City Guide To NYC

What to do in New York City as a Travel Nurse

A travel nurse assignment in New York City is the ultimate adventure for travel nurses. The City That Never Sleeps will keep you on your toes… both on the job and off! Professionally, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment, supported by cutting edge technology and bright, passionate coworkers. Off the clock, you’ll have the world at your fingertips. The most diverse dining, shopping and entertainment possibilities on earth are located here. The New York City Subway, the largest rapid transit system in the world as well as one of the oldest, will get you where you need to be 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Here is our travel guide for nurses wondering what to eat, drink, do and Instagram on a travel nursing assignment in New York City.

Eat This!

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Every city has its most-loved diner, and in New York, Ellen’s Stardust Diner is definitely a contender. Many of the restaurant’s visitors call it a “must-do” for locals and tourists alike. The fun menu features a variety of pop-culture-themed options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the real draw at this eatery is the waitstaff. Located in Times Square just steps from the Broadway theater district, Ellen’s features an all-star cast of talent just waiting for their big breaks in theater, music and movies. Servers sing, dance and put on shows while customers enjoy pancakes, burgers, milkshakes and other diner favorites. Go for an unforgettable and very New York meal, and don’t forget to order a slice of real New York Cheesecake!

Katz’s Delicatessen

When you think of pastrami, you think of New York. And if you want the best pastrami in New York City, you go to world famous Katz’s Deli. This iconic restaurant has made appearances in a number of movies and television episodes, including the infamous “I’ll have what she’s having!” scene in When Harry Met Sally. Founded in 1888, Katz’s Deli is beloved the world over for its mile-high pastrami on rye, serving approximately 15,000 pounds of the lunchmeat every week. Zagat has rated it as the number one deli in New York City. Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the restaurant is convenient a number of other sites and activities you’ll want to see and do while you’re out and about in the city.

Drink This!

Black Gold Records (And coffee!)

Sure, most people’s first thought when it comes to a decent cup of joe may not be a record store, but Black Gold Records in Brooklyn may just change your mind. Travel nurses on assignment in New York City who love both coffee and music will want to give this shop a visit. Coffee aficionados will appreciate the Chemex pour-over option, although you’ll also find a wide selection of traditional coffee shop selections, including cold brewed, as well as teas. The shop is filled with vintage décor – much of it for sale – and the vibe is super chill and comforting. If you brought a portable record player with you on your assignment, you’ll definitely want to dig through the bins here, where you can find both new releases and plenty of classics, too!

McSorely’s Old Ale House

The oldest Irish tavern in New York City, McSorely’s Old Ale House is a must for any beer-loving nurse passing through the city on a travel assignment. Teeming with history, this infamous watering hole has served celebrities from Abraham Lincoln to John Lennon and is the subject of numerous works of art including paintings, songs, books and poems. Take a trip back through time as you enjoy the drink they first rolled out 164 years ago – and the only drink they have ever served – McSorely’s Ale, your choice of light or dark. Fun fact: It took a Supreme Court ruling to force this pub to finally allow women entry, and that wasn’t until 1970! McSorely’s is filled to the brim with character and an excellent place for NYC people-watching.

Do This!

The Empire State Building

Open 365 days of the year from 8am to 2am, the Empire State Building’s 360-degree view of the city is simply breathtaking at any time of day or night. The main deck, located on the 86th floor, lets you observe Central Park, The Hudson River, The East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty and so much more. Pro tip: Buy yourself a CityPASS and save 42% on admission to the top six NYC attractions: The Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum, ferry access to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, available online or at any of the above listed attractions.

Central Park

Lucky for you, one of the most popular and pleasurable things to do in New York City is free and it is a must-see. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States with more than 40 million visitors annually and is the perfect place to spend a day relaxing. At any given time, and depending on the weather, this beautiful park is frequented by birders, joggers, walkers, bicyclists and skaters. During winter, the park has not one but two ice skating rinks, and in the warmer months, you can catch free performances from the New York Philharmonic, Shakespeare in the park and numerous musicians, including the city’s infamous, “That guitar man from Central Park’” who has been performing regularly for enthusiastic crowds since 1992.

Instagram This!

Times Square

Lights! Camera! Action! Perhaps no other place on earth seems more representative of the modern digital age than Times Square, with its dazzling neon advertisements and zipper news crawls lighting up both the day and night skies. The site of one of the world’s most notable New Year’s Eve celebrations is an exciting place to visit every day of the year, with some of the most prime people-watching available anywhere on the planet, including the city’s notorious Naked Cowboy. A photo taken here is instantly recognizable with the iconic Coca-Cola Sign electro-kinetic sculpture standing 68 feet tall and 42 feet wide in the background. While you’re there, stop by the TKTS ticket booths, where you can find tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for 20-50% off face value.

The Flatiron Building

New York City is full of old, charming buildings that just ooze character, but the Flatiron Building, a triangular, steel-framed National Historic Landmark is the quintessential symbol of the city and one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world. Completed in 1902, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and yes, it received its famous moniker because it is indeed shaped like a clothes iron. When it comes to photography, the building’s unique shape offers endless possibilities as the forefront, background or subject of your composition. Just search the hashtag #FlatironBuilding on Instagram to see the breathtaking creativity this iconic building inspires.

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