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Published On: Fri, Sep 26th, 2014

New York Is Always an Experience Waiting to Happen

There are plenty of good reasons to explore New York. The city is famous for its real estate, ethnic diversity, fine museums, theater, shopping, sports franchises, hotels, find dining, communication and fashion. It even gets noteworthy credit for its shrinking crime rate. New York is an “experience.” Visitors to New York can absorb the city’s history, visit historical institutions and explore its one-of-a-kind architectural masterpieces.

New York Tourism Stats

By the end of 2014, New York is on pace to have reached 55 million annual visitors. Tourism is a huge key to the city’s success. One out of every two New York tourists is an international visitor. That equates roughly to 350,000 tourism jobs and $45 billion dollars in direct spending.

photo Daniel Schwen via wikimedia commons

photo Daniel Schwen via wikimedia commons

Things Move Fast in New York

From the moment you arrive in New York until you depart, you’re aware that things move fast. When arriving at the airport, get your bags and catch a cab. Make sure the cab is marked. Steeping into an unmarked van may not be the smartest thing in the world! Whether taking pictures, shopping for groceries, touring or walking the city streets, people move fast, so make sure you’re in the flow. New York is busiest between the hours of 4 and 6 pm. During the rush hour, you can snuggle in your hotel room or enjoy and early dinner to avoid the rush hour. Take a free tour of Brooklyn, Queens, check out the Bronx, or take the ferry to Staton Island.

Whatever you can imagine eating in New York, it’s there. Enjoy Italian, French, Thai, Indian, and Ethiopian cuisine. Of course, there’s the usual fast-food restaurants, but those occupy every street corner where you live. Decide your mode of transporation well in advance when visiting New York.

Blend In

Be sure to wear your “I Love New York ” tee shirt after you leave New York and keep your map and cameras out of sight. It’s best to blend in with the crowd while you are there.

Where to Visit While in New York

1. Visit Central Park. Central Park houses many of the city’s most notable attractions. It’s part-park and part museum. It’s best to visit during day-time hours. This is a great place to people-watch or go on a mid-vacation jog.
2. Tour the American Museum of Natural History. Learn about the natural history that shaped America.
3. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visit one of the most celebrated museums in America.
4. Spend time at Grand Central. Eat lunch and people-watch at one of America’s most famous train stations.
5. Stand in awe before the Statue of Liberty. It’s still a shining beacon that welcomes visitors from around the world.
6. Tour the Museum of Modern Art. At the Museum of Modern Art, you don’t have to be an art lover to be impressed.

New York is an amazing place to visit time and again. Plan your visit well in advance to coordinate with events and the weather.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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