I mean – come on! There’s no place like it in the world. It’s simply a place you HAVE to go. I’ve been twice. It’s so bloody BIG! Seriously. It just goes up and up and it’s really long (Manhattan Island for you!)
What can I say? I first visited NYC in 1999 and although my memory is a bit hazy, I do remember how amazing Times Square was, I do remember spending quite a lot of time in Central Park and I do remember waiting an awfully long time to get into The Late Show with David Letterman. And then not get in. I also went to a night club, it was very industrial. Back in the day when I could stay out all night of course. I took the subway home at 7am or something.
Fast forward a few years and I was back in New York City in 2004. And well, it was the same but different as you can imagine after the events of September 2011. I visited the site of the World Trade Centre. In 1999 I had gone up the Empire State Building, which is certainly worthwhile even if you do get herded around like cattle in and out of the lifts. The Skyline of Manhattan is seriously unforgettable, the way it just continues on and on.
I took the Staten Island ferry return because the Lonely Planet had suggested it was a way to see the Statue of Liberty. A tip. It isn’t a GOOD way to see the statue. Best to actually get a tour to the statue that goes to the little island it’s on because if you want to see it, or at least you want a decent photo, then the Staten Island ferry is not going to get you anywhere near close enough, and if it’s cloudy or smoggy (reasonable chance) then only the world’s greatest tele-photo lense with filter is going to allow you to snap something reasonable.
What else should you do in New York? The New York State Library is a really impressive building, worth spending some time in inside even if as a backpacker you’re just doing your blog or diary writing. Sorry that the pic is so crappy!
Then there’s shows shows shows! Broadway is not to be missed, you can get cheapish tickets from a booth in the middle of Times Square (well, in 2004 you could!) and I got to see ‘The Producers’ before the movie was made. It was… pretty awesome. There are the museums, the hot dogs, and Central Park with the skyline above it is a place you can easily chill on a late summer’s day for hours if not a whole day. What can I say? It’s a must visit city.
What are your New York City experiences? Please leave a comment and may the journey never end!