New York, the city that never sleeps.
Which is why it’s probably my favourite city in the world.
Since my first visit in 2003, I keep going back, year after year. The early joggers in Central park and the smell of hot dogs in the air, makes me feel alive!
If you’ve never been before, there is so much to do and see. It can be daunting when planning your trip. Well, knowing New York as well as I do, I’m here to help you!
This is the first instalment of a visual guide to New York.
I’ll guide you through the most historic sights and help you plan your stay, hour by hour and day by day.
My first tip when visiting New York is, stop…and take it all in. It’s big, brash and very busy, and if you don’t stop for a minute, you’ll miss it. Most people will visit for 3-4 nights, so it’s imperative wherever you are or whatever you are doing, now and again just stop. Look. and soak it up!
With so many skyscrapers in New York, sometimes it’s best seen from the air. You can get helicopter rides from down by South Street Seaport. Although expensive, they are definitely worth it.
If you’re more budget conscious, then take the high-speed elevator up the Rockefeller centre. I’d choose this over the Empire State building, as when you’re at the top, you can see the Empire State building. The opposite side, you can see the famous Central Park. If it’s looks massive from up here, it’s even bigger when your walking through it!
With so much to do in New York, there are many places you can visit for free. Times Square, Grand Central Station and the many parks.
The last time I was in New York, they had snow in October and sections of Central Park was closed off.
If you’re keen on visiting the main attractions, like the Statue of Liberty etc, then it’s worth investing in a New York City pass. The cost will cover entry to all the museums and attractions. You can save between $50-$100 per person by purchasing the pass.
Times Square at night is awesome. The bright lights and buzz of people will excite you. From here you can always catch a Broadway show.
New York is just as famous for food as it’s wonderful sights. Food on the go in a busy city is the norm for many New Yorkers. From bagels, to pizza slices and hot dogs. Manhattan, whilst touristy and offers good food, great food can be found in Brooklyn or off the beaten track. New York deli sandwiches, cheesecake and an eggs benedict for breakfast, can’t be recommended highly enough.
I hope I’ve given you a brief visual taste of New York and got you excited by this wonderful city. Look out for my second post on New York soon.
If you have any questions, or want to know more about New York, then get in touch