Whatever you want to do, be prepared to keep up with the frantic pace of the city when you travel to New York. The city if known to be intense and fast-paced, which is why most New Yorkers head out of the city at the weekend. However, if you need to catch your breath, you can find a respite from the urban buzz in Central Park, the city’s only green space.
If culture and the arts are what you’re after, then you have plenty to choose from. New York is packed with world-famous museums and galleries. The highlights are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). It’s also well worth taking a trip to The Cloisters, in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan. Part of the ‘Met’, this tucked-away gem is home to a magnificent collection of medieval art.
Broadway is the heart of theatreland. Everything from smaller, off-Broadway productions to headline shows are within easy reach. For classical music with internationally renowned performers, head to Carnegie Hall, and for outstanding opera, a visit to the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center is a must.
The New York City area also enjoys a strong sporting tradition, and several of the best-known teams and stadiums sit within its five boroughs. Located in midtown Manhattan, Madison Square Garden is home to both the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League and the New York Knicks of the NBA. During the summer, head to Queens to watch the New York Mets or to the Bronx to see the New York Yankees. Tennis fans can also visit the US Open Tennis Championships in August and September, also located in Queens. American football fans can watch both the New York Giants and New York Jets at nearby Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, just a short train ride away from downtown New York City.