New York, or New York City, also known as The Big Apple is one of the most powerful cities in the world. This most populous US city has people from all over the world coming here with more than 800 languages spoken here.
This city houses some of the finest works of arts and exquisite bridges and buildings. It is a leading entertainment hub and a financial giant. There is a plentitude of things that can be done here.
Spend Some Time At The Central Park
Central Park is a 3.57 sq km giant park that gets over 25 million visitors per year. A loved hangout place for the New Yorkers, the Central park has some beautiful sights like the Alice in Wonderland Statue, the Bow Bridge and the Belvedere Castle along with several lakes, meadows and gardens. If you are there in the autumns, the flora with a good mix of red, yellow, orange and green leaves would take your heart away. Winter is the perfect time to skate in the ice skating rink here. In summers Shakespearean plays are showcased in the open in the Delacorte theatre in the park. A good way to see the park is by renting a bicycle or taking a bike tour.
Look Down From The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building, a 103 storey building is the 2nd tallest structure of New York City standing 1454 feet high. The American Society of civil Engineers named it one of the seven wonders of modern world. The 86th and the 102nd floor are the observatory desks open for visitors where from you can take an amazing look at the New York’s sky-lining buildings. This Art Deco style skyscraper is lit up magnificently post sundown and with different colored LED lights on special days like St. Patrick’s day. Tickets to visit the Empire State building can be availed from the venue itself after waiting in a long line or bought online.
Stroll At Times Square
Times Square is the flashy and colorful part of the city which is bustling with people all the time. Stretching between West 42nd and West 47th Streets, in the midtown Manhattan, Times Square gets 39 million tourists every year. The neon light hoardings are catchy and make the nights appear day-like. Some famous hoardings are those of Coca-cola, The Hard Rock Café, M&M’s World etc. You can eat from among the several of eateries at the West 46th Avenue or buy designer couture, accessories and jewellery or catch a show at the famous Broadway theatre.
Admire The Statue Of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of the monuments to see before you die, and if you are in New York, you must see it. Symbolic of New York and even USA, the Statue of Liberty was gift from the people of France to America. This 46 meters high neoclassical statue shows a Roman Goddess holding a torch in one hand and books in another denoting the freedom of America. You can catch a ferry service from Battery Park in lower Manhattan that will reach you to the Liberty Island where this world famous monument stands. You can go atop the crown of the statue and have a striking look at the sea and the New York City fringes.
Get Mesmerized At Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera House, popularly called “The Met”, is possibly the most opulent building in New York. Situated on the Lincoln Centre Plaza, the Met is the largest classical music organization in North America. It has performances by The Metropolitan Opera Company and the American Ballet Theatre. You can go there and get mesmerized by the glittering chandelier and the vivid and marvelous paintings or get transported to another world listening to some the finest musical performance of the world with the symphony-like orchestra, choirs, chorus singers, solo singers or look in awe at the finest plays.
Cross The Brooklyn Bridge
The 486 meter long bridge constructed over the East river connects Manhattan and Brooklyn and is one of the oldest suspension bridges of USA. The old-world charm of this 19th century bridge lures people to itself. Constructed with limestone and granite and hung with the help of steel cables, this bridge has been photographed, shown in cinema and TV innumerable times. You can drive down the 6 lane bridge or walk or ride a bicycle in the walk way.
Visit Bronx Zoo
Located in the Bronx Park, Bronx Zoo is the world’s largest metropolitan zoo. It houses about 650 species of fauna and comprises of 4 zoos and an aquarium. The main attractions here are the butterfly garden, Bug carousel, the 4-D theatre, children’s zoo and the host of different animals like the baboons, lemurs, sea lions, zebras, gorillas etc.
Have Fun At Coney Island
Coney Island is a peninsular area in Brooklyn and famous for its amusement parks and resorts by the beaches. You can get on some of the most adrenaline pumping rides such as Parachute Jump, The Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel in its amusement parks. If you plan to spend a day by the beach, Conan Island can offer you some very clean variety beaches, some sandy, some rocky and offer wonderful food shops and stalls of handiworks and accessories. You can even spend some time seeing the adorable penguins, walruses and other aquatic creatures at the New York Aquarium here.
See The Grand Central Terminal
If you want to have a good look at the old New York architecture, see the Grand Central Terminal in the Midtown Manhattan. Be it the neoclassical art based entrance, the shining marble floor, the grandiose chandelier, the mural ceiling above the vast concourse or the four faced clock above the information centre, you are going to fall in love with its hypnotizing beauty. The food here is another major attraction. You can have a posh meal at The Steak house N.Y.C. or The Campbell Apartment or get yourself a drink at The Oyster Bar or eat fast food at The Starbucks.
Pay Homage At 9/11 Memorial
The 9/11 memorial was opened to public on September 11th 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the day of the poignant attacks that killed nearly 3000 people. The 8 acres area that it covers has a sanctuary for quiet contemplation and two man-made waterfalls in the footprints of the twin-tower in the same place the towers once stood. The waterfalls flow into reflecting pools that are surrounded by bronze panels upon which are written the names of the people who died in the unfortunate event. Pictures and artifacts related to the tragedy, deaths and the people who worked here will be added soon. You can visit here after a free pre-booking in person at this venue or an online booking.