Getting to know New York City –

New York City is one of the best places on earth, and there are plenty of things to see and do. Before we get into the wonders of everything that New York City has to offer, let’s talk about its history. The Lenape tribe were the first native New Yorker, who hunted, fished and farmed in the area between the Delaware and Hudson rivers. Beginning of 16th century Europeans began to explore the region, but none settled there until 1624. That year, the Dutch West Indian Company sent some 30 families to live and work in a tiny settlement on “Nutten Island” (today’s Governors Island) that they called New Amsterdam. In 1626, the settlement expanded after the purchase of much larger Manhattan Island from the natives for 60 guilders in trade goods such as tools, farming equipment, cloth, and shell beads. Fewer than 300 people lived in New Amsterdam when the settlement moved to Manhattan. The population started growing quickly, and by 1760 the city population increased to 18,000 (now called New York City). Fifty years later, with a population of 202,589, it became the largest city in the Western Hemisphere. Today more than 8 Million people live in the City’s five boroughs.

Did you know New York City served as the capital of the United States from 1785 to 1790

How to Get There

Travel to and from the airport can be quite expensive, but there are plenty of public transportation options to choose from.

From Kennedy Airport (JFK)

AirTrain is the easiest and cheapest way to travel from JFK. Take the Train to Jamaica Station and from there take the Subway E line all the way to the downtown World Trade Center. Here are few major stops on the way, 42 st. Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station, Canal Street etc. The estimated cost would be $7.75 ( $ 5 AirTrain fee and $2.75 Subway fare) and takes about 50 minutes.

NYC Subway Map

From JFK -> Take AirTrain + Subway -> Manhattan

From Newark Airport (EWR)

To NYC Penn Station

Take the AirTrain to Newark Airport Train Station. Then transfer to an NJ Transit Train to NYC Penn Station (the last stop). Trains run 7 days a week 21 hours/day (no service between 2:00 – 5:00 AM) at least every 15 minutes and more frequently during the day. The cost is $12:50 and the total travel time including wait at the airport transfer should be about 30-45 minutes.

To World Trade Center / 33rd Street / Jersey City

Take the AirTrain to Newark Airport Train Station. Then transfer to NJ Transit Train to Newark Penn Station. Trains run 7 days a week 21 hours/day (no service between 2:00 – 5:00 AM). Get off the train at Newark Penn Station and go to the PATH train in the same station. PATH is the subway that runs between NJ and NY. Cost $2.75. PATH has three lines that connect, one to WTC, one to Hoboken and one to 33rd Street (close to Penn Station). For Jersey City get off at Journal Square, Grove Street or Exchange Place depending on where you are going.

From La Guardia Airpot (LGA)

New York City buses provide service between LaGuardia Airport and Manhattan and Queens with connections to New York City subways for the destination beyond. Subway and bus service cost $3.00 (exact change required) when purchasing a single-ride and $2.75 per ride when purchasing a MetroCard vending machines are located throughout the terminal facilities.

For Airport connections between JFK – LGA – EWR make sure you have plenty of time in between your flights

Getting Around in NYC

The “Big Apple” is a great city and walking around is the best way to enjoy it, but keep in mind that it’s very big, so if you’re covering lots of ground the best and cheapest way to get around is on the subway. It runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and costs $2.75 for a single trip or $31 for a seven-day MetroCard, which gives you unlimited subway and bus journeys. This MetroCard can be used on the Roosevelt Island Tram with great views of East Manhattan and the East River.

Bike renal in NYC
You can rent CitiBike, they are available all over the city, just find the station nearest you.

A more dynamic way to see the city is with the Citi Bike. You can borrow bikes from docking stations south of 79th Street in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City. They cost $9.95 to access the bikes for 24 hours or $25 for a week, then you can make as many journeys under 30 minutes as you like for free.

Yellow cab, Zipcar, and Uber are also popular among locals.

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42nd Street and 1st Avenue – Yellow in New York City

Best Time to Visit NYC

There will never be a bad time to visit NYC. Each season offers plenty of reasons to visit.

Spring in NYC

March-May is glorious and New Yorkers celebrate the thaw by taking to the streets, shopping at outdoor markets, frolicking in Central Park and dining outside. High average temperatures range from the upper 40s in March to the upper 60s in May. Showers are very common during this season.

