New York, New York and New York!
The sentiments behind the words "I love New York" is one youíd certainly feel the moment you step out of the plane and see for yourself what the Big Apple has in store for you. With a population of over eight million people, thousands of high rise buildings dominating the scene and blinking lights all over, sometimes itís hard not to be overwhelmed when you first set your eyes on the city that never sleeps.
Although a lot of people believe that New York is one of those big bad cities with crime rates that would make your heart palpitate in fear, official reports actually claim that New York is one of the safest places to be these days, with crime rates reaching an all time low since the 1960ís.
If itís your first time to travel to New York, here are a few tips for you to make your visit in New York safer, cheaper and more memorable.
Where To Stay : If you donít have some friends with pads in New York that you could bunk in for a night or two then there are a wide range of hotels for you to choose from. Most of the hotels in New York are concentrated in Manhattan but if youíre flying for business purposes then maybe youíd prefer to stay somewhere near Wall Street. If, on the other hand, youíre looking for something quirky and fun, then maybe Chelsea and Greenwhich are good places to start.
Where To Eat : One good thing about New York: the food is a fusion of a bit of everything from the four corners of the globe. If you desire lasagna, then Italian eateries are just around the corner. If you desire some good old fashioned beef stew and yangchow rice then there are a lot of Chinese delis that are willing to deliver food right on your doorstep. From ultra-posh, exorbitantly expensive first class restaurants to bohemian dining to fixed rates for eat all you can buffets, New York will have no problems in satisfying your gastronomical inclinations.
Where to Go : New York has a lot of points of interest to boast of and the list just keeps getting longer and longer. Remember the animation movie, Madagascar? Well, thatís Central Park in drawing but wait till you see the real one and all eight hundred acres of it. And then thereís Madam Tussaudís Wax Museum. They say that a visit to New York isnít complete until you check out the lifelike "creatures" in that particular museum. And who can forget the Empire State Building, once the tallest among them all high rise buildings? And of course thereís the Statue of Liberty, the very symbol of American welcome. Then thereís the Rockefeller Center, with its famous Christmas tree right in the middle of all the action.
How to Stay Safe : Although New York is considered as "safe", it wouldnít hurt to take the necessary precautions and avoid the attention of pickpockets on the lookout for out-of-towners. Donít make a fuss when going to the ATM and always go out in groups.
How Not to Get Lost : New York is a very busy city so the bustling city may end up overwhelming first time visitors. Hence, itís advisable that you always carry your map and cellphone with you. If unsure of the destination, donít just board the subway but instead, spend extra cash for a cab ride.
Lastly, enjoy your New York tour!
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