“The Greatest City in the World!” Every time you hear this shouted out, only one place will come to your mind — New York. And it’s for good reason. New York is full of attractions; it has bars, restaurants, art museums, and numerous other attractions. So whether you’re a tourist, a visitor who only has a day, or New Yorker, you always have something to do. Here’s a list covering some of the best ones.
See a Broadway show
For tourists who don’t know about the Broadway theatre, it’s a series of theatrical performances presented in 41 professional theatres situated in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Each of the theatres has 500 seats or more and hosts thousands of New York dwellers and visitors every week. Some of the theatres like the Lyceum, the New Amsterdam, or the Belasco are 100 years old.
Broadway shows have become synonymous with New York City and are a staple for the city’s entertainment. You can watch long-running shows like The Lion King or more recent ones like Hamilton. Many of Broadway shows have won prestigious Tony Awards too. And though you may not find the best casino in New York City, you can hop on a table in your mobile casino for a quick game.
Roam around in the famous Central Park
Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City located between the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side. It’s one of the most filmed locations in the world, making it a must-see for all New Yorkers and tourists. In fact, it’s so big you probably won’t be able to miss it.
However, you shouldn’t simply walk in if you want to tour Central Park. It’s because if you enter from the wrong gate, you would be too tired before you get to the good parts. Instead, enter through the 72nd Street entrance and you can various attractions like Strawberry Fields, the Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, Bow Bridge, the Bethesda Fountain, the Naumburg Bandshell, the Loeb Boathouse, the Hans Christian Andersen Monument, the Conservatory Water’s model boats and the Alice in Wonderland statue within an hour.
Celebrate spring at Sakura Matsuri
The Sakura Matsuri is a Japanese Street Festival held every year in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in April. It’s the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and hosts a number of events and activities.
As the temperatures start rising in early April, the pink buds on the cherry blossom trees start peeking out. The rows of beautiful, pink trees is certainly a sight to behold. You’ll get to see Kabuki dances, tea ceremonies, and anime/manga cosplays as well. For entertainment, the festival hosts taiko drummers, samurai sword masters, and J-rock bands among others.
Treat yourself at Smorgasburg
If you’re hungry from all that roaming around, you might want to treat yourself with some good food. Then you better head to Smorgasburg. It’s an open-air food market that originated in Williamsburg, Brooklyn next to the East River. Every Saturday, over 100 vendors gather here to sell small-batch, innovative foods.
You’ll find many innovations in food and taste tomorrow’s big food trend. In fact, past viral hits like ramen burger and Wowfulls waffle cone were both introduced at this event. You can catch this event every Saturday in Williamsburg’s East River State Park or every Sunday in Prospect Park.