For those of you who don't watch 30 Rock, no, my grammar is not poor; I just really like the show 30 Rock. Since it was based off of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, it seemed appropriate. Liz Lemon (the main character) will often mutter out the sentence "I want to go to there" when she hears of a place/situation she wishes she could be.
New York City. The city that never sleeps. The place where dreams come true. The city of lights. The big apple. The place that, because of Alecia Keys, you now sing about randomly.
This is personally one of my favorite places to visit. I'm pretty young and I have already been 3 times. I can't get enough of it. So, I'm not going to tell you to avoid the "tourist traps" because honestly, if you've never seen the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, the 9/11 Memorial, Rockefeller Center, The underground Apple Store made of glass, Central Park, The Statue of Liberty....go. Just go. Take a lot of pictures and enjoy.
But, once you've done it, find other things. Go see Broadway. Take a tour at NBC Studios, go Ice Skating, eat...a lot! The great thing about NYC is that most people walk so much, that you can justify eating street hot dogs and giant slices of pizza.
Dig through your contacts and see if you know anyone who lives there or is familiar. Ask for advice. New York City is so big, there are so many hidden secrets that only those who have lived in it, can fill you in on.
In my opinion, the most disgusting thing about New York City is their hot dogs.
But don't take my word for it, order one! You haven't really lived until you've walked 10 miles in the city and just want something to tie you over until you can find a place to rest, only to be handed....this. Welcome to New York!
Their pizza on the other hand...wow! Very good! I also have very low standards for pizza according to society. I think if you're from the north and you're reading this, you'll probably want to punch me through the computer. However, Little Caesars will always and forever steal the #1 slot for best pizza for me. But New York Style slices are just slightly behind in slot #2.
Go see the ball drop! If you check out the photos that go along with this article, you'll see that tiny little spec on top of the tower. That's what it looks like in real life, standing from the ground in Times Square looking up. You get a much bigger view from the Television screen at home, but seeing the ball drop for the first time in Times Square with thousands and thousands of other people on New Year's Eve, it's completely unforgettable. Do it.
People bring out lawn chairs, the day before to hold their spot. The NYPD are located right underneath that building in Times Square, hundreds upon hundreds of NYPD are gathered right there, you'll never see anything else like it.
There is usually a celebrity or two present and doing a New Year's Eve show. Beyoncé was there the year I went, in all of her nude body suit glory. Beyoncé has been doing the nude body suit way before Miley, so what's the big deal?
Freedom Tower & the 9/11 Memorial are definitely "must see" spots. It's an emotionally overwhelming experience overall. So be prepared. The two photos were taken 5 years apart. One was taken during the construction of Freedom Tower, and the second was taken this past year, as a complete product. I definitely recommend making a stop here. They are currently filling the tower and leasing out offices to businesses in the area.
Have pasta in Little Italy, go to China Town and make cash deals on fake hand bags, stop by Battery Park and have a beer next to the water. My favorite part of New York City, is that for something so large, it's the small, somewhat weird things about it that make it so especially wonderful.