As some of you might’ve seen on my instagram, I was in New York last summer. Due to university and exams I wasn’t able to publish this post earlier. While planning a trip to New York the most important thing is deciding what you actually want to see during your stay there. Knowing how many places and possibilities are in this big big city, I know the choice is hard to make.
Depending on the lenght of your stay you’ll have to decide what you actually want to see. I know this part can be the most frustrating as you want to see as many places as possible. My tip: Grab a map, mark all the places you want to go and group them geographically day by day. You’ll save up a lot of time moving from one place to another because you don’t have to go from one end of city to the other end.
What to see when in New York? My top three places within the city:
1 Top of the Rock: I might have a thing from seeing places and cities from above. However, the feeling of being on the 70st floor, looking at a city which has no real ending is a mesmerizing moment. I’m not kidding when I say that I spent 4 hours up there. I heard people saying that queues are longer at the Empire State building. Also, the the Empire State itself looks better on the pictures. I was there on a weekday at 2pm and there was basically nobody, I was at the top within two minutes after entering Rockfeller Center. It’s the best 35$ I spent in New York and I would go back there any time, however, this time I would choose the sunset and night view which must be breathtaking too.
2 Central Park: Once you enter Central Park you’ll be overwhelmed by realizing how big this park actually is. People are doing yoga, playing American football, practicing for marathons or riding their bikes. It’s a quiet place yet full of life. In case you’re trying to escape the hectic city, this is the place to be. You’ll end up seeing the famous Bow bridge, Belvedere castle or Bethesda terrace (Gossip girl marriage, anyone?). It’s the perfect place to feel the nature, have a picnic and watch the squirrels or birds. Street artists are everywhere. During summer, there’s many concerts of various local bands and artists.
3 Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge & Dumbo: Being one of the most famous bridges in the world I won’t skip seeing the Brooklyn Bridge. Walking along this part of history and seeing the amazing skyline of Manhattan is a moment you won’t forget as quickly. Of course the bridge is crowded with people and if you want to get shots I advise going early. However, the crowds get better after half of the bridge since people don’t seem to walk all their way to Brooklyn? If you decide to do so, you’ll end up in the area between Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge called Dumbo. There’s a cute caroussel, a beautiful park and promenade. It’s the perfect place to have a rest and get away from crowds of people. Additionally, the Brooklyn architecture is unique and worth seeing.
As I was located outside the city in the state of New Jersey I had to take the bus in order to come to NYC. Talking about the means of transport in the big Apple, I didn’t use taxis or buses within the city. However, the subway is worth a mint: the connections are really good and there’s a metro line leaving every few minutes. Using the subway and walking a few blocks means having the possibility of finding cute places tourists might not know about.
However, I must say I was surprised. Except for maybe some shopping or food the prices are basically Swiss standard which is not really what Swiss people are used to (there’s not many countries in Europe where life is more expensive than in Switzerland itself). There’s plenty of cute little restaurants, rooftop places and bars within the city. As I was travelling alone I didn’t have the urge to explore these places alone though. What I did check out is the food you get in America. My favourites: the waffles and pancakes which are to die for.On another note, the shopping experience is just on another level. The variety of collections in shops and the size of malls will make you feel like Alice in wonderland. And trust me, you’ll be spending so much money so easily and so quickly. Outlets? Yes, please. Be aware that parking lots are freaking huge – we spent half an hour searching for our car because we couldn’t think of where we left it.The next post will be about my trip to Atlantic city and some other places within NY which could be of interest. Also, if there’s any questions make sure to drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be glad to help!