New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.
- New York City is divided into five boroughs
New York is divided into five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, and the best-known of all, Manhattan. This is where you will find most of the city’s top attractions, such as the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, the Chrysler Building and more. And ferries to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island depart from Lower Manhattan. And for the best views of Manhattan go to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Centre.
- Try and visit a borough other than Manhattan
Attractions mentioned in the other boroughs are:
- The Bronx:The Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Museum
- Queens:Lots of ethnic neighbourhoods like the Greek Astoria
- Staten Island:The Staten Island Museum
- Brooklyn:The Brooklyn Promenade in Brooklyn Heights (2 or 3 train to Clark St.), Coney Island and Brighton Beach
3. It’s very easy to navigate
New York is extremely easy to navigate. Manhattan is divided into numbered streets from north to south and avenues from east to west making it very easy to get around. Buses are handy for getting around Manhattan, as can the subway, which is also the best mode of transport to the other boroughs. And at some stage you’ll definitely use a yellow taxi. When hailing one, try and get one on an avenue that’s going in the same direction you are. You’ll end up saving yourself time and money. And always remember to tip the taxi driver at least 15%.
- There is lots to do for free
New York is known for being expensive but there’s lots to do for free. This includes:
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
- Visit buildings such as Grand Central Station and St Patrick’s Cathedral
- Ride the Staten Island Ferry
5. It’s home to some of the world’s most famous museums
In New York you’ll find The Met which is one of the world’s most famous art museums, and the Guggenheim Museum which is also extremely well-known. Aside from art, New York is also home to the American Museum of Natural History which is also extremely famous.
- It’s home to the world’s most famous city centre Park
Located right in the middle of Manhattan, Central Park is the world’s most famous city centre park. To explore it you should put by at least half a day. Highlights include:
- Sheep’s Meadow: Great for chilling out in
- The Lake: Take out a rowing boat
- The Bow Bridge: Famous due to many museums
- The Rambles: Heavily wooded making it different from the rest of the park
- The Bethesda Fountain: The best-known fountain in the park
- Strawberry Fields: The tribute to John Lennon
7. If you’re a non-US citizen you can get 11% off goods in Macy’s
If you’re a non-US citizen and you plan on buying anything in Macy’s, before you do go to the Visitor Centre near the Broadway entrance with your passport. Once you do you’ll be given the Macy’s discount card which knocks 11% off most goods.
- There are lots of specialties to try
When it comes to food in New York it comes down to three:
- Pizza: There are pizzerias all over New York, one of the best being John’s of Bleecker Street in the West Village
- Pretzels: Available at hot dog stands all over the city
- Pastrami: The best known places to go for pastrami are Katz’s in the Lower East Side and Carnegie Deliin Midtown Manhattan, although they are quite expensive. Instead try Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop on Fifth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets for equally good food at almost half the price.
9. Even though it’s a big city, it’s full of small villages
New York is home to three villages:
- West Village: South of 13th street and west of 6th avenue, it’s a residential area with famous landmarks from Friends and Sex and the City.
- Greenwich Village: The coolest of the villages. Full of cool bars and cafes and shops. Explore the area around Bleecker and Macdougal Streets.
- East Village: The most alternative of the three villages. The heart of the East Village is St Mark’s Place.
10. There is lots to do after dark
There are lots of options in New York once the sun sets. If you like theatre, you’ve got Broadway. If you want to party, there are bars galore, and one of the coolest places to go out is in Greenwich Village. Bars mentioned in the video are:
- The Red Lion: Great for live music.
- 1849: A wild-west themed bar.
- Slane: Greenwich Village’s number one Irish bar.
And if you’re looking for something a little bit different, check out a gig in the Comedy Club on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village.