THE TOP 5: Must-See Public Spaces in NYC

Welcome to a new feature on the site. Where our expert team of writers give their fave things to do and see in New York City. While there are plenty of “Best Of NYC” end-of-the-year lists, we don’t feel you should have to wait 365 days to find out what is worth checking out. Here, our writers will be giving their bi-weekly Top 5 lists of favorite things to experience all over the city that we think are worth your time.

1. Brooklyn Bridge
One of the most scenic and beautiful walks in the city, no matter which direction you’re coming from. See the sights from above the East River, and if you’re a strict Manhattanite, enjoy some of the Brooklyn restaurants on the other side of the bridge.

Website: www.nycroads.com/crossings/brooklyn/

2. Staten Island Ferry
Running virtually 24/7, here’s another great place to get a great view of the New York skyline. I recommend riding this at least once at night to check out the lights, and of course, the Statue of Liberty. Battery Park is also close by.

Website: www.siferry.com/

3. Sex and the City Hotspots
While you could pay for a tour, I say save your money and simply use the tour as a guide for which spots to check out. I think #1, of course, is Carrie’s home residence, located at 66 Perry Street. From here, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Greenwich Village.

Website: www.screentours.com/tour.php/satc/

4. Strawberry Fields
Located in Central Park, this is a mandatory stop for any John Lennon or Beatles fans. The memorial was made in 1985 and has since been a place of remembrance for Lennon, who spent many years of his life in NYC living nearby at The Dakota. Typically it’s covered in flowers left by fans and music-lovers across the globe.

Website: www.centralpark.com/pages/attractions/strawberry-fields.html

5. New York Public Library
You haven’t seen a real library until you’ve seen the breath-taking and vast New York Public Library. Its halls, ceilings and outside scenery are adorned with vintage art and sculptures, and picture-taking is welcome. In close proximity is Bryant Park, where there is usually some sort of concert, activity or event taking place.

Website: www.nypl.org/

Do you agree or have any of your own favorite spots in the city? Leave comments. We want to know what you think.

Lucy Tonic

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