NEW YORK TRAVEL INFORMATION
Welcome to New York, Places to sight see are a dozen-to-the-dime, Don’t miss views of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry (www.siferry.com) and the Empire State Building (www.esbnyc.com) or get lost in the artistic reveries at the Museum of Modern Art (moma.org), for those who want to get off the well-worn track try the numerous walking tours available. Official tourist information can be found at nycgo.org,
New York is famous as a shopper’s paradise, and many flock to the big department stores like Macy”s (macys.com), Barneys (660 Madison Avenue, barneys.com) and Bloomingdales (bloomingdales.com) for everything from designer duds to kitchenware. Children will never want to leave the giant toy paradise FAO SCHWARZ (fao.com) for hip boutiques, go to the lower East Side and Williamsburg. And if you’re looking for something to take back home, T-shirts and mugs emblazoned with the iconic “I love NY” logo make great souvenirs.
Order Pastrami on rye and recreate the ‘I’ll have what she’s having ” scene from when harry met sally at kat’z deli (katzdeli.com). You’ll be hard pressed to go a block without finding an amazing restaurant selling everything from bialys and bagels to Michelin-starred cuisine. Remember to tip well, waiters earn much less than the minimum wage: 15 to 20 per cent of the bill is expected.
Are you like me? Can you not go a day without playing basket-ball? No worries, NYC is one of the states with the most number of basketball courts in America, there’s literally one in every block. Runners are not left out, everywhere is conducive to run, central park, So long as it’s a favorable forecast you’re ok.
You are spoiled for choice with New York’s luxury hotels, one of the most famous of which is THE PLAZA (fairmont.com/theplaza). Rooms start at $595 a night, that’s Approximately 200,000 thousand Nigerian currency! Amazing right? Anyway, for cheaper options you can try newyorkhotels.com. A notable one is the pod hotel (thepodhotel.com), where for as low as $89 dollars a night u can have clean rooms with iPod stations, free Wifi and lcd TV. That’s about 30 thousand naira a night, can’t complain too much for that one, it’s New York.
Things move fast in NYC, so find up to date information at newyock.timeout.com. And for deals on tickets visit lastminute.com.
Free Tourist Attractions in New York
New York is definitely one of the best places in the world, it is filled with hundreds if not thousands of sites to see, however it is also one of the most expensive cities in the world trust me. Ranging from tours, hotels, shopping malls, and of cause food restaurants can get really expensive, but budget conscious travelers need not worry, there’s always something to consulate, there’s something for everybody in New York. I have a list of some free tourist attractions to help make the most of your trip to NYC without breaking your bank.
New York Public Library/ 455 Fifth Avenue at 42nd street
There are three places that make me feel at home anywhere in the world, a basketball court, a well equipped gymnasium and of cause a Library. How this is a tourist attraction you might ask? Well at the time it was built in 1911 the New York public library was the largest marble building in the whole of America. And if you’re a lover of art, it was built in the Beaux-Arts style, the library is an impressive architectural structure. So feel free to visit the New York library to enjoy the extensive and unlimited book collections, impressive architecture, and the popular stone lions outside the building. There are also free tours through the library at 11am and 2pm Monday to Saturday, and 2pm on Sundays.
Rockefeller Center/ Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th street
I’m sure there’s almost nobody who did not watch the then popular movie “Home Alone” that means you remember the part where he went ice skating alone on Christmas day, well this is the place. Rockefeller Center is the site of New York City’s annual Christmas tree and a very popular spot during the holiday when you can see the tree and watch people skate (well because you actually really can’t skate) in front of it for free.
Early mornings on weekdays you can catch a taping of the today’s show for free in Rockefeller Center and you can also enjoy the famous statues of Atlas and Prometheus.
Staten Island Ferry
A trip on the Staten Island Ferry is absolutely 100% free, pretty ironic for an extravagant city. Thousands of new Yorkers ride the ferry to work daily, tourists and visitors can use it to experience amazing views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York harbor for free.
