You may know this place as “The City That Never Sleeps” and “The Empire City.”
But whatever name you may want to call New York, it is undoubtedly one of the places most are aching to go and I wouldn’t be surprised why. Just imagine the rush of living in a fast-paced city with the busiest streets you can imagine; perfectly balanced by art, music, and cultural diversities molded through centuries of migration by different people from all parts of the globe. If you want to discover the real America, there is no better place in the world to experience it than the Big Apple itself. Here are some fun facts about the city so nice they named it twice, New York City.
1. The Best View of NYC
One of New York City’s prime tourist destinations is the viewing deck of the historic Empire State building. With that being said, prepare yourself to stand in long lines (5 line queues to be exact) before you can get a good panoramic view of the city. Instead, the 70th-floor observation deck on 30 Rockefeller Plaza is a better substitute viewing location minus the hassle. Alcohol Option: Also located up at the 65th floor of the 30 Rock Plaza is the Rainbow Room where you can enjoy the scenic Manhattan skyline while sipping away a refreshing Manhattan cocktail!
2. The Iconic Central Park
The 843-acre Central Park is an important part of every New Yorker because with a busy city like New York, a place to relax and unwind away from the hustles and bustles of city living is necessary. Most find it enjoyable to sit on a park bench during mornings, when greeneries are fresh and crowds are thin while eating a roll and sipping a hot cup of joe. Enter the park through Central Park West or Fifth Avenue and explore towards the center. This route can easily take you to see the park’s many attractions. Fun Fact: While gambling is illegal in NYC, it is legal to make bets when playing chess in the park because chess is not considered to be a game of luck.
3. A Hodgepodge of Good Eats
The diverse mix of cultures in New York City also made it a melting pot of flavors. Choices vary from NYC classic “dirty-water dogs” on street side carts, scrumptious and big-sliced New York pizzas, to the famous and affordable “Gyro Spot” at the corner of 53rd and 6th; it wouldn’t be difficult to satisfy your taste buds without busting your wallet. Helpful Advice: Choose the food cart with the longest lines when buying street foods in New York. There’s probably a good reason why people choose to eat there.
4. Party Rhymes With NYC
Have the craziest nights of your life to what the New York nightlife has to offer. The hippest, hottest, and sexiest hangout spots can be found in Brooklyn, further along Lower East Side in Kings County near the well-known eclectic SoHo fashion district. Chat up the local night scene beauties, dance, drink, and be merry while listening to the beat of New York all night long!
5. Subway or Taxis?
Frankly, the New York subway system can be cruel for the idealistic travelers. Some parts of it are filthy, mostly crowded, and can be unbearably hot, at least on the train platforms during summer. But despite these so-called flaws, taking the subway is faster and cheaper compared with the equally legendary New York taxis. Helpful Advice: Walking is the best way to explore New York. It’s a densely packed place but not that huge.
Top Rated New York Hotels:
- The Sofia Inn Hotel, Brooklyn
- Hotel Beekman Tower, Midtown Manhattan
- Bentley Hotel New York, Manhattan Upper East Side
Photo of Time Square, New York, by Heymynameispaul