New York City: The Melting Pot

As a student in New York, you will have access to an unlimited number of exciting things to see and do. Explore New York’s many international and cultural neighborhoods, spend a day at the zoo, or indulge in a cruise around Manhattan. Check out some of the activities below to start experiencing all that New York has to offer!

International Flavor in New York City


Chinatown’s streets are lined with stands selling authentic food, jewelry and souvenirs. You’ll also find some of NYC’s best restaurants, serving a variety of cuisine from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.


Koreatown is an ethnic Korean neighborhood in midtown Manhattan. It’s home to some of New York City’s best Korean spas, BBQ and shopping. K-town also has many popular karaoke bars and 24-hour restaurants.

Little Italy

Indulge in fresh pasta and desserts found at the many delicious Italian eateries in Little Italy. Right next door to Chinatown, Little Italy is small but bursting with ethnic pride, especially during annual celebrations like the Feast of San Gennaro.

Flushing, Queens

Flushing is a neighborhood in Queens well-known for its diversity, with a high percentage of residents from Asia. If you’re looking for authentic Asian cuisine, shopping or even a spa day, Flushing will have you covered.

Jackson Heights, Queens

Jackson Heights is home to what many call Little India. It’s a diverse community home to many South Asian residents. Visitors here will find plenty of Indian restaurants and grocery stores.

Other Popular Things to Do and See

Circle Line Cruise

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises are one of the best and most comfortable ways to experience NYC. Circle Line offers a variety of different cruises, all with great views of the Manhattan skyline and Liberty Island.

Coney Island

Each summer, Coney Island turns into a hot spot for both tourists and locals. Visitors flock to the beach and to the renowned amusement park, featuring the famed Cyclone roller coaster. Coney Island is also well-known for being the home to Nathan’s 4th of July hot dog eating contest!

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and is among the largest in the world. Known for its large animal collection and award-winning exhibits, the Bronx Zoo makes for a great day trip.

Walk the Highline

The Highline is a 1.45-mile-long park built on a historic elevated rail line above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. Visitors can explore different pathways, outdoor cafes, public art displays and food carts while walking the length of the park, which extends from the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street.

Madison Square Garden

MSG is one of the most famous and well-known performance venues in the world. From NBA and NHL games, to concerts and ice shows, every event at Madison Square Garden is sure to be an amazing experience.

Fishing on Long Island

Looking for a more relaxing activity? Long Island has many opportunities for fishing and other water-based activities. There are many boats and fishing excursions that offer group or individual fishing trips. The best part? You don’t even need your own equipment!

Ready to explore?

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