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New York City is an iconic destination for tourists from all over the world due to its vibrant cultural and historical tapestry. Touring the city can be an exciting and overwhelming experience all at once.

photos WTC Transport Hub's Oculus, Coney Island, Central Park, One World Trade, Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station

Begin your journey in the Washington Square park in the heart of Greenwich Village. Here you can find street performers, young people playing guitar, and chess players hitting the tables as they try to outwit each other. As you keep walking through the streets of the village, you will come across galleries, theaters, quaint cafés, and restaurants offering inventive cuisine. Head up to the iconic Empire State Building and try to get a ticket to the observation deck on the 86th floor. Here, you can take in the stunning escarpment of Manhattan on a clear day. If the weather is misty, visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck in Rockefeller Center instead. The South Street Seaport will take you back in time to the old Cobblestone Streets of nineteenth century New York. In the evening, spend time watching world-renowned performers light up the stage at the Radio City Music Hall. And no tour of New York City is complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty and a photo at the Brooklyn Bridge. Take a ferry to the Miss Liberty and snap a selfie with Lady Liberty as the backdrop. As you head towards the bridge, look deep into the skyline of New York to truly get an appreciation of the immense history and breathtaking beauty of the City. Fifteen must do things to do:

1. Visit Central Park and see the Belvedere Castle

2. Explore the High Line

3. Visit the New York Public Library

4. Attend a free outdoor concert or movie

5. Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

6. Take a “Pay-What-You-Wish” tour

7. Clip coupons for discounts at local attractions

8. Spend the day exploring street art and graffiti

9. Enjoy free comedy shows

10. See the city from the Staten Island ferry

11. Visit the world-famous Bronx Zoo

12. Go shopping at discount outlets and thrift stores

13. Attend a free tour at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

14. Take in the cultural diversity of the boroughs

15. Attend a free Broadway show or open mic night

For the best pizza in New York City, many locals turn to spots such as Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn, Roberta's Pizza in Brooklyn, or Sal & Carmine Pizza in New York City.

For the best hot dogs in New York City, some of the most popular places to get a delicious hot dog include Papaya King in Midtown, Gray's Papaya in Greenwich Village, Crif Dogs in the East Village, or Nathan's Famous in Coney Island.

by Maxwell Thomas

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