Travel Tips

An Insider’s Guide to New York City

Everybody knows about the mainstream New York City tourist attractions, such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge, but what are the alternatives?

A short insider’s guide:

1. Instead of visiting the Empire State Building, head to the Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock Observation Deck. It offers 360-degree views of Central Park, downtown Manhattan and, of course, the Empire State Building itself.

2. Rather than simply walking across Brooklyn Bridge, visit Brooklyn Bridge Park. This is one of the most beautiful areas in New York City, and perfect for watching the sun set over Manhattan. A walk along Brooklyn Promenade will give you a spectacular elevated view of Manhattan. The High Line in the Meat Packing District also offers elevated views; this time from a former freight railway.

3. The free Staten Island Ferry is the best way to see the Statue of Liberty. It departs every 30 minutes until 7:00 p.m. every day of the week. The ferry ride provides spectacular close up views of the Statue of Liberty at no charge.

4. If monuments, buildings and bridges are not your thing, a visit to Coney Island may hit the spot. Here you will find beaches, fairground rides, freak shows and more. For a delicious bite of lunch, visit the original Nathan’s Famous hot dog restaurant on the corner of Surf and Stillwell.

5. Discover hidden coves of the famous Central Park by hiring a canoe or paddle boat. On the northwest side you’ll discover a little-known romantic waterfall.

6. For an alternative to the shops of 5th Avenue, visit Century 21 in the Financial District. Here you will find massive discounts on clothes from top designers such as Prada and Marc Jacobs. The smaller artisan markets are also worth a visit, such as the weekend Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side.

New York City has something for everyone. Some thinking outside the box can open up many different alternatives for sightseers and residents alike.