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New York City is probably the most famous city in the world, and for good reason. This breathtaking concrete canyon land and cornerstone of the fashion, art, architecture, and business industries has more to experience than one could in a lifetime. New York has a rich history and vibrant culture that is at the heart of the American experience. This ever evolving city has so many things to do that one could get overwhelmed by it all. This article will cover the places not to miss.
Known as the crossroads of the World, Times Square is truly one of the most electric and fascinating places to experience. Every sense is stimulated from the second you arrive in Times Square and as you walk, not exactly sure where to focus your attention, you can’t help but feel like a kid in a candy store. Always bustling with tourists gawking and locals speedily walking to their destinations, visitors can now bail out of the currant and take a longer more relaxed look at the attractions of the Great White Way by pulling up a lawn chair in the recently transformed pedestrian mall from 42nd to 47th streets on Broadway. A great thing to do is grab a slice of New York Style pizza or famous deli sandwich and do some people watching.
The greater Times Square area includes the Theater District where Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are playing nightly. There are approximately 36 theaters packed into this small strip of Manhattan with attractions that will satisfy every taste. From major blockbusters to small plays, comedies, tragedies and musicals are awaiting you. It’s impossible to visit this area and not find something to do that will add to the New York experience.
Because New York has so much to see, a great thing to do that will increase your Big Apple knowledge is to take a bus or bike taxi tour. A bus tour is a fantastic way to see and learn about New York City and her many attractions from atop a double-decker bus. Passengers can get off and on at any stop and enjoy dining, sight seeing and shopping for as long as their ticket is good which is usually 48 hours or more depending on the combination tour you purchase. Another great way to experience New York is being pulled by a bicycle taxi. You will beef up your NYC trivia while zooming through Central Park; guides are friendly and very knowledgeable about the dozens of attractions you’ll see including famous landmarks, movie locations and famed New York residents. Because there are so many things to do and see, a bicycle taxi will give you a great snap shot of this huge park so you’ll know what you want to spend more time on during your next trip.
To absorb some amazing history and culture a great thing to do in NYC is to explore some of the many museums that the Big Apple has to offer. These amazing museums have attractions and exhibits that are exclusive only to them. The American Museum of Natural History takes you on a journey through the natural world. Patrons have access to 45 museum halls, the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Hayden Planetarium Space Show, IMAX and a number of special exhibits that change through out the year. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are both beautiful and each provides a different look at art through the ages. Both museums are free for children when accompanied by an adult and the MoMA is free to the public every Friday night from 4-8 p.m. The Met is closed on Mondays except holiday Mondays and the MoMA is closed on Tuesday. All three of these museums have amazing cafe’s and gift shops.
Another great thing to do is to explore Battery Park, a 25-acre public park located at the southern tip of Manhattan on the Hudson River. This Park and the surrounding area are close to many NYC attractions including the Statue of Liberty and the financial district. Ferries depart several times a day to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the first stop for many foreign immigrants on their journey to America. If you have relatives that made the journey by boat to the United States you can look them up, it is estimated that nearly half of all Americans today can trace their history to at least one person who passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island. Bikeways, promenades and green spaces line the Hudson shoreline and are riddled with vendors, performers, tourists and locals alike. The Battery is also close to the 9-11 memorial site, which is currently under construction.
Shopping and eating are two of the best things to do in New York City and there are literally thousands of places to do both. From the designer fashions of Madison Ave. to the famous knock-offs of Canal St. you can shop till you drop. Shopping in New York is something every woman should experience. Everything in NYC is big including the shopping. The largest department store in the world is in New York City; Macy’s flagship store in Harold’s Square is an attraction in and of itself boasting 198.5 square meters of shopping extravaganza. You will not run out things to do or see in this amazing building. For bargain shopping head to Canal Street and check out the very “real” looking knock offs. Located in China Town, Canal St. has become famous for its fake merchandise just be careful as you peruse the deals. Make sure to inspect the details, don’t be afraid to haggle, and bring cash because vendors don’t take plastic. While you are in the area try out one of the amazing restaurants serving traditional Chinese food, you’ll feel closer to Hong Kong than to Greenwich Village.
Finding amazing food is easy in New York, a favorite thing to do is trying one of the many small restaurants and cafe’s that are scattered in every borough and neighborhood in the City. The cuisine in New York is creative and delicious and every attraction is going to have a restaurant within walking distance that is sure to please. New York City never sleeps which means that finding something delicious to eat can happen around the clock.
One thing is certain, finding something to do in New York can be slightly overwhelming due to the shear number of possibilities. On any given day there are a variety of amazing things to experience and attractions to see. If you are on a tight budget there are free street fairs, movies in Bryant Park, and countless museums and attractions like the Naked Cowboy or the New York Public Library. It’s impossible to fit everything in one visit so take the time to map out what you want to see and the things you definitely want to do and then make a list of things to do on your next visit.
write by Maximilian