Explore Manhattan

New York is often viewed as the center of the universe. It can certainly feel that way when you visit Manhattan. This city has something for everyone, from an incredible and diverse restaurant scene to an amazing variety of art and entertainment, and a plethora of iconic attractions. Some people I know that work for an Edmonton Roofing Company absolutely love to take in everything Manhattan has to offer. Thanks to their frequent visits and some of my own travel experiences, I put together this travel guide that will help you create an ideal itinerary for your next visit to Manhattan, New York.

Empire State Building
Our first sight is the observatory at the top of the Empire State Building. On a bad day, the line to the observatory can be up to three hours long but if you are lucky, you will have to wait for about 45 minutes before getting into the elevator. The observatory is on the 86th floor. The view from the top of the Empire State Building is quite amazing. Looking out to the south, you can see lower Manhattan and then the Statue of Liberty and then looking to the north you can see upper pan and to the left is the Times Square. From up here, you can even see the New Year’s ball.

Rockefeller Center
For an even better view and for a view of the Empire State Building itself check out the top of the Rockefeller observatory at the top of the Rockefeller Center. The best thing about the top of the Rockefeller observatory is that there are no lines and their elevator is way cooler. Once you’re on the 67th floor, there is an even more magnificent view. Looking north here you see Central Park, the Upper West Side, and the Upper East Side. Looking to the south, you can see midtown Manhattan. Over on the right is Times Square and yes you can see the New Year’s ball from here as well.

Times Square
Times Square is at the middle of Manhattan and the middle of New York neon central. There is actually a city ordinance that requires all buildings around Times Square to have neon on their front. It is famous across the world for the ball that drops at the end of every year to ring in the New Year.

New York is America’s home to pizza and the first pizzeria in New York is at Lombardi’s. Lombardi’s opened in 1905 as New York City’s first licensed pizzeria and has been serving pizzas ever since in their tiny cramped quarters. The pepperoni sausage mushroom pizza is quite tasty.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
To get a taste of the city’s best pizza requires a trip out to Brooklyn to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and they must be doing something right because the line goes all the way down the block. Another quintessential New York food is the pastrami sandwich, and the best is at Katz’s Delicatessen known as the best for pastrami since 1888. So what makes Katz’s pastrami the best? Well, pastrami experts say that Katz’s is the only deli in New York that still cuts their pastrami by hand. It is not cheap; it cost about $15 for one of the little pastrami sandwiches but the pickles are free.

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