Since I grew up there and now go back as a tourist I want to tell you the top three places I recommend you go if it’s your first time in New York.
World Trade Center Complex
The first place you want to visit is the World Trade Center Complex and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. There are several things to do at the WTC Complex from dining to shopping, but for me just take in the enormity of what was here before, what took place here and what’s here now, just tatkes my breath away. I saw the WTC Complex during it’s rebuilding when I was in NYC one summer and could not phathom what would stand in the place of the previous World Trade Towers. To see the new complex and experience the sights, sounds and energy is just inspiring.
9/11 Memorial and Museum
When you are ready to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum I suggest scheduling a late evening tour so you can see how the grounds illuminate at night.
This is by far one of my favorite free places to be. While there is a lot to send money on in Times Square, you can absolutely head down and enjoy the sights and sounds for just the cost of a subway token. My brother and I hung out in Times Square at least once a month to get away from our crummy neighborhood in the Bronx. We’d hop on the train to 34th street to shop, eat and enjoy the city.
Times Square is home to so many amazing things and not far from where the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is held and the largest Macy’s I’ve ever been in. It’s not far from Madison Square Garden. From Time Square you can walk blocks in either direction and feel the excitment of the city all around you.
Empire State Building
Just a few blocks from Times Square is the Empire State Building. If you want to get a breathtaking birds eye view of the city you must visit the Empire State Building.
It’s a 10 minute walk from 34 street and Times Square and the view from the top is well worth admission.