New York, also known as “The Big Apple” or “The City That Never Sleeps” because of its chaotic nature, is for sure one of the greatest cities in the world. I visited New York five times, every time for a different reason, and I always enjoyed my time there. Before moving to China ,
I dreamed about moving to New York for years, and for many people around the world New York still represents a dream destination.
What I like about the Big Apple is the fact that there is always something interesting going on. With so much to see and so much to do getting bored is basically impossible!
Some people, and I am one of them, enjoy Broadway shows, whereas others might enjoy shopping, while many more might simply love visiting sights like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, if you love art, there is a huge selection of museums.
Since New York is a big city and there are so many interesting sights to visit, having a list of “things to see in New York” is a good way to optimize your time.
So here is what I recommend visiting and doing in New York:
Broadway and Times Square
Broadway is one of the most famous streets in New York. Attending a Broadway show or simply taking a walk (and a lot of pictures) down Broadway is one of the highlights of a visit to the City That Never Sleeps. Broadway is also considered the pinnacle of American theater; here is where you can see the latest show as well as the long-running classic.
For the most popular shows, I recommend purchasing tickets in advance.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the city’s most recognizable attractions. This historic and famous landmark was completed in 1883 and was the world’s first steel suspension bridge. Although you can view it from one of the many ferries, the best way to see it, in my opinion , is by taking the hour long walk across.
Central Park is a must-see on anyone’s New York itinerary. This huge park is half-mile wide and 2.5 miles long, making it a great place to experience nature in New York.
In addition to being an urban nature sanctuary, Central Park has also many attractions, such as Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, the Belvedere Castle and the Lake.
Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Rockefeller Center is a huge shopping complex in the middle of Manhattan. It offers a great view over Manhattan from the famous Top of the Rock Observation Deck. The deck, which includes three floors, from the 67th to the 70th floor, offers a breathtaking view both during the day and at night.
It’s possible to buy Top of the Rock Observation Deck Tickets in advance. Tickets come with a flexible policy that allows you to change dates if your plans suddenly change or the weather is not good enough to take pictures!
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is a neoclassic sculpture on Liberty Island. The statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States and was designed by the French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the same engineer who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The Statue represents a Roman liberty goddess, Libertas. In her right hand she holds a torch and in her left hand she carries a tabula ansata, inscribed in Roman numerals with the date of the United States Declaration of Independence: JULY IV MDCCLXXVI. (July 4, 1776).
The Statue of Liberty became an important symbol of Freedom and represented a welcoming sight for the immigrants arriving to New York from across the ocean.
Empire State Building
Since its completion in 1931, the Empire State Building has been one of the most visited and famous buildings in New York and has become one of the most iconic symbols of the city.
The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers used to dominate the Manhattan skyline until September 11, 2001 when one of the most tragic events in recent history wounded the heart and soul of New York City.
Where the two towers used to stand, there are now two square pools. The area is a tribute to the over 3,000 people killed in the attacks on September 11. Around the pools there are bronze panels with engraved the names of all the victims who died on that day.
One of the things I liked the most about New York is its excellent selection of museums. During my stay, I only visited the Moma, the Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but if you really are into art there is much more that you can see!
If you want to know more details and see more pictures about museums in New York, check out this page.
Take a Ferry
…and enjoy the view!
Many ferries have outside seating areas, which are PERFECT for taking pictures and enjoying New York from another perspective!
P.S. Sometimes the breeze can be annoying, but pictures can still turn out great!
Little Italy and China Town
Being Italian, I couldn’t skip Little Italy, but to be honest with you, I don’t consider it a priority in New York.
Little Italy is a neighborhood in Manhattan famous because it used to be largely populated by Italian Americans. Today most of them have moved somewhere else in the city and Little Italy consists of a few (and mostly touristy) Italian restaurants and stores.
Chinatown is a neighborhood in Manhattan and is home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. With an estimated population of 90,000, it contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside Asia.
Shopping in New York can be really fun and if you are traveling on a budget can be cheap too!
Many brands in the U.S. are cheaper than in other countries, mainly because they are American brands like Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Victoria’s Secret, and many others.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go shopping!