Stepping onto Manhattan Island is like walking into a movie scene. Surrounded by iconic buildings and gazing at that famous cinematic skyline it’s hard not to break out into a song and dance. Everyone arrives in the Big Apple with a ‘must see’ list as long as a script – here are my Top 5 things you must see in NYC:
Top of the Rock
As tempting as it is to climb the Empire State Building in the style of King Kong you may be better off imaging you did from the observation deck of the Rockefeller Tower. After a thrilling ride in the speedy glass bottomed elevator you can take in the dramatic New York landscape from 3 different observation levels. If you pre-book your tickets on their website you can schedule your visit to coincide with sunset – watch out for those romantic couples getting engaged in this truly memorable spot.
One for the shopaholics, a visit to Fifth Avenue starts with breakfast at Tiffany’s and ends with a lot of Bloomingdales brown bags. If you are travelling with someone who is not a keen shopper point them in the direct of giant toy store FAO Swartz, they can entertain themselves on the interactive keyboard on the floor as featured in the movie Big.
Statue of Liberty
Who represents NYC better than Lady Liberty herself? To get up close to the icon you will need to take a ferry to Liberty Island. You can explore inside the statue itself by purchasing a ‘Time Pass’ ticket which allows you an hour inside the monument and 2 free guided tour options which take in the statues pedestal and then the surrounding Fort Wood area. To get inside the statues crown, X Men sty-lee, is slightly more difficult. Entrance is limited to only 240 people per day and due to ongoing maintenance will be stopped altogether at the end of October 2011. For further information and to purchase tickets while you still can see here. Another option is to take the free ferry to Staten Island for a view from the water.
Central Park is a perfectly rectangular oasis down the middle of a concrete jungle. You can escape the sky scrapers and take a relaxing horse drawn carriage ride around the first landscaped park in the US. Look out for Yoko Ono’s Stawberry Fields memorial garden for Jonh Lennon and free concerts on the Great Lawn in Summer. If visiting in winter you must don your skates and circle the ice rink with one of the most dramatic backdrops known to man.
Another landmark which is quintessentially NYC is the Brooklyn Bridge, which takes about 20 minutes to stoll across. The views of the structure from within the worlds first steel suspension bridge are as mesmorising as the views of Manhatten and Brooklyn which it bridges together – who can forget the steelworks in the closing scenes of ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 days’! If you are feeling peckish after the crossing you can refuel at the River Cafe underneath the Brooklyn side of the bridge as recommended by NYC resident Greg Dillon. If you are not sure where it is just ask your taxi driver!
It’s almost impossible to summarise the highlights of NYC in just 5 points, especially when there are so many movies set there to tempt us! How many film titles did you spot in this post and what are your ‘must sees’ in NYC?
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