The Dutch bought are said to have bought Manhattan from the Indians for $24 in trinkets. Despite the low price, Manhattan has so many rich treasures to offer. From the famous Blue Man Group to Prune, a tiny Manhattan restaurant that has one of the most exclusive lists Bloody Marys in all of Manhattan. There is must to see and do, including go to dive bars in this city. Whether you like reading obscure books or simply want to see this year’s Broadway rendition of “The Nutcracker.”

Things To See

The King and I – Five-time Tony nominee, Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, Academy Award nominee, have a new adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved Broadway Production.

American Museum of Natural History- This museum allows guests to see actual specimens of fossils. It also has a hulking replica of a Barosaurus. If anyone gets tired of seeing dinosaurs, there is also an exhibit on Ocean Life to see and a 94-foot blue whale model.

Things To Do

The Rockefeller Center is one tourist attraction to visit. Five rock gardens, originally designed by English landscaper, Ralph Hancock, are said to be on rooftops of the Rockefeller Center. The gardens were closed in 1933 and 1936, but they can be seen from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. One of the gardens appeared in the 2002 movie, Spider-Man.

Visit the Frick Collection, once owned by Henry Frick, a 19th century industrialist who built a mansion of the Upper East Side. The jewel of this property is a bowling alley, which remained the tycoon’s playground until his death, in 1919.

Bomb Shelter – It is located on Manhattan’s Lower East side, but most New Yorkers may pass right over this bomb shelter that was used between 1957 and 1962. Military supplies of crackers, blankets, medicine, and water containers were found in 2006 when city inspectors stumbled upon this bunker. To prevent people from vandalizing the bunker, it has been quietly hidden away from the 250,000 people who walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It isn’t the only hidden secret in the City. There is also said to be several rooms that were used for reading and music performances. With its high ceilings and brick walls, the impressive rooms had been used for nearly 20 years, as places to read, etc. However, this space was closed up after 9/11 because of security reasons and it is not likely that it will be reopened anytime soon. What mysteries that lie within will remain sealed.

Arts and Culture

El Museo de Barrio

On the Fifth Avenue Mile, the El Museo de Barrio celebrates culture of Puerto, the Caribbean and Latin artwork. This museum is the only one that has these cultures as the focal point. This Museo also hosts festivals that families can bring their children. This museo has undergone a renovation and offers a new look for guests. Admission is $6 for adults, seniors and students are $4, Children under 12 are free.