- Thinking about the city of New York after reading famous verses (“Harlem”) by Langston Hughes or listening to “Ooh, New York” by Alicia Keys might leave a tinge of fractious aftertaste. But once you are there, you can’t resist its charm or be averse to its mesmerizing persona. Whether traversing from “Brooklyn to Times Square” or “Manhattan to Queens” or “Union Square to Yankee Stadium” or “New York Aquarium to Harlem,” the city abounds in youthful vigor and swashbuckling life. The downtown looks down upon many an uptown suburb around the globe, while its villages put to shame even the elite metropolitan neighborhoods elsewhere.
- New York is rich in history, art, and culture. Just chalk out preferences before setting foot in the Big Apple. Want more? This is the place to be for shopping, sightseeing, nightlife, sports, and much more. It is the most coveted destination for pleasing more than the five senses.
- If you are visiting New York as a tourist, you will always find more than you can digest. Breathtaking skyscrapers, whether surrounding Central Park or crowding lower Manhattan, are landmarks of the city’s three-dimensional expansion and economic growth. Not to be missed among these are: the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Bank of America Tower, One57 Tower, Rockefeller Center, New York Times Tower, the Four World Trade Center, 383 Madison Avenue, and One Worldwide Plaza. Also not to be missed in lower Manhattan are the WTC Tributes Visitor Center and the 9/11 Memorial.
- You love art? The Brooklyn Museum of Art for ancient Egyptian artifacts and American paintings, the Studio Museum for African American Art at Harlem, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Tenement Museum of the city’s immigration history all have enough captivating stuff to keep visitors spellbound. MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, one of the oldest and largest contemporary art institutions in the United States located in Long Island City, is a must for any art enthusiast. The New York Public Library and the Morgan Library and Museum are the other spots of interest for the intellectual trotter. Broadway, Lincoln Center for Opera, and Avery Fisher Hall portray another art in the form of theatrics of exceptionally high order. The world’s best jazz beats at Blue Note and the Village Vanguard. Audiences are enthralled to the hilt, and these clubs should be an essential part of an itinerary when charting out things to do in New York.
- The Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, the New York Aquarium, and the Bethesda Fountain cater to the animal lovers and children alike. Young buds will also find an exciting plethora of exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, while boating at a dozen or more lakes and waterways of the city will lure them, as well as everybody else, to come again and again to NYC.
- Hundreds of quality restaurants fitting all pockets and tastes make New York the world’s finest dining junctions serving Continental to Middle Eastern to Oriental cuisines. These eating joints, though scattered throughout the city limits, have formed a hub in and around Tribeca, the place to be to treat your palate.
- Did I miss something? Yes; New York is a shopper’s delight. All big names in textile designing and fashion wouldn’t be big if not present in New York. Hopping from one avenue to the other, lower Manhattan to Midtown to upper Manhattan, Armani, Versace, Chloe, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany, Adidas, Nike, and FILA are all there to pierce holes in your pockets and gaping craters in ladies’ wallets.
- In the simplest of terms, NYC is all alluring and, least to say, seductive. As they say: “Once you have been to New York City, any other place can only be the second best.”
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