8 things you absolutely have to see when you are in New York, and a few other bits and pieces along the way! (In no real order)
8. One World Trade Center and The 9/11 Memorial
Now, first of all I didn’t go in and take the lift up to the top. The line was huge and it was $40, I am a thrifty traveler! You can see this huge building from around the city but to stand at the base and look up is something else. Also right there is the memorial, and the nicest tube station in the world! Spend some time reading the names at the memorial, just a little tip. It’s unlikely you will know anybody of course but it’s the best way to start to understand it, not that you ever feel like you truly do.
7. Times Square and Broadway
You have to see this don’t you. You can’t go to New York and then say “no” when someone asked “did you see times square?” that said it is insanely busy! Walk down Broadway until you realise where you are, you will land on Time Square. Now sit, just long enough for you to wonder where on earth all these people have come from and why you are sat with them looking at advertising.
6. Library and Grand Central Station
I think these two are my favorite places to visit. You can walk around the Library for free and that’s all you need to do, just walk around and look. Close is Grand Central Station, again just walk around. You will see some people standing looking at the walls and talking to them, wait your turn in line and do this with a friend. You can literally whisper into a certain part of the wall and if your friend is in the right place they will be able to hear you as if you are next to them.
5. The Friends Building and The High Line
Of course no one from Friends ever lived here but the show makes you think that they did so you have to see it. Then close by is an incredible piece of forward thinking. An old high line railroad has been turned into a Park, well more of a walkway, but it is beautiful and has some great views.
4. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The symbol of Freedom and Liberty, you of course have to see this. As I am sure you already know it is smaller than you think. Just across the water is Ellis Island. This has a huge amount of history. A lot of immigrants came through Ellis Island, many Americans today can trace their ancestors back to Ellis Island.
3. Wall Street and The Charging Bull
You can’t go to New York and not see Wall Street. Plus the Charging Bull, this was the crazy. So many tourists in a small space, you can hardly see the Bull. There is a small girl statue there too but I didn’t know this until we left, it was so busy I couldn’t see it.
2. Central Park and The Zoo
This is just a great place to relax and chill out. The Zoo may not live up to some of the bigger American Zoos but it is nice. What I love about this area is that it is even here. Everything else in New York looks squeezed in, it looks like its about to overflow. But if you sit in the center of Central Park you would have no idea, all the room in the world.
1. The Skyline
As you drive to or from New York or if you are on a ferry you can take in the views. This was my favorite thing about New York, just looking at it.
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