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Things to do in New York

New York: Things To Do + Where To Eat, Drink And Shop

New York City is one of the largest and most glamorous cities in the world. You could live in New York all your life and still not experience everything the beautiful city has in store for you.

There are so many things for you to do in New York. Planning where to embark on your journey may be a bit difficult. From exploring Central Park to being mesmerized by the beautiful soaring skyscrapers to even taking a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty, there are so many things to do in New York it is hard to get bored of this city!

It is no doubt that New York has one of the best tourist spots in the world. There are so many things to do in New York that tourists feel down when they are waiting at the John F. Kennedy airport for their flight home.

In this article, we show you some interesting activities in New York which you can start your planning with. From museums to the Empire State Building and even to the delicious foods in Chinatown, Little Italy and the East Village, here is a guide on the things to do in New York.

Things to do

Statue of Liberty with background of New York city Manhattan skyline cityscape at sunset from New Jersey.
Statue of Liberty with background of New York city Manhattan skyline cityscape at sunset from New Jersey.

1. Empire state building

Take a lift ride up to the 86th or the 102nd floor to take in the beautiful view of New York City from the Empire State Building. One of New Yorks’s iconic buildings, the building stands at 443 meters and is currently the 4th tallest building in NYC! It is a once in a lifetime experience and one of the most well-known activities on our list of things to do in New York!

To learn more about the Empire State Building, click here.

2. Boat ride to the Statue Of Liberty

Seeing the Statue Of Liberty is a must-to-do when planning your “things to do in New York” list. Take in the view of the statue that symbolises liberty, freedom and of course America. The Statue Of Liberty is one of the most iconic landmarks of the world and it’s definitely a view you don’t want to miss! Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise offers boat rides that give you the best view of the beautiful statue

To learn more about the Statue of Liberty, click here.

3. Central Park

This park is one of the most well-known green spaces in the world! Central Park is over 3.39 kilometres square and is filled with beautiful meadows, colourful gardens a lake, and a reservoir! Yes, this park is that big. Make sure you have lunch at the beautiful waterside eatery and you walk around and see the iconic Alice in Wonderland statue as well!

To learn more about Central Park, click here.

4. All-Access 9/11: Ground Zero Tour, Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory

To respect and in remembrance of the unfortunate events of September 11, 2001 events, go for the guided tour that brings you to the memorial areas. The tour takes you to Ground Zero, the 9/11 memorial as well as the One World Observatory. You can see where the World Trade Centre once stood, the tour guides about also tell you about the event and heroism that occurred as well.

To learn more about the tour, click here

5. Times Square

This area is the most well-known landmark of New York. It is located at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue. This landmark is one we see in many Hollywood movies like Spiderman and The Avengers! With its bright lights and backdrops of films and TV series, this is a place you must visit whilst in New York!

Where to eat

1. New York push carts

You can find these push-carts selling hot dogs, pizzas or even Bangladeshi and Mexican food! These pushcarts are very popular in New York and many fix their cravings or even have a quick to-go lunch from these pushcarts!

Push-carts can be found all over New York, however, we do recommend visiting Times Sqaure as there are many push-carts for you to choose from!

2. Little Italy

One of the top things to do in New York is to visit Little Italy. Visit any of the restaurants here and enjoy the wonderful and delicious Italian cuisine. Many people love the pasta and pizzas here! You will definitely be able to smell the Italian spices when you walk through Little Italy.

To learn more about Little Italy, click here.

3. Chinatown

Are you a big fan of authentic Chinese food? If so, you need to visit Chinatown! From dim sum to dumplings and even noodles, Chinatown is a place filled with delicious Chinese food! Besides the many things to do in New York, Chinatown is visited by not just many Asian tourists, it is in fact very diverse part of New York!

To learn more about Chinatown, click here.

Where to eat and drink

1. Westlight

Located on the 22nd floor , this rooftop bar offers a 360-degree view of New York City! Take the lift up The William Vale to have a drink with a beautiful view. The restaurant offers a dynamic menu that has classic cocktails and international food!

To learn more about Westlight, click here.

2. Overstory

This bar serves unique and tasty cocktails in the financial district of New York City. It is a contemporary cocktail bar located on the 64th floor of 70 Pine Street and you should visit this place if you love trying new cocktails!

To learn more about Overstory, click here

3. Fifth Avenue

The luxurious shopping streets of Fifth Avenue see many well-known fashion brands and many people flocking to the area. This street has been around for over 100 years and is a street you must visit!

To learn more about Fifth Avenue, click here.

4. Herald Square

Macy’s is one of the most popular shopping malls in the USA. Located in Herald Square, Macy’s has been around since 1902, however, besides this iconic mall there are other shops like Dr Martens and Amazon Books

To learn more about Herald Square, click here.

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