New York, New York, the city that never sleeps. And you won’t either if you’re jet lagged. So make the most of it, or try and tire yourself out by ticking off your bucket list.
Warning: All photos are pre-DSLR. I too am ashamed at the quality of them.
Expensive days out
Statue of Liberty
How could you travel all the way to New York and not see the green lady herself? A gift from the French, a symbolism of the American Dream and a truly wonderful sight. Take the subway to Battery park, it may not sound that attractive but it really is a beautiful place.
Buy your fancy ticket, a great souvenir, and hop on to the ferry. This alone is great fun, giving you an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline. Although she’s showing her age a bit, being on the island itself, and so close to Ms Liberty is an incredible experience. You have the choice to get off to view Ellis Island as well but, with the midday sun looming over us, an ice cold drink was all we could think about and regrettably we headed back to shore.
Top of the Rock
Another must on the to-do list is to see a New York from a height. A dreadful cliche but it needs to be done. Taking the fastest lift ever up to the top floor of Rockefeller was something fascinating in itself, but stepping out on to the roof, a strangeness really hits you. It was the first time in my life that I have actually frozen out of amazement. And that’s not an exaggeration, it was a pretty warm evening! Also, extra points if you get lost and end up there at sunset, it definitely makes it extra special and you get to see New York in the daylight and night time for the price of one trip.
Show on broadway
See a show on broadway! It has to be done, and although I was distraught Lion King was sold out, seeing Chicago, albeit for the second time, was still a great night out. Which is made more memorable by the encore of the buzzing night life in Times Square.
For a free day out make a visit to Central Park. And by a DAY out, I mean it! It took us three hours to walk round it! A brilliantly diverse and beautiful place with some great street entertainment. Although we didn’t do it, you have the option to take a guided bike ride around the park and see which parts have had their five minutes of fame in Hollywood. The bridge from Ps. I love you, and the ice rink in Limitless were a few I managed to get giddy about on my own.
Metropolitan art museum
This building is huge, incredible and, even better, has air conditioning! I really wanted to have a look around this amazing building, but for $25 we settled for a free walk around the lobby and viewed the art from the postcards in the souvenir shop.
If musicals aren’t your thing, you still won’t find yourself bored in Times square. The place alone is just incredible. Make the most of the shops, and don’t feel pressured to buy anything either, making this a cheap alternative. Have a look round the incredible Toy’s R Us and fulfil your lifelong dream of going in the Barbie house or walking around Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The Hershey and Reeses shop is another great American attraction as well, and just across the road is the M&M shop! It really is non-stop.
Although going to a Yankees game at the actual Yankees stadium in New York is very high up on my boasting list, it really isn’t worth the money or travel unless you’re really in to your baseball. The novelty of the environment quickly wears off, and by the end of the evening, after most of the crowd had already left as it was clear the Yankee’s were on the winning streak, the most exciting thing going on was eating greasy chinese out of a box and talking to a woman who had predicted Michael Jackson’s death.
Central Park Zoo
Being a huge Madagascar fan I could barely contain myself at the sight of the zoo in Central park, unfortunately it was a massive let down. Yes the seals and penguins were cute, but where was Alex the Lion, or the giraffes? Zebras? Hippos? I had been lied to. And that was something hard to take in. Although, the randomness of looking at a sea lion with the scenery of Trump tower is somewhat of an experience.
Yes it’s fun to get some photos, but with such a great city on your doorstep, you really should be spending as much time as you can exploring it rather than looking at wax figures. Although I have never been more excited seeing F. Scott Fitzgerald and Johnny Cash in person, sort of, I have been left with a very boring reel of photos and nothing much to say about it.
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