The Federal-style home of Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804)—a Founding Father of the United States, first Secretary of the Treasury, founder of the New York Post newspaper (which still publishes a daily edition today) and organizer of The Bank of New York—is in Harlem’s Saint Nicholas Park. The property, which is named for Hamilton’s father’s ancestral home in Scotland, includes a visitor center, permanent exhibits relating to Hamilton’s life and legacy, historically furnished rooms and landscaped grounds.
Hours: W-Su 9 am-5 pm
Located on the Fort Hamilton Army Post in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the museum offers an intimate glimpse into the fort’s strategic role in protecting New York Harbor during the first half of the 19th century. The museum follows a time line that begins with the fort’s role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Hours: M-F 10 am-4 pm
Visitors take in Manhattan’s largest neighborhood and visit landmark destinations like the famed Apollo Theater, whose roster included Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, James Brown and many others. Enjoy a traditional African-American meal at Sylvia’s legendary restaurant. Learn about the African-American heritage through a number of tours from Harlem Spirituals, including a VIP Harlem Tour, Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch Sunday, this Soul Food & Jazz Tour and others. Prices and times vary.
This college museum presents educational exhibitions and public programs devoted to Jewish history, spirituality and cultural heritage.
Hours: M-Th 9 am-5 pm, F 9 am-3 pm
Housed in a landmark Beaux Arts building, this museum and library’s primary focus is the art, literature and culture of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Paintings from Spain’s Golden Age are particularly well-represented and include works by El Greco, Zurbarán, Ribera, Murillo, Velázquez and Goya, whose 1797 portrait of the Duchess of Alba is a highlight.
Hours: Tu-Su 10 am-4:30 pm
Located on a 100-acre site on Staten Island, this village of restored homes and commercial buildings offers insights into the domestic, political and business lives of New York dwellers in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Hours: W-Su 1-5 pm
Guided tours: W-F at 2:30 pm, Sa & Su at 2 & 3:30 pm Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $5 children ages 4-11, under 3 and active military free, F free.
A luxury cruise line offers a variety of sightseeing cruises. Launching from Pier 40 in the West Village, dinner and Sunday jazz brunch cruises are complete with iconic sights along the Hudson River, cocktails and dancing. Launching from Pier 15 in South Street Seaport, happy hour, lunch and late-night party cruises feature views of the New York Harbor, a live DJ and a wide range of libations and savory bites. Multilingual sightseeing cruises and private charters are also available. Prices/dates/times/lengths vary. $$$
Vaudeville performer and storied magician, Harry Houdini is the focus of this museum, where visitors tour exhibits that encompass his childhood through his rise to fame; on display are personal affects and professional paraphernelia.
Hours: M-Sa 11 am-6 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm
This five-mile, 550-acre stretch of land is a haven for bikers, in-line skaters, strollers, joggers and picnicking families. The largest section of open space is the two-acre Chelsea Cove (W. 24th St. & 12th Ave.), which features a skate park, carousel, rock garden and expansive lawn.
As its name suggests, ICP (the International Center of Photography), founded in 1974, is devoted to photography and visual culture. ICP’s archive, which is housed in Jersey City, New Jersey, contains more than 150,000 photographs, dating from 1839 to the present, by as many as 1,000 internationally recognized photographers. Temporary exhibitions in the museum’s space in Manhattan reflect the past, present and future of image-making and the role images play in society. Exhibitions are accompanied by public programs, lectures and workshops.