New York City may seem like a good place to visit every year, but there are many good reasons that make 2015 the year to check it out.
No, it’s not because Taylor Swift lives there now or that there’s a new take on the cronut. It also has nothing to do with Broadway or Rockefeller Centre (although, both are great, but you know that already). In all honesty, there’s just a lot of big stuff in the works this year and you’re going to want to do it all. Here are 5 reasons to book a flight to New York right now (and bonus, flights are super cheap right now):
1. One World Trade Center
9/11 happened more than 10 years ago, and while the memorial is an oft-visited spot, what’s new for One World Trade Centre is the much-anticipated One World Observatory. Beginning this spring, guests will be able to climb the 1,776-foot landmark to a staggering height of 1,250-feet, where there’ll be restaurants, shopping and panoramic views of Manhattan.
In 2015, the Whitney Museum of American art will have a new home on the Hudson River. In the heart of Chelsea, this new location will feature 50,000 square feet of space, which allows for the most immersive cultural experience (the Whitney’s collection contains more than 21,000 American works of art from names like Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and Georgia O’Keefe). The new space will include a public square that overlooks the famed High Line and a theatre.
3. Explore Queens
Brooklyn is old news. According to Lonely Planet, Queens is the coolest part of New York City. For 2015, there’s the Emerging Artists Festival (a new gallery opens in April) in Long Island City, Astoria’s multi-block art district and a burgeoning craft brew scene from the likes of Single Cut Beer, Rockaway Brewing Company, Big Alice Brewing and more.
4. The High Line is complete
The High Line was a public green space rejuvenation project that was completed in three phases, the last of which was finalized last year. It took 15 years of preservation for it to get to the state it is in today. So, in honour of its completion, 2015 is the perfect time to enjoy it in all of its glory, from the views of street art by Eduardo Kobra to lush greenery, to ample seating for quiet reflection. (If you dare go in the winter, there’s also a snow sculpt-off until late February!)
5. Spend Valentine’s Day with an egg
New York is so often a last-minute option, whether it’s for work or play. So, if you decide to jet off to the Big Apple for Valentine’s Day (or if work calls you away for February 14), book a tour at the Newtown Creek Plant’s digester eggs for one of its educational tours about the water treatment process. This sounds like a joke, but it’s not. According to Gothamist, these tours are so popular on Valentine’s Day, and the department has received “hundred of inquiries about the tours.” If you’re strapped for ideas on Valentine’s Day, she’ll definitely be surprised by how quirky you are with this one (and, heck, your partner can buy his or her own chocolate). But if you want to show your love like some Zooey Deschanel equivalent of a New Yorker, book now before it is too late (tours start at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.).