Winter in NYC

December – February is cold, but that also means better hotel rates but just need to make sure you skip the major holidays. From Rockefeller Center’s massive tree to the dressed-up windows along the Fifth Avenue, there’s nothing quite like Christmas in Big Apple. New Year Eve celebration at Times Square. The temperatures are around the 20s and 30s and add in the gusty winds through the skyscrapers and it may end up feeling like it’s below zero.

Fall in NYC

Hotel rates are pretty steep, if that is not an issue then arrive in the early fall when the average high temperature hovers in the 60s and 70s. If you book your vacation in November, you could pounce on some sweet deals. But stay away from Thanksgiving, when visitors flood to NYC for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The air should be crisp, the sky blue, comfortable temperature and the landscapes especially parks are painted with brilliant shades of red, yellow-orange and gold. It should be the perfect season for a scenic walk or a drive out of town to view nature and its colorful scenic beauty.

Summer in NYC

June – August the hottest season in New York. Despite the hot and humid weather, it’s an extremely popular time to visit, especially among families whose kids are out of school. Hotel prices remain pretty high along with the humidity.

Top Tourist Attractions In New York City

This great cosmopolitan city gives you big-city feel with a small town glamour. You will feel the changes as you move from one neighborhood to other – from the Upper East Side to Soho to Chinatown, Harlem, West Village, and the fashion district – makes it almost like visiting different cities.

As the most populous city in the U.S. – set at the forefront of food, fashion, and the arts – NYC requires stamina. There are variably endless ways to keep yourself busy in the city that never sleeps.

There are lots of places that you can visit for free, like New York City Public Library, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, Times Square, Bryant Park, Washington Park, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park etc.

There are a variety of walking, and cycling tours run by Free Tours by Foot which is a great way to explore NYC.

The Grand Central Partnership offers a free, award-winning 90-minute walking tour of the Grand Central neighborhood at 23:30 pm every Friday, covering Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, itself and Pershing Square.

If you are interested to visit major NYC attractions like the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building, then it might be worth to try out New York City Pass. You could save 40% on entrance fees if you plan to cover six major attractions. The cost would be $116 per adult and $92 aged 6-17. Otherwise below is a list of things that you can consider while in New York City.

Walk On The Brooklyn Bridge

The iconic Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883 to carry traffic between Manhattan and Brooklyn. One of the most recognizable parts of New York City skyline, the bridge has been featured in movies and on television shows and a masterpiece of New York City history. You can do a self-guided tour – a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Start your tour from City Hall Park, on the Manhattan side of the bridge and it will end on the Brooklyn Side. Also, Free Tours By Foot offers 3 hours free walking trip that begins from the fountain in the center of City Hall Park at 10:00 am daily (reservation required).

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An early morning walk on Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights is one of Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhoods and is often referred to as America’s first suburb. Enjoy a stroll through its tree-lined streets, visit its historic churches and synagogues and enjoy one of the best postcard-ready views of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from the neighborhood’s popular promenade.

The bridge lets out near Brooklyn’s finest residential neighborhoods, filled with interesting people and architecture.

Access to the Brooklyn Bridge is 24 hours per day and It is beautiful at any time of the day, but the sunset is particularly nice!

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A view of Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights

South Street Sea Port

The South Street Seaport is a place that you should not miss. It’s between Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street. Experience exciting seasonal entertainment, unique shopping and dining, cultural activities, harbor cruises and much more.

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South Street Sea Port, Lower Manhattan

Governors Island

Governors Island is a 172-acre island, a 10-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City. It offers unique views of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn waterfront. Also offers miles of car-free biking. You can bring your own bike or rent one. Citi Bike is also available at the ferry landings. While on the island don’t forget to visit Fort Jay and Castle Williams.

Take Subway 1 to South Ferry or R train to Whitehall street walk over to Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) for the Ferry.

Passengers ride free on Saturday and Sunday until 11:30.
Adults and Children over 12: $2, Senior Citizens: $1, Children 12 and under: Free

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Ferry to Governor’s Island

Ferry to Staten Island

There is nothing more exciting than getting on the free ferry service between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. It is more than a means of transportation, it’s a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty, the stunning vistas of New York Harbor or the Manhattan skyline.

The ferry departs Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal at South Ferry, at the southernmost tip of Manhattan near Battery Park. On Staten Island, the ferry arrives and departs from the St. George Ferry Terminal.

