Take in a show
Many of the world’s biggest and most esteemed theatre productions are performed on Broadway. If you love a good show and want an excuse to dress up a little, then going out to a big Broadway show is a great way to spend the night – however be aware that you’ll need to get in quick to arrange tickets, as the more popular shows can be sold out months in advance. If you’d prefer a more relaxed evening but still want to see some live performance, you could check out the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. This is one of the world most famous comedy sketch clubs with some very notable alumni including Donald Glover, Kate McKinnon, Ben Schwartz, Aubrey Plaza, and Amy Poehler (to name a few).
Reach new heights
The Empire State building is the 44th tallest building in the world, and the 5th tallest building in New York City. It has been an iconic landmark feature in film and television and (being the first building to breach the 100-floor mark) is a symbol of New York’s fast paced, sophisticated and ambitious lifestyle. The observation deck, on the 86th floor, give you one-of-a-kind panoramic view of the Big Apple. Another high reaching and note-worthy landmark in New York is the Statue of Liberty. Standing at an impressive 93 meters tall, this neo-classical sculpture was a gift to America from the French people to commemorate the relationship built between the two countries during the American Revolution. Visitors can explore the museum in the base of the statue, and even climb to the crown for a breathtaking view of the New York Skyline.
New York has plenty to offer for those with a more academic inclination. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (otherwise known as ‘The Met’) and the Museum of Natural History are two world famous institutions housing many celebrated artefacts. Both museums are also pop culture landmarks in their own right. The famed annual Met Gala is of course hosted by the Met Museum; and the Museum of Natural History has been a featured landmark in books, games, film and television.
See the lights
To quote ‘Empire State of Mind’, “Big lights will inspire you, let’s hear it for New York”. If you’re travelling to New York, it is highly recommended that you venture out in the evening to see the city lights. They are bright, colourful, and a true testament to the idea that cities never sleep. Two excellent and publicly accessible viewing destinations for taking in New York’s everyday lights display are Times Square and The Brooklyn Bridge. Pro tip: if you choose to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge it can take up to half an hour, and in winter it can get extremely cold – but the view is worth it!
Escape the Concrete Jungle
If you’re getting tired of the urban experience and miss seeing green, look no further than the High Line or Central Park. The High Line is a stylised public green space built on an old elevated freight line – a park in the sky. The High Line has become a symbol of the shift toward eco-friendly urban planning, and an example of how cities can make something special out of old industrial spaces. On the High Line, visitors can walk, enjoy the view, taste food, watch street performers and more! Central Park hardly needs an explanation — it is 843 acres of stunning public space, and it is one of the most famous urban parks in the world.
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