7 ideas for things to do at night in New York City

New York is the city that never sleeps! So when night falls, the day is just beginning… Here are 7 things to see and do!

1. Open your eyes wide to Times Square

When night falls, the neon lights and giant screens in Times Square bathe New York’s most famous crossroads in an unreal electric light. During your stay, make sure you plan to spend the night in Times Square because you have to see it once in a lifetime!
If your hotel is close to Times Square, I advise you to spend your first New York night on this square. For me, Times Square is the best introduction and a good way to stay upright after the fatigue of the trip and the jet lag.

2. Take the Staten Island Ferry

Another must-see when night falls: see the lights of New York from the Staten Island ferry. This free ride will take you across the entire New York Bay between the southern tip of Manhattan and Staten Island, across the bay.
On the way, you will pass the Statue of Liberty in the distance. At night, you can then enjoy its lighting. This mini-cruise is a pure moment of happiness!

3. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge at night

Whether on the New York Forum or in my paper guide Destination New York, I advise you to cross the Brooklyn Bridge in the morning, in the Brooklyn-Manhattan direction. But, if you feel like it, I also recommend that you make this crossing again at night.
The view of the skyline is then very different and the low lighting of the bridge creates a special atmosphere. You will walk over the pedestrian bridge with the noise of traffic and car headlights underneath. Like in a movie!

4. Admire the lighting of the Chrysler Building

The elegant Chrysler Building is one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City (and let’s just say the world!). During your stay, I also advise you to plan to spend the night there as well. Why? Because the lighting of his arrow is really peculiar, with almost ghostly white neon lights. At night too, the Chrysler Building knows how to get noticed!

5. Climb to the top of an observatory

During your stay, you will absolutely have to visit one of the three observatories in New York (and I recommend all three): the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock and the One World Observatory. To each his own view and atmosphere.
At night, I recommend the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock: you will be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of New York and have all the lights of New York under your feet. When you’re up there, I bet you’ll have a few notes of the famous song “New York, New York” in your head!

6. Visit a museum by night

I told you in the introduction: New York is the city that never sleeps! And, quite logically, some museums are open until very late at night.

  • This is the case of the amazing Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Times Square, which is open until 1am. This strange museum is a cabinet of curiosities that presents you with a host of unusual objects.
  • Right next door, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square closes at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. So you’ll have the whole evening to take a picture of yourself next to the wax effigies of celebrities from the world of politics, film, song or sport.
  • Adults will also have until 10pm (11pm on Friday and Saturday) to visit the Sex Museum.

7. Have a Rooftop Drink

The term “Rooftop” refers to bars and restaurants on the rooftops of buildings. And New York is a specialist in this field! When night falls, there’s nothing like having a drink at 230 Fifth, with the Empire State Building in front of you. Located at n°230 5th Avenue, not far from Madison Square Park, this address is New York’s most famous Rooftop.
But there are many other Rooftops in New York!