New York City in the US has always held a great attraction to me. It is without doubt one of the most popular as well as expensive vacation city in the world. As a first time visitor to the city, I found New York to be a completely mind boggling and memorable experience. There are numerous amazing places to visit and things to do here, which will keep you justifiably occupied as well as entertained. Whether for a one day visit or extended vacation, I felt New York City to be a complete package.
A walk around the Central Park
I chose the popular Central Park as my first place to visit. This wide expanse of greenery is a visual treat. I rented a bicycle and went around the park and took in the vibrant colors in the form of plants and also people. This place has it all – water bodies, rolling fields and also beautiful walking trials. Cycling through, I saw the Bow Bridge and the Alice in Wonderland Sculpture. The view of the lake over which the Bow Bridge stands was breathtaking.
The iconic Times Square
I continued my tour with the Times Square – something which New York City is synonymous with to us outsiders. I walked around took in the sights of the massive billboards all around the square. This is also the place for the famous Broadway. I watched various peddlers selling jewelry as well as art pieces on the pavements. I found the Times Square to be very pedestrian friendly and the array of shops here were extremely tempting. I even ended up buying some beautiful tokens to take back home!
A run through the Yankee Stadium
As an all time baseball fan, the Yankee Stadium was a must visit for me. I opted for the guided tour, which took me through the clubhouse, the Monument Park and also a stroll around the New York Yankees Museum. I was fascinated with all the history of this game that I could learn here. The company of fellow baseball lovers was a welcome addition. I made a mental note to attend one of the sporting events in the city on my next visit. The energy and enthusiasm here was truly infectious.
The beautiful Brooklyn Bridge
I had seen this iconic bridge countless times in various movies and television series. But seeing it with my naked eyes was even better. The world’s longest suspension bridge, I got a taste of commuting with the fellow New Yorkers via this bridge. This bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn and it is indeed a view to behold. And while at Brooklyn, I also treated myself to the scrumptious pizza at the Grimaldi’s. This pizza joint is located right under the Brooklyn Bridge and serves coal fired pizza, which left me wanting for more.
A view of the beautiful skyline of the city
Anyone visiting the New York City will have the Empire State Building on their list. So did I. I wanted to experience the view of the New York City skyline that I had heard so much about. And I also wanted to see the city in its glorious lighted self. Hence, in the evening, I rode up the Empire State Building in the elevator and walked out on the observation deck. I feasted my eyes to the beautiful, 360 degree view of the city skyline. The view of the waterways, skyscrapers, bridges, islands was picturesque. The brightly lit city seemed to shimmer beneath the gradually darkening horizon.
A taste of the NYC nightlife
My visit to the New York City would have been incomplete without experiencing the amazing nightlife this city is famous for. Hence, I strolled out after dark and went to the Lower East Side where all the popular bars are located. I decided to try a comedy club and amidst refreshing drinks, had a gala time laughing and cheering the talent there. I met a number of interesting people and socialized well over great food and lively music. The NYC nightlife is definitely not overrated. At the end of the night, I went back to my hotel, with the satisfaction of having spent a wonderful day at this sparkling, lively and classy city.
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About the author – Bob:
I’m a traveling fool who loves to learn about people and places. Learn more at http://www.thetravelingtripster.com. I also love to save money while I travel. Find cheap car rental, airline tickets, and hotels at CheapTravelHunter. Thrifty traveling allows you to see more of the world and really appreciate the people and culture.