10 Things To Do Whilst in New York City!
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1. Empire State Building: The spectacular views from the top of the Empire State Building are truly spectacular but then at 1,454 feet up in the air it isn't suprising. The observation deck is open from 08.00am through until 02.00am so ther isn't really any excuse for not squeezing it in to the schedule. I always try to get there just before sunset. Yuo get to see Manhattan as dusk descends and as the sun sets more and more lights start to twinkle. It really is quite pretty. The top of the empire state building is always lit up with various colours which normally represent a current event that is happening. For example between the 18th-20th Jan (08) the lights are set to be Blue/Red/Blue which is to represent an NFC Championship game of the New York Giants.
2. Statue of Liberty: My honest reaction to seeing the statue up close was as to how small it actually is. I think after numerous films the image of the statue has become distorted and you just expect it to be alot bigger than it actually is. Size aside, the statue is one of the most recognised Icons (if a statue can be an icon??) of the modern day so it would seem silly not to go and see it for yourself. The boat ride over to the Island is also quite fun. You get a view of Manhattan that you don't get from the land.
3. "The View" Restaurant: As the name suggests this is a restaurant with a view.
4. Visit "Hogs & Heifers": This is a bar which is located within the meatpacking district that became the inspiration for the film Coyote Ugly. If you have seen the film yuo will know what to expect. True to the film what you get is a very lively bar with bar tenders pouring lethal drinks, dancing on the bar, shouting abuse and even breathing the odd bit of fire!! It sounds crazy and it is! Members of the public are also encouraged to get on the bar and dance which they do in.
5. Visit "Ground Zero": I always have mixed feelings about visiting Ground Zero - It was always going to turn into a tourist attraction and for the most part people are respectful and use their time there to pay their respects to the dead.
6. Walk through Times Square: As you can probably imagine, Times Square is like Candy Floss for the eyes. There are lights everywhere. People everywhere. Shops, taxi's etc, etc... Whilst it is hard to get lost geographically in Times Square it is very easy to get lost in your own thoughts along with the hustle and bustle.
7. Visit the "Hairy Monk": This is just something I choose to do when ever I visit New York. Wherever I go I always find myself a bar which I call my "Local". It is just a good starting point for any evening and it is good to get to know some of the people who work there. As a bar it isn't anything out of the normal but it is very friendly place. The people who go there are quite varied but always seem up for a good time. I have had some very fun (& Messy) nights in there.
8. Walk across Brookly Bridge: Okay so there isn't much to do once you get to the other side but it is something you just have to do. The highlight is probably the views of Manhattan as you walk over. I am sure there are plenty of things to do in Brookly if you bother to look
9. Take a helicopter ride: There are numerous companies offering helicopter trips out of Manhattan. Again it is all about the views but the thrill of being in a helicopter for the first time meant I had a great time. I assume because of security the tour doesn't actually take you over Manhattan. Instead you fly up and down the coast line and around Liberty Island giving you an all together different view of the Statue of Liberty.
10. Visit Central Park: The park is just so vast and it is quite hard to imagine this big green space in the middle of such a built up area. It is a very interesting place and as you walk around you will be kept amused for many hours. There are also entertainers who do any number of strange things. I also believe it is possible to travel around the park on a horse and cart! I have been advised to avoid the park at night.