New York City, in my opinion, is the best place on earth. No, I haven’t traveled everywhere, but I do know the inspiring feeling I felt when I stepped into the city. Fast paced, high energy, diversity all around, I fell in love. Traveling is suppose to leave you feeling motivated and provoke change in some way. My trips to New York did just that.
There are probably a million things to do, places to eat, locations to see, but here is a list of my favorites!
The Brooklyn Bridge- (About a mile in length) One of the oldest bridges in the US which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by the East River. The view of the bridge is beautiful in itself but once you get to the halfway mark, you can see the whole skyline of NY and the Statue of Liberty. It’s worth the half mile walk!
Radio City Music Hall– Entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center and is able to hold 6,000 people, which makes it the largest indoor theater in the world. The Music Hall is also the home of the Rockettes and their famous Christmas Spectacular.
Grand Central Terminal– One of the busiest train stations in the country and home of some of the most beautiful architecture. There are places to eat and shop throughout the terminal and don’t forget to look up at the ceiling on the main concourse. Towards the lower level, by the exit, there is something called the whispering arch. If you and a friend stand in opposite corners, diagonal from one another, you can speak into the corner and be able to hear one another. Even though you are about 10 meters away from each other the stone walls carry your voice. It can be highly entertaining.
Central Park– I have had the opportunity to see the park with snow on the ground and with fall colors. I can honestly say, it is alluring either way. It will leave you breathless.
Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Met”- With over 2 million pieces of work, divided into 17 cultural departments, The Met is the largest art museum in the United States. If you choose to put this on the itinerary, I recommend at least 3 hours to get through the entire museum. And yes, there is more than enough to keep you entertained and engaged for that long. (P.S. For any Gossip Girl fans, those are the steps they used in the show! xoxo)
911 Memorial and Museum- Going is a must. Plan out at least 2-3 hours to make it through the whole museum. I don’t want to share too much because I feel like this is something everyone needs to experience for themselves, but I can say it makes the day of September 11th feel so real again.
Top of the Rock- Observatory on top of Rockefeller Center, with an ocean-liner style design, offering city views. This was probably one of my favorite things to do during my first trip to the city. Highly recommend!
Statue of Liberty- I did not have the opportunity to visit Liberty Island yet, but next trip I make to New York this will defiantly be on the things to do. To go, make sure you book your ticket reservations at least 6 months in advance and plan nearly a whole day for it.
Empire State Building- The building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. This will give you a 360 degree look on the New York City skyline. I would recommend going at evening/night time!
New York Public Library– I know I know, what could be so great about a library. Well for one, I love to read so I enjoyed seeing the second largest library in the United States and fourth largest in the world. I am also an even bigger fan of Sex and the City, so seeing the location of Carrie and Big’s wedding was such a fan girl moment!
Things to Do:
Broadway Dance Center- Take a dance class! Okay, maybe this isn’t for everyone, but being a dancer, channeling my inner Broadway was a blast. They offer classes for all levels, so even if you aren’t a trained dancer and want to get moving, there is something there for you!
Shopping-5th Avenue– You will find some of the most prestigious and trendy shopping stores. The whole avenue is beautiful and filled with major attractions. The stores located here are more pricey.
SoHo– The shopping grid runs from Broadway west to Sixth Avenue, and Houston Street south to Canal Street. Broadway is the most commercial strip, with big names like Club Monaco, Bebe, Victoria’s Secret and H&M.
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Bryant Park– Privately managed public park that has something different going on at all times of the year. When I went at the end of October the ice skating rink and pop up shops were there (picture below). I went mid March and it was a clean park setting up for a concert of some sort that following weekend. It’s a fun place to check out and find out what’s going on at the time you’re in town.
Subway Station– This would be pretty hard to avoid unless you want to stay in the same place! The subway is an experience in itself. I’ve experienced it at rush hour and it was packed like sardines. During the day on the weekend I was able to see dancers perform for a quick buck. Trying to figure out which tram to get on is a rush because if you’re wrong it might take some time to correct! Download the Embark NYC app on your phone and it’ll help you get to your destination.
Time Square- Major commercial intersection and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Yes, it’s crowded but the energy is amazing.
See a show on Broadway– Worth every dollar, quarter, dime, penny you spend on a ticket. These performers are the real deal and any show you pick I could guarantee you an amazing show. If you’re questioning if you should spend money on a show, you should!
Yankee Stadium– America’s favorite pastime. Enjoy an evening at the baseball field!
Places to Eat and Drink:
Ellens Stardust Diner- Multi-level ’50s-themed diner with singing servers & an extensive menu of American classics. The servers take turns performing and then get right back to work. It was a really cool environment and the food was A plus too.
Absolute Bagels– If you enjoy breakfast foods and want to enjoy a true New York bagel, here’s your place. All bagels are freshly handmade and hand shaped every morning.
235th Rooftop Garden- New York’s largest rooftop bar located on the corner of 5th avenue and 27th street. One floor of the bar is completely enclosed for those extra cold nights. To add to the experience, there are red robes that are available to be worn while you enjoy your beverages.
Biergarten at The Standard– Chill, laid back spot for day drinking. They have a ticket system if you’re buying beer so you’re not constantly waiting in line. They have a full bar in the back which you pay by drink. The environment is great but overall this place is a little pricey.
Wythe Hotel “The Ides”– Sleek hotel roof lounge with citywide views offering upscale cocktails & wine. If I had to choose to go back to just one bar, this would be it. Picture taken from my iPhone of the city view.
I’m sure there is so much more you could discover and fall in love with. This city has so much to offer.