I am off to the States soon but I have never been to NY. Where is best to go?
Some of the more popular places to see - Rockerfeller Plaza, Times Square, take in a broadway show if possible or just walk along broadway, visit St. Patrick's Cathedral even if you are not a catholic, ride the elevator to the top of the Empire Bldg. for a great view go shopping along Fifth ave even if only sightseeing, or seek out some of the less expensve areas to shop. A good way to see all these sights is on the Hop-on-hop-off bus, you pay one price and can ride the bus all day, getting on and off as you wish. Visit the Museums there are many of them
Enjoy New York it is a beautiful city. If you have the time go to Atlantic City for a couple of days you can enjoy it even if you are not a gambler.
Don't forget to visit Greenwich Village (which I have a hub with photos of) its a great place so much history and so different from the rest of the city! Also Central park, everything is blooming early this year but so the park should be really beautiful! Then there's Grand Central Station an absolutely beautiful building! And if you gotoGrand Central stop in Bryant Park its on 42nd streetbehind the library inbetween 5th and 6th ave it's smal but my personal favorite in the city! Hope you have a great trip!
Thanks for the tips! I also really want to experiance American food! Do you know of anywhere good to go out for dinner?
In New York, there's so such thing as American food. It's the biggest melting pot in the country. But you'll find plenty of ethnic food - Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Mexican, Russian, German, oddly, not much English. If you head downtown to SoHo or the village (Greenwich Village), you'll find a lot of cafes and outdoor eating that is more along the lines of novelle cuisine, American, Californian. The Meatpacking District has been reurbanized and is now hip, hot, and happening. If you like hotdogs, street vendors are the best in NY. Look for Sabretts brand on the umbrella.
Wall St. and Ground Zero are also downtown.
Midtown is the garment district, Central Park, theatre district.
Uptown is more residential.
You can take a cab or train into Brooklyn and hunt down the best Italian pastries. You can take the underground train from Rockerfeller Plaza to the Jersey side of the Hudson River (Exchange Place) or take the ferry and hop an express bus to the Jersey shore. I recommend the underground because it will bring you up at the exact place to catch busses. There's also a big Greyhound bus station down around 11th St.
Please watch out for pickpockets, panhandlers, and don't stroll through Central Park at night.
I like the Museums of Natural History and the Museums of Art. Window shopping on fifth Avenue is nice and a visit to Trump Tower is an experience.A horse carriage ride through the park is good also. Visit Strawberry Fields across from the Dakota building where John and Yoko lived.
I'm from NY and would love to give you suggestions. Are you looking for cultural things, sightseeing, or going out? I recommend checking out the High Line, which is an elevated park over Manhattan with awesome views. For going out at night, go to the Meatpacking District for restaurants, clubs and lounges.
I am basically going for a long weekend with my other half and as I have never been before, I just want to have the 'New York' experience. I was thinking about going to see a broadway show, and I'm guessing they are like London's West-End?
If you want to see a broadway show, normally, I'd suggest you book ahead of time but there is something you can do to score some popular broadway shows for a discount - You'd have to go in the morning on the day that you want to see a show to one of two kiosks outside (in Times Square at 47th St & Broadway and in the Financial District at the corner of Front & John Street). Usually there's a long line but you save about 50% on tickets and get them on the same day.
Other things you can do besides the really touristy ones is walk around SoHo - maybe do some shopping, go to the South Street Seaport and check out the Brooklyn Bridge from there. It's also nice to walk across the bridge to Bklyn.
Hope this helps!
Thanks for you advice! What is Brooklyn like? Is it worth a venture over?
I'd say that it depends on how much time you're spending in NY. If you end up walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, then I'd definitely recommend getting a delicious slice of pizza at Grimaldi's Pizzeria (it's arguably the best pizza in NY but unfortunately that brings long lines - although worth it!) and I'd recommend that you walk over to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for the best views of Manhattan There's a really good old school ice cream parlor next to Grimaldi's that you should go for ice cream at if you're in the area (can't remember the name) but it's really cute to just walk around in that area. Other things in the area that I can think of the top of my head is a Farmer's Market on Saturdays next to the Court House where it's mostly Amish people selling really fresh stuff. And if you want to go out to eat, go to Montague St. There are a lot of restaurants there and you can get an authentic New York experience
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