The capital of the world, the city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle - New York carries many epithets. Still, until you find yourself on its streets, you cannot fully appreciate how accurate each of them is.
Although it is one of the most visited cities in the world, New York does not fit the profile of a stereotypical tourist destination. People vacationing in the city often say they return from the trip more tired than they left. More tired perhaps, but full of incredible impressions and experiences.
The magic of New York lies in its diversity, its multiculturalism - there is no taste that this city cannot satisfy. For this reason, over 11 million tourists walk its streets every year.
If you would like to be one of them, pack a pair of comfortable sneakers, make a list of places you want to visit and book a ticket for a life-changing journey.
Travelling to New York requires good planning
Given the distance to be covered, a flight to New York typically takes about ten hours. This may seem long, but it’s worth every minute.
When planning a trip and purchasing tickets, pay special attention to whether the flight is direct or you have a connecting flight. We recommend that you book your tickets at least two months in advance.
There is no end to the tourist season in New York, meaning there isn’t an ideal time of year to visit. The upside is that you have more flexibility in planning your vacation. From the outset you’ll have to come to terms with the fact that you won’t be able to visit everything you want. A week’s stay at minimum is recommended, based on the experiences tourists who have already travelled to the world capital. Make a list of priorities and be ready to leave some destinations or experiences for next time.
What to visit in New York? Locations that tell stories
New York will show you what the term urban jungle really means. At the same time, the wide streets and endless boulevards will look familiar. This sense of déjà-vu is common to people visiting the city. New York is a favourite locations for filmmakers, its streets the backdrop of many of your favourite movies and series.
There are an incredible number of locations in New York that enjoy cult status. They attract tourists who want to find themselves on famous sets. Fans of the seventh art can visit places such as 66 Perry Street, where Carrie from the series Sex and the City lived, or locations from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, Spider-Man and the series Friends. All this can be visited on one tourist tour, which can be easily booked on the city's website.
It is also advisable to acquire a pass to save on ticket prices, such as the City Pass or the New York Explorer. Amongst other things, this tour will take you to the hotel where Nikola Tesla lived, as well as the Dakota building, the place where John Lennon was shot.
Everything is big in New York
New York is the most populous city on the American continent. Originally called New Amsterdam, it is located in the state of New York, halfway between Boston and Washington. Unlike these political capitals, New York is a crossroads of art, culture and entertainment. It consists of five large entities - the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan, the central island that is the beating heart of the city.
The only river in New York, the Hudson, has over the centuries become one of the largest trading ports in the world, along with the city that perched on its mouth. What to visit in New York can vary from person to person. However, certain landmarks - symbols of the city - should not be missed.
The Empire State Building is an unavoidable first stop for many tourists who are in this city for the first time. Standing at a height of 380 metres, the most famous skyscraper in New York offers is an incredible view of the city panorama from its 86th floor. Other buildings that have become tourist attractions as business complexes of incredible size are the Rockefeller Centre and the Chrysler Building, which serve as examples of the widespread art deco style of architecture.
Don't miss the Memorial Centre either, a complex built on the site where the Twin Towers once stood. Here you will see not only the tallest building in America at the moment, but also the largest artificial waterfalls in the world, which sink to the very foundations of the erstwhile pair of buildings.
When talking about what to visit in New York, we cannot fail the cult boulevards of Fifth Avenue, which houses exclusive boutiques, Park Avenue and its beautiful rows of trees, and Times Square. Here you can truly experience New York’s multiculturalism and enjoy the performances of street artists.
Times Square is best visited in the evening when thousands of luminous advertisements leave you breathless. Take a walk along Broadway, home to the most prestigious theatres in the world. If you want to see the lifeblood of the world economy, visit Wall Street and the famous statue of the Charging Bull, a symbol of capitalism.
Finally, as an escape from the asphalt, Central Park stretches on an impressive 341 hectares in the very centre of New York. This green oasis offers plenty of places to relax and have fun. There is a large amusement park, but also an English, Italian and French garden which return you to the Old Continent for a brief moment.
In addition to Central Park, tourists from our part of the world are often interested in Bryant Park, whose peaceful atmosphere is captivating. This natural harmony could well have been a reason why Nikola Tesla spent a lot of time in this park.
New York is the capital of culture and science
Among the city’s famous toponyms are a number of museums that you should not miss. Both the temporary and permanent exhibitions in them will satisfy the imagination of even the choosiest art lovers.
In the first place is the National Museum of Natural History, which has the largest exhibition of dinosaur skeletons in the world. The world-famous Metropolitan summarizes the entire history of civilisation in one place, from ancient Greece and Egypt to contemporary art, design and fashion. The museum of wax figures represents a kind of wonder of the modern world and an unavoidable stop for lovers of pop culture.
As you walk through the corridors of the world's most famous museums, you can also learn interesting things about New York that will inspire you to continue your journey through its streets. Did you know that there is a secret train station in New York? Below today's Empire State Building, on the site where the Waldorf Astoria Hotel once stood, is the Track 61 station, which was built for then President Theodore Roosevelt. Another interesting aspect of New York is the plethora of animal species that can be seen on the streets.
Sights of New York that you must include in your tour
Of course, no visit to New York would be complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty. An iconic symbol of the American dream, the Statue of Liberty is located on Freedom Island and can be reached by a free ferry that runs daily from Manhattan. Another landmark you shouldn’t miss is the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Manhattan to Brooklyn. Set aside an afternoon, take a walk on the footpath and experience the hustle and bustle of cars, cyclists and locals who come to the bridge for an afternoon run.
For fans of hip-hop music, make sure to pay a visit to the Bronx, a New York neighbourhood that is widely considered the place from which this music began to conquer the world. On Coney Island you can enjoy tourist attractions such as amusement parks and parades that take place almost daily.
Finally, you can visit the famous neighbourhoods of New York where the American way of life mixes with Eastern and European culture. Chinatown is home to the largest Chinese community outside the home country. The Italian Quarter is the site of numerous scenes from the famous Godfather films, while the British Quarter is the ideal place to drink authentic British tea and try British culinary specialties.
Air Serbia offers direct flights to New York. The average flight duration is about ten hours. We wish you a pleasant flight!