“Only in New York” is so much more than just an expression. While every city has its unique traits, there really, truly is no other place on Earth like New York City. From our incredible history to our world famous museums. Our city ia a cultural melting pot of our neighborhoods. You won’t find anything like the big apple NYC anywhere else. So the next time you’re in a “New York state of mind,” indulge the craving, because nothing else will do.
Read on for examples of four experiences you can’t have anywhere else. To properly pull them off, first do your research on a car rental New York deal that will work for you. This will make going from place to place more convenient and save you tons of money on subway, taxi and town car fees. If you have a large family, finding a minivan rental New York special will be surprisingly easy and very convenient.
Once you’ve got your ride secured, buckle up and prepare for the experience of a lifetime. Here are a few adventures that will leave you saying, “Only in New York!”
Dine on legendary Jewish food and sing your heart out at a bar with “grocery” in the title.
The story behind the iconic New York staple “Russ & Daughters” is fascinating. In 1907, a man named Joel Russ immigrated to New York from Germany in hopes of a better life. His older sister was already here and encouraged him to come, although when he did, she accidentally forgot about him and made him wait for two days at Ellis Island before she picked him up! Joel worked hard selling strings of Polish mushrooms, and during that time he also married a woman named Bella and had three daughters with her.
Joel opened his first store in 1914, and in 1920 he opened a bigger one. One by one, his daughters began to learn the business from him and worked alongside him. He changed the name of his business to “Russ & Daughters” in 1933, and with hard work and sacrifice (including selling their house!), the business survived. Even after Joel Russ’s passing, it remained family owned and operated, and you can still enjoy purchasing high end groceries and appetizers at Russ & Daughters or have a meal the nearby Russ & Daughters Cafe. Theirs is a story like no other.
And you’ll find Arlene’s Grocery in the same neighborhood as both Russ & Daughters locations, which is a former bodega that has been a showcase for local NYC bands since 1996. On Monday and Fridays, their famous karaoke band will give you a taste of the limelight. The people watching is amazing here, and it’s an experience you’ll only find in the Big Apple.
Walk the High Line.
Also known as High Line Park, the High Line is a mile and a half long linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of an old NYC railroad spur called the West Side Line. Better yet, it’s a testament to community activism and urban beautification efforts.
The High Line was almost demolished in 1999. But Robert Hammond and Joshua David, two locals, started a nonprofit group called Friends of the High Line. They advocated for the line’s preservation and use a public open space, and soon fundraising events were organized by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Over $150 million was raised, and the battle was won.
The High Line gets more than 4.4 million visitors every year, and it’s being called this generation’s Central Park. And you can only walk it… you guessed it, in New York. Just make sure you walk it during a weekday if you can to avoid the biggest crowds.
Experience the Statue of Liberty.
We’re pretty proud of Lady Liberty in New York, especially since we’re the only city to have anything like her. And if you want the full experience, make a day of it and take the ferry to Ellis Island. You’ll love having the chance to explore the statue and read about history, especially if you have older children or history buffs with you.
That being said, there are a lot of poor, tired, huddled masses waiting in line most of the time. So for a less exhausting way to see the Statue of Liberty, you can hop on a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. They depart daily from Pier 83 down the Hudson River, and the boats pass right by Lady Liberty before heading under both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. We highly recommend this cruise for beautiful views you won’t see anywhere else.
Experience a Yankees game.
We understand that most non-New Yorkers are not Yankees fans… in fact, most have a less than favorable opinion of the team. But even if you’re not a fan of baseball itself, you’ll see that watching a Yankees game in Yankee Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Why not see a game in the House that Babe Ruth Built?
Tickets aren’t cheap, and this experience won’t be for everyone. But when the Yankees win, the crowd goes wild and the sound of Frank Sinatra belting out New York, New York can be heard over the celebration, you’ll smile and say, “Only in New York.”