New York City Snapshot | SmarterTravel


It’s been said that New York City
shouldn’t work. Millions of people from all walks of life packed together, but it
does work, magnificently so, every day, and that’s the miracle of New York! From arts
and architecture to cuisine and entertainment, the Big Apple always goes
big. Try some local favorites: coal oven pizza at John’s or brisket sandwiches in
the historic bar Joe Allen’s restaurant. Or experience an old-school dive bar
with cheap drinks and a good jukebox at Jimmy’s Corner. Stay until midnight for
the world’s largest digital art exhibition: Midnight Moment. Freedom Tower,
aka One World Trade Center, soars skyward where the Twin Towers once stood,
defining lower Manhattan in view and spirit. Gain insight into the tragedy at
the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum that honors the nearly 3,000 people
killed in the terrorist attacks. Join the flow of cars bicycles and
pedestrians on one of the world’s most celebrated bridges connecting Manhattan
and Brooklyn. You can take in views of the city, Lady Liberty, and the traffic below. Despite being a must for locals and
visitors, popular Central Park always has room for solitude. Rent a bike or go for
a run on miles of varied trails. Rent a paddle boat at Loeb Boathouse or go
fishing in Harlem Meer. Visit the Great Lawn or Sheep Meadow to see New Yorkers at play, throwing frisbees and soaking in the sun. Discover the evolutionary nature
of New York on an abandoned freight railway line, transformed into one of the
world’s most celebrated public spaces. A mile and a half of elevated walkway
takes you above the west side, with self- seeded gardens, lush landscapes and works
of art, from site-specific sculptures, benches made out of repurposed
materials, and eye-popping murals. The Museum Mile packs and more artistic
treasures than any other mile in America. Maybe the world! Whether it’s
contemporary classic, history, or design, there’s a collection for you. With over 2
million works, including European masters and Islamic art collections. See the Big
Apple skyline shrine from the Top of the Rock’s three viewing platforms, including
the 70th floor open-air observation deck. Epic views of the Empire State Building,
Chrysler Building, and Central Park makes the short wait for ticket worth every
minute.

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