New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made from….let’s here it for New York…many a song has been written about the city that never sleeps, New York City. With all that concrete and so little time, its hard to know exactly what to do things to do in New York. Here’s my fail-proof list to ensure you cover best the ‘Big Apple’ has to offer.
10 Things to do in New York
- Central Park. A stroll in Central Park is essential, the enormous lungs of NYC are simply stunning and a great way to escape the bustle. Central Park offers people watching and nature at its best: an interesting, and eclectic mix of exercise fanatics, 9 to 5’ers and tourists. There is always something happening in the park, a free concert, a dance troupe or just something that’s downright jaw-dropping. Personally, I go to feed the squirrels, and stay to people watch. Last time I visited, I stumbled across 50 Cent performing in the park last time I was taking a morning stroll sipping a coffee.
- Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge. The great appeal of the Brooklyn Bridge is that the view is all around you: Look up to see the famous steel-cable suspension grid, look down at the water of the New York harbor and, as you amble away from Manhattan, turn back to see the skyline views expand as you get closer to Brooklyn. The scene just gets better once you arrive at the Brooklyn Promenade, where you can stroll the waterfront with lower Manhattan. Plus Brooklyn is a foodie’s paradise with a wonderfully culturally diverse array of restaurants, cafes, bars and dives!
- Visit MoMa (Museum of Modern Art). Beautiful architecture and artworks from Andy Warhol and Van Gogh.
- Rockefeller Center. The media hub of NYC. Shopping and great restaurant. Grab a coffee and a pasterie from Bouchon Bakery are wander around the area, the top of The Rock offers spectacular views of the city. In winter time there is even an ice skating rink. Very cool!
- Statue of Liberty (no need to catch the Ellis Island ferry and walk up all those steps). I say, avoid the crowds and save your energy and see the Statue of Liberty from a Sail boat sipping Champagne!
- Roof top bar and night out in the city. Le Bain rooftop bar at The Standard
is the ideal rooftop bar. The views from the Standard so the unique vistas take in both the elevated park and the Hudson River, with midtown Manhattan and New Jersey twinkling in the distance.
- Shopping on 5th Avenue. Department stores Bergdorf Goodman’s and Saks are 2 of the best department stores in the world. You will find anything your heart desires and more! These department stores are fun for window-shoppers too.
- Dine at one of the many Michelin Star restaurants like Per Se, Jean Georges or Masa. NYC has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin Star restaurants in the world. If Michelin Star is not in your budget you can still eat your way through a day in New York. The City is not only famous for hot dogs! The Cronut was invented here by Chef Dominique Ansel at his bakery check that out along with other delicious New York delicacies like a mile-high deli sandwich from Katz’s Deli. New York is a varied and exciting world of food to eat your way through, no matter your budget.
- Grand Central Station. Arguably one of the most beautiful stations in the world, not to mention a famous location featured in many Hollywood films. It is certainly the most famous station in the world and great place for a selfie.
- Broadway Show. I have to get this off my chest: Broadway sucks! I have visited New York many times over the last 32 years. Its now too ‘Disney-fied’. The bright lights have always been there but now it feels cheap. I have fond memories of seeing ‘Cats’ years ago and there shows like ‘The Lion King’, that are running. If you’re going to see a show, what a great memory to see in on Broadway in NYC, but you have been warned.
For more travel tips things to do in New York City, including where to stay, shop and dine while in the Big apple, read my New York Travel Guide.