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It's a city of non-stop, unparalleled energy, offering countless opportunities for fun and excitement-Broadway shows, outdoor concerts, museums and historical attractions, international cuisine, world-class shopping, and more. Let's start with a look at Manhattan, served by Amtrak through Penn Station.
 
 

WHAT'S NEW

 
The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, located in the main building of the former immigration station complex, has opened with new exhibits including The Peopling of America Center®, The World Migration Globe and the American Immigrant Wall of HonorMore information: libertyellissfoundation.org
From NYP Station: 9.8 mile car to ferry dock
 
The High Bridge—New York City's oldest standing bridge—is open again after more than 40 years. Explore this 140-foot tall landmark that connects pedestrians and bicyclists from Manhattan to the Bronx. More information: nycgovpark.org
From NYP Station: 8.7 mile car; 30 minute bus or subway
 
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Discovery Garden is a recent addition to this urban green space, designed as a place for families to explore plants and ecosystems through interactive play and scientific investigations. More informationbbg.org
From NYP Station: 6.7 mile car; 30 minute bus or subway
 
Following a major renovation, Nintendo World in Rockefeller Center has reopened 10,000 square feet of dedicated gaming space over two floors, with new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS demo units, a 15-foot gaming screen and more. More information: nintendonyc.com
From NYP Station: 1.2 mile car; 12 minute bus or subway
 
The Museum of Food and Drink is New York's first museum with exhibits you can eat. Located in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, the MOFAD Lab Showcases the culture, history, science, production and commerce of food and drink. More informationmofad.org
From NYP Station: 4.9 mile car; 25 minute bus or subway
 
The Sea Glass Carousel in Battery Park is a new, aquatic-themed ride that imitates an underwater experience with its stainless-steel and glass structure on a rotating pavilion. More information: thebattery.org
From NYP Station: 4.6 mile car; 25 minute bus or subway

 

 

WHAT'S NEARBY

 
Situated atop Penn Station, Madison Square Garden is the home of the NY Knicks and NY Rangers, as well as an arena for concerts, boxing matches and the circus. Guided tours include VIP areas and locker rooms. More information: thegarden.com
From NYP Station: 2 minute walk
 
The Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center is a unique place to see a concert, theater production or comedy show. Built in 1906 as the Manhattan Opera House, the space features original architectural details, like the elaborately painted ceiling. More information: mcstudios.com
From NYP Station: .2 mile car; 3 minute walk
 
From NYP Station: .6 mile car; 7 minute walkAmerica's largest department store, Macy's Herald Square spans an entire city block and 11 stories. Inside, you can shop and dine at an array of restaurants. The holiday windows feature beautiful animated displays with a new theme each year. More information: visitmacysusa.com
From NYP Station: .6 mile car; 7 minute walk
 
The Empire State Building, one of the city's most iconic landmarks, has two observation decks off ering panoramic views day and night. On the 80th floor, the "Dare to Dream Exhibit" tells this building's story since construction began in 1930. More information: esbnyc.com
From NYP Station: 4.6 mile car; 25 minute bus or subway

 

 

WHAT'S NOT TO MISS

 

Founded in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a collection of more than two million works of art across all times and cultures in three locations. This year, the Fifth Avenue location showcases several exhibits, including Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, and Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuq. More information: metmuseum.org

From NYP Station: 1.8 mile car; 26 minute bus or subway

At "the crossroads of the world", Times Square covers five blocks of attractions, theaters, restaurants, and stores. The Times Square Alliance produces year-round events, including the popular New Year Eve's ball drop. More information: timessquarenyc.org
From NYP Station: .8 mile car; 14 minute walk; 9 minute bus or subway

 

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum focuses on stories of survival, recovery, and commoration. Guided tours include exhibits of salvaged items, structural forms, and personal momentos, as well as an interactive timelline of the day's events. More information: 911memorial.org
From NYP Station: 4 mile car; 25 minute bus or subway

The nation's first public park, Central Park welcomes 43 million visitors a year, and is the most frequently-visited park in the U.S. Designed in the 19th century, the 843-acre park has a zoo, gardens, recreational fields, monuments and landmarks such as Delacorte Theater and Belvedere Castle. More informationcentralparknyc.org
From NYP Station: 3 mile car; 17 minute bus or subway

