By Elena Price
New York is regarded as one of the most exciting cities in the world and with so much to do and see it really is no surprise. Below we have highlighted some the best attractions of things to experience when visiting the city that simply cannot be missed.
New York is a melting pot for many nations and cultures and as such attracts business and leisure travellers from around the world and increasingly from the Middle East especially the UAE. The national airline of the UAE, Etihad operate non stop flights to New York from Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The Empire State Building
The 102-story landmark is a modern marvel and was once the tallest building in the world for 40 years straight. The observation deck near the top of the building is a great way to get a timeless view of the surrounding city, offering up fantastic photo opportunities.
Perhaps the most famous and recognisable recreational area on the planet, Central park is the ideal place to go for a stroll and get away from all the madness and mayhem found in the rest of the city. The park also boasts numerous play areas for the kids, statues and even a castle. In the summer months you can hire a paddle boat to ride on the lake and in the winter you can enjoy the ice skating rink which has featured in so many famous movies over the years.
No trip to New York would be complete without taking in a Broadway show. Considered to be the best theatre district in the world, you can enjoy both timeless classics like Chicago or take in one of the more modern shows like Avenue Q.
Museums and Galleries
New York has a number of fantastic museums and galleries that are sure to keep any culture junkie entertained. In particular, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must visit for everyone as it houses one of the largest art collections ever assembled, containing various important works from around the globe. Additionally, the American Museum of Natural History exhibits a fascinating collection of over 32 million specimens dating back over millions of years. It is especially a great attraction to visit if you have kids with you, who will no doubt be in awe of the giant dinosaur fossils along with the prominent model of the life sized blue whale.
While Times Square is often very busy and a little hectic, the neon lit area at the heart of the theatre district a wonderful place to visit and it really gives you a sense of just what a modern city New York is. Even if you’re just passing through, it’s defiantly worth the hassle of the crowds to just stop and enjoy the area for what it is.
New York pizza is renowned as some for the best you can get anywhere in the world. You simply can’t take a trip to the city without trying some out for yourself. While there are many highly rated places to go, two of most distinguished places to visit are Lombardi’s on Spring Street and Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most recognisable attraction New York has to offer. Standing tall at a whopping 151ft (305ft if you include the pedestal and the foundation), this iconic structure is a true engineering wonder that can’t be missed. Additionally, if you’ve got the money there are a number of Helicopter tours available in the area, allowing you to take flight and get the best view available of the statue and the surrounding cityscape.