I’m heading to New York for an advertising conference on Tuesday, so this is especially timely.
Planning a vacation to “The Big Apple” can seem like a very daunting task. Images of zooming taxis, blinding lights and hoards of people can make the city seem more like a crowded circus than the amazing island it is. Of course you can choose to do the stereotypical tourist events, such as visiting the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, but how about trying some out of the box ideas that reveal some of the other perks of NYC.
1. The first thing you have to do when you visit New York City is see a play. If you’re thinking of some extravagant theater where you have to dress up and act chic, you’re only half correct. New York City is home to a plethora of great theaters, both large and small. Often times you’ll stumble across one just walking down the street so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a bright Book of Mormon sign.
2. Head on down to the West Village for a famous cupcake from Magnolia Bakery. The line will probably be around the block as this is an iconic NYC landmark but the cupcakes are worth the wait. The famous bakery has been referenced in numerous TV shows and movies such as The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City.
3. If you’re a fan of The Today Show, you need to make your way over to Rockefeller Plaza and see a live taping of the show. Everyday people gather outside the studio for a chance to be on TV, see the cast of the show, and just enjoy a real life New York morning show in the making.
4. Did you hear that Carrie Bradshaw’s house sold for $9.8 million. Ok, so it wasn’t Carrie’s REAL house but the four-story townhouse located at 64 Perry that served as the Sex and the City star’s home front exterior is located in the West Village. Throw on your Jimmy Choo’s and snap a photo on her famous front steps.
5. When you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and be at one with your surroundings, head on over to Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Located on top of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, it’s your one stop shop to take in the entire island from a bird’s eye view.