Reasons to Visit NYC in 2019
When people think of New York City, Manhattan is often the first place they picture. It’s no wonder: the borough is home to big-name attractions, such as Central Park, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the High Line and One World Observatory; world-class museums, restaurants and concert halls; and the bright lights of Times Square and Broadway. But there’s more to the borough than the obvious sights. Manhattan contains charming neighborhoods and hidden green spaces, trendy boutiques and classic bars. Read on and explore.
The Coffee is Better
If all that sightseeing sounds tiring, at least now you can get a decent caffeine injection. Cult coffee has gone mainstream in New York and artisan roasters can now be found all over the city, even in former coffee deserts such as Midtown. Brooklyn Roasting Company, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee, Toby’s Estate and Little Collins are leading the charge.
Art & Culture
Bored of the Met? Finished with the Frick? The Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it—and to new frontiers for exploration, on view at the American Museum of Natural History until December 31, 2019.
See the City from a New Perspective
The biggest (or at least the highest) event for many travelers to NYC will be the viewing deck at the top of One World Trade Center. The observatory will span floors 100 to 102 of the 1776ft skyscraper – now the tallest in the western hemisphere – giving rare views of Manhattan and beyond. In the lobby area visitors will learn about the history of the construction of the building before being whizzed up 102 floors in some of the world’s fastest elevators. Here, a 14-ft wide platform called the Sky Portal will show a high-definition view of the streets below. Gadgetry aside, the main draw will be the vast 120,000 sq ft of space for restaurants, shops and floor-to-ceiling panoramas of the New York skyline. Ticket reservations recommended.
Coney Island Comeback
Fans of faded seaside resorts, low-brow fun and old Woody Allen films will appreciate the return of the Thunderbolt to Coney Island. The roller coaster is a reimagining of a previous ride of the same name that was torn down in 1983 (in the film Annie Hall, Alvy’s family live in a house beneath the tracks). The new Thunderbolt features a 125-foot vertical drop and four ‘inversions’ that dive, twist and loop-the-loop four times in under two minutes. It won’t win any prizes for innovation but it’s the first time Coney has had a loop-the-loop since before World War I.