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Top 10 Best Things To See In New York

Posted by Nicole West on 30/04/2015

A visit to the Big Apple can overwhelm the senses with so much to do, see and experience. From world-class restaurants, to theatre, iconic buildings and edgy, cultural hubs, New York pulls you in so many directions your head spins just choosing a slice of pizza! You probably already know about the big ones, Times Square and The Statue of Liberty, so here are 10 more fabulous things to see in the ‘city that never sleeps’.

1. Central Park

Ambling through Central Park could take up your entire holiday. It’s the place to go to enjoy romantic, open-air carriage rides, lush lawns, outdoor concerts, ice-skating in winter and skyline views. Stop at the Loeb Boathouse and rent a rowboat, the Central Park Wildlife Centre and the Shakespeare Garden.

2. Empire State Building

The most famous building in the New York skyline was opened in 1931 and has appeared in numerous Hollywood movies. Views over the entire city from the observation decks are spectacular, especially on sunset and into the sparkling night.

3. The West Village

Strolling through the West Village, you’ll see charming brownstones lining classic, leafy, neighbourhood streets. Art lovers, shoppers and diners flock to the cobbled streets to enjoy quaint shops, bars and restaurants such as the White Horse Tavern, The Spotted Pig and the Village Vanguard.

4. Bergdorf Goodman

Internationally loved for its extravagant, totally fabulous Christmas windows, Bergdorf Goodman’s is the quintessential luxury goods store on the fashion mecca of 5th Avenue. Even if you don’t want to crack the credit card with couture designs, it’s worth a visit just to browse and soak up the splendour.

5. The High Line

The High Line is an elevated park, along a rail track that went out of use in 1980. It runs from the Meatpacking District to Chelsea and when you explore, you’ll find nearby restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues that the locals love.

6. Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the world’s largest art museums, the ‘Met’ showcases a collection of more than 2 million works of art from every part of the globe. Some of the displays include works from Ancient Egypt, paintings from European masters, American and modern art, musical instruments and antique weapons.

7. Grand Central Terminal

Most famous as a dramatic film set location for movies such as Superman and The Avengers, Grand Central Terminal (often referred to as Grand Central Station) is worth a visit, even if you don’t need to take a train. Check out the gorgeous Beaux-arts building and the bustling vibe.

8. The Brooklyn Bridge

Walking across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is a must do for visitors to NYC for skyline views. Opened in 1813, the bridge has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is one of the oldest of its kind in the USA. There’s a wide pedestrian path open to walkers and cyclists.

9. Coney Island

Take the whole family to Coney Island for beaches, boardwalks and family-friendly entertainment options with amusement park rides, playgrounds, sports facilities and year-round events. You can also visit the Coney Island Museum, the New York Aquarium, shop for souvenirs and indulge in classic hotdogs by the sea.

10. Classic Pizza Joints

Pizza is an obsession with New York City locals, with a pizza joint everywhere you look. You can try a sizzling, cheesy slab while you’re out and about on the street, or discover some of the old school slices at famous pizzeria’s such as Lombardi’s in Nolita, Totonno’s in Coney Island , John’s Pizzeria in the West Village or Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn.

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