz Tour of Queens – Flushing Town Hall leads a monthly tour of sites and homes important to the Queens jazz scene. Visit the Louis Armstrong House and Museum in Corona, Addisleigh Park, the neighborhood that was home to numerous jazz greats, and Flushing Town Hall.
Visit the Chelsea Gallery District – Numerous art galleries, both small and large, are located on the far west side of Chelsea between West 20th and West 26th Street, and Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. The galleries are all free and open to the public, and free gallery openings take place most nights. Visit http://www.artslant.com/ny/events/list for a list of shows and upcoming openings.
Walk around some of New York City’s architecturally-rich neighborhoods:
• Brownstone Brooklyn in the evening – take a walk around Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, and Park Slope in the early evening as the sun begins to set. Not only will you be able to admire beautiful exterior architecture, but you can also catch glimpses of exquisite ceiling moldings architectural details as the lights go on inside. (You have two opportunities at APT NYC 2013 to delve deeper into the Park Slope neighborhood through Field Sessions 5 and 24, half-day sessions on Class and Row Houses in Park Slope: Development and Preservation of Urban Architecture.)
• Sugar Hill, Harlem – this Central Harlem neighborhood was once home to the African-American elite. This architecturally rich and well preserved neighborhood is well worth a stroll.
• Grand Concourse, Bronx – the Grand Concourse in the Bronx was originally designed as New York’s Champs Elysée. The boulevard is home to the largest collection of Art Deco apartment buildings in New York.
• Ditmas Park, Brooklyn – home to immense, beautifully-preserved free-standing Victorian homes, walking through this neighborhood feels like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
• Sunnyside, Queens – a melting pot of cultures make up this neighborhood of apartment buildings and garden-homes built in the 1920s and 30s. Sunnyside Gardens, a planned community of rowhouses built around shared gardens.
• Forest Hills Gardens, Queens – this planned community begun in 1908 has numerous Tudor, Brick Tudor and Georgian-style homes laid out in a park-like setting designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. The community is also home to the West Side Tennis Club, the former home of the US Open Tennis Tournament.
Sample authentic international cuisine in New York City neighborhoods:
• Arthur Avenue, Bronx – the central avenue of Bronx’s Little Italy, this area has a thriving Italian Marketplace, and numerous restaurants and shops.
• Tompkinsville, Staten Island – home to one of the largest expatriate population of Sri Lankans in the world, Tompkinsville is also known as Little Sri Lanka.
• Flushing, Queens – the largest Chinatown in New York City is in Flushing. Some of the best Northern Chinese food in North America can be found in food stalls and restaurants in the neighborhood.
• Jackson Heights, Queens – this eclectic neighborhood is home to a large population of Indians and Bengalis, as well as South Americans, and has excellent culinary offerings from all of these cultures.
• Brighton Beach, Brooklyn – also known as Little Russia, Brighton Beach is home to the largest population of immigrants from Russia and the Ukraine in New York City.
• Flatbush, Brooklyn – this neighborhood is home to a large population of Caribbean immigrants, as well as people from South Asia and parts of Africa. Needless to say the food is eclectic and spicy!
Also, Open House New York takes place while we're in town, October 12 & 13.
Archtober events are also happening all month.