New York Holidays

 

How To Make The Most Of Your New York Holidays

It’s impossible to describe New York in a few lines or even a few pages. It’s multi-cultural. It’s the financial capital of the world. It’s the centre of art and culture. And it means different thing to different people. People from over a 170 countries live and work here so it’s an amalgam of people of different creed, race and religion. What amazes visitors is the sheer energy and vibe of the city. Everything is fast paced and New Yorkers like to work hard and party harder.

New York is made up of five boroughs. Manhattan is the most important and visitors should concentrate on it as the best museums, shopping, theatres, restaurants, nightclubs, you name it, are all here. The other four boroughs are Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Brooklyn too is worth a visit.

Accommodation can be expensive and cramped in New York so accept this fact and make the best you can. Stay in a hotel in Manhattan so you can walk to most places of interest on foot and get a better feel of the city. New York abounds in restaurants serving incredible food, including some delicious ethnic cuisine from different parts of the world. Even its street food is legendary. Nightclubs, bars and pubs stay open till the wee hours of the morning and they are one of the reasons the Big Apple is called the city that never sleeps.

Make time for plays and musicals on Broadway and head to Times Square for bargains on tickets. New York has some of the best shopping in the world. For designer shopping head to Madison Avenue. Bloomingdale’s is on 3rd Avenue, Macy’s in Herald Square, Century 21 is on 21 Cortland Street plus there are plenty of stores of every kind on Broadway. Also watch out for sales.

Read on to find out which are the places you should visit to get the most out of your New York holidays.

Things to see

The city is teeming with fabulous museums, architectural wonders, parks, galleries and more. It’s difficult to list all so here are the top attractions to help you make the most of your holiday travel and enjoy your New York holiday.

Statue of Liberty

One of the world’s most iconic structures, the Lady used to be a beacon of hope and freedom to the millions of immigrants arriving by ship to America. Although visitors weren’t allowed inside the statue after the 9/11 attacks, it reopened to the public on 4th of July 2009.

Empire State Building

It’s the most recognizable building of New York’s famed skyline. Go up to the observation deck for great views of the city. A new addition to the skyline is Top of the Rock which probably provides better views.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met, as it is popularly called, is one of the finest museums in the world. Its incredible collection – both in terms of size and quality – has few rivals. You can spend hours or days going through its zillion exhibits.

Central Park

In the centre of Manhattan’s concrete jungle lies the sprawling 843-acre park. Wooded paths, ponds, lakes with boating and beautiful gardens provide an oasis calm in the frenetic city.

Museum of Modern Art

MoMA is another great museum with paintings by Picasso, Dali, Van Gogh and other greats. Its contemporary collection covers everything from sculpture to film and architecture.

If you have kids, visit the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center Planetarium. The Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminus and the Guggenheim Museum are also worth a visit.

Best time to visit

New York is a year round destination and there’s always something happening in the city – free open-air concerts in summer, plays and performing arts in winter and great shopping and festivity before Christmas. But the best weather is in Fall and Spring. So visit in April, May, June, September, October or November.

Read more about New York nightlife and find out which are the best places to dine and party at The Best Things To Do On Your Holiday Nights.

New York cruise to nowhere also provides interesting ideas of how to see New York from a different perspective.


Posted by on September 9th, 2009

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