5 Places to Visit in New York City

5 Places to Visit in New York City

5 Places to Visit in New York City

Most people will tell you when visiting New York City to visit the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Broadway, or the plethora of museums that the Big Apple has to offer. While the Empire State Building is indeed nostalgic and nice and visiting the Statue of Liberty can be truly moving, but these are things that you’ve already heard about and others will tell you to do. Here is a list of the five most awesome places to visit in New York City:

Gray’s Papaya.

 

grays papaya

grays papaya

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This twenty-four hour hot dogs stand has both locals and tourists alike waiting in line to get a dog. Located in Manhattan (three west side locations) Grays has been featured on both the Food network and the Travel Channel as a “place to go” for a good hot dog. Gray’s hot dogs are both cheap and tasty, and the papaya drinks are perfect on a hot summer’s day. Get the “coconut champagne” if you want to try something different. On a scale of awesome Gray’s gets a five star rating. There is just something about a good hot dog that makes everyone happy.

Washington Square.

 

Washington Square

Washington Square

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On the awesome scale this can be (depending on the day) anywhere form a 3.5 to a 5. No, it’s not pretty like Central Park, but it is iconic. Film lovers will remember it from movies like When Harry Met Sally. On a good day there will be street performers, folk singers, chess players, a fountain to wade in, and a plethora of food vendors. On a so-so day it has street performers, folk singers, chess players, a plethora of food vendors, a fountain to wade in, and pushy drug dealers.

Columbus Park.

 

Columbus Park

Columbus Park

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Columbus Park in Chinatown has lost a lot of its former kitsch to urban renewal, but is still one of the best places to go and just… sit. Grab some dumplings or noodles and head on over to the park because there is always something to see, hear, or do. In the summer you can be serenaded with Chinese opera, and at other times of year its just fun to watch as people gamble their day away in Mah-Jong or Chinese “chess”. The pavilion sometimes has karaoke events, which quite frankly, are just awesome to be a spectator for.

Ninth Avenue.

 

Ninth Avenue

Ninth Avenue

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Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen has one of the oldest street fairs in the city. Every May it houses the International Food Festival – twenty blocks of food and fun. But even if you aren’t going to be in New York in May, nearby Restaurant Row (located on West 46th street between 8th and 9th avenues) can provide the culinary traveler with a bit of everything they could desire. Every continent in the world has its cuisine represented on Restaurant Row.

The Pizza Box, Greenwich Village.

 

Pizza Box Greenwich Village

Pizza Box Greenwich Village

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You cannot visit New York City and not have a hot dog or a slice of pizza. It’s just not possible. The Pizza Box opened in the 1950s and it looks like it. The only ambiance is that which you bring in with you (although in the summertime the garden patio is actually nice). The pizza is thin, chewy, tasty and cheap.

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