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Guide — New York City

By September 22, 2021October 25th, 2021No Comments
Empire State Building - Guide to New York City by Thira

by Thira
Lead Image by Marcos Paulo // Empire State Building

A city so nice, they had to name it twice — New York, New York is one of the most famous cities in the world, attracting over 66 million tourists each year. Arriving in New York City is a sensory overload as you become immersed in the concrete jungle surrounded by famous skyscrapers, world-class artwork, culinary delicacies from around the world, and entertainment like you’ve never seen.

New York City is divided into five Burroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island – each with its own characteristics.

Manhattan is the heart of it all, a small island packed with New York’s most famous attractions like Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building. Brooklyn is a cultural hub where you’ll find plenty of charming cafes and bars nestled beside beautiful brownstone buildings.

Head uptown to the Bronx to check out the New York Yankees and explore the iconic globe sculpture from the 1964 World’s Fair in the Queen’s Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Or enjoy skyline views of NYC while cruising the ferry to Staten Island, where you’ll find the famous Staten Island Zoo.

Statue of Liberty

Image Credit - Victor Daniel // Statue of Liberty

Brooklyn Bridge

Image Credit - Arthur Brognoli // Brooklyn Bridge

Image Credit - Clay Banks // Oculus at One World Trade Center Around Christmas

TO SHOP

Image Credit - Sole D'Alessandro G.

New York City is known as the fashion capital where style comes to life from street fashion to the runway. So, whether you like designer brands from popular labels or want to discover something unique in a small boutique, New York City is the place to go for it all. The two most popular places to shop – Fifth Avenue and Soho.

FIFTH AVENUE

There’s no place in the world better for shopping than Fifth Avenue in New York City. If you’re looking for high fashion, you’ll have plenty of options. The main shopping section extends from the New York Public Library at 48th Street to Central Park at 59th Street. Between you’ll see the original Saks Fifth Avenue, the Apple Store, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci, and more.

SOHO

Soho is a district in Manhattan named for its location “South of Houston Street”. It’s another major shopping district where you’ll find designer boutique shops alongside the fashion houses. A trendier place to shop – here you can find more contemporary fashion and streetwear brands including Supreme, KITH, and Aime Leon Dore.

GETTING AROUND

Subway Station in New York City

Image Credit - Alex Simpson // Subway Station in New York City

New York City is a major metropolis, but it’s surprisingly easy to get around once you get familiar with the popular ways of transportation.

The best way to get around New York City is walking, especially if you’re visiting. There are always several things to see and do in one area, such as with Midtown or visiting Harlem. It will save you the trouble of sitting in traffic just to go a few blocks.

For faster transportation, use the subway. Travel like the locals and ride economically as you’ll be able to reach most destinations via the train. Be sure to keep a map handy.

NYC Taxi

Image Credit - Luke Stackpoole // Yellow Taxis (Medallion Taxis) - One of the widely recognizable symbols of the city.

The most convenient way to get around is by car. You’ll always see a taxi available, but most people prefer to use a rideshare app like Uber to navigate the Big Apple.