What’s it like to be a New York City insider? Insiders seek unique and authentic experiences that showcase the flavor of a locality. If you enjoy history, art, architecture, and culture, learn to be an insider whenever and wherever your travels take you.
Three insider haunts
1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
Tours daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Aptly nicknamed the showplace of the nation, Radio City Musical Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world with a marquee stretching a full city block. Its art deco interior spaces and décor are stunning and elegant. The Rockettes, a precision dance company renowned for their high kicks, have performed at the theater since 1932.
Take a 75-minute backstage tour of the theater and see firsthand the art deco masterpieces in the public and private spaces and meet a Rockette. She will be in full costume, answer your questions, and take a photo with you.
Adult: $26.95; Children (12 & under): $19.95
David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway & 62nd Street, New York, NY
The majestic Swarovski crystal chandeliers in the Metropolitan Opera House lobby were a gift from the Austrian government to thank the United States for its aid in the years after World War II. This is just one of many facts you’ll learn on a 75-minute tour of the stunning performance venues of Lincoln Center. Each tour is different, based on the performance schedule, but you may be lucky and get to see a working rehearsal. Specialty tours include Art & Architecture and American Sign Language Interpretation.
Purchase your tour tickets online, by phone (212) 875-5350, or in person at the David Rubenstein Atrium.
All tickets: $20.00; Student (under age 30, with valid ID): $18
Purchase both the Radio City Musical Hall and Lincoln Center Tour together and save over 25%. The Combo Tour: $32.50 can be purchased at either theater.
350 5th Ave, New York, NY
Where else can you see the city shimmer? The Empire State Building, one of the most iconic tourist attractions in New York City, offers beautiful views of the city’s skyline; visit at night when the city is ablaze in lights and the skyline dazzles. With your first step out to the Observation Deck, you’ll feel as if you are opening a jewel box as buildings and bridges sparkle in an array of colors. An added bonus, the lines in the evening are not as long as daytime hours.
The Empire State Building is open every day, including all holidays and in all weather, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (the last elevator goes up at 1:15 a.m.). For an extra treat visit Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. when a saxophonist performs.
Main Deck Only (86th Floor)
Adult: $32; Senior: (ages 62+): $29; Child (ages 6-12): $26