You have your plane tickets to NYC ready. You’ve made reservations into a plush hotel. Now, there’s nothing to keep you from getting overwhelmed, for you’re just about to touch down at one of the greatest cities in the world. Now what do average tourists do when they arrive in NYC, all tired and boggle-eyed? They check into their hotel room and promise themselves a glimpse of the skyline later sometime. And once they wake up all crisp and raw, they decide to head out. And now their eye balls pop out. They bask in the absolute diversity and energy New York City offers. It feels like a movie, they feel years younger. But then much to their surprise, this overwhelming feeling begins to sink; gradually but gently, it fades out. New York City, they say, is just like a drug. The possibilities heighten your sensations; you feel the adrenaline skyrocketing. This intense euphoria, however, is rather short-lived. NYC takes it back as easily as it gives. So our average tourist ends up being disappointed. What could he/she have done differently?
There’s only one way you can take a bite out of ‘The Big Apple’ – by seizing the day and living in the moment.
To help you with that, here’s a list of 20 extraordinary things you can only do in NYC:
- Munch on a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s
- Drink at Westlight’s roof-top bar
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge both ways
- Visit the 9/11 Memorial
- Drink at the Dead Rabbit
- Swim in the Gowanus Canal
- A metal gig at Saint Vitus
- Take a ride on the Coney Island Cyclone
- Pizzas at Grimaldi’s
- Take a selfie at Times Square
- Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Grand Central Terminal
- Catch some jazz at Village Vanguard
- Score rush tickets to a Broadway show
- Check out the abandoned subway stations
- K-Town’s 3 am karaoke
- Take a trip to Roosevelt Island
- Cruise the Hudson River
- Head to Obscura Antiques and Oddities for everything bizarre
- Shop at the Brooklyn Flea
- Watch a show at Apollo Theater
Of all the things to do and see in NYC, these were some of the best experiences I could think of. The best way to come to grips with this city is by traveling how the locals do – public transport. Or you can plan your itinerary with OurBus, a premium bus service offering daily scheduled service to and from New York City to Binghamton, DC, Ithaca, etc. Book your tickets online!