New York is both exciting and hectic, its skyscrapers combined with its Sunday afternoon-style cafes and bars. This metropolis city is a special place for any who loves nightlife, food, history, and culture. It’s also a delight for devotees of architecture, as they take to the grid-like streets that make it almost impossible to get lost.
Here are a few ways to make the most of New York City.
Take a walk
Among the most pleasurable things to do in NYC is taking in a simple stroll while absorbing the eclectic buildings along the way. You’ll need your most comfortable shoes on as there’s a lot of ground to cover, from the city’s oldest buildings near Wall Street to the West Village, Tribeca, Little Italy, and Chinatown.
You’ll certainly want to walk along Fifth Avenue, from the Plaza Hotel all the way to the top. Along your journey, you’ll see Central Park, which is at its most beautiful in autumn and spring.
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Shop ’til you drop
Walk from Manhattan over the Brooklyn bridge and feast your eyes on Dumbo’s up-and-coming industrial chic and the iconic Brooklyn Flea Market. Just two water taxis away in Williamsburg is the small and charming Artists & Fleas market. Williamsburg’s tips and boutiques are also worth a visit.
Fifth Avenue’s Tiffany’s jewellery store, along with a whole host of designer shops, is well worth a visit, as is Westfield Mall’s more affordable and compact shopping experience.
Take yourself to the ball game
Take in a baseball game featuring either the New York Yankees or New York Mets and you’ll feel like a proper New Yorker, especially if you grab yourself a hot dog at half-time. It’s the perfect summer New York afternoon. If you’re not in NYC during the season, you can still enjoy a tour of the stadium.
If you’re visiting later in the year, you may just be lucky enough to grab tickets to the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows. This year’s event was recently held, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka named as winners. Alexander Zverev was tipped by many to win after his recent hiring of Ivan Lendl as his coach, but it wasn’t to be. While sports betting comparison site Oddschecker previewed the US Open and showed the player was listed at 12/1 at some of the major betting sites, ultimately, he lost in the round of 32. Regardless of who wins and loses, seeing all those names up close is a feast for the eyes, and the US Open is always a great occasion.
Engage with art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s finest galleries, as well as the country’s largest. In addition to its permanent collection, the gallery hosts numerous temporary exhibitions.|
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) showcases an evolving collection of close to 200,000 modern and contemporary art, from such artists as Rothko, Picasso, and Van Gogh, as well as performance, photography, film, and design.
The West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe is an ideal spot for lunch, brunch, or dinner, with its delicious sides, such as hummus drizzled with fruity balsamic vinegar. For just $10, you can move downstairs after your meal to enjoy an evening of jazz. La Esquina offers friendly service, tasty Mexican food, and trendy decor. The setting at its Soho flagship restaurant is every bit as cool- you walk through a quiet diner and head downstairs before you’re hit by an upbeat atmosphere and great music.
If you feel like splashing out, Buddakan would make for an excellent choice. Sex and the City fans would recognise it as the venue where Carrie and Big hosted their engagement dinner. It also serves up some mouth-watering dishes and cocktails.
Visit the museums
The American Museum of Natural History is worth a visit, even if just to see the dinosaur skeletons. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Museum of the City of New York, which provides fascinating insights into NYC’s history.
The Tenement Museum houses a carefully preserved derelict building that saw hundreds of immigrants live in crammed spaces in the 20th century. Many of their stories are documented and you can purchase a tour of the building online.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in NYC. The “city that never sleeps” attracts millions of tourists from the world over. The best thing to do is to keep things simple with the above tips and let New York work its magic on you.
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