Unarguably one of the most iconic images of New York City is Times Square. Approximately 30 million people visit Times Square, to enjoy the lights, famous billboards and nearby restaurants and shows.
While taking in a Broadway show, dinner can be extremely pricey, enjoying the lights and billboards however is completely free and actually very satisfying. Due to the amount of people that troop in frequently, much of Times Square is now a pedestrian plaza with no traffic. Visitors can sit and take in Times Square at one of the multiple tables installed for tourists to relax and enjoy the amazing sites. You can best enjoy your Times Square experience after sunset when the glowing lights and din are at their most impressive. You can take the following subways to Times Square. 1,2,3,7,A,C,N,R,.
Central Park/ 830 Fifth Avenue
Central Park is practically 843 acres of nature in the middle of a concrete jungle. THIS beautiful oasis has several gardens, open spaces, lakes and pathways. The land mass that makes up central park is said to be worth over $1trillion, but it cost absolutely nothing to go in and enjoy the beautiful nature which ironically is completely man-made. If you visit NYC during the warmer months you can enjoy free performances at the park’s summer stage.
The typical tourist knows that New York City is filled with some of the greatest museums in the world, but art lovers such as myself know that the place to see the most up-to-date artwork is art galleries. New York most concentrated area to go “gallery hoping” is Chelsea. You can go from gallery to gallery in the 20s street between 10th and 11th avenue and observe a variety of different art in all different mediums for free and there’s no pressure to buy anything! If you time your trip right, you can try your luck at a gallery opening and score some free wine and cheese. Gallery openings are typically on Thursday evenings.
New York’s latest park is completely unique and unlike any other park in the nation. It was created/established on an abandoned stretch of Railroad track and is in fact 30 feet in the air (hence the name high-line).
The park runs from New York’s meat parking district to Chelsea and it offers overwhelming views of the Hudson River. The High Line frequently offers public installations and events.
Grand Central Terminal/ 89 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue
The Grand Central Terminal was built in 1913 and is a gorgeous, historic structure in Midtown Manhattan. Grand Central Terminal is a national historic landmark and a beautiful architectural structure that has been painstakingly preserved. Everyday Grand Central Terminal serve hundreds of Travelers traveling on the Metro-north Railroad to Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York state, and Fairfield and New Haven Counties in Connecticut. There are also stops for the 4,5,6,7 and S subways. However, Grand Central Terminal is more than just a hub for transportation, there are shops, dinning, and more available to visitors, the Grand central terminal offers group tours as well as free tours for individuals on Wednesdays and Fridays.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral/ 460 Madison Avenue
Regardless of your religious orientation, St Patrick’s Cathedral is a site to behold. It is the largest decorated gothic-style catholic cathedral in the United States and it seats 2200 people. After over 20 years of construction, St. Patrick’s Cathedral first opened its doors in May 1879 and has been open to the public for free ever since. Feel free to go check out the beautiful structure or take in a mass.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab/ 550 Madison Avenue (212) 833-8100
The Sony Wonder Technology Lab features interactive exhibits and hands-on technology for children and adults. At Sony Wonder Technology Lab, visitors can tinker with robots, experience the latest PlayStation video games, learn how high-tech gadgets work and even perform virtual surgery. Although admission to the Lab is free, a ticket is required and there are a limited amount of tickets. Tickets are available same-day on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets typically run out quickly so ensure to show up pretty early.
That is pretty much all I have as regards free tourists attractions New York, However there are more like the National Museum of the American Indian, Federal Hall of National Memorial and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, but I haven’t paid a visit there ‘’yet’’, I’ll be sure to provide any other info I gather but for the main time you should note that one thing that all New Yorkers do is walk, New Yorkers walk everywhere! Another free way to enjoy the city is to walk around the different neighborhoods and get a feel of what the city has to offer.
Here are some btw facts I came to know about NYC:
- New York was the capital of the United States for five years, from 1785 to 1790, before it was moved to Washington D.C.
- NYC is the most populated city in the USA and is considered one of the Worlds cultural capitals.