Oh New York, how my heart beats faster when I hear your name.
For those who love big cities, New York is the place for you with its towering skyscrapers, bright lights and fast moving crowds and for those who don’t love big cities, New York just might sway you.
New York was the last stop on our American Adventure and it was the place that I was most excited to go. The first thing I did when I arrived in New York, was drive through the famous Times Square (in a yellow cab of course) and boy was I in awe, I had never seen so many billboards or people in one area, it certainly was a lot different from my hometown of Perth.
I fell in love with New York City from the moment I drove into Times Square. I had a whirlwind 10 days of non-stop sightseeing, eating, walking, snapping and falling in love even more.
Here are my tips for one of the most fascinating and amazing cities in the world!
What to do in NYC
There are endless things to do and see in New York, however I have narrowed it down to my favourites.
9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero
Visiting Ground Zero is an emotional experience and I don’t believe a single person could go to the memorial waterfalls or through the museum without feeling an immense amount of pain and sorrow. The memorial itself is beautiful, but the stories of the families who lost loved ones, the images of those suffering and the remnants from that fatal day are what truly touch you. I left Ground Zero with a heavy heart and tears pouring from my eyes but I encourage anyone visiting New York to go and see Ground Zero.
Top of the Rock
You absolutely NEED to go to the top of the Rockefeller Centre to see the best view of New York City. Here is where you will find a 360, amazing view of the entire city, from the Empire State Building to the Brooklyn Bridge.
We went in the last session in the evening and saw the city at night, which was absolutely amazing and I of course took the opportunity to take a selfie with the bright lights. However, when I return to NYC I definitely want to go to the Top of the Rock in the daytime so I can compare views. You take a very fast lift up 70 floors, which may make your head dizzy when you think about it, but it is definitely worth it. If you’re scared of heights, don’t worry, it is completely safe and totally worth facing your fears!
The beautiful Central Park-I could have spent days there taking in the nature that surrounded me, I felt like I was in my own secret garden. We actually took a pedicab tour through the whole park (because we were feeling hot and lazy), the pedicabs are located just outside the park on the corner of 7th Ave and 56th Street.
During our tour through Central Park we saw a TV show being filmed, visited the famous and inspiring Strawberry Fields but the most exciting moment for me was when I saw two little squirrels running around and playing, I was so excited I squealed and probably freaked our tour guide out!
Oh boy Macy’s is every female shopaholics dream. Upon entering, I felt like I had died and arrived in department store heaven. When I say you need to go to Macy’s, I mean you NEED to go, especially if you’re Australian, as we don’t have any department stores that come close to what Macy’s has to offer.
From active wear (my favourite), to accessories, bags, shoes and even gowns, everything in Macy’s is to die for so take your credit card and go crazy, after all, we should always treat ourselves to a little retail therapy!
You can’t go to New York City without seeing a show on Broadway in the Theatre District, after all New York is famous for Broadway right?
I saw The Lion King and every nostalgic feeling of my childhood came flooding back from the moment the curtains opened and the ‘Circle of Life’ began. I couldn’t stop singing a long and constantly had goose bumps from the incredible singing (which sounded a lot better than mine) and flawless acting. This experience was a big tick off my bucket list!
As well as the above, I suggest taking the Sex and the City Tour (if you’re a die hard fan like me), visit the original Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken (again if you’re a Cake Boss fan), take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and spend a whole night just wandering through the craziness of Times Square.
Eating in The Big Apple
New York City offers every type of food and cuisine you can think of, from pasta in Little Italy to seafood at the Red Lobster, the food is so good you’ll have no choice but to keep eating!
I highly recommend trying a famous New York hot dog, I had one with onion, mustard and of course ketchup, off a cart on the street and loved every bite. For sweets I suggest you head to the Cake Boss Café on 8th Ave and grab a ‘Lobster Tail’, which is the American version of the Italian sfogliatelle, a beautiful thin pastry filled with a French cream, which will absolutely melt in your mouth.
The Red Lobster restaurant offers a lot of choice for those who love seafood (me). Not only does the Red Lobster do seafood well, they make amazing cocktails and offer some of the best service I experienced in the USA. During my visit to the Red Lobster, I also could not resist the chocolate wave cake, one of the best warm chocolate cakes I have ever eaten and absolutely worth the 1130 calories!
The people, the sights, the sounds and the smells in New York City are like no other, it is a world that is wilder then you could ever imagine and you will never understand its fabulousness until you step foot in the concrete jungle. I absolutely fell in love with every part of New York City and it will hold a piece of my heart until I return.
In the famous words of Carrie Bradshaw, “…you only get one great love, New York may just be mine. And I can’t have nobody talking shit about my boyfriend.”
Enjoy New York my loves xx