In New York City, worlds collide. You will find grand historical buildings next to hip new quarters. Tall skyscrapers stand next to parks with old oaks. But whatever you prefer, the city’s vibrant energy will take immediate hold of you as there is no shortage of entertainment, fashion, media, and finance. You can return again and again and never really see it all.
World-class museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and unforgettable icons like the Empire State Building are obvious must-sees. Still, discovering the subtler strains of the Big Apple is equally rewarding. You can find ethnic shops, historic streets, and trendy bars and eateries to your heart’s content.
Prepare to be overwhelmed but do not let this stop you from exploring the main attractions, such as the Flatiron Building, Grand Central Terminal, and the Empire State Building. You will get comfortable with the city’s pace soon enough.
Why not start slow with a stroll down Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue? Then, pick your museum for a day of art and culture. Two popular favorites are the MoMA and the Guggenheim. Music lovers will want to race to Carnegie Hall. It was here that George Gershwin played piano and Leonard Bernstein conducted. For a show, hit up the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, where Mikhail Baryshnikov danced and Luciano Pavarotti sang. At the end of an exciting day, see the city light up on Broadway and catch a musical.
Whether you are visiting New York City for two weeks or only for a weekend, you will never be bored. If you rent a car, it is smart to leave it at your accommodation if you are going to explore the city centre. Parking fees are high and parking spots rare. Once you get tired of the buzz of the city, you can always go for a drive and explore the area around New York or further away districts.
New York City will offer fun for everyone, be it an entire family, a couple getaway or just yourself. When you are looking for wheels to take you around the Big Apple and vicinity, pre book your car and pick it up as soon as you land at John F. Kennedy International Airport.