For visitors, one of the best things to see in New York is the skyline. The unique blend of different, yet complimenting high rise buildings combining to create a scene rarely matched anywhere else in the world with the Empire State Building, probably the most famous building in New York, sitting center stage.
What better way to see this skyline than from the Staten Island Ferry. This free ferry is enjoyed year round by both native New Yorkers and tourists alike. Crossing the harbor, this trip not only gives you the opportunity to see the famous New York skyline, it also affords you chance to see one of the top attractions in New York up close and personal, the Statue of Liberty stands majestic as the ferry passes close by.
There are ways to see this great city of New York from another angle though: The observation decks on either the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock in the Rockefeller Center. These will all give you fantastic and spectacular panoramic views of the whole city, sights that are unforgettable and a must for any visitor.
New York isn’t all skyscrapers though, as you will see by taking a stroll along the zigzagging streets of Greenwich Village with its Brownstone buildings and interestingly different boutiques and bars.
It is not only at New Years that the crowds flock to Times Square, this hub of New York life is busy all year round. A visitor to the square will get the opportunity to witness New York life first hand and from here can buy tickets for all the best Broadway productions or take the kids to visit the huge stores of Toys-R-Us, Hershey’s and M&M.
Another one of the popular attractions in New York is the Metropolitan Museum. One of the biggest, it is considered to house some of the best collects of any museum in the world. When visiting here you are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as once inside you will want to spend the whole day enthralled, as you walk through the many, often unique exhibits on display.
Always worth a visit for the first time visitor is the Grand Central Terminal, it is more than just a station, it is a 100 year old statement of magnificent architecture and grandeur. No need to catch a train from here, just go and marvel at the mural on the ceiling as the daily bustle of New York life passes you by. Walk one of the elevated passageways whilst marveling at the busy concourse below.
In this “city that never sleeps” Central Park affords a break from the never ceasing crowds and traffic. Not that it isn’t busy, it is just that it is large enough for you to find a tranquil, peaceful spot if you wish. The best way to see Central Park is to rent a bicycle and then follow one of the clearly marked routes. Most of these pre marked tours will take you past Strawberry Fields, the Alice in Wonderland Statue, Belvedere Castle and then over the now famous Bow Bridge.