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If you watch any sort of television, I’m sure you’ve seen backdrops of New York City in some way, shape or form. Classics such as Seinfeld and Friends are set in the city, as are numerous contemporary shows of the 21st century. All of this is for good reason, because New York City is simply a wonderful city full of diversity and opportunity. Not to mention all sorts of fun things to do, making it the perfect place to spend a vacation with your friends!

New York City can often be seen as a rugged, hard-nosed place, and often times it is. But in this ruggedness will you find a newfound sense of adventure and inspiration. There are your typical sites to see such as the Empire State building, or the Statue of Liberty on Staten Island. But you can also make an entire day out of spending time in Central Park.

Outside of your typical sights to see, there is always the option to watch some sort of sporting event in the city. Amongst the four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL), there is sure to be at least one or two games occurring during your trip, in part because there are so many teams based in New York City (2 teams for each league in fact). Add in professional soccer teams and other college sports teams in the area, and you can be sure that there is no shortage of sports action during your stay in New York City.

If you aren’t originally from a metropolitan area, there is one mode of transportation that you may be wholly unfamiliar with and therefore should definitely try while in New York City and that is the subway. Riding the subway is not only relatively cheap, but it gets you where you need to go fairly quickly and is readily available at most hours of the day (in other words, you don’t need to wait long for the next subway train to arrive and take you to your destination). Some people think that the subway is dirty and unbecoming in general, but in reality it is a big part of New York and in fact riding the subway enough times will make you feel like a real New Yorker.

Other than that, what you and your friends can always do in New York City is to simply explore and try all of the amazing food and shopping experiences available. The city is a massive area comprising of 5 unique boroughs, meaning it realistically would take you many months to many years to really dive into what New York City has to offer. Despite that fact, it is only in your best interest to go and see as many different things as you possibly can (using the subway to make things faster).

New York City is not only a popular television and movie setting, but simply a popular travel destination as well. There is so much history and beauty in New York City, that it is impossible to see everything in one trip. However, you should definitely make it a point to visit this amazing city with your friends – once you see how much New York City has to offer, you’ll be dying to plan your return trip there as soon as possible!