Dear New York, I’ll Never Get Over You!

In this monotonous routine of our life, we are witnessing people being badly affected by the pandemic. This phase will be remembered for long ages as it has impacted each one of our lives in the most unexpected way possible. In such a period, where all adventure seekers surely miss traveling, at the same time, there are times when people do wish that they could just get a day off, where they can wander off, eat, experience the joy, and experience adventure like before. A day in New York City might be just what we need.

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Dine-In, NYC

Starting the day with a great breakfast can bring a smile to your face. For some, this meal might mean a reheated egg sandwich with ketchup. For others, caffeine is consumed in front of a computer or phone.

And while there are plenty of places to get awesome and trendy eggs and toast, there are some undiscovered places where we can get the taste of civilized traditional Japanese breakfast, bagels, or how about some outrageously good banana pancakes? Here’s where you can start the day.

Daily Provisions
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For many donut lovers, the Daily Provisions cruller is a must-visit. It’s not only famous for its wide variety of donuts, where you just wish for flavor and you will get it, like a light bun with syrup and sugar sprinkled on top of it. On weekdays, one might notice a rush in the earlier hours, but you can get a seat if you are lucky enough. A lot of donut-loving New Yorkers might suggest this place. As it’s a donut destination, you might never forget.

Where not everyone prefers to have something sweet early in the morning, we have plenty of solutions for that.

Golden Diner
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The Golden Diner. This place is popular yet again among people. This is an ideal place for some soft scallion milk, tuna with salt, and vinegar chips. One might notice that nearly everything on the menu has some Korean, Thai, Japanese, or Chinese influence, giving it a perfect authentic taste and at the same time an aesthetic vibe. It’s particularly famed for its open kitchen, where you get to witness the art of cooking.

The High Line, NYC

After a nice breakfast, some of us desire to have wonderful long walks and just admire the events occurring in front of us.

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Therefore, the High Line is one of the perfect places for this. It is a former rail line that has been transformed into an urban walking trail above the city streets. This exceptional public park has been filled with a variety of plants and trees, many of which are native species. In spring, all these things bloom to their fullest. Its beauty and fragrance are stunning. And even a 5-minute walk among them can lighten your mood.

One of the main highlights of the High Line is the Hudson Yards overlook, also known as the vessel near 34th Street. It is a magnificent multilevel structure.

The Grand Central Terminal, New York

It is often known as Grand Central station; it has stunning Beaux-Arts architecture and it’s worth giving it a shot. This building first opened in the year of 1913 as a terminal for train stations and subways.

The History of NYC's Grand Central Station
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If you visit here, you cannot miss admiring the views from the Grand Staircase. It’s a place where you can stop to gaze out at its stunning view. This place undergoes renovation after every few years. The beautifully restored ceiling here displays a celestial scene. You can also find an extensive range of restaurants and retail shops nearby.

The Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

It’s the perfect place to visit during the afternoon. You can find a myriad of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines with the scenic beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge
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Tourists can choose to take a walk, admiring its Gothic-shaped arches. It is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks one might encounter even from the window of an airplane.

This Historic Bridge extends from the Esat River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was completed in the year 1883, giving it the title of the world’s first steel suspension bridge.

An hour’s walk on this bridge might even change your life in the most unexpected way possible with its iconic views. From the bridge itself, one can witness beautiful views over Manhattan, the Resat River, and beyond to the Statue of Liberty.

The Statue of Liberty, New York

One of the most iconic figures one might have noticed in almost all the Hollywood movies, series, and many more is, The Statue of Liberty.

The Designer of the Statue of Liberty
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It is one of those magnificent destinations that people desire to visit around the year, no matter what the season is. Its magnificent architecture delights people to this date. It is often noticed that the statue of Liberty is positioned at the top of every tourist’s itinerary when taking a trip to New York. And why not? It is considered to be one of the most popular statues around the globe.

The best part of the trip is that one can witness this beauty in close-ups. The visitor just has to take a short boat trip to Liberty Island, where one can walk around the base, or, with the prior reservation’s visit, right up to the crown.

Rockefeller Centre, NYC

We might all have a kid-like desire at some point in our lives. According to some surveys conducted, it is said that ice-skating is still quite popular among kids, teenagers, and, in fact, adults too.  It is most difficult for people who live in areas where they experience no snow or people who suddenly wake up in the morning having a  desire to ice skate. Well, all these desires are fulfilled right in the Rockefeller Centre.

Rockefeller Center | Manhattan | Attractions
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The outdoor skating rink is one of the most popular destinations, especially in winter in New York City. The place is quite popular among families and couples. The opening season of the rink is typically between April and October.

To lighten this place even more, after Thanksgiving, a giant Christmas tree is erected right in the center of the skating rink, igniting up the complex and giving it an altogether jubilant holiday vibe.

Apart from the skating rink, there are other destinations to visit in this complex. It is the 70- story 30 Rockefeller Plaza, which is an Art deco skyscraper.  offers an awesome view over Manhattan from the famous Top of the Rock Observations Deck. It is considered to be one of the best places for sunset lovers.

