About New York
New YorkNew York also known as the Big Apple is the most amazing place to live in the world, apart from this it is one of the largest metropolitan cities of the planet and the capital town of the United States.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit New York is from April to June and from October to November
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Who doesn't know Times Square? A Commercial neighborhood of New York city, this area is where the pulse of the city gets louder, higher and more energetic. It is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, which means it remains constantly crowded. But, this hustle-bustle is what makes Times Square so special. It lights up at night to look even more spectacular. Times Square is called the “Crossroads of the World.” The iconic landmark stands as the symbol of New York City. Animated digital billboards, New Years Eve, and news period, this is the center of Manhattan’s ego for city dwellers and tourists alike.
New York's Central Park is known from the umpteen number of movies it has featured in. One of the most frequently visited and protected open spaces in New York, the Central Park has been declared a National Historic Landmark. Whether it's walking, biking, rollerblading, ice-skating during the winter, taking a boat ride during the summer, or bouncing from play ground to play ground this perfect outdoor sanctuary offers fun for children and adults. Don't forget to visit Central Park Wildlife Center and Children's Zoo
Empire State Building
The fourth-tallest skyscraper in New York, The Empire State Building is a National heritage structure and one of the seven wonders of the Modern World. The enclosed observatory on the 102nd floor is the city’s highest lookout point. From here, you can enjoy views of all five boroughs and five neighboring states; at sunset, you can glimpse an elongated urban shadow cast from Manhattan all the way across the river to Queens. It highlights the Art Deco style and its architecture is in sync with American culture. It was ranked number one by Americans for its architecture.
Brooklyn bridge was the world's longest bridge and remains to be a major landmark of New York. It is around 5,989ft-long and provides a splendid opportunity for a relaxed evening long drive. It was the first bridge in the world to use steel suspension cables. From it, you’ll enjoy striking views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor.
Any performing arts lover knows what Broadway is, and even if theater doesn't interest you Broadway is not worth a miss. Synonymous with theater and the performing arts, the street itself is the oldest North to South thoroughfare in the city, but the Theater District in Midtown is where the bright lights flicker for audiences and actors alike. My Fair Lady to Phantom of the Opera, it all happened here. Catch a show for once in your life. Even if it is a dud, it will be unforgettable. Till today, Broadway remains to be the heart of the American theater industry.
Classic meets current at Rockefeller Center, New York City's ultimate shopping destination. From spacious flagships to unique specialty stores, there is something here for every taste and closet, in iconic surroundings as sophisticated as they are welcoming. And whether you want to grab a quick bite, get your cappuccino fix, meet friends for cocktails or savor a special family dinner, you’ll relish the delicious options. There are several paid tours available - check them out.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
On Thursdays the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metmuseum.org) is open until 9 pm, so I like to have a drink usuall uptown at the beautiful Surrey Hotel rooftop bar (Thesurrey.com) and then head to the museum. Walking around the museum after a glass of wine and seeing the Picassos and the Matisses gives your evening a cultural injection.
Greenwich Village is a residential neighborhood known for giving rise to the Beat Generation. It is a haven for artists. Fabled artists like Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac and Dylan Thomas walked these tree lined streets back when. The bohemian flavor of the area is still found in the coffee shops and bars of Washington Square Park. Rows of townhouses and charming alleyways around the park literally transport visitors back in time here. This is a great area to visit for newcomers, if for no other reason than to say they were here.
Staten Island is one of the five Boroughs of New York City. The north Shore is the more urban and populated area of Staten Island. There are a number of parks here that serve as a recreational area. During this commuter barge’s 25-minute crossing, you get superb panoramas of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Staten Island is much more quiet and peaceful as compared to the loud and busy New York City. It is more of a relaxing spot for travelers in the city.
Manhattan’s Chinatown is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city - not only for Asian travelers, but for visitors from all over the world. It is one of the oldest ethnic enclaves outside Asia. It provides an amazing cultural exposure, with restaurants serving delicacies and shops catering to various souvenirs and items. The Chinese community here is on a rise and flourishing, thus Chinatown attracts large number of tourists who want to experience something different in New York.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Right down the road from the hotel, on Banker St, a few minutes away is the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a smorgasbord of excitement under one warm roof. Live music, local craft beers, food kiosks, video games, popcorn, pingpong, grafitti and mini golf, along with local artisans selling their wares. The vibe is casual and unpretentiously fun. And the music is damn good.
Grand Central Terminal
This is not just a train station; it happens to also be one. It’s as if trains were moving along when this giant monument descended from the heavens and landed snug straddling the tracks on either side. The building is a sheer show-off in architecture, a wondrous edifice in stone and metal.
This is my personal favorite for brunch because the sangria I order comes in a huge glass and the food is delicious. It’s also a prime people-watching spot because it’s right at the border of Soho yet far enough away to avoid the Broadway madness. The restaurant's a bit small but the menu is delightful!
Coney Island Avenue
Coney Island’s sunny skies and rolling waves make for the perfect getaway. If being active at the beach is more your idea of fun than just catching some rays, Coney Island also offers exciting recreation opportunities. With courts for beach volleyball, handball, and basketball as well as playgrounds and amusement rides, the beach and boardwalk can provide hours of entertainment.
The High Line
An evening walk along the verdant High Line watching the pleasant sunset is one of the best things to do in the NYC. It is virtually like floating and flying high 25 feet above the ground surrounded by serene greenery and tended plantings. You can also capture wonderful photographs in and around the place and get some good quality nature shots if you are interested in.
St Patrick Cathedral
After reading so many mentions of this cathedral, it was of utter importance to visit this great peace of art and architecture. St. Patrick's is mighty as it appears and holy as it sounds. Situated amidst busy street of the 5th avenue of New York, this place of God transcends as much peace that one might find hard to get in a busy place like Manhattan. St. Patrick has held burial and funeral masses of many like Ed Sullivan, Andy Warhol etc.
The Palm Court
I so badly wanted this to be a perfect experience since afternoon tea here was a mother's day present for my mom. While the food and ambiance were lovely, the service; unfortunately, was severely lacking. I've heard this is a bit of a rarity though so hopefully our next experience will be much better.
A great mix of Cuban and Mexican cuisines, this restaurant is praised by everyone who visits it. Eating in Nolita is an experience in itself and this cafe brings in a great amount of variety to add to it. Mexican Corn on a stick and The Cuban Sandwich are two of the must-try's over here. It is a nice place to relax and indulge.
Tacombi at Fonda Nolita
This indoor Taco truck adds a whole new experience to Mexican eating. The novelty is brought in through the ambience of a garage and eating out of a van/truck. The menu is a bit unconventional from your usual Taco experience and dollars have to be exchanged for the local currency (blue poker chips worth $4 each, the price of a taco.) You feel like you have entered into another dimension altogether.
For dinner we decide on a hip hidden joint called Battery Harris on Frost St. The brain child of David Shapiro and Etan Fraiman of Rockaway, NY - both bonafide jerk chicken addicts who wanted to design gourmet versions of classic Caribbean dishes. Honestly, I came here for the drinks and the space, which is divided into 5 different hangout spaces. 1) an indoor eating space next to a dance floor 2) an outdoor eating space under an awning 3)an additional outdoor space with a fire pit 4)a bar that separates the indoor and the outdoor area 5) an elevated area where you can challenge each other to a game of pool.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science, and service as related to its home aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits.
I came across London’s most haunted house by chance. I was adding new visa pages into my passport at the American Embassy and decided to see what was in walking distance to check out when I was done. 50 Berkeley Square, listed on many London attraction websites, was only two blocks away so I decided to head over and see what there was to see. As I stood in front of the gorgeous exterior of the most haunted building in London, I couldn’t help but smile. First of all, I don’t believe in ghosts. (Let the comments of first-hand experiences with the ghost of your Great Aunt Margie pour in…) Second of all, looking at this building today- it is difficult to believe that it was once a notorious hot bed of creeks and shrieks in the night. While Mayfair has been an affluent London neighborhood for decades, home to five star hotels, rich politicians, and the who’s who of London- it seems this wasn’t always the case. As I said, I don’t believe in ghost stories, or things that hide in attics and strangle people with their octopus like tentacles. What I liked about 50 Berkeley Square, and why I decided to post about it, is that these types of stories were told and retold throughout London for hundreds of years. You can just imagine that the children in East London trying to out scare each other with the gruesome tales and gossiping women walking through Hyde Park talking about the victims and suggesting their own explanations. The media covered the episodes in the house extensively, so Londoners would have read about the murders and creature in their daily newspaper. It became a part of the city, and while it may be less known today, it still represents an interesting part of London’s history.
Hyatt Union Square New York
Last summer, my friend Rimzim Dadu and I stayed at Hyatt Union Square, New York. What can I say, it was the perfect choice!! Imagine this, you’re just a walking distance from shopping heavens like 5th Avenue, SoHo, Nolita etc and a quick ride away from Times Square, Central Park, Empire State and Rockerfeller Building! Yes, that’s Hyatt Union Sqaure for you. Another thing that I loved about the hotel was its boutique-hotel vibe. The staff was polite and dressed in we-are-not-so-stuck-up uniforms. It’s a smaller, more chilled-out Hyatt with a great roof-top. I liked that! The bed was super and the shower was absolutely brilliant (am I the only one who’s particular about water pressure? It has to be just right!). I wish our room faced the bustling road than the back of another building and a bathtub in the room wouldn’t have hurt, although to be honest you’d rather be on the streets soaking up the city than bath-salts in a fancy tub especially if you’re there just a couple of days.
Arguably the best skyline in the world. There are several points from where you can enjoy thebeautiful skyline of NYC - my favorites are Brooklyn Promenade and Newport/Pavonia (Jersey City). Indians may be able to recognize these two points from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna movie. Many scenes in the movie have been shot here.
New York of course is one of the greatest cities to walk and take long strolls and if I had to name just one street it would be next to impossible. Home to Central Park, the Highline and Broadway, I’d go eventually for 14th street that’s a cacophony of almost everything that New York stands for. It’s crowded, noisy and really over stimulating at times. But then again, I’ve heard some cool buskers belt out awesome music. In fact I discovered two of my favorite bands here; Heth and Jedand City of the Sun. Google them people, they are phenomenal. Besides the live entertainment, there are some great bars and restaurants around this square and I’m totally spoilt for choice. My favourite is a French Moroccan Bistro aptly named Bar Six.
The specially designed with beautiful architecture building was built in 1899 and it was designed in the Victorian Gothic domestic style by the architect F.W. Stevens as the summer residence of the governor of North West Province. It consists of a two- storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool and a golf court as well. Presently, Raj Bhawan is the official guest house for the Governor of Uttarakhand and for the guests stay. But people can explore this place in a nice way and they can also look for the atmosphere here.