NYC – famously known as a ”The Big Apple,” “City that never sleeps,” and “Capital of the world,” indeed is a place everyone must see in their life. There is something great about this city, something beyond plain explanation. You have to actually be in this city to feel and experience its energy.
I remember my first trip to New York City. On the way from JFK airport, we were driving at night through Manhattan. Although the sun had long since set, the city was practically glowing with light. That was magnificent.
Manhattan is the center of NYC, and smallest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. It is located on the island of Manhattan next to the Hudson River. The Hudson River separates New York City from New Jersey State.
New York City is composed of five boroughs: The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. It is the largest city in the world, and the wealthiest city in America. To drive from New Jersey to Manhattan, there are two major routes. One way is to take the George Washington Bridge, which is connects NJ to NYC across the Hudson River. The other way is to take the Lincoln Tunnel.
You can also take the Hudson tunnel, especially if you are traveling from the south, but there is always traffic there, in my opinion. When you are on your way to the Lincoln Tunnel, on the helix that leads you to the toll plaza, you will pass the greatest panoramic view of NYC on your left. Prepare the cameras, if you are not driving. It is worth slowing down and taking a few shots.
It lasts for a few seconds, depending on traffic, but it is hypnotizing. It comes very suddenly and unexpectedly. You are making a turn, and this great view opens before your eyes. The river is right beneath you with all the ships and ferries. And you are looking at Midtown with all its iconic buildings and as the road makes its turn, you are gasping at the beauty and greatness of the city you are about to visit.
Every time I pass this place, I cannot help slowing down to watch. By the way, another great panoramic view of the city can be observed from Hamilton Park in Weehawken NJ, one of my favorite spots. In order to get there you should exit right before the Lincoln Tunnel on Kennedy and make a left onto JFK Boulevard East. Then just follow the road, you will not miss it. Weehawken Waterfront Park and Recreation Center.
When you are in NY City, places like Central Park, Broadway and Madison Square Garden should be on your list to visit. These places are the most mentioned in famous movies and books. Central Park is the largest park on the planet that located in a metropolis. It stretches from 59th to 110th street, and on both its sides is the hottest real estate in the US.
Its basically the place where New Yorkers go to recharge… As for tourists and sightseeing – I will mention Central park Zoo and Strawberry Fields.
If you are traveling with kids it will be useful to mention that Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria from “Madagascar” were from that Zoo.
And if you know anything about The Beatles – you should visit Strawberry Fields. Then, on the east side of the Central Park, by 5th avenue, there is the “MUSEUM MILE.”
In a very short stretch you will find a lot of great museums to visit. Starting with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and finishing with the Museum of the City of New York. Plan your day ahead, there is so much to choose from and each place is so huge that you will easy spend a day or two in every place.
By the way, the Museum of Natural History is on west side of the park, opposite “Museum Mile.”
If you are with kids, don’t forget to mention that “Night at the Museum” took place in Museum of Natural History.
New York also is a great dining destination. It has more than 40000 restaurants and eateries, restaurants of all types and cuisines, places of all prices and exuberance.
You can choose something for $20-$25 per person or to go to “Per se” where the check for two may be $700 at the very last. My personal favorite is “Cuba” on Thomson Street, downtown.
Another thing to keep in mind about dining in NY – make reservations. The waiting time may be 2 hours for any good place, but if you call ahead and reserve a table you can get in right away.
Staying in NY is also very easy. Hotels are conveniently located throughout the whole city. Just choose what the best fit is for you. Internet makes it all much nicer. New York City Hotels
The reviews, the numbers of stars, and the pictures make the decision-making process effortless. Go to one of those hotel booking web sites, choose the location close to attractions you plan to visit, choose the hotel, read the reviews and, if you like it – book it.
The Transportation in NYC
Well it would be an insult to New York’s spirit to visit the city and not to take a yellow cub. It’s easy, it’s affordable and it’s everywhere. There is no way you can raise your hand and not get a cub within a minute anywhere in town. Another option is the subway.
It will get you anywhere, and it’s fast and inexpensive – especially when you travel between islands. But you have to get yourself a good map and be prepared to figure out the transfers from line to line. It’s not a big deal really, just a bit confusing if you are doing it for the first time. In any event, there are bunches of people around you who will direct you in the right direction if asked.
There are policemen on each station, MTA booths, and information centers. The list of thing to see and do in NY is virtually endless. You can stay in New York for weeks and still not see it all. You can go out to eat every day for 10 years and still not to taste the food in all its restaurants.
You can spend a lifetime clubbing and yet not be able to visit all its parties. You can walk around for days and days and still be unfamiliar with its streets. It is too big of a city to conquer.
It conquers you – within a few hours. It spins your head and twists your arms. It accelerates your senses, your vision, and smell. It gives you a jolt of adrenaline and offers you endless excitements.
And by the end of the day you come back to your room in your hotel and understand that you have hopelessly fallen in love with it.
-Why does this city never sleep? – Too busy, I guess.
Street Map of New York City Museums
NYC Places to see
Statue of Liberty Empire State Building Rockefeller Center Central Park Bronx Zoo Staten Island Ferry( free ride). When you’re planning a trip to NYC consider taking along the New York Pass to skip lines for the busiest attractions, and get free tickets to more than 70 attractions such as: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, Circle Line River Cruise, Madame Tussaud’s, Food & Wall Street Tours. MET, MoMA & Guggenheim Museum.
Great NYC Views:
- Empire State Building Observation Deck – 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories. Open daily form 8AM-2AM. A Tip: To skip to the front of the lines get your Express Pass online ahead of time or at the official ticket office, to save money buy tickets here with discount.
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center – A Tip: Best time to go before sunset.
- New York Marriott Marquis hotel panoramic views of Times Square and Midtown Manhattan – Located on the 8th floor. Free
Day Trips From New York City
- All Around Town Tour + Liberty Helicopter Tour (The Big Apple)
- All Around Town Tour + Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
- All Around Town Tour + Top of the Rock
- All Around Town Tour + Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
- All Around Town Tour + Empire State Building Observatory
- Statue of Liberty Ferry + Top of The Rock
- Statue of Liberty Ferry + Empire State Building
- American Museum of Natural History. A Tip: with “suggested donations” it is possible to pay less.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). A Tip: “suggested donations” accepted.
- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
- The Cloisters – Medieval Art Museum.
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – Tickets : Adult: $24 Child: $19
- Madame Tussauds New York – Tickets: Adult: $33 Child: $29
- Guggenheim Museum – Tickets: Adult: $22 Child: $15 – Museum of modern architecture with finest collections of 20th century art. Collection of masterpieces by artists sach as Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso, and Van Gogh.
NYC FREE Attractions:
- Central Park – Central Park Bike Tour
- Rockefeller Center
- Times Square New York Public Library
- Staten Island Ferry offers ride from lower Manhattan to Staten Island
- Grand Central Terminal
- Federal Reserve Bank of New York
- Chrysler Building
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- St. Vartan Cathedral – Armenian Church – at the corner of Second Avenue and 34th Street in downtown
- Cathedral of St John the Divine
- The Cooper Union
- Brooklyn Bridge walking
- Sony Wonder Technology Lab Museum
- The Julliard School
- Greenwich Village (European Escape)
NYC Special places to eat and have fun
- Alice’s Tea Cap – alicesteacup.com – Breakfast and Lunch
- The Comedy Cellar at Olive Tree Cafe on Greenwich Village. Website : comedycellar.com/olive.shtml – To have a Dinner and watch comedian performances live – Map
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- New York TV & Movie Sites Tour -Adult: $42 Child: $24. Must Book 48 hrs in Advance.
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