My New York Recommendations

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Learn about my favorite places to visit in NYC.

New York state is located in the Northeastern part of the U.S. and is the fourth most populous state out of the 50. Its famous for its beautiful Hudson Valley, Adirondack Mountains the Finger Lakes and of course New York City, aka the Big Apple.

New York City is not the capital of New York state (like many believe), Albany is, but it is the biggest U.S. city in terms of population. Over 8 million people call NYC their home.

There are five boroughs (districts) in NYC – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx – and each has its own character and vibe. The most popular among tourists (for good reason) are Manhattan and Brooklyn, which are the boroughs I’ll focus on here.

Here is a list of my NY recommendations. I lived in Manhattan on the Upper East Side (on 63rd and 2nd) for one year and in Park Slope, Brooklyn (435 5th Ave.) and Carroll Gardens on Smith Street and it was a time in my life when all I did was go out, so I got to know the city very well! ūüôā

My Favorite Things to Do

  • Brunch in NY usually is on Saturday and Sunday morning from 9 am – 2 pm. Lots of times it’s an all you can drink activity with mimosas, bloody marys, etc. Here are the¬†list of Brunch places in Manhattan.¬†Filter for price.¬†


    • 5th Avenue for mainstream designers. East Village + Lower East Side for other designers.
    • Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads: Find designer clothes and very trendy clothes for dirt cheap.
      • There are locations in both Williamsburg and Manhattan near the Empire State Building.

Finding the Best Bagel & Pizza:¬†You can’t leave without eating a¬†Bagel & Pizza.

Traditional New York Bagel –¬†Ess-a-Bagel


  • Go to City Bakery for Hot Chocolate with Homemade Marshmallow.
  • Shop @ Union Square¬†
  • Lunch @ Shake Shack (Madison Square Park)¬†
    • Most famous burger on the East Coast
    • See the Empire State building and the Flatiron building.¬†
  • Free view of the city:
    • 230 5th Ave. + bar w/ bathrobes available in Winter. Make sure you go upstairs!!!
    • Sundays at 4pm you can practice languages there.¬†
    • I prefer this view than waiting in line for the Empire State or Rockefeller Building.¬†
  • Library: I think it’s worth entering, especially the main reading room.¬†
  • Bryant Park: Go Ice Skating there in Winter (better than Rockefeller Center) and sit down and relax in summer. Bryant park has a bigger skating area than the one at Rockefeller center, plus they have a nice market surrounding it.

Note: If you want to find local’s to meet up with, check for cool events in Meetup Groups or individuals to give you tours and hang out on Showaround.

Day 2: Central Park and Surrounding Area (Central Manhattan)

  • Grand Central Train Station = Go inside and walk around even if you’re not planning on taking the train. It’s worth it!¬†
  • Central Park = It’s easy to spend hours in central park. Don’t forget to visit the Strawberry Fields and John Lennon’s house and most importantly walk the whole park because it’s crazy beautiful.¬†
  • Museums
    • Natural History Museum. FREE (Donation) = They tell you the museum entrance is $25 a person or something like that, but it’s technically a donation. If you don’t want to pay the full amount, tell them “I read that the $25 a person is a donation, is that true?”
    • MET (Metropolitan). FREE (Donation). Same as with Natural History Museum.
  • Times Square is in the same area: I hate this place, but it’s worth seeing if you’re a tourist. Watch your bags for pickpockets and be prepared to be in a very very crowded location.
  • Quick tram with a view at 59th and Lexington. Tourists don’t really know about this one. You can take a quick tram to Roosevelt Island with a regular train ticket. The great thing is, there’s a crazy view and you fly over the East River. I used to do it every now and then just for fun!
  • Lunch @ Katz’s Delicatessen = ORDER the FAMOUS roast beef / pastrami sandwich.¬†
    • Look at the pictures on the wall of all the famous people who have eaten there.
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Take Staten Island Ferry (cheap!) for view of Statue of Liberty¬†
    • Price of the train ticket¬†
  • Washington Square Park: Listen to musicians and people watch.
  • SoHo: Walk around it, it’s hard not to fall in love with it.¬†
  • The Highline: Former Railroad turned into a walking path for tourists.¬†
  • Greenwich village: It’s one area of the city that doesn’t have the easy street number system. In my dream world, I’d live in this area of New York. It’s cute and full of gems.
    • Visit a Speakeasy = 1920s – Prohibition era pub. Some of them you need to go through the back of a shop to enter, another you enter by dropping down a telephone booth and going down an elevator.¬†
    • Smorgasburg¬†
      • Unique outdoor market to try local food creations.
    • Brooklyn Flea¬†
      • Buy unique used items, artisanal jewelry. Interesting people, interesting stuff.
    • Brooklyn Brewery
      • In the middle of Williamsburg an area that you have to visit in Brooklyn.
        • In winter, people bring board games, order pizza, etc.
      • Walk Bedford Street¬†
    • Favorite Areas:¬†
      • I lived on Smith Street (Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn) and Carroll Street.¬†
      • Go to the Farmacy Creamery
      • Try Lard Bread at Caputo’s on Carroll Street
      • Walk in Park Slope on 5th & 7th Street
      • Brooklyn Heights Walk!!! w/ view of Manhattan

“Do you think I’ve missed an amazing place? Let me know!

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