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New York for One

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world,” wrote Freya Stark.

But it can also be a daunting moment, especially if you find yourself on a holiday for singles in New York, the most populous city in the USA.

Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

With some 580 skyscrapers, more than 13,000 yellow taxis and 8.2m people going about their lives, the Big Apple can seem overwhelming to those visiting for the first time.

Even if you visit the city as part of a group tour with the likes of TrekAmerica, you’ll be given plenty of free time to explore on your own. With that in mind, here’s a guide to New York for one.

Walking tour

Snap out of your initial daze by taking a guided walking tour. Having a knowledgeable local pointing out the sights will help you orientate yourself so that when you venture out by yourself afterwards you’ll feel a lot more confident.

Uncle Sam’s can take you to traditional landmarks, pubs or clubs depending on your preference, filling you in on the history and culture of the Big Apple along the way.

Go for a burn

Once you’ve got yourself set and seen a few of the main attractions, you’ll no doubt be yearning to indulge in some more diverse experiences.

Pushing the pedals of a rental bike as you whizz around one of the city’s open spaces, such as Prospect Park, is a great way of not only getting some fresh air and time away from the noise of Manhattan, but also the perfect activity for one.

Plus, doing some exercise is a great way to burn off the calories from all those super-sized US meal portions you’ve been enjoying.

Hit a video arcade

Give your total focus to barrel smashing at Barcade, where you can enjoy some self indulgent geek time with Donkey Kong and more than 30 other classic arcade games.

This enormous drinkery on Union Avenue in Brooklyn also has a host of American brews on tap to help quench your thirst after all that button-tapping action. They may or may not help improve your score.

Get pampered

You’ll no doubt be left feeling a bit weary after pounding the streets of New York or the buttons of an arcade machine – especially if you’ve also been hitting it hard in the evenings.

So why not treat yourself to a bit of pampering at the Oasis Day Spa in Manhattan, where you can enjoy a 30-minute Swedish massage for $70 (£45)? Close your eyes and relax into the treatment and you’ll soon forget that you’re all on your tod.

Catch a game

Heading out to a bar in the evening on your own can be a lonely experience. A much easier way to make new friends in the Big Apple is to buy a Knicks jersey and settle in with the 20,000 passionate home fans at Madison Square Garden. Win or lose, you’re sure to share a few spontaneously emotional moments with the locals.

Plus, no trip to the USA would be complete without catching a game of basketball, football, baseball or hockey, and there’s perhaps no finer arena than MSG in which to do so.

And there’s perhaps no finer city in which to go solo than NYC.

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4 Reasons to Stay in Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn has been movin’ on up in everyone’s eyes and hearts over the past few years. It used to be a pretty undesirable place to stay. All the good hotels, bars, attractions and shows were all in Manhattan, and that’s just where everyone thought to stay. Lately though, Brooklyn is becoming a destination for both tourists and townies to visit, stay in or live in. But why? Quite a few reasons, actually…

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You can actually see the sky. While some people don’t mind not seeing a twinkle in the sky, it doesn’t hurt, does it? While people love seeing the stars in Manhattan, and many people go just for this reason, in Brooklyn, you can see the stars in the sky, and those are often better than seeing Kim Kardashian at the club.

It’s way less crowded. Experiencing the crowds in NYC is half the fun. Bumping into people, constantly being on the move and always feeling a little rushed is all part of the journey here. That’s pretty fun to do by day, or for a few days, but after a while, it can be nice to have enough room on the street to walk by yourself. Brooklyn provides more places to run, more places to walk your dog and even some places to enjoy a quiet stroll. Head to the Coney Island Boardwalk, DUMBO or Prospect Park and at many times in the day, you’ll definitely enjoy the quiet, and the views.

The Nets live there. Okay, if you don’t like basketball, that might not even count as a reason, but this is a new team to this area, and Brooklyn is very proud to welcome the Nets and Barclay’s Center into the neighborhood.

Life is cheaper here. Even if you’re just here for a week, staying in New York City can really add up and although you can find cheap tickets to New York quite easily, city life is pricey. Typically in Brooklyn the restaurants, stores, hotels, and bars all provide much cheaper options than the Manhattan clubs and 5 star restaurants. But you’re not hanging out in the pits here either. There are still plenty of glamorous spots to hang out and toast martinis with beautiful people in Brooklyn, but there is also more of the local, New York scene in these parts. Some great hotels in New York are located in Brooklyn, so even if you’re not in Manhattan, you’re definitely not slumming it. Well, not unless you really want to, but you can do that in Manhattan too.

Just because things don’t cost as much, doesn’t mean this borough has less to offer. You still have access to tons of NYC culture, top attractions, amusement parks and a great nightlife scene. Check out the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Coney Island and of course that famous Brooklyn Bridge while you’re here. And even if you stay in Brooklyn, it’s still really easy to head over for the day to check out all the touristy things to do in Manhattan. This part of New York provides a cheaper alternative to Manhattan, without skimping on access to all the best things to do and places to see while you’re here.

This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of NYCTourist.com.

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THE AMBASsADOR THEATER, NEW YORK

FIVE BEST THEATERS ON BROADWAY

During your trip to the big apple you can, you choose from hundreds of hotels in New York and it is only fitting that you visit any of the theaters on Broadway. Showcasing theatrical performances i.e. plays and musicals, they provide a refreshing kind of entertainment, different from our usual clubbing escapades.

The five best theaters on Broadway provide a real first hand experience that cannot be compared to watching television no matter how big or crystal clear it might be. This time around, try to have some class, show your appreciation for the arts and see how your favorite actor or actress got to be so good today. Jazz hands people…its Showtime!

THE AMBASsADOR THEATER, NEW YORK

The Ambassador theatre, New York

GERSHWIN THEATER, NEW YORK

With a previous box office record, the Gershwin Theater is stylishly designed in Art Nouveau. With a seating capacity of 1,933 the largest in the US, it is housed in the Paramount plaza and named after George and Ira Gershwin the famous composer and lyricist respectively.

 

THE IMPERIAL THEATER, NEW YORK

Officially opened in 1923, the Imperial Theater has hosted 10 Tony Award-winning shows and numerous notable musicals such as Dream girls, Fiddler on the roof among others. Specifically designed to show musical theater productions, many notable lyricist such as Irving Berlin and Cole porter have since walked the boards here.

 

THE CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATER, NEW YORK

Seating up to 650 patrons, the Circle in the square, seating below street level has come along way. Originally being an old movie house with the producers and staff doubling as waiters and serving food to theater patrons, it as today one of the most famous Broadway theaters especially for the stunning production of ‘A street car named desire’.

 

THE AMBASSADOR THEATER, NEW YORK

A landmark of the New York City, the theater is uniquely designed and sits up to 1,225 patrons. Located in the renowned Theater District, it is one of the Great White Bay Broadway Theaters. The external appearance of the Ambassador Theater is a huge contrast to its strange interior diagonal structure, designed to accommodate the maximum number of seats possible.

 

THE EUGINE O’NEILL THEATER, NEW YORK

Originally named The Forrest after the American classical actor Edwin Forrest, the theater was formerly a theater-hotel complex officially opened in 1925 with the premier of the ‘Mayflowers’ production. Today, the Georgian style play house comfortably sits up to 1,200 patrons and boasts over a decade of successful plays and musicals. Get a ticket one of these fine days and be prepared to be wowed.

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