18 Apr The Top 10 Things to Do in New York City
History meets hipness in this global center of entertainment, fashion, media, and finance
From Wall Street’s skyscrapers to the neon of Times Square to Central Park’s leafy paths, New York City pulses with energy day and night. There’s so much to do in the big apple that you might find it hard to decide where to begin. So, we’ve put together our list of the top 10 things to do in the city that never sleeps:
Visit the world-class museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art
It would be possible to roam the labyrinthine corridors of the colossal Metropolitan Museum of Art but that would take you several days. The Met has more than 2 million works of art representing 5,000 years of history. A major star of the museum is the Temple of Dendur (circa 15 BC), in a huge atrium to itself and with a moatlike pool of water to represent its original location near the Nile. The temple was commissioned by the Roman emperor Augustus to honor the goddess Isis and the sons of a Nubian chieftain. Egypt gave the temple as a gift to the United States in 1965
See and feel the electric energy of Times Square
Hands down, Times Square is the most frenetic part of New York City, a cacophony of flashing lights and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, the full NY experience. If you like sensory overload, the chaotic mix of huge billboards, flashing digital displays, on-location television broadcasts, and Elmo clones will give you your fix.
Enjoy the View from the Empire State Building
With a pencil-slim silhouette, the Empire State Building is recognizable virtually worldwide. The Art Deco monument to progress, a symbol for New York City, and a star in some great romantic scenes, on- and off-screen, the Empire State Building is a must do. The views of the city from the 86th-floor deck are spectacular, but the views from 16 stories up on the 102nd-floor observatory are even more so—and yet, fewer visitors make it this far.
Take a Stroll Along the Brooklyn Bridge
One of New York’s noblest and most recognized landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge stretches over the East River, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. A walk across its promenade—a boardwalk elevated above the roadway, shared by pedestrians, in-line skaters, and cyclists—takes about 40 minutes and the exhilarating views are well worth it.
Picnic at Central Park
A combination escape hatch and exercise yard, Central Park is an urbanized Eden that gives residents and visitors alike a bite of the apple. The busy southern section of Central Park, from 59th to 72nd Street, is where most visitors get their first impression. But no matter how many people congregate around here, you can always find a spot to picnic, ponder, or just take in the greenery, especially on a sunny day.
Honor Fallen Heroes at the 9/11 Memorial
Check out the 30-foot waterfalls that sit on the footprint where the Twin Towers once stood. The pools are each nearly an acre in size, and they are said to be the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. At the edge of the 9/11 Memorial pools on the plaza level you’ll find bronze panels inscribed with the names of the 2,983 people who were killed in the terror attacks at the World Trade Center site, in Flight 93’s crash in Pennsylvania, at the Pentagon, and the six people who died in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Take in a Broadway Shows
Mostly located in the area surrounding Times Square, more than three dozen Broadway theaters host some of the greatest spectacles in town. From big-budget musicals to high-minded plays to stage debuts featuring Hollywood stars, there’s likely to be something for everyone playing on the boards. You should buy tickets in advance for popular shows, but if you’re willing to see anything and looking to save some money as well, stop by the TKTS booth in Times Square, which sells same-day tickets at a discount.
Enjoy a Slice of Pizza
Forget about bagels and hot dogs—pizza is New York’s most beloved and iconic food. You can find a pretty good slice in most neighborhoods, but deservedly legendary institutions include Di Fara Pizza, Totonno’s, and Lombardi’s Pizza. In recent years, newcomers to the pizza scene, Roberta’s, Paulie Gee’s, Motorino, Emily, have generated equally fanatic followings. One taste and you’ll understand why!
Hang Out at Washington Square Park and the West Village
If you have time to explore only one neighborhood, this is the one to pick. Start off in Washington Square Park, , the physical and spiritual heart of Greenwich Village. In the early 1800s the park was a parade ground and the site of public executions. Today that gruesome past is all but forgotten, as playgrounds attract parents with tots in tow, dogs go leash-free inside the popular dog runs, and everyone else seems drawn toward the large central fountain. Afterward, take a stroll through the West Village and stop at one of the charming cafés. Visitors come here to feel like a local, to daydream about a life in New York. Unlike 5th Avenue or SoHo, the pace is slower, allowing shoppers to enjoy the peaceful streets and small-scale stores.
Marvel at Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central is not only the world’s largest (76 acres) and the nation’s busiest railway station, (nearly 700,000 commuters and subway riders use it daily) but it is also one of the world’s most magnificent, majestic public spaces. Past the glimmering chandeliers of the waiting room is the jaw-dropping main concourse, 200 feet long, 120 feet wide, and 120 feet high, modeled after an ancient Roman public bath. Overhead, a twinkling fiber-optic map of the constellations covers the robin’s egg–blue ceiling. To admire it all with some sense of peace, avoid visiting at rush hour.
Your Limo New York City driver can also take you to discover the subtler strains of New York’s vast ambition by visiting the city’s ethnic enclaves, historic streets of dignified brownstones. Don’t leave town until you’ve done some shopping therapy at the many shops and boutiques, had a drink at one of the city’s trendy bars and dined at New York’s world-famous eateries.
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