It’s true what they say; New York is the greatest city on Earth. At least in my opinion.
I’d like to consider myself well-travelled for a woman of twenty and out of all the places I have visited, New York is the most incredible.
Here are 9 reasons why everyone should visit New York City at least once in their life:
1. Time Square
Time Square is one of the most famous areas of New York and the heart of the city. Personally, it is my favorite place in Manhattan, maybe even the world. Surrounded by skyscrapers, bright lights, billboards, countless shops and restaurants and of course, thousands of people; New York is worth a visit just to see Times Square.
2. Central Park
Arguably one of the most stunning places in the world, Central Park is home to 843 acres of beautiful scenery. The iconic park is home to many other must see sights itself, such as the Alice in Wonderland statue, Literary Walk, Harlem Meer, Belvedere Castle, Huddlestone Arch, Bethesda Terrace and countless others. With so much to see, Central Park is definitely worth taking an entire day to explore.
3. The Top of the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center
Two of the most famous buildings in the world offer breath taking views of the city. Visit the Empire State Building on a clear day and take an ear popping elevator ride up 86 floors, to the very top of the skyscraper for views of up to 80 miles.
As for the Rockefeller Centre, if you have the time, I’d recommend visiting both during the day and at night. But if you have to choose only one, choose the latter. On the 70th floor, you’ll find the Observation deck and an incredible view of the whole of Manhattan lit up from below.
4. The Museums
New York is home to world class museums, filled with culture and history. The city is home to museums such as the famous Museum of Natural History and the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art. Take a day to visit each of city’s museums.
5. The Theaters
In 1866, Broadway was actually the home of the musical, making New York the birthplace of musical theater itself. The city boasts the most theaters in the world, with Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway to choose from.
6. The Food
The beauty of New York is that 9 times out of 10, you can eat anything you want at any time. With so much culture, any style of food will be available somewhere in the city. Most places are open 24/7, with no set menu times. Want breakfast food at 9pm? No problem.
There are almost 8000 sit down restaurants in New York, not to mention countless street vendors and food trucks. In fact, the best hot dog I’ve ever eaten I found completely by chance, at a small vendor in the middle of Central Park.
If like me, you’re partial to a bit of fast food every now and then, you’ll find that fast food tastes better here. Not to mention you’ll be getting more for your money at these places – the food is cheaper and the portions are larger.
New York is famous for its pizza for a reason. An over sized slice or two is enough to fill anyone. The best slice of pizza I’ve ever eaten I found at a small pizza place on 7th Avenue named Ray’s and the slice was bigger than my own face. That’s what I call value for money.
7. The Culture
The influence of New York culture is all over our TV screens in some of the most iconic film and TV, all over the world. New York has influenced the most popular of shows; think Friends, Law and Order, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother. Not to mention the countless number of Hollywood movies that have been set against the backdrop of Manhattan (or a fake version of the city.)
The influence on theater requires a section all of its own. As does the city’s beautiful museums.
And let’s not forget that New York is also home to some of the biggest record labels in the world; Rap and Hip-Hop can trace its roots back to the city.
8. The Shopping
Manhattan is one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world, offering iconic venues such as 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue to splurge on. If you’re feeling thrifty, you can also opt for the experience of visiting the Flea Markets to find some bargains. If you love both shopping and Manhattan as much as I do, there is nothing more satisfying than strolling down 5th carrying a Bloomingdale’s bag. No matter how cliché it may seem.
9. The Skyline
New York offers visitors one of the most famous skylines in the world. Manhattan is home to skyscrapers such as the Empire State building and the Chrysler Building, just to name a few. The view is spectacular both during the day and the night. For the best views, visit one of New York’s many bridges and look back towards the city to see the skyscrapers and the lights in action.
Feeling that wanderlust yet? Me too.