New York, the Big Apple – a must-visit for travelers from around the world. With one of the most iconic skylines in the world. From fashionable Manhattan to the athletic Bronx with the Empire State Building dominant in the landscape, it has been the object of fascination for artists, writers and travelers for decades. Here, we introduce some of the top things to do in this great city.
Take a Staten Island Ferry
It isn’t often that you get to find something to do for free in this city, one of the most expensive in the world, but combine stunning views of Manhattan Island and a free ferry ride, the Staten Island Ferry becomes a must-do. Travellers will get to see the famous Statue of Liberty and the Lower Manhattan skyline from Upper New York Bay, and services are rendered 24 hours a day all year round.
Go on a pizza Spree
If it’s one thing that New York are passionate about, it’s good pizza. The ever-present debate on the best pizza in New York is always a great conversation starter. You can join in the debate if you want to, but before that, arm yourself with research – compile a list of recommendations from New Yorkers, then embark on your pizza hunt! Some of the local favourites include Totonno’s and Lombardi’s, but if, like most travellers, you just want to savour a large, piping hot slice of mouth-watering New York pizza, Grimaldi’s is a great convenient stop, right under the Brooklyn Bridge
View the city from the top of the Empire State Building at night
One of the seven wonders of the modern world, the tallest building in the United States is admired by the masses for its distinctive architecture and engineering accomplishment. To beat the queues and to see New York City in all its night-time glory, visit the 102nd-floor observation deck at night. Its floodlights have almost become as iconic as itself, lighting the massive structure up in different colors according to special events or holidays. Touristy as it may be, the panorama from here is unrivaled anywhere else.
Lose yourself in the Lights of Times Square
The glitziest, most glamourous district in New York, Times Square has made a name for itself through its annual New Year’s Eve ball drop. Year after year, this event attracts scores of tourists to gather in this place to welcome in the new year and it has become the gold standard for new year celebration parties. Even if you are not visiting New York during new year’s Eve, the overwhelming number of illuminated billboards, advertisements and neon signs is enough to turn the night sky into daytime. The ever-increasing number of illuminated signs has now rivalled the density of its flashy cousin – Las Vegas.
Take a stroll through Central Park
It’s easy to get lost in the staggering number of skyscrapers in Manhattan. For a little bit of fresh air, take a morning stroll through one of the most famous parks in the world. A National Historic Landmark since 1963, it sprawls over 840 acres and is a district in its own right. Go up to the Belvedere Castle for a great view of the entire park, or take a leisurely boat ride in The Lake. If you have an afternoon off, grab a hotdog, a good book, and have a mini picnic on the Great Lawn.
Catch a Broadway show in style
Together with London’s West End, New York’s Theatre District is considered the most prestigious centre of commercial theatre. Glamorous and produced by the top names in the industry, watching a Broadway show will be an experience unparalleled elsewhere. Catch theatre’s rising stars and celebrities in this vibrant venue and choose from a wide range of performances, from Disney’s Lion King to the sexy Chicago.