9 Things To See and Do In New York City, New York
Amidst the rising skyscrapers, the commotion of commuters, tourists, and locals, find culture, crowds, and unparalleled energy in the world’s most fascinating city, New York City. NYC is a place I have loved since I was eighteen years old and the city in which I learned to drive, during a time where honking the horns was allowed.
The high energy and brilliance of this baffling city continue to mesmerize me, even after countless visits. Here are 9 things to do in New York City.
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1. Explore Central Park
You must visit Manhattan’s Central Park, totaling 843 sprawling acres. The list of activities is endless: go for a jog, stroll along the beautiful sidewalks, people watch, enjoy nature, ride the Central Park Carousel, pay your respects to the legendary Beatle John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, have a snack from a local food vendor, explore the Central Park Zoo, ice skate at Wollman Rink, or row by a scenic bridge.
2. Rub Elbows…Literally
Where Sixth and Broadway meet, known as Herald Square, is a great place to be submerged among the busiest sidewalks and neon light congestion in the city. Sometimes, it is just nice to just walk these streets and people watch, check out the sidewalk art and kiosks, and enjoy warm roasted nuts or a hot dog from a street vendor.
3. See a Broadway Show
This is my favorite thing to do in New York City. In fact, I try to pack as many shows on my visit as I can. Getting tickets to a show can be as easy or as painful as you wish. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the theater directly in advance, or you can stand in line at the TKTS booth in Times Square in hopes of getting last minute discount tickets. A third option is to stumble upon tickets being sold outside the theater before the show, but use caution as sometimes these are fake.
I prefer musicals to plays, but all of the shows are top quality and sure to entertain. The theaters are spectacular and collecting Playbills from each show is a big deal to Broadway junkies, like myself. The best musicals I have seen are the Mystery of Edwin Drood, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Xanadu, and Book of Mormon.
Tip: Head to the stage door after the show to meet the cast members and get your Playbill autographed.
4. Get Your Art & History On
US History buffs will want to visit the American Museum of Natural History or President Ulysses S. Grant’s Tomb in upper Manhattan. Art lovers will enjoy browsing the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the MOMA, or legendary Guggenheim. The century-old New York Public Library is another place site to visit; do not miss seeing A.A. Milne’s original Pooh Bear and the famous marble lions adorning the front, named Patience and Fortitude.
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5. Witness Amazing Architecture
See some of the most iconic New York City buildings and check them off of your bucket list: the Empire State Building, United Nations Building, Flatiron Building, Grand Central Station (Terminal), and my favorite, the shiny Chrysler Building. This is just a start to the amazing architecture in NYC. Skip the admission fees of going inside, as the view of the city, is probably no better than from your hotel window.
6. Visit Ground Zero
Make it a point to stop by the heart-twisting 9-11 Ground Zero Memorial. Here, you will stand on the hallowed grounds that both riveted our country and united us all at the same time. While there, you can see the hustle of NYC stockbrokers and bond traders on Wall Street in this fast-paced part of the city. Also, stop by Century 21 for premiere discount shopping and enjoy a slice of ricotta cheese pizza at Ray’s next door.
7. Shop Until You Drop
NYC is a shopper’s dream city and there are numerous neighborhoods with unique treasures. For my family, two of us like shopping uptown in stores like Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdale’s. The other two love the gritty and trendy shopping in Soho (Yellow Rat Bastard is a hoot!) as well as roaming around the garment district for funky finds. On rainy days, visit the indoor Shops at Columbus Circle, next to Central Park.
8. Explore the Trendy Villages
This is one of my favorite things to do in New York City! I enjoy exploring places off of the beaten path, and NYC’s unique villages are definitely that. Each has its own unique flavor and claim to fame. My favorite, after all these years, is still Greenwich Village, followed by the Flatiron District, and Chelsea/Meatpacking District. In Greenwich, stroll Bleecker Street for really cool, hipster shops and foodie delights. Do not miss Lulu Guinness and Olive & Bette’s.
Drop in Strand Book Store on Broadway in the Flatiron District for cool finds and have a coffee at the local coffee house. The Chelsea Market is a fun place to pop in, people watch and have a taste of all sorts of spectacular food items, plus, the Food Network films there and you might see a famous celebrity chef. I recommend the Fat Witch Bakery and Tuck Shop.
9. Eat in the Best City in the World
As I was walking through Hells Kitchen talking to my mom on the phone, I counted 17 different ethnic restaurants on one single street. How absurd is that? Or how amazing if you love food as much as I do! New York is the city where you can find exactly what you want, whenever you want.
Having been to NYC a lot, I have many favorites, but these are some of them: Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain (everything is delicious, especially the trio of shellfish cocktails), Max Brenner’s (it is a chocolate restaurant… need I say more?), One if By Land, Two if By Sea (the most romantic restaurant), and Dean & Deluca (Soho location for cookies and takeaway desserts). Everybody who has been to NYC will want to recommend restaurants to you, but get out and explore for yourself and be your own judge.
Tip: Be sure to skip food chains and anything you can get at home.
9 Things To Do In New York City
These are 9 fun things to do in New York City, but the list is definitely endless. What are some of your favorite things to do in New York City?
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