New York City in the autumn – or should I say the fall – is a fabulous time to see the city. It’s full of contrast; the russet, yellow and orange-hued foliage looks stunning against the stark skyscrapers and reflective glass tower blocks. The skies go from steely grey, giving the city streets a more dramatic feel, to crisp clear blues. I went back recently for the first time in 18 years and discovered some changes, new attractions and re-discovered some old favourites. There’s so much to see that won’t cost you a dime so here’s my favourites, in no particular order, via Instagram – one of my favourite social media platforms.
1. Times Square
We arrived at night to see the city lit up and sparkling. We stayed near to Times Square and I can tell you now that New York is definitely a city that never sleeps. Take a stroll in Times Square for people watching – you could even try out the indoor Ferris Wheel in the M&M shop or stock up on Hershey’s.
2. The High Line
We discovered The High Line and walked in the rain along the disused rail line that’s now an urban oasis which ribbons above the Lower West Side.
3. Ground Zero
We paid our respects at Ground Zero. The last time I was in New York I viewed the city from the roof of the North Tower and still have vivid memories of how it used to look. The memorial is a peaceful and reflective area. The museum at Ground Zero is well worth visiting although book on-line to avoid lengthy queues. It’s $24 for adult admission and I’ve included it here because if you’re at Ground Zero it’s right next to it.
This is One World Trade Centre, currently the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
4. Grand Central Station
Grand Central Terminal is the busiest rail station in America and one of New York’s most historical monuments. Definitely worth taking a look if you’re passing by. There’re are shops and restaurants if you decide to stay longer.
5. A Walk in central Park
A walk in Central Park is a must if you’re visiting New York in the autumn – the colours and foliage are beautiful.
The park’s just as interesting in black and white. This is The Avenue which runs up the centre of the park.
Trees and Shadows in Central Park I have been challenged by the fab @staceystockwell to post 5 black & white photos over 5 days for the #5shotchallenge – part of the challenge is to nominate another person each day so today my nomination goes to @abitofculture – No obligation to participate it's just for fun. Here's my Day 5 B&W photo. Shadows and trees in Central Park. #centralpark #NYC #5shotchallenge #newyork_instagram
6. Just Walk
There’s loads of iconic New York Street scenes to see just by walking around…
I have been challenged by the fab @staceystockwell to post 5 black & white photos.over 5 days for the #5shotchallenge – part of the challenge is to nominate another person each day so today my nomination goes to someone who loves a bit of B&W creativity, the blogger and excellent photographer Lucy (@lucydodsworth) No obligation to participate Lucy it's just for fun. Here's my Day 1 B&W photo. New York – stairways and windows #5shotchallenge
7. Take the Staten Island Ferry
See the Statue of Liberty for free from the Staten Island Ferry. Board at The Whitehall Terminal (4 South Street, Manhattan). The Ferry’s free so just stay on for the return journey and see Liberty all over again before you get back to where you started!
8. Views of Manhattan Island
There are fabulous views of Manhattan Island too –
So those are my free sights to see in New York City via Instagram. Do you use Instagram? Leave details in the comments and I’ll follow along. You can check out my Instagrams here
Manhattan Bridge night-scene
Suzanne Jones is creator, writer and photographer at The Travelbunny. When she’s not indulging her wanderlust you’ll most likely find her enjoying coastal walks in her home county of East Sussex, UK.
Suzanne co-writes Sussex Bloggers which showcases the best of East & West Sussex.