New York is one of the world’s leading business hubs. With so much of the world’s trade and finance being centred in this great city, it’s no wonder so many of us have to travel there for business. But it doesn’t have to be all work and no play! There are heaps of things you can do during your free time in New York. Before you begin planning though, start your trip off on a grand scale with some amazing business airfares that are available through corporate travel experts such as Corporate Traveller. Below are just three of the numerous sights you can mentally prepare yourself for during the flight to New York.
1. Rockefeller Center
Since you’re in New York for business, it’s only logical you make a stop at the Rockefeller Center. The creation of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., this was supposed to be an opera house, but it turned into something much more spectacular and now consists of 14 art deco style buildings over a massive 22 acres. There are walking art and architecture tours on offer daily and the spectacular view of the city from the Top of the Rock Deck is worth paying for! What’s more fascinating is the fact that the center currently houses many well-known companies and organisations: The GE Building (you may know it from the TV series 30 Rock), which is NBC’s headquarters, The Bank of America, The Today Show studios, The Simon and Shuster Building, and Radio City Music Hall.
2. New York City Public Library
You know the building with the lions out front? That’s the main branch of the library on Fifth Avenue. The entire library system holds almost 53 million items and is the third largest library in the world. This branch holds the library’s humanities and social sciences research collections, and various collections like baseball cards and Japanese scrolls. This library is such an important part of American history and culture that there are exact replicas at Universal Studios Florida and Singapore, with the library being prominently featured in countless movies including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Ghostbusters, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Day After Tomorrow.
3. The Empire State Building
Not just about the view, this building is all about the American Dream. Pick up your ticket and multimedia handheld device then head to the Sustainability Exhibit, where you’ll learn about the cutting-edge, energy-saving technology of the building’s massive overhaul in a fun and comprehensive tour using digital displays, sculptures and materials. Later, the Dare to Dream exhibit captures the history, construction and engineering behind the building, paying tribute to the pioneering work of the architects and builders that made it possible. Then stop for a gourmet meal and drink at one of its restaurants and bars.
There’s so much to see and do in New York, you may find it hard to tear yourself away from it and get back to your main reason for the trip – business! Be sure to spend whatever leisure time you have enjoying this amazing city and, if at all possible, stay for a few extra days to take in as much as you can!