There is nothing quite like being in the hustle and bustle of New York City. With a million things happening at once, there’s never a dull moment in this melting pot of global diversity. So many people are concerned with not looking like a tourist, but when in the City, I recommend just embracing the tourist and going to all the top sights at least once. There is a reason they’re considered the top sights!
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buy tickets to take a ferry out to Liberty Island as well as Ellis Island. There are a variety of route and tour option with tickets averaging around $25 per person. A little local tip if you don’t want to buy a ferry ticket, is to take the Staten Island Ferry and you will get a pretty good view for free! Statue of Liberty: The most famous landmark in the United States, you have to catch a glimpse of this iconic statue while in New York City. You can
The Highline: My favorite park in New York, check out this 1.45 mile elevated greenway on a reclaimed railroad.
online ahead of time. You can also hang out on the picturesque steps in front of the museum and grab a bite from one of the food carts always stationed outside. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: For all the art fans, make sure you plan a trip to the famous Met. You can buy tickets for $25
entrance tickets for $26 per adult. 9/11 Memorial and Museum: Located at the World Trade Center in New York, this beautiful memorial honors those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks. You can buy
Central Park website. My top few sights are Strawberry Fields – John Lennon Memorial, The Mall and Literary Walk, and the Belvedere Castle. Central Park: This incredible park has a mountain of things to do within itself, so I recommend checking out the seasonal activities and attraction on the
Federal Hall National Memorial, New York Stock Exchange, Fearless Girl, Charging Bull, and Trinity Church. Financial District: Home of Wall Street and the hub of the bustling finance world, plan your visit to see some of the iconic sights such as
Bryant Park Grill and Cafe , or check out the schedule to attend one of the many activities that take place in the park. Bryant Park: Another lovely New York City park, make sure you plan a stop at Bryant Park to enjoy a coffee on the lawn, grab a bite at the
grab your tickets to explore the iconic Empire State Building. Empire State Building: This 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan is an icon of the New York City skyline and a must-see when visiting the city. With multiple observation decks and tour packages
timed entry and even then being prepared to stand in line to enter. Little Island: This recently constructed island park was built in the Hudson River Park and is an extremely unique structure. Since this is a new attraction it is always busy so I recommend reserving your
Brooklyn Bridge park. It is a great spot to wander around with unrivaled views of the piers, the river, and Manhattan. Take in the views of the city as you stroll towards the Brooklyn Bridge. The park will bring you right below the bridge, so you can then wander up the street to get up and cross the iconic landmark. Brooklyn Bridge: When visiting this beautiful bridge, I like to start on the Brooklyn side of the East River at
Chelsea Market is full of delicious food vendors of all kinds. We always get a fresh lobster roll at The Lobster Place. Chelsea Market: Originally built as a Nabisco factory, and now owned by Google, this converted factory building is home to a shopping mall, food hall, and office complex. My favorite lunch stop in Manhattan,
All the restaurants I tried on my last trip to New York City. Check out my favorite spots from October 2022, including all my gluten free recommendations!
Accommodation – I’ve had the privilege of staying at the beautiful Hilton in the Fashion District which is conveniently located right in the city. If you’re on a tighter budget, there are plenty of cheaper hotel options, and you can even cross the river into Jersey where the prices will drop significantly.
Food – New York is widely considered the best food city in the world, so I can’t even begin to do it justice with this little blurb. I have not explored very many restaurants in NYC so I’ll refer you to some of my favorite restaurant guides. My favorite NYC food experiences are getting bagels and lox from a local deli, a hot slice of $1 pizza after a night out drinking, and finding an intimate wine bar where you can chat with friends late into the night.
Getting Around – I always fly into JFK airport, then take the Airtrain to Jamaica Station and transfer to the Long Island Rail Road going towards Manhattan. You pay for the Airtrain when you get off at Jamaica, so if you’re planning to come back, make sure you have enough money on your metro card because those kiosks always get backed up. Then I get off at Penn Station to walk to the Hilton Fashion District (where I’ve usually stayed in NYC). Once you’re in the City, taking the subway and walking are your best bets. The subway can be a little confusing, but Google Maps is pretty reliable nowadays. You can also always hail a taxi or take a lyft.