New York is widely considered one of the best cities in the world. If you are lucky enough to be moving here, you will find yourself in a city that has a lot to offer. So much, in fact, that you will find yourself wondering where to start. But with so many things to do in New York after moving, what should your priorities be?
Relax and take in the views for free
New York is one of the most expensive cities to live in. If you are moving on a budget, you are probably concerned about being able to afford just surviving here and may not want to spend any more money than you absolutely need to. Luckily, there are ways to experience New York that won’t cost you a single cent.
New York is divided into five distinct boroughs. Each of them is separate and unique. Moreover, each neighborhood is different from the next. Check out the street art in Harlem: the Audubon Mural Project aiming to bring awareness to climate change is a sight to behold. Or take a photo of the iconic fire escapes in Tribeca for your social media. And for a true New York experience, you can’t miss the metal and glass of skyscrapers in Manhattan.
Parks, bridges, and walkways
New York may be known as a concrete jungle, but it has no shortage green areas. Public parks are aplenty – check them out! There is no shortage of things to do here. Sit down on a bench to read a paper, take a walk (or jog) or have a family picnic and you can easily fill out a whole day.
You will find Central Park in the heart of Manhattan. Arguably the most famous park in the world, it is a popular place with tourists and locals alike. A green oasis in the heart of the city during summer and a winter wonderland in winter, this is one park you absolutely cannot miss. The lesser-known (but no less beautiful) Bryant Park is another great visit while you are in Manhattan. Beautiful scenery and free Wi-Fi are not the only perks of the place. It is also home to the New York Public Library.
Have you had enough rest? Take a walk through the unique park that is the High Line on Manhattan’s West Side. The revived abandoned rail track 30 feet above street level offers stunning views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. It also hosts public art installations as an added bonus!
Finally, when deciding on things to do in New York after moving there, you mustn’t forget one of the jewels of its architecture: the Brooklyn Bridge. This is an absolute must-see, especially on a budget. The 30-minute walk will provide you with some truly stunning views of both Brooklyn and Manhattan!
If you’re looking for something more upbeat try the Grand Central Station. Technically a terminal where you can catch both local subway lines and intercity trains, this is one of the world’s largest and the country’s busiest train station. The fast-paced tango of rushing commuters is only part of the fun. It’s the architecture that makes it truly grand. Between the glittering chandeliers, the enormous concourse modeled after ancient Roman public baths and the map of constellations winking at you from the ceiling, there is something to see in every corner.
And once the sun goes down, it’s time to visit the Times Square. It is easily one of the most recognizable locations in New York and visiting it should definitely be on your list of things to do in New York after moving. Take in the lights, the crowds, and the billboards. And if you can, stop by on New Year’s Eve!
Paid attractions worth their price
Once you’re all settled you may want to check out some attractions that you’re willing to spend money on. The first and obvious choice then should be the Statue of Liberty. One of New York’s signature monuments, this was the first thing many settlers saw when moving to New York. There is technically no fee to visit Ellis Island upon which the statue is located. You do however have to pay for the ferry ride there and back.
Among the best things to do in New York after moving there is also experiencing the city from high above. While there are many skyscrapers in the Big Apple, none are as popular for the views they offer as the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. Whichever of the observation decks you decide to visit and whenever you go, you won’t make the wrong choice.
See some of the world’s best museums
As one of the world’s most important cultural centers, New York does not disappoint. The museums are many and varied. You are sure to find one you like!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers an overview of more than 5 millennia of art history. Its exhibits are changing all the time. So it’s well worth the visit more than once. And for the more modern and contemporary tastes, the Museum of Modern Art will have you enjoying each of the 125,000 square feet of gallery space.
Even if you are not a fan of fine art, New York’s museums should make your list of things to do in New York after moving. The Museum of Natural History is an educational, yet fun way to spend a couple of hours (and dollars). And when you are in a more somber mood, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum are a must-see.
Get to know the city
One of the things that you should keep in mind when deciding on things to do in New York after moving there is that this is your home now. You are not just taking in the sights, you are getting to know the city. So pick places that resonate with you, find your favorite spots and embrace what the city has to offer to you.