What to do in New York City?: Broadway, Times Square, and Grand Central Train Station

If ever a city has placed itself firmly in the minds of people who have yet to even visit it, then New York City is definitely one city that fits this description. New York has been exposed and uncovered in thousands of movies and TV shows and people from all over the world believe they have a feel for what the city has to offer.

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But let's put those images and ideas out of our minds for now and tackle New York just like you would any other unknown city you are about to visit. What is there to do in New York City besides climbing the Empire State Building, taking in a show on Broadway and walking in Times Square?

Well first things first, once you unpack then the first thing you must do is take a quick walk around and uncover one of the myriad local coffee shops on offer. Coffee shops are the soul of the city and you will catch New Yorkers fuelling up for a hectic day and chatting with friends in an environment they are most comfortable in. Avoid chains like Starbucks and Bigby and get stuck into authentic city coffee offerings.

New York also has so much to offer in terms of things to do for free. Take a stroll around the mazy Central Park, walk from Chelsea to the Meatpacking District via The High Line walkway or admire the architecture of New York Public Library and Grand Central Train Station.

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Williamsburg's Brooklyn Brewery makes for a great couple of hours an educates you on the ins and outs of beer making. You can also take a gawk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York if you are a planner and book an appointment. And for a real treat, get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty for free by taking the Staten Island Ferry.

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