Travel Guide – New York, USA
Author: Alison Delaney | Last Updated: 1 May 2018
New York City, the city that never sleeps. Boasting countless labels and millions of people arriving from locations all over the world add to the cosmopolitan feel of the city famous for its coffee shops, modern architecture and restaurants and more than 6,400 skyscrapers.
It’s a city comprised of more than 200 nationalities and the backdrop of almost every film imaginable. It’s no surprise one of the city’s nicknames is ‘The Centre of the Universe.’
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and yet it took just 410 days to be completed during the Great Depression. There is an outdoor deck on the 86th floor with magnificent views of the skyline when the weather is pleasant.
Those views are even more outstanding from the 102nd floor although from here you are indoors. One downside is the waiting to get to the top, this attraction is notorious for its long waiting time. To avoid the long lines arrive early or very late or buy your tickets online.
The building was first floodlit in 1976, with the top 30 floors receiving colourful displays every night, on celebratory days, festivals and holidays the lights reflect that occasion.
Admission to the building costs $37 for a standard adult pass on the 86th floor and $57 for the 102nd floor.
The Brooklyn Bridge has been a reminder of the city’s engineering and architectural innovation since it opened in 1883. When it opened it was the world’s longest suspension bridge and now it attracts crowds of tourists enjoying the views of Manhattan and other landmarks of the city. You can walk across the mile-long bridge but care should be taken as you are sharing the space with other walkers and cyclists.
Central Park is one of the world’s most famous city parks and takes up 843 acres of the city. It comprises of areas of meadow, outcroppings complete with boulders, walkways lined with elm trees, European style gardens, a lake, an outdoor theatre, a memorial to the former Beatle John Lennon, a statue of Alice in Wonderland, eateries and a 15 acre sheep meadow where people congregate on hot days to relax or play games. Within the park area, you can also visit the Central Park Zoo or walk along the forested paths in the Ramble.
Central Park was created in the 1860s and ‘70s by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted when they converted a piece of marshland into a green and open space for the leisure of all the people of New York, regardless of their class, creed or colour. Today it is the perfect escape from the hectic life of this busy city for both tourists and residents.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is another of New York’s iconic attractions or landmarks. It is another attraction that receives huge crowds and the way to avoid the queues of people waiting to buy tickets is to pre-book a cruise and tour ticket from sites such as statuecruises.com.
Once you set foot on Liberty Island and have climbed the many steps up to the crown you are rewarded with an exceptional view of the city harbour. When you have your feet back firmly on the ground take the time to visit the museum and to discover the history of this iconic construction.
Tickets and transport costs to the statue are $21.50 for adults and $12 for children.
One World Observatory
The One World Observatory can be found on floors 100 through to 102 of the tallest building to be found in the Western Hemisphere. Rising up to the observation deck takes just 60 seconds inside the ‘Sky Pod’ visually immersive elevators. To reach the elevators you must walk past floor to ceiling LED screens that show the city’s and the building’s history. The presentation continues as you ascend and once you reach the top the 360-degree views of the skyline are revealed. Once you have soaked up the views you can go the cafe, bar or restaurant while looking out over the impressive skyline.
The price to reach the top floors of the One World Trade Centre are priced from $34 to $61 depending on the time of day.
An Unrivalled Mega-Metropolis & Honourable Mentions
There are far too many attractions in New York to mention them all here but if you have time you should also check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chrysler Building, the High Line as well as taking the time to visit the 9/11 Memorial.
New York’s unrivalled beauty and size is one of its main selling points, and just simply setting foot in the city from your taxi will be one of the most invigorating experiences you can have. The sheer proportions of the city’s high-rises are almost unbelievable and a sign of things to come during your journey throughout the Big Apple.
Whether you are in New York for a weekend or a longer stay, there truly is something for everyone.
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