Between this week’s research on the Big Apple, Thursday’s Sex and the City II premiere and the fact that the summer travel season is literally days away, I’m really in a New York state of mind this week. So, with that, I bring you one final NYC-centric post (for now, anyhow).
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Scenic’s Top 10 Things to do NYC
Truly, it’s next to impossible to choose just 10 fun things to do in NYC. A list of 100 still wouldn’t be complete. And that’s the wonderful thing about visiting New York – there is literally always something new to see, do and experience. But, here are Scenic’s for the top things to do if you’re visiting NYC this Memorial Day weekend:
1. Times Square – Yes it’s touristy, but it’s also a central hub of activity in New York. You’ll see all walks of life rubbing shoulders, from the Naked Cowboy to famous folks. And face it, you’re a tourist, so act like one.
2. Little Italy- Plan your visit to this authentic Italian neighborhood around dinner and enjoy some of the best Italian food found outside of the mother country. Spaghetti, meatballs, pasta and more. Eat like a wise guy and wash it all down with a delicious glass of red. But leave your Don Corleone impressions at home, nobody likes a fugazi.
3. Chinatown – It’s a cultural experience you definitely won’t want to miss. Take a stroll down the block and shop for vegetables, fruits and Chinese delicacies. Enjoy some dim sum and revel in the celebrations of the Chinese culture.
4.Tour Ellis Island- 40% of Americans can trace their lineage to Ellis Island, and a whole lot more than that have descended from immigrants. A visit to Ellis Island puts an entirely human face on a sometimes inhumane process. And you’ll drink in beautiful views of the New York Harbor on the ferry, they’re breathtaking. A sidenote: there is no “book” a la Hitch, and the guard will laugh at you if you ask. Take my word for it.
5. Stroll through Central Park – It’s the largest urban park in the country. Enjoy a concert or a Shakespeare in the Park performance, take a picnic and relax in the grass, ride the carousel or just sit on a bench and watch the world stroll by. You’ll see it all in this urban theater.
6. And speaking of theater, make time to Experience New York Theater. You’ve read about it here, a glamorous New York evening that you just can’t get anywhere else. Budget for decent seats, dress up and enjoy a late dinner after the performance. It really doesn’t matter what you see – even if it has a short run, you’ll be able to say, “Oh that, yes, I saw it on Broadway,” at dinner parties for years to come.
7. Stroll down Fifth Avenue. Browse in high end New York shops, marvel at the other patrons and shop like a socialite for a few hours, even if you’re just window shopping.
8. Savor a steak at Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn. This landmark restaurant has been serving the best steak in the city since 1887, and has been voted the #1 New York steak for 26 years running. Reservations are hard to come by and the pricetag is nothing to sneeze at, but dinner at this this legendary New York establishment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for even the most jaded city slicker.
9. Visit Ground Zero, the site of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. Even after more than eight years, this is still a haunting place to stand. It’s impossible not to be humbled by the events that happened here and the heroic actions by so many that followed. Even though the victims weren’t all Veterans, Memorial Day is certainly an appropriate time to remember those who fell on 9/11.
10. And finally, participate in at least one Fleet Week activity to honor those who are currently serving our great country. Whether you attend a parade, tour a ship or just thank a sailor. Memorial Day is about those who have given their lives in service to the United States, and today’s soldiers are tomorrow’s Veterans.
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