City of Skyscrapers, New York is that city that inspires people to have that ‘American Dream’. Also famous by the quote, “The City that never sleeps”, New York is the most populous city of the USA. With an area of 302.6 square miles, NYC houses around 23 million people with around 3.2 million people not even born in the States. It has been titled as the cultural, financial and media capital of the world. New York has a significant impact on commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, art, and sports. It might wonder you but about 800 languages are spoken in the city.
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Things to do in New York City
1. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge
Want an amazing skyline view? , welcome to Brooklyn Bridge. Only New Yorkers can tell you the feeling of pride and sense of freedom they get while walking on the bridge. Built-in 1883, the bridge connects lower Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights. The span of this famous bridge is around 6000 feet long. It has been featured in many movies and television shows.
2. Coney Island
It is the entertaining neighborhood of Brooklyn. The island is bounded by Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach to its east, Sea Gate to its west. The south is occupied by Lower New York Bay and north by Gravesend. It is basically a place for fun and amusement parks. The island is famous for Cyclone (the legendary wooden roller coaster). It is one of the best attractions in New York. Apart from adventurous rides like Wonder Wheel at the Island, there’s a treat for your tongue. William Candy has been in Coney Island for more than 75 years. You can opt for ice cream, fudge, popcorn or candy, and caramel-coated apples and marshmallows. Apart from candies, you can have mouth-watering tacos at the taco shop named Doña Zita. The shop is located on a street of carnival games.
3. The High Lane
It is an example of the quality of engineering and creativity New Yorkers possess. It was initially a 1.45 mile long abandoned freight rail on Manhattan’s West End which was transformed into an elevated, multipurpose public park in 2009. The beauty of the skyline view that is offered is superb. The best time to experience the High Lane is during sunset. Along with the views, you can enjoy the local delicacies, shop around and even attend some cultural events occurring there.
4. 9/11 Memorial and Museum
This is a must-visit for everyone. It was built in honor of nearly 3000 victims of the 9/11 attack and to all those brave people who risked their lives to save others. There is Memorial’s twin reflecting pools that are set in the footprint of where the Twin Towers once stood. They are the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. It features bronze panels on which are inscribed the name of all the persons who lost their lives in 2001 and 1993 attacks.
5. Attending a TV show
Who doesn’t want to be on TV? One of the best things about New York is that you can attend the tapings of popular television shows shot in the city. You can plan and write to them about the date you want your reservation in advance. Many shows also have standby options. Some shows like “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, “The Dr. Oz Show”, “Good Morning America”, etc, can be attended by anyone.
6. Treat yourself at Eataly
A heaven for people who love Italian food. From freshly baked pieces of bread, hand-pulled mozzarella and other Italian delicacies, Eataly has got you covered. Eataly was founded by Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich in 2010. Eataly is basically a shopping mall, but the thing is that the only thing you purchase here is food and beverages. A must-visit for all the foodies.
7. Appreciating art at the Cloisters
Its America’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the art and architecture of the middle ages. Located in the North of Manhattan by the Hudson River, it holds about 5000 items of art for display. The museum is divided into five sections: A Romanesque Building, the Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert cloister, the Fuentiduena chapel, the Chapter House from Notre-Dame-de-Pontaut, the Unicorn tapestries, the Gothic Chapel, the Campin Altarpiece, the Treasure and the Bonnefont Cloister. It is worth visiting and you can also go to Fort Tyron park located nearby.
8. Shop from the Dover Street Market
It is not just an ordinary luxury market, it’s a shopping mecca. It’s a multi-brand retail store that sells high fashion goods. A place for true fashion lovers. The building consists of eight stories of high-end fashion and just more fashion. This place is a tourist magnet.
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9. Visiting the famous bars in NYC
what’s better than a refreshing drink at the end of a tired evening? New York has got it all. With unique bars like “Kick Axe Throwing”, “The Undercote”, “Marie’s Crisis Café”, you might find a better way to drink. At Kick Axe Throwing, you can throw an axe at small wooden targets and drink while doing the same. And there’s nothing to worry about security as there’s always the bar staff to take care of you. At Marie’s Café, there’s a tradition to sing along with people as you drink. It’s a fun experience.
10. Visit Chinatown
With a population of about 100000 people, Chinatown is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan. Known for inexpensive but great food, bargain shops, Buddhist temples, and an ethnic Chinese feel. You can see the museum of Chinese in America which was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to preserve and present the history and culture of Chinese immigrants in the States. You can also see the Mahayana Buddhist Temple. Also visit the Aji Ichiban, the Asian snack paradise for New Yorkers. It is guaranteed that you won’t return empty-handed. For fashion lovers, Chinatown has Canal Street.
New York is a worth visiting place. For at least once in your life, you should visit New York. The culture, museums, neighborhoods and unique things make New York a must visiting the place.