New York – ‘the city that never sleeps’ offers a limitless number of scenic opportunities. From Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, Long Island, Times Square, to the Broadway theatre district, New York State is a must-see destination for anyone travelling to the US. Here are some tips if you are planning a trip to NYC.
New York City, also known as the Empire State is possibly the most famous city in the world. It is a buzzing, thriving and huge metropolis that lives up to it’s huge reputation. New York has a population greater than that of the entire nation of Australia, with representatives from every culture and land on earth.
The great thing about NYC is that the streets are on a grid (except at the northern and southern tips) so is pretty hard to get lost and Manhattan is only 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide at its widest.
Fifth Avenue divides the island into east and west sides (for example, locations on 57th Street west of Fifth Avenue are designated “W. 57th St.,” and east of Fifth Avenue, they’re “E. 57th.
Buses are the slowest way to go during peak hours, and taxis are not much better. You are often better off on foot or the subway, plus you feel more like a local this way!
Embrace the Subway!
Get a Metro Pass. I got the 1 week Metro Pass for $29 and it was well worth it! Getting a cab down to 9/11 Memorial would easily be over that one way from Midtown.
Don’t try and be Carrie Bradshaw, wear flat shoes (unless you are going out for a flash dinner then go nuts)!
Want to act like a local?
Walk with a purpose and don’t ever stop at the lights!
Hailing a cab: Walk out into the street, and raise your hand with some vigor!
Get a New York Pass
Pay a flat fee once and get access into over 55 New York City Attractions (Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, MOMA, Guggenheim and many more). No waiting in lines!
Seeing the Sights
New York has so many sites to see and many of them are free including Times Square, Central Park, 9/11 Memorial and the newly opened Highline (10th and 14th Street).
Central Park - spend time walking or taking a horse or bike tour through. It is a whopping 834 Acres and features a beautiful scenery, a zoo, baseball fields, a carousel, row boats, Strawberry fields (the John Lennon memorial across from The Dakota)
Statue of Liberty - Get the Staten Island ferry for seeing the Statue of Liberty, it is FREE (otherwise takes a large part of day)
Broadway shows - If you definitely want to see a certain show or have a large group then Pre book before trip but if you just want to see anything then discounted tickets are available in Times Square every day. Most shows you can’t go wrong!
Shopping AHHH MAZING!
5th Ave is the famous street for Shopping. Tiffany’s, Sak’s 5th Ave, Bergdorf Gordan, FAO Schwarz & many more famous names reside here. Get a 10% discount at Bloomingdales/ Macy’s on clothes and shoes for people out of state or country. Just visit the customer service desk when you arrive. Century 21 Department Store- near 9/11 Memorial. This department store is designer clothes at prices you can afford.
Eating and Drinking
Reasonably expensive in general but you can find a range of cuisine and prices to fit your budget.
Every area has fabulous local restaurants so just pop into one that takes your fancy! Little Italy – Great to visit for amazing Italian food, fabulous people watching and great for the ego! The men are very charming here. Food Trucks- great for a cheap eat on the go but be weary of some. Use your nose! I love Espresso Martinis but beware of how many you consume if you want to sleep!