The City that Never Sleeps
Situated on the Hudson River, which flows into the North Atlantic Ocean
Shopping in New York is like no other shopping excursion. The variety of shops is astounding, from chic boutiques to Macy’s, which is the world’s largest department store. Fifth Avenue is a must see for visitors, with its boutiques, chain stores and landmarks. Madison Avenue features fashion from top designers, such as Armani, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren, to name just a few. The Grand Central Market is a historic landmark worth visiting for the wonderful fresh gourmet food, such as fish, spices and chocolate. If you happen to be shopping for art, visit SoHo, which has over 200 art galleries and almost as many eateries and shops. For a bohemian look, try Greenwich Village to shop for jewellery, designer fashions and vintage clothes, while West 47 Street has the world’s biggest jewellery exchange.
World renowned landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, the New York Stock Exchange and the Empire State are just a few must see tourist stops. Central Park, Washington Square Park, Times Square and the Rockefeller Center are all well known walking destinations and places to relax or people watch.
New York has many museums, with perhaps the most famous being the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Amongst many others that should not be missed are the Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium and the New York Aquarium.
Attending a show on Broadway or going to a theatre is another popular tourist activity. Long running Broadway favourites include, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Hairspray, The Lion King and Rent, to name just a few. The New York City Ballet stages around 60 ballets in the Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera, also known as The Met, presents around 30 opera performances from September to May.
In New York, any type of food can generally be found at any hour of the day. The city is a melting pot of cultures and immigrants, which makes dining very interesting and fun. Some of the more famous restaurants, such as The Four Seasons, La Grenouille, Le Cirque and the Russian Tea Room are must-see, but somewhat pricey. The Hard Rock Café, Tavern on the Green and Tom’s Restaurant are less expensive but definitely places you want to try.
New York pays host to many national teams. Catch a New York Yankees baseball game at the Yankee Stadium or a Mets game at Shea Stadium. If football is your sport, watch the New York Giants or the New York Jets at Giant Stadium, where the Metrostars soccer team also plays. By attending Madison Square Garden, you can cheer on The New York Knicks National Basketball Association team or the Women’s National Basketball Association New York Liberty team. Or see the two National Hockey League teams, The New York Islanders and the New York Rangers.
New York City is a must if you are visiting the United States. “The City that Never Sleeps” has something for everyone and it is guaranteed to be a memorable and exciting place to visit.