Top of the Rock

NYC Favorite Things - Tourist Recommendations

After living in New York City people are always asking us what they should see when they visit the city. Many people think they want to see the non-tourist spots, but the truth is there’s a reason why everyone wants to visit the same spots: they’re really cool. Here are our top 5 recommendations to tourists:

1.     911 Museum - this is worth a half-day and a trip to the top of One World Trade. While this is a heavy emotional experience, it speaks so much to the core of America and New York City. It’s well worth taking the time. I would do it on the front end of your trip rather than finish with this.

2.     Top of the Rock - best view in the city hands down. There’s so much to do in and around Rockefeller Center like the NBC Studio Tour and watching the ice skaters, but the best part of Rockefeller Center is the view from the top. It’s worth the ticket and long wait in line.

3.     Staten Island Ferry - this is the best free show in New York City. Jumping on this 30 minute ferry ride gives you an incredible view of the statue of liberty and a nice look at Lower Manhattan as you come back into Manhattan.

4.     Ellen’s Diner - this is the most unique dining experience in the world! If you enjoy Broadway tunes this is the place for you as the wait staff goes above and beyond serving you food, providing live music non-stop. They’re all incredible performers!

5.     Chelsea Market/High Line - this spot is becoming more popular with great shopping and even better food. Stop in for a treat and then spend some time walking up and down the High Line Park just a block away.


Additional recommendation:
     Double Decker Bus Tour - we’ve taken many tours before moving here and the best one we took about a year ago on a double decker bus. It’s worth paying for one day in the city as you can see so much more by taking advantage of these bus systems. Beyond the ride, the tour guides are all great and can point out details about the city that are always fascinating!

NYC Different Perspective


Today I saw New York City from two different perspectives: the seat of a bus and from the rooftop of Rockefeller Center 70 stories in the air.  Both were amazing views and both gave me a very different perspective of the city.

From the bus I was able to see details and a much closer view of specific areas of the city.  From the roof I was able to see the city as a whole and got a much bigger perspective.

In our ministries or organizations we need to get both perspectives.  We need the close up look at specifics and we need an elevated look at the ministry or organization from a distance.  We won't get either of these perspectives though if we don't stop and either take a closer look at things or pull back and look at things from afar.

I want to encourage you to once a month dig into one specific area of your church or ministry and see what you can learn or better understand.  I also encourage you to once a quarter take a day or half day to pull back and take a look at your church or organization from a distance and the direction that you are heading as a whole.  I think you will be surprised by the difference that these focused perspectives will bring to your leadership.


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