By Antoaneta Blagoeva
Why New York?
Sara and I both studied at De Montfort University and in our final year, we had the chance to visit New York for five days. We leapt at this amazing opportunity and booked the trip. New York should be on everyone’s bucket list to visit since it is amongst the world’s leading metropolises for art, culture, fashion and theatre. The city offers probably the best museums of art and history I have seen including the MET, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Natural History. For musical enthusiasts, NYC is the best place to experience Broadway’s glory and there are 41 theatres to choose from. Last but not least the cityscape of tall and magnificent buildings will leave you at awe and the views from the top will forever stay.
Best Time to Visit
Sara and I travelled in early January and to say the weather was freezing wouldn’t be an exaggeration. However, we witnessed the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree and many other Christmas-related attractions, which made our visit worth it. For warmer weather condition, you should visit between April and June or September to November.
How Long to Visit for
Our stay was 5 days and I can say with certainty that is plenty of time to pay a visit to all the attractions, but your days must be packed to the brim and you will have to be quite organised. It’s best to make a list of all the things you would want to do and work around to estimate how long your visit should be. Also, it will depend if you would like to explore only the Manhattan area or the surrounding boroughs as well such as Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
How to Get Around
New York’s subway sadly isn’t as fabulous as the rest of the city and you might witness a few rats here and there, but it was first established in the 20th Century. With this in mind, I would still recommend getting around the city by subway because it is the quickest way and will lead you to all attractions. A weekly pass was around £26, and you can travel as much as you need. You can also choose to take the hop-on bus but with the city’s congested traffic at any time of the day, it will probably take you twice as long.