There isn’t really a ‘bad’ time to visit New York City, but the Big Apple in the summer is hard to beat when it comes to the ‘best’, so grab your passport and our guide to the city’s ‘Must See’s’ and go!
Circle Line Harbour Cruise
Start your day calmly on the water with a sight seeing cruise. You’ll get an encapsulated history while you pass by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, go under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges and view all the iconic buildings of the island from the water. If you’re strapped for cash the Staten Island Ferry is free and
also offers great views but no tour guide.
The $25 admission fee is a little steep, however this really is an unmissable experience for visitors to NYC. Airy and expansive, with sky-lit, open galleries along with smaller, intimate rooms, MoMA is one of the world’s greatest for both its architecture and collection.
Walking the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan is a fantastic experience for a number of reasons – it’s free, it’s easy (only takes 30 minutes) and it offers some of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbour in the city.
Is a street an attraction? It is when it’s one of the most famous in the world. Even if you’re not one for shopping, seeing the beautiful shopfronts of Saks, Henri Bendel, Tiffany and Co., Louis Vuitton and the famous Apple Store is still not to be missed. You’ll also see the famous Trump Tower and the ornate
Head to Times Square and barter yourself some cheap tickets to a show. Don’t worry too much about which show, whether you’ve got $50 or $500 to spend, you’re bound to have a fantastic night. However, be wary of scalpers and people selling counterfeit tickets and maybe stick to TKTS or Americana Tickets NYC to ensure they’re genuine. At the end of the show catch a glimpse of Times Square after dark and you’ll see why NYC is known as the ‘City that never sleeps’!
It’s highly recommended that you purchase a RockPass – a ticket for the history tour and Top of the Rock observation deck. The tour is fantastic and gives you an in depth history of the Rockefeller family and how they made their millions, as well as an explanation of the beautiful artworks that adorn the 19 buildings that make up the Plaza. Then head up to the Top of the Rock observation deck for unparalleled views of the city.
A quintessentially ‘New York’ experience, Central Park will be a highlight of anyone’s trip. Hire a bicycle for at least two hours and cruise around the Park at a leisurely pace, taking in all the beautiful sights and smells. If you have more time, and a tendency towards the romantic, head to the Loeb Boathouse and hire a rowboat.
Heading up to the Bronx to cheer on the Yankees is an experience like no other. Tickets range from $15 to $500, just don’t be afraid of being way up in the bleachers as the atmosphere is incredible no matter where you’re sitting. If you’re on a budget don’t eat at the stadium – hotdogs and beers are $9 each!
Sick of the sweatbox that is Manhattan in summer? Grab your swimmers and sunscreen and jump on the subway down to the very bottom of Brooklyn. Here you’ll find a beachside Luna Park, the original home of the hot dog – Nathan’s, and many weird and wonderful characters strolling the boardwalk.
[list style=”square”][list_item]A Burger: we recommend Bill’s Bar & Burger in the Rockefeller Centre. Order the ‘Fat Cat’ – you won’t regret it.[/list_item][list_item]A Bagel: we recommend Murray’s Bagels on the corner of 13th and 6th. Order cinnamon and raisin with cream cheese.[/list_item][list_item]A Pizza: we recommend Prince St Pizza in Nolita. Order the ‘Prince Street Perfection.’[/list_item][list_item]A Hotdog: we recommend Gray’s Papaya on Broadway between 71st and 72nd. Order whatever you like, a dog will only cost you $2.[/list_item][/list]
By Jessie Goldie