My first trip to New York

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1. Posted by hangle1999 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys, my family is going to New York city next month and we really need some helpful tips as well as experiences about visiting this city! Thank you very much!

2. Posted by MikePhilips (Budding Member 9 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

The Public Transit in New York is great, including the subway. The week unlimited subway pass is worth it if you’ll be taking the train a lot over 4-5 days. Don’t bother visiting Times Square during the day or rush hour. So avoid Times Square unless you’re a Broadway fan.

3. Posted by downunderdriver (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mike
We went USA October & my partner wanted do New York & I was hesitant so we decided 9 nights new york for her to go shows & shop & sightsee & then after that 21 days unplanned drive & rent a car.
I would go back to New York tomorrow we both loved it
We stayed Knickerbocker Hotel right in Times Sq & it was great as could go back to room to drop shopping or have a break & it also had tea making facilities & fridge in room.
We had a New York pass & a bus ticket & cabs everywhere, she found Melbourne owned & Aussie staffed coffee shops & that was our daily starting point, go for it & enjoy it we found cheap diners in suburbs & loved it

4. Posted by Sarahaw (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

The subway is very convenient hope you enjoyed

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1359 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

My NYC highlights include:
The East Side Tenement Museum - wonderful insights into immigrant lives (but be sure to book ahead)
Ellis Island - ditto
Top of the Rock - you can get a ticket that allows you to go up twice in one day, so we visited first thing in the morning (before it got crowded) and returned later to see the sunset and lights come on over Manhattan
St Paul's Church - moving tributes to the volunteers who assisted on and just after 9/11
Central Park - just go and chill on a weekend and watch the city at play
Staten Island ferry - views out on the water
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, and views of Manhattan from the parks over there
Strolling the different very distinct areas - Greenwich, Chelsea, SoHo, Little Italy, Meatpackers' District etc

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1905 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail that runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.- my daughter did at least part of this. I think it is free. You have to walk (or use a wheelchair) - no bikes or skates.
The UN is also in NYC

7. Posted by harptravels (Budding Member 10 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

It's really easy to get around New York since it's like a grid. There are maps you can find at tourist points and also, you might wanna purchases those tour bus tickets if you are in a hurry. If not, then walking or taking the subway is as efficient as it gets. Reading the subway maps are a bit confusing at first though!

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9. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 441 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

As everyone has said - there is great public transport but its also an amazing walking city. Wear comfortable shoes and plan to get some steps in. Now I'm a native so I probably have different opinions on what you might want to see. i usually suggest walking one bridge (the Brooklyn Bridge is the most popular - but also the most crowded but the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, or George Washington (which ends in New Jersey) are all good and take you to some interesting neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods make up some of the most interesting places to go. Certainly go for Dim Sum in one of the three city Chinatowns (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens). Take in a sporting event. Take a boat ride to somewhere, check out a few of the big tourist sites like Grand Central, Times Square, Central Park,. Catch a show on or off Broadway. Visit one of the big museums, and maybe some of the smaller ones (highly recommend the Forbes Gallery which is free and which is always changing). Window shop in the village and easy village etc. Honestly there is so much to see and do its probably best to decide what you are interested in before getting here. Otherwise you might just see the big buildings in Midtown and not the areas where real people live. Feel free to pick my brain if you want.

10. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 339 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I loved NYC, Highline park is a great walk for half a day,take the Staten Island ferry for views of Liberty.
Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square are iconic. The Circle line ferry is another great activity, NYC has plenty to offer.