A Weekend in New York City: Things to See and Do (2 stars)
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New York City is often called the city that never sleeps. There is so much to do at literally any hour of the day. Since the city never sleeps, you’re likely not to get a lot of it, just because there’s so much excitement. So make sure you start each day with great New York coffee. Cranberry’s Deli on 45th and Broadway makes fantastic coffee, and breakfast food of every kind. If you want to get an overview of New York City, ou’ll can enjoy a guided tour on New York City’s Circle Line Guide. There are two different types of tours you can take. You can take the 30 minute tour (called the “Beast Speed Boat Ride”). This fun and fast boat ride will give you a quick overview of New York. It includes a close up view of the statue of liberty and a beautiful view of the westside of Manhattan. You can also take the take the 3 hour tour (called the “Full Island Cruise). This boat ride will take you all over the new York, and includes a tour guide that will point out different historical landmarks of New york City. You’ll get close up views of The Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, United Nations Building and other famous sites.
A visit to New York City is complete withouth riding it’s legendary subway. The Metro card is the card you purchase to get on the subway. YOu can purchase a one day “fun pass” and literally ride anywhere in New York all you want for the entire day.
The Bronx zoo (endosed by the Wildlife Conservatoin Society) in New York City the largest zoo in the country. It has over 265 Acres of various wildlife habitats, and attractions. You may be surprised to find out that New York City has only one aquarium, but it’s an impressive one. The New York Aquarium has over 8000 auquatic animals on exhibit and a host of activities and shows.
The real sights, sounds, and smells of New York City can only be experienced by walking around. There is for example, the New York City Movie Tour. That is an actual walking tour that will take you past some of the most famous movie locations in the world. You’ll walk past for exampe Joe’s Pizza on Carmaine Street where it appeared in “Spiderman 2″. You’ll pass the Central Park Carousel where “The Spanish Prisoners” and “The Producers” were filmed. Your tour will take you past the famous Bow Bridge where parts of “Uptown Girls”, and “Autumn in New York were film”. There are many, many other famous filming spots you’ll see if you take the Walking Movie Tour.
Enjoy visiting the Grand Central Station. It’s considered the most famous train station in the world. Over 2 million people travel through this train station everyday by bus and subway. Grand Central Station is home to several art exhibits, shows, and restaurants. It also appear in “Men in Black”. So Start your weekend with Justin Farate-the ethusiastic, and energetic tour guide of the Grand Central Neighborhood. The tour is of the Grand Central Station and surrounding neighborhood. He’ll entrall you with his plethora of knowledge and background stories. It’s an experience you won’t forget.
Are you a Saturday Night Live fan? You can actually go to the 30 Rockefeller Plaza on 50th Street, and stand in line to get tickets to a live taping of the show. Make sure you bring a jacket or sweater, because they keep it cold there in the live studio. Stand by doesn’t gaurantee admission, but if you get in, you’ll enjoy a great show.
Sports fans love New York. There are two historical baseball franchises there. You can go to Yankees Stadium in the Bronx and enjoy a Yankees game. Or you can go to Flushing, Queens and enjoy a New York Mets game at Citi Field. If you want to see the best basketball players in the world, you can enjoy watching the New York Knicks play at the Madison Square Garden (call “the most famous arena in the world”). The US Open (one of Tennis’ biggest events) is played in New York at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
If you want to enjoy a historical journey of art and culture, visit the “Museum Mile”, with runs from 84th to 104th Street. Along the Museum Mile are 11 museums, and contains some of the most diverse culture in the world. The largest of the museums is the Metropolitan Museum of Art (also called “The Met”). The Met contains over 2 million works of art ,and over 19 different departments that care for the museum.
You won’t forgive yourself if you don’t visit the Empire State Building. It’s one of the highest buildings in the country. You can ride the elevator all the way up to 102nd floor ,or if you’re really daring, you can walk all 1,860 steps to the top. Either way, once you’re at the top of the Empire State Building you will and enjoy the spectacular view of New York’s awesome skyline.
There’s no shortage of restaurants in New York. The melting pot of different cultures have given way to thousands of different restaurants. There really and truly something for everyone. Enjoy Brazilian cuisine at Churrascaria Tribeca where you will enjoy over 30 different meats served carve-on-demand. Enjoy delicious Austrailian dishes at Kingswood, on Greenich Avenue. On Douglas Boulevard, you’ll find exquisite, traditional African cuisine at African Kine Restaurant. You’ll also fine Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Indian, and Asian restaurants in abundance.
The most famous street in New York is Broadway. Though it from all the way from Manhattan to the Bronx, is home to the famous Time Square, and Broadway theaters. No visit to NewYork is complete without seeing a Broadway Musical. On Broadway has the largest group of the most talented singers, dancers in the world. See famous broadway musicals such as Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Hairspray, and Aida.
A weekend is not enough to do everthing there is to do in New York. One thing is for sure. Once you get a taste of the “Big Apple”, you will always want to come back for more.