Welcome to New York City
New York City has long been seen as one of the greatest major cities in the world. An absolute heaven for tourists and locals alike New York City is a true metropolis.
One of the reasons for this is the Big Apple is jammed packed with amazing sights, landmarks and attractions, it is no wonder it has earned the nickname of the city that never sleeps.
We are assuming that you are already fully aware of the major tourist attractions like Times Square, Empire State Building, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. Here are 10 lesser known activities or places of New York City that you must see or do.
The Rockefeller Centre
Whilst you are bound to go to the top of Empire State Building you should make time to go to the "top of the rock". The observation deck offers a full panoramic view of the city, including a fantastic view of the Empire State Building. The Rockefeller plaza also offers something for everyone with sculptures, an ice rink, NBC studios and plenty of shops.
Okay no matter what we say you are still going to be doing a lot of shopping. Whether you head down 5th Avenue and browse the high end stores like Tiffany's and Saks or take a trip over to Macy's Herald Square to take on the mammoth department store, New York has shops for ever budget. If you really fancy working the credit card head to Bergdorf Goodman a New York exclusive.
The West Village
If you want a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of 5th Avenue shopping take a stroll around the West Village. You'll find this area completely different to most of Manhattan but no less enticing. Full of shops, cafes and restaurants the West Village is topped off by the High Line, a wonderful mile and a half long walkway that stands 30 feet above street level.
Join the great New York debate and help decide what is the cities best Pizzeria. New Yorkers take their Pizza very seriously and that provides fantastic choice to tourists. Don Antonio, John's and Lombardi's are all top contenders for the crown. If you're looking for the best you will probably have to take a trip into Brooklyn.
Brooklyn isn't just worth visiting for the pizza it has plenty of over attractions. Firstly you don't need much of an excuse to head across the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge. Once in Brooklyn check out the Botanic Gardens and Brooklyn Heights Promenade, with that later affording wonderful views of Manhattan Island.
St Patrick's Cathedral
This stunning Cathedral sits amongst the all the frenzy that comes with 5th Avenue. Whether your interest is religious or architectural you will find the St Patrick's Cathedral impressive. If you're on 5th Avenue or heading for the Rockefeller Center make sure you take in the Cathedral on the way.
After all this sightseeing and shopping why not treat to yourself to a spot of lunch. What better place to head than "Little Italy" centred on Mulberry Street? Famed for its al fresco dining, ice creams and pastries you find plenty to enjoy. Work off your lunch with a nice stroll around Little Italy and see the statues and sights of this unique slice of Italy in New York.
Grand Central Terminal
The Grand Central Terminal is a massive part of New York history. A building as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside you are sure to left in awe of the marble floors, gold plated chandeliers and sky-themed ceiling. Like all places in New York you can stop for a bite to eat and watch the crowds of humanity buzz by.
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Based at the centre of ground zero and now the new home of the Freedom Tower, visiting the memorial and museum is a truly humbling experience. There is no better way to pay your respects than visiting this tribute to the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. You will find your visit sombre and moving but definitely well worth your time.
Head back to Brooklyn to take in the area known as the people?s playground. Coney Island is staging a rejuvenation and becoming another popular attraction in New York. The 2.7 mile long boardwalk is full of attractions, entertainment and good food. The piece de resistance is the Coney Island Cyclone rollercoaster.
New York, New York
This top ten list has barley scratched the surface of this great city but remember whatever you don?t fit in on your trip you can always go back and do next time you go, and the time after that and the time after that.
New York City is one of those cities you will keep going back to and the more often you go the more you will find your own little hidden treasures.