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The Edge outdoor observation deck in New York (44048019)
The Edge outdoor observation deck in New York (44048019)

New York holds the reputation as the city that never sleeps for various reasons. It’s a city of hustle filled with things to do and see. There are so many things to do outside of the usual tourist spots. If you’d like to check what’s going on while you're visiting the city, take a look at this New York calendar. Below you’ll find several unique ways to discover New York during your holiday.

Latest attractions in New York

In recent years, New York has developed even more observation decks to view the city in all its glory. The most recent have been opened in Hudson Yards. Edge is now the highest outdoor observation deck in New York. This observation deck gives a 360-degree, panoramic view over the city with its sloping glass panels. If one area of the expansive viewing point doesn't leave you amazed, you simply move on to another as there's an angle for every visitor.

Little Island, a new park in New York (44048025)
Little Island, a new park in New York (44048025)

If you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, it’s definitely worth checking the new and upcoming park Little Island. It’s not a tourist hotspot (yet) so it’s much more laid back. If you’d like to combine your visit to Little Island with other attractions, the Meatpacking District and the Whitney Museum are closeby. Alternatively, if you’d like to enjoy nature for a little longer; walk along the High Line and then finish with relaxing on one of Little Island’s lawns.

Another recent observation point is the Vessel; the structure is based around its spiral staircase which offers new perspectives of the city from different heights, angles, and vantage points. Vessel is located in Manhattan’s newest neighbourhood, Hudson Yards; it’s close to the High Line and great to combine with visiting other nearby attractions. It’s a real eye-catcher on the horizon of the neighbourhood.

Hop-on Hop-off bus in New York (44048023)
Hop-on Hop-off bus in New York (44048023)

New York Pass

If you want to experience everything New York has to offer, a great option is the New York Pass. Pay one fixed price depending on the duration of the pass, and you can choose from over 100 attractions and activities. The majority of the 100+ attractions don’t require any pre-booking. You can simply turn up, scan your pass and head straight inside. It includes a one day ticket for the Hop-on Hop-off bus, which is ideal for those who want to relax while getting to know the city. During the ride, the tour guide will tell you all about the attractions as you pass by. These buses stop regularly at various highlights where you can choose to either hop on or hop off - perfect for sightseeing!

If you’d like to see the skyline from the water, Circle Line Cruises are included in this pass as well. Many of these boat tours pass closely by landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and also go under the Brooklyn Bridge; a perfect opportunity to capture some great photographs. Overall, this pass is an ideal option for those who want to experience as much as possible during their trip to New York.

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

If you’d like to see one of the most beautiful views of the New York skyline take the Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise; this boat has large rounded windows that offer a panoramic view. The three-hour cruise takes you along the spectacular skyline of Manhattan past the famous Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and the iconic Statue of Liberty. The food is good, the service is luxurious, and the view is unforgettable.

Eric's New York App (44048021)
Eric's New York App (44048021)

Eric’s New York App

If you’re looking to discover the city with your own personal guide, you could download Eric’s New York App. Eric, the founder and creator of NewYork.co.uk, has created Eric’s New York app to inform travellers about the well-known and lesser-known attractions in New York.

It’s also possible to contact him if you have any questions about New York at eric@newyork.co.uk.

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