New York City Travel Guide

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Brooklyn Bridge / Dress – Lilly Pulitzer

When I picture the Big Apple, I immediately think of the Manhattan cityscape skyline, yellow taxis, row houses & brownstone, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Hudson riverwalk, trendy cafes, coffee shops, shopping and street food carts.

I am usually not a city girl, but fell in love with this place as soon as I landed. I got to spend a week in NYC during Memorial Day Weekend and it was the perfect time to visit with the nice sunny weather.

Below are my recommendations:

Hotel

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Purse – Longchamp

Airport

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (Easy to fly in/out of, took AirTran JFK Red to Subway Jamaica Station to get into the city)

Transportation

  • Subway System (got the unlimited pass and it was a lifesaver)

Sights

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
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Shirt – JCrew
  • Radio City Music Hall

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  • Museum of Modern Art aka MOMA (See Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Monet Water Lilies, Andy Warhol, Picasso)
  • Channel Gardens in front of the Rockefeller

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  • Today Show Viewing Area
  • 5th Avenue Shopping (go see the flagship Tiffany & Co. 5 story store, secretly looked at all the beautiful engagement rings – hint future husband haha)
  • Rockefeller Center (See Globe man statue out front, Top of the Rock Observation Deck view is stunning, amazing view of the Empire State Building and entire Central Park, go early and on a sunny day)
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Top of the Rock / Shirt – JCrew; Pants – Loft

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  • Times Square & Broadway District (super crowded touristy place, neon lights and advertising galore, yellow taxis everywhere, see the little Swarovski glass sphere at top of the tower for NYE, go to a broadway show)

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  • Majestic Theater (Saw Phantom of the Opera and it was the best broadway show I’ve ever seen, best story line and music, the costumes were elaborate and amazing, worth every penny, Note Times Square is crazy at night though)
  • Bryant Park & NYC Public Library (cute little park centered around a beautiful fountain)
  • Grand Central Station (the hub to get literally anywhere in the city, ornately decorated with crystal chandeliers, cute circular ticket counter kiosk)
  • Trinity Church & Alexander Hamilton Gravesite
  • Financial District/Wall Street/Charging Bull Statue/Federal Hall (see the NYSE building, go early or there will be lots of tourists by the bull)
  • Staten Island Ferry to Statue of Liberty (take this free ferry, walk through battery park, see Ellis Island from afar, amazing peninsula views of NYC skyscrapers amidst the Freedom Tower)
  • 9/11 Memorial & One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower (see the downward spiraling fountain with victims names on the ledges)

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  • Walk across Brooklyn Bridge (amazing suspension bridge architecture)
  • Mets Game at Citi Field (adore this stadium so much, get Nathan’s crinkle cut fries and Frostee’s soft serve, subway lets you out right at the stadium at Flushing Meadows Queens, go early as lots of fans will crowd the subway station on game days)

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  • Carnegie Hall (see Hearst tower on the way-stunning mirrored building)
  • Lincoln Performing Arts Center (see Revson fountain and check out Julliard-basically the Harvard for arts and musically talented students, would love to come back and see ABT here someday)
  • Flagship Macy’s in Hearld Square (very iconic)
  • Flat Iron District Building

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  • Central Park (lots of horse-drawn carriages and runners, beautiful scenery around the lake, walk across the bridges, Highlights were the Belvedere Castle and Bethesda Terrace-beautiful Italian architecture)
  • Empire State Building
  • Plaza Hotel & Palm Court (neat to walk by)

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  • Chelsea Marketplace (huge Anthropologie, Google NYC is across the street, nearby meatpacking district, L’arte del Gelato is amazing)
  • High Line Park (old railroad station turned into park, very pretty amidst the skyscrapers, cool running stream fountains)
  • Washington Square Park & Arch (beautiful European like arch in center of park, NYU campus area)
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Dress – Loft
  • The Metropolitan Museum aka MET (the best museum I’ve ever been to, beautiful fountain front, walk up the famous steps, loved the gorgeous area surrounded with classy architecture and ornate buildings, lots of Grecian statues, armored casts, Victorian like furniture, Temple of Dendur, Washington Crossing the Delaware painting by Leutze, Van Gogh’s Wheat Field, Monet & Van Gogh showrooms in the European art section)

Food

  • Ess-a-Bagel (go early b/c there are long lines, most amazing bagels in NYC, famous for lox bagels but I loved the blueberry cream cheese on cinnamon raisin-yum)
  • Pret A Manger (these are everywhere, yummy quick on the go salads and flavored lemonades)

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  • Bibble & Sip (cute trendy llama themed coffee shop in Midtown)

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  • Magnolia Bakery (try their classic banana bread pudding, cute little bakery shop, cupcakes and chocolate bars are also yummy and their packaging is to die for)
  • Jacques Torres Chocolates (try their hot chocolate in the winter, located in the Rockefeller Center)

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  • Dough Doughnuts & Liquiteria (went to the location in UrbanSpace, loved the mocha almond crunch doughnut and acai bowl w/bananas in a cup)
  • Ippudo (went to the location in West Side, Japanese ramen restaurant)

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  • Kahve coffeeshop (Hell’s kitchen location, amazing java frappe)

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  • Carnegie Deli (famous for their massive pastrami sandwiches) Since it’s closing its door soon, try going to Katz Deli
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar (candy galore, also has a restaurant on top, super cute for souvenirs as they sell personalized chocolate bars)

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  • Popbar Gelato (went to the one on Carmine, get the swirled chocolate drizzle)

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  • Laduree Macaroons (went to the Madison Avenue location, beautiful french pastel cafe, cutest packaging, felt like I was in Paris)
  • Vapiano‘s Pasta Bar (in Greenwich Village, make your own pasta and pizza dishes)

My Recap:

To visit next time-Yankee Stadium in Bronx, Rockefeller or Wolman Ice Rink in winter, Rockettes Xmas show at Radio City Music Hall and the Hampton’s

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