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Clare’s Top Ten Tips in New York.

I have recently come back from a fabulous few days in New York and I loved it, but it certainly is a big city, so here are my top ten suggestions to ensure that you see all you can during your stay.

1). Pre purchase a NYC pass.  You can have one that suits you with as many attraction tickets included as you think you will need   We purchased the 3 attraction ticket which was great for the 2 days we were there.

2). The open top bus tour of the city is fab. I have done it twice now and still see different things and learn new interesting facts about the city each time.  As it’s valid for a full day it’s a great way to see much more than you would normally. Try and do the full tour first, then you can get on/off where you please.

3) Take the circle line cruise which literally circles the Statue of Liberty giving you amazing views. You will get to see the NYC skyline from the famous Hudson River. You will also be treated to super views of Brooklyn Bridge.

4) The views from both Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building are awesome. It is really nice to do one in the day (maybe Rockafeller so you can see the Empire State Building in daylight) and The Empire State building at night

5). Visit Soho and Little Italy.  With some great authentic local restaurants and food is cheaper here than in the city centre.

6) Your hotel choice.  Try and be within 5 minutes of the centre for ease of access to many of the attractions. The two hotels I have stayed in are more boutique style and have allowed a little downtime to unwind    The Muse (a Kimpton Hotel was fabulous, modern and had a lovely hour early each evening in which it offered a glass of wine and nibbles.  Right in Times Square, The Gregory was quirky and authentic with good service. 

7) You really should try to have a burger from Shake Shack. Wow really tasty

8) For a more refined dining experience try Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse. Great atmosphere accompanied by amazing food.

9) Grand Central Station. The architecture is amazing, steeped with so much history such a beautiful building, it seems surreal it is a station.

10). Try one of the many local restaurants for breakfast. My personal tip, unless you are really hungry don’t over order, all the portion sizes are massive.

11) You must visit the world trade centre, the 911 site and museum something that you will probably find quite emotional.

Other attractions

Many museums are free, Military De commissioned  Aircraft carrier USS intrepid as an air sea and space museum. Did you know there is an underground hot steam system still used to heat buildings? That is what all the smoke coming out of drains is and you may see some chimneys in the streets used to vent off steam Look out for all the fire stations across the city and see their memorials to all that died in 911.

Shopping is a must for many – Maceys  Bloomingdales and Hollister are just a few favourites of course, but shops are definitely in abundance and good prices too.   Many like to take in a Broadway show. You can pre plan or even buy tickets on the day and finally if you have time take some time to enjoy Central Park with a coffee.

 

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