 

Rockefeller Center is the home to the Museum of Modern Art, NBC studios, Radio City Music Hall, and the popular winter ice rink and Christmas Tree. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, the complex covers 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets. More information: rockefellercenter.com
From NYP Station: 3.6 mile car; 29 minute bus or subway
 
 
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The Brooklyn Academy of Music
5.9 miles, 26 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Brooklyn Academy of Music, fondly known as BAM, is a multi-arts center famed for its avant-garde performances in theater, dance, music and opera, as well as a film series, talks, and an exuberant array of cultural programs. Bam.org


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
3.5 miles, 26 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Met hosts a variety of shows and exhibits integral to the artistic and historical culture of New York, the U.S., and the world. The newly renovated Anna Wintour Costume Center includes a 4,200-square-foot main showcase, a state-of-the-art conservation lab and a fashion library.
 
The Roof Garden art exhibits change, but the view remains one of the favorites of New Yorkers in the know. Open from May through late fall, the Roof Garden Cafe and Martini Bar offers an additional mode of relaxation and kids are welcome. Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Metmuseum.org
 

Attractions

High Line Park 
0.6 miles, 13 min. walk, 13 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Before the High Line opened as a park in 2009, it was a freight rail line used to carry goods to west side factories and warehouses. Now, it's an extraordinary elevated public park that combines meandering concrete pathways with lush, naturalistic plantings, comfortable seating, and  spectacular views of the city and the Hudson River.  Thehighline.orgNycgovparks.org/parks/highline
 

 

The Statue of Liberty
4.2 miles, 26 min. bus ride from Penn Station
This gift from the people of France to the people of America still stands proud, even after Hurricane Sandy. Lady Liberty's 126-year-old iron framework, designed by Alexander-Gustave Eiffel, was strong enough to withstand the hurricane's intense winds but damage from storm surge led to closing of the island. Nps.gov/STLI
 
Statue Cruises' 60-minute Statue of Liberty Harbor Tours depart from Battery Park every 30 minutes between 10:0AM and 4:45PM. Liberty is also one of the highlights of New York Water Taxi's Hop-On/Hop-Off service, narrated by entertaining and informative guides.
 

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Times Square
0.8 miles, 15 min. walk, 8 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Brash as ever, Times Square is among the world's most recognizable bits of real estate, still powerfully bright and busy even though it has been all spruced up. Timessquarenyc.org
 
 
 
Brooklyn
10.7 miles, 43 min. bus ride from Penn Station
New York's "Left Bank," is a magnet for the young and young at heart. This unique borough feature countless bars, boutiques, cafes, and galleries, not to mention the renowned Brooklyn Flea market.
 
 
 
 
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
18.7 miles, 1h. 37 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Once you've landed in Staten Island, take the S40 bus at Gate D to travel about 10-minutes along Richmond Terrace. Just tell the bus driver that you want to get off at Snug Harbor. 
 
Snug Harbor is one of New York City's most unique architectural complexes: a place where history, architecture, visual art, theater, dance, music and environmental science come together. It is home to Art Lab, the Staten Island Arts, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Children's Museum and the Staten Island Museum. Snug-harbor.org
 
3.7 miles, 20 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Where Fulton Street meets the East River, adjacent to the Financial District, you'll find an exciting mix of museums, galleries, historic ships, 19th-century buildings, and rebuilt cobbled streets. It's a lively place to spend an afternoon, especially for families with children, who will enjoy the atmosphere and seafaring memorabilia. Southstreetseaport.com

 

Museums 

The Tenement Museum
3.5 miles, 22 min. bus ride from Penn Station
At 97 Orchard St., a tenement apartment building built in 1863 and home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants over the years, the museum tells the stories. Inside 97 Orchard, visitors take guided tours of apartments that recreate immigrant life in the 19th and 20th centuries and, in doing so, gather insight to today's debates. Tenement.org
 
 
The National September 11 Memorial Museum
4.1  miles, 27 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The 9/11 Memorial opened to the public on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and instantly became a national landmark.  The Museum's exhibition space, entered by way of a highwindowed atrium, is set within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site. Here the story of 9/11 is told through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of authentic artifacts. The Museum and the 9/11Memorial are located at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, reachable by bus, subway and ferry. ? 911memorial.org.
 

