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Newbie Travel Guide To NYC

Posted on | January 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Newbie Travel Guide To NYC

NYC, the big apple, this bustling metropolis is one of the most well-known cities in the world.  Navigating this urban landscape can be quite a task, this city moves at a frantic pace and is ever so restless.  It’s a melting pot of multinational and multicultural inhabitants, residents hail from all around the world and as such NYC has its own slice of culture in every block.  NYC has an energy that resonates like no other; there is always sight and sound to explore and with limited time you want to explore the richness that NYC has to offer but might not know where to start. Fret not; with this simple travel guide hopefully things will be a little less overwhelming.

There’s a few ways to travel around New York City.  I’ll recommend the subway, it can be quite confusing at first but once you get the hang of it is one of the best way to travel around the city.  The trains are color coded and run through the same stations and the express rail skip some stations altogether.  The Metro runs 24/7, are reasonably priced and the card passes are a good value.  Taxis are convenient and aren’t too costly outside of rush hour but be prepared to sit in heavy traffic and that could get costly.  The bus can be an efficient way of traveling but the destinations can be confusing.  The Metro cards are linked together so if you choose, you can do unlimited transfer between the train station and buses.

Manhattan is the borough and district that contains some of New York’s most well-known attractions.  Chinatown offers bars, restaurants, plenty of cultural color in all areas packed with funky shops and arty district.  Central Park is a delightful and an enormous place filled with trees, lakes, baseball pages and rot outcrops.  You’ll find plenty of walkers, joggers, cyclists and just plain passerby.  There are even horse-drawn carts for the romantics out there.  The Theater District has a large concentration of quality live performance venues along with countless numbers of restaurants and no shortage of shopping centers.

If you want a taste of old-time New York you should visit Coney Island.  There’s the famed Cyclone roller coaster, old-time Ferris wheel, beach, amusement parks and it’s by Brighton Beach which is a melting pot of cultures that gives the area its distinctive and unique feel.  And stop by Prospect Park the cousin to Central Park.  There are no surrounding skyscrapers but Prospect Park has many amenities of his own, a zoo and wildlife center, carousels, paddle boats, tennis centers and more.  It’s also near the Brooklyn Museum of Arts and the Botanic Garden.

The Bronx is home to the Yankee Stadium, and boasts its own Botanical Garden and zoo.   Its home to Little Italy on Belmont and Arthur avenues.  The area is a treat for the stomach with mozzarella, pastries, cheese, salamis, sausages and much more.  If you want to relax you can head on over to the Bronx zoo which has more than 4000 animals and is the largest urban zoo in the USA.  The Bronx also has a free Museum of arts that exhibits many contemporary art works by emerging artists.

Fans of media will want to check out the Museum of moving image in Queens.  The public will get to learn about the history, art and technology of television, film and digital media.  It also has interactive exhibits on video games.  Also stop by Little India located in Jackson Heights.  It has numerous Indian restaurants, groceries, shops and even its own Bollywood movie theater.

Those touring Staten Island will find many unexpected attractions, including America’s oldest elementary school and the historic Richmond town (of colonial historic restoration complete with colonial buildings).  The ferry in Staten Island is free and gives you a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Staten Island also has a large collection of Tibetan art, the largest outside Tibet itself.

NYC is a huge city and there are far too many attractions to list, you should go check additional resources for the areas you really want to visit.  But hopefully this article gave you a jump start to exploring one of the greatest cities in the world, NYC.