There is a lot to see in New York, but you can not reach everything unless you are in the big city for several weeks. The distances are great and it takes time to get around, and not least there are very often long queues around several of the tourist attractions.
Empire State Building
The 102-storey building was the world’s tallest building when the skyscraper was completed in 1931, but with its 381 meters has been surpassed several times since then. The venerable building is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York, and its central location in Manhattan gives you a huge view of the big city. There can be very long queues here, and we strongly recommend that you buy “VIP tickets” online in advance of the trip. In this way, you can walk past the entire queue and be guided up the skyscraper, without the price difference between these tickets and regular tickets being so great. With regular tickets, you can look forward to hours of queuing in tight hallways without windows if you are unlucky.
One World Trade Center
If the height meters at the Empire State Building are not enough for you, also stop by the One World Trade Center. The skyscraper is also called Freedom Tower, and stands on the ground where the building 6 World Trade Center stood before the terrorist attack in 2001. In total, the skyscraper is a full 541 meters high, or 1,776 feet, which is not a coincidence. The number of feet refers to 1776, the year the United States declared independence. At the top, in front of the steel mast, there is an observatory called One World Observatory, and you get there with an elevator that mills you up the 102 floors in just 47 seconds. The crazy lift ride is in itself worth every penny of the entrance fee, while the experience and the view from the observatory will be the icing on the cake. The cheapest ticket currently costs 34 US Dollars, and you should book your visit in advance.
Statue of Liberty
If you ask a Norwegian what he associates with New York, the famous statue on Liberty Island is guaranteed to be one of the things. The 93-meter-tall Statue of Liberty was given to the Americans by the French at the end of the 19th century, and has since stood firmly on an island just outside Manhattan. You have to buy tickets for the ferry to travel to the island itself, but it is also possible with boat trips only around the island. It can also be seen from land – or with binoculars from the Empire State Building.
Amid sirens, traffic chaos and generally a lot of noise, a huge park suddenly opens up. Central Park is a huge park right in the very heart of New York, where city residents come to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The park is very well maintained and offers everything from amusement parks to street stalls and baseball fields. Here you can sit down in the park and watch the locals play a baseball game, or photograph and feed the rich wildlife. Canoeing is also possible.
Stand-up eller show in New York
New York is considered by many to be the city with the best comedy clubs, and we really recommend taking a trip to a proper, American stand-up club. You can buy cheap tickets at most clubs, and you can experience how the Americans go out to enjoy a regular night a week. Not recommended for those who are easily offended, and in that case you should not sit in the front row! On Broadway you can also see world-famous musicals and shows, a popular thing to see among many Norwegians.
Chinatown og Little Italy
Take a trip to Chinatown and Little Italy when you visit New York, and experience two completely different cultures. These two neighborhoods slide into each other, and Chinatown is actually eating up parts of the Italian Quarter. The most important thing to keep in mind before you go to Chinatown and Little Italy is that you must not eat before you leave. Here it is important to have room in the stomach. Stop by the small and cozy eateries, taste the specialties, and make sure to bring as many of them as possible! Both districts have their own festivals that are fun to attend, such as the Chinese New Year’s Eve (falls on different dates, in late January to late February, depending on when there is a full moon), or the San Gennaro Festival which lasts for 11 days in September.
Rockefeller Center is perhaps the world’s most famous concert hall, and is at the same time a complex building that brings together many different institutions. Several of the world’s most famous artists have performed here, at the same time as all the sporting events are played here. If something exciting happens when you are in New York, we recommend a visit here. The vantage point at the top of the building also gives you a great view of Manhattan.
As a tourist in New York, you have to stop by Times Square. You have certainly seen the street from countless movies and commercials. There are plenty of shopping opportunities here, but the prices are of course quite high. There are also many good nightclubs and restaurants in the immediate area, but one should visit Times Square just to have experienced it.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is by far one of the best museums on the planet, and also the largest in the entire United States. Nearly 8 million visitors come here every year, to see an art collection of over 2 million units. This collection contains objects from all kinds of cultures and eras over the last 5000 years. You will also find Norwegian works of art and objects at The Met, including a version of Vampire by Edvard Munch. The main building of The Met is located on the eastern edge of Central Park. The museum also includes The Met Cloisters located in Fort Tryon Park, and The Met Breuer located on Madison Avenue. Both of these two branches are too small to count compared to the main building. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open every day from 10:00 to 17:30, except Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at 21:00.
Coney Island Cyclone
Coney Island is a peninsula that has traditionally been the place New Yorkers enjoy, especially during the summer months. There are currently two different amusement parks, Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. The most famous of the attractions is The Cyclone, a classic roller coaster built in 1927. Yes, the roller coaster is safe, even though it is old and venerable. In the five years leading up to 2017, the entire facility was renovated, without The Cyclone losing its soon-to-be 100-year-old charm. You will find other rewarding things to do on Coney Island as well, such as a visit to the New York Aquarium or a stroll on the Coney Island Boardwalk, and you can take a dip or sunbathe on the beaches there on hot summer days. But, none of them taste more of New York than The Cyclone!