A First Timers Guide to New York

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I went to New York for the first time earlier this year and it was everything I hoped it would be and more! I’ve been in love with the idea of New York for so long! It’s a City that’s been immortalised in TV and film forever. I fell in love with the city more than I expect and and I can’t wait to return one day!

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If you have a trip to New York coming up and like me you’d never been before, here are a few tips from me to you.

Take the Subway! It’s definitely the quickest and easiest way to get around, and it’s cheap too. When I went we were there for a week and we got weekly MetroCards which were $31 for unlimited subway and bus rides. That’s pretty much £20 for a week’s worth of travel, you could easily spend that on only two days worth of travel in London!

Comfortable shoes are essential and take more than one pair! With the amount of walking and queueing you’ll undoubtably be doing, you need to be wearing comfy shoes or your feet will suffer. If you’re doing a lot of walking all day everyday it definitely won’t hurt to have a second pair of comfy shoes with you to alternate between.

The New York CityPASS is a ticket booklet that includes tickets or passes to pretty much all of the major tourist attractions and works out cheaper than buying them all separately. Definitely something to look into if you’re going for a complete tourist experience. They can be found for New York here and for other cities here.

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The Empire State Building is somewhere everyone has to visit if they go to New York, we went at night, like in Sleepless in Seattle only unfortunately there was no Tom Hanks or Meg Ryan there waiting. New York truly is the city that never sleeps so even in the middle of the night the view is absolutely unbelievable, with Times Square and pretty much every other building as far as you can see lit up. I’d love to go back and see the view in daylight next time.

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Top of the Rock has one of the best views of New York, it has a better view of Central Park than the Empire State Building, and you can also see the Empire State from the viewing platforms. Visiting the Top of the Rock is definitely worth it, we went fairly early in the morning, and even though it was overcast and starting to rain the view was still incredible! I thought the Empire State Building had a better view in one direction and Top of the Rock a better view in the other. Put the two together and you get the perfect view of the city.

Broadway. If you’re like me and love musicals, and even if you don’t I think Broadway is such a key part of New York it’s something you can’t miss out on. The best way to get tickets to any show (apart from Wicked) is to do to the discount ticket booth in Times Square.

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Central Park is another place you have to visit! Even if it’s just going for a wonder with a cup of coffee or spending the day to try and explore as much as possible. We had coffees and breakfast in Central Park most morning and it’s definitely something I’ve missed since I came back home.

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The Brooklyn Bridge. We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, it had an amazing view of the City and we technically walked from one borough to another which I thought was pretty cool, and the bridge is fairly close to the Fair Trade Centre so would be good to do if you were in that area already. I want to go back and have an explore of Brooklyn because we didn’t get a chance when we were there. There’s only so much you can pack into a week!

I left my heart in New York, I can’t wait to go back one day!

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