10 Things To Do Whilst in New York City!

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Myself (far Left) + a few friends on Empire State

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.

The Statue of Liberty
  Waiting times can vary so if you do want to catch the sunset ensure you leave enough time.

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.

Bar Maid in Hogs & Heifers
  It isn't just a restaurant though.  It is the only revolving restaurant in the city and is situated on the 47th floor of the Marriott Hotel on Times Square.  The restaurant takes about an hour to do a complete rotation and again it is advisable to catch sunset if possible.  It isn't the cheapest place but if you only drink and don't eat the views easily justify the price.

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.

Times Sq
.. especially after a few shots of something lethal.  Most girls who end up on the bar normally lose their bra which is then added to the wall of bra's - Now there has got to be a few thousand hanging up there now!!  Whilst it may sound like a place for seedy men to hang out in it is actually a very friendly and fun place.  I have seen men and women of all ages in there.  Security if firm but fair and the place is a bit grimy and possibly intimidating if it isn't the kind of place you normally spend your evenings but you won't be disappointed.

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.

A night out in the "Hairy Monk"
  What is upsetting is the number of people who now "set up shop" at the site and use the site as an excuse to sell postcards etc of the twin towers.  They are basically street trades and I personaly think it is quite disrespectful.  I have seen the site 3 times since 11th Sept 2001 with the most recent being Oct 07.  The site has hardly changed at all.  There is just a big hole in the ground with a bit of construction work going on.  It does give you an idea though of just how big the towers must have been.

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.

Central Park
  This area of Manhattan never stands still.  Even in the early hours (5-6am) there is still cars / people about.  It is alot quieter than normal and is almost surreal but it does make a big difference to the chaos that you encounter during the day

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.

View from Empire State
  It is on 3rd Ave / 25th St

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.

Helicopter ride
  Recommended.

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.

missaeliya says:
amazing pictures!:) the helicopter ride looks expensive though :p yup, it will be my first time to NYC but i'll probably stay there for a while because my hubby works there (but he's not the type who would know about all these tourist places so this is great help :p). thanks for the tips! now i'm even more excited to go to NYC.
Posted on: Feb 05, 2008
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The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty
Bar Maid in Hogs & Heifers
Bar Maid in Hogs & Heifers
Times Sq
Times Sq
A night out in the Hairy Monk
A night out in the "Hairy Monk"
Central Park
Central Park
View from Empire State
View from Empire State
Helicopter ride
Helicopter ride
View from Empire State
View from Empire State
View from Empire State
View from Empire State
Hogs & Heifers - Randoms on the ba…
Hogs & Heifers - Randoms on the b…
View of Manhattan from Helicopter
View of Manhattan from Helicopter
Central Park
Central Park
Nutter in Central Park
Nutter in Central Park
Hen party in Hogs & Heifers
Hen party in Hogs & Heifers
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Ground Zero
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Times Sq
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