New York bustle resounds everywhere, in any corner of the world with its ultra famous landmarks and attractions - the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island or the island of Manhattan, all are visited and pictured by millions of tourists worldwide.
To get an idea about what to see and do in New York, we created this tiny New York guide, through which we hope to offer you the best places to visit and most attractive activities you could do in New York.
When to visit New York
Spring in New York is when the city comes alive, outside is warm, the trees bloom, the sky is clear, it is not so crowded and prices for accommodation are ok. In autumn the tourists have gone, prices drop a bit and Central Park is absolutely gorgeous in golden reflections of the trees! Therefore, takes as a benchmark for visiting New York on these two seasons, spring and autumn.
Panoramic views of New York
To walk the streets of New York can be exciting, but to see the tallest and imposing skyscrapers from above, that’s sound really thrilling! I think New York, at least that's my opinion, is very beautiful seen from the One World Observatory, which has observation decks, located right in the One World Trade Center. Here, you'll enjoy New York from a unique perspective, and if you want to take the adventure to another level, for this is the Empire State Building, which also has observation desks on 82th-floor - with 360-degree panoramic vista of the entire New York. Spectacular.
Empire State Building looks great in photos, so if you want to put it along with the other skyscrapers, go up to the Rockefeller Plaza 30 (NBS studios) - the 67th, 69th and 70th floors. I think the most fabulous vista is seen from here, especially when the sun sets and the lights are on all buildings.
Walking through New York
Whether you like crowds or not, you have to take a stroll around Times Square, at least for The Disney Store, for a picture with your favorite stars at Madame Tussaud wax museum, a visit to the famous Hard Rock Cafe or simply to admire the street artists, the colorful and bright commercials and fell that specific New York frenzy
You can spend an unforgettable day in the heart of Manhattan's famous Central Park. Here, everything is superlative, from the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel, to the many oases of greenery and ample spaces for long walks.
New York has plenty of museums, among which I listed: the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Academy Museum & School, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art, plus many others.
The most remarkable landmarks in New York is the Statue of Liberty, the national symbol for Americans and Ellis Island - for visits purchase your ticket in advance or choose a short ferry ride to Liberty Island (which I definitely recommend, because of the spectacular views).
To walk on Broadway sounds pretty fancy. One of the oldest and most famous streets in New York, Broadway houses the best theaters in the world.
If you like to watch the stars and constellations, let's meet at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, a major transportation center but also a historical place with a fantastic blue ceiling and 1,000 stars arranged in constellations.
For outstanding urban views and remarkable photos, a metro trip on Brooklyn Bridge is welcome. The pearl of New York, Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge that dates back to the nineteenth century.
On your list of must see: 5th Avenue: Guggenheim Museum – Metropolitan Musem of Art – AppleStore – Trump Tower – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Musem of Sex.
Where to eat in New York
From Michelin-Starred restaurants to street stalls, you'll find a lot of varieties: hot dogs, gyros, fries, hamburgers and all sorts of junk food. However, keep in mind that there are restaurants where you can eat healthy and at low prices too - Il Bambino Panini Joe's Pizza, Gaia Italian Café or Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter are some of them.
Shopping in New York
What would be a visit to New York without a souvenir or a small shopping session? So let's buy some nice clothes at excellent prices. At Filene's Basement, Century 21, Loehmann's, Gabay's Outlet, K. K. Discount Store, Overstockjeweler, Ralph's Discount City, redbag, BIS Designer Resale or H & M you can find super good prices for clothing and footwear. There are plenty of other shops where you can buy everything you can think of.
> restaurants to eat pizza in NY > Di Fara Pizza; Joe’s Pizza; Kesté Pizza & Vino; Giuseppina; Lee's Tavern; Lucali.
> restaurants to eat hamburgers in NY > Whitehall burger at Whitehall; M&M burger at Rare Bar & Grill; Burger at Dram Shop; Nürn-Burger at Nürnberger Bierhaus.
> restaurants to eat best hotdogs in NY > Classic at Bark Hot Dogs; Spicy Redneck at Crif Dogs; Couple of Dogs at Sigmund's.
> coffee shops in NY > The Smile Newsstand; El Rey; Stumptown Coffee Roasters; Culture Espresso; Intelligentsia Coffee; Blue Bottle Coffee.
> bakeries in NY > Levain Bakery; Molly's Cupcakes; Ferrara Bakery & Cafe; Veniero's Pasticceria & Caffe; Georgetown Cupcake; Momofuku Milk Bar; Dunkin' Donuts; Best Bagel and Coffee.
> some of the best junk food to eat in NY >
- bagels ( at Murray's Bagels; Absolute Bagels;)
- pizza ( at Lombardi's )
- hot dogs ( at Crif Dogs)
- burgers ( at Shake Shack)
- doughnuts and Cronuts ( at Dominique Ansel Bakery; Dun-Well Doughnuts)
- cupcakes ( at Crumbs Bakeshop; Magnolia Bakery)
- New York Cheesecake (at Eileen's)
- Pastrami on Rye sandwich (at Katz Delicatessen)
- ramen (at Momofuku Noodle Bar)
- tacos (at Otto’s Tacos)
> ice cream shops > The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory; Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream; Davey's Ice Cream; Big Gay Ice Cream Shop; Serendipity 3.
> bars & pubs in NY> Pegu Club; Maison Premiere; The NoMad Bar; Lillie's; Emmett O'Lunney's Irish Pub; The Smith; The Irish Pub.
> shopping neighborhoods in NY > Soho; Upper East Side; Nolita; Williamsburg; West Village; 5th Avenue; Brooklyn Flea Market; Madison Avenue.
> malls in NY> Kings Plaza Shopping Center & Marina; Takashimaya; Manhattan Mall; Staten Island Mall.
> activities to do in and around NY > Day-trip to Niagara Falls; hop-on hop-off cruise; Boston day-tour; Top of the Rock Observation Deck; Staten Island Ferry ; One World Observatory - World Trade Center; New York Public Library; St. Paul's Chapel; Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram; Riverside Park; Conservatory Garden; Photography Tours.