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Walking Cities Part 3: New York City

If you’ve missed the introduction to this series, click here. For part 2, click here.

Times Square - kennymatic

Times Square - kennymatic

Being the most densely populated city in the United States may make the Big Apple a little crowded, but it also makes it easy to get around. No sprawling suburban landscapes here, folks, there isn’t space! Home to many a famous landmark, everything from Wall Street to the Broadway stage, you’ll run out of tread on your sneakers before you run out of things to see and do in this city!

Making it even easier, New York is famous for its fantastic walking tours. Though the city may be small, it’s much easier to navigate your way through the skyscrapers with a little help from a trained tour guide. Luckily for you, no matter what your passion, there’s a tour to suit every taste!

If you’ve only got a little time, take a general tour to make sure you see the hotspots. Pass through the famous New York stock exchange, pop by the Rockefeller Center, have a snack in Central Park, and be sure to do a little shopping on 5th Avenue (Barney’s New York, anyone?)

Central Park - Zemlinki!

Central Park - Zemlinki!

Sure, it’s no Hollywood, but if it’s the celebrity sightings you came for, you still won’t be dissapointed. Hop on one of the many movie spot tours around the city. For an afternoon, you too can pretend to be a part of the Sex and the City cast, or perhaps a member of the Sopranos mob family. Knock out two birds with one stone by taking the Central Park movie tour, and spend a day exploring the park while seeing film spots from many a major film (that’s right, everything from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Made of Honor has filmed scenes here).

If it’s a little more historical culture you’re looking for, New York’s immigrant districts are certainly the place to go. With their multilingual streets, New York is America’s “melting pot” city. Take a walking tour of Little Italy (great pizza!) and Chinatown for a historical perspective on the area. The food is delicious and there are shops to suit every taste and budget!

Once you’ve filled up, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge check out the art galleries on the other side of the city, see Greenwich Village, or visit the academics in the famous New York Public Library (don’t worry, they’re probably just there to check out the amazing architecture too!). Looking for an extra workout? Climb the Empire State Building, the views from up top can’t be beaten.

New York City Skyline - kennymatic

New York City Skyline - kennymatic

And be sure to take in some aspect of the nightlife. See a show on Broadway, hit up a club, or see some live music in Brooklyn. There is food, drink, and entertainment for every taste and budget available even at a moment’s notice. After all, though Barcelona may be known for its late-nights, it’s New York City that’s known as “The City that Never Sleeps”.

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