The ‘city that never sleeps’ is one of those cities that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The iconic city is simply full of life and a complete melting pot of cultures, backgrounds and ways of life and the only way to truly understand it is by going there. It is impossible to see the all that the city has to offer in a single trip so to make it easier for you, I have selected my top 5 things to do in New York, New York.
Statue of Liberty
If you visit the New York attractions then you can’t miss this one out. The famous Statue of Liberty sits on Liberty Island in New York’s harbour and simply has to be seen to be believed such is it’s colossal size. There are regular boat trips that will take you across to the island and I recommend that if you do visit the island then you pay to climb the inside of the sculpture. Once you’ve scaled the 354 steps you can look out of the crown of the statue and get some phenomenal views of the city. A bucket list item that must be done.
Empire State Building
The iconic Empire State building was once the tallest building in the World and today it still stands as one of New York’s most famous buildings. The skyscraper is in fifth avenue Manhattan and allows visitors to scale it’s 103 floors up to the observatory at the top to take in stunning views of New York. A visit to the building isn’t just about the view, there are exhibits inside about the history of both the building and New York itself and the design within the building is beautiful with some stunning ceiling murals.
Despite being an urban paradise, New York also has the vast Central Park at it’s heart which is a huge, green, urban park that will help you escape the madness of the city for a while. The park is often home to many events such as music events and carnivals and it is one of the most filmed locations in the World. I love to just amble around the park and people-watch, you will regularly see people running, practicing martial arts, sitting with friends or alone reading a book. The famous park will provide some necessary respite on a trip to the city and it’s central Manhattan location means that you are still close enough to the action.
Broadway is the most famous location for theatres in the World and a trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without taking in a show. Broadway is right next to Times Square which is where you see those big neon advertising signs and yellow cabs flying by, a perfect bit of excitement before you head to the theatre. Broadway attracts the best plays and musicals from around the World and tickets are easy to obtain such is the amount of theatres here. A night under New York’s bright lights watching a great show seems to me to be a perfect way to spend an evening.
The New York Yankees are the most famous baseball team in the World, not always the most successful, but certainly the most iconic and I recommend heading down to Yankee Stadium to take in a game. Even if sports isn’t really your thing, you will still enjoy the razzmatazz and energy that they give to sporting events in the US. The atmosphere in the stadium is fun-filled and frenetic with lots of music playing, food and drink available and of course the game itself. I never really understood the rules but I knew when something good was happening as the stadium exploded. Tickets aren’t too pricey and the experience was unforgettable, get it on the list.