New York is one of the most famous cities in the world. In fact, New York tourism survey states that around 50 million tourists visit this city every year! And in the June of 2016, I was one of these 50 million tourists, wandering and exploring the streets of New York City.
The first place I saw in New York, was the majestic Grand Central Station. I fell in love with this place at first sight! The ambiance, the people, the complete aura of this place is so so so heart warming.
Since, we were starving, we first took a bite from one of the eating joints there, and took the subway to Brooklyn Bridge. It’s basically just a bridge connecting New York City and Brooklyn, that you can cross by foot. From there we walked down to a TKTS booth by the pier, and bought broadway tickets at half rates! Because, if you are in NYC and haven’t seen a Broadway, then ohhh dude! You haven’t seen anything! I agree that not everyone can afford such high rates, and that’s where TKTS helps us. Absolutely half the actual price and also an amazing seat. We bought the tickets for an evening show of <<Matilda>>. Yeah Yeah, I am still a kid at heart 😉
Next we took a ferry to Staten Island. Trust me when I say that the Staten Island Port is absolutely stunning! Amazing view and beautiful structure.
If you wish to visit the Statue of Liberty, take a ferry to Ellis Island. Or you can just cross the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. Both these ferries are free of cost, so it doesn’t really matter! Also you can take a paid boat ride or helicopter ride to circle around the NYC.
But if you choose to take the Staten Island Ferry, remember to stand on the right balcony so that you can see the Statue Of Liberty.
Then, we took the subway back to our hotel Hilton. Freshened up and went for our Broadway show. Absolutely loved it! So much that I have been waiting to watch more of these ever since. And I say it again – If you are in NYC, definitely go for it.
2 blocks from the theater, you will find yourself in the middle of the gorgeous Times Square! The lights, the crowd, the shops, the clubs…. and the list goes on.. we did a little shopping, got a caricature made, had dinner, and roamed around till 2 in the night. Even though it gets a little quiet at 1 am than at 11pm, you will still find a lot of tourists roaming around.
The next day we walked down to our enduring Empire State Building. We went up only till the 86th floor, because lets face it- the view is going to be equally stunning at 102nd as from the 86th floor, and it’s just gonna cost a lot more!
So first they took us to the 80th floor, where we can read all the facts and figures about this building. Then they took us to the 86th floor, making us witness the beauty of NYC. It gives a 360 degree view of the city beneath, with all it’s 4 balconies marked as North, South, East and West.
Next, we took the subway down to China Town and Little Italy. Here you can buy all your I <3 NYC souvenirs at throwaway rates and even bargain like you bargain in the streets of Lajpat Nagar!
Have a lavish meal at the restaurants in Little Italy, a dessert at FERRARO and another meal at Nyonya. You will melt with the desserts at FERRARO and rejoice with the meal at Nyonya. I personally loved their seafood rice! yummmmm..
Wandering there, we found ourselves in the front of an art gallery with amazing art works. Have a look!
We paid a little visit to Madame Tussauds – had fun at their Ghostbusters Section, enjoyed at the Leaders Section & met a few celebrities, though they were stuck in wax 😉
And at last , we visited the Bronx Zoo. Now, Bronx Zoo is soooo huge that even if you have a complete day, you would still miss out on a lot of sections. Even I feel bad to have missed out on a few, therefore I advice you- do visit Himalayan Highlands, Big bears, Madagascar, Butterfly Garden & take the wild Asia Monorail. Also, next to the food court- do not miss the alluring Pink Flamingos.
In Video: Glimpse of Wild Asia Monorail
If you visit Central Park, either buy a map, or keep an eye out for the map board. Because it is so vast that you can completely get lost and waste all your time trying to find your way back. And whatever you do, DO NOT miss out on Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. It’s a view to die for! Actually, if you are lucky, you can even witness some weddings there!
In Pic: Alice In Wonderland
I have tried to cover all the major and important things to visit and do in NYC. I hope you enjoyed reading it! 🙂