Billed as the global financial capital, New York City is an iconic travel destination of the United States. The city has had a kind of reverence about it that few can match all over the planet. Known by different names like ‘The Big Apple’, ‘The City that Never Sleeps’ and ‘Gotham’, New York excites with its interesting attractions and abundant engagements. Read on to know more:
Be it tall skyscrapers, historical monuments or iconic landmarks, there is no dearth of sightseeing opportunities in New York City. Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, The High Line and Chrysler Building are some of the most well-known attractions in the city. While most of these venues are accessible by public transport and are open from morning till late evening, a few of them require prior bookings and reservations. If you are a first time traveller, make sure you have a city guide with you as you get exploring.
New York is home to some of the most famous museums in the world. Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Morgan Library and Museum are among the most popular museums here. Exhibitions, live shows, interactive sessions and lectures are held at most of these places.
New York City is a delight for the food lovers. Some of the world’s most awarded and acclaimed restaurants are located here. Tavern on the Green, The Rainbow Room, Totonno’s, Katz’s Delicatessen and Peter Luger are some of the city’s most famed restaurants. When it comes to some of the staples that are most served in the city, Eggs Benedict, lobster Newberg, cheesecake, corned beef, baked pretzels, hot dogs, burgers, New York style bagel, Gefilte fish, Pasta primavera, Penne alla Vodka, Steak Diane, calzones, cuchifritos and churros can be enjoyed for a local experience.
Broadway has become an important component of entertainment in New York both for the travellers and locals. Be it musicals, comedy or drama, shows and performances of different genres are held here in the city. A Chorus Line, A Delicate Balance, A Raisin in the Sun, A Streetcar named Desire, Ain’t Misbehavin’, All My Sons, Angels in America, Annie and Anything Goes are few of the classics performed here. Featuring modern themes and highlighting the contemporary culture are new shows like Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of Opera, The Book of Mormon, Cats and The Bronx Tale.
Be it designer wear, leading fashion brands, vintage stuff, electronics, books or anything else under the sky, New York has it all when it comes to shopping. Scattered all over the city with major chunk of them found around the famous Times Square are popular posh boutiques, record stores, thrift shops ideal. Dover Street Market, Barneys New York Downtown, Chelsea Market, Union Square Greenmarket, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Queens Night Market, The Market NYC and the Grand Central Market are few of the must visit city markets. Weekly flea markets are a major draw to the city.
Events and Festivals
New York is a cosmopolitan city in its truest sense. Be it traditional celebrations, annual cultural programmes, street parades, music concerts or carnivals, the city holds a range of celebrations and festivities throughout the year – with some of them being truly iconic. ST. Patrick’s Day Parade, Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, New York Caribbean Carnival Parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, NYC Pride, Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting and National Puerto Rican Day Parade are a few of the most loved celebrations here.
New York’s nightlife is exceptional and could well be the best one in the world. From sophisticated cocktail dens to lounges to dance clubs to bars, there is something for everyone in the city. The Campbell, The Crown, Diamond Lil, Wine Legend, Loverboy, The Office NYC, Oscar Wilde, Fishbone, The Heights, Black Flamingo, Drexler’s and C’mon Everybody are some of the spots to hit in the city.