For several decades of the 20th century, New York held the title of the largest city in the world, but it feels as if it had kept that title for far longer. If you’ve followed Hollywood over the years, there has been an incredible number of films set in this city. This has cemented this urban centre as one of the must-see places for a large number of tourists and travellers from all around the world. And what better time to visit this gorgeous concrete jungle than in the heat of the summer!
Welcome to the City
Manhattan, also known locally as the City is the very heart of New York City and its most densely populated borough. It is also by far the economically most powerful part of the city and the state. It has some of the most recognizable parts of the city, such as the gorgeous Central Park, spreading out on 843 acres. The iconic Skyline of New York is mostly located here and the majestic Grand Central Station has been around since the late 19th century. And while you’re there, make sure you don’t miss the performance arts, concerts, plays and everything else that the city’s cultural life is famous for.
The Brooklyn Bridge walk
One of the most famous bridges in the world offers awesome views of the Manhattan skyline that was mentioned above. It is an awesome way to really feel like one with the huge city of New York, by walking one of its arteries. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the Brooklyn Bridge Park, part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, with paths for bikes and people around Brooklyn. The entire city of New York has about 700 miles of bike paths!
If you’re already planning a summer visit to New York City, make sure you catch at least one of the holidays that will help you fully appreciate the life in the Big Apple. On Memorial Day there is the afternoon parade in Manhattan. The Fourth of July offers fireworks (no surprise there), but you will find that a lot of museums, as well as the Central Park Zoo, are open on this day. And finally, end of summer’s Labor Day weekend has got you covered with the Labor Day Parade as well as the US Open, if you’re a fan of tennis.
Eat, drink and be merry
Visiting New York would be sin without trying its incredible variety of cuisines, thanks to the fact that it has welcomed so many immigrants over the centuries. All of them have left a bit of their own influence in the “city that never sleeps”, with wonderful results and choices that will leave you spoilt and asking for more. There is nothing that can’t be arranged and organized when it comes to food and drinks, with mixology in NYC spearheading this wonderful and unique scene in the city.
The wealth of culture at your disposal
Even with all the listed here, there is still much more to NYC. Just look at the list of its best-known offers: MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Public Library, the American Museum of Natural History, the list goes on. You probably won’t be able to visit them all in one go, but it will certainly keep you coming back. If you’re more into the music side of things, you will be also spoilt for choice, especially if you consider yourself a jazz lover. Last but not least, let us not forget the street art and graffiti, some of the finest examples of which can be found on the streets of New York City.