For no charge, the 25-minute trip (5 miles) could be a memorable trip of a lifetime. The ferry is free of charge, though riders must disembark at each terminal and reenter through the terminal building for a round trip.

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A view of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge from Staten Island Ferry

World Trade Center

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Freedom Tower (WTC) in downtown Manhattan, NYC

There are many things to experience in the Big Apple and the only one way to truly see them all is from the tallest building of the Western Hemisphere The observation deck can be reached in just 60 seconds; look toward the horizon and feel the City’s invincible spirit. Explore three levels filled with innovation and inspiration at One World Observatory, located in the top three floors of One World Trade Center. Tickets are currently available at oneworldobservatory.com current ticket price is Adults $34, seniors $32 and children $28)

 

What are the best times to visit? Anytime, though you’ll have more space to yourself early in the morning and later in the afternoon. Views of the City at sunset are breathtaking.

How long is a typical visit? As long as you like. Most visitors spend an hour or two taking in the views. Note: there are three restaurants on the 101st floor, one of which offers snacks and lighter fare.

 

Wall Street

In Addition to WTC, Lower Manhattan is also most famous for Wall Street, but the neighborhood is about much more than just finance. This area has seen some of New York City’s, and the nation’s, greatest triumphs- the inauguration of the country’s first president, the founding of its first bank—and some of its greatest heartaches. Unfortunately, the New York Stock Exchange trading floor hasn’t been open to public tours since 9/11, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from snapping photos of the exchange’s prominent facade or the bronze bull at the nearby Bowling Green.

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Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull

Roosevelt Island Cable Car

The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The 4-minute ride, which offers spectacular views to its passengers, has been praised in the New York Times as “the most exciting view in New York City!” It costs $2.25 each way ($4 for a round trip). Senior citizens and the disabled pay $1.00 each way.

Where to get the Tram? Tram Plaza is located at 59th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. On the island, a red minibus meets the tram and takes you throughout the island for 25 cents!

Where it takes you? In just four minutes you can travel from busy midtown Manhattan to the quiet, safe and beautiful residential Roosevelt Island. It offers great views, 5 spacious parks, 6 historic landmarks dating from 1796, and the opportunity to visit a limited traffic, mixed-income multi-ethnic planned community.

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Roosevelt Island Tram next to Queens Boro Bridge

Randall’s Island

Randall’s Island Park offers miles of waterfront pathways, a great variety of attractions and events, including entertainment and learning opportunities for both children and adults.

Families often come to the park together to enjoy the outdoor movie nights, fun runs at Icahn Stadium and a plethora of other festivals and events. The island is an amazing resource for New Yorkers of all ages, and a wonderful place to spend a day.

How to get there from Manhattan? The M35 bus runs to the Island from the Northeast corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. The transfer is available from the Lexington Avenue 4, 5 or 6 subway at 125th Street.

The 103rd Street Footbridge in Manhattan is open to pedestrians and cyclists 365 days per year, 24 hours per day, and connects the East River Esplanade/FDR Drive at 103rd Street with the southern end of Randall’s Island Park.

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Randall’s Island – a view of Tri-Boro Bridge, NYC

Ferry to Statue of Liberty the National Monument

No visit to the New York City area is complete without a trip to the world’s most famous landmarks – the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The Statue of Liberty is one of the great symbols of American liberty. It is also a National Park. The Statue is on Liberty Island where you can walk around, climb the crown and have some fast food at the food court. You can also get a great view of Lower Manhattan, Verrazano-Narrows bridge from the Island.

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Heading to Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park in New Jersey

How to Get ThereState Cruises runs the official Ferry as well as access to the crown. You can choose the departure from Liberty State Park, New Jersey where you may find ample parking for cars and buses. Easy access from New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 78. Or from Battery Park, Lower Manhattan there is easy access via public transportation, including subway lines and bus routes. You may depart from one and return to a different location.

Due to its extreme popularity, access to the crown is by advanced reservation only. All reservations must be made online or by telephone. Plan your purchase at least 2+ months in advance. You can’t purchase crown tickets at the ticket office or on Liberty Island.

Cross the Williamsburg Bridge

On a nice day, nothing is more wonderful then to walk over The Williamsburg Bridge from the Lower East side of Manhattan to South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From Manhattan, you can enter from Clinton Street and Delancey and follow the walkway.

