Usually, we tend to avoid New York City attractions that are overcrowded and many times over hyped, always striving to move against the grain. However, once in a while there are few places that are worth the hype. Here are 5 places that have definitely earned their “must visit” status:
5Grand Central Station
It’s undeniable that there’s something magical about Grand Central Station. Maybe it’s in the architecture. Maybe it’s the “hidden” features inside like the tennis court, the Campbell Apartment bar, and the whispering wall. For many it symbolizes New York City — in that everyone in there is on a journey to or from somewhere.
Walking, running or biking the Brooklyn Bridge at least once is a New York right of passage. Even with the tourist crowds at top you can still take a moment to step out of the busyness that is downtown Manhattan. If you make it to downtown Brooklyn, stay a while because DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is very charming.
The expression goes “there’s something for everyone in New York City” what they don’t tell you is that if you don’t know where to find it, your best bet is to start in Chinatown. This lower Manhattan neighborhood has some of the best shops, food, bars, art, etc. It’s also bordered by areas like SoHo, LES, and Little Italy so the blurred lines produce some interesting and ecliptic culture.
The Highline is one of the few places in Manhattan where you can explore the Meatpacking District from above. This abandoned railroad platform was converted to a park in 2009 and has been a popular Chelsea attraction since. From 14th to 30th when you’re on the West Side, there’s always an excuse to hop on the Highline.
Getting out of the 7 train in the brand new 34th street Yard Subway Station is definitely a NEW New York experience. Since this is the first new subway station in NYC in over 25 years! Travel through this terminal you feel as if you stepped out of current day New York and into the future.
Right before the turnstile there is a beautiful 2788 square foot mosaic done by Harlem’s own Xenobia Bailey. It’s not often you find a subway station worth visiting in New York but this one definitely is! Just a warning the escalator ride in/out of the station is pretty deep so don’t look down!