Let’s say you had 2 days to spend and you want to find out the things to do in New York City. What would you do? Well here is what we did.
Yes, it depends on the taste of each of course, but if you are a newbie there here are a few ideas that will make you inhale as much as possible of that place.
Here they are:
Things to do in New York: Drive to New York by car
Don’t get me wrong. Avoid driving inside New York. Avoid it like hell. The traffic jam is huge and is almost everywhere. However if you happen to be in Washington -like us- rent a car and drive all the way there. Make a stop in Baltimore too. Say hi to Benjamin Franklin.
Here we are entering New York!
Do not be mislead by the small number of cars here. The moment we passed the tunnel, traffic became a huge issue. Thus, when you are in New York use the subway and public transport in general. You can get anywhere.
While driving slow towards our appartment we started seeing those huge buildings. We were impressed by the size of them but we were more impressed when we went to the city center.
Things to do in New York: The Times Square
One of the top -of course- things To do in New York city is to visit Times Square. We are more of nature lovers and New York has lots of cement to show but we couldn’t jaw drop when we saw all these lights.
There it was. A neon light dance, surrounding us. It was screaming to us: “Come and Visit Me”, “No come to Me”, “Come here”. It was magnetic at all 360 degrees. People were simply standing there with open mouth twisting around their axis.
Happenings with jugglers were taking place, but also people just sitting there at the square steps, discussing and having fun. Kinda remind me of my city squares minus the huge portion of neon lights!
Even at day time it looked too bright!
Things to do in New York: Off to Empire State Building
Times Square is nice to look at but we wanted to see New York The City of Lights from above. As we were advised, the best place to do that was the Empire State building (of course). It is not a long way to go there.
It is longer to go to the top as you take the elevator (after waiting at line) to go up fro 80 floors and then there are even more!
But the view is breath taking.
We couldn’t but admire the creativity of engineers and the passion for achieving a goal. This is somehow imprinted in the spirit of the city.
Here is a manifest of the detailed costs for the creation of Empire State building.
Things to do in New York: Meeting History at Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty
Ellis island is not a destination just for tourists. USA was created by immigrants from all over the world. However the first thing you meet is this lady. The Statue of Liberty.
Here is her story.
Ellis island, along with the Statue of Liberty, are soaked with the history and hopes of many millions who came to find a better life.
And many did. Here history, tradition and even agony scream from every single corner of the building installations. Locals visit this place as a day trip, to remember, contemplate or simply have a nice day.
This is what immigrants saw when they entered. The area is huge. This is the area where papers where checked on if they were legal.
We turned at a corner and we met more history. This area made us feel rather nostalgic.
Newcomers had to sleep somewhere and get cleaned up. Here is one of the dormitories.
More history in one of the rooms. This one was connected to some ugly parts of American history.
And, of course, there is a Greek everywhere. This is a Greek with his traditional suit. This is how many Greeks were dressed when they came here. Didn’t expect that! Though they were wearing more modern clothes.
So, after feeling proud seeing an impressive Greek figure having its own poster at Ellis island it was time to depart and have a walk inside New York. It was our 2nd day.
Bye, bye Ellis island and New York city here we come again!
Things to do in New York: Paying a visit to Central Park
It is an oasis in the middle of New York. A terrific place. Since it was Sunday, people were walking, running, simply laying on the grass or having some conversations.
Here is one of the entrances to the park.
Green, more green and action and relaxation under the New York sun!
And people just relaxing!
Things to do in New York: Walking around…
We had some time to kill before going back to the hotel, to pack and drive back to Washington. So, we simply let our instict guide us around.
This was our starting point. The New York Stock Exchange (what a bunch of weirdos, right?). The building is rather impressive and as you may have seen in our posts we love architecture in all shapes and forms.
We passed outside the Federal Hall.
The Manhattan Municipal Building is very impressive! Isn’t it?
All such corners of Manhattan and of New York in general are amazing sights and it is very pleasant to walk around.
But time was up!
We grabbed some lunch and we left New York with a promise to come back to enjoy the theaters of the city! Because, you know, this is definitely one of the things to do in New York city.
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