There is a fantastic photo op at the top of the bridge. Looking downtown you can see the Brooklyn Bridge, looking uptown you can see all of midtown, and you’ve got yourself a great way to remember the day.

You’ll have a chance to discover the borough’s rich heritage, hip businesses, and contemporary street art scene. While you explore this laid-back neighborhood, you’ll see historical buildings, pass by boutiques and cafes, and stop for a photo op of the Manhattan skyline from the waterfront.

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Crossing the Williamsburg Bridge on foot and enjoy the beautiful view

Washington Square Park

This park may be a small one, but it is one of the most easily recognizable spots in all of New York City. The Washington Arch is the predominant feature of the park and it is often visited by both locals and tourists.  Located right in the heart of one of New York’s great neighborhoods, Greenwich Village.

The easiest way to get there is by subway, get off at West 4th. Street Station served by A, C, E, B, D, F, M trains.

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Washington Square in Lower Manhattan, NYC

Union Squire

It’s a great place to visit while in NYC. The park captures much of the City’s diversity and has an energy all its own – in some way, this is downtown’s Time Square. Historically, it’s landmark certainly has a long tradition as a gathering place.

Union Square Park stretches from 14th. Street to 17th. Street, and from Fourth Avenue/Park Avenue to University Place. Take the 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q or R subway line to Union Square-14th Street station.

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Union Square, New York City

Empire State Building

The 102 storied Empire State Building in New York’s most recognizable landmark and visiting the Empire State building is a must for anyone traveling to NYC. It was the world’s tallest building for a record of 41 years. The building’s height, including the 203-foot pinnacle, is 1,453 feet (443 meters). From the open-air observatory deck, you can enjoy the most breathtaking views. See New York’s world-famous skyline as it was meant to be seen until 2 am every night.

The best time to visit is in the morning around 8 am, in the afternoon after 3 pm or after 11 PM.

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Empire State Building from Hudson River

Times Square

The heartbeat of New York is obviously Times Square, the New York City trip is incomplete without seeing the square. It is big, bright and unforgettable. Its main junction is filled with popular retailers-Plus the TKTS discount booth, which offers up to 50 percent off theater tickets. If you have seen the “Empire State of Mind” video then you must walk to the top of the red steps to enjoy the sweeping view of the area, including One Times Square, the building from which the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

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Times Square, New York City

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Whether you are exploring New York for the first time, rediscovering your hometown or seeking a mini-vacation, a Circle Line Cruise is a relaxing and fun way to see the world’s most famous skyline. WiFi is available on board and Circle Line now offers a multilingual cruise companion app, the Circle Line Skyline Navigator, with narration available in seven languages. An onboard cafe offers a freshly prepared menu of sandwiches, salads, and snacks, plus a full bar serves up hot and cold beverages, beer, wine, and cocktails.

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Circle Line at West Side highway and 42nd Street

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is a New York icon. Packed with exhibitions representing people and animals throughout the ages, the museum also has a planetarium and an IMAX theater, as well as special visiting exhibitions and plenty of places to eat and shop. The dinosaur wing is a must-see, and if you have time, lie down under the life-size model of a blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

How long should I spend at the museum? You could easily spend all day and still not see everything. Your best bet is to pick some areas of interest. You can discover what’s in the exhibit at amnh.org.

Are there tours? Yes, and they’re free with admission. They take place hourly from 10:15 am to 3:15 pm and last between 45 minutes and an hour.

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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, NYC

Top of the Rock Observatory Deck

This is one of the dreams for NYC visitors to make it to the top, and the fastest way there is the elevator – to the 67th, 69th or 70th floors at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The three 360 degree view observation decks at Top of the Rock showcase the City’s spectacular skyline. All three decks have outdoor viewing areas, and the uppermost deck is completely open-air. Although you won’t be able to see the skating rink or Christmas tree from up high, you can visit these seasonal attractions when you come back down on the street level.

You can buy tickets for the top of the Rock in advance, for adults $32 and child $26. For an additional $15 per ticket, you can upgrade to visit the top of the Rock twice within 24 hours. Visit during the sunset to see the city in a whole new light.

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Observation Deck

Grand Central Station

New York’s Grand Central Terminal isn’t just a train depot—it’s one of the most popular attractions in the world. Don’t make the mistake of skipping this just because you’ve seen this iconic place in pictures and movies. The Titanic train station is sitting on a treasure trove of stories and architectural oddities that will titillate any visitor. Even if you don’t take a train to Manhattan, seeing Grand Central station is one of the best things to do in NYC.

