SmartTRAVEL: Manhattan

Take time off from the swashbuckling sights of the US Open and visit some spectacular sites in and around the tennis venues

SmartTRAVEL: Manhattan
What to SEE

Empire State Building

One cannot imagining New York City’s skyline without the towering spire of the Empire State Building. The skyscraper has entranced New Yorkers since its completion in 1931. During your visit, pay special attention to the lobby, restored in 2009 to its original Art Deco design. High-speed elevators shoot visitors up 1,050 feet to the 86th-floor observatory, where you can peer out at the city.

Statue of Liberty

In a city full of American icons, the Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most famous. Conceived as early as 1865 by French intellectual Edouard Laboulaye as a monument to the republican principals shared by France and the US, it’s still generally recognised as a symbol for at least the ideals of opportunity and freedom to many. Indeed a must-see for tourists.

Times Square

There is no better place to experience the excitement of New York than Times Square. Surrounded by neon lights, giant billboards, broadway theatres, electronic ticker tape and television studios, Times Square is truly the heart of Midtown. Walk to the top of the steps and you’ll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the area, including the site of the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.

Where to EAT

Veselka

Veselka serves all sorts of comfort food, be it Ukrainian (pierogis, potato pancakes with apple sauce and borscht,) or American (Cobb salad, banana pancakes, mac ‘n’ cheese). Their burger is known as one of the neighbourhood’s best and the restaurant’s brunch attracts a regular line. The best thing about this place is that it is bustling at all hours of the day.

Where to SHOP

Chinatown

Don’t expect to find the bargain of a lifetime on Chinatown’s crowded streets, but there’s always great browsing. Here you’ll find a mind-boggling collection of knockoff sunglasses, handbags, fragrances, shoes and watches and much more.

THE PICK: Central Park

With a lush 843-acre patch of nature in the middle of Manhattan, this is one of the city’s biggest attractions. It holds lakes, meadows, playgrounds, skating rinks, and ball fields among other attractions. Some of the most famous features of the park are Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, and the Central Park Zoo.

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