10 Things To Do in New York

This post is incredibly overdue but with a return to my favourite city booked for November with a friend who’s never been before I thought it was as good a time as any to share some of my favourite things to do/places to be. I’ve linked to vlogs including each of the 10 recommendations for those of you who’d like to see a little more of them..

GRAND CENTRAL WHISPERING WALL

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

I didn’t say they would be incredibly original 😉

Seems like it might be a one and done landmark but I’ve revisited Grand Central almost every time I’ve been back to the city. It’s impressive in size and architecture but there are also restaurants, shops and an amazing food hall and deli. On our last visit we finally found the whispering wall where you’re able to hear whispers from across a ‘room’ ..something you just have to hear to believe! – featured in this video

CENTRAL PARK BOATING LAKE

CENTRAL PARK BOATING LAKE

I know the boat house is called ‘Loeb’ but I’m not sure whether that name extends to the lake itself. Having previously only visited during the winter I couldn’t wait to rent a boat last Summer with the kids and it did not disappoint. At only $15 an hour it’s the best money we spent all week in my opinion. It’s so much fun, the views are amazing, the lake is so much larger than you think and I discovered I could row! – featured in this video

NYC SUBWAY

THE SUBWAY

Not exactly an exciting ‘must do’ but one I think it worth mentioning because it took me so long to really use it. Taxis are slow and expensive, the subway is cheap and you can get from one end of Manhattan to the other in a fraction of the time. It’s not as convenient as the London Underground, there are no staff on duty and not nearly as many lines but if you’re travelling a fair distance it’s the only way to go. – featured in this video

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK

Somewhere I’ve only been to once but that I fell in love with instantly. We were there on a weekday so all the pre-school kids were playing in the playground and there were lots of (I assume) parents settling their kids in to the area for the new term at NYU. It was the most residential feeling spot we visited. Very quiet and free from extreme tourism. I would have happily sat and watched the world go by had we not had a flight to catch. – featured in this video

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ELLENS STARDUST DINER

Somewhere I always say I don’t need to go back to and yet always seem to revisit. Definitely something you need to do at least once. Every member of staff is a performer, they sing while they serve and what singing it is. The food is good, expensive but the experience is worth the premium you pay. They’re often queuing out the door for breakfast so be prepared to wait or come back. – featured in this video

TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL

THE PLAZA FOOD HALL

Specifically the Todd English Food Hall within The Plaza but the food hall itself is like the city’s best kept secret. I never hear anyone talk about it but there’s a side entrance to the hotel off Central Park, you go down an escalator and you’re surrounded by deli counters, baked goods, incredible cakes and restaurants. We love the Todd English place because it’s table service but there are multiple counters you can order from so one can have sushi and another italian. I recommend the Lobster Rolls with a side of Parmesan Fries. – featured in this video

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

How much of the bridge you want to see will depend on the weather but you can get a decent view of the city without walking the whole way across. Be prepared to walk either way though, it’s a fair trek from the closest subway stop (or even place a taxi could drop you) to the bridge itself and then it’s LONG. On the other side however.. amazing. Views that make you feel like you’re in every film/TV show you’ve ever seen. There are water taxis that can take you across to the Brooklyn Pier if you aren’t in to the bridge itself and in the Summer that is LOVELY! – featured in this video

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STATEN ISLAND FERRY

