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New York • Top 10 • The Big Apple

The metropolis of New York, also called the Big Apple, is the epitome of the United States and much of what the United States stands for in terms of architecture, diversity, enthusiasm and freedom. You come to an international city that attracts tourists from all over the world all year round and you can always find something exciting to see and do in the vibrant city.

The icon is the Statue of Liberty and all the skyscrapers, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Central Park, etc. are some of the many famous sights you will see. The skyscrapers are ubiquitous as you walk the streets of the city. They literally reach towards the sky, and if you make the trip up to the One World Trade Center or the Empire State Building, you get the impression of it all from the top. Wow.

You should also see the city from the water side and it is easy and interesting. For example, sail with the Staten Island Ferry, or take the trip across the engineering marvel of Brooklyn Bridge, which crosses the East River. In both places you are rewarded with panoramic views of another world. Also, remember to give yourself plenty of time for New York’s museums, theaters, restaurants, department stores and malls. There is a lot waiting for you.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to New York even better…

 

Central Park, New York

1. Get away in Central Park

Go to the middle of Manhattan. There you will find a green park with an area of 341 hectares/843 acres. It is Central Park, which is one of the favorite places of the New Yorkers. If you are one of the many tourists who take a walk in the park from the south, then you are well on your way. But if you go all the way north, then you are almost local. You can spend an entire day in the park if you want. Here are large lawns, lovely trees, tranquil lakes, fine museums, impressive monuments and lots of activities. And small secret places like the beautiful Conservatory Garden and the views from Belvedere Castle.

2. Take a seat in the Theater District

Stay north of West 40th Street, south of West 57th Street, west of Sixth Avenue, and east of Eighth Avenue, and then you’re in the famous theater district of New York. This is where the theaters are located almost side by side, as you can see on West 45th Street, for example, and this is where you can enjoy small and large productions, musicals and much more in the atmospheric neighborhood around Times Square. Walk around and enjoy the theater atmosphere, and remember to pack your suitcase properly if you plan on visiting the Broadway theaters as a spectator. Time for dressing up.

3. Look for the city’s art deco

Close your eyes and think of the roaring 20s and the depression of the 30s. It was the decades that fostered the beautiful art deco that in architecture stands for a kind of decorative modernism. Many people love the building style, and there is a lot to see of it in New York. The highlights are literally the unforgettable Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, but if you keep your eyes open and your head held high, you can find many other high-rise buildings in art deco. Before the day is over, you can probably easily spot the style features at The New Yorker Hotel and other places.

 

Union Square, New York

4. Enjoy life on Union Square

New York is a melting pot of many cultures and it is a city where you will always find life somewhere. Union Square is one of those places where there is always a lovely atmosphere. This is where you can go to Union Square Greenmarket, where local farmers come to town to sell fruits and vegetables. This is also where the famous Christmas market, Union Square Holiday Market, attracts visitors to lots of small stalls. The side streets are also filled with cafes and restaurants, so this district can easily entertain you for a while.

5. Find your favorite district

Soho, East Village, Harlem and all the other names. There are so many interesting neighborhoods in New York, and they are actually quite different from one to the other. Choose a few and enjoy their character. Eg Upper East Side with fine townhouses, intellectual Upper West Side, colorful Harlem, tasty Hell’s Kitchen, architecture in Midtown East, art in Chelsea, gastronomy in Little Italy and of course the vibrant Union Square. These are just a few great places in New York that you will encounter when taking a stroll through the streets.

6. See it all a little from above

Chicago invented the skyscrapers, but it was New York that quickly built more and more high-rise buildings. The result is easy to see when walking in the city streets, where the houses tower up in all directions. How about seeing it all in bird’s eye view? You can do this several places, such as from the One World Trade Center and from the top of Empire State Building, but what about a trip to the Queens Museum as well? Here you can walk around a giant model of all of New York, which 100 people built on for 3 years for the World’s Fair in 1964. Enjoy it like the Google Earth of the past.

 

High Line, New York

7. Walk across town on the High Line

Imagine walking through Manhattan without having to think about traffic lights and intersections. The answer to your calls is The High Line, which is a former railway viaduct that has been transformed into an elongated park over a long stretch. You can walk between tall and low buildings from Gansevoort Street in the south to 34th Street in the north, and on the way you walk through office buildings and can enjoy nice views over roofs and to the Hudson River as well as walking along many plants, art and things to do.

8. Hop on a Free Cruise

There are many ways to see New York, but one of the most important and iconic ones is from the waterfront south of Manhattan. A look at the city from here provides a panorama of the towering skyscrapers that define New York as a city. And then you also get a peek of New Jersey to the west across the Hudson, Manhattan and East River to Governors Island and Brooklyn on Long Island. It is even better that you can see it all for free on board the Staten Island Ferry, and it sails close enough to the Statue of Liberty to admire her.

9. Take a Good Look at the City Hall Subway Station

On October 27, 1904, New York City opened the most beautiful subway station in the network for the commuters, the City Hall Subway Station. There were beautiful tiles on the vaults, well-polished brass, chandeliers, skylights and elegant curves along the course of the platform, and it was unique to the city’s many stations. Over the years, the trains got longer and City Hall could not be expanded, so the last train stopped on December 31, 1945. But line 6 still runs through the station to turn from southbound to northbound trains at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall. And it’s your chance to see the old station and try the city’s subway as well.

 

Coney Island, New York

10. Swim and laugh on Coney Island

A beach vacation in New York may sound completely wrong, but it’s actually a good and easy option. From Manhattan, just hop on a subway train that takes you directly to Coney Island Stillway Avenue Station. Continue a few minutes on foot and you stand on a lovely sandy beach with beach volleyball and all sorts of other activities. And then there is also New York’s iconic amusement park, Luna Park, where you can try the Coney Island Cyclone, a 1927 wooden roller coaster, and many other nice rides.

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The metropolis of New York, also called the Big Apple, is the epitome of the United States and much of what the United States stands for in terms of architecture, diversity, enthusiasm and freedom. You come to an international city that attracts tourists from all over the world all year round and you can always find something exciting to see and do in the vibrant city.

The icon is the Statue of Liberty and all the skyscrapers, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Central Park, etc. are some of the many famous sights you will see. The skyscrapers are ubiquitous as you walk the streets of the city. They literally reach towards the sky, and if you make the trip up to the One World Trade Center or the Empire State Building, you get the impression of it all from the top. Wow.

You should also see the city from the water side and it is easy and interesting. For example, sail with the Staten Island Ferry, or take the trip across the engineering marvel of Brooklyn Bridge, which crosses the East River. In both places you are rewarded with panoramic views of another world. Also, remember to give yourself plenty of time for New York’s museums, theaters, restaurants, department stores and malls. There is a lot waiting for you.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to New York even better…

Travel guide New York: vamados.dk/new-york

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