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New York, New York!
Heading to New York? Perhaps you are attending or participating in the New York Marathon. The New York Marathon is the biggest and the most popular running event in the world and takes place in November each year. With the application process closing on February 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. American EST perhaps you starting to plan your trip. During this time New York’s population swells by a further two million with both participants and spectators coming to cheer on and support their family, friends or complete strangers in this incredible event. It’s certainly a fun and bustling time to be in New York when this event occurs. If this is your first visit then here are the top five New York Experiences you simply can’t miss.
Top 5 New York Experiences
Hop on Hop off bus
New York is - to put it simply - huge and if you are a little short on time then the Hop on Hop off bus is a good starting point for seeing all the sights. There are two Hop on Hop off buses that operate in New York - one for uptown New York and one for downtown New York. This is a great way get around New York, take in the sights and have a running commentary as you are driven by. The beauty of the hop on hop off bus is that you can do just that. If something is of interest you can get off the bus and re-join the tour later at any of the stops over a 24 hour time frame.
Top of the Rock
The Rockefeller Centre is located in midtown Manhattan and from the very top of this iconic building you will be rewarded with unrivalled views of New York City, Central Park and the Empire State Building. NBC is filmed here and offers tours that concludes with a visit to the observation deck. A must visit for photography enthusiasts.
The High Line and the Meatpacking District
The High line New York is a linear garden that spans about 1.6 km along the former West side rail line. It’s elevated gardens and walking path is a little oasis hidden within the skyscrapers of New York, on the lower west side of Manhattan. Along the path there are art exhibits, food vendors, coffee and places to sit, rest and reflect on the city that never sleeps. Not far from the High Line, in West Village is the meatpacking district. An area that during the late 1990s went through a transformation and resurged as New York’s most fashionable neighbourhood. The meatpacking district is popular with young professionals and here you will find high end boutiques, hotels, restaurants, bars and the Chelsea market is one not to be missed.
An oasis in the middle of bustling New York. This park is not just an ordinary park for it houses a Zoo, lakes, walking and running trails, horse and carriage rides and the great lawn with the backdrop of the city beyond. The park is one of the most quietest and peaceful places in New York. If you are lucky enough you may even get to see a Hollywood movie being filmed there or hunt around for the locations of various movie scenes that have been filmed here over the years.
Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge around sunset and discover an amazing view looking back on Manhattan with the tall city buildings in the background. Once across the bridge into Brooklyn, you may continue your walk along the promenade to where you will find an even more impressive view of New York. Don’t forget your cameras as this is where you will get that iconic photo opportunity of New York.
Wendy Kerby is a writer and blogger at Travel Drink Dine. A self confessed foodie and solo traveller who frequently travels all over the world in search of great places to eat and drink, along with travel tips and advice. To follow her culinary journey around the world head to www.traveldrinkdine.com