Central Park, New York

A nice long walk, with some of our favorite playlists, watching people take their dogs out for a walk, kids playing and witnessing some of the most beautiful smiles on the people’s faces. All these things are the best way to end a day.

Witnessing the genuine joyous looks of others fills one with positive energy. All this happens right in Centre Park, even though it might appear as a small patch of green land on any of the Google maps. But the actual visitation changes everyone’s perspective.

Arial view of Central Park, New York
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Attractions and activities

Central Park is an expansive space that has enough attractions, from impressive buildings to peaceful gardens.

 Bethesda Terrace, which is quite popular for its stunning Bethesda Fountain, and a perfect, broad pathway canopied by the arching limbs which are considered to be centuries-old elms. One might find several peaceful and mindfulness sites for them to relax and meditate.

The most popular ones are the Shakespeare Garden, Conservatory Garden, or the most delightful place, the Chess & Checkers House, where people of different age groups join one another for the game of chess, basic chess rules and all you have to do is connect with the people of the same desire as yours.

Even though you might think that the place is quite small, the number of fun activities one can do here is plenty. Apart from walking, one can even peddle or have a carriage ride along the crisscrossing pathways.

In winter, it is a great destination for all skate lovers. All you got to do is lace up your skates and glide across Wollman Rink. It is a huge center, a half-mile wide and 3 miles long, making New York such a delightful and liveable city.

Fall in New York City
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Besides all these activities, some events are free of cost, thus putting Central Park as one of the cheapest things to do in New York. If you are a solo traveler, then you must visit Belvedere Castle, Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields, and the Lake. For that, you must start by picking up a map at one of the visitor centers.

Times Square, New York

We are familiar with people standing right in the middle of the square, surrounded by tall buildings, lights and feeling the rush of the nightlife.

Every once in a while, we must think about this for ourselves. Is this even real? Well, the answer to your question is right here. Times Square is littered with shops of all kinds, from five-star restaurants to shopping malls to even small food stalls. You can find most of what you might be looking for right here.

You will be surprised to know the fashion trends which are available right on the streets, from American to famous Asian designers. 

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Times Square
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Billboards and giant screens

All the famous movies and concerts are displayed right on the big screen so that to witness people leave everything just to take a glimpse of it.

There is days’ worth of attractions and things to do in and around Times Square, but even a few minutes’ visits to experience the bigger-than-life enjoyment is worth the trip.

It was formerly known as Longacre Square. If we reflect, Times Square was named after the New York Times Tower, dating back to the year 1904.

It is very famous because it is one of the few places which is lined with huge, brilliantly lit billboards and screens.

The pedestrian areas are also full of performances, artists, and tourists absorbing the cacophony of the city and the alluring smells wafting from the variety of food trucks that line the streets.

The must-visit place is the Sardi’s Restaurant and a show in the world-famous Theatre District.

And how can one forget the most glamorous events which take place, the New York’s Eve Celebrations and the famous “ ball drop” at midnight, the time when the square and surrounding streets are filled with people, around the globe.

What to Expect on a Times Square New Years Eve
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Even though Times Square is quite bust and perpetually crowded, it has a unique vibe and appeal. Bleachers and double-decker buses are considered to be the best way to admire the entire city life.

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The Empire State Building, New York

As we commence towards the end of the day, how can one forget to visit one of the most visited buildings in the world, The Empire State Building, a building which is visible from every street and every house situated in New York City.

Empire State Building | Height, Construction, History, & Facts
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Before the construction of the World Trade Center 41 years earlier, The Empire State Building, which is 381 meters tall and 102 stories high, was regarded as the tallest building in the world.

In the year of 1931, this building achieved its place as a landmark and an iconic symbol for NYC.

 Tourists are attracted to this spot because this place offers two observation sites on the top. This in turn gives out some of the most mesmerizing views of all time. If you are lucky enough, on clear days one can look beyond 80 miles. Which has a glimpse of the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

One of the most famous sites in the building is the 86th-floor Observatory. It is the city’s highest open-air observation deck. And for many people, that location might feel familiar, since it has been featured in quite many movies and series.

Some of the things which have to be kept in mind while visiting The Empire State Building are that, due to its popularity, there is usually an immense rush, often consuming most of the time of the day, and instead of an exciting day, for some, it might turn into a frustrating day. Hence, it is always advised to visit it early in the morning hours. Or to keep it last on your itinerary.

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Trips can be anywhere around the globe. As per the testimonials of tourists who had trips to this city have stated that a tour experience in New York City will truly transform your life. One might find stories in streets and restaurants. There is always some kind of back story to places we visit and encounter for the very first time. This is the place where one can focus and experience the life of other people, just by listening to their tales.

New York is considered to be the epicenter or, one could say, the heart of the United States. There is life in every span of the day. One can get an opportunity to experience both a peaceful daily life and a fun, exciting nightlife. It’s a city that never actually sleeps. A city where people rediscover themselves. It’s a city where two strangers find a home with one another. And overall, it’s a feeling from which we all can’t move on.



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