#10 The Entertainment
*Cue the jazz hands!
Broadway, Off- Broadway and Off- Off Broadway. Could you even say you visited NYC if you didn’t see a single show? No, of course not. A show is NYC must! But how to pick just one? Let us know if you figure out how to decide.
There are also film festivals like the famous The Tribeca Film Festival in April and Woodstock Film Festival in October where people flock to see the features.
New York has the most theaters in the world with 420, you can see multiple shows for days on end and never run out of things to see for weeks.
Here is a great list of places to see NYC entertainment, the list includes the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet and Madison Square Garden.
#9 The Stunning Parks
In a place so locked in by buildings and concrete and traffic it is so important to have these places to escape to where nature is easily accessible to recharge.
Within NYC you can access to nature with the iconic Central Park with 843 acres of land. It is the most filmed park too with features in over 350 movies to date. First approved in 1853 as an urban park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park is the fifth largest park in New York City. Here is a self-guided tour of the park that covers 5 miles and takes an estimated 2 hours if you’d like to see everything Central Parks has to offer.
Additionally, you have Bryant Park which was created in 1686 and is where George Washington’s troops crossed in retreat in the Battle of Long Island in 1776. There is also Fort Tryon Park which has a view of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge. It is also the place of the Battle of Fort Washington in the American Revolutionary War and was created by the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1917.
With more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities in the 5 boroughs there are so many opportunities to escape the grind and take in some greenery. Here is a list of the best parks New York City has to offer.
#8 The Architecture
#7 The Unrivaled Food and Restaurants
New York City is a foodie's paradise! You can find great food from literally any corner of the world. New York Style pizza: need we say more?
With over 7,966 sit-down restaurants, mom and pop shops, take-out, delis, cafes, street vendors and food trucks, the list goes on and on. The sheer size of the gastronomic opportunities are endless and make it a part of the appeal to try every new dish and authentic cuisine possible. Your midnight snack attacks, mid morning munchies or 3am food runs will have a lot of contenders vying for your attention. We recommend taking full advantage of all cravings!
If you need some inspiration for classic New York eats, here is a list From Spoon University. Stay hungry friends!
#6 The Rich History
For a long time New York City was the gateway for immigrants coming to the US to find their own version of the American Dream.
NYC has some of the greatest historical artifacts, museums and landmarks, going back to the inception of the United States. Here is a list of The 15 best history museums in NYC.
Our favorites include:
Make an effort to see the history of the city and see why it has always been such a powerful place in our country.
#5 It is the Land of Opportunity
With intense competition to succeed, NYC is the place to make it big.
Being in the city will push you and shape you to be a tough city dweller, capable of overcoming any obstacle. It will test your limits and your patience. The traffic, the rude strangers and the complete lack of personal space will try you. It is a touch city and if you can survive it, it will make anything else seem simple and easy in comparison. Don't let this dissuade you from visiting though!
And everyone is unique and different with a story to tell. The drive to hustle and the willpower in the city will inspire anyone to make their own dreams come true. Make an effort to get to know New Yorkers and their stories and you’ll leave the city appreciating it just that much more.
#4 The Easily Navigated Transportation System
To break down the organized chaos that is New York City and getting around, you'll need to understand its public transportation. The rail and bus system are run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and are the best way to move about NYC if walking is unreasonable to your next destination. We highly recommend you download the app “MTA” subway map app, trust me it takes all the stress out of moving around the city. For updated prices on tickets and fare click here.
We recommend the use of the subway as it runs 24/7 and is the easiest and quickest way to get around NYC. There is a trip planner that can help you get from one place to another most efficiently. Buses are also an option to get around, and are more scenic than the subway also running 24/7 as well. They generally stop every other block or two so it can be a more accurate than the subway which stops 8-10 blocks or so. There are also a plethora of taxis as well as other ride share options available at any time of the day.
#3 The 24/7 Energy
New York City is one of the most busiest places in the world. It is truly a city never sleeps. And with so much to do, eat and see you will understand why. It is perfectly normal to find many businesses open 24 hours a day and life extending way into the late hours of the night.
Its exciting pace is part of the intoxicating lifestyle that is just a part of NYC's draw. The never ending list of things to eat, see, watch and partake in makes anyone want to come back immediately after leaving to get another taste of the city. There is never quite enough time for all the things in New York City.
Granted this all means that people who live in NYC are generally more rude and impatient than people living in other cities. They are used to the constant speed and the efficiency of their way of life. Don’t take it personally but rather try to take it in stride as a part of the true New York experience.
#2 Beautiful Skyling
With so many iconic and historical buildings that make up the New York City skyline, it is hard to pick just one or two to focus on. There are beautiful scenic landmarks like Empire State Building, Chrysler Buildings, Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty National Monument, the One World Trade Center and so many more. Click here to see the skyline of New York City in a map-styleEach special and unique in their own way but like a puzzle, together they they are something even more spectacular!
But this skyline is also constantly changing to transform with the life of the city. Here is an amazing collections of photos that show just how much NYC has seen in 9 years. As of 2011, New York City has 5,937 skyscrapers. Interested in seeing the skyline in a new way? See the views that NYC has to offer via the waterways from a boat tour.
For the best view of the skyline, here is a list of the best places to see the views of New York City. One of our favorites is the breathtaking view from the Top of the Rock where you can get some of the best panoramic sights of the city. The skyline from the Top of the Rock and other places like the Empire State Building are especially breathtaking if you're not the biggest fan of heights. Do not worry, there are some ground level options too!
#1 Appreciation of Arts and Culture
The breadth of attractions are endless and extend to into every borough of the city. There are over 55,000 living artists in the city make it a hub for creative enterprises, museums and galleries. It is also an amazing melting pot of ethnicities, cultures and traditions, honoring every person who called NYC home.
Additionally there is the internationally renowned MoMA. Identified as one of the most important and largest museums, the Museum of Modern Art plays an essential role in developing and collecting modern art. The idea for the museum was brought to life by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (wife of John D. Rockefeller) and her two friends Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan in 1929.
New York City is also great for all of the TV networks and filming locations. It is the most filmed city in the world. Here is an essential filming list for movie and TV locations if you want to stop by an iconic spot from your favorite movie.
Fun fact, there aren’t actually as many alleys in NYC as many people have been led to believe by movies. There are only a limited number of alleys that are the gritty and dilapidated, 4 in fact, and you cannot film in 3 of them, leaving only one, Cortlandt Alley. They were not included in the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811 and is the reason the trash has to be left out in the front of the buildings, occasionally creating an unsightly eyesore. Charming!
To enjoy the art and cultures offered in New York we recommend you and your group make your own must-see list and prioritize your favorites. Need some ideas? Here is a list of the must-sees to enjoy arts and culture when you’re town.