I’ve spent a few days in New York City in July 2013. Here is a list of small, simple things that made me smile. I do not recommend these as big attractions, I recommend them as things that I really enjoyed.
Going for a walk in Central Park
This is a must see. I probably don’t know a person that hasn’t heard about Central Park. The park is located in Manhattan borough. It is like a great green island in the middle of a concrete ocean, and I really mean great – Central Park is huge. The park is about 4km long and 0.8km wide. It’s the most filmed place on earth, and also the most visited urban park in the United States. For more information about the park please check the park’s official webpage and Wikipedia.
I visited the park on the second day of my trip to the United States. I went to the park in the morning and entered from the southern side. After a short walk, I came across an amusement park. In winter this spot is used as an ice-skating rink – a Wallman Rink. The rink was opened in 1949. It was later renovated in the eighties by Donald Trump, who has just become the 45th of the United States.
From the rink, I walked north. In a few minutes, I decided to take a break, and write some business emails. I sat down on a shaded bench, and I pulled out my phone. After finishing, I continued my tour around the park.
I walked further north, and I reached the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. It covers 106 acres and holds over 1,000,000,000 US gallons of water. The sidewalk around the reservoir seemed to be a popular jogging destination. I took a walk around the reservoir and headed southwest, to the park entrance. I spent over 2.5 hours within park borders.
Watching a sunset from the Staten Island Ferry
If you have some free time in the evening, I highly recommend taking a ferry to Staten Island. Just select a trip time to fit the sunset. You will experience a view of Manhattan from a completely new perspective, in inspiring red colors. You will see the Statue of Liberty with a sun setting in the background. Waiting some time before making a return trip will give you a possibility to observe wall of skyscrapers at night.
The ferry departs from the southernmost tip of Manhattan ( Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal) and cruises to Staten Island (St. George Ferry Terminal). The trip takes about 25 minutes (a distance of 8.4 km). The ferry provides service for 24h a day, 365 days a year. The ferry ride is free of charge. To find out more about the ferry or to check the schedule please visit the official website.
I took the ferry ride three times, two times at sunset and once in the morning. I don’t regret any second that I spent on board.
Top of The Rock – Visiting the Rockefeller Center
If you want to experience a view of New York City from above, I highly recommend visiting the observation deck which is located on the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. This is the only activity on this list, that requires buying a ticket, but you won’t regret it. The building was completed in 1933 and is 260 meters high.
You can purchase a ticket for a single visit, or for two visits within 24 hours. The second option gives you a possibility to see Manhattan’s landscape during night and day. I purchased my ticket online, and I visited the Rockefeller building twice on the same day. The ticket was sent to my email address as a QR code, which was scanned on entry.
After entering the building I took an elevator to the observation deck. The Rock has three observation decks. From the highest deck, you will have an unlimited view in all directions (no glass walls or high fences). While looking north you will have a magnificent view of Central Park. If you look south you will see three famous buildings: Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and the One World Trade Center. The last two of these buildings also have their own observation decks which you can visit. Chrysler building also had one, but it has been closed since 1935.
On my way back to the hostel, I saw neons of the Radio City Music Hall.
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge
Take a walk across the climatic and beautiful Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge is 1,825 meters long and connects Manhattan with Brooklyn.
During my visit the bridge was being renovated, therefore the view from the bridge was limited in some places and directions. Even so, the views were spectacular. The cables looked like huge fishing nets.
The bridge renovation was completed in 2015, therefore you will experience even better views than I had.
Unfortunately, I forgot to charge my camera, hence I have only these two pictures to show.
Entering the M&Ms World Store
I came across the M&Ms store (1600 Broadway) while I was taking a walk in the area. It is located just about a one-minute walking distance from famous Times Square. I saw the logo and I was driven inside by curiosity. In the store, you will find many souvenirs and sweets. But the best things that you will see inside, are the beautiful colors. It’s for sure worth to enter for a moment if you are passing by.