10 Places To Visit In New York City
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10 Places to Visit In New York City

Well, actually there’s a lot of places to visit in NYC you need lots of time. But here are 10 to get you started.

1. Grand Central Station. The 100-year-old railway station is the largest in the world and the busiest in United States with some 700,000 commuters a day. It began to get run down until a massive four-year renovation in the 1990s got the station back to its glory. Plenty of fantastic shots to take with the camera in the main concourse such as the four-faced clock that keeps time for the commuters, the glimmering chandeliers and the astronomical painted ceiling. Take a quick look around Grand Central Market at the fresh fish, meats, cheeses, fruits and bread. It is pricey though.

2. Washington Square Park. The history of the park isn’t nice. Between 10,000 to 22,000 people buried because of massive deaths from yellow fever. Then in the 1800s it became a public hanging area. The area is more pleasant today with kids playing, people sitting on benches having a bite to eat. Washington Memorial Arch, built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration. It is the start (or maybe some would say the end) of 5th Ave.

3. New York Public Library. The library is free to visit. You can use it’s free WIFI or use a computer. The main bronze door entrance from 5th Ave leads to Astor Hall where many events occur here including weddings. Even wedding receptions are held in the Edna Barnes Salomon Room. I didn’t want to miss the Rose Main Reading room, used in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn, has long oak tables and above is the ceiling painted clouds. The two lions outside, Patience and Fortitude, are named by Fiorello LaGuardia, mayor of NYC at the time during Depression, hoping people will have these two attributes to get through the Depression.

4. Roosevelt Island. On 59th Ave and 2nd Ave, I caught the tram for about the four-minute ride to Roosevelt Island. I paid with my 7-day metro card. I didn’t feel like it was in New York City at all except for the fact of seeing the skyscrapers of Manhattan on one side and Queens on the other. From the tram station is a 15 minute walk to Franklin D Roosevelt Freedoms Park. FDR wanted freedom of four things: Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, Freedom from Want. There are red buses that go around the island but the regular city bus was near the park so we caught it to get us to the subway station. The F train can also get you to and from the island. In our case the F train took us back to our home base in Queens.

5. Bryant Park. The park, located behind the New York Public Library, is well used. In 1935, during the Depression people had no jobs, no money and nowhere to go so they came here where they didn’t need even a library card they just signed the books in and out. This stopped during World War II with the onslaught of new jobs. The Reading Room started again in 2003. Once run down in the 1970s due to neglect, drug dealers and muggers, the park got revamped to be a place to read, work on a laptop or maybe have lunch. There are plenty of chairs and tables. Both adults and children can ride the Le Carousel that plays French cabaret music. There are 14 animals that are replicas classic creatures.

6. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Ok I did add this to the list even though I didn’t really see much of it only a quick peak inside. Right now, there’s a lot of scaffolding around both inside and outside the cathedral since it’s undergoing a two-year $177 million renovation.

7. Queens Botanical Garden. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Located in the borough of Queens, there is plenty to see such as different types of flowers, herbs that are grown for both cooking and healing. The building with a green roof is 16,000 square-foot designed to take advantage of solar energy, retain and reuse rainwater, and showcase diverse plant communication. Eco-House is a red brick house on wheels that showed ways people be more environmentally friendly in their homes or apartments from flooring to toilets, showers, furnaces and more.

8. Chinatown is a great place for shoppers to pick up bargains in and around Canal St. My friend bought an umbrella for about six dollars since two days later we walked into Saks she saw a similar umbrella six times that much. There is a Chinatown in Flushing where we walked by to catch the subway back to home based. We stopped in one of many grocery stores that were very busy.

9. Little Italy on a hot night is great to find that restaurant to eat outdoors. My feet couldn’t take another step and Il Piccolo Buffalo was the ticket even though there were no empty tables outside. The front was wide open anyway that sitting inside felt like we were sitting outside. The food was delicious. My friend had Penne with Prosciutto and light tomato sauce. I had Spaghetti Primavera with crisp vegetables tossed with garlic and olive oil. We both had a glass of white wine in a goblet. Our leftovers were even better the next day.

10. U.S. Open Tennis. So this was the biggest reason for me to get to New York City. It was a long-time dream to see tennis at Arthur Ashe stadium. The stadium holds over 23,000 people. We sat in the “nose bleed” section, it was the cheapest ticket but the view of the court and seeing the players play wasn’t bad. We went to watch matches on the other courts but never had the time to see inside Louis Armstrong the second main stadium after Ashe. The best way to get to the Open is taking the no. 7 train. It’s more convenient and obviously cheaper than parking. When we got off the train, it was about five-minute walk to the gate. You will be checked at security. They do stress no backpacks allowed.


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