5 Most Exciting Things To Do If You’re Visiting NYC For The First Time
New York City is that type of place where you have to go at least once to make sure that it’s what they really say: magical, mysterious and out-of-world. You’ve probably heard about the historical landmarks and buildings, but did you know that there are other things to see, besides the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty that are the most obvious tourist places.
If you’re looking to discover something more, here are some suggestions that you can consider:
1. Brooklyn Bridge
The place you probably know from Instagram, since the first thing every influencer does is to take a photo near Brooklyn Bridge that spans East River and is a truly magnificent place. One of the most famous bridges in the world, Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn since 1883. You can either walk across, cycle or drive, but it’s important to remember that sunset and evenings by Brooklyn Bridge are one of the most stunning sunsets that you’ll ever see. And after you’re done with crossing the bridge, you can try some ice cream as Brooklyn has some of the best ice cream places in New York.
2. Central Park
Everyone knows about Central Park, after all, it’s an iconic place after all. Whether you prefer to walk and admire the scenery, or do yoga, Central Part is the place to be. You can also rent a bike or play some sports or simply enjoy the sun while watching New Yorkers go about their day. If you prefer fishing, you can go to Harlem Meer or in case you happen to drop by during the winter, you can try ice skating at Woolman Rink. Also, some of the most notable New York attractions such as the Metropolitan Museum, Guggenheim Museum and American Museum of National History, are all located in Central Park.
3. Go some bar hopping
Since New York is known as the city that never sleeps, there’s no better way to spend your evenings (and nights) than to cruise some bars and try various delicious cocktails and other drinks. The best place to do that is, of course, Manhattan, which is also known by great bars and clubs that serve fabulous drinks. If you want to take things up a notch, you can try some premium cocktails made by a renowned mixologist in NYC that is known to serve the best drinks that New York party scene has to offer. Besides Manhattan, you can try partying and bar hopping in East Village, and Brooklyn.
4. Chelsea Market
If you like all things vintage and you enjoy cruising flea markets, then the Chelsea market is the right place for you. This place is located in Meatpacking district on Ninth Avenue, and it has a lot of interesting places that are definitely worth visiting. Whether you like pop-up shops or simply prefer trying various delicious foods and wines, one thing’s certain: whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it there. The Chelsea Market isn’t only about food because it’s also known as the food hall that offers cuisine from all over the world. Fun fact: the original Nabisco factory that makes Oreo cookies was first invented and produced there.
5. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
For those who prefer all things related to art, the Museum of Modern Art is the place for you. This midtown gallery has been home to some of the most iconic artworks such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, Monet’s “Water Lilies” and Andy Warhol’s “Campbell Soup Cans”. The entrance fee can be a bit much (about $25 for adults) but no one who’s been there has ever regretted so it’s definitely money well spent. MoMA is located in 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, so if you happen to be in New York for a few days, make sure to check it out, because it’s truly one of the most stunning places where you can enjoy an impressive art collection.
In conclusion, New York has so much to offer, and there’s too little time to see everything the first time you’re there, so always make sure to plan your return, because it would be too bad to see such an amazing city only once in a lifetime.