New York City carries so much weight with its name. It is a leading global city, one of the most important in the world. The massive mixture of cultures and personalities makes for a canvass that as sprayed with just about every color imaginable. At first, it seems like it’s all just thrown together carelessly, but then you realize that it all blends together incredibly. The attitude of the city is a turn off to some. It is a dog-eat-dog town, where only the best in the world make it. “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” is one of the truest statements made about a city. You can’t really hold it against New York. New York deserves to be elitist, as the city has paid its dues and has established itself as a place of competition and ambition. Try not to sleep while you’re in New York. The city will leave you behind, and you’ll need every single waking hour to keep up and see the best that it has to offer. As an Australian, travelling there is fairly easy, there are a myriad of flights available online and easily bookable. When you get there, here are some tips to get the most out of this city:
* Check out a Broadway show. This is the pinnacle of theater acting, and does a very good job of symbolizing the relentless push to the top that is at the heart of New York’s spirit. Also, the shows are just really freaking cool. The best of the best put on the best theater shows around, and will certainly make for a great night.
* Stroll through Central Park. This is one of the few – if not the only – spots in Manhattan where you’ll see something green. The concrete jungle has a park sitting right in the middle, and at 843 acres, there is plenty of it to see. Just don’t head here after dark, and you’ll be fine.
* Do the touristy stuff. I know it may seem like an obligation at a lot of places you go to, to go to the places you’ve seen a million pictures of because you feel like you are missing out if you don’t, but you’ll be glad you went. The Statue of Liberty has been standing tall as a beacon of hope welcoming everyone to America since 1892, and the view is impressive against the backdrop of the city. The Empire State Building is one you should check out, too. Yeah, it’s not the tallest building in the world, or even in New York, but it’s still a damn good view.
* Visit the World Trade Center Site. There is a new building there- One World Trade Center, which is the tallest building in the country- and of course the memorial for all those who died on September 11th, 2001. It is a very sobering visit, but one that will really show you the strength of this city.
* Visit Times Square. You’ll be amazed at the masses of people (another symbol of New York), and the lights and buildings that are the heartbeat of the city, and the “Center of the World”. You’ll find great street food and Broadway shows here.
* The Metropolitan Museum of Arts. With over 2 million collections of art from cultures all over the world from every time period, this is one of the best museums you will likely visit in your lifetime.
* New York Public Library. You’ve likely seen pictures of the two giant lion statues that mark the entrance to one of America’s most famous libraries, which is also a National Historic Landmark. With over 6 million books under its roof, you’ll find it way too easy to spend a lot of time in here.
* Go to a bar. Any bar. Seriously, you can’t miss in this city. The bars blend an atmosphere of low-lit ambiance and romantic intimacy packed in every corner of the city. You’ll meet just about everyone from everywhere here in New York City, and the best way to get to know them is to sit down in a corner booth in a packed bar and strike up a conversation about this crazy city. You’ll find yourself doing this until the wee hours of the morning, as you start to take on the habits of the city that never sleeps.