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5 Things You MUST Do In New York City

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I took my first trip to NYC last summer but unfortunately my ill planning combined with a working trip meant I didn’t get to experience as much as I would have liked. It’s an amazing city and what I did experience took my breath away. If you’re only there for a short time, I recommend making sure to do at the very least these 5 things to get a well rounded NYC experience.

Time Square After 10 P.M.

This is an activity I recommend in the summer. During the day Time Square is noisy and busy but at night it’s electric. There are street performers everywhere, people aren’t rushing to and from work, they’re looking to have a good time. I love the way you can feel the liveliness.

While you’re there make sure to go to the Top of the Rock. The NY city skyline is spectacular at night. The top viewing deck has a panoramic view of Manhattan. You can also see the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.

Eat at A Food Cart

This is one of those things you just have to do, I had the best hot dog – make sure to get it with all the works! Tip: They’re best to grab on your walk back to the hotel after a late night trip to times square.

Catch a Show

It’s New York City and you probably can’t make a bad choice but if you’re looking for suggestions…

  • Kinky Boots on Broadway
    From Grammy Award-winning Cyndi Lauper and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein comes a story about two people who discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Ground Zero

9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero

This place is indescribable. It’s wear new clashes again old. There is silence amidst chaos. Sadness wars with hope. I know that’s a lot of conflicting descriptors but they’re all accurate. As I walked along the fenced off ground there was rubble everywhere. But there was also a sense of hope and freshness as you watch the One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum being built. The construction crews are hard at work and their noisy but if you step back and look around you’ll notice that many of the people watching are absolutely silent.

The Tenement Museum

This museum is located in an actual tenement building and is dedicated to telling the immigrant experience on New York City’s Lower East Side.

If you get a chance to explore and you’re looking for an enriching experience check out this infographic by the team at Marriott New York Hotels. It breaks down New York City’s Five Boroughs with neighborhoods, attractions and restaurants!

Marriott International is a leading hospitality company with over 3,800 properties in over 74 countries and territories around the world.

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  1. January 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    I always on the hunt for good food carts in NYC. I haven’t been to a broadway show in such a long time either.

  2. January 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    These are good ideas about the things to do in NYC. I would not want to live there, but it is a great place to visit and have a good time.

  3. January 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm — Reply

    Perfect timing for this post! Ashley leaves for NYC on Wednesday morning for a graduation gift trip. She’s staying at the Marriott in Times Square :) She already tickets to the Lion King, and she’s going to the 9/11 Memorial. I’ll have to tell her to be sure and grab something to eat from a food cart.

  4. February 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to NYC, but I would love to return and visit what I didn’t see the first time (which I’m sure is a long list). I love the energy of the city and I was thrilled to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I would love to see “Kinky Boots” on Broadway!

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