While there are many areas of Manhattan, these three are the best for those who want to explore the city in a short amount of time. Bear in mind that even in these concentrated areas, there is WAY more than you could hope to see even in a several-day span. Bring your walking shoes.
To many, Times Square is the Mecca for tourists. There’s everything here that they could want – shopping and various attractions like museums or even getting to watch a taping of a late-night TV show. If you’re in the mood for jaw-dropping scenery, you can go to the Top of the Rock, where you can get a bird’s eye view of the island of Manhattan. Jimmy Fallon tapes the Tonight Show in the area, so if it’s in-season, try getting a ticket to get some laughs and wisecracks about politics and pop culture. If museums are your thing, you can go to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum to see some seriously lifelike wax sculptures. There’s also the Museum of Modern Art which features both famous modern artists as well as up-and-coming ones. The Empire State Building is a short walk away… though it’s not a short walk up the stairs – there’s even a New York Road Runner’s event where people run up them. Those runners probably need to visit Empire Physical Medicine & Pain Management.
This is a huge commuting hub, with people taking trains to go all up and down the East Side of Manhattan and the Bronx and there’s also a lot of commuter trains, including a shuttle train to go to Penn Station. If you feel like reading a book, there’s the Public Library, which houses all sorts, ranging from rare ones to the latest release. You can go to the Chrysler Building and the New York Transit Museum as well as taking a stroll up Fifth Avenue towards Central Park.
When you’re walking around this area, you’ll see an important cog in what drives this country’s economy: Wall Street. You’ll see traders milling around in the morning, during their lunch and on their evening commute. There’s the famous bull statue, which was briefly in the news recently when someone had a little girl statue stand in front of it. Also, while there is a lot of history in Manhattan, not all of it is good. Nowhere is that more evident than the old World Trade Center site, where you can see the reflecting pools in the footprints of where the two towers stood and also visit the new Trade Center building and museum, where you can learn about what happened on that terrible day on Sept. 11, 2001. Reflection is an important part about absorbing history.
All this trekking around the city can make one sore. Your back may hurt from carrying too many things around. The skilled people at Manhattan Pain Relief, which has two locations, one in midtown and the other downtown, can help you work through that. They have a wide array of services that they offer, from physical therapy to platelet rich plasma to acupuncture. Back pain? They can fix that. Once you see them, you’ll be back on your feet in no time to go out and about and look at other parts of Manhattan.