New York, New York. The city that never sleeps has been praised consistently throughout history for all it has to offer - culture, architecture, and fabulous food just to name a few. One of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, across New York’s five boroughs the 8.5 million people who live in the ‘melting pot’ collectively speak over 800 languages. The long island of Manhattan has something for everyone, and those who live in New York are all there with dreams and drive.
It doesn’t matter if your time in New York is limited to three days, a week, or a year, you simply could not do it all in New York City. With new art installations, concerts, theatre shows, and buzzed-about food restaurants appearing daily, it’s important to do your research and see what’s happening in New York while you’re there to avoid the fear of missing out.
To get around, your Metro Card will be your best friend in NYC (at $33 for an unlimited one week pass, it'll be your most cost-effective purchase in the city). It’ll allow you to get from the Upper West Side to the Upper East Side to Midtown and down to Chinatown all in a very short amount of time. Use this to your advantage, as each neighbourhood of New York deserves your attention – Times Square as much as the back streets of Soho, or the historic Bowery St that’ll take you into the heart of Chinatown. The Metrocard is also your pass to get out of Manhattan and explore the other boroughs like hip Brooklyn or the diverse Queens. The subway maps can be overwhelming, but once you get the hang of it and know what platform you need to be on you’ll be able to embrace the city’s most popular form of transportation. Failing that, there are still plenty of yellow taxis to be hailed for a true New York experience.
Of course, plenty of New York can be seen on foot and is a great way to step out of the tourist shoes and get a feel of the area, taking in your sense. Take advantage of the 1700 parks New York boasts, utilised by locals who can be seen walking dogs, running, or catching up with co-workers on a lunch break. The most coveted is, of course, Central Park, a geographical landmark of New York. You could spend days in here exploring, from the famous Beatles commemoration 'Strawberry Fields' or hiring a rowboat and paddling your way through the park.
New York has something for everyone, so take the time to flex your interests and learn something new. Take a wander down museum mile and stop off at one of the many world-class museums, conveniently side by side. If that’s not your cup of tea, try the bustling Broadway scene in midtown and haggle some cheap last minute tickets. New York is one of the cultural capitals of the world, you could also spend days shopping on Madison Avenue or devouring the unique food scene, ranging from famous Halal carts to some of the most prestigious Michelin star restaurants in the world.
New York is a concrete jungle, filled with a diverse population and a rich history. The city has been designed and developed effectively, and the younger generation has built upon it, bringing with them their modernism and creativity. New York has been through a lot and faces its challenges as a growing city, but each day spent there is a dream – if you get overwhelmed by the possibility of things to do, merely wandering the streets will give you a taste of the immense character waiting in New York City.
New York can be a destination in itself, or a stopover on the way to another Continent. NYC can also be experienced as part of a tour, e.g New Orleans to Portland.
I feel does not matter how many times you visit NYC it feels like a new experience as brilliant discovering new areas to stay and explore. We stayed in the Bowery area this time and loved it, walking distance to SOHO and Chelsea.
Highlights of this trip:
Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village.
Galleries, The Met, Guggenheim and The Frick
MOMA completing a huge refurbishment and reopens 21 October 2020
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, yes, you can have breakfast @ Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue.
Theatre, we really enjoyed The Book of Morman’s. Running for over 9 years and still booked out most nights. So many wonderful shows to choose from. Hamilton amazing, recommending booking early for this one as often sold out.
Walking Tour of Queens
Amazing cafes and restaurants