Tasting the Big Apple

So you want to taste the Big Apple. So much to see and do, so little time. The trick is how to pack it all in for a great experience – without overdoing it.

New York consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Each one is large enough to be a substantial city on its own, with enough shopping, hotels, restaurants and sights to fill your trip.

Manhattan is home of the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, Wall Street, Harlem, Greenwich Village, SoHo, NoHo, Broadway and its theatre district, with world-class dining, shopping and of course entertainment.

Brooklyn is NY’s most populous – and quite possibly coolest – borough. Walk along the Brooklyn Bridge. Stroll the stately streets of Brooklyn Heights. Coney Island features Thunderbolt, the newest and possibly scariest thriller roller coaster of them all. Take in some hip live music and vintage shopping in Williamsburg. Downtown Brooklyn features Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Nets and big events year-round. Prospect Park is a great place for families and includes a zoo, a natural forest and free concerts.

Queens features baseball’s Mets, U.S. Open tennis and one of the world’s most ethnically diverse communities, with 170 languages spoken, cutting-edge art and food from around the world.

The Bronx is home of the Yankees, birthplace of hip-hop and the World-famous Bronx Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Take a free ferry ride to Staten Island and immerse yourself in stunning views and historic architecture.

When researching and planning your trip, check out www.iloveny.com/trip-builder for starters. Travelocity also has a nice guide with suggested itineraries: www.travelocity.com/inspire/first-time-new-york.

With some proper planning and execution, the bite you take out of the Big Apple will be a thoroughly delectable one!

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