Who doesn’t like New York? The city is trendy, fast-paced, diverse, energetic, and artistic. It’s the world’s capital of many industries and it’s simply breathtaking. If you want to feel the true city rush, then this is the place you should visit.
New York City is a place where history meets modern, and it will definitely not leave you feeling indifferent. Also, have you ever seen any photos of the New York City skyline? One thing is for sure, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Here are 5 things you must see if you’re in New York City
1. Times Square
We’ve all heard of Times Square countless times so far. What’s all the fuss about it, you might ask yourselves. Well, the answer is plain and simple. It’s the most frantic part of the city.
Hundreds of billboards and flashing lights everywhere around you, people rushing, live television broadcasts, and weirdly dressed people. Seems fun, doesn’t it?
You will find hundreds of interesting stores, cafes, and exhibitions. You will definitely run into a lot of street performers, some of which have pretty innovative performance styles. It might not be completely family-friendly because of the crowdedness, but if you’re in New York City, you can’t afford to miss this ‘Crossroad of the World’.
It's worthwhile joining a walking tour of the area to get the full experience and history.
Most of the Broadway shows are located right next to Times Square, so why not kill two birds with one stone? Who doesn’t love music? When you combine music and acting, you get a delightful blend which is called Broadway.
Theater has been a vigorous part of New York City from the late 18th century. These shows have been around for a very long time, and they are a vital part of the city’s tradition. That’s exactly why there’s so much blood, sweat, and tears invested in them. For that reason alone, you should consider seeing at least one show. However, because of its enormous popularity, it can get difficult to find affordable Broadway tickets.
So, if you plan on seeing some shows, hurry up and get your tickets for shows like Aladdin, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked in advance. You won’t regret it.
3. Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) houses some of the world’s finest modern art collections. The museum is famous for its exhibits, some of which includes artwork by van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Picasso, and many others.
You will be captivated by the museum even before you go inside. It’s a magnificent concrete-glass structure with maze-like glass pathways and it is six-stories high.
Besides paintings, you will be able to enjoy sculpture, film, photography, books, prints, and even trees! The museum is so big, that you would need a whole day to fully explore it.
Although that sounds daunting and exhausting, don’t worry. They have a lot of great restaurants and shops in there, to keep you full and energetic for the experience of a lifetime.
4. Empire State Building
This is probably the most famous building in the world. It’s also a symbol of New York City. We’ve already seen it in dozens of movies and shows, but the real creme de la creme is seeing it in person.
It’s a voluptuous Art Deco monument with 103 floors. There is also a grand observatory at the top with a 360 degree view of the city, which will definitely leave you speechless. This building occupies a whole block, which is only a testimony to its lavishness and extravagance.
By visiting this landmark, you will be able to relive some of your favorite movie scenes and it will literally make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Make sure to get a skip the line ticket before you go!
5. Ellis island and the Statue of Liberty
America is famous for being the capital of the free world. Ellis island used to hold one of the major immigration facilities from the late 19th and early 20th century. By the time the facility closed in 1954, almost 40% of the current American population’s ancestors have been processed there.
There is also the Ellis Island National museum of Immigration with photos and detailed stories about all the people and situations that took place on the island.
The neighboring island, the Liberty Island, holds the most famous American landmark of all time, the Statue of Liberty. Not only is it big and majestic, but it’s also one of the main symbols of freedom and independence.
Inside the statue is a museum that shows the original flames which had been replaced due to water damage, models of Eiffel’s framework and the alternate design for the outer appearance of the statue by Bartholdi.
Both islands can be accessed by ferry, and the entrance to the islands is free of charge!
You can also do a guided tour of Ellis Island the Statue of Liberty.
Get ready to have the time of your life! New York City is an icon on its own. Since the city is so diverse and filled with amazing things to see, you will definitely find something that suits your palette. Pack your bags, bring your camera, and courageously step into the restless and exciting world of New York City!
Also read A Beginners Guide to NYC.