Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Top Five Favorite Things to Do in New York City

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Although my trip to NYC was all about work (and only 48 hours!!), I was still able to squeeze in a few of my favorite things while I was there. I definitely am not an expert, but after having been to New York more times than I can count, I do have a list of must-do's. Whether you're a local or a tourist, here are my top five things to do while you're in the Big Apple. 

Central Park
Of course Central Park is beautiful, but it is also a great place to sit back and people watch. Yes, you're in NYC and don't want to waste a precious moment, but if I'd learned something about the city, you walk...A LOT. This is a great place to take a break, ride a bike, rent a rowboat (my favorite), and even visit the zoo. Once you're done, grab an "iconic" pretzel or hot dog. If you're looking for finer dining, The Boathouse is great, as is the new Tavern on the Green

Explore A New 'Hood
I love walking, and as I just mentioned, New York is a great walking city. Having moved from San Francisco, this is definitely something I miss (and we lack) in Houston.Whether you have a destination in mind or are just exploring, be sure to check out a new neighborhood. Of course we all know Times Square and SoHo, but some of the greatest neighborhoods are the ones you don't hear as much about. This also gives you the chance to get a 'local' flavor of the city, and not just the tourist attractions. That being said, bring comfy shoes! I can't stress this enough! My new favorite 'hoods: Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen and the East Village. Also, be sure to visit the High Line

Chelsea Market
A trip to Chelsea Market is a must, but be sure to come hungry! I first visited this "market" a few years ago when my BFF lived in the city, and it has remained one of my favorite things. A block long and a block wide, Chelsea Market has any type of food your heart could desire. From elaborate to simple, this is the perfect place to go when you're traveling with others, because there's something for everyone. Literally, you could spend your whole day there, eating from one end to the other!

See A Show On (or Off) Broadway
This is my #1 thing to do while I'm in New York! I have been a theater junkie since as long as I can remember (thanks mom and dad), and no trip to the Concrete Jungle would be complete without seeing at least one musical or play! For great ways to score discounted tickets on the top shows, click here.

The Museums
I also happen to be a self proclaimed museum junkie, as well! It's a great way to feel like you're traveling through time, to another country, to see things that are different from you personal taste, and even to have some time to self reflect. New York is known for having some of the best permanent and traveling exhibits in the world. Be sure not to miss (or revisit) The Met, The Guggenheim, The MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History, and The Whitney. Most recently I visited the September 11th Memorial & Museum, and although heartbreaking, it is well worth a visit and beautifully curated.  

Have any must-see things to do in NYC? I would love to hear them! Until next time...

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