Nicknamed the “Big Apple” by the jazz musicians in the 1920’s, New York is the city of all cities. Here is almost every corner of the world represented in a big melting pot. New York is the city without limits, the city that never sleeps, a mixture of colours, smells and food in a fast pace with the world’s most famous skyline. Seek it here and you will find it, opera, museums, skyscrapers, shopping, neon, rock, musicals and parks.
1. Times Square
The very epitome of New York and the American Dream is situated at the junction of Broadway and the Seventh Avenue. Times Square is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections and ranked the worlds no. 1 tourist attraction with over 40 million visitors each year. Here at “the Crossroads of the world” and hub of the Broadway theatres you are seduced by bright lights and animated advertisements, known as Spectaculars and Jumbotrons. This is also the stage for the New Year’s Celebrations with the famous “New Year’s Eve Balls Drop”.
2. Ground Zero
Manhattan lost a part of its’ famous skyline signature in the tragic 9/11 attack. Where once the famous World trade centre stood is today a memorial ground. On the grounds you can see “the One World Trade Centre” rise from the ashes. It is already the tallest building on Manhattan and will be the Western hemisphere’s tallest Skyscraper, 104 storeys high, on completion 2013.
3. Empire State Building
Empire State Building, built-in the 1930’s, was once the highest building on Manhattan and has since been a classic landmark featuring in many films like “Sleepless in Seattle”. At night-time the tower is lit up in various colours. To avoid long queues visiting this Art Deco marvel, try to get there early in the morning when things are a bit calmer.
4. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty was France gift to the United States in the 1800’s and placed on the Liberty Island. You can climb 354 steps up to the head of this gigantic monument. The admission to the monument is free but you have to pay for the ferry leaving from Battery Park to take you over. Expect long queues. Many people combine this tour with a visit to Ellis Island, the gateway for immigrants in the last centuries. Maybe your relatives passed here? Admission is also free for Ellis Island.
5. China Town
A visit China Town in New York is like a mini trip to China. Even McDonald’s is in Chinese here but it is the authentic Chinese restaurants that are the main attractions. Don’t miss Dim Sum Go Go, a fantastic Chinese restaurant. Look out for cheap imitations of designer labels made in China, sold on the streets.
6. Central Park
Central Park is the lungs of Manhattan with over 800 acres greenery. All sorts of people are enjoying the calm, stark contrast to Manhattans skyscrapers. Here you will find a children’s zoo, swimming pools, concerts, castles. At the Loeb Boathouse you can rent a boat or a bicycle, have a gondola ride, or just have a nice dinner.
7. Rockefeller Centre
This is the place where you in wintertime find an ice-rink in front of the 19 building complex, containing over hundred shops and 40 dining places. Here you find the Radio City Music Hall with beautiful Art Deco interior and the famous precision dancers the Rockettes.
8. Tours of New York TV Series
Many popular TV series are set in New York and there are plenty of tours taking you around to see the filming locations for your favourite TV serie. What about:
9. FAO Schwartz
FAO Schwarz is maybe the world’s most famous toy store and every child’s wonderland! Here you can spend hours exploring toys, both new and old. The place is also famous for the iconic grand piano scene, seen in the film “Big”, starring Tom Hanks.
10. The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum is an architectonic cylindrical and futuristic master piece, where you walk up a spiral walk-way instead of stairs, to see the many exhibitions. Here you have Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art. The Guggenheim Museum also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The Iconic building has featured in many Hollywood films.