SEEING THE BIG APPLE

Pedicabs in Central Park

"Then he came to New York; don't we all?" - Dorothy Parker

SEEING THE BIG APPLE for the first time is easier if you plan your trip ahead of time and carefully. Make a list of the top ten or so places you most want to see. In order to visit more places in a shorter period of time, plan your daily activities by neighborhood. For example, a trip to Times Square and the Broadway neighborhood can be followed with a walk along the famous 42nd Street to the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations. Or a walk along Fifth Avenue can be combined with a visit to Central Park and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Remember you're not going to be able to see everything you wanted to see.

Below are some helpful hints. (Please note, I'm not promoting any company or tour. Go to the websites and determine what is best for you.)

GETTING AROUND

BROADWAY HAS REOPENED!

How to buy tickets:

  • TDF: The nonprofit organization, the Theater Development Fund, offers inexpensive tickets. Not every shows is available and you aren't allowed to chose your seating. It's a great way to see shows inexpensively. However, if this is your first trip to New York City, you might want to treat yourself to orchestra seats and buy your tickets at the boxoffice. Do not buy tickets from anyone selling them on the street; it's a scam.

  • TIX: Buy tickets on their app and a representative from the organization will meet you outside the theater before the performance with your tickets!

  • Broadway.com: Broadway plays, concerts, and sporting events;

  • Seatgeek.com.: tickets to sports, concerts, and other events;

  • Playbill: buy tickets, catch up on Broadway's latest news.

  • Get Your Guide offers tickets to a variety of events.

CHECK OUT SOME TOURS

TOP THINGS FOR CHILDREN TO DO

SUGGESTIONS FOR A FIRST VISIT:

  • Take one of the Top Ten Bus Tours hop on/hop off bus tour of Manhattan to get a quick introduction and an orientation to the city and its most popular and famous sites. You can go back the next day to spend more time at the places that interest you most.

SEE LOWER MANHATTAN:

  • Take the subway or bus to Battery Park and go to either the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. (Ellis Island has more to see and is more interesting for an historical viewpoint.)

  • Perhaps have lunch at the historic Fraunces Tavern at Pearl and Broad Streets (a very short walk from Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry).

  • Walk up Broadway and along the way stop at Federal Hall, Wall Street, Trinity Church, Saint Paul's Chapel, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and One World Trade Center, the Woolworth Building, and City Hall.

  • From the east side of City Hall, view the Brooklyn Bridge and walk across it to Brooklyn if time allows.

  • Once in Brooklyn, walk to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park for a spectacular view of downtown Manhattan.

  • Take a FREE ride on the Staten Island Ferry in the late afternoon just before sunset. Catch a view of night-time Manhattan on the ferry ride back from Staten Island.

  • In the afternoon have lunch in Greenwich Village, walk around Washington Square Park.

  • In the evening go to a Broadway show!

A MUSEUM DAY:

QUESTIONS FOR VISITORS TO THINK ABOUT:

  • What surprised you most about New York City?

  • What was the most fun part of your visit?

  • What did you like most about New York?

  • What was your favorite place in New York?

If you wish, send your answers to me at: nycfavoriteplaces@gmail.com