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The Apollo Theater
4.8 miles, 21 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Apollo Theater in Harlem has been a premiere showplace for live, theatrical entertainment since the 1930s, and is legendary for hosting African-American performers among the greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.  Apollotheater.org
 

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El Museo del Bario
4.5 miles, 28 min. bus ride from Penn Station
El Museo del Bario in East Harlem explores Latin American and Caribbean art with collections featuring works by self-taught artists from New York, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America. Elmuseo.org
 
Louis Armstrong House 
8.5 miles, 38 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The modest house in Corona, Queens was where the famous jazz musician lived with his wife from 1943 on. Visitors can take a tour featuring audio clips from Louis's homemade recordings and an exhibit on his life and legacy. Louisarmstronghouse.org
 
 
The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center 
1.7 miles, 36 min. walk, 15 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Met 2014-2015 season opens on September 22 with Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. The season will feature six new productions and 18 revivals.
For a complete list of productions and to purchase tickets, visit Mettopera.org.
 

Food

 
Ramen Reigns 
If you happen upon a line of would-be diners in front of a NYC restaurant, the odds are pretty good these days that it serves ramen. New Yorkers have taken the food to heart and can wax passionately about the broth, noodles and accompaniments of their favorites. Check out the New York Times-approved list of the best ramen destinations, and don't be afraid to discover your own!
 
Rise of the Epicurean Emporium 
Enormous, abundant and amazing are three words that fit the recent crop of epicurean marketplaces that come near to overwhelming food-lovers with their variety of superb prepared foods and fresh prime meats, produce, cheese, and baked goods.
 
  • Eataly 200 Fifth Ave. With 50,000 square feet of food space, is home to numerous restaurants, a grocery store, and the largest variety of pasta in town, both fresh and flown in from Italy, whose cuisine it honors. Eataly.com
  • Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave., between 15th and 16th Streets A block long, a block wide, with more than thirty-five gourmet vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake, and an indoor waterfall to boot, the market attracts 6 million visitors annually. Chelseamarket.com 
  • Todd English Food Hall 1 W. 59th St., in the concourse of the Plaza Hotel Celebrity-chef English's emporium covers appetites for any number of simple dishes-from seafood and pizza to sushi and sandwiches-done with high levels of quality and luxury and the kind of fancy twist you might expect at The Plaza. Theplazany.com
 

Canals & Transportation

 

Brooklyn Bridge
4.1 miles, 22 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S., was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world. Opened with much fanfare in 1883, its 1,595-foot main span connects Manhattan to Brooklyn. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the pedestrian walkway that offers spectacular views of New York Harbor and leads to Brooklyn Heights Promenade with its flower beds, trees, benches, playgrounds and famous views of lower Manhattan. Brooklynbridgepark.org
 
 
Grand Central Terminal
1.3 miles, 13 min. bus ride, 25 min. walk from Penn Station
Grand Central Terminal is one of Manhattan's iconic landmarks and the largest railroad terminal in the world. The renovated Beaux Arts building is now the site of boutiques, gourmet markets, and restaurants, as well as a hub for millions of train travelers. Don't miss the astronomical ceiling on the main concourse. Audio and guided tours are available. Grandcentralterminal.com
 

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The Staten Island Ferry 
16.7 miles, 1 h. 4 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Some 60,000 passengers a day take the ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. This iconic 5-mile, 25 minute journey provides a majestic view of New York Harbor. You'll see The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan. Siferry.com

 

Civil Rights

The Gay Liberation Monument
1.5 miles, 11 min. bus ride, 29 min. walk from Penn Station
The Gay Liberation Monument in Greenwich Village commemorates the days and nights in June of 1969 when LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn stood up against the police raids they were regularly subjected to. The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street operates as a neighborhood gay bar, and the monument across the way in Christopher Park marks what is seen as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. Nycgovparks.org
 

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Colonial

Conference House
31.8 miles, 1 h. 48 min bus ride from Penn Station
Built in Staten Island around 1680, the Conference House was the site of a pease conference that attempted to end the Revolutionary War. Today, the stone house is the only remaining pre-Revolutionary War manor house in the city. Period furnishings and costumed interpreters offer a glimpse of what life was like during the years which our nation was shaped. Conferencehouse.org

 

Immigration

The Museum of Chinese in America 
2.7 miles, 20 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Museum of Chinese in America in Chinatown is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the U.S. The core exhibit, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America, presents the diverse layers of the Chinese American experience, while examining America's journey as a nation of immigrants. Mocanyc.org

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Innovation & Commerce

Rockefeller Center 
1.4 miles, 15 min. bus ride, 27 min. walk from Penn Station
Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan is an Art Deco masterpiece built during the depression as John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s vision of a city within a city. Famous for its spectacular Christmas tree, the Center attracts visitors year round to shop, eat, stargaze, tour NBS's studios, take in 360 views from the Top of the Rock observation decks and catch a show at Radio City Music Hall. Rockefellercenter.com
 
 
 
The Empire State Building
0.6 miles, 13 min. walk, 12 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Empire State Building soaring more than a quarter of a mile above the heart of Manhattan, is the world's most famous office building and National Historic Landmark. Opened to the public in 1931, the 86th floor and 102nd floor observatories offer matchless views of New York City. On a clear day, you can see New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Esbnyc.com

 

Natural History

The Bronx Zoo
11.9 miles 56 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Bronx Zoo opened in1899 and is now one of the largest and most famus wildlife conservation parks in the nation, with naturalistic habitats like Jungle World, Tiger Mountain, Wild Asia and the Congo Gorilla Forest, set among landmarked buildings and monuments. Bronxzoo.com

 

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
7.6 miles, 38 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a bucolic oasis in a busy borough, is 52 acres of horicultural marvels that include Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, Cherry Esplance, Rose Garden and bonsais and desert plants and tropicals. Bbg.org
 
Central Park
1.7 miles, 11 min. bus ride, 35 min. walk from Penn Station
Central Park in Manhattan, the first landscaped public park in the U.S., was created to provide city dwellers with a bucolic escape from hectic urban life. The 35 million people who visit  the park every year find a myraid of things to see and do within the park's 843 acres from guided tours to concerts and theater performances, to sports activities, a zoo and a historic carousel. Centralparknyc.org
 
 
New York Botanical Garden
15.7 miles, 1 h. 2 min. bus ride from Penn Station
New York Botanical Garden, established in the late 19th century with the help of Andrew Carnegie and other financiers, is a marvelous living plant museum with 250 acres of gardens and landscapes. Nybg.org

 

Sports

Yankee Stadium
8.6 miles, 29 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Even if you can't catch a game, it's worth a trip to the Bronx to take a tour of the new stadium. Don't miss Yankees Monument Park, an open-air museum containing monuments, plaques, and retired numbers honoring distinguised members of the historic Major League Baseball team, as well as the Yankees Museum on the Main Level, which features memorabilia and life size statues. Newyork.yankees.mlb.com

 

 

Revolutionary War

Federal Hall National Memorial
5.1 miles, 18 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Federal Hall National Memorial in the Financial District is the site where George Washington took the oath of office as president of the U.S. It also served as home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive branch offices. Today, it's a museum and memorial to our first president and the birthplace of American Government. Nps.gov
 
Fraunces Tavern Museum 
4.9 miles, 22 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Fraunces Tavern Museum in lower Manhattan was built in 1719 and purchased in1762 by Samuel Fraunces who turned it into a tavern. It was here in 1783 that Washington gave his farewell address to officers of the Continental army. The tavern, restored to Colonial-era appearance, interprets the development of New York City, and its role in the fight for independence. Frauncestavern.com

 

U.S. Presidents

General Grant National Memorial
6.1 miles, 31 min. bus ride from Penn Station
General Grant National Memorial in Harlem, commonly referred to as Grant's Tomb, is the final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife Julia, and is the largest mausoleum in North America. The site includes a visitor's center with exhibits on the man who ended the Civil War and was later elected as president to heal the nation. Nps.gov

 

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