Don’t Miss These 3 Experiences When Visiting New York
The most-visited urban park in the US and one of the most-filmed locations in the world, Central Park covers a sprawling 3.41km2 in Manhattan.
Opened in 1857, it features a number of iconic attractions including a marionette theatre, a carousel with 58 hand-carved horses and 2 chariots, and a zoo with an aquarium, indoor rainforest, leafcutter ant colony, chilled penguin house and polar bear pool.
A wealth of beautiful native trees call Central Park home, in particular maple, horse chestnut, birch, cedar, oak, linden and elm. You’ll also spot some cute locals like squirrels, chipmunks, racoons and opossums if you keep your eyes peeled.
Pay a visit to the park’s famous Tavern on the Green restaurant for brunch, lunch or dinner to experience an ‘old New York’ feel and tasty American cuisine.
Treat yourself to great seats at a top-quality musical or play on Broadway and you won’t forget it in a hurry.
New York’s theatre scene dates back to around 1750, when actor-managers Walter Murray and Thomas Kean opened a 280-seat theatre company on Nassau Street presenting Shakespearean plays and ballad operas.
These days, Broadway is big business; 13 million tickets were sold in 2014, worth a record US$1.36 billion.
Some of the classics currently playing on Broadway are: Chicago, Jersey Boys, the Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked, Les Miserables, the Phantom of the Opera, the Lion King, Aladdin and the King and I.
What makes the pizza in New York different to anywhere else? For starters they call it a ‘pie’!
More importantly you’ll notice the large, hand-tossed, thin-crust bases, the restrained use of tomato sauce, and the way it’s cooked: crisp along the edge but soft and pliable enough under the topping to be folded in half to eat. It’s usually sold in wide slices to-go. Convinced yet?
Locals say the best offerings are found at:
- Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village – this definitive pizza joint on the Village’s Carmine Street serves up the quintessential New York slice.
- Di Fara in Midwood – owner Domenico DeMarco has been hand-making the pizzas here for five decades using double-zero flour, San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil and his special blend of mozzarella, parmesan and gran padano cheeses.
- Best Pizza in Williamsburg – famous for its classic cheese pizzas, meatballs and friendly staff, the walls of this casual pizzeria are covered in paper plates featuring customers’ drawings.
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