Must See Places in NYC
Don't miss any of the New York landmarks.
Explore Iconic Buildings
The face of New York City is forever changing, but depending on where you look in our Midtown neighborhood, you will still find vestiges of the past – some larger than life.
Historic buildings and NYC landmarks surround us on all sides, and from the instantly iconic to the intimate, your experience while staying with us can bring you to the doorsteps of the best-preserved parts of New York's past. Whether it's Times Square or the Freedom Tower, we are in the heart of it all!
In our ‘hood,’ there are 113 officially recognized historic buildings in the city for you to choose from. Here are just a few of them:
The Empire State Building is the most obvious, must see destination that is within walking distance from our hotel. The worldwide quintessential symbol of New York City has an iconic silhouette that is the world’s tallest building from 1931 to 1972. Visit in the morning and see astonishingly clear views of the city from spectacular heights. Impressive from the outside as well as from atop, the Observation Deck will introduce you to one of the most impressive vistas in the world. The top of the building is just the beginning of the adventure, though: you’ll also be able to experience several ongoing exhibits featuring The Empire State Building’s past, present, and future. Take a self-guided audio tour of the building.
Formidable and exuberant, the wonderful Art Deco facades of Rockefeller Center and surrounding environs are instantly recognizable. The epic construction and elements of powerful design, led by Raymond Hood in the 1930s, are still utterly captivating. You won’t want to miss the prominent art, unveiled every year in a splendid ceremony; previous acquisitions have included works by Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Winter, Takashi Murakami, and other amazing modern and contemporary artists.
As the morning continues into afternoon, head to the Cooper Union. The legendary school’s Foundation Building is a formidable old brownstone, rich in history and meaning. It’s here that Abraham Lincoln gave one of his most famous speeches about slavery, captivating audiences then and now. The renown has continued, with the Great Hall serving as the site for several Presidential addresses, as well as events led by ground breaking artists, heads of state, and cultural figures.
Next, take the train downtown to one of the most distinctive and impactful monuments in our country’s African-American history. The African Burial Ground National Monument is an arresting memorial in the Civic Center section of Lower Manhattan that contains the remains of over 419 Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries. Few memorials of its kind exist in the city and even the country. The site’s supplemental exhibits and materials, extending into the neighborhood; walking tours are available for visitors, along with an interactive, mobile-optimized website called M.A.A.P created by Columbia University. Discover the site of the Wall Street Slave Market, the home of America’s first black doctor, the locations of slave revolts in the early years of New York City, and more.
These are just a few of the acclaimed historic buildings and officially-designated landmarks in NYC; if you’re eager to see more and have time in the city to expand your horizons, check out the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which maintains an exhaustive list of all the historically significant sites in the city.
The Center of the Universe awaits during your stay at one of the most sought-after Times Square hotels, Hotel Pennsylvania. Located just a short 10-minute walk from our property, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, lies Times Square, one of the world’s most visited entertainment hubs. Whether you’re visiting during winter to see the famous New Year’s ball drop, want to shop, or plan to watch a show in the area, you’ll join nearly half a million people who pass through Times Square daily.
After a day full of shopping, sightseeing, and more, our Broadway NYC accommodations offer a comfortable resting place before embarking on a nighttime adventure. Offering a premier setting just minutes away from major tourist attractions and the Broadway Theater District, Hotel Pennsylvania remains a chosen destination among theater goers near Times Square.
Explore Hidden Gems
New York City is home to well-known legendary and famous attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and Broadway Theater, but New York also offers a variety of hidden gems for recreation and relaxation. An authentic thrill lies in the unique corners of each neighborhood and the hidden gems of New York City are just waiting to be discovered. Below you’ll find some suggestions from Hotel Pennsylvania that give you an insider’s look at the most up-and-coming venues. Experience the distinct essence of New York’s culture when you visit these locations.
Upright Citizens Brigade (comedy): Improvisation comedy that’s hilarious, surprising, and is an incredible value.
Big Onion Walking Tours: The many tours of NYC available include Central Park, Chinatown, Historic Harlem, and Greenwich Village.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum: An original Lower East Side tenement house that’s been turned into a museum, the rooms bring you back to the 1870s, early 1900s, and 1930s.
High Line Park: This former elevated freight railroad in the Meatpacking District has been redesigned as a greenway, and opened to critical acclaim in June 2009.
Alice Austen House in Staten Island: Home of one of the first women to be a professional photographer, the Alice Austen House features her work on display, and an astonishingly beautiful view of the NY harbor.
Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum: The only museum devoted to Tibet in the U.S.
The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park: Rent row boats, kayaks, and bikes, for a unique serene perspective of the Park. Stop at the famous Boathouse Cafe for lunch or dinner afterwards.
Nolita (North of Little Italy): Has a number of small fashion- and design-oriented shops. The jewelry shops are particularly fun.
Battery Park City: A planned community built on excavation rubble, dirt, and sand from several construction projects that was deposited in the Hudson River.
Real ‘New York’ Restaurants
Visiting New York can be a culinary delight. Devour these delicacies that New York is so well known for and feel like a real New Yorker.
Breakfast: Absolute Bagels
Start the day with New York’s signature pastry—bagels. You haven’t tasted bagels until you’ve had these. Of the dozens of bagel shops in the city, none compare to Absolute Bagels. They offer fresh cream cheese so you can spread more flavors over your breakfast.
Lunch: The Halal Guys
After the absolutely best breakfast, it’s time to try another New York institution. The Halal Guys started in a small food cart, but now, they’ve grown their business into a restaurant on 14th street. Try a lamb gyro with their signature spicy sauce. A trip to New York simply isn’t complete without The Halal Guys.
Dinner: Artichoke Pizza
Despite starting in just 2008, cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille have turned their pizza joint into a New York landmark. They’ve now got three locations throughout the city, and surely more popping up soon. Their avid famous fans include Keith Richards and Momofuku’s David Chang. Their Artichoke pizza, featuring artichoke hearts and spinach, is the best $5 slice in the city.
If you ask for the best cheesecake in New York, you’ll be pointed straight to Junior’s. Since 1950, Junior’s has been serving delicious cheesecakes to everyone in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They serve traditional cheesecake flavors like Raspberry Swirl and Strawberry, and they also have delicious, indulgent desserts such as Chocolate Mousse and Red Velvet Cake. Open late every night, it is the perfect place to end your evening.