You’ll never be bored in New York, the city that – literally – never sleeps. With its tall buildings and perpetual energy, it’s not just a city, it’s New York!
Of course, if you’re a first timer, there are the obligatory attractions everyone must see; the Statue of liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square. They’re all impressive and definitely worthwhile, but they don’t even scratch the surface of what the city has to offer.
VISIT ROOSEVELT ISLAND
Although technically part of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island is still relatively unknown by tourists. The best way to get to the island is by tram (which is technically a cable car), accessible at 60th Street and Second Avenue.
Before undergoing development for residential property, Roosevelt Island was home to the city’s prison and a large hospital. Today, it offers lovely riverside walks without the crowds and beautiful views of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. At the southern tip of the island is the FDR Memorial Four Freedoms Park, opened in 2012 as a memorial for President Roosevelt and his belief in four essential human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God in one’s own way, freedom from want and freedom from fear.
SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP
When it comes to shopping there really is no better place than New York. From designer boutiques to flea markets, New York has it all – but where to start? Your best bet is to begin with the iconic department stores that we’ve all heard about, where you can experience everything in one location. Located on bustling 34th Street, Macy’s is the largest department store in the U.S.A, with over a million square feet of retail space covering an entire city block. Its’ ten floors offer practically everything you could want from clothing, cosmetics and perfume, handbags, shoes, homewares and much more along with plenty of dining options.
HEAD TO THE BEACH
If you need to cool off, head to Coney Island (it’s about a 45 minute subway ride from Manhattan) and make yourself at home on its golden sandy beach. There’s also an old-fashioned boardwalk filled with amusements and fairground rides: the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Coney Island is also the birthplace of the hot dog! You’ll find plenty of places to chow down on the boardwalk, although the most famous ‘dog has to be Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. Delicious!
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Walking through the streets of New York is like being in one big film set, but one of the city’s most iconic films is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Walking past Fifth Avenue’s famous shops, you almost expect Audrey Hepburn to walk right past. And where else to start a location tour than Tiffany’s flagship store on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street? Browse the sparkling aisles and, if you want to take home one of their signature little blue boxes, you can get a silver Tiffany chain for $50.
New York offers a vibrant and fast-moving food scene. Street food, international cuisine, sushi bars, bakeries, pancake houses, fast food joints and fine dining establishments fill each neighbourhood. It may have been invented in Italy, but pizza has undoubtedly become the national dish of New York. You can find pizza joints on nearly every street corner of the city, ranging from cheap and cheerful to something a little more gourmet.