When you think of iconic world cities, New York always comes to mind. Nowhere else on the planet exudes the magnitude of charm and charisma much like the Big Apple. With pride of place at the top of most city-lovers’ bucket lists, New York lives up to its name of City of Dreams, and there are countless ways to fall head over heels in love with everything about it.
1Seeing the skyline from Queens or Brooklyn
From the moment you land in the city, and catch the first glimpse of the world’s most iconic skyline, you’ll be hopelessly in love with it. Hop on board the subway and head to either Queens or Brooklyn to witness the full Manhattan skyline, which is particularly magical during sunset and sunrise. There is something irresistibly charming about gazing upon such notable landmarks, and absorbing the sheer scale and enormity of them from afar.
2Watching the sunset from the top of the Rock
The Rockefeller center is perhaps one of The Big Apple’s most notable architectural achievements. To view the jungle of skyscrapers and commotion beneath, head to the top of The Rock in order to capture the essence of the world’s most famous city. For a fee, tourists are able to take a lift up to the very top, which is similar to the format of the Empire State Building and other important buildings. However, if you’re prepared to fork out $20 plus for a gin and tonic, head to the Rainbow Room at the top of the building for an unforgettable experience. Kitted out with upper class New York interiors and a tantalisingly jazzy vibe, the Rainbow Room is an exclusive bar with an outdoor balcony offering unbeatable views of the New York skyline. There is also no entry fee to the Rainbow Rooms, but you’ll have to throw on your best attire to fit in!
3Food and drink options
Vegans, meat-lovers and anything in-between will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice when it comes to food and drink in the city. If you’re a fan of niche restaurants who will guarantee a unique experience, you’ll will undoubtedly find yourself making hourly pit-stops in this foodie hotspot. To start the day in true American fashion, head to one of the many traditional diners to indulge in stacked high pancakes and calorific yet delicious toppings. In the day, you’ll never be more than 100 meters away from a trendy New York style café, serving endless hot filter coffee and bagels stuffed with delectably unique fillings. When night comes, you’ll be dazzled by the sparkling lights and abundance of winers and diners enjoying the city’s evening charm. Like cafes, New York is not short of quirky wine bars and restaurants, which offer quintessentially American cuisine.
4Chilling in Central Park
After hours of traipsing around the city, you’ll find yourself in need of some nature, and what better way to revitalise than to kick back in Central Park. If you’re in New York City during the warmer months of the year, there’s nothing more ideal than grabbing a coffee and a snack, and catching up on some reading in the sun. Until you visit New York and take a stroll around the world-famous park, it is a challenge to describe the scale of it – it is truly immense, meaning plenty of space to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. You can also hire a canoe and scoot around the lake, whilst taking in the combination of city landscape and the tranquility of nature.
5Staring up at skyscrapers
Nowhere else in the world will you find as many skyscrapers in a compact vicinity than you will in New York City. Standing between two unthinkably tall skyscrapers and casting your eyes up towards the sky will definitely make you feel minuscule, but in the most charming way possible. The mix up between older buildings and ultra-modern designs creates a quirky feel, whilst adding to the quintessential New York vibe. To get a full perspective of the skyscrapers, you will find yourself literally craning your neck upwards until it hurts in order to capture their enormity. Because of the nature of the city, buildings can only go upwards, which promises an evening bigger and better skyline in the future.
6Visiting famous movie locations
It is likely that a large proportion of your favourite films are set in New York City, due to its iconic cinematic status, and eternal intrigue for movie-lovers. Perhaps one of the most famous films based in the City, is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the stylish Audrey Hepburn classic, released back in 1961. We all know the scene – Holly Golightly gazing into the window of Tiffany’s whilst tucking into a coffee and pastry, and if you visit New York City, you’ll feel compelled to have your photo taken outside.