Start spreading the news… New York should be on every traveller’s bucket list!
If, like Frank Sinatra, you “want to be a part of it,” you’ve come to the right place. Pentravel expert Lynette Krige has just returned from the city that never sleeps and has shared with us her top 3 tips for everything NYC…
3 tips for first-time visitors to New York:
- Plan in advance to get the most of your trip; have a plan but don’t pre-book your tours for more flexibility.
- There’s free Wi-Fi everywhere, so you can make use of any apps you need, like a subway map.
- Wear good walking shoes and layers.
3 not-to-be-missed highlights:
- Time Square is larger than life and will take your breath away.
- The Empire State building really gives you a sense of the size of NYC and amazing views.
- Central Park is not just beautiful but also a peaceful escape from the busyness of the city.
3 must-do experiences:
- Take the Staten Island Ferry to get great views of the New York City skyline / Statue of Liberty. It’s always free but avoid it during peak times as it gets busy.
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge for amazing views. In Brooklyn, head to an area called Dumbo for famous pizza at Grimaldies (you’ll need to book ahead).
- Visit the 9/11 memorial. This is an emotional experience, so be prepared to feel all the feelings. Did you know? If you see a rose on someone’s name, it’s their birthday.
3 transport tips:
- To avoid the traffic, don’t rent a car and avoid taxis.
- The subway is the best way to get around; download a good map and do your research so that you get in on the correct side (because you pay to get in).
- If you will be using the subway for more than four days, buy a seven-day pass for around USD32 – unlimited use.
3 food facts:
- There is something for everyone in New York. The food scene is amazing; around every corner you find markets, food trucks, restaurants, cafes… and the food quality is good!
- Avoid eating breakfast at your hotel. Not only is it expensive, but get out there and explore!
- Inside tip: don’t miss the lobster rolls from Paul’s at Brooklyn Bridge.
3 shopping secrets:
- Less busy the further you get from Times Square
- Duane Reeds is a good supermarket type of store that’s everywhere for groceries – prices are relative to where you are
- All the major brands are in Times Square – Gucci, Prada, Sunglass Hut etc.
3 things to know about Central Park:
- You can’t do it all in one day. In the middle of the city, Central Park is massive.
- At each entrance to the park, you can hire a bicycle, horse-and-carriage ride, or rickshaw.
- Make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
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