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New York. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. Home to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the place where the Ghostbusters saved the world from a giant marshmallow man – or was that thing made of dough? Either way, they don’t make movies like they used to. So. What to do? Go see Lady Liberty? Well, yes. Go to the top of the Empire State and take the same photo everybody takes? Sure, why not, might as well get your money’s worth. But wouldn’t it be nice to come back from New York with more to say than simply “I took a yellow cab and I ate a pretzel”. Let’s look at some of the truly interesting things to see and do in New York that will leave your friends saying “I went to New York and I didn’t see that?!”.
Before we begin, let’s cover the basics of travel. You need insurance. You need valid travel documents. And you need to know the number of your embassy in case those documents go missing. Also carry the contact details of a lawyer in case you face legal matters, like being accused of something you didn’t do – find a lawyer.
What is it? The Edge is something special. Brace yourself. The Edge is a 1,131-foot-high deck, hanging off the side of a building called 30 Hudson Yards. If you’re thinking it’s just a window or a small glass walkway, think again. The Edge is 7,500 sq ft of madness. And yes, there’s a champagne bar for a little Dutch courage before you step out into what is essentially the open New York sky. Good luck.
Have what she’s having
Many films are shot in New York. You can go see the shoot locations for Home Alone in Central Park. You can visit Grand Central Terminal and see where Will Smith starred in Men in Black, Men in Black II, and I Am Legend (something about Will Smith and train stations makes for good viewing, apparently). But if you want a true New York experience, visit Katz’s Delicatessen, where the movie When Harry Met Sally was filmed. This is one of those places where celebrity patrons have their pictures taken and put up around the walls, and yes, the booth used in the film is labelled. Ask for the pastrami on rye. Do New York right.