Holiday in New York

"The glamour of it all! New York! America!"
Charlie Chaplin

New York City (NYC) is one exciting place!

Movie buffs may feel that they know NYC in many ways, from nights spent watching films like: Manhatten (1979), Saturday Night Fever (1977) or Wall Street (1987). Viewers of the small screen, have been treated to the NYC life style in TV shows like: Friends, Seinfield and Sex and the City. Now however, it is your turn to experience NYC up close and personal.

Things to See

New York City(120838)Credit: Flickr

Located on the East Coast of the United States of America, NYC is divided into five boroughs: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, the island of Manhattan and Queens. Getting about and exploring these places is pretty easy too, due to the organised street system, the subway and the yellow taxis which can be found everywhere.


Times Square(120850)Credit: Wikipedia

"I wanted to experience New York, to look up and see buildings. "
Haile Gebrselassie

Everyone wants to visit the Empire State Building, which featured in the film Sleepless in Seattle, however you need to buy tickets if you want to see the famous view from the 86th floor.When visiting, you may also find yourself wondering if, the guard on the lift has a wife? And is An Affair to Remember her favourite movie? And you may catch yourself looking about for Annie.

Another 'must go place', is Times Square, at  at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, a place which is often termed "The Crossroads of the World". If you are feeling brave, you can stop off and see the Naked Cowboy, a street performer who ran as a candidate for the U.S. Tea Party movement. But then again, perhaps it is better to remember, that Times Square is more famous for ragtime music and Irving Berlin.

If you have time, be sure to take a bike ride through Central Park, which really is an oasis in the city, where you can visit Strawberry Fields, John Lennon's Memorial. Central Park however offers many, many things to do and see, such as boating, taking a carriage ride, rock climbing, or visiting the Central Park Zoo. You can also take a look at Belvedere Castle, a fabulous Victorian folly, built in 1869.

View of Central ParkCredit: Wikipedia

Museums and Art

Guggenheim MuseumCredit: Wikipedia

If you are like me, you will likely make a beeline for the nearest museum and art gallery, which in NYC are full of fantastic collections. The New York Hall of Science, has 100s of hands on exhibits, making it a fabulous place to take the kids, and there is also a playground, where the kids can conduct experiments. Catering specifically for children, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, is interactive and fun, and recommended.

The American Museum of Natural History which opened in 1869, is well worth your time and while there drop by the planetarium. Then there is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which is fascinating for those of us enthralled with family history, and stories of migration. Then, a trip to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, will add more enthralling immigrant stories and illustrate other perspectives of New York and its people.

Frank Lloyd Wright's, breathtaking design for the Guggenheim Museum, houses a mind-blowing art collection, so don't miss that. After that mosey along to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is the home of over 2 million art works. And then wizz along to the Museum of Modern Art, to see what is happening in the contemporary art world.

...and Don't Forget

Broadway(120853)Credit: Wikipedia

Give your regards to Broadway while in NYC and if possible, try to get tickets to a show. There are many discounted ticket opportunities if cash is tight.

Catch the Staten Island Ferry to get the best view of the robed female neoclassical sculpture, The Statue of Liberty. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is an inspiring icon of freedom and has inflated the heart of many a new immigrant and visitor to the USA.



Dining and Eating

Pizza(120869)Credit: Flickr janineomg

NYC has a HUGE diversity of cuisines from across the globe, however if you want to try a coal-fired, brick oven pizza, then John's of Bleecker Street is the place to go. For the NYC brassière experience, make a booking at Balthazar located in Soho, Manhattan, near the MOMA design store. Here you will find lots of friendly conversation and Parisian decor.

If you are trying to save a few coins, then slip down to China Town and try the Golden Steamer, where you will become a fan of steamed pork, or pumpkin buns. However, why not try Pimento Caribbean Restaurant, where you can sit down to flavourful Jamaican food at the Bronx. In NYC though, you are spoilt for choice.

Planning Your Trip

NYC is always buzzing, it never sleeps, so you can go there at anytime of the year. The best time to go however, is November, when there are plenty of parades going on. Or, if you want a white Christmas and fancy to give ice skating a go at the Rockefeller Center, then December is a good time.

Keep in mind that tipping is expected in NYC and you better be prepared when the various service people put out their paw. The usual amount is 15%.

If you want to find out about the subway and others means of transport around NYC, look at MTA. info

"The only time I would like to see was the 20s and 30s in America because I love the music and the style and the optimism, I wanted to see New York being built. I wanted to see all that, you know."
Billy Connolly



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