There’s a lot I want to share with you, but figured it would be good to start this New York City guide with the top 10 places to go. It’s not easy for me to nail down 10 spots around the city that you absolutely must see – and feel free to suggest a few more. But for now, let’s talk about:
Or an afternoon. It’s one of my favorite places in the city. It’s fairly quiet, peaceful and you can always enjoy a few musicians along the way. On this particular day, there was a guy playing saxophone. I sat down for a few minutes just to take it in. There are a few landmarks to explore, such as the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Strawberry Fields, the Belvedere Castle, and green as the eye can see.
Top of the Rock is one of the most iconic places to go in the city. I personally think it trumps the top of the Empire State Building because you actually see the Empire. There’s normally no line to go up there and you can enjoy it as long as you want.
The Flatiron district is one of the coolest in Manhattan. Make sure you’re going down 5th Avenue to see the Flatiron building in all its splendor. That’s what I do every time I take someone there. The impact is a lot bigger than coming from the lower streets. Around that area there’s so much to do. You can stop by Madison Square Park, Eataly, the first ever to open Shake Shack, or just sit and gaze upon the grand Flatiron.
If you keep going down Fifth Avenue, you’ll reach yet another landmark. Washington Square Park is bigger than Madison Square Park and even more fun. One of the greatest moments I had in New York was with my mother at WSP. After a morning of walking through SoHo, we decided to sit down a bit and eat an apple. All whilst enjoying a saxophonist playing cool tunes. The magic of it during spring is just unbelievable.
SoHo is probably the biggest star of my Instagram feed and le pièce the resistance of this New York City guide. While I’ve tried to venture out to other parts of New York, evidently, always end up in the same place. It’s impossible to avoid, as it’s the biggest and most concentrated commercial and restaurant area in the island. It’s a beautiful place to walk and gaze upon the iconic buildings, the high and low end stores and, of course, delicious restaurants.
Check out this post I did about a Hotel stay in SoHo.
The High Line is a linear park, over the West Side of Manhattan, created on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad. It’s around 1.45 mile long, or 2.33 km. You walk along side some of the most recent buildings in New York, and others still in construction. It’s usually very crowded during the weekend, so make sure you stop by on a week day.
A must-see landmark in New York, One World Trade Center is located downtown Manhattan, close to the Financial District. Home of the new World Trade Center, it’s a mourning and spectacular spot. You feel the deepness and darkness of the day the world witness back in 2001. A memorial, a museum, a new tower and a train station slash shopping mall rose in the midst of tragedy.
You’ve seen it in movies, in pictures and probably heard about it a bunch. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic places in Manhattan. It’s a great way to see both skylines of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and enjoy a great walk. You can decide to walk all the way to either side, or stay halfway and go back. If you do decide to go all the way from Manhattan to Brooklyn, you’re at one of my favorite districts and the next on this New York City guide list:
Known for one thing and one thing only: the view! I’m obviously kidding, but since I got to NY, back in 2014, this district has been up and coming. A lot of small stores, restaurants and supermarkets opened up. You can enjoy a Shake Shack right by the water and take a few pictures of the greatest views of all time. What more can you ask for?
Williamsburg is a portion of West Brooklyn. It’s a very popular area for brunch, parties and bars. Most times I’ve been to Williamsburg, I walked around either Bedford or Whyte avenue – where all the action happens. You can find great brunch places like Cafe Mogador, Cafe Colette, Juliette, Mizu or Sweet Chick. You also have the fabulous Whyte Hotel with an amazing rooftop and overly-expensive-but-worth-it cocktails. It’s a great place to wonder around a morning or afternoon and find out for yourself.