Grand Central can get quite crowded; roughly 750,000 people pass through the main concourse daily. If you’re just sightseeing, it’s probably best to avoid going during peak hours, which would include weekday mornings (7 – 9 am) and weeknights after work (5 – 7 pm, approx.).

Central Park, New York

Things to do in Central Park was designed as an urban oasis to give New Yorkers an escape from the crowded city. Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York’s crowded urban terrain. It is among the world’s most famous and beloved public parks. With over 834 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it’s impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.

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Inside Central Park South – ice skating rink
Take a walking tour through Central Park Lower Section

– Grand Army Plaza
– The Plaza Hotel
– Central Park Zoo
– The Pond
– The Dairy
– The Mall and Literary Walk
– Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
– Sheep Meadow
– Strawberry Fields
– The Dakota Apartments

Walking tour through the Middle Central Park

– American Museum of Natural History
– The Swedish Cottage
– Shakespeare Garden
– Belvedere Castle
– Turtle Pond
– The Delacorte Theatre
– The Great Lawn
– Cleopatra’s Needle
– The Ramble
– The Lake

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Central Park Lake activities in Summer

Harlem

Harlem has some of New York’s most interesting architecture, food music, and people. Over the past 400 years, it has undergone many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes. There are many movies and documentaries in Harlem, so it’s not a bad idea to visit this historical area.

Places of interest:

– Apollo Theater
– Abyssinian Baptist Church
– Site Related to Malcolm X Headquarters
– Headquarters of William J. Clinton Foundation
– Schomberg Center
– Sylvia’s Soul-food Restaurant

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Apollo Theater, Harlem – NYC

The Met Fifth Avenue

The Met Fifth Avenue is one of NYC’s most beloved cultural institutions. Housing nearly 2 million works of art, the Met is the largest museum in the US—and among the largest on earth. On a single day, you can see paintings by Van Gogh and Rembrandt; 17th-century Portuguese king’s armor; ancient tapestries depicting Buddhist deities; and the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian shrine built about 15 BC. You will also find galleries of Asian, Egyptian and Islamic art, which reveal the influences and intersections of the world’s many cultures. In addition to the Met’s main building on Fifth Avenue, the institution includes the Met Cloisters, dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, and the Met Breuer, featuring modern and contemporary collections.
When are the best times to visit? The museum is open daily. Get there around 11 am—after the admission lines have dissipated. Note that on Friday and Saturday evenings, the museum stays open until 9 pm.

How much are tickets? Admission to the Met is pay-what-you-wish at the door and includes same-day access to the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Cloisters and the Met Breuer. Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at the suggested donation of $25 for adults, $17 for seniors (65 and over) and $12 for students.

Follow the High Line

The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th. Street, between 10th. and 12th. Avenue about 2 miles. It’s beautiful to walk in the only elevated park in New York especially on a sunny afternoon and enjoy the view of the Hudson River.

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High Line in New York City

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is an amazing destination for families, whether or not you live in Queens. The largest park in Queens (and fourth largest park in all of New York City) has something for everyone.

The park now has a world-class aquatic center, many sports fields, the Queens Museum, the New York Hall of Science, and, the latest addition, CitiField. Each year, it hosts the US Open. The Pavilion is one of the most iconic images of the park as if a flying saucer landed in this huge Meadow.

Another famously iconic part of the park is the Unisphere, “a 12-story high, spherical stainless steel representation of the Earth,” the world’s largest globe structure.

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium was constructed from 1921 to 1923, is the original home of the New York Yankees, 27 times World Series champions. The Yankees played all of their home games at this stadium in the Bronx until 2008, when a new stadium was completed across the street. Now, the Yankees inhabit a deluxe new stadium (where they won their most recent World Series), and the old Yankee Stadium was deconstructed and turned into a park.

It takes about 25 minutes on the D train from 42nd Street or 20 minutes on the 4 train from Grand Central Terminal. The stop for both is 161st St./Yankee Stadium.

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is open year-round (except for major holidays). Home to more than 6,000 animals, the zoo spans 265 acres that re-create the diverse natural habitats of its numerous residents. There are many wonderful events scheduled every day. Make sure to check before you go or read the schedules when you enter the zoo. It is a great way to spend a day with the family. The ticket is available online.

