New York is an adult play­ground, with an end­less sup­ply of iconic at­trac­tions, mu­se­ums, sta­di­ums and more – we check out some must-dos

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BROOK­LYN BRIDGE Stand­ing ma­jes­ti­cally over New York’s East River, the Brook­lyn Bridge is one of the old­est bridges in the US, opened in 1883 to link Man­hat­tan with Brook­lyn. With its Gothic tow­ers and spi­der web of steel ca­bles it is one of the most iconic struc­tures in the city. En­joy the historic ar­chi­tec­ture and mag­nif­i­cent sky­line with a 30-minute walk be­tween the two dis­tricts – for the best views, start in Brook­lyn and wan­der back to­wards the is­land. The pedes­trian en­trance starts at the in­ter­sec­tion of Til­lary Street and Adams Street, ac­ces­si­ble via Clark Street sta­tion. TIMES SQUARE The sen­sory over­load of Times Square may be some peo­ple’s idea of hell, but the crowds are worth bat­tling to ac­cess one of the area’s lauded Broad­way per­for­mances. The lat­est smash hit is Hamil­ton: An American Mu­si­cal – a the­atri­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the coun­try’s for­ma­tive years and one of its found­ing fa­thers, Alexan­der Hamil­ton. Tick­ets are of­fi­cially sold out for 2017 – but you can still try your luck on the daily ticket lot­tery, splash out on re-sales, or en­list the help of the unofficial “line waiters” who will queue for you to nab daily can­cel­la­tions. Ac­cess via Times Square–42nd Street sta­tion. 9/11 ME­MO­RIAL Gi­ant twin pools make a stun­ning trib­ute to the vic­tims of the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tack, with the names of ev­ery per­son who lost their life poignantly in­scribed around the edges. To delve fur­ther into the impact and im­pli­ca­tions of the tragic event, the 9/11 Me­mo­rial Mu­seum of­fers a mix­ture of per­ma­nent and ro­tat­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, art­work and sem­i­nar talks. Also on site is the strik­ing new wing-shaped West­field World Trade Cen­ter mall, with the Ital­ian gourmet par­adise Eataly in­side. Ac­cess via Ful­ton Street sta­tion. MU­SEUM OF MOD­ERN ART For max­i­mum impact in a short space of time, MoMA is the ideal choice for mod­ern art-lovers. Packed with fa­mous pieces from the last cen­tury, the mu­seum is a trea­sure trove of cre­ative works from the likes of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pol­lock. An ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to renowned ar­chi­tect Frank Lloyd Wright will run un­til Oc­to­ber. Pri­vate group or in­di­vid­ual tours with an art his­to­rian are avail­able from US$95-360. Ac­cess via 34th Street–Penn sta­tion.

COM­EDY CEL­LAR New York is one of the best cities in the world for com­edy, with plenty of choices and world-class co­me­di­ans. One of its in­sti­tu­tions is the Com­edy Cel­lar – a cosy un­der­ground club with a big rep­u­ta­tion in the heart of bo­hemian Green­wich Vil­lage. Mul­ti­ple per­for­mances hap­pen ev­ery night, and if you drop in on a qui­eter mid­week show, you might catch a sur­prise set from guest stars like Louis CK or Chris Rock. Ac­cess via West Fourth Street sta­tion. THE HIGH LINE An ex­em­plary case of how a city can re­pur­pose its aban­doned in­dus­trial spa­ces, the High Line is a 2.3km-long el­e­vated park­way cre­ated on a dis­used freight line. Lo­cated on the west side of Man­hat­tan, it runs from the Meat­pack­ing Dis­trict to West 34th Street. En­joy “insider” views of the city while me­an­der­ing through the sub­urbs and catch­ing pub­lic per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions and art­work. Start your tour at the south en­trance by Gan­sevoort St. Ac­cess via 14th Street sta­tion. GRAND CEN­TRAL TER­MI­NAL Col­lo­qui­ally – though in­ac­cu­rately – known as Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion, the cav­ernous, bustling ter­mi­nus first opened in 1871 and is filled with breath­tak­ing de­signs that draw crowds of tourists amid a stream of com­muters fil­ing from the 48 train plat­forms. From the spec­tac­u­lar façade and as­tron­o­myin­spired fresco to the four-faced brass clock and mes­meris­ing flip panel dis­play boards in the Main Con­course, there’s plenty to see. If you’re hungry, head to the Grand Cen­tral Oys­ter Bar & Restau­rant housed un­der a vaulted, tiled ceil­ing. Ac­cess via Grand Cen­tral–42nd Street sta­tion. MADI­SON SQUARE GAR­DENS From the Arthur Ashe Sta­dium to the Yan­kee Sta­dium, New York’s bor­oughs are home to a num­ber of hal­lowed sport­ing grounds. For any sports lover, a trip to “The Garden” – home of bas­ket­ball leg­ends The Knicks – is surely unmissable. The 2017-18 NBA sea­son kicks off on Oc­to­ber 17 – but even when hoops aren’t be­ing sunk, there’s a packed itin­er­ary from mu­si­cal greats. Up­com­ing per­for­mances in Septem­ber in­clude Eric Clap­ton, Depeche Mode, Paul McCart­ney and Billy Joel. Ac­cess via 34th Street–Penn sta­tion.

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