Once bitten, twice smitten. Repeat visitors to NYC know there is plenty more to explore.
If your first visit to New York City left you wanting more, you're not alone. Statistics from Visit USA reveal that of the hundreds of thousands of Aussies who visit NYC each year, almost three-quarters of them are repeat visitors. Going back for a second or third bite of the Big Apple is a great opportunity to experience different seasons, a new holiday celebration, or another borough. It's also your best shot at seeing more of the highlights. One visit is never enough.
If you've taken Manhattan… get to know the other boroughs of New York City. Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island are where you will find diverse neighbourhoods rich in culture, history, shopping, dining and ethnic flavor. Eat your way around Brooklyn’s best outdoor food market, Smorgasburg, follow the hip-hop history trail in the Bronx and join the millions of tourists who salute Lady Liberty from the deck of the Staten Island Ferry. Take the 7 train to Queens - it's been dubbed the International Express - and you'll pass through Mexican, Indian, Colombian and Chinese neighbourhoods where the restaurants are as authentic as the residents.
NYC & Company has developed detailed NYC neighbourhood guides and you can freely access them at nycgo.com/neighborhoods.
If you've been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art… visit one of New York’s lesser-known culture centres. The Tenement Museum brings to life the true stories of immigrant families – often heartbreaking, almost always backbreaking – through visits to authentically restored apartments of former residents from the 1870s to the 1970s. At the American Folk Art Museum, enjoy works by artists who are self-taught in quilting, stone-carving, painting, photography and more. Built in 1906 to house JP Morgan’s private library, The Morgan Library & Museum now hosts compelling exhibitions, an elegant dining room and Friday night recitals in an atrium designed by architect Renzo Piano.
If you've seen a Broadway show… see another one; you could go back to the theatre district for weeks and never see the same show twice. Hamilton is the hottest ticket right now, plus there is major buzz about Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen. Do venture further than Times Square though, and you’ll be rewarded with magnificent ballet, opera, theatre and orchestral performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, live jazz in an intimate setting at Blue Note Jazz Club and instantly recognisable comedians at Gotham Comedy Club. Wednesday night is Amateur Night on the mainstage at The Apollo in Harlem.
If you’ve been to the top of the Empire State Building… go to Top of the Rock. The views of Manhattan are sensational from the Observation Deck, 70 floors high up at Rockefeller Center; many people say they’re the best in the city. For sweeping views from a downtown vantagepoint, take the super-fast elevator to the top of One World Observatory. Moving and iconic, the observatory is at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center. Rebuilt as a symbol of New York City's resilience, a visit here is unforgettable.
If you've tried cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery... this time, eat like a local. Food trucks are popular in NYC, serving up waffles, dumplings, fried chicken and more. Follow the tweets of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck to find its location, and look out for the Red Hook Lobster Pound’s roving van. Queues wrap around the block for the $6 lamb and chicken plates from The Halal Guys food truck on the corner of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue.
If you’ve shopped the discount designer racks at Century 21, next time scour the bargains at TJ Maxx, Designer Shoe Warehouse and Bloomingdale's Upper West Side Outlet. Serious shoppers head out of town for a daytrip to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. The trip takes about 90 minutes; buses depart regularly from Port Authority Terminal in Manhattan’s Midtown. Woodbury Common’s 220 outlets offer pulse-quickening savings, often up to 80 per cent off.
If you’ve navigated the subway, sign up to explore a neighbourhood on foot. Intrepid Urban Adventures runs themed walking tours of the city: choose from foodie tours, a look at brownstone Brooklyn, midtown sights and more. Guests of The Pod Hotels can enjoy free customised walking tours of the Lower East Side, Brooklyn and Greenwich Village.
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