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Published on February 26th, 2013 | by Andrew Garcia

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Five Things to do in New York City

How can it be so hard to decide what to do in a city that has endless choices? Easy, there are simply so many things to cover in the United States most populous city. Many New Yorkers will even tell you that one of the worst (and best) things about living in New York is trying to make a decision about anything due to the large amount of options offered by a city with over 8 million people. Choosing what to do can be a very daunting task for anyone.

Take a deep breath. You are in New York City! No matter which decisions you make, it is going to be an experience that is unique from any other places in the world. Here are some basic ideas for what you must do when you come to the Big Apple.

 

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Out of this Pizza

It is everywhere in the city! If you eat nothing but pizza while you are in New York, you will not run out of top ranking pizza joints to try. New York City is where the first pizza place opened in 1905 in New York’s Little Italy, so it has a bit of a history here.

If there is one thing New Yorkers will never stop arguing about, it is who makes the best pie in the city. Di Fara’s, John’s and Lombardi’s are among the top contenders, but in a city that runs 24 hours who can say which actually is the best. You can actually get pizza 24 hours from Grimaldi’s if you are in need for a late night/early morning pizza snack.

Sifting through all the different choices call for some guidance. We recommend considering one of these tours. They offer tours on foot and on bus. There are tours that specialize in different areas of the city, one focuses in on Greenwich Village. And also the unique tour of alternative pizza’s vegan, veggie, etc.

 

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Make some time to visit one of the numerous live music venues

The Birthplace of Modern Music

New York is the birth place of punk rock, hip hop, Latin freestyle, salsa music and disco. You can even take a tour of the punk rock and glam scene in New York City.  You cannot understate how important the music scene is to the city or vice versa.

Classical, rap, indie, jazz, rock, punk, house, techno- any type of music, you name it and it is here in the big apple. The most well known and best of the best are consistently performing in different venues in New York City. On any given night you can definitely find a show that interests you.

Did we mention how spectacular the venues are? Two famous ones are Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. These venues are filled with stores, restaurants and exhibits of interest. The stages and sound quality can compete with the best stages internationally. You have not seen live music until you have experienced it at one of these breathtaking music halls.

 

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Statue of Liberty

The Lady Liberty

A tourist trap that is old hack in all travel and history books. We won’t bore you with the details. The Statue of Liberty is definitely worth a gander though, and you got to go while you are here. It is a right of passage for all those who come to New York City.

 

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Great views around NYC from the top of the Empire State Building

The Skyline from the Empire State Building

Every city has got a skyline, but few can compare with the Big Apple’s. Iconic skyscrapers, waterways, bridges, islands and monuments invoke familiarity and awe from around the world. You may have seen a picture of the skyline, but you can’t truly get why it is the envy of the world until you see it up close and personal.

The best way to see it is from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. The elevator ride up 1,050 feet to the 86th floor is a unique adventure of its own. Once you are up there, you will know why this is the subject of so many films, photographs and artworks. You can have your Sleepless in Seattle moment for you romantic film lovers, for the rest of us we’ll just take in the view.

As a tip, try to get up there on a clear day to truly catch the brilliance of the skyline. We recommend going up during sunset to watch the sun go down on the city that never sleeps. You can watch the lights of city slowly come on to a stunning illumination.

 

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Central Park is always popular on a sunny day

Central Park

With 843 acres of land in the middle of Manhattan, you could dedicate a whole trip to Central Park. It is one of the largest urban green spaces in the world. You have rolling fields, water, trails, Belvedere Castle, Central Park Zoo, SummerStage, Delacorte Theater. There is lots going on here despite it being a get away from the bustling city. It is also always bustling for people who like some people watching.

Due to the sheer size of it we really recommend getting a tour. There are lots of different tours offered, even customizable ones, so you’ll be able to find something that will touch base on some of the places you want to see.

 

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