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Things to do in New York Before and After the Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year


What can you do before and after the walk on the Brooklyn Bridge?


Things to do indoors


American Museum of Natural History

New-York Historical Society (is adjacent south of the American Museum of Natural History)

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Whitney Museum (exhibition on Andy Warhol go on line to get admission tickets)

Museums along Museum Mile (Fifth Avenue) such as the Museum of the City of New York and the Jewish Museum

Museum of American Finance


Broadway Show (avoid King Kong)

Go to the top of the Empire State Building or the World Trade Center

Grand Central Terminal

Shopping: Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Century 21

Ethnic Museums:  Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, American Irish Historical Society, the Center for Jewish History (five museums on different aspects of Jewish culture!), the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Chinese in America, Ukrainian Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, African Burial Ground National Monument, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, El Museo del Bario (Puerto Rican), Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, and the Italian American Museum are among the many


Outer Boroughs

New York Hall of Science (in Queens)

Brooklyn Museum

New York City Transit Museum (Brooklyn)


If you don’t mind the cold outdoors:

The Bronx Zoo

Rockefeller Center—America’s first shopping mal

Central Park\

Prospect Park (contains a zoo, botanical gardens, a museum, and much more)—Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux used their Central Park planning experience to make what they thought would be a better urban park

Ice skating at Wollman in Central Park, Bryant Park, or Rockefeller Center


For the Children

Brooklyn Children’s Museum—the first in the USA!

The Junior Museum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

DiMenna Children’s Museum at the New-York Historical Society

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Children’s Museum of the Arts

Jewish Children’s Museum

Staten Island Children’s Museum

For more info, see



Museum of Sex

The Skyscraper Museum

Museum of the Moving Image

New York City Fire Museum

The Museum of Fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology

The Hall of Fame—the first one is on the campus of Bronx Community College

Essex Street Retail Market (the original before it closes and moves to a new location)

Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx


Explore a Neighborhood

Chinatown (Manhattan, Flushing, and two in Brooklyn)

Boro Park (Orthodox Jewish area)

Little Italy



Greenwich Village

East Village



You got your choice!   One thing I learned in watching “Kitchen Nightmares” is to appreciate good food whether it is in a very fancy restaurant or a push cart!

NYC Walks Blog 34 Things to do in New York Before and After the Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year © 2018 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg

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