More Than the Statue of Liberty: How to Experience New York Properly
Take a look at a few lists of things to do in New York, and you’ll find that the same attractions keep popping up again and again. But really, while the ten most famous attractions are definitely worth visiting, you can get through them in a couple of days or so. And once they’ve been checked off the list, you can begin to see the other side of New York. Think of it this way: there’s a reason why so many people love to live in New York, and it’s not so they can visit the Statue of Liberty every day. Below, we take a look at some tips on how to get more out of your trip.
Get Out of Manhattan
When people say they’re going to New York, they normally mean that they’re going to Manhattan. And to be even more specific, they mean they’re going to the part of Manhattan that lies beneath 110th Street. But of course, the city is much bigger than this region! Now, we’re not saying all parts are equally worthy of a visit; they’re not. However, you’ll want to at the very least explore Brooklyn, which has plenty going on. Cross that bridge and see it for yourself!
What’s Going On?
We said before that New Yorkers don’t live in the city because they can see the Statue of Liberty everyday. This is true. They live in the city because of the endless amount of cultural events that take place there! Before you board the plane, check out the event calendar for New York, and see what’s going on during your time in the city. There’ll be exhibitions, festivals, performances, and much more. And of course, since New York is a cultural giant, you can expect what’s going on to be world-class.
Offbeat New York
New York’s history might not be as long as other places around the world, but its been constantly shifting since its inception, and that means that there’s history on virtually every corner. You’d never know it if you were just passing by, though. As such, it’s worthwhile taking a guided tour of the city, or at least a small section of it; it unveils some of the mysteries of the city, as well as some of the more unusual, offbeat places that call the city home.
For the Senses
We all know that food is one of life’s pleasures. And if you don’t, you will after your trip to New York! There are many, many delicious eateries and breweries in the city. Indeed, you could take a trip to the city and do nothing but explore the eating hubs! Remember, that not all drinking spots will be new and trendy. One of the best in the city is McSorley’s, the oldest Irish tavern in the city.
Go with an open mind and some comfortable walking shoes and get exploring. You’ll find good things everywhere - just be sure to spend as little time as possible in Times Square, which really does suck.