I have traveled to the Big Apple in each of the past three years. Every adventure around New York City leaves me wanting more. What separates each trip for me is the different seasons I’ve visited the city. I’ve seen NYC in the hot and sticky summer, the days following Christmas, and the Thanksgiving holiday. Each season brings new sights and excursions throughout the greatest city in America. Here are a few of the city’s top attractions ranked from 10-6:
10. Madison Square Garden
I visited MSG during the summer, meaning neither the Knicks or Rangers were in season. So, instead of seeing a game at the historic arena, I took a tour inside the massive sports shrine. What I didn’t know when I entered the building was that this was not the original MSG. In fact, the current-day MSG is actually the fourth building to have that name. The original was constructed in 1879. The current Garden, which is located on Pennsylvania Plaza, was built in 1968. The tour was tremendous – we went into the Rangers’ locker room and even overlooked the game floor from a high-up walkway. While actually having the privilege to watch a live sporting event there would have been great, the tour more than sufficed.
9. China Town
When you arrive in NYC for the first time, it feels unlike any other city you’ve ever been to. Well, China Town felt like stepping into a whole different planet. My best advice would be to take a guided tour through China Town; it is way too easy to get lost when doing a self-guided tour. In many ways, China Town feels like the busiest part of NYC. Vendors are lined up and down every street, trying to sell tourists the latest knock-off versions of everything. I have two suggestions for first-time visitors: check out Columbus Park (the area that inspired the film ‘Gangs of New York’) and eat! The restaurants surrounding the area are authentic, generally cheap, and top-notch.
8. The High Line/Chelsea Pier
The overwhelming feeling that I had while checking out the Chelsea Pier was relaxation. The Pier and High Line Park felt like a getaway from the hustle and bustle of NYC. I also thought if I was to move to NYC, I would want to live in this area. It is beautiful and there is a ton to do. From boat tours off the pier to long walks on the high line, this area has something for everyone. And with recent upgrades made by the city, High Line park is destined to become a top destination for years to come.
7. 9/11 Memorial
For obvious reasons, the 9/11 Memorial is possibly the most somber area I’ve ever visited. NYC is famous for its constant noise – people talking, music, car horns, but this place is extremely quiet for good reason. All visitors realize the significance of the 9/11 Memorial. Since the twin towers collapsed, the city has done a tremendous job at honoring the victims. The man-made waterfalls and twin-reflecting pools are a sight to behold. The names of the thousands of victims are displayed for all to see.
6. Battery Park
Battery Park offers some of the best views of NYC. Tourists can either take a ferry to check out the Statue of Liberty or stay on shore and enjoy the view of the independence shrine. The park is home to many of the city’s top monuments, including the Sphere and East Coast Memorial. At any time of day, there will be giant crowds in and around the park, but that’s what makes the atmosphere so special. In 2015, the park’s official title was changed to “The Battery.”