My second blog in my King of New York series focuses on the sights of New York City. There are plenty of places to visit in New York City; too much even to see in one trip. There are some places I haven’t been to yet, and I’ve been to New York five times! However, I’ll give you an overview of my favorite spots to visit and some information on them as well.
Madame Tussaud’s has wax museums all over the world, housing wax figures of celebrities and other iconic figures in history. New York City’s museum has to be one of my favorites, partly because of the New York City room housing wax figures of The Producers, The Rockettes, and The Lion King. They have also included new pop stars like Rihanna, Adele, and Katy Perry. Be sure to check around for tourist guides for $5 off coupons and you get 40% off when you get your ticket online.
Empire State Building
During this recent trip, it was my first time going up the Empire State Building and I loved it. It’s so worth the experience of going 90 stories up above the city. You can get so many good pictures of the skyline from the Observation Deck. Plus, it’s around $20-30 per person, which is a cheap attraction for New York City. If you go any time soon, be prepared to walk some stairs, because after the elevator ride, there is about a six flight walk due to construction.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
With it being so close to Central Park, you have no reason not to visit the pavilion around Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts is home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic. Also located there is the famous arts school, Julliard. Personally, I like to go visit the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, they have so many great books about theater.
Speaking of Central Park, you have to go here when you come to New York (or at least part of it, it’s huge!) There’s the Central Park Zoo and carousel on the south eastern side of the park, plus an amazing botanical garden up north! I love how many musicians and artists are always playing– many are students and very talented. Make sure to check out the many statues in Central Park, like the Alice in Wonderland statue. My personal favorite is the Balto statue on the east side, somewhere around the 72nd Street transverse.
If you are feeling adventurous and want to venture beyond the bustle of Midtown, check out my favorite neighborhood: Greenwich Village. It’s a major art district of New York City and has plenty of places to shop and eat. I personally love the buildings and the neighborhood feel of the area. Great break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One place you have to go in New York is the 9/11 Memorial. There is a beautiful park on site and two huge waterfalls that stand in the footprint of the two fallen towers, to commemorate the victims of this tragedy. There is also a great museum in the visitor’s center with historical information and a place to post stories from the event on the wall. Though it’s hard to see, this exhibit is an important place to visit, especially for my generation who grew up in the middle of 9/11 and the aftermath. Make sure you get your visitors pass online the night before and be there on the scheduled time on the ticket.
Of course, if you go to New York, you have to visit Times Square! It’s the center of the Theater District and the spectacle of the Big Apple. There are numerous stores (Toys ‘R’ Us, Forever 21, The M&Ms Store, Aeropostale, Disney, etc.) and restaurants (Bond 45, Planet Hollywood, Olive Garden, Bubba Gump, etc.) to choose from. Make sure to visit the TKTS booth under the red stairs, you can buy discount Broadway tickets the day of the show! Also, you have to stop by Times Square at night to see the lights in their true glory!
Did I miss any of your favorite sights? Where do you like to visit when you’re NYC Sight Seeing? Let us know in the comments!