Skip the impersonal chain hotel, and experience the personalized service and clean, comfortable accommodations at our bed and breakfasts in New York City. NYC is the cultural and entertainment capital of the United States and is famed throughout the world for the excellence of its attractions. Throughout the five boroughs comprising the city are world-famous attractions including the United Nations, the Empire State Building, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Yankee and Shea stadiums, the Staten Island Ferry, to cite just a few. Shopping is fabulous: from the glamorous houses of fashion on Fifth Avenue to the art galleries and shops of Soho and Greenwich Village; from the grand department stores and elegant boutiques to the bargain basements of the Garment District.
In Manhattan, visit world-class museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Cloisters, and the Jewish Museum housed in the 1908 Warburg Mansion. Entertainment choices are endless, from Radio City Music Hall to Carnegie Hall, from jazz cellars in Greenwich Village to dazzling nightclubs. Theater buffs can choose from one of the many Broadway and off-Broadway shows. On rejuvenated 42nd Street, the ornate 1903 New Amsterdam Theater, restored by Disney, offers family entertainment. Other historic theaters on the block have been refurbished, and new additions include retail outlets and Madame Tussaud's wax museum.
Make reservations for the NBC Studio Tour at Rockefeller Plaza and Radio City Music Hall. The South Street Seaport conducts historic tours and harbor sails aboard 19th-century schooners. Enjoy fantastic views, whether from the deck of a tour boat, the top of the Empire State Building, the middle of Central Park, or merely people watching while strolling any of the city's bustling streets.
The Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park, the largest urban zoo in the United States, offers a Jungle World, Himalayan Highlands, African Plains, and more. View pertinent artifacts and exhibits on Bronx history in the landmark 1758 Valentine-Varian house.
In Brooklyn, you will be enthralled by the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, a 52-acre urban oasis of specialty gardens. New York's Aquarium, also in Brooklyn, features exciting marine mammal shows and up-close animal encounters. At Coney Island, Astroland Amusement Park, you can choose from one of 25 rides including the famous Cyclone roller coaster.
On Staten Island, visit Snug Harbor Cultural Center. This 83-acre harbor park, preserved as a unique center for the arts, contains 28 historic buildings and offers a broad range of programs and events. Cultural organizations sharing the property include the Staten Island Children's Museum and the Staten Island Botanical Garden, a working educational and recreational center with bird and butterfly exhibits.
In Queens, see thoroughbred racing at the Aqueduct Race Track. Visit Queens Botanical Garden, 39 acres of outstanding seasonal floral displays; or the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, 250 works on the site of this world-renowned sculptor's studio; or the Queens Historical Society located in the circa 1785 National Historic Landmark Kingsland Homestead. If you prefer to be outdoors, bask in the sun at Rockaway's 12 miles of beaches and boardwalk, or at Fort Tilden, a lovely beach known for its dunes. At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, explore the habitat of more than 300 species of birds.
Visit the United States' largest and most dynamic city and let yourself discover what millions of other visitors already have-that the "Big Apple" is the most exciting travel destination in the world. Our ESBBA member inns will afford you an oasis of serenity amid the city's excitement.