New York, New York – 10 reasons why everyone should visit

  1. No matter what time of day it is, there is always something going on.
  2. Ground Zero. September 11, 2001, a day that no American will ever forget. The reflecting pools in place of the twin towers let us remember all those who were lost that day.
  3. The Statue of Liberty. Nothing says “Welcome to New York,” like Lady Liberty.
  4. Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue has all the stores that we all wish we could shop at one day. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Henri Bendel, Van Clef & Arpel, and more.
  5. Central Park. If you need a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC and feel like getting back to nature…
  6. The Empire State Building. One of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, and you can go to the top of it.
  7. Radio City.
  8. Times Square. Yes, it can be overwhelming, especially near the holidays and the weekends, but it’s one of those experiences you simply can’t make up.
  9. Bryant Park. Bryant Park is a 9,600 acre privately managed public park located in Midtown Manhattan.

10.Grand Central Terminal. Featuring in Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest”, Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton Club”, “Midnight Run” with Robert DeNiro, Terry Gillam’s “The Fisher King” and the 1978 version of Superman, with Christopher Reeve”, you’ve probably seen Grand Central Terminal, but it will be great to see it live.

And don’t forget all the Broadway shows, the amazing museums, the shopping, the food, the book stores, the amazing Apple Store.

Here are some other travel tips for New York, that are a bit different.

You can take a pizza tasting tour, aboard a big yellow school bus, a delicious way to get your “slice of pie” fix, the unofficial food of Gotham. You’ll visit the outer boroughs to explore pizzerias even the most avid foodie hasn’t heard of and taste a variety of toppings not on the menu back home.

You can take a tour of NBC Studios, at the famous Rockefeller Center for a morning taping of the “Today Show”. During the summer they host their Summer Concert Series in the forecourt featuring top 40 acts. Afterwards, book a tour of NBC Studios and finish with a stomach-dropping ride to the Top of the Rock, where you’ll be able to witness 360-degree views of Manhattan’s spectacular skyscrapers and Central Park.

How about a thrilling helicopter ride, for a bird’s eye view of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs.

There are dozens of shows each night to choose from, including “Wicked”, which tells the untold story of the “Wizard of Oz’s” wicked witch. Princesses, genies and magic carpets come to life in “Aladdin” and the new “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” extravaganza, filled with chocolate waterfalls is the new hot act.

One of my bucket list items is to cruise from New York to London onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Another very popular cruise is down the east coast of Canada to New York, I’m talking “Ann of Green Gables” territory here.

New York is a great place to visit, and you can also include Washington and Boston, which are all quite close by. Niagara Falls is fairly close as well. Sounds like a lovely holiday.