City Guide: New York City
Experience the Greatest City of the World
“I want to wake up in the city that doesn’t sleep.” – Frank Sinatra
Over the past month, I have been excitingly sharing my experiences all over the country and world, that I asked myself, “Why am I not writing a blog post about my home city?”
I have visited multiple cities and each one of them has their own unique culture, but there is a reason why New York City is known as the greatest city in the world. New York City offers a beautiful skyline featuring state-of-the-art high-rises; skyscrapers and bridges that take you back to the Roaring 20’s.
Another reason why New York is such a special city is because people from all over the world will travel there to see how amazing it is!
Whether you are spending your life, a month, a week, a weekend or just a day in the city, here is a list of New York’s must-see sites and activities:
Anytime Throughout the Year in New York City:
- Walk through Times Square.
- See up to four states at One World Observatory.
- Go back in history at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.
- Catch a Broadway Play
- See a Concert at Carnegie Hall
- Experience a ballet at New York City Ballet or American Ballet Theater
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
- Grab a slice of authentic New York pizza.
- Get a sugar high at the Sugar Factory in either the Meatpacking District or Upper West Side locations.
- Enjoy a New York City happy hour.
- Dance the night away at one of the city’s best nightclubs and bars in the Meatpacking District, East Village or Lower East Side areas.
- Shop through SoHo. Grab delicious macrons and tea at Ladurée.
- Have a lovely morning enjoying one of New York City’s many brunch spots.
- Visit Miss. Liberty (Statue of Liberty).
- Take pictures of your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds.
Wintertime and The Holidays in New York City:
- Be awestruck by the magnificent Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.
- Window-shop and admire the magical holiday artwork and displays in the high-end shops along Fifth Avenue.
- Ice skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Wollman Rink in Central Park.
- Walk around the Christmas markets at Bryant Park.
- Visit the peaceful Christmas tree on Wall Street.
- Pretend you are at a German Christmas market by visiting Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant.
- Dance with the Rockette’s at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
- Head over to 6th Avenue and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in late November.
- Browse around the Union Square Holiday Market.
- Ring in the New Year!
- Take a cab or subway ride to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and tour their annual holiday decorations.
- Enjoy a warm beverage at a comforting café in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn area.
- Bar Crawl through the city and raise money at SantaCon.
Spring and Summer in New York City:
- Take a stroll on The High Line.
- Enjoy a refreshing frozen drink on one of many New York City’s magical rooftop bars.
- Be Italian for the day at the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy during September.
- Instead of going to a bar for happy hour, cool off at Tipsy Scoop – New York City’s first ice cream “barlour”.
- Hike through the hidden gems of Central Park.
- Take a nap, read a book or catch up with a friend at New York City’s other beautiful parks: Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park or Prospect Park.
- Walk through a floral wonderland at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
- Become a foodie at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn.
- Enjoy laughs and great beers with friends at The Brooklyn Brewery.
- Watch a Yankee Game at Yankee Stadium or a Mets Game at Citi Field.
- Catch a concert at Madison Square Garden.
- Rock out to a live performance in Brooklyn.
- Participate in NYC Restaurant Week.
- Try unique foods like gluten-free cookie dough at Dō in Greenwich Village.
- Take a yoga class at one of New York City’s many fitness studios.
- Enjoy a signature cocktail with a view at Loopy Doopy, City Vineyard at Pier 26 or 230 Fifth.
- Pretend you are on a pirate ship at Lightship Frying Pan.
- Indulge in the best Italian specialties on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.
- Go to New York City’s famous beach and boardwalk, Coney Island.
- Take a cruise around the East River and Hudson River.
Don’t miss out on a chance to visit New York City any time of year, I promise you will never be disappointed!
Check out this Premium New York See It All Tour.
Enjoy traveling by foot, bus, and boat on this tour of New York City, from uptown to downtown and over to the Statue of Liberty, From the Dakota Building to the 9/11 Memorial... If you like taking pictures, this tour provides many photo opportunities along the way, and your guide will show you where to take the very best ones.
If you want that “birds eye view” take this New York City Helicopter Tour
Fly above the sights and sounds of the Big Apple on the most comprehensive New York helicopter tour available. This New York sightseeing adventure includes attractions from the Hudson River to New Jersey. Get up close to the new Freedom Tower, fly by Ellis Island, buzz the Empire State Building, and so much more.
For a New York City Boat tour, how about this New York Dinner Cruise.
You’ve never seen the Manhattan skyline shine so bright. On this New York tour, you’ll indulge in an exquisite buffet while the skyline serves as the backdrop for your magical evening. You can take a stroll on the ship’s observation deck or dance your heart out to the sounds of Top 40 hits. Reserve your New York skyline cruise spot today to make it a night to remember.
If you just want to see it ALL, at your own pace you can get your New York CityPass here.
With one convenient pass, get access to New York’s most famous attractions. Your CityPass gets you admission to the following locations: The Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You also have the option to choose between Top of the Rock Observation Deck and the Guggenheim Museum. Your second choice is between The Statue of Liberty (with Ellis Island) and an array of Circle Line Cruises. Additionally, you get to choose between visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum or the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. This New York pass offers visitors and residents an easy and affordable way to see the best of the Big Apple.
I hope you all enjoyed my first (out of many) blog posts on New York City. Email me at TAYLORL.DEER@gmail.com to book your next vacation to New York. We have so many great New York City packages and we can even create a custom-designed package just for you!
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