For the final blog post in my ‘Dream Destinations’ series, I had to choose NYC. While there are infinite reasons one might want to visit New York, I personally fall for the energy – the positive vibe created when cultures mix. There’s so much creativity in the air, with wildly imaginative works filling the city’s galleries and concert halls – not to mention its restaurants, with ever more inventive mash-ups of global cuisines.
Theatre Land, NYC.
NYC is a wonderers delight. By simply crossing the street and walking down an avenue, you find yourself in another slightly different version of New York. Crossing continents is as easy as walking over a few avenues in this jumbled city of 200-plus nationalities. You can lose yourself in the crowds of Chinatown amid brightly painted Buddhist temples, steaming noodle shops and fragrant fishmongers.
Japanese ramen is served in Noodle bars across the city.
New York is a photographers heaven. The beautiful skyline is commonly referred to as a ‘Concrete Jungle’. I love the silhouettes the towering buildings create, on the backdrop of a multi-coloured evening skyline. From the air, you can see the perfectly-geometrical Central Park, a sanctuary, away from the bustling streets.
A stunning aerial view of Central Park.
The dining-scene in New York is possibly the best-in-the-world at the moment – with over 20,000 dining spots across the city. The city has become a hotbed of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine – with restaurants growing vegetables on roof gardens or their own upstate farms, sourcing meats and seafood from sustainable outfits nearby, and embracing artisanal everything – from coffee roasting and whiskey distilling to chocolate- and cheese-making.
Enjoy a world-class meal with a view in one of New York’s many sky-line restaurants.
While in New York, as well as visiting the popular Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Central Park, be sure to visit: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Lincoln Centre, the Chrysler Building, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Rockefeller Centre. In the evening, check out Maialino – a popular Italian restaurant giving a true taste of American Italian cuisine that was founded in the city. Afterwards, head to Carnegie Hall and let the worlds best symphony orchestras, violin virtuosos and opera singers sweep you off your feet.