SoHo and Little Italy Walking Tour

Well known for its popular hip art galleries, restaurants, trendy shops and tourism, the Manhattan neighborhoods of SoHo and Little Italy boast some of New York City’s richest history. There is a free 2 hour SoHo and Little Italy walking tour offered by Free Tours by Foot, check out their website for more details.

SoHo refers to “South of Houston Street”, is well know for event venues S.O.B’s and City Winery and as well as New York restaurants that are good for any budget. Little Italy has it’s one charm and traditional restaurants that are famous.

Chinatown New York City

New York’s Chinatown is located right next to Little Italy and is one of the oldest and largest Chinatown’s outside of Asia. Take a walk in the area south of Broome Street and east of Lafayette, and you’ll feel as if you entered not just a different country but a different continent. Mott and Grand streets are lined with stands selling exotic foodstuffs and many traditional Chinese restaurants that are very famous for its authentic cuisine of virtually every province of mainland China.

How to get there: From Manhattan’s east side, take the 6 train to Canal Street station and the 4 or 5 train to Brooklyn Bridge. From Manhattan’s west side, take the B or the D train to Grand Street station. From Queens, take the Z train to Canal Street. From Brooklyn, the D, B, N, Q, R, J, M, and 6 trains all stop at the Grand Street or Canal Street stations.

Radio City Music Hall

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Radio City Music Hall, NYC

United Nations Headquarter in New York City

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United Nation Building in New York City

St Patrick’s Cathedral

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St Patrick’s Cathedral

Columbus Circle

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Columbus Circle, New York City

Intrepid Museum

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Intrepid Museum – West Side Highway in New York City

My Favorite Food in NYC

Best Bagels in NYC

New York is well-known for its bagels and you definitely need to try it on your next trip. Have them toasted or not, with butter or cream cheese, with lox, sable, white fish, or even as a tuna melt. In fact, an NY Bagel with lox (smoked salmon), onions, tomato, capers and a schemer of cream cheese is one of the all-time favorites.

Here are some popular bagel spots to visit:

Kisser’s Bialys, 367 Grand Street.

Russ & Daughters, 179 Houston Street

H&H, 1551 Second Avenue open 24 hours

Black Seed Bagels, 170 Elizabeth Street

Ess-a-Bagel, 359 First Avenue

Murray’s Bagels, 242 8th. Avenue and 500 Avenue of the America (6th. Avenue)

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Bagel with cream cheese – New York Style

If you Like Beer

If you’re planning a trip to New York City, try to visit The Brooklyn Brewery. If you like beer then you can take a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery every weekend. Tours run every half-hour from 1 pm– 5 pm (4 pm on Sunday) and they have a bar where you can sample the produce after – beers are $5 each or five for $20, and you can bring your own food. Or on Monday to Thursday they run more in-depth small-group tours at 5 pm for $15, including four tasting samples and a souvenir glass.

How to get there by subway from Manhattan? Take any Uptown/Downtown line to 14th Street, change to the L train for Brooklyn, exit first stop in Brooklyn, Bedford Avenue (stay at rear of train), walk from North 7th Street to North 11th Street, turn left (towards the water) and walk a block and a half to the brewery.

New York’s Special Katz’s Delicatessen

If you like pastrami or corned beef then this is it, this restaurant should be on your to-do list if you are visiting New York City. I have been to Katz’s Delicatessen a few times over the years and I left satisfied every time. The food and taste were so unique that it makes you want to go back and try it again.

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At Katz’s Delicatessen, one of the best items is pastrami on Rye

Peter Luger Steakhouse, Brooklyn NY

If you are a Steak lover then definitely try New York’s best steak in Peter Luger, This Steak House is located in Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York City, they have a second location in Great Neck, Long Island. The Brooklyn location is the original Peter Luger Steakhouse since 1887. This restaurant has been named the best steakhouse in New York City by Zagat Survey for 30 years in a row. Address – 178 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 11211. Note that they don’t accept any credit card so have enough cash with you before heading that way.

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One of the best steak in New York City, Peter Luger Steakhouse, Brooklyn NY

Street Food

Chicken & Rice is one of the best street food to experience while in New York City. You could find them at the corner of 6th. Avenue and 53 street.

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Chicken and Rice on 6th. Avenue, NYC

My Opinion and Tips

Have you been to New York City? Any additional tips to share?

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