Am going to be in New york for five days at the end of the month. Have been reading the NY LP but it seems like I will need a life time to visit the big apple so can someone help me. What would you do, where will you go? Am looking for something different from what the Lp tell me.
Thanks for your help.
Well my sister is going to NYC and was asking me about tours. I am not a tour person, because I am stubborn, but I got to thinking that if you only have a minimal amount of time a guided tour (if not too expensive) is a good way to get an introduction to nearly everything in Manhattan (is Manhattan where you will be staying?). And if there is anything that catches your eye, you can always go back on another day. It's pretty easy and quick to take the subway to Brooklyn if there is anything there you want to see. I went to Coney Island but found it kind of strange and run down. But I was happy to at least see it.
So: Times Square, Empire State, Central Park, WTC, Statue of Liberty and then maybe some of the communities within places like the Lower East Side (which I really liked - great ethnic restaurants and funky shops). There is a lot of great architecture in an around those areas above.
Thanks Amie. I will be staying off Times square.
Oh and if you are looking for something other than what LP tells you, I don't really know what to say but I can tell you that I was so overwhelmed on my first day that I walked like 60 something blocks not knowing what to do with myself. (I had also been on the road for like 3 days previous.)
I really like Central Park because it just seems like such an oasis in the middle of the city (went row-boating). And I like visiting all the areas like the Ukrainian area, the Polish area, etc where you can get some amazing and affordable food. We also went to see a band in Brooklyn which was an adventure to get there and find the place when we had no clue. It ended up being really fun.
Check out the Lower East Side Tenement Museum
They have restored a number of old tenement buildings and apartments so you can see how immigrants into NYC in at the turn of the century and before lived. It is really cool - they have guided tours with small groups so you can actually walk through the apartments. You have to make a reservation in advance, but it is well worth it.
Lots of great places to eat nearby on Delancy Street, China Town and Little Italy.
Thanks for your input. Any others ideas??¿¿
Depends on what you are most interested in. If you like museums, both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum are fantastic- you could spend days in there. Central Park is great for when you need to escape, and there's always something happening.
New York also has amazing pizza- just make sure not to go to a chain restaurant!
I promise i will try a pizza after the metropolitain and wont dare to think about the chain restaurant.
Am not a big fan of museum I do prefer walking in the city. I read about a mountain bike tour of mahattan. Anyone heard about it or even better anyone has done it??¿¿
I can recommend www.bigapplegreeter.org - a voluntary organisation which local new yorkers show visitors around the city - maybe to things off the beaten track. Its free and volunteers cant take any cash.
You need to book in advance via the web and then they get in touch with you they put you with a volunteer who most closely matches the profile you filled in saying what your interested in.
We did it about 4 years ago with a great guy called Kevin who stayed with us all day (volunteers take you out in their own time from a few hours to all day depending on how you get on and your itinerary!) who showed us around the city - some amazing buildings - and he was able to tell us the stories behind them. He also took us to a great Mexican which we would never have found ourselves!
It really was a great day out & they gave us a few metro day passes too which was a bonus. We took a gift and card to say thanks as they cannot accept cash!
If you are interested though book soon as it is quite popular!
Thank you to everyone for your help and time. Am leaving tomorrow morning and i have been flying around all day. hehehe