How “To Do” New York City in 5 Easy Steps
STEP #1 – Choose your hotel location wisely.
New York has a plethora of rooming options from hostel style “shared” rooming situations to the most luxurious and expensive five star accommodations. Most people visiting New York almost automatically look for a hotel in the Times Square (Midtown) area – but not so fast. While Times Square is very central to most of New York’s “must-see” attractions it can also be quite expensive simply because it is so desirable. If there is a convention in town or if its peak travel season “forgetaboutit” – you don’t stand a chance of finding a reasonably priced hotel in Midtown.
Have you considered the possibility of rooming in other areas of Manhattan or on Long Island (Queens or Brooklyn), or possibly one of New York’s other Burroughs? Queens and Brooklyn are only a few minutes from Times Square by subway and might be excellent and more affordable options for you.
Coming soon are some of our hotel recommendations and deals.
Step #2 – Decide how you plan to get into and around the city.
Once you know where you are staying (and which airport you are flying into) you can then decide how you might want to get into the city. From JFK we have tried several options including car service, taxi, subway and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). While car services (such as Karmel) and taxi are very popular they are also the most expensive way to get into the city. If you are travelling with more the two persons then taxi or car service may be the way to go. However, if you are travelling alone or with one person then you may want to consider public transit.
Getting around New York is a “no brainer.” The best way to navigate New York is to walk it. For longer distances their world class subway system is the most cost effective and efficient way to navigate the city.
STEP #3 – Decide what you want to see.
On your first visit to New York its obvious that you will likely plan to visit the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, Central Park, 5th Avenue and you are also likely take a cruise to the Statue of Liberty. Okay we get it, but there is so much more to New York than the obvious. If there is one rule you should abide by it should be this one: take at least one road less traveled on your visit. New York is filled with amazing neighborhoods.
Coming soon is a comprehensive list of LA neighborhoods with information on what makes them special and why you might want to visit.
STEP #4 – Investigate special events.
Some neighborhoods have weekly, monthly or annual events especially during warmer months. You may not want to miss some of these. For example, there is a great farmers market in Union Square on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and which is great for lunch in the park (and people watching) when the weather is nice. Operated by Greenmarket Farmers Markets , the market in Union Square is one of 54 farmer’s markets operated by Greenmarket throughout the city! In addition to fruits, veggies and baked goods these markets also have plenty of prepared foods representing the local flavors of New York.
STEP #5 – Finally, plan your itinerary.
Once you have laid out which neighborhoods you plan to visit and know what special events might be happening, the next step is to organize. But wait! New York is one of those cities that also begs you to be a little spontaneous. Please make sure to leave some time in your itinerary to be adventurous.
When organizing all those activities you feel you must to pay very close attention to an attraction’s opening and closing times, and if required, departure times. Stack your activities based on each attraction’s closing time to make sure you are able to fit anything in. If you don’t plan ahead you may find out that you have run out of time and won’t be able to visit the places you wanted to.