Travel Destinations - New York City - Places to Visit and Things to Do...

Lena Kovadlo By Lena Kovadlo, 20th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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New York City is "a city that never sleeps". There is so much to see and do in New York City that you need to spend at least a week here when you come for a visit.

Visiting New York City

New York City is "a city that never sleeps". There is so much to see and do in New York City that you need to spend at least a week there when you come for a visit. A few days just won't be enough to take everything in and experience all that New York City has to offer. If you are planning to visit New York City be sure that you can spend at least one week there. Of course you can come for a few days but better to prolong your stay and get more out of your vacation...

Getting Around New York City

When you come to New York City there are many ways to get around to your desired destinations. You can always take a cab, but if you can't afford to pay for a cab or just want to save money, you can use their public transportation system.

There are many local and express buses, and subway lines that will get you to where you want to go. A local bus ride (one way) will cost you only $2.50, while a ride on an express bus (one way) will cost you $6.00. A subway ride (one way) will be the same $2.50.

With a MetroCard which is used to pay for subway and bus rides you get a free transfer that is valid for a period of two hours. So if you take a bus and then transfer to a subway or to another bus, or if you transfer from a subway to a bus you will be able to use that free transfer that is automatically generated on the card once you swipe it. There is no free transfer between subway lines once you exit the subway, but you can transfer between subway lines at no charge if you don't exit the subway system. Also, remember that if more than one person uses the MetroCard you only need to swipe it once when you transfer to a bus or subway. All the transfers will go through on that one swipe. Swiping the card more than once will result in you paying additional fare.

If you plan to take a lot of bus and/or subway rides you can get an unlimited MetroCard. It will cost you $30 for a whole week and will expire at midnight. For example, if you start using the MetroCard on Monday then it will expire Sunday night (at midnight), which is really Monday.

Regardless of which MetroCard you may need - pay-per-ride, or unlimited - you can buy one at any subway stations. Grocery stores might sell them as well.

New York City - Boroughs/Neighborhoods

New York City is made up of five boroughs - Manhattan (known as the city), Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx, each divided into many different neighborhoods. You can think of each borough as a stand alone city since there are millions of people living in each one, with the exception of Staten Island, whose population is not in the millions but is still very large. Of all the five boroughs Manhattan is the most popular one to visit, though there are things to see and do in all the five boroughs.

New York City - Museums

New York City is filled with art and immersing yourself in it is part of the experience. There are many museums to pay a visit to during your stay in New York City. Below are the most known ones that tourists visit.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka The Met) - located in Manhattan (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street) - has a large collection of paintings, and sculptures from European artists, as well as collections of Asian, African, Oceanic, Byzantine, Islamic, and (Ancient) Egyptian art. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays. Though the admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, it is a suggested admission, which means you can pay as much or as little as you want.

The Cloisters, which is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art - located in Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park (99 Margaret Corbin Drive) that overlooks the Hudson River - features a collection of art and architecture of the European Middle Ages. Just like the Met, the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays, with admission same as that of the Met and also suggested. If you already paid your admission to the Met you can visit The Cloisters museums without having to pay another admission, if you visit it the same day.

MoMa (Modern Museum of Art) - located in Manhattan (11 West 53rd Street) - features collections of modern and contemporary art including architecture & design, paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, prints, film, and more. It is open Monday to Sunday but closed on Tuesdays. The admission is $20 for adults and $16 for senior citizens.

The Guggenheim - located in Manhattan (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street) - features impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern art, and contemporary art. It is open Monday to Sunday but closed on Thursdays. The admission is $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens.

American Museum of Natural History - located in Manhattan (Central Park West at 79th Street) - is a science museum and consists of 46 exhibition halls. These exhibition halls include exhibits on human biology and evolution, minerals and gems, meteorites, fossils, ocean life and more. Research laboratories and a library are also found in the museum. In addition to that there is also the Rose Center for Earth & Space and the Hayden Planetarium, where you can see various shows and find out about the planets and the stars among other interesting things. It is open Monday to Sunday. The admission, which is suggested admission, is $16 for adults and $12 for senior citizens.

Whitney Museum of American Art - located in Manhattan (945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street) - features collections of 20th-Century and 21st-Century American art. It is open Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays. The admission is $18 for adults and $12 for senior citizens.

The Brooklyn Museum of Art - located in Brooklyn (200 Eastern Parkway) - is the second largest museum in New York City. It features ancient Egyptian masterpieces, contemporary art, and art from many other cultures around the world. It is open Wednesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The admission is $10 for adults and $6 for senior citizens.

New York City - Zoos, Aquariums, Botanical Gardens

If you love animals, ocean life, and/or flowers and plants then you might enjoy paying a visit to the zoos, aquariums and/or botanical gardens that exist in New York City.

Central Park Zoo - located in Manhattan (64th Street at 5th Avenue (east side of Central Park)) - is open all year round. The admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $7 for children.

Prospect Park Zoo - located in Brooklyn (450 Flatbush Avenue) - is open all year round. The admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $5 for children.

Bronx Zoo - located in the Bronx (2300 Southern Blvd) - is open all year round. The admission is $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, and $12 for children.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden - located in Brooklyn (900 Washington Avenue) - is open Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays. Admission is $8 for adults, and $4 for senior citizens.

The New York Botanical Garden - located in the Bronx (200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard) - is open Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $1 for children.

Broadway Shows, Concerts, and More

If you love plays, musicals, and Broadway shows, New York City is bursting with them. There are many theaters in Manhattan's Time Square neighborhood (among other areas) where you can enjoy Broadway shows, off-Broadway shows, plays, musicals, comedy shows, and even concerts. There is a large variety of shows you can see, no matter what day of the week it is. You might need to buy your tickets in advance though because shows can sell out pretty fast.

There are also many bars you can go to where you can relax, have a drink, and listen to some live music.

Among the popular entertainment venues in New York City are Madison Square Garden (32nd Street and 7th Avenue, Manhattan), where sporting events and music concerts take place; Radio City Music Hall (6th Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets, Manhattan), where shows and concerts take place along with the famous Christmas show - the Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes - which runs every year starting in November and going past Christmas; The Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street, Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood), one of the most famous music halls in the United States, which was home of the popular variety show Showtime at the Apollo.

Visiting New York City

There is certainly much to see and do in New York City. There is so much to experience, and so much to explore. You will never get bored when you visit New York City because it always is bursting with life. After all, New York City is "a city that never sleeps".

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author avatar Lena Kovadlo
Lena Kovadlo is an author of ten published books and an editor of two poetry anthologies. She is a writer for HubPages, Writedge, Daily Two Cents and other sites. She also helps authors publish books.

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author avatar Denise O
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Good info on New York. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Lena Kovadlo
23rd Mar 2012 (#)

You're welcome. I've been living in New York for over 19 years. I love New York! :)

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
27th Oct 2012 (#)

Excellent article on New York City. I am hoping to do some traveling in the future and if and when go there I will checkout a few of these places.

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author avatar Lena Kovadlo
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks! I love NYC! It's one of the best places to visit.

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