14 May 2020
Few cities can compete with New York’s energy and creativity, making it one of the most exciting destinations on earth. From its celebrated nightlife, to its incredible restaurant scene, and endless supply of museums and galleries – New York has something for everyone.
What’s not to miss
New York has one of the most iconic skylines in the world, with the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge all fantastic stops on any sightseeing tour. One place not to miss is the stunning Central Park, an urban park of over 840 acres, smack bang in the middle of the city. In winter, the park is renowned for its spectacular ice rink where city-goers take to the ice while taking in the jaw dropping surroundings. In the spring and summer months, the park is the perfect place for those looking for a little activity with rollerblading, bike riding and yoga classes all taking place.
For an unforgettable experience, one of the best ways to see New York’s many spectacular sights is by helicopter. This fantastic opportunity allows you to see the city in a way no-one else will and is perfect for a special occasion. It’s something you’ll look back on for years to come!
In such a big city, and with so many options available to you, it can be hard to choose where to eat out. Calling itself the first pizzeria in the US, after opening in 1905, Lombardi’s serves delicious, simple pizzas and is highly rated by both locals and tourists alike.
For a true taste of NYC, head to Murray’s Bagels. Sample a selection of hand-rolled bagels ranging from poppy seed to onion for an enjoyable lunchtime treat.
Another edible New York institution is the much-loved cheesecake which you can sample at Junior’s in Brooklyn. The same recipe has been used since its invention in 1950 and everything is still made on site in the family-run bakery. A true slice of New York history!
Live like a local
With a staggering 5.5 million people using the New York City subway every day, it is not only one of the fastest but also one of the cheapest ways to get around the city. With a Metro Card, a single ticket costs less than $3 and with 468 stations and 24 different lines, you won’t be short of places to explore! Simply pick up a subway map and the world (or city) is your oyster! One thing to note is that there can often be planned work on the lines so make sure to pay attention to notices in the stations which give information on alternative routes.
Known as the bohemian capital of NYC, Greenwich Village is a must-see on your trip to the Big Apple. With varied restaurants and eateries, trendy bars and a kaleidoscope of events including live music, magic shows and theatre, you’ll never be short of things to do. If you’re interested in buildings and construction, be sure to check out the Center for Architecture with lots of interesting events and exhibitions designed to educate and inspire your appreciation of buildings and design.