New York City is famous for being one of the dreamiest destinations in the world. From iconic skyscrapers and multicultural food galore, to glamorous hotels and breathtaking views, it certainly is the city that never sleeps. If you’ve not visited, or will be visiting for the first time, here are five things you can’t miss out on when in the Big Apple!
5 Must-Do Activities To Enjoy The Best Of New York City
The best way to visit various iconic NYC landmarks, is through CityPASS. Instead of splashing more on individual tickets, CityPASS allows you to admire several attractions at a fraction of the cost (up to 42% savings, to be exact)! As such, you’ll get access to 5 must-see places including beautiful views of the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck or Empire State Building.
Here are the current options available:
- Empire State Building
- American Museum of Natural History
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
- Ferry access to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The CityPASS ticket is valid for 9 consecutive days including the first attraction you visit, thus you’ll have plenty of time to get your money’s worth. As for shorter stays, C3 by CityPASS (receive admission to 3 attractions of your choice and save up to 38%) is a solid option instead. Tickets are available online here.
Now this is a no-brainer! The experience of attending a Broadway show in real life is unlike any other. Every musical or play encompasses different aspects of what makes Broadway so special – from glitzy costumes and props to astounding musical performances. It’s the best in the world for a reason! Without spoiling the fun for you, here’s a sneak peek of what the award-winning musical, Wicked, looks like from the inside.
Here’s how to purchase Broadway tickets:
- Head to the official website
- Select your chosen show, and then choose your preferred seats
- Visit the Box Office right next to the theatre on the day of the show (at least an hour before) to collect your tickets
And just like that, you’re on your way to the most memorable night of your life. Some of the best shows at the moment include Hamilton, Funny Girl and Book of Mormon! You’ll discover that each theatre is unique, and every show comes with a Playbill for your perusal pre-performance.
3. Urban Hawker
Even though you’re all the way in NYC, home is always where the heart is. So fret not! There’s a newly-opened Singaporean hawker restaurant, Urban Hawker, right in the centre of Manhattan that’ll feed you with comfort. They have 17 hawker stalls, 11 of which are run by actual Singaporean hawkers from the homeland. Tuck into a plethora of food choices such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Mee Rebus, Teh Tarik, Singaporean Laksa and Kuih Nyonya!
Website: Urban Hawker
Address: 135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020
4. Foodie Walking Tour
Onto the next! The city tends to feel a touch overwhelming for first-timers, thus a local Foodie Walking Tour would be ideal for an informative, guided and food-filled time in town. Like A Local is who you turn to for a exciting tours of various locations in NYC. Their Immigrant New York Food Tour comprising of Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy is one we’d recommend! You’d get the chance to indulge in bagels, cannolis, knish, dumplings, pizza and more all while learning about the deep history and struggles of immigrants in New York.
The tour runs for 3.5 hours and will proceed regardless of weather, so be sure to dress extra warm in the winter!
Website: Like A Local
5. ModernHaus SoHo
Of course, no stay would be complete without the perfect hotel experience. If you’re looking for a place that provides spectacular city views, has fantastic amenities, and is located in an upbeat neighbourhood – ModernHaus SoHo is the hotel for you. Their Skyline King Studio boasts a panoramic view of the Freedom Tower and its surroundings, plus it comes with a Nespresso machine and Le Labo shower products!
Not only do you get a bang for your buck, you also get to enjoy:
- Creative designs and art in the common areas (KAWS included)
- Veranda Restaurant & Bar
- Jumpin Jacks (2nd floor dining spot)
- JIMMY Rooftop Bar & Pool
Website: Reserve a room here.
A Trip You Won’t Forget
Be sure to save this guide for the next time you visit New York City! There’s so much more than meets the eye in this stunning city, and it absolutely will be an amazing one for the books. Happy holidays!