New York is often referred to as “the city that never sleep” and Times Square is what makes Manhattan live up to its name. Open 24/7, the tourist hub, and some argue even the heart of New York City, Times Square offers something for everyone. If you are visiting Times Square to see a Broadway show, there is a TKTS booth located here, however, won’t open until 3pm. As mentioned in an earlier post you are better off collecting your tickets from the South Street Seaport Booth. Locations are on the website provided below. Times Sqaure is an amazing display of urban planning and modernisation but don’t purchase any souverniers or tourist items as you will pay more than anywhere else.
Gossip Girl fans alike will want to make the pilgrimage to Grand Central Terminal, if not for that, make the visit for the historical landmark. While you are visiting Grand Central you can also take the short walk to the United Nations Visiting Centre, international territory belonging to the 193 Member States of the United Nations. Open Monday- Sunday with guided tours on weekdays only. It is important that you buy tickets, $18 for an adult, in advance (allow 30 minutes before your scheduled tour to pass through security).
For the Sex and the City fans, or fans of beautiful historical architecture, the New York Public Library is worth a visit, along with the surrounding Bryant Park which offers a variety of activities. Even a guided audio tour with Matthew Broderick.
Averaging around $300 a night New York’s iconic Flatiron Building is a luxury hotel in the heart of it all. If this is out of your price range then you can still enjoy the view (and free wifi) from the adjacent park. You can also enjoy Italian style food and coffee from the Eataly chain.
I felt it fitting to end my Manhattan series on one of my favourite shopping destinations in New York, beautiful SoHo. SoHo has it all from the low end price range of Forever 21 and H&M or to the Designer end of Michael Kors and Kenneth Cole, and everything in between. Hit Broadway and walk for miles if you want a very successful day out shopping, on weekends there are street markets and shops that hire DJ’s to get you in the shopping mood. Not to mention those iconic New York apartments with their supporting fire escapes. I have provided my favourite shot taken on Broadway in SoHo, to me it encompasses everything Manhattan is, a bustling, melting pot city where dreams really do come true.