Manicured Manhattan

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‘One of New York’s five boroughs, Manhattan is the city of many charms’

There is no better way to start your day in New York City than an early morning walk down Central Park. Full of attractions, Central Park entices crowds with its emerald-coloured greenery, sprawling waters and beautifully built bridges. The park also offers music and performance centres, educational facilities, classical architecture and more. If you’re in a mood to simply relax, visit the lake or the Shakespeare Garden.

Sports lovers can indulge in a good run, swim or play games like baseball or basketball. One should also visit Central Park Zoo to catch a glimpse of animals from tropical and polar zones around the world or the summer time delight, the Lasker Rink and Pool. Central Park is magical in every season. Architecture lovers can make the best out of the park by spotting beautifully built sculptures of Giuseppe Mazzini, Simon Bolivar and  Christopher Columbus.

Recharge your batteries with a hot shower back at your hotel and get ready for a morning in the fabulously trendy district, Soho. It is a shopping enclave full of high-end boutiques and pop-up shops. Though many of the art galleries that made Soho a contemporary-art hot spot in the 1970s and ’80s decamped to Chelsea and the Lower East Side, some excellent art spaces still stand tall.

Historic lanes

Next hop on a bus or grab an iconic yellow taxi to the culturally and historically rich Greenwich Village. Take a stroll down to MacDougal Street to Caffe Reggio and savour the city’s first cappuccino and enjoy the falafel at Mapoon’s. A visit to South Ferry where you’ll understand the meaning of “City of hurried and sparkling waters” should also be on your to-do list.

Stop by the heart of the colonial era’s downtown, including Wall Street and the Roaring Bull to fulfil your travel itinerary. A worthful visit to Trinity Church, Stone Street and Mill Lane which discloses the ancient days of Dutch Nieuw Amsterdam, would surely make your travels an unforgettable memory.

A befitting closure

Cease the evening of this fruitful day by spending some quality time near the crystal clear pools located at the new World Trade Centre. Have dinner inside the Oculus, a giant Italian food hall featuring different outlets offering pizza, pasta and other continental specialities. Do not forget to pay a quick visit to Hudson Eats in Brookfield Place if your appetite permits.

Before the day ends, you should try and head to Front Street in the historic Seaport District. Walk around Fulton Street where you will find the city’s best wood-fired Neapolitan pizza to satisfy your mozzarella cheese craving. Post dinner, wander across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to see some unforgettable and awesome views of the world famous Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. A late night saunter at Times Square in central Manhattan plus a final stop at the Great White Way will end your day leaving with an imprint that is going to stay forever.

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