#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.
New research says music therapy can help babies in the NICU go home sooner.
Pioneers at Florida State University and their music therapy program have been researching the positive effects of music in NICUs for over 20 years. Jayne Standley is the director of the program and even helped the FDA invent the Pacifier Activated Lullaby to incentivize feeding.
They have found that the music can help to create a sound buffer for the machines and the noises they make. Additionally, music and music therapy helps create stimulation for their neurological system as it continues to develop and destress the baby.
All of these benefits can help the babies leave the NICU up to two weeks earlier!
#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.
Also called “the Magic Dragon” for its serpentine shape, the Lake of the Ozarks is a large reservoir created by the Osage River in central Missouri. Its surface covers a vast 54,000 acres and its shoreline stretches 1,150 miles.
The Lake of the Ozarks was created in 1929 when the construction of the Bagnell Dam by the Union Electrical Company of St. Louis impounded a much smaller lake. At the time of construction of the dam, Lake of the Ozarks was the largest man-made lake in the United States.
Renamed multiple times over the years as none of the officially chosen titles stuck, it became known by its location on the northern edge of the lake that is nearby the Ozarks.
Well known for being a popular tourist destination, Lake of the Ozarks the shoreline is relatively stable in comparison to other flood control lakes, creating ideal conditions for developments very close to the water’s edge.
Nearby is Bridal Cave, a natural cave system attraction that is names after an Osage Native American legend. Additionally, there is a national park called the Lake of the Ozarks State Park which covers 17,500 acres of the land and is the largest state park in Missouri.
We recommend this spot to our nature and outdoor lovers. It is the perfect destination for a weeklong family getaway close to the water but nearly a stone’s throw away from other fun things like plenty of restaurants, stores for shopping and even a water park.