Cool Things to do in New York for a First Timer (like me!) Home to world famous attractions like Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central Park, New York City stands apart from the rest of the world. The city is a hub of art, culture, history, heritage, fashion and finance. Words fall short when it comes to explaining the grandeur of this city. Before you do the the things listed on this article, don’t forget to experience the subway ride!