Top Ten Things to do in New York

1. Central Park

Central ParkDescription: This 843 acre park is, without a doubt, the most famous park in the world. Offering a huge variety of recreational activities, the park is always full of joggers, bikers and those who love nature. Various sights are to be visited such as Central Park Wildlife Centre, the two and a half acre field of Strawberry Field where the black and white mosaic of ‘Imagine’ in remembrance of John Lennon, the famed Wollman Rink during the winter and the Great lawn for those who love sunbathing. Mentioned in many Hollywood movies, a site that should be visited if a holiday in New York is in line.
Telephone: +1 212 360 3456


2. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of ArtDescription: The Met is an association of museums, displaying more than two million art works. The Museum, housing works from international artists from all styles, genres and art movements. The Cloisters, located in Northern Manhattan houses more historic pieces, the Medieval art collection that is simply fascinating especially the Unicorn Tapestries should not be missed. Museum visits includes a walking tour and insightful lectures for those who appreciate art.
Location: 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, New York, NY 10028-0198
Telephone: +1 212 535 7710
Opening Times: Tuesday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, Saturday-Sunday 9.30am-9.00pm


3. Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island FerryDescription: Many believe this ferry ride to be the best in the world! Once on the ferry, you can catch great views of the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and see skyscrapers as you see on postcards, a dominating view. The ride ends at Brooklyn Bridge, just hop on a departing ferry for a return trip, try not to get on newer, faster ferries without an outside deck otherwise you would not experience the classic Staten Island Ferry ride feel. Plus, it’s a free ride!
Location: Whitehall St, New York, NY 10004
Opening Times: Daily 24 hour service, departing every 20-30 minutes


4. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty and Ellis IslandDescription: America is known around the world for being a culturally diverse country, a melting pot, with millions of immigrants entering the country during the 18th and 19th century. All of these immigrants have to arrive here, at Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty itself was a gift from the French and it is a must see sight of New York City. There are Ranger led tours, detailing the history and technical aspects of the statue, in side Lady Liberty are exhibits that are worth a visit, and an observation deck with a view that is second to none.
Location: New York Harbor, New York, NY 10004
Telephone: +1 212 269 5755
Opening Times: Hours depending on season, daily 9.30am-5.00pm


5. Empire State Building

Empire State BuildingDescription: One of the world’s most famous skyscrapers, the Empire State Building rises into the New York sky at 1450 feet making it the ninth tallest building in the world. The building was finished in 1931, after just a year of construction, putting it in the record books as the fastest development of any skyscraper, averaging four and a half stories per week! There are observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floor and on a clear day on the lower deck, an 80 mile visibility can be seen. A true landmark of New York, attacked by Godzilla, climbed by King Kong, now it is your turn to visit the Empire State Building.
Location: 350 Fifth Ave, at 34th St, New York, NY 10118
Telephone: +1 212 736 3100
Opening Times: Daily 8.30am-11.15pm


6. Trinity Church

Trinity ChurchDescription: This is New York’s first eve Anglican Parish, after numerous reconstructions and renovations over the years, the current church was sanctified on Ascension Day of 1846. The church still have three original bells dating back since 1797, surviving the world for more than two hundred years. A chance to see the stained glass windows and the Chapel of All Saints would be a necessity as it is worth a sight. William Bradford and Alexander Hamilton are buried in the Trinity Cemetery.
Location: 74 Trinity Place, Broadway at Wall Street, New York, NY 10006
Telephone: +1 212 602 0800
Opening Times: Monday-Friday 7.00am-5.00pm, Saturday-Sunday 8.00am-4.00pm


7. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumDescription: Possibly one of the most famous art museums in the world, Guggenheim Museum played a pivotal role in American art in the second half of the 20th century. Designed by the excellent Frank Lloyd Wright and was completed in 1959 and was restored in 1990-1992 with the exhibition space renamed to Thannhauser Building. Guggenheim displays works of the legendary, the Father of Cubism, Pablo Picasso, along with the works of abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky and Swiss-born German painter Paul Klee. There are also various leading French Impressionism pieces that should not be miss, as they are truly mesmerizing.
Location: 1071 5th Ave, at 89th St, New York, NY 10128-0112
Telephone: +1 212 423 3500
Opening Times: Museum- Saturday-Wednesday 10.00am-5.45pm, Friday 10.00am-7.45pm. Museum Store- Saturday-Wednesday 9.30am-6.15pm, Thursday 11.00am-6.00pm, Friday 9.30am-8.30pm. Museum Café- Saturday-Wednesday 9.30am-5.45pm, Thursday 9.30am-3.00pm, Friday 9.30am-7.45pm


8. Madison Avenue

Madison AvenueDescription: The name Madison Avenue will at least ring a bell to a lot of people around the world, especially those who are addicted to shopping! It is very chic and posh running from 42nd street up to mid 90’s, this part of New York is famed for being the world’s most luxurious shopping district. Fifty or so blocks of European and American designer shops, fine art galleries, spas and salons, restaurants and lavish hotels, you can see why it is so popular amongst tourists. A trip here will leave your wallet feeling rather empty but definitely worth it.


9. Fifth Avenue

Fifth AvenueDescription: Fifth Avenue is another excellent shopping district that should be visited if you are thinking of taking a holiday in New York. Most tourists who come to New York will head over to Fifth Avenue for a fun day of ridiculous shopping. Fifth Avenue has chic boutiques and many exclusive dining spots. Being one of the most famous avenues in the world, it is not a surprise that you would find the likes of Tiffany, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue or Cartier waiting for you to spend you money.


10. Comic Strip

Comic StripDescription: One of the must do’s of New York City is to visit their world renowned comedy clubs, and where else would you head to for a non-stop laughing evening but Comic Strip. Many famous funny men of Hollywood have performed here, gaining a reputation for being funny and then hitting the big time, their illustrious alumni list include the likes of Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.
Location: 1568 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
Telephone: +1 212 861 9386
Opening Times: Shows- Monday-Thursday 8.30pm, Friday 8.30pm, 10.30pm, 12.30am, Saturday 6.00pm, 8.00pm. 10.30pm. 12.00am, Sunday 8pm