So many times in my life I had sung and dreamed “I want to wake up to the city that never sleeps” -as the song by Frank Synatra goes- and suddenly, after hours and hours on a plane, I opened my eyes and looked down out of my window, and it was there! I woke up to the most stunning skyline I had ever seen: Manhattan’s! New York City, is located in the state of New York is often referred to as simply New York. This is the most populated city in the US, as well as one of the most populous cities around the globe. Quite a big city -you may think-. Well, not really. New York’s size is less than 500 square miles. The Big Apple is the most exciting and lively city in the world. It’s made up by 5 boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhatthan, Queens and Staten Island. All of them have their own charm. However; when people say New York, they usually refer to the brightest star shinning in the sky, Manhattan. Crazy and lovely Manhattan! It is impossible not to fall in love with this city. These are so many places to see in New York, you’d need an entire life vacation!
These are the top 5 places (among thousands) you just have to visit:
TIME SQUARE is a huge commercial intersection located in Midtown Manhattan. This is the busiest area in New York City! Not only thousands of New Yorkers come and go by but also 39 million annual visitors! This is a place is great for a walking city tour. If you try you go by car, you’ll get a little bit desperate from all the traffic. When you visit Times Square, the only thing you want to concentrate about is the sights. The Crossroads of the World, a popular name for this place, is even more beautiful at night. Major companies like Coca Cola, Kodak, Chevrolet, Disney and lots of other corporations offer a great display of neon and illuminated signs that are incredibly beautiful to look at. Seating for dinner at Bubba Gump (inspired on the movie Forrest Gump) is an quite an experience itself, but it also makes a great first row seat to look at all the action going on in Times Square. Going to at least one of the many shows Broadway has to offer or Madam Tussauds Museum is also a must!
CENTRAL PARK is for New Yorkers a place to unwind from all the stress of living in a city like New York. It’s also one of the few places where they’re able to connect to nature. Even though I am lucky enough to have been to Manhattan twice, this park is so big I could never finish seeing it all! Central Park covers an area of 843 acres of greenery, featuring several lakes, courses to play the most varied sports, ice rinks and lots of lovely bridges and fountains, a zoo and also the best possible view of Manhattan’s skyline. Central Park is incredibly beautiful all year long, no matter the season. It will always be my favorite spot in this fantastic island!
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY on Liberty Island is THE landmark. There are tours going there and also visiting Ellis Island as often as every fifteen minutes. However, if you’re on a tight budget and would rather spend your money on something else (like surviving, as happened to me on my first trip) you can have a look at it from Staten Island Ferry, which is actually intended to help lots of people living in Staten Island and working in Manhattan (or the other way round) commute for literally no money (it’s free). Hold on to your camera! It gets windy outside. A peaceful walk over the Hudson River is a great way to relax, stop for a while and enjoy some sunshine.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE is a National Historic Landmark and also part of New York’s culture. It is an astonishing work of architecture and engineering. For tourists, it might be the best place to take pictures of the city’s skyline. Lots and lots of pictures.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING OBSERVATION DECK is the highest observation deck in Manhattan and almost in America, only second to John Hancock Observatory (Chicago). Having only a few bucks in my wallet and too poor to go up there on my first trip, I decided I just had to see it on my second visit to the Big Apple. For about 30 dollars, you’ll get to go to the top of this amazing building and admire the awe-inspiring views of the entire city (a local will be able to help you spot the different boroughs) and also its neighboring cities. This is an exciting experience that will leave you speechless for at least some five minutes.
Places like Grand Central Station, the Museum of Natural History, the Rockefeller Center and lots of others make up an endless list of places you should visit in New York. Flights to New York arrive at three different airports (JFK, La Guardia and Newark) at all times. When are YOU arriving? It’s up to you, New York, New York!