You’re probably all sick to death of me ranting and going on about New York, but I just can’t help it it’s the city I left my heart in and I just can’t leave it too long before I retrieve it. It’s one of those cities – akin to London – where it doesn’t matter what you’re into you’ll have plenty to do. I went on my fourth trip this summer (You can see my photo diaries here and here), and there’s still so much left for me to do. Here are some reasons why you’ll fall in love with the city:
There’s plenty of nature- For a city so large and built up there’s plenty of nature and greenland, and I’m not just talking about the obvious Central Park. You’ve got The High Line which I love, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hudson River Park, Prospect Park and Battery Park so there’s plenty of space to relax, enjoy the sun and eat your lunch.
The choice of food is incredible- You don’t need to venture far to be spoilt for choice when it comes to food, and not just your typical burgers and diner food. There’s amazing Mexican’s/ Italians/ Thai and much more. Check out my food diaries for inspiration/ hunger pangs.
Brunch is the best meal you’ll eat- The great thing about brunch is that it’s late enough that you can opt for a burger or something heartier but it’s still breakfast, so if you fancy pancakes or avocado on toast you can. A mimosa or not the choice is yours and brunch is definitely the best meal of the day.
The city is so walkable- Yes New York City itself is huge and you can’t walk from The Met right down to Battery Park without feeling like you might die, but there’s no huge need to use the metro. Plan what you want to do in sections i.e. Chelsea and Soho/ Upper West Side and Central Park/ Lower East and Brooklyn etc, then you can experience New York from the streets and not the underground.
The skyline is incredible- Whether you look at the skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge/ across the water, from New Jersey as you come from the airport or from the top of one of the many buildings (Rockefeller is my personal choice), the skyline is incredible. With so many beautiful buildings and amazing areas, you’ll be pretty stunned seeing it.
The sense of pride New Yorkers have- People from New York are always proud of where they’re from and you get a real sense of this pride and honour when you go down to ground zero and see the memorials and museum. The locals are not only proud of their city but are strong, resilient people.
The amount of free things to do- Yes New York can be an expensive city to holiday in from food and spending money to theatre trips and accommodation but there are so many free things to do in the city including The High Line Walk, Central Park Exploration, The Met (A donation is asked but not mandatory), Comedy Shows, The Staten Island Ferry and much more.
The shopping- Of course I couldn’t talk about New York and not mention shopping from the incredible Macys and Bloomingdales through to the best version of Sephora (Sorry European versions you’re just not good enough). There’s loads of smaller boutiques including the Birchbox Store, Bite Beauty Lab, the cute Chelsea Market and the epic Strand Bookshop.