New York City, the city that never sleeps, is a destination that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. From the bright lights of Times Square to the tranquility of Central Park, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant metropolis.
I recently had the opportunity to visit New York and was blown away by the energy and diversity of the city.
Here are the spots I wouldn’t skip on the first visit – mostly Manhattan:
- Times Square
- Central Park
- 5th Avenue and The Plaza
- American Museum of Natural History
- Soho, Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment and Friend’s Apartment
- West Village
- Wall Street
- World Trade Center
- Brooklyn Bridge And Dumbo
- Statue Of Liberty
- Hudson Yards, Vessel and The High Line
- Little Italy and Chinatown
- Grand Central (exp. if you are a fan of the Gossip Girl series)
- Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Times Square New York
My trip started with a visit to the iconic Times Square, where I was mesmerized by the bright lights and billboards. It’s a must-see for any first-time visitor to the city. Of course, we have all seen it in the movies and it’s a must-must when in New York for the first time. I would say that it’s a must to go over during the day and evening.
Central Park New York
Next, we explored Central Park, a peaceful oasis in the middle of the bustling city. We took a leisurely stroll along the lake and watched as people played chess, read books and relaxed on the grass. Also, another incredible area was the Bow Bridge or Wollman rink area – from here you can see the best skyline of the city.
Because the weather was pretty moody on the first part of the day, we have also visited the American Museum of Natural History – it’s just nearby the Central Park. Here, we saw some huge dinosaurs and amazing exhibits including human human cultures, the natural world and the universe. It’s a great idea to get inside, especially in case it rains.
From the Central park you can also quickly explore the famous The Plaza – it has been features in so many movies such as Home Alone.
But, of course, there’s nothing that screams more New York that a nice walk downtown. The streets and most likely the 5th Avenue are exactly the vibe you were looking for when you were planning the trip to New York.
NYC Ferry for the best views ( Statue Of Liberty)
One of my favourite experiences in New York was taking a ferry to views the Statue of Liberty. The views of the city skyline from the ferry were breathtaking, and the history of the statue and island were truly fascinating. It was a great way of exploring the city from the distance. Luckily, the weather was on our side and we were able to fully enjoy the experience. I wouldn’t recommend taking the ferry it it isn’t a great weather.
Another must would be a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. The views are fabulous when it’s almost sunset, you don’t wanna miss that. The walk itself it’s pretty enjoyable and it shouldn’t be longer than 30 minutes – one hour, depending on how fast you are moving. Honestly, we weren’t in a rush at all.
Also, because you will be tempted to stay only in Manhattan, at the end of the bridge you will be able to explore a different area of NY – Brooklyn. Honestly, we loved the neighbourhood and I think there are many food options available in the nearby areas such as Dumbo. After Manhattan, Brooklyn was our favourite area to explore.
Soho New York
If you are a fashion-enthusiast, you might enjoy Soho a lot. I surely did, especially because it was NY Fashion Week on the same time. We were able to enjoy the area and all the cute stores, the chic pastry shops and beautiful architecture. I am obsessed with all the typical New York buldings with fire escape ladders and small balconies. Personally, I would’ve loved to spend more time in this area.
Also, another spot you wanna see if you are in the area would be Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from Sex and the City series. As a fan of the hit TV series “Sex and the City”, I had to make a stop at the iconic apartment.
The building is located on the Upper East Side and is known as the “Carrie Bradshaw Apartment” to fans of the show – you will literally find it on maps. While the exterior of the building was used as the location for the show, the interior scenes were filmed on a set.
Nevertheless, it was fun to imagine Carrie and her friends hanging out in the neighbourhood and to take a photo in front of the famous spot. It was a great way to experience the city through the eyes of one of the most beloved TV characters.
Little Italy and Chinatown
Another highlight of our trip was visiting Little Italy. This historic neighbourhood is known for its delicious Italian food and charming streets lined with authentic Italian restaurants and bakeries. I indulged in some of the best pasta, and also took a stroll through the streets to admire the colorful storefronts and Italian flags. I also visited the famous Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, where many festivals and events are held throughout the year. It was a great way to experience the city’s rich cultural heritage and to get a taste of Italy in the heart of New York City.
Of course, from Little Italy, you can continue exploring the area and you will get to China Town.
Gran Central Station New York
If you are a Gossip Girl fan, I’m sure you won’t wanna miss it. For Gossip Girl fans, Grand Central Station was also a must-see spot as it was featured prominently in the popular TV series. It was exciting to see the iconic location where many of the show’s scenes were filmed and to relive some of the memorable moments from the series. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos in front of the famous information board where Blair and Serena had their iconic kiss.
Other than that, the main concourse has an impressive architecture and the entire vast space is truly breathtaking. I took a moment to admire the famous astronomical ceiling and I also enjoyed wandering around the different levels of the terminal, with its various shops, restaurants and bars.
World Trade Center New York
Another important stop on my trip was the World Trade Center. The site includes the One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, which is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
It has a great observation deck on the 100th floor, with an incredible view of the city from above. The World Trade Center is a must-see for visitors to New York City, both for its historical significance and for the incredible view of the city from the observation deck.
The Vessel and Hudson Yards
One of the newest and most exciting developments in New York City is Hudson Yards, a large mixed-use development located on the west side of Manhattan. The development is home to luxury residential buildings, high-end shops, and top-rated restaurants.
It’s also a popular place for visitors to explore the Vessel, a unique public space featuring a honeycomb-like structure with 154 flights of stairs, 80 landings, and incredible views of the Hudson River and the city. The Vessel is a modern architectural landmark, that can be climbed and its a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the views. We weren’t lucky enough to be able to visit it as it was closed, but we hope we will make it when we will go to visit next time.
Hudson Yards is a must-see destination for anyone interested in modern architecture and urban development, and offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum New York
One of the most unique and fascinating attractions in New York City is the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Located on the Hudson River, the museum is housed on the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that served in World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. The carrier is a National Historic Landmark, and it’s a great way to learn about the history of the US Navy and the important role the USS Intrepid played in it.
The museum features an impressive collection of aircraft on deck including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane ever built, a British Airways Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Visitors can also explore the ship’s interior, including the crew’s quarters, the galley, and the engine room. The museum also has a submarine, the USS Growler, and a British Airways Concorde on display.
In conclusion, The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in military history, aviation, and space exploration, and offers a truly unique and immersive experience.
Of course, no trip to New York would be complete without trying some of the city’s famous food. I indulged in a classic New York-style pizza, hot dogs from street vendors, and delicious bagels with cream cheese.
Overall, our trip to New York was an unforgettable experience and we can not wait to go back. The city truly has something for everyone and I cannot wait to explore more of what it has to offer.