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Manhattan

Empire State Building | Top of The Rock

To get a view of the Empire State Building, the best view is from the Top of The Rock.  The travellers key rule is always be early because there will already be a line but per perhaps the best lighting time may be in the early morning or the evening sunset.  It would even be worth getting The New York Pass!

Top of the Rock Observation Deck 

Times Square

On the age old question Where to spend New Years. Perhaps on many peoples timeless bucket list is to experience New Years in New York City. My sister may have been ambitious when we decided 3 weeks before flying out to buy our tickets to USA and then time it to Spend New Years in New York.
Knowing that it will be freezing cold and from what we could find people started lining up on new years eve from 3pm onwards to get a spot to see the ball drop in Times Square. We didn't quite love the idea of standing in the freezing cold for 9 hours so we looked at New Years events. Many events were either booked out or coat minimum $500USD per ticket for an event. I was able to get accommodation at Sofitel New York which was a pretty good location to Times Square but the we had to somehow find a way to get a view of the ball drop on the night. We found this one event at Tonic Bar which was reasonably affordable (if you wait closer to the date they stat to do discount tickets if you're willing to risk it) and including unlimited drinks and food and would take us out to the street to view the ball drop.

 

If it wasn't for the rain, the new year for 2019 would have been a great experience! But I can safely say the event actually turned out to be the best option we made because of the unexpected rain and we even ended up meeting some great people that also happened to be from Australia Sydney! 

Times Square and Midtown Manhattan Scavenger Hunt

 

Central Park

Explore Central Park in the middle of New York City. 

The New York Pass 

Grand Central

Experience that Gossip Girl moment where it all started at Grand Central station

Radio City

Walk the streets of New York

 


New York Events 

Broadway New York

A truly unforgettable performance to see Broadway at it's best in New York City. We chose to see Aladdin which well deserves the amazing performance and reviews

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Brooklyn Bridge

The iconic Brooklyn Bridge was a beautiful visit during sunrise. We planned our visit in the early hours of the morning to get that exclusive time with the bridge and it was 100% worth it. Perhaps my favourite part of New York and a big reason was having no crowds to fully enjoy this beautiful structure of New York.

 

Manhattan Bridge

Two bridges in one, the beauty of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn

 

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Staten Island | Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty

Upon arriving to the lower financial district of Manhattan there was already a line that seemed to spam all the way to the opposite end of the district. We walked along the line thinking surely the ticket we bought wouldn't make us line in this one. To our relief we followed the instructions of our ticket bought from Get Your Guide with the Statue of Liberty: Pedestal Express and Ellis Island
tour and picked up our prepaid access who advised us we actually get to join the shorter line (massive sigh of relief!). We promptly joined and it moved at a decent pace. Although access to the crown gets sold out months in advance we weren't able to go to the top however we still got the Statue of Liberty experience onto the pedestal. Thousands of people commute to see the Lady of Liberty and a trick to getting a photo with her includes the photographer finding a spot at the base of her feet and lying flat on the floor to get that money shot.

 

Explore Things to do New York City

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Where to stay in New York

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