Since the founding of New York in the 17th century, New York City has been a melting pot of cultures and a shelter of landmarks, a world metropolis like no other. Mentioned countless times in the arts and known from film and television, the Big Apple with its Empire State Building, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and Co is the American longing metropolis in which the American dream can come true. In addition to world-famous hotspots, Gotham City on the Hudson River has much more to offer. Let’s go!
It's almost impossible not to know the sights of New York. However, you have only seen a few. Reason enough to get on the plane and breathe the air of freedom as soon as you leave the famous downtown airport of LaGuardia. Even those who have explored Manhattan's street canyons many times in video games will get goose bumps on a drive in a real yellow cab over Times Square, illuminated by countless colourful advertisements.
You can’t miss your souvenir selfie either. But be careful, New Yorkers are always in a hurry. So, if you stop abruptly in the middle of Times Square (or anywhere else in crowded Manhattan) or five of you block the sidewalk, you risk not only collision, but you will also be immediately recognized as a tourist.
Armed with a Starbucks coffee-to-go, you can get on the hop-on bus which will take you across the world-famous 5th Avenue, past such attractions as the UN Building, Rockefeller and the World Trade Center, and the Grand Central Station over the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge and Broadway to the Empire State Building. And since you are already in front of the building, you can also climb to the top, to enjoy the same breath-taking panorama from the observation deck 320 metres above. This view was certainly what inspired King Kong to take his lady up there.
What would New York be without its landmark, the Statue of Liberty? Not real New York, as the Statue of Liberty, built on the foundations of a former defensive fort, stands like no other structure for the American spirit of freedom. You are lucky, because the boat trip to Liberty Island is completely free. And if you do not just want to take a photo at the feet of the lady, you can also make a visit to the Lady Liberty Museum on the ground.
This is not the only museum worth seeing in the "Big Apple". Freshly strengthen with Burger Shack's succulent burger menu or a "Cronut" (a mix of croissant and donut), culture lovers can embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery to the "Guggenheim" and the American Museum of Natural History. The cultural heart beats in the Lincoln Center, which offers space for up to 150,000 people with seven concert halls and theatres.
In the other boroughs also await numerous highlights, such as the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the Brooklyn Museum in the same district and the Fort Schuyler in the Bronx. Visiting the Twin tower Memorial will be a marking point of your holiday as it will get under your skin. Instead of the Twin Towers, two huge black pools symbolize the emptiness that still prevails there. In addition to visiting the city's official museum, a visit to the One World Tribute Center reveals insights into the terrible day and the time after.
Film fans can also look forward to a visit to a restaurant of the "Bubba Gump Shrimp Company" - probably the first restaurant chain in the world, which was inspired by a movie. And if you like, you can also find some "Forrest Gump" souvenirs in the affiliated shop. Visitors who like it just as sporty as endurance runner Forest Gump, can lace up their running shoes and jog through Central Park - it could not be more authentic.
Anyone who has read the Batman comics knows about the countless mysterious places hidden in the metropolis. A real highlight is the secret subway station under the City Hall, which has not seen a train since 1945. New York Transit Museum regular tours start underground.
Do you prefer to make the time travel on your own? Then take the metro line 6 and stay seated after the terminus. However, do this only if you are sure you will not miss your guide. At least as interesting are the small shopping streets on the Lower East Side. Far away from the well-known fashion chains on Broadway, there are numerous vintage shops with trendy colours and cuts. A real insider’s tip for shoppers is Orchard Street.
Celebrate in the city that never sleeps
The fact that Frank Sinatra once named the city "The City That Never Sleeps" has a good reason, because as soon as you checked out the sightseeing and strengthened yourself in a chic New York restaurant overlooking the Hudson River, the city really comes to life. In clubs like Webster Hall, Cielo and Mercury Lounge you can get sophisticated cocktails and party until the early hours of the morning.
A real highlight for fans of underground music from house to techno and indie is the club "Verboten!". In terms of clothing, unlike most New York clubs, there is nothing banned from the dress code except rubber boots, so that nothing stands in the way of carefree celebrations until dawn on Gotham City.