New York City or The Big Apple is definitely one of the must visit cities before you die. There’s so much to do and so much to see that it can easily become overwhelming (also impossible to cover everything in just one trip). This was my third time visiting NYC, the last time was 4 years ago so the memories were still fresh, but NYC was still overwhelming for me. Therefore, I kinda skipped doing some of the mainstream touristy things and attractions, but continue reading to see what are my must do’s, see’s, tips and where to eat.
Getting around: NYC is separated into different neighborhoods, all different and unique in their own way. The subway is probably the cheapest and fastest way to get around, and trains run 24 hours. Uber/taxi is another way to get around NYC tip: Uber is cheaper that a taxi. And lastly, walking. You can easily walk from one neighborhood to another.
The Vessle- a very cool structure and visitor attraction located in Hudson Yards, you can go all the way to the top of it and enjoy a view over the Hudson river and NYC buildings. The admission is free you just need to book tickets online a day or two in advance.
American Museum of Natural History – fun fact: this is the largest Natural History museum in the world, it’s also where the movies Night in the Museum were filmed. I would definitely recommend spending a day in this museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET)- is my second favorite museum in NYC (after MOMA), the museum is enormous and it has artifacts from Egyptian mummies, to Impressionist paintings to fashion exhibition (for all fashion lovers, the MET is the home venue of the MET Gala)
Times Square- a very mainstream touristy attraction, but still nice. Tip: visit it late at night or earl morning to avoid crowds.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge- one of the most iconic sights of NYC, crossing the bridge takes approximately 30-45 minutes, and it is definitely worth it. The sight is amazing and it’s a great photo spot as well 🙂
Stroll in central park- it is definitely an unmissable spot in NYC, the park is huge and surrounded with skyscrapers. If the weather is nice you can definitely spend the whole day there, or even an hour stroll is just about enough.
Sunday Brunch- something that you absolutely mustn’t miss is a Sunday Brunch (or just doing brunch even if it’s in the middle of the week), NYC has some of the best brunch places in the world. Tip: book a restaurant in advance so you don’t have to queue for hours and to avoid disappointment.
See a broadway show- I would say to definitely make time to watch a broadway show while in NYC, there are numerous broadway shows you can watch. During this visit I watched “The Book of Mormon” and it is amazing!
Walk the highline- is a walkway that is built on former railroad parks and passes between the buildings. A really cool experience, I went during the evening the views were amazing (unfortunately the photos not so much).
Explore Dumbo- a neighborhood in Brooklyn that I really liked, from there you have a great view over both Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge, the streets are filled with cool local shops, restaurants and bars.
Catch some Jazz- another NYC experience you shouldn’t miss, there are many jazz clubs in NYC, even if you are not a jazz fan you should go and see one. I went to the Django in the Roxy Hotel? and it was a great experience
Where to eat & must try’s:
perfect for: late night snack
what to try: Pastrami sandwich
perfect for: junk food
what to try: Shack burger and cheese fries
perfect for: dessert/breakfast
what to try: red velvet cupcake
perfect for: lunch
what to try: some of their pasta
perfect for: breakfast/brunch
what to try: chicken and waffles
perfect for: brunch
what to try: some of their Flipper’s fluffy pancakes