Oh how exhilarating it is to be in the Big Apple! The city where dreams come true and there’s nothing but diversity around. Always a new opportunity to experience the best things ranging from theatre, art, music, and most of all a wide range of expertly prepared food. Every neighborhood in the city is unlike the other, but are able to co-exist which gives it its charm. So, are you over whelmed with so much to do? How could you possibly see everything in a city that never sleeps? Well, we can sure try even if we loose some sleep over it. Here is a guide to the 10 things to do in New York City.
1. Central Park
Central Park, we have all seen it in a movie at least once and its just as beautiful. This is one of those locations that can be done in the morning or afternoon. The park measures to about 4 kilometers long and 800 meters wide. Here you will be able to check out its Belvedere Castle (the park’s official weather station), Walk on its Gapstow bridge, ride on a relaxing gondola in one of its ponds or race sailboats, make a wish at Bethseda fountain, decipher hieroglyphics at Cleopatra’s Needle, admire the Minton tiles, or set a blanket on one of its hills and have a breakfast/brunch/lunch picnic. There are endless activities that go on daily in Central Park it is not unusual to lose a few hours inside the park.
2. Grand Central Terminal
This iconic terminal has beauty in itself. A striking feature of the terminal is its astronomical mural on the cieling displaying the Mediterranean sky during the October to March zodiac. Also, the terminal has four magnificent clocks and has a “secret door” located near the information booths that leads to a lower level of information booths. And, while you are here go check out the oldest business in Grand Central Terminal, The Oyster Bar which opened in 1913. Oh, and cross your fingers because the terminal is known for having spontaneous flash mob stunts and are truly one of a kind.
3. Empire State Building
The infamous Empire State building is a must when visiting New York City. Buy a ticket to go up to one of its two observatory rooms (Floor 86 or Floor 102). Here you will be able to get a full view of the entire city and its surroundings.
4. The Met ,Guggenheim, MoMA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art are all great in there own way. If you are an artsy person we welcome you to visit all three museums. However, if you want to make the most of your day we suggest you pick one because they are very time consuming due to their interesting and beautiful art pieces. The Met presents over 5,000 years of culture and time in their displays. On the contrary, the Guggenheim presents different forms of art ranging from Pre and post impressionst, minimalist, conceptial, environmental, modern, and much more. And as for the MoMA, it presents modern and contemporary art as well as architecture, painting, photography, sculptures to name a few.
5. The High line
The High line is a mythical park on the west side of the city. It was once a freight rail line that was no longer in use and on the verge of being demolished. However, it was saved and redesigned. Now, it is the perfect place to experience art, nature, and design. This park offers some of the best views of the city. You can go to the end and look over the Tiffany & Co. Overlook, hang out on the sundeck, cross over to the Chelsea Market, sit on various benches/stairs, eat and drink in neighboring resturants or even stargaze at night. Day or night this is a beautiful place to visit, even though its much more lively at night.
6. Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge has revolutionized and has become a tourist attraction. It is also a symbol of New York City. The best way to see it is if you cross it by foot from either the Brooklyn side or Manhattan side. We recommend crossing it from the Brooklyn side to Manhattan so that you can get a panoramic view of the city as well as the statue of liberty. However, that does not mean crossing from Manhattan to Brooklyn isn’t equally beautiful because it has the same view minus Manhattan. If you choose Manhattan to Brooklyn; once you finished crossing you can stop for a break at the Brooklyn Bridge Park which is right off the bridge, or you can grab some ice cream, a milkshake, or coffee at the infamous Brooklyn ice cream factory and enjoy the views from there. Please take into consideration it takes about 45 mins- 1 hr to cross the bridge if you are constantly stopping for pictures, (30 mins if you don’t). ***Wear comfortable shoes.
7. Times Square
The emblematic Times Square located on 42nd st is the true definition of “The City that never sleeps.” There is constant buzz and moment at all times regardless of how early/late it is. It also has a countless amount of shops and resturants that match the areas ongoing schedule. Therefore, shop til you drop, but wear comfortable shoes. Also, while you are there you can catch a broadway show, or visit the Madame Tussauds wax museum. And, the best part you get to be in the area/spot where a part or full recording of your favorite movie/TV show took place. Similarly, the large amounts of live action news, publications, and announcements on the big screens will keep you mesmorized. After your walk through times square, if you continue through 42nd street you will end up in Bryant Park where you can go ice skating (winter times only).
8. Broadway Show
Broadway Ave in New York City is several miles long however, when you hear the name you immediately think of the Broadway between Times square 42nd st and 53rd street. This is known as the theatre district and is highly recognized for its outstanding billboards and bright lights. There are 40 large theatres that contain different shows to choose from. The areais iconic and your trip would not be complete if you do not go see a show on Broadway.
9. The Staten Island Ferry
If you have not seen it in a movie or two we’re sure you probably have heard about it; we’re talking about the Staten Island Ferry. Riding the ferry will cost you aboslutely nothing, that’s right it is free. That is why we recommend it because riding it you will be able to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and get a panoramic view of Manhattan. The boat is very big and if you want a seat with a great view of the Statue of Liberty you should sit on the starboard side of the ship. However, this side is very popular among tourist so we recommend you go early or you will stand. If you don’t fit on the starboard side going towards Staten Island worry not the Port side has an equally beautiful view of Govenor’s Island, Brooklyn, and the Verrezano Bridge. And, upon returning to Manhattan on the Ferry make sure you find a seat on the starboard section. Oh, and there is no better way to relax than to buy a good ol American beer that is sold on the ship (have to be 21 years old to consume alcohol in the United States).
10. SeaGlass Carousel
The SeaGlass Carousel located in the Battery Conservatory is very peculiar. It can be considered a tourist attraction, but oddly enough not many locals know about it. The carousel resembles an under the sea garden and visitors would be riding Siamese Fighting Fish. Additionally, the fish look as if they were made of glass and display bioluminescent lights. We recommend going toward the afternoon when the sun begins going down so that you can enjoy the lights (closes between 7 and 8 on certain days).