Central Park, in the heart of Manhattan, is one of the city’s most amazing spots. wander its expansive space to discover a favorite place, be it the Strawberry Fields, where John Lennon is memorialized; Lewis Carroll’s bronze sculpture of Alice in Wonderland; Or the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace in the heart of the garden. Opened in 1858, the park was designed by Frederick Law Omstead and Calvert Vaux, who followed up with Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 1867. Both parks contain zoos, lakes, and tens of thousands of trees and gorgeous lawns. Skate and play hockey at Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink in Central Park (pool in summer) and LeFrak Center in Prospect Park.
Revel in the city after dark
For those who wake up at sunset, New York City offers an eclectic selection of traditional and alternative nightclubs and bars. Dance lovers in Manhattan head to Chelsea (1 Oak, Marquee) and the Meatpacking District (Le Bain). Brooklyn is also full of clubs like the Williamsburg Schimansky Club and Black Flamingo, the Bushwick House of Yes, and the Bed-Stuys Sea Moon Everybody. Top comedy clubs include Caroline on Broadway, The Comedy Cellar, and UCB Theater.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge
Of the 789 bridges in New York, the Brooklyn Bridge is the most famous, completed in 1883. It is a cable-stayed suspension bridge spanning the East River between Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan and features tall granite and limestone Gothic spiers. Take a 30-minute walk of 1.13 miles (1.82 kilometers) from Brooklyn to Manhattan, which gives you stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset.
Experience history firsthand
New York City played its part in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and was the birthplace of Wall Street Crush. The 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center evoked the extraordinary courage, endurance, generosity and unity of the citizens of New York. But it is not only the great events that shape the history of the city. Sit on a bench in Washington Square Park, where Mark Twain once chatted with Robert Louis Stevenson, or take a look at Twain’s old home at 14 West 10th Street. Exit 17 West 16th Street, where feminist activist Margaret Sanger’s clinic pioneered birth control in the 1930s. Visit the massive tomb of President Ulysses S. Grant in Riverside Park, or walk down the Bowery And remember a time when skating class was in Manhattan.
Mingle with New Yorkers
You cannot generalize about the population of a city made up of many different nationalities, races, religions, and classes. However, there is still an image of New Yorkers as abrasive, quick-talking, sharp-minded, and always in a hurry. It’s not rude, it’s the rhythm of life in New York. In general, you will find that New Yorkers welcome you into their city and will be happy to give you directions or help if you run into a problem. That’s right: they’re the salt of the earth.