Traveling is no longer for the rich, and nowadays it is attainable for everyone. It’s as simple as booking your flight, packing your bags and stepping into your new adventure. If you have the funds, book yourself into an exclusive hotel, or if you’re more interested in the backpacking experience find a hostel. The world is your oyster, and many of today’s youth are taking gap years and breaks between university and career to see what’s out there, and what the world has to offer them.
Look online and book your flights to New York. A summertime paradise during the warmer months and a winter wonderland around Christmas and New Year, New York is ideal for those looking for a metropolitan escape and a trip of culture. Here are some of my favorite things to do in New York City.
Things to do in New York City
Check off the Landmarks
Prepare for lines and tourists alike, and book your tickets in advance if available, but don’t let the crowds put you off. For starters, you can’t head to New York and not witness the American icon that is the Statue of Liberty. You also can’t avoid walking through Central Park or checking out the observatory at the top of the Empire State Building. If you’re heading there during the winter months, then make sure you visit the Rockefeller Plaza for the worldwide symbol of the holidays – the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree – and experience the usual ice rink.
Experience the Culture
New York is exploding with culture. There are many art museums to explore, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art; there is also an abundance of galleries and exhibitions to keep an eye out for, as new and old artists re-emerge with their latest collections. If you’re a lover of musicals, then checking out what is playing on Broadway is also ideal, and if the theater interests you, then you can see what’s currently playing at ticketsales.com.
Tour the Iconic Pop Culture Benchmarks
Many popular TV and film sets call New York City home which makes geeking out one of my favorite things to do in New York City. If you’re a TV or film buff, then you are more than likely going to recognize many of regular hang-out spots of your favorite characters. Although Central Perk is not a brick-and-mortar stop you can visit, walking through Central Park is a great alternative (though, try not to run like Phoebe). ‘Sex and the City’ fans will want to head to Magnolia Bakery, where Carrie and Miranda spoke about their troubles in love while indulging in cupcakes (you can actually buy those, by the way); lovers of ‘Gossip Girl’ can take to the steps of the Met (colorful tights and headbands optional); those who ‘ain’t afraid of no ghost’ can also check out the Hook and Ladder, where the famous ‘Ghostbusters’ headquarters was filmed.
Eat the Local Cuisine
It’s usually in the name, and therefore easy to find – New York-style cheesecake, New York-style pizza, New York-style bagel – but treating your taste buds to some of New York’s well-established cuisine is essential. The usual foods associated and popularized in New York City are hot dogs, Manhattan clam chowder, baked pretzels, and lobster Newberg. However, due to its diversity, there are many Eastern European Jewish cuisines to explore such as brisket, potato pancake and matzo ball soup.
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