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An iconic city, that is constantly reinventing itself, New York
is amongst the most famed and visited places on Earth. The Big Apple
offers something for all, from the bright lights of Broadway and the skyscrapers of Manhattan to the serenity of Central Park. With some of the most recognizable places on the planet, travelers can be forgiven for viewing a trip to this city as a clique, but the sheer size of New York and the wealth of the attractions keep even the most alternative of travelers busy.
New York has over 4,000 street food vendors.
The state fruit is the apple.
Almost half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home.
4.9 million people travel on the New York subway each week.
The first of many pizzerias opened in 1895.
There are 26,000 New Yorkers living in every square mile.
Where to stay:
It is said that New York is the city that never sleeps, but even the most adventurous amongst us will need somewhere to lay their hat once in a while. A good way to make your stay unique is to avoid the many oversubscribed and sanitized hotels. Try a beautiful penthouse apartment in New York’s trendiest districts or sample a real American home in the many surrounding suburbs. For those travelling on a budget, consider renting a room in a New Yorker’s apartment or a classic New York bed and breakfast . Popular districts like Manhattan
often have higher accommodation costs, a stay in some of the lesser known neighborhoods will not only save you cash but often give you a better perspective of everyday New York. Considering the vast size of the city, it is important to choose accommodation close to the attractions that most interest you.
Shopping and Culture:
You can buy pretty much any type of goods in this shoppers paradise. New York attracts millions of shoppers each year and boasts an incredible selection of department stores, boutiques, and specialty shops. Several books could be written on the sights of New York so it is hard to know where to start here. One top tip worth mentioning is there is a free ferry operating between Staten Island and Manhattan. It is a commuter ferry but provides a fantastic opportunity to get a view of the bay and, more importantly, a look at the Statue of Liberty
. NYC is also home to some of the finest museums, art galleries and theatres in the world. Public museums such as the Metropolitan Museum
accept donations as an entrance fee, whilst private museums such as the Museum of Modern Art
can be quite expensive to visit. Most galleries and museums are closed on a Monday so make sure you check opening times before planning your day. The most famous place to catch a theatrical production has to be Broadway
where the major musicals and star-studded dramas take place, although smaller performances take place around the city.
Eat and Drinking:
There are tens of thousands of restaurants in New York ranging from pay-per-slice pizza joints to world-class restaurants. Almost every cultures’ cuisine is represented so there is something for every pallet and budget. The Big Apple is full of 24-hour delis and grocery stores and many street vendors selling New York hotdogs and other international delights. Don’t miss trying an authentic New York bagel, cheesecake, pizza or a deli sandwich.
There is an overwhelming choice and variety of bars, bistros and clubs in the city. Check out Greenwich Village
for bars and jazz clubs, Alphabet City
for brunch, and the trendy Lower East Side
for live music venues. New bars crop up all the time so it’s best to ask the locals for some insider tips as to what’s hot. Don’t forget to catch a Broadway show and visit Times Square
at night too!.
New York – off the beaten track
Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the city and you’ve grown comfortable with the hustle and bustle, why not check out something unusual and off the beaten track? Did you know there is a quaint seaside village in New York? The South Street Seaport
is a cobblestoned, small shopping area featuring a museum, pier and great views of the New York skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. This is a great place for photographers as huge ships are permanently moored in the area. The Governors Island
in the Upper New York Bay was disused for many years after the army base closed there. It has reopened recently with the buildings left intact and visitors can learn about the islands history which dates back to the American revolution. You can also picnic and ride bikes on the 172 acre island. Another place Wimdu recommends is St John the Divine
, a gigantic incomplete cathedral to the north of the city. Despite its incompleteness the structure is the largest cathedral in the world – it’s well worth a visit! Your Wimdu hosts will have plenty of New York tips and secrets to impart to you – have fun exploring!
New York is a bustling metropolis where even the most seasoned adventurer will find themselves reaching for the map. From taxis to trains, busses to bikes and subways to sidewalks you can always find the perfect connection at any time of day or night. While hailing a big yellow taxi is a must for all first timers to New York, we recommend using the subway as much as possible. It’s often the quickest and most affordable form of transport in the city and is always an experience in itself! Picking up a New York Metro Card
will allow you access to all busses and subways in the city which is key to getting around as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is the perfect option for those looking to sightsee by day and Party by night.