New York City is the craziest, wildest concrete jungle in the world, and your voyage to Electric Zoo: The 6th Boro is a perfect opportunity to explore all the Big Apple has to offer.
NYC’s other five boroughs are home to some of the world’s most cherished landmarks. From Times Square to Central Park and the Empire State Building, the island of Manhattan has more notable icons in one small area than any other place on earth. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island–are all bursting with culture and history on every single street corner.
And for those deep into dance music, Brooklyn is real home for the deepest sounds of the underground. But with elrow and Awakenings coming in hot from Barcelona and Amsterdam, we all know that the 6th Boro is where the real action is.
While you’re visiting NYC for Electric Zoo this September, you should go and explore some of the incredible landmarks and attractions that are strewn across the city. They are the inspiration for our entire festival this year and have been the a source of love and pride for us since day one!
New York City’s skyline is perhaps the most awe-inspiring in the world. The skyscrapers, bridges, waterways, islands and monuments come together for a breathtaking panorama that is immediately recognizable worldwide. The grandeur of the cityscape is best viewed from above at the One World Observatory, or from the Upper Bay on the absolutely free Staten Island ferry!
We also have an incredible view of the skyline from Randall’s Island, which you can soak up every night as you vibe out under our mind blowing new stages!
With monumental digital billboards whose bright lights make midnight look like midday, Times Square is one of the most overwhelming sensory experiences in the world. Check out star-studded Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, people selling their art and jewelry, and, of course, the Naked Cowboy.
Stretching across 843 acres slap dab in the middle of Manhattan, Central Park is one of the world’s greatest urban parks. It encompasses a diverse landscape of rolling fields, walking trails and beautifully still bodies of water. Designed in the mid-1800’s by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park is the centerpiece of the City’s public parks system. Among its attractions are the Belvedere Castle, the Friedsam Memorial Carousel, and our brothers and sisters at the famous Central Park Zoo.
Trust us, the hustle and bustle of New York City can get a little crazy and sometimes you long for a little sanctuary. While we’ve got the countryside in the city with Central Park, we recommend also checking out the High Line. Finished in 2011, the abandoned railway line that was repurposed into a serene walkway is one of the most celebrated art projects in the city and has incredible views of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is New York City’s most recognizable landmark, a shining beacon for generations for immigrants seeking a better life in the United States. Housed on Liberty Island in the middle of the river, you should buy the boat trip and tour tickets in advance!
The original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923 and served as the iconic baseball team’s home until 2008. The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, and the team capped the venue’s inaugural season with a 27th World Series title. This monolith, which retains some of the more beloved features from the old stadium, is a must-see for any baseball fan.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
The memorial of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center was dedicated on September 11, 2011—the 10th anniversary of the attacks—with a ceremony for the families of victims. It opened to the public the following day. Admission to the memorial is free, and visitor passes are not required.
New York Aquarium
If you have seen our stage designs, you may have noticed that we were pretty inspired by the New York Aquarium this year! The Battery Park mainstay is the oldest continuously operating aquarium in the United States, you should check out sand tiger sharks, turtles, eels and otters.
Wanna see the part of old NYC that isn’t quite so glittering and grandiose? Check out Coney Island to get a glimpse into the city’s quaint past. The ups and downs of the nearly 90-year-old Cyclone roller coaster will offer a good chance to take note that New York wasn’t built in a day!
While you are in NYC, you must visit some of the city’s world-class cultural institutions, and Museum Mile is the best place to start. This stretch of Fifth Avenue lays claim to one of the world’s densest concentrations of culture, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Academy Museum & School, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio.
The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban wildlife preserve in the United States and home to several authentically re-created habitats where more than 5,000 animals live. See monkeys and giraffes and lions roam the African Plains, or take a safari through the 6.5-acre Congo Gorilla Forest. You can even meet lemurs, crocodiles and cockroaches in the permanent Madagascar! exhibition.
Hey, if you’re coming to New York City for Electric Zoo, then you know a thing or two about partying. In Manhattan, check out clubs like Cielo and Marquee for big names. In Brooklyn, Output, Schimanski, and Good Room are the places to get down. Elsewhere you’ll be spoiled with the choices for great bars and world class restaurants in Williamsburg, the East Village, Chinatown, SoHo…