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Sharky New York City
The moment you set foot in the Big Apple, you’ll feel as if you just entered the land of infinite possibility. New York, from Brooklyn to Queens, is filled with major sights and hidden gems alike that will waken up the senses in a unique and inspiring way. When you visit here, discard any ordinary tourist agenda and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
New York City: The city that never sleeps
New York is so jam-packed with places to see and things to do, you might fear that you’ll never fit it all in. And, if truth be told, you probably won’t. But, there are a few essential sights that even the busiest visitor should add to their must-do list.
An iconic day in NYC could include picnicking in Central Park, gazing at the beautiful rusted Statue of Liberty, and engaging in the powerfully personal stories of immigrants at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Once you get such famous tourist sights out of the way, venture off the beaten path and delve into something fresh.
Try taking a deep breath as you stroll along the one mile long elevated greenway called The Highline. Now one of the City’s most popular parks, the Highline was envisioned out of an overgrown railroad track that stretched above the Chelsea neighborhood.
For some wintery fun, head to Wollman Rink in Central Park. Perfect for a romantic evening or a family outing, the rink sits amidst a natural setting. Even if you do more falling down than skating, you’re in for a treat.
Whether you are a beginner or quite advanced, consider heading to the Trapeze School
for a class for a good rush. Learn how to fly and swing your way across the city using this acrobatic art.
Get interactive at the Intrepid Museum. Suitable for family fun, this museum aims to educate you about the sea, air, and space. While you are there, take the time to pay tribute to the heroes of these industries as well.
New York City: It’s all happening
Take a walk on the wild side and check out some of the best, yet most offbeat events in New York.
For a bizarre and fascinating time, put on your best mermaid costume and head to the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in mid to late June. As the biggest art parade in the country, it’s sure to make a splash.
On the Fourth of July, work up your appetite by watching Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. This American event has become a tradition nationwide. If you so dare, you can try and qualify for the tournament earlier in the year.
Craving something sweet? Go to the New York Chocolate Show, where everything from chocolate clothes to chocolate artwork is on display. You are free to sample some chocolates as well. This event usually happens in early to mid-November at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
Finding your NYC home away from home
Why stay at one of the standard hotels in New York when you can take the lodging not taken? Set up camp at the posh Yotel Times Square, where you’re the rooms have beds that come out of the wall.
For a bit more dazzle, book at the Ace Hotel New York. Suit up in a tux, slip down to one of the hotel’s restaurants for a scrumptious meal, and afterwards grab a bold cocktail at the Ballroom.
Take a trip back in time at the Akwaaba Mansion and B&B. This 1860’s mansion is planted beside tons of eateries and brownstones, and offers a Southern style brunch.
Book lovers should spend their nights at the Library Hotel in Midtown. With the names of floors named after the Dewey Decimal System and books stocked in each room, you may find yourself wanting to sit down with a book and cup of coffee.
Go gothic and stay in the Alchemy Suite at the Dylan in Manhattan. Made to resemble a laboratory, this chamber lodging has everything from velvet drapes to vaulted ceilings. Digging the vibe? Grab a bite at Jekyll and Hyde’s nearby.
The need to feed
No matter what you like to it, you can find something delicious to munch on in New York. Craving a cool down? Go to the Lemon Ice King of Corona in Queens. This famous neighborhood establishment has been serving up freshly made Italian ices for years. For something truly unique try their fruit cocktail flavor.
Want something a little meatier? Try grabbing a sub at a joint called the Meatball Shop. This popular eatery serves up so many kinds of meatball, you might have to go back for seconds—if you can bare the line.
For something a bit more serene, grab a bite at the 79th Street Boat Basin’s Boat Basin Cafes. Views of the Hudson, nestled in the park—where else would you rather spend an afternoon?
While the City has no shortage of great grub spots, you’ll want to try finding some classic New York Pizza, a ramen bar, and, of course, a hot dog. Unbuckle your belts, you’re in for a filling ride.