As this was the first time in New York City for my mother (I had been a few days in 2005 with my highschool-class), we wanted to see the highlights of New York city.
After the lunch at the consulate, we first went to the Grand Central Station, which is a beautiful building and you really get the vibe of old-days travel when seing the lovely old ticket counters. Then we moved on to the Empire State Building to view the city from the top. We don’t know why, but it was very empty and we were up very fast. A great service is the free Audio-Guide which you can access via the web (and there is free Wifi), which explains the history of the building, but also the sights you can see on each side of the viewing terrace – very neat! At night, we visited the obligatory Times Square with its vast amount of displays in all shapes and sizes.
We decided to visit the Tenement Museum, an absolutely beautiful Museum about the various immigrants and their lifes in New York. Read more here.
We visited the 9/11 Memorial and the Museum right next to it. Read more here about the Museum.
One World Observatory
After spending four hours at the 9/11 Memorial, I needed something positive next and we decided to go right up the new One World Observatory. Luckily, there were absolutely no lines and we got up really quickly to watch the sunset and New York City falling to night slowly. The show after coming off the Elevtor is really cool, and I won’t talk more about it now to take the excitement away. The view was absolutely breathtaking and we did spend quiet some time up there, wallowing over the the sparkling city.
On my mother’s last day in New York we decided to visit Central Park, and we went to the very nothern end of it to rent bikes and go back down. Unfortunately, one has to return the bikes to the same station, so we did not do that! We took the bus back to the southern tip, which is quiet a nice ride as you pass by the Metropolita Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. After wandering around the park I brought my mother to the subway headed home to Germany.
Probaly not a secret, but i thought it was pretty cool: going to Roosevelt Island by night. The ride in the cable car made me feel like I am flying – pretty nice!
New York City Official Guide: www.nycgo.com