New York City After the Highlights

Of course everyone who visits New York City runs to the major highlights first. That’s absolutely understandable. I’d do the same if I only had a select number of days to spend there. When I first visited, now almost a year ago, I did actually only have four days to spend. I went to several main landmarks, such as Central Park, Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge, but skipped Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty and the Museum of National History. I did that because I knew I would probably go back in the near future. And I did, six months later.

During my two visits I went to a few less-visited areas in New York City  as well, mainly because I have family in Brooklyn who know the quieter spots. So, here are a few of my “New York City after the Highlights” suggestions in case you have a bit more time to spend while staying in New York City or just want to get to know the city better. The following list may include some seemingly pretty well-known places, but I had to add them here because I left them out of my top 10 list earlier! These landmarks and sites would be ranked at number 11 to 20 on the list, if you will.

New York City after the Highlights

High Line

The High Line Park is an elevated 2.33-kilometer-long park in Manhattan’s West Side. Formerly a railroad, it was turned into a park in the late 1990s. This is definitely a great park to visit and walking between trees and greenery three stories above the hustle and bustle of Manhattan is definitely something you haven’t done before.

Little Italy

Little Italy is located in Lower Manhattan between Houston and Canal Streets. This area has always been home to most of New York City’s Italian population. Highlights in this district are the five- to six-storey brick buildings and, of course, the delicious food.

New York City After the Highlights: Little Italy in Manhattan, New York City
Little Italy

Columbus Circle

This is large traffic circle is situated at the southwest corner of Central Park. A statue of Christopher Columbus stands at its center, hence the name. From the middle of the circle you can admire the surrounding skyscrapers and monuments, including Time Warner Center, the Maine Monument and the Museum of Arts and Design.

New York City After the Highlights: Food Stalls at Columbus Circle, New York City
Food Stalls at Columbus Circle

Flatiron Building

This is actually one of the more famous landmarks in the city. Well-known for its triangular shape, the Flatiron Building was a game-changing skyscraper and one of the very first iconic high-rises in Manhattan. The entire surrounding area is named after this building: the Flatiron District.

New York City After the Highlights: Flatiron Building, New York City
Flatiron Building

New York Public Library

One of the best New York City attractions is the Public Library. One of the most impressive architectural landmarks in Manhattan, the New York Public Library is one of the most highly-acclaimed libraries in the world. You can go inside and browse its massive collection of books and prints, which includes some seriously important historical documents.

Grand Central

Grand Central Terminal is an iconic historic railway station in the heart of Manhattan. The name is totally appropriate, as it is a grand building indeed. It still serves as a center of transportation in New York City; trains, metro, cars and pedestrians all pass through this structure. Just for your information: it has no less than 67 train tracks.

New York City After the Highlights: Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal

Brooklyn Heights

This is New York City as we know it from the romantic movies. Brooklyn Heights, also known as America’s first suburb, consists of stately brownstone houses, tree-lined streets and its own park. That park, by the way, offers downright breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, one of the reasons why properties are so expensive in this neighborhood.

New York City After the Highlights: Brownstone Houses in Brooklyn Heights
Brownstone Houses in Brooklyn Heights

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of the world’s finest complexes of art, music and entertainment. This large area, a short distance west of Central Park, is home to several buildings dedicated to music, opera, dance, theater and ballet. If you want to catch a performing arts show, this is the place to be.

New York City After the Highlights: Lincoln Center at Night
Lincoln Center at Night

Battery Park

Battery Park is located at the very tip of Manhattan and is the largest park in the lower half of the borough. Battery Park is surrounded by the Hudson River estuary on three sides; the fourth side is West Street, which separates the park from the Financial District.

Wall Street

One of the most famous (or is it infamous?) streets in the world, Wall Street forms the center of New York City’s Financial District and is often used as a synonym of capitalism and of wealth and ambition in America. This is an interesting place to walk through, knowing how much money is being traded, created and thrown away every minute. A Wall Street icon is the Charging Bull Statue, which is a very popular place to take photos, for a reason that completely eludes me.

New York City After the Highlights: The Wall Street Bull
The Wall Street Bull

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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