New York City and its attractions are so vast that a weekend break might never be enough to enjoy all the delights that this city offers for tourists. New York is often referred to as the Big Apple and it is said that one bit of it is never enough. Still, it is possible to visit the most important sites and attend to the major programs and events during a weekend, if the planning is done in a proper manner.
For a new visitor to New York, the city might appear like a film that had been put on fast forward, with the speeding yellow cabs, the hurrying pedestrians, the unending vehicular traffic, etc. You might even feel like a total stranger in a new, mysterious land. That is the effect of this economic capital of the world on you. Still, you need not lose heart. You can easily identify yourself with the city and its landmarks, once you start remembering all the movies and TV series that had been based on life in New York. In fact, Manhattan is one of the maximum features places in movies and TV shows.
The weekend break of New York can start with visits to the most famous landmarks of the city, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. When you had seen and appreciated these two popular sites, the time to enjoy the individuality of New York begins. You can stare at the glittering, giant-sized neon signs of the Times Square in awe. Next in line are the fashion houses situated on the Fifth Avenue. Follow it up with a visit to the concrete canyons that exist in Wall Street, the economic epicentre of the globe. You can even indulge yourself with munching popcorn sold by the roadside carts that are manned by loud-mouthed vendors.
After covering these glamorous spots, you can take a diversion to the cool neighbourhoods of Chelsea, Soho and Greenwich Village. Cocktail lounges, cafes, upscale boutiques invite you to empty your purse. This is where you have to be careful and spend within your budget. Further, the sheer mind-boggling variety of food available in New York is likely to astound you. It is believed that New York has got more than 20,000 eateries and you can gain a few kilograms of weight in one weekend, if you are not watchful and control the tickling of your tongue-buds. The eateries include cheap hotdog stands on roadsides, oyster bars, smart bistros, classic and traditional American diners and high-priced star-rated restaurants. They are supplemented by seafood bars, burger joints and ethnic-centred eateries that offer you Mexican, Chinese, Continental, Indian, Japanese, French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Thai, Malaysian and delicacies of several other countries and regions.
The nightlife of New York is one of the most exciting. You can pound the dance floor the entire night in this city that presented disco dancing to the world. The neighbourhoods near Broadway like Chelsea or Greenwich Village or areas such as East Village or Harlem dish out all types of music such as punk, rock, metal, jazz, etc. at ear-shattering decibels. The theatres of Broadway provide unlimited enjoyment with comedy shows, ballets, operas, concerts, dramas, etc. Once you had tasted the life of New York during a weekend, you are going to keep coming back for more and more.