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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Radio City Music Hall
The biggest indoor theatre in the world, Radio City Music Hall is larger than life. So much so, that it is said, "The Music Hall needs no performers." Just its marquee is a full city-block long. More than 300 million people have enjoyed stage shows, movies, concerts and special events at the Music Hall. There's no place like it to see or stage a show.Renowned for its elegant Art Deco architecture and its history of movie premieres and awards shows, Radio City Music Hall tops the list of must-see attractions for many art aficionados. Join an expert docent to tour The Hall that has been awing visitors since the its opening in 1932.
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.
The Phantom of the Opera
I am a high fan of the Phantom of the Opera music and the movie. So watching it on Broadway has been on my bucket list for a while now. This was truly a phenomenal experience and should not be missed – the stage settings, the production quality and the actors, everything was awe-inspiring! The Majestic Theater is a grand old theater perfectly suited for the sheer extravagance that is the Phantom of the Opera.
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.
The Charging Bull is one of the most popular statues in the world and was created by Arturo Di Modica after the 1987 stock market crash. His 7000 pound work represented "the strength, power and hope of the American people for the future."The story goes that the statue was dropped off outside the New York Stock Exchange by the artist in 1989. The police swiftly removed the unwelcomed bull. Soon after, the parks commissioner had it placed in its current spot at the Bowling Green Park. The bull has remained there and has been a huge hit with the public ever since.Get a picture taken standing beside the fierce looking head, climbing on top of the bull, or posing next to the anatomically detailed backside!
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.
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.
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.
Washington Square Park
Time seems to have broken into a gallop and before I realize, we are at the last point of the tour. Washington Square Park is a refreshing patch of green amidst the urban milieu. The rap and jazz musicians playing at the park lend the place a languorous sense of happiness. Renee gathers the walking party beneath the stately Memorial Arch and delivers a final address on how the park has been a gathering area for the Beat generation, folk and Hippie movements of the 1950s and 1960s.I thank her and make my way to the centre of the park where the band is starting to get the crowd on its feet. I take off my shoes and sit down comfortably, the soft grass feeling like velvet beneath my tired feet. They have just started singing Mr Tambourine Man and have promised to sing Blowin’ in the Wind. A bunch of NYU students raise their bottles of Brooklyn Summer Ale and merrily shout out "Cheers to Mr Dylan”.
Over 12 million immigrants entered the US through Ellis Island, the nation's principal gateway during the years 1892-1954. Following restorations in 1980s, the building reopened as a museum dedicated to the nation's immigration heritage. A must visit for those interesting in knowing more about over 4 centuries of immigration history to America. 2nd and last stop of the ferry ride before we reach back NYC