Planning a trip to the Big Apple? You will surely be overwhelmed by the number of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Even if you travel for a short weekend or one day event, make sure to enjoy your stay and explore the interesting things happening in the city. Here are some tips to make your first trip to New York City convenient, exciting and fun.
Choose central location to stay
On your first visit to New York City it is best to choose your accommodation, which is centrally located and in the vicinity to the city’s popular sights, restaurants and shopping stores. If you are looking for such a location it is a good idea to stay in Manhattan(though the area is very expensive). Book your New York serviced apartment or hotel in some of the popular neighbourhoods such as Chelsea, Gramercy, Lower East Side and Midtown East. All these neighbourhoods are situated close to places such as High Line Park, Chelsea Market(seasonal Greenmarket) and Central Park. These neighbourhoods are safe to stay.
Explore Central Park during day and night
Dating way back to 1857, Central Park was designed offer much needed peaceful space from the hustle and bustle of city life. This huge green space is spread across a sprawling area of 778 acres. You can spend some quality time in this space exploring the winding paths, bridges and gardens, in the middle of city life. After dark, the park looks scenic as the bright lights of the city reflect on the lakes.
Walk the length of the High Lane Park
Situated in Manhattan’s Lower West Side, High Lane is a public park, decorated beautifully. It hangs 25 feet above the ground, built on an out-of-use elevated rail line. It shows the innovative way how the freight rail track was transformed into a scenic and beautiful green space, stretching only a mile. It is a great idea to walk the pathway, between West 14th and West 15th Streets, which is flanked by lounge chairs.
Visit Times Square
Visit Times Square, which is an icon of American Consumerism. Visit this place and click as many photographs you want, walking the streets of this glittery and highly popular area. If you are lucky, you can get to see events or festivals happening in Times Square. A good way to spend a day enjoying Broadway shows, scrumptious delicacies and drinks in restaurants and bars like Danji, Benares, and Don Antonio by Starita.
Take a Subway Ride
The NYC Metro ride is not economical, but it is very fast, well-connected and goes everywhere. At $2.50 fare per ride on the subway and buses, you can enjoy your trip, travelling in and around the city. You can also buy various kinds of souvenirs like T-shirts and umbrellas at the New York Transit Museum’s gift shop. If you’re planning to buy more than 13 individual Metro fares, it is better to buy a transit pass for $30, which is valid for 7 days.
I am Krishna, a traveler by heart and blogger by profession. I like to dream, meet new people, explore places and share my experiences. Currently, I am working with a London based travel company- thesqua.re that offers premium serviced apartments on rent to business and leisure travellers. The company has its presence in cities like London, Paris and New York.