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5 Things to know before planning your trip to New York

People who have travelled to New York will understand what it is like to visit a big city and not know their way around. It may be rather confusing and taxing for some people. You may want to read up as many tips on travelling to NYC as you can. Below is a list of a few things you should know about NYC that might make your stay easier to manage. You may want to consider renting a room (co-living) instead of booking into a hotel as this would ensure you have more money to enjoy more of New York’s offerings.

1. Manhattan is known as the fine dining capital of America

NYC has some of the best restaurants in the world. Manhattan apartments seem to have smaller kitchens, so professionals in the area tend to eat out a lot. This has been the driving force behind the competition between restaurants in Manhattan. Much to the travellers and locals delight, a myriad of creative and innovative cuisines are available. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find a restaurant that caters to your palate. It is important, therefore, not to over-indulge on accommodations, so that there is more room to explore the many foods that the locals enjoy.

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2. Autumn is known as the best time of year in NYC

Autumn is not just the best, but the most fashionable time of the year in NYC. The city has breath-taking features like orange and gold leaves, the weather is cool, and the fashion-forward begin showing off their style. During this time of year, the city hosts its annual Sex and the City-style fashion parade which draws many people from far and wide. 

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3. Carry walking shoes

The best way to explore the boroughs like Manhattan and Brooklyn is on foot. There is a walkable sidewalk and you can enjoy walking through the neighbourhoods to get to know more about the city. However, be sure to avoid business districts and financial districts during the rush hour period. 

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4. Don’t just look up, go up

Tourists and travellers tend to stop in the middle of sidewalks to get a glimpse of the city’s tallest buildings. If you plan on doing this, take a seat or take a helicopter ride over the city to get a better view. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the Isle of Manhattan, Top of the Rock observation deck and the Empire State building. If you’re looking to get a great view without the queues, visit rooftop bars such as Pod39 for drinks over the city.

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If you’re looking for the best rooftop cocktail bars in the city then these 6 recommendations are worth adding to your plan!

5. Visit Broadway

When visiting NYC, make sure you go to Broadway, irrespective of whether you like theatre. It is known as the best place in the world to see a musical theatre production of the finest quality. You will get “next-day” tickets at a discounted rate of 20-50% off, at a booth in Times Square.

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There is so much to see and do in NYC, so ensure that you make a list of all the places you want to see and the things you want to do. Try and get as much in as possible and live amongst the locals to have a true NYC experience. 

Have you been to New York? What are your top tips? I’d love to know below

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Laura is an award-winning entrepreneur with a passion for all things luxury. With a penchant for travel, her favourite destinations are Vegas and Ibiza. Catch her at the latest bar opening with a cocktail in hand followed by mornings in the gym. She dotes on her little Jack Russell, Ziggy and has an unhealthy Instagram obsession. Home interiors continue to grow as a passion and she absolutely loves shopping for all things fashion and beauty too.