New York : a quick guide to state attractions

The State of New York is strong and resilient. Even after having its namesake city subjected to devastating attacks on September 11, 2001, and the state itself being traumatized by Superstorm Sandy, New York has remarkably bounced back and reclaimed its position as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

New York State is a study in contrasts – just as it is the home of arts and culture (museums, book and magazine publishing, and theaters), it is also a center for banking and finance, a manufacturing hub, an agricultural stalwart, a principal producer of fine wines, and a nucleus for conventions and tourism.

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Top 5 Tourist Spots in New York State

New York State will never run out of interesting and endearing places to offer travelers, from the most casual tourists to the dedicated and footloose adventurers.  Here are 5 of the most desirable to visit places in New York state:

  • Museums – in New York city alone, you can already luxuriate in the socio-cultural, anthropological, historical, and creative wealth found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Historical Society and Library, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among many other gorgeous repositories of the imprints of civilization from different periods and cultures.
  • The Statue of Liberty – this formidable lady in New York Harbor is a globally recognized symbol of freedom from tyranny, of reaching out to hope, and establishing a new life in a new land that’s full of promise. Click on the given link for more information on how to get to tour Lady Liberty’s crown.
  • Niagara Falls State Park – get an adrenaline rush watching and listening to the three waterfalls that are shared by both New York State and Ontario, a Canadian province. Explore the hiking trails, take part in the special tours provided by the state park, dine at the Top of the Falls Restaurant, or have fun with your fellow tourists at the Aquarium of Niagara.
  • Westpoint (US Military Academy) – for history and military buffs, a visit to Westpoint should not be missed. Gain a good understanding of what it takes to be a part of one of the world’s highly prestigious military academies through educational videos. Take in the panorama of the Hudson Highlands and march through American history through Westpoint’s guided tours.
  • Adirondack Park – “go fish” will no longer be the name of a card game, once you visit this park in Northern New York. You can actually fish, as well as go hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and camping in this awesomely expansive wilderness park.


Top 3 Cities to Live in New York State

When many people hear the words “New York,” they usually think of New York City (NYC), also known by its nickname, The Big Apple. NYC has been immortalized by Frank Sinatra as a city that “never sleeps,” and it’s an accurate depiction of its liveliness, come day or night. But while NYC is really that dynamic, that doesn’t necessarily make it a high scorer in terms of livability.

In fact, the top 3 cities to live in, in the state of New York in terms of a stable housing market, low crime rates, high income per capita, and plenty of local amenities are (click on the links to get more detailed data):

  • Larchmont – A picturesque village in Westchester County with a livability score of 85%, Larchmont has a population of 5,864.
  • Bronxville – This is an affluent suburb in Eastcheser with a  livability score of 85% and is located 15 miles north of Manhattan.
  • Halesite – A hamlet in Long Island with a livability score of 84%, Halesite is home to less than 3,000 people and named after Nathan Hale, a spy in the Continental Army.

Top 3 Foods to Try in New York State

Does New York State have traditional food? Or is its cuisine, like that of some other states, simply a mix or fusion of immigrant influences from all over? The answer is “yes” to both. The state of NY does have its own traditional food, but its modern cuisine also reflects the influx of different cultures brought about by a high number of immigrants. Here are top 3 foods to try when in New York:

  • Apple Muffin – this was made into the official State Muffin of New York through the efforts of children in an elementary school in Syracuse, New York. This muffin pays homage to the apple, New York’ state’s official fruit. It is made up of New York State Empire apples, cloves, raisins, flour, eggs, cream cheese, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, melted butter, lemon, and vanilla. Simply delicious!
  • Buffalo Wings – no, this has nothing to do with the American bison or buffalos that used to roam wildly in most parts of the country. The name is actually from the city of Buffalo in NY. These are deep fried chicken wings that are lathered with a spicy sauce and served with a dressing of blue cheese.
  • Spiedie – this is a submarine sandwich that originated in Greater Binghamton in New York’s Southern Tier. The contents of the sub are marinated meat cubes (lamb, pork, venison, turkey, chicken, beef, veal). The sub is then skewered on a spiedie rod, then grilled. The marinade can consist of vinegar, olive oil, fresh mint, and various spices.

Top 2 Party Places in New York City

Tourists who love the nightlife will greatly enjoy NYC because it has some of the best clubs and bars in the state and perhaps even in the entire US. These are the top 2 party places that we recommend:

  • Bootie NYC – go for loud, go for crowd, go for wowed! This is one of the most well-loved and heavily patronized dance clubs ever. No dress code, cheap drinks, friendly service, and mashup music means there are many things to enjoy at Bootie.
  • Amor Y Amargo – in Spanish, Amor means love and Amargo means bitter. Put them together, and you get something like a love for bitters. When your idea of a great time is drinking as many different “bitters” that either you or the bartenders can think of (drinker’s choice and dealer’s choice, respectively), then this bar is for you.

Top 2 Shopping Malls in New York State

Remember the über -fashionable Carrie in Sex and the City? Loved the way she and her friends looked as they went about their lives in New York?  The top 2 shopping malls in New York State can easily help you assemble a wardrobe that’s to die for, among other things that you can buy, with the widest range of prices.

  • Manhattan Mall – what makes this mall that’s half a block away from the Empire State Building among the perennial favorites of locals and tourists alike is its strong base of retail shops, including JC Penney, their anchor tenant.  Trendy and upscale goods that are reasonably priced are sure attractions.
  • Roosevelt Field – this is the 2nd largest high-end mall in NY. It has 222 stores and can accommodate the tastes of shoppers of various persuasions, from the tech crowd to the fashionistas, and everyone else in-between.

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