NEW YORK - WHAT TO DO PART 2

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In January Erd wrote a post called "New York - What to do" when she visited NYC for the first time. After going there for the first time myself, I thought I would write another post to update Erd's list. If you haven't seen it, check it out now - http://www.oteol.com/2015/02/new-york-what-to-do.html.

MUST sees:

1. Rockefeller Center (also known as Top of the Rock). One of the biggest buildings in New York. I went to see it in the evening around 9.30pm and was able to see some amazing views of the city. It was so beautiful and really demonstrated why NYC is described as the city that never sleeps.

Cost: $28



2. Empire State Building (ESB). Again, one of the tallest buildings in NYC. Most people do not do both the Empire State and Rockefeller Center since standing at the top, you can see one from the other. I went to the Empire State Building during the day. The view was completely mind blowing and despite being so high I didn't feel scared looking down at the pavement.
Personally, I preferred being at the Top of the Rock but am really happy that I did the ESB too!

Cost: $26



3. New York Public Library. This place was surprisingly one of the highlights of my trip. They usually have special exhibitions on throughout the year. When I was there I saw the exhibition on the 'Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography'. In a nutshell it was about the development of new technology and social media, in the sharing of photos. It explored some interesting points, including: what are some of the platforms and networks through which photographs have been shared? In what ways have we, as photography’s public and one of its subjects, been engaged over time? To what ends has the street served as a venue for photographic practice since its beginnings? And, of more recent concern, are we risking our privacy in pursuit of a more public photography?, which I thought was completely fascinating with the more recent advancements in social media and the revolution of the internet. I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting The Big Apple, especially considering the cost.

Cost: FREE



4. Chrysler Building. Although visitors cannot explore this building, they can view the lobby. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to step inside, However I was able to walk past it daily, in the morning, afternoon and evening since it was close to my accommodation. It's design is unlike any building I have seen before.

Cost: FREE



5. Times Square. It was recommended to me as a sight to see in the night-time. Luckily enough I was able to see it both in the day and night time. Personally speaking it is better in the night because the whole city is illuminated and there's so much going on e.g. Broadway Shows etc. One big warning, it is very tourist-y!

Cost: Free



6. Carlo's Bakery. It is the bakery owned by Sky Tv's Cake Boss. So if like me, you' re in love with baked goods or have a massive sweet tooth, definitely pop in for a treat or two. It is also very easy to find since it is along Times Square.

Cost (of a regular cupcake): approx. $4-5



7. Grand Central. This Station is so different to any I've seen in the UK. It is so intricately decorated that you could honestly stare at the design for days. I really liked this place because it had a few hidden eateries (yes, I mainly mean bakeries), which were absolutely delicious! It is really hard to navigate so if you look lost, someone will help you even it'sa random member of the general public.

Cost: FREE



8. US Open. One of the four major tennis Championships, the US Open is scheduled from the end of August to the second week of September. It is great because it is easy to watch a variety of tennis players without paying a ridiculous ticket price. It is out of the main area of New York so you get to view another part of the city. I would recommend going earlier on during the tournament because you get to see more players and more matches, which gives you great value for money.

Cost: Starting at approx. $50 for a Grounds Pass



As you can probably tell, I was not able to see as many sights as Erd did in January, however I'm prepared to go back another time to see the sites that I missed.
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