New York is an amazing city with so much to see and do! There are many different neighborhoods to explore from SoHo, Greenwich Village, Tribeca and Chelsea, just to name a few. Each neighbourhood is packed with amazing culture and history. Here’s a list of the Top 10 things to see during your visit to NYC:
Highline is a pathway that travels through several neighbourhoods in NYC. You’ll find pretty gardens/flowers, great views of the city, food carts and open air cafes.
As touristy as it is, Times Square is a must do. It’s in the heart of the entertainment district and you’ll see huge billboards and tons of people walking around. It’s such an experience! There’s also a ticket booth called TKTS where you can line up earlier in the day to get discounted tickets on Broadway shows, which is exactly what we did! Phantom of the Opera was amazing!! I would avoid dining out in Times Square if possible because the meals at the restaurants are very over priced.
Chelsea Market is one of the largest markets around, with a plethora of shops and delicious food vendors. My husband and I spent a lot of time here during our drip to New York and this is where we started our walking journey along the Highline!
Central Park is as beautiful as it is massive! It’s so much fun to wander though and explore. On this trip to NYC we stumbled upon Strawberry Fields, an area in the park that pays tribute John Lennon of the Beatles. Central Park also reminds me of Home Alone 2 Lost in New York (of course), one of my favourite childhood movies :).
Seeing the 9/11 Memorial in person was a surreal experience for me. It was important for us to visit and pay homage to the victims of such a horrible tragedy as well as to see the footprint of the World Trade Center towers.
Top of the Rock
For one of the best view of NYC, I highly recommend checking out the “Top of the Rock”. You’ll see stunning views of Central Park and midtown Manhattan via the very top of the Rockefeller Center. It’s a good idea to get tickets to the Top of the Rock in advance because it’s super popular. We went during the evening and to see the city lights from so high up was pure magic. Tip: this is also an excellent place for celeb spotting because of the late night talk shows that are filmed here. We saw Mel B (Scary Spice from the Spice Girls) and Heidi Klum!
Grand Central Terminal
This is the city’s transportation hub. It has beautiful architecture and is packed full of history; there are tours available if you want to learn more.
A friend had recommended we check out this park during our visit. Bryant Park is this sweet, peaceful park with a huge lawn with benches and tables, right in the middle of the city.
I loved checking out Wall Street, where all the financial business happens! Here’s where you’ll find the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. The buildings in the financial district have amazing architecture too, including the New York Stock Exchange.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is iconic and it was such a treat to see in person. We didn’t actually go to Liberty Island though. We took the Staten Island Ferry instead (which is free) and enjoyed the views from the water. The ferry ride is about 30 minutes across to Staten Island, so you have plenty of time to take pictures and you still get close enough to get an awesome view of the Statue.
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