10 Things To Do In New York City

22nd March 2018 by Nina Reynolds

1. The High Line -

Opened in 2009- The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long urban park created from a former New York Central railroad on the west side of Manhattan and has quickly become one of NYC’s most popular attractions. The abandoned railway has been redesigned to provide a living walkway stretching from Hudson Yards on W 34th Street to the northern edge of Chelsea. Take in the stunning views across the city whilst meandering along a pathway made up of wildflowers, greenery, artwork and architecture.

2. Chelsea Market -

A feast for all your senses! With vendors selling everything from spices to shellfish, cheese to cheesecake there is something here for everyone. Formerly the home to the National Biscuit Company- this has quickly become one of the most famous food halls in the world attracting foodies and shopping lovers alike. Chelsea Market is great to visit at any time of day, just make sure you go with an appetite!

New York City High Line
New York City High Line
Weave between sky scrapping architecture and lush greenery along this former New York Central railroad

3. Rockefeller Centre -

The famous Rockefeller Centre is an iconic landmark, featured in so many films and TV shows as well as being home of the famous Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Top of The Rock Observation deck is where you want to head to get incredible views of the city. A trip up the Rockefeller is recommended as you can see the Empire State Building too. A ‘Sun & Stars’ pass will allow you to go up during the day and then again in the evening, 2 great ways to see the skyline.

4. Staten Island Ferry -

Hop on the ferry to Staten Island to get a different view of Downtown Manhattan and the all-important wave to the Statue of Liberty as you go past. This is a free ferry which saves some dollars for all the other things you will want to do in New York. Hop off the other end and come straight back again, or stop and explore the island if you wish. Leaving from Battery Park, make sure you get on the northern side of the ferry to see Lady Liberty- the view on the way out is better than the way back but either way, she is there in all her glory.

Top of The Rock City View
Top of The Rock City View
Enjoy 360 views of the city

5. Times Square -

No trip to the big apple is complete without a visit to Times Square. A major commercial intersection, a ‘must do’ tourist destination and the heart of New York entertainment, Times Square is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas. From the gigantic billboards and flashing lights to the endless costumed street entertainers and musicians, you will need to stop and take a minute to breathe it all in. Times Square really is the epiphany of “Bright lights, big city”. Don’t forget to visit the ticket booth located under the red steps to buy your Broadway tickets.

6. Broadway -

With newly released musicals to long running hits, there is something for everyone on in Manhattan’s Midtown Theatre District. New York is famous for its spectacular productions so make sure you find some time to fit in one of the many shows that Broadway has to offer. A wealth of talented singers, dancers and performers with stunning costumes and creative stage sets will create a performance like no other.

Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island Ferry
Downtown Manhattan from across the water

7. September 11 National Memorial -

Formally known as Ground Zero, the memorial site built in the footprint of the World Trader Centre was certainly on my bucket list to visit. In stark contrast to the rest of the city, the serine feeling of silence and calm around both the South and North Pool was incredibly moving. Take a moment to gather your thoughts whilst listening to the gentle cascades of water running constantly in memory of those who lost their lives. Now home to the tallest building the New York, One World Trade Centre stands at 1776 feet tall. Visit the One World Observatory on the 102nd floor for breath taking views.

8. Little Italy -

Food is big in New York, not just by popularity but by size too! The list of recommended restaurants and eateries are endless but Mulberry street and the blocks surrounding form the heart of Little Italy which is a ‘must do’ visit during your stay. Take a stroll down past the inviting smells of every restaurant before selecting your favourite. It’s a tricky choice as they all look (and smell) incredible. The pull of Mulberry Street is not only for food but also offers some of the best bars in NYC.

Bright Lights of Broadway
Bright Lights of Broadway
Winter Garden City Theatre

9. Central Park –

Nestled perfectly amongst the tallest of skyscrapers this urban park hosts 843 acres of lush green parkland and is one of New York’s most popular sightseeing spots and the most filmed location in the world. Popular with joggers, cyclists and skaters alike, the park is perfect for a gentle stroll to escape the hustle of the city. The Loeb Boathouse sits proudly on the lake within Central Park and hosts an elegant restaurant complete with a pianist. Rent a boat to paddle round the lake or sit back and enjoy a cocktail on the terrace.

10. Greenwich Village & Washington Square Park -

Home to the popular Washington Square Arch and central fountain- this park is famous for its culture and a paradise for people watching! The presence of its many street performers is one of the most defining features of Washington Square Park- there is no shortage of talent with the many artists and performers that entertain visitors throughout the day. Located within the Greenwich Village neighbourhood, known locally as ‘The Village, this area is crammed full of history and culture.

National September 11 Memorial
National September 11 Memorial
The names of the victims on the Memorial's South Pool
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