New York City is a magical place any time of year. The Big Apple is where trends, and history, are made. It’s impossible not to be caught up in the energy of this place. Whether you’re strolling through Times Square or gazing down from the top of the Empire State Building, you can feel like you’re in your own New York moment.
Alicia Keys was right when she sang it on Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” These streets will make you feel brand new. The lights will inspire you. Let’s hear it for the seven things you have to see when you’re in New York City.
1. Times Square
Known as “The Crossroads of the World,” Times Square is the first thing many people think of when they think of New York City. It has had a long and colorful history. After years of vice and drugs ruled the area, New York City began an impressive campaign to clean up the square beginning in the 1980s. Since then, Times Square has become a center of capitalism.
Top brands pay big bucks to have a marquee in Times Square. Cartoon characters roam the area, ready to pose for pictures with excited tourists. Many people come to Times Square on their way to see a Broadway show since there are so many theaters in the area.
2. Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo is big. There are over 6,000 animals in the Bronx Zoo. Some attractions are seasonal, so it’s important to check the calendar in advance. Scientists who work at the zoo have led important conservation projects. They have helped reintroduce bison in the American West and Kihansi spray toads in Tanzania.
3. Brooklyn Bridge
This bridge is the same one that young Francie Nolan looked across in the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when she longed for a better life. It’s inspired the dreams of many visitors to and residents of New York since it was built in 1883. The Brooklyn Bridge is a New York City icon. Take a walk across the elevated pedestrian walkway to experience stunning views of the Lower Manhattan skyline.
4. Wall Street
New York City is one of the top financial hubs in the world, and Wall Street is its economic heart. Thousands of fortunes have been made and lost here. Wall Street was also one of the first neighborhoods in New York City. Federal Hall was where George Washington took the oath to become the first president of the United States.
There’s a lot to do while you’re in the area. See the Charging Bull sculpture, visit Trinity Church, or experience the electric energy of the New York Stock Exchange.
5. Empire State Building Observatory
The Empire State Building has been featured in a number of TV shows and movies. One of its most iconic moments was in the 1933 movie King Kong. It’s also the perfect spot for a romantic date, where you and your special someone can experience jaw-dropping views of the New York City skyline and beyond.
6. Rockefeller Center
NBC Studios are located here. If you time your visit right, you can watch a taping of The Today Show in the morning and observe the city from the Top of the Rock Observatory in the evening. Radio City Music Hall, the home of the Rockettes, is just around the corner. The Rockettes’ most famous show is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, but they also do other, smaller shows during other times of the year.
7. Central Park
What trip to the Big Apple would be complete without a stroll through Central Park? You just might catch an episode of TV or a scene from a movie being filmed in the grass. Best of all, it’s completely free, although you may want to rent a bike or boat at the Loeb Boathouse. Kids and adults alike love renting remote-control boats and racing them across the pond.
Are you getting excited to visit New York? These seven spectacular sites are just the tip of the iceberg. Armed with a map and a sense of enthusiasm, you’re sure to have a great time