Things to do in New York

"What should I do in New York City?" is more of a rhetorical question than one that's able to be answered in anything less than a novel. The options are mind-boggling. The choices, difficult to say the least. Our recommendation to tackling it all is to see what you want see, and not what you think you should see. If you'd rather gain a glimpse of Seinfeld's famed restaurant instead of the Statue of Liberty, then do it - there'll be less crowds.

If a walk in Central Park seems more appealing than heading up the Empire State Building, go for it - it'll be a lot more relaxing. Other than the usual suspects, New York's personality is best experienced by just wandering the various neighbourhoods. You'll never know what you'll find; cupcakes in the West Village, vintage boutiques in the Lower East Side, Republicans on the Upper East Side and Democrats all up in the Upper West Side.

On Broadway, the shows will leave you yelling "‘Encore!", while in Brooklyn the hipsters have organic lattes down to a fine art. There's shopping everywhere, and more bars than you care to drink at (challenge accepted?) plus car horns beeping at all hours of the day and night.

So in short, what should you do in New York City? Everything. Here are some good places to start: 

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is without a doubt New York's most famous icon. Standing 94 metres tall on Liberty Island, the Neo-classical sculpture has welcomed people to the city since 1886.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Containing over 2 million pieces across 17 curatorial departments, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the MET as it is commonly known, is the largest art museum in the USA.

Central Park

For all of those high-rise apartments, New York's backyard can be found in Central Park, a large urban green area located in the centre of Manhattan Island with plenty to see and do in its confines.

Grand Central Terminal

A train station isn't normally at the top of many must-do lists but considering New York's Grand Central Terminal is the biggest train station in the world, it's definitely worth a peek and a pic of the comings and goings.

Times Square

New York's famous Times Square is the city square to end all city squares. The landmark is visited by 39 million people a year and photographed just as many times, its neon Coca-Cola sign and TKS booth standing out in the background.

Brooklyn

You’ve seen 'Girls', right? It’s just one of the many TV shows and movies set in this über-cool NYC locale. Brooklyn encompasses a whopping 185 square kilometres and is home to 2.5 million people making it the most populated borough in all of New York City. 

Harlem

The New York City neighbourhood of Harlem is located in Upper Manhattan. Often referred to as Uptown by locals, it’s where the real ‘Harlem Shake’ originated as well as being New York's soul music and soul food home.

Empire State Building

Manhattan’s Empire State Building was completed in 1931 and stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years. Synonymous with New York, The Empire State Building is a must for any visitor to the Big Apple.

Rockefeller Center

While the centrepiece to the Rockefeller Center, the GE Building or 30 Rock  (as it’s more lovingly referred to as), might not be quite as high as the Empire State, it does compensate with rich history. And, also gets some mega points for being home to NBC and the famous Radio City. 

Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village or ‘The Village’ is a neighbourhood located on the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, which is famous for being the East Coast birthplace of the literary Beat movement in the 1950s.