Away from the crowds: New York3.08.15 | Oliver Broad
If it your first time to New York, then there are some obvious must-sees such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the new World Trade Centre complex, Times Square and of course the beautiful Central Park, but of course there is so much more to the city and so we have put together some of our own suggestions, which are not necessarily found in the usual New York guides!
Visiting the Statue of Liberty can get very busy and the best views are actually not from being up-close. I boarded the free Staten Island Ferry from Lower Manhattan which is a short ride over to the island and provides great views of the Statue of Liberty.
Another area to visit and to soak up some of the city’s history is Brooklyn. Depending on your personal interests, you could choose to go on the World War II tour, taking in the impressive Naval ship yard. Also offered is a Brooklyn pub tour, bike rides over the famous Brooklyn Bridge or food-themed tours of Williamsburg.
Lower Manhattan’s financial district is a hive of activity in the week, however at the weekends the mood changes as the bankers all flee the city. We suggest rising early and strolling the quiet streets early on a Sunday to get a unique experience. While you are there, visit the World Trade Centre memorial and marvel at the newly built sky scrappers in this redeveloped part of the city.
Everyone recognises Manhattan for its famous skyline, bringing back memories from movies watched over the years. There is however a much greener side to the city and a ferry ride around the whole island of Manhattan will show you just that. Most will opt just for a ferry ride seeing the southern part of the island but opt for the longer trip exploring the north and you are sure to be surprised by what you will see.
While gentrification is apparent in areas such as SoHo and the Meatpacking District, the East Village is worth a visit if you are interested in a more raw New York experience. Cultures collide, with an eclectic mixture of galleries, eateries and entertainment establishments.Explore New York