Visits to America’s greatest city
Ever since my first time in 1986 I have loved visiting New York. I have been fortunate to travel to the city many times over the years and I have never ever grown tired of it. Whatever time of year I go, whatever time of day it is, however tired I am, the city never ceases to grab hold of me.
As with London, just walking around is a great way to see things. I like nothing better to wander around the streets getting lost and discovering new things. A good walking guide book is also a good idea. I have been lucky enough to find several great ones over the years. “Inside the Apple” by Michelle Nevius and James Nevius is one of the best I have used.
Here are 13 randomly selected things that I like to do in New York.
1 – Visit Chelsea Market for an amazing selection of food stalls.
2 – Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and visit Brooklyn Heights, the first commuter suburb in the world, on the other side.
3 – Get a view from a high place.
4 – Eat street food & eat outside.
Sample a knish from the Yonah Shimmel Bakery on the Lower East Side or a hot dog from a vendor’s cart or get dinner at a kerbside restaurant.
5 – Visit a world class museum.
You are spoilt for choice.
6 – Walk along the High Line, a park built on an old elevated railway, the city’s new urban space.
7 – Listen to jazz at the Village Vanguard or Birdland
8 – Sample New York in the snow at least once.
9 – Drink
Get a beer at the Dead Rabbit Bar (often voted one of the best) or a cocktail at the Carlyle Hotel..
10 – Walk around quirky Williamsburg and get a meal at Marlow & Sons or an amazing steak at Peter Luger’s.
11 – Take the “A” train to Harlem, discover the history and culture of the neighbourhood and eat soul food at Sylvia’s restaurant.
12 – Just keep walking around and keep looking up.
13 – Ride the iconic Subway. Appreciate the mosaic patterns of the early stations, take a ride out to the “real” Chinatown at Flushing on, ancient and mostly elevated, Line 7 and visit the subway museum in the centre of Brooklyn.