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"The places you must absolutely visit in New York"

 
Presented By: Will Crowthers, Avid Traveler, Wannabe Photographer & Former NYC Resident - www.absolutevisit.com
 
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Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock
New York City is famous for its incredible skyscrapers. The first thing I recommend when visiting New York City is to take it all in with an incredible view from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center! This will be an incredible introduction to this world-class city and you'll be amazed at the number, size, and density of buildings packed on to Manhattan. Spend some time pointing out the major destinations around the city as you'll hopefully be seeing those soon!
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Times Square

Times Square
The most popular city square in the world filled with shops, restaurants, hotels and tourist information. As cliche, cheesy, and touristy as it may be, Times Square should be one of your first stops in New York City! There is an infinite amount to take in and the incredible amount of lights, buzz, people, and information in front of you should be enough to show you why Times Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Check-out the 'crossroads' of the world for yourself to see exactly what all the buzz is about!
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Central Park

Central Park
After all the buzz around the city, you'll want to check-out one of the world's most beautiful urban parks. Give yourself a break from the hussle and bussle of New York City with a relaxing trip to this massive and beautiful park right in the middle of Manhattan. Stretching 51 blocks long and 3 avenues wide, this is a park that you can visit over and over again receiving a different experience each time. Take in the grasses, the trees, the trails, and the peace before getting back into the city.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art
As one of the largest art museums in the world and THE largest in the US, the MET's staggering collection of 2 million pieces is certainly an absolute must see! Plan to spend some time at the museum, but also remember you don't need to see it all ... whew. In fact, I highly recommend making this part of your day when visiting Central Park. The museum is located on the Eastern border of the park and makes for a perfect stopping point after strolling through the park.
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Broadway Show

Broadway Show
It's time to be entertained! And why not take in a world-renowned musical performance right on Broadway? There are dozens of shows to choose from and keep in mind they are not all "on Broadway". Don't let this discourage you - some of the very best musicals and performances are not on Broadway. For your first musical, unless you have your heart set on one, I would stick with some of the biggest names such as Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, or Chicago. You can book these tickets online, with your hotel concierge, or at the dozens of tickets sales offices around the city.
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Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge
Ah, the Brooklyn Bridge. It's just a bridge right? No. This is the Brooklyn Bridge which when built was the longest suspension bridge in the world and helped New York rise from its early beginnings to the top. The bridge is not only a historical landmark, but its classic architecture is simply beautiful. I highly recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge and then spending a little time in the Brooklyn Bridge park where you'll have the view you see in the photo above!
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Shopping

Shopping
With every name brand designer, boutique, and up and coming designer on the planet selling their goods in New York City, you'll be at the epicenter of the shopping world! Shop for literally anything and everything you want in this city. The major shopping districts are 5th Avenue, around Macy's on 34th, and Soho. There are dozens of other shopping districts for you to seek out as well for some of the most unique items and the best bargains.
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Lombardi's

Lombardi's
New York is famous for its pizza and your trip will not be complete without trying the famous New York City style pizza from Lombardi's! Lombardi's is the oldest Pizzeria in the world and uses a unique coal fired oven to bake the pizza - it's delicious. Be prepared to wait if you come at peak times and if you don't want to sit around, I highly recommend going for a late lunch. This can be perfect on a day when you're seeing a show and won't eat dinner until much later!
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"A few of my local favorites"

Madison Sq Park

The Perfect Outdoor Beer in NYC

After trekking around the city knowing a great place to have a quick beverage is always handy. If you are working your way down Broadway from Times Square, you will eventually run into the magnificent Flat Iron building. Right next to it you will find Madison Square Park where you can quickly (Express Lane) grab a cold one and enjoy it right in the park. Best of all, it's a $5 craft beer ... that's cheap for NYC!

Gantry State Park

Incredible New York Skyline View

Gantry State Park is one of my favorite parks in New York City! It is located in Queens, but easy to get to from Manhattan. The serenity of getting "just out" of the city and being a rivers length away will give you peace and quiet to take in the Big Apple. The main photo on this page is the view you'll be enjoying and I highly recommend going around sunset!

Williamsburg

The Hippest Part of Brooklyn

I made Williamsburg my home while in NYC and it continues to flourish from what used to be a bad neighborhood into one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the entire city. Located just over the Williamsburg bridge, the area is highly accessible on the 'L' subway line - just get off at Bedford and begin exploring!

Ferry to Staten Is.

Views, Statue of Liberty, FREE

Yes, you read correctly! There is a free ferry that runs from the Southern tip of Manhattan to Staten Island. The ferry runs frequently and takes about 25 minutes each way. During the cruise you'll have time to take in the incredible view surrounding you including the lower Manhattan skyline, downtown Brooklyn, Jersey City, and the Statue of Liberty!

Take the Subway

Ride like a real New Yorker

If you want to feel like a real New Yorker, take a step underground and ride the subway! Don't feel intimidated by its massive size, but instead, use the colors and numbers to sort out an easy ride for your first trip. One that I would recommend is taking the 1 train from Times Square to Houston Street. This will take you from Times Square to the edge of Soho in just a few minutes!
 

Meet Will Crowthers

Avid Traveler, Wannabe Photographer & Former NYC Resident - www.absolutevisit.com
I lived in New York City for almost two years and what a blur it was! I love New York to the core for its energy, endless list of entertainment, mind-boggling number of restaurants, and its indescribable diversity. New York City's vibe will have you dizzy with where to go, what to do, where to eat, and what to see. This remarkable and world-renowned city will not fall short of your hopes and dreams and I hope my list will help to get you going. Don't forget to simply explore, it is one of the best things you can do in New York City!
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