I Love Central Park!!! I love going and exploring the different areas of the park. What's even better is just sitting under a tree with a good book or even just doing some people watching. I forget I'm in a big city all together. So far Sheep's Meadow is my favorite spot....
Those Were The Days....
Wow - I can't think of any one single thing! I guess an interesting idea would be a long walk along Fifth Avenue - from the ritzy upper end, with all those glamourous stores and hotels, down to the end of Fifth Ave. at Washington Square Park - once a bohemian paradise. (of sorts)... It's one way to see a wide variety of New York City-type stuff, just by walking from one end of the Avenue to the other... I really don't have any "tips", though,... Well - I used to sing in Washington Square Park with my friends, guitar case open, hoping people would toss in some change (or bills..) if they liked the music. I had some great times with my musician friends, we truly lived "La Vie Boheme"... *sigh*
(Sorry about the Taj Mahal pic over there - I don't have an available photo yet, LOL)
I guess the ferry from Battery...
I guess the ferry from Battery Park to see the statue of Liberty...
That or 'New York Dolls'.... :-)
New York is somewhere just about everyone knows from films and magazines. It really seemed like Manhatten was full of scenes I vaguely recognised from various movies...the grids of wide, arrow-straight streets (so unlike London!), the diners, the screeching fire trucks and the sky-scrapers. Central Park and the Guggenheim...
I spent a lot of time around the Lower East side as well, which is become very 'sophisticated bohemian' with small boutiques and bars.
Chinatown in New York must be one of the largest in the world. Wonderful food and bizarre shopping experiences (Hello Kitty tampons, anyone?) My brother's cats attacking me every night whilst I slept at his place. Cute but war-like.
What to Wear in New York
Tips for Women (and Men) on What to WEAR when Visiting New York!
Now, I'm not an elitist, but these are just a few tips to help you 'blend in' even though no matter how hard you try, you will never actually blend in if it's your first time visiting.
1) NO WHITE SNEAKERS! PLEASE! They're embarassing for us to look at and embarassing for you to be seen in them! White shoes get incredibly dirty and we will know you're not from around here wearing such an impractical pair of shoes. And sneakers? You're not jogging around Manhattan are you? No. You're touring, so wear comfortable shoes but NOT sneakers, much less white ones.
2) Women. Scrunchies died with the 80s, so please lay them to rest. You don't know how many times we've cringed at women wearing SCRUNCHIES (mind you, I'm talking about scrunchies not hair bands)
3) White tube socks are a no.
4) Don't try to be too trendy, you'll look foolish. Jewelry minimal. One trend at a time. Women here don't actually resemble Sex and the City. We are not walking Carries, so if you show up trying to pull that look off, you'll lose.
5) sports clothing. get rid of it, unless it's the yankees (YES!) or the mets (NO!). and don't even THINK about wearing the Red Sox in manhattan. Even if you think it's funny.
6) Bring a decent looking tote bag to hide that digi cam rather than taking one of those tiny little purses (unless you're meeting someone up for drinks, in which case, yes, cjg1, you can take along that little coach wristlet.
7) don't wear flip flops. they're impractical. your feet will look hideous after an hour (nyc dirt...what can I sya?) and they don't offer enough support.
8) If you're taking the subway, remember that you'll be up and down stairs and skirts provide easy viewing access for people waiting on the track. If you must wear a skirt, keep it longer or wear something underneath. Dealing with NYC temperatures...Layer, Layer, Layer.
Summer: It's incredibly, ridiculously humid in New York but freakishly freezing indoors from the blasting airconditioners, bring a light sweater to museums and such.
In the winter, the complete opposite, they crank up the heat in apartment buildings and office buildings so you feel you're in the tropics. I, personally, think they do it to be funny. So be prepared for all extremes in all seasons.
The coolest bridge
The Brooklyn bidge is by far the coolest bridge in NYC. It's gothic design is complicated, yet simple. It's really unlike any other bridge i've ever seen. It's over 100 year old, now, and it still has a timelessness about it. It is truely a New York icon.You can walk or bike across it, for a great view of the city from Brooklyn. check it out, it's easy to find, just don't try to buy it from anyone.