Welcome to Part 2 of the New York City Guide! This section will focus on what to see and do in New York so prepare for a long one. Again, I have attempted to look at more than the usual but have included some in there because they are just too wonderful to ignore!
WALK AROUND CENTRAL PARK
Let’s start off with a part of New York I feel people go to when coming to NYC but don’t appreciate as much as they should.
In this park alone there is a zoo, a conservatory garden and ice rink and more. Of course what you want to see and do will be dependent on what you want to spend and the weather forecast but in reality you could just walk around it and be content. It’s a beautiful part of a bustling city that is truly spectacular in all seasons.
GO TO THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The type of modern art I like tends to be 1960s pop art or surrealism. That’s what I am used to (thanks to the Tate Modern in London) but MoMA certainly went above and beyond modern art. In all honesty, most of it it has me pull a face which exclaims “say whaaaat?!” but I can certainly appreciate it. I was super happy to spot some classic modern art such as Warhol and Dali.
If you want to check out something a little different then MoMA is certainly the right location for that!
TOP OF THE ROCK
You may assume that the best views of New York are from the top of the Empire State Building. Na-ah. From the top of the Rockefeller Center you can get a spectacular view of the city which includes the Empire State Building, the Chrysler building and Central Park.
GO TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The museum you see in Night at the Museum is not the same as what you see when you come to the real one but it’s still wonderfully cool! The displays are fascinatingly realistic and there are so many different things to see from mammals across the world to how the Universe was created. If you’re interested in history or science definitely come here.
A TASTE OF BROOKLYN
If you’re staying in Manhattan, you MUST book up this A Taste of Brooklyn pizza tour.
The 4 and a half hour tour consisted of going on a bus tour through Manhattan over to Brooklyn, giving you amazing views of the city and some background information on the neighbourhoods you pass. You’ll even be able to stop and taken in the amazing views.
There will be some locations you recognise from film and TV but don’t worry if you can’t pin point it, the guide will show you clips from those films jogging your memory.
Once you arrive at your first location at Grimaldi’s you will be starving (don’t have breakfast!). The coal oven (replicated from the “original” Grimaldi’s which is in the smaller residence next door) cooks pizzas to perfection within 3 minutes.
The next location, L&B Spumoni Gardens will give you a Sicilian pizza and if you like, an ice cream (only $3).
Once you’re full on pizza and ice cream you’ll even be able to walk along the Boardwalk at Coney Island. But make sure you choose to go in the summer to really appreciate the views! It opens on the 29th March 🙂
SEE A BROADWAY SHOW
My first ever broadway show was outstanding. We went to see Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theater and I was completely blown away.
The costumes, the dancing, the brilliant talent and the comedy of it made it one of the best musicals I have ever seen. Taking the original Disney story and songs but with a twist they truly made this a spectacular show.
Clearly I can’t say that about ALL of Broadway but it also was in line with my favourite musical, Wicked. Paul knows how obsessed I am about Wicked so seeing it on broadway was must.
WATCH A NEW YORK KNICKS GAME AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Please pardon my terrible quality iPhone photos however I was not going to be photographing this basketball match with any seriousness. I just get into it so much! Not as much as the true NYK fans but it’s still so awesome seeing such amazing talent in one of the most iconic arenas in history.
With additional entertainment during time out you definitely won’t get bored. You may even go away with a couple of prizes or spotting a couple of celebs (Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon for example heehee!)
Find your way there by clicking here.
WALK AROUND TIMES SQUARE
It’s tourist law isn’t it? Of course it’s bigger and better at night but I don’t like taking photos in the dark so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Even if you don’t shop here or go to a show, it’s just great to see such an iconic part of Manhattan that you need to witness. Need directions? Here we go!
GO TO THE GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL BUILDING & THE CHRYSLER BUILDING
This is not your standard train station! I had stumbled upon Grand Central completely by accident and so glad I did. The terminal building is beautiful and right near the Chrysler building which is possibly one of my favourite architectural pieces in the world. You can find both of these incredibly buildings here.
VISIT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
Famous for its huge names in live entertainment, Radio City Music Hall has been the centre for movie premiers and performances since it’s construction in the early 1930s. Directly next to the subway there is no excuse not to pay homage to this landmark and the stories held inside it. Tours run daily from 10am-5pm so be sure to add it to your list. Click here for directions.
I won’t post any spoilers about the amazing features this theatre possesses but remember this… It is the biggest theatre in the world, is classed as a treasure of new York and is the home to the incredible talented Rockettes. If you don’t do the tour AND show, you’re missing out big time. I personally recommend the Spring Spectacular!