Most people think that New Yorkers are rude, brash and hate dealing with tourists. In reality, most New Yorkers are just as friendly as people in other metropolitan cities are and most are eager to lending a helping hand to tourists exploring their beautiful city. New Yorkers have a lot to be proud of when it comes to big cities. New York City is famous for its architecture, finance, shopping, arts, food, fashion and museums. Of course, its unique blend of cultures that makes it the ultimate “melting pot” of America. One of the most wonderful ways to spend a morning or afternoon is strolling through various ethnic areas of the city to experience the variety of cultures. The Big Apple prides itself on having the best of the latest and greatest of everything Americans love. From shopping on Fifth Avenue to fine dining, award winning Broadway shows and cutting-edge art and fashion, New York has more to see than any other city in America.
Getting around New York City is not as difficult as you may imagine. NYC has a fantastic transit system with buses and subways that are easily accessible from all major tourist spots. You can easily get from Times Square to the Museum of Modern Art and back to Broadway for a show without breaking a sweat.
Nevertheless, if you find yourself running late, you can easily grab a cab to make up some time. Speaking of Times Square, make time to wait in line at the half-price ticket booth at Times Square to save money on that Broadway show you have been dying to see. While there, grab a snack at one of the street vendors. Look for the ones with “Vendy Awards” posted for the most delicious treats.
Because there is so much to do and to see when visiting New York City, you can never take it all in during one visit. Some people plan a trip to NYC for a specific reason such as a shopping weekend, to catch a few Broadway shows or to take in the most popular tourist attractions. If you are visiting NYC for the first time and want to get a feel for what the city has to offer then we suggest you make time to do the following things when vacationing in the Big Apple.
- Visit Ground Zero – The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is dedicated to the individuals who lost their lives on that tragic fall day and in the days after the attack. It is a beautiful and solemn experience to stand where the Twin Towers stood and pay tribute to those we lost and to those who lost their lives trying to save as many people as they could.
- Take a stroll through Central Park – You cannot visit NYC without visiting Manhattan and Central Park. Other attractions located nearby are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and the American Museum of Natural History. You can cut through the park to visit these if you have the time after enjoying a great meal, visiting the zoo and strolling through the park enjoying the sights and sounds of one of the most popular places in NYC.
- Go to the top of Rockefeller Center – Whether it is watching the “Today” show or taking a spin on the ice rink, it is worth the effort to see this iconic New York City landmark. The view of the New York City skyline from the Observation Deck is unforgettable. The Radio City Music Hall is right here too!
There are just so many things to do and see in New York City that we could never list them all here. We have not even mentioned Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty. The best advice we can give before visiting the Big Apple – - do your homework. Request a copy of the city’s tourist guide and spend a few afternoon researching travel books in the library or bookstore. You will be glad you did when you arrive with a well-planned itinerary!