The High Line is a city park with a difference. In the Chelsea neighbourhood, two local residents took inspiration from the many galleries that have flourished in local warehouses and started a project which ended up converting a stretch of overhead railway into a unique green space in the heart of the city. The perfect place to unwind during your English courses in New York
Winding, tree-lined cobblestone streets in New York? You bet! West Village is one of the few areas in Manhattan that doesn’t subscribe to the city’s grid system and is all the prettier for it. The streets are perfect for wandering around and exploring on foot. The shops along Bleecker Street and Commerce Street are always great for browsing, while the Jefferson Market Courthouse is an interesting visit. The East Village has the highest concentration of bars in Manhattan and is a centre of counterculture in the city... this is where groups like the Beastie Boys, Ramones, Strokes, Blondie and Madonna got their breaks.
A trip to Ellis Island is the one major tourist attraction that most New Yorkers would call “essential”. You can hop on the Ellis Island ferry and enjoy incredible views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. The price of entry to the Ellis Island Museum is included in the price of a return trip on the ferry. The museum tracks the history of immigration to the city: more than 12 million immigrants came through Ellis Island around the turn of the twentieth century.
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge towards Brooklyn
For some fresh air while you learn English in New York
, you could take a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. Pedestrians can walk across the 486.3m long suspension bridge and enjoy wonderful views of the city.
Watch the Knicks, Yankees, Mets...
Follow the fortunes of New York’s resident sports teams at their respective homes or in the comforting environment of a sports bar. Tickets are available directly from the venues or you could try stubhub.com, a ticket exchange website owned by ebay. If you are lucky, you will find cheap tickets from season ticket holders who can’t attend a particular game... although obviously this is less likely with big games. Also be aware that some tickets can be more expensive on Stubhub.
Galleries & museums
The Guggenheim is a spectacular building that houses a range of works from artists including Chagall and Picasso. You can pay "what you wish" on Friday evenings.
1071 Fifth Ave, New York (guggenheim.org)
The Whitney Museum of American Art (The Whitney) focuses on 20th and 21st century American art. Like the Guggenheim, you can choose your donation on Friday evenings.
945 Madison Ave, New York (whitney.org)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the world’s great museums and is free to visit on Fridays between 4 and 8 pm.
11 W. 53rd St. New York (moma.org)
MoMa's cutting-edge offshoot PS1 is the place to see tomorrow's big names. Open 12–6 PM, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
22-25 Jackson Ave, New York (momaps1.org)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) has a collection that spans everything from Ancient Egypt to musical instruments (of which
they have over 5,000). The Roof Garden is particularly pleasant.
1000, 5th Ave, New York (metmuseum.org)
The American Museum of Natural History has a bewildering range of exhibits related to the natural world. A giant IMAX screen has screenings every 30 minutes.
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York amnh.org (amnh.org)
The Jewish Museum contains the largest collection of Jewish culture outside of Israel, including works by Louise Nevelson and Camille
Pissarro. Entry is free every Saturday.
Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, New York (thejewishmuseum.org)
The Brooklyn Museum of Art has New York City's second largest art collection and is known for its Egyptian and African art among other
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn (brooklynmuseum.org)
On West 26th and 25th Street between 10 and 11th Ave (in Chelsea) there is an abundance of galleries where you can see exhibitions from the latest and most innovative artists.