New York, also known as ‘The Big Apple’, ‘The Empire State’ and ‘The City that never sleeps’; whatever name you know this American state by, it is undoubtedly a Bucket List destination.
Planes, trains and automobiles (coach or taxi) there are plenty of ways to get in to the 13-mile long and 2-mile wide City. Once you’re inside the ‘Concrete Jungle’ you won’t be without something to do, a sight to see or an experience to be had; all thanks to the wealth of cultural diversity and 24/7 opening times.
Pack some decent walking shoes as New York is best seen on foot! (Unless you fancy the birds eye view with a helicopter experience). From the lush green space of Central Park back to the bright lights of Time Square, this City has an atmosphere that envelopes you and assures you won’t forget.
For anyone needing a little inspiration for their New York trip we’ve made a short list of things you could do:
See a Broadway show
This is certainly an experience to be had, even if you’re not a theatre going ‘lovie’ at home the lights of Broadway can get anyone excited. From classics such as ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to the side splitting hilarious ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Something Rotten!’ an evening on Broadway has something for everyone (seriously, there’s over 40 theatres to choose from). Take a walk down ‘The Great White Way’ and you’re sure to be dazzled.
Take a trip up the Empire State Building
Everyone knows that a trip to New York has got to include a visit to the legendary Empire State Building, but why? Well, this art deco styled skyscraper was built in a race to erect the world’s tallest building, and at over 1,250 feet it held that title for almost 40 years. In 2007, it was voted number one as America’s favourite architecture. To give you an idea of the size of this building, it has its own zip code! It’s a sight to be seen that’s for sure.
Visit the Rockefeller Centre
As we mentioned already the Empire State Building is pretty epic and a huge part of New York’s skyline however the Rockefeller Centre can’t be sniffed at. Although the rockefella centre is around 850 feet shorter than the Empire State the views from the Top of the Rock observation deck are just as breath taking, and ironically gives you the one view the Empire State can’t…. a view of the Empire State.
Ride the Subway to Grand Central Station
Taking a trip on the subway is a fun experience and an easy way to get around the city. The subways aren’t the cleanest but depending in your preference the nitty, gritty underground world can be experience in itself. Unlike the London Underground, buskers don’t need a permit to perform and you can watch some serious talent whilst waiting on the platform. One of the most famous stations is Grand Central Station, it may have trains coming and going but it is most certainly a destination in itself. It’s featured in many movie and TV scenes and when you see the architecture and paintings it’s easy to see why. The 4, 5, 6, 7 and S (42nd Street Shuttle) trains all stop at Grand Central Terminal.
Fun Fact: The terminal features the famous ‘Whispering Gallery’, an unmarked archway, located in front of the Oyster Bar & Restaurant and when two people stand at diagonal arches and whisper, they can hear each other’s voices transported across to one another (just don’t whisper your pin number or anything).
Wave a foam finger at a sports game
Like Broadway a sports game may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is defiantly an experience to be had. The stadiums are pretty huge and so are the crowds, which makes for an electric atmosphere. American football season is September through to January and you can catch the New York Giants playing at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, just 30 minutes away from Midtown Manhattan.
If your trip is between October and April then you could cheer on the New York Rangers play ice hockey at Madison Square Garden. Grab a hot dog and join in with the screaming crowds, you could surprise yourself how passionate you get.
New York City has teams playing in every major sport so you won’t be without choice if you’re keen to grab a hot dog and wave a foam finger at a match!
Get sung to over dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner
Ellen’s Stardust Diner is so much more than a place to eat, it is home to the future stars of stage and screen and they’re there to entertain you! The 1950s themed diner serves traditional American diner cuisine whilst the waiting staff performs musical renditions of old and new Broadway tunes. This is a popular place amongst New Yorkers and tourists alike so be prepared to wait for a seat, alternatively the breakfast rush tends to be less busy.
Pay The Statue of Liberty a visit
We couldn’t miss this little lady off the list now could we? To be fair in comparison to the bridges and buildings in the city she is quite small at 305 feet, 6 inches (that includes the pedestal foundation). Despite her height she’s still got it when it comes to drawing in the crowds, approx. four million people a year, which means it gets busy so plan ahead! You can get a ferry to the island from Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City, and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Fun Fact: The statue has a thin copper covering and the light green colour (called a patina) is the result of natural weathering of the copper
There’s plenty more to do in this amazing city but we hope this list has gotten you excited for exploring New York; we’d love to hear about your experiences.
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