There’s an unlimited amount of things to do in New York and choosing what to do as a tourist can be quite a tricky process. So here’s a simple tip for first timers, try and capture the photos below on your own camera and you’ll be sure to have a memorable trip.
If you’ve come to New York to experience the bright lights of Broadway then Times Square is the place to be. Mixing art and commerce in a rather chaotic style, huge illuminating billboards advertise a host of known brands and tv shows, catching your eye from every angle. Plenty of places to eat, shows to watch and people to see, Times Square is the bustling heartbeat of New York. Expect to see plenty of other tourists here!
Central Park is the most visited park in the United States, with approximately 25 million visitors per year. Luckily, the park spans 850 acres which means you can easily find a nice quiet spot to relax in the tranquility of the natural surrounds. Many Hollywood films have been set here and you often get that ‘I recognise this place’ feeling as you explore the park. If you have the urge to burn off those extra few rashers of bacon for breakfast, the park is a hotspot for joggers and is coincidently the finishing line for the New York Marathon too.
The Empire State Building
The tallest building in New York at a whopping 102 stories high, you can’t fail to miss this Art Deco skyscraper. For photo enthusiasts this is a great place to go up to the top and take some panoramic shots of the city. To get a cracking photo of the building itself, you’ll need to head up to the observation deck of the Rockefeller Centre (or ‘Top of the Rock’ as its called locally) where you’ll get a great view of the whole of Manhatten as well as an interesting insight into the contribution that the Rockefeller family made to New York’s impressive skyline.
The Statue of Liberty
This iconic landmark stands tall on Liberty Island in New York Harbour and is a must have for the photo collection. There are many ways you can get up close, including a trip to Liberty Island itself, but for the best photos try a helicopter ride round the city or jump onboard one of the Circle Line Cruises.
5th Avenue isn’t just any old shopping street, it’s one of the world’s finest. It’s also consistently voted the world’s most expensive by a variety of sources. But don’t let that tag put you off. The big department stores often have sales and if you are lucky to have a favourable currency exchange, you can easily walk away with a bag full…or ten bags full.
View from the Rockefeller Centre
New York’s skyline is unique to say the least, an amazing combination of art deco and modern skyscrapers scattered amongst each other. The Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Centre “Top of the Rock” observation deck both offer stunning views of the city. For the arty types, you’ll find an odd compulsion to take a photo in black and white in the hope it comes out well enough to print and hang in your kitchen.