New York City: Empire State Building, Times Square and Macy's
By Wuzhi Lu
New York City is a cosmopolitan city, attracting people from all over the world. Everything about this place is iconic – from its skyline to its stores to the dizzying lights of Times Square. If you’ve never been, you may feel overwhelmed at all of the “must-sees” in the big city. No matter what your itinerary consists of, there are three quintessentially New York City places to visit: Macy’s Herald Square, the Empire State Building and Times Square.
Macy's Herald Square: Forever in Fashion
Any proper visit to New York City requires a certain fashion consciousness, so I went to Macy's for some fresh attire. Macy's Herald Square really feels different than any shopping trip you’ve ever experienced; there is simply an ocean of clothes, an endless variety of colors and styles. Fortunately, Macy's Herald Square provides customers with consulting services, and I picked up two satisfactory outfits. Next, I visited the Kiehl’s counter for a free skincare consultation. With the assistance of professionals, I also bought a suitable skin cleanser and skin cream. I felt like a celebrity.
Macy's Herald Square also has restaurants on site. One favorite is Stella 34 where you can enjoy authentic Italian pizza and gelato. An unforgettable experience is riding on the original wooden escalator, especially since this store was the first to use modern escalators.
The Empire State Building: Views All Around
With reliable public transportation and a high walkability quotient, New York is a connected city. Just a few blocks from Macy's Herald Square is the Empire State Building, always a New York City landmark. The Empire State Building was once the tallest building in New York, with a total of 103 stories, and both the 86th floor and 102nd floor observation decks provide incredible views and photo opportunities. The 360-degree view is spectacular.
Cross the bridge to Brooklyn and you can enjoy the breathtaking skyline of New York City, with the Empire State Building shining like a jewel.
Experience New York on a Big Bus Sightseeing Tour
After the view of a lifetime at the Empire State Building, you may be wondering where to go next? No problem – just climb aboard New York’s Big Bus sightseeing tour. Tours may vary depending on the guide; my tour had an English-speaking guide providing witty explanations. Headphones are available for foreign languages. Especially for first time visitors, the hop-on/hop-off tour is an easy way to get from landmark to landmark and explore on your own schedule. Sitting back on top of the Big Bus Tours, you can just relax and take in the views.
Enjoy the Lively Atmosphere of Times Square
The heart of New York City is Times Square, where you will really feel the beat of this bustling metropolis. There are many restaurants and flagship stores in the area. With a street full of people, you will undoubtedly hear a variety of different languages. The lights of Times Square at night almost make it seem like day time. It’s no wonder why New York City is called the city that never sleeps.