• Michelle Barker | Jayes Travel

Your Guide to NYC with JTW


It’s easy to see why people fall in love with the ‘Big Apple’; it’s a one-of-a-kind destination that pulses with life and buzzes with excitement. With something happening around every corner, it’s no wonder they call it the city that never sleeps! Not planning your time in New York can leave you in a big swirl of chaos.

Here are Jayes Travel’s top tips are for the Big Apple:

Purchase a “Skip The Line Pass” to beat the crowds and save money. The ultimate sightseeing pass. Get free admission to over 100 attractions, tours, museums, and more including the Empire State Building, 9/11 Museum, Top of the Rock, and more. Choose the duration that best fits your visit, then put your wallet away and enjoy entry to as many attractions as you wish to visit. Passes are available for one, two, three, five, seven or ten days. Our favourite activities are the incredible walking tours, where you will get a local feeling to the city.

Have a cocktail at a rooftop bar and take in the views. The Knickerbocker is one of our favourites; With its three plush corner Sky Pods overlooking Times Square, stylish indoor and outdoor seating options and lush living walls of greenery, the St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker is the ultimate rooftop bar in NYC. There are hundreds of rooftop venues in New York, and it’s the perfect way to watch the sunset over the city after a full day of sightseeing

Buy a metro card when you first arrive. The metro is one of the easiest ways to get around the city, but at peak hour the lines can be long for a ticket. Purchase a metro card with higher credit, and you will be zipping in and out of the metro like a local, avoiding the ticket queues.

Have a slice of a famous New York pizza. Neighbourhood pizzerias are the backbone of New York City’s cuisine — easily as important as hot dog carts, Chinese-American carry-outs, soul food cafes, and pastrami sandwiches in defining the city’s historic culinary landscape. Take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to Williamsburg, where you will find some of the famous slices of New York Pizza.

Explore Central Park from a pedicab. One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park comprises 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways, manicured European-style gardens, a lake and reservoir — not to mention an outdoor theatre, a memorial to John Lennon, an idyllic waterside eatery (the Loeb Boathouse) and a famous statue of Alice in Wonderland. To make the most of your time, jump in a pedicab to explore more of the park and also get some great fun facts from your driver.

See the Statue of Liberty from the water. Instead of waiting in long lines to get to Ellis Island, why not jump on a New York Water Taxi. With it’s iconic yellow and black colouring, the New York Water Taxi will transport you from Brooklyn back to Manhattan. On the way, circle Ellis Island and get the perfect snap of the Statue of Liberty.

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