People walking on the colorful streets that are filled with neon lights and fashion ads, while others are taking yellow cabs or going underground to take the subway, and in the background there’s jazz music playing softly, bringing along this unique energy that will catch you until you leave. The skylines made of architectural wonders that hide inside of the different museums, theaters, bars, and restaurants are also important for this cosmopolitan city. Those are the things that define the city that never sleeps, New York. This city has entered in our consciousness through images, films, and series for a lifetime, that’s why even if we have never been there before, we still feel familiar with it.
Situated at one of the world’s largest and magnificent natural harbors, that is at the mouth of the Hudson River, New York consists of five boroughs. Manhattan, besides being the heart of the city, is also a small island that possesses the most important attractions. In fact, people usually think of it as a big place for what they have seen before, but the truth is that you can circle it in a matter of a few hours just by going on the famous Circle Line boat trip.
Which places can you visit?
Each borough is made up of neighborhoods where a diversity of immigrant communities have embedded their own culture and feeling of homeland to the American culture, therefore you can have China, Italy, and Korea in the same place but separated by just a street. If you want to know a little bit about them then you should definitely go and visit Chinatown, Koreatown, and Little Italy so that you can experience what is like to be in those communities.
Then, if you want to truly admire Manhattan’s landscapes you will have to visit the Empire State Building, which has an observatory on the 86th floor. Not only will you experience seeing one of the most breathtaking views of the whole city, but you can also appreciate what it’s on the inside of this building like the Art Deco lobby and murals, and the “Dare to Dream” exhibit.
Of course, we can’t leave behind Central Park, one of the landmarks that always appears or is mentioned on every TV show or movie that are related to this city. New York is well known for being a noisy place, but what makes this park so special is the fact that it’s a haven from the traffic noise and commotion, additionally this place takes 6% of Manhattan and creates a beautiful contrast between astonishing green spaces and the great buildings that are characteristically from this site.
How can you get around the city?
Getting around the city is not as complicated as it may seem. The subway is easy to use, in order to have access to it, you just need to buy a MetroCard on the vending machine and know which lines you need to take, but at the beginning, you should keep a subway map handy so that you don’t get lost between the lines. Likewise, taxis are cheap in contrast to other cities and they are part of the experience of being in New York. Walking is also an option, what’s important is that you keep in mind that the length of a block between two streets is shorter than between two avenues.
Where should you stay?
There’s a huge variety of hotels in Manhattan and you should decide first in which area you want to stay, and then you can pick a hotel that suits you according to what you want and the budget that you have. It’s important for you to know that tipping is mandatory in New York, and you should expect to add at least 15% to the bills you receive for getting a service.
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