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…
- WICKED on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre
Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards®,WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz,long before Dorothy drops in.
- 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.
- The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre
This classic Disney Story on broadway is a great family affair.
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.
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!
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