Whether you have been there before or not, in New York there are always hidden gems to surprise and astound you. With its cultured history and the fact that it is beautiful all year round, the city they named twice remains a favourite destination. Here are seven reasons to go to New York this year. Some of these places are well known – and others are fascinating hidden gems.
The Lincoln Center
At a staggering sixteen acres, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is the largest performing arts center in the world. Whether you want to see the opera or listen to the New York Philharmonic play, this is the place to be. While you’re there, have a guided tour of the building itself too.
This is really the only reason you need to book those business class flights to New York. Central Park might be the most famous park in the world. For good reason – it is an impressive space. As the name implies, it is positioned right in the centre of New York City – yet it provides a peaceful rest from the hustle and bustle surrounding it. No visit to this great city is complete without a stroll through this beautiful park.
Broadway was one of the first streets in New York to be graced with the glow of electric lights. For this reason, it is often referred to as the ‘Great White Way’ – and it certainly is great. Broadway is famously host to over forty professional theatres. And what a spectacle! Whether you’re a theatre buff, or you just fancy a stroll, this part of town can’t be ignored.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building was the tallest manmade structure on Earth for over forty years. It has since been surpassed, but the views of New York from the Empire State Building observation deck can’t ever be replaced. Situated slap-bang in the centre of the City, it is an absolute must for anyone visiting New York this year.
The Statue of Liberty
No list of New York attractions would be complete without mentioning the Statue of Liberty. Originally a gift from the people of France to those of the United States, it is recognised universally as a symbol of democratic freedom. If you are planning on travelling to New York any time soon, then make sure to keep an afternoon aside for a visit to the Statue’s crown. Fabulous views of New York await.
The Irving House
Now for something not quite so well known. 49 Irving Place has a rumoured history of being the dwelling-place of Washington Irving. Whether this is true, it is a fascinating building. With its red brick, it stands out like a sore thumb from the buildings around it. If you like a mystery, then this small house might be right up your street.
The Whispering Gallery
Last but by no means least. The Whispering Gallery is an archway through which two people can hear each other’s whispers! A spooky feat of architectural skill, this is well worth a go for a bit of fun at the end of your journey.