There is nowhere else in the world quite like New York City. That can make visiting or writing a travel guide about the city a challenging proposition. It also means the options for visitors are endless.
There are more than 1,000 things to do in the City That Never Sleeps. That overwhelming number of possibilities means there is something for everyone. Popular sites like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are among the most recognizable places in the country.
The best advice is to take the Big Apple one bite at a time. Know the sites that you want to see and build and an itinerary around those places.
While Manhattan is the borough most people think of when they think of New York, be sure to wander off the beaten path and take in some of the “others.” Brooklyn and Queens are more popular than ever.
For first-time visitors, there are some great ways to experience the city cheaply and easily, such as heading to a park or grabbing a hot dog from a street vendor or taking a bagel to Central Park to enjoy a bit of the great outdoors in the middle of the concrete jungle.
As a starting point, it’s important to know the lay of the land and that New York City is comprised of five boroughs – the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. While the city is massive, it can be, for the most part, traversed by subway or on foot, which is why good planning is crucial to a successful visit. Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.
There is no shortage of great food and drink in New York City. The real problem with a trip to the Big Apple isn’t finding somewhere to go; it’s determining which places don’t make the cut. This is by no means a complete guide, but it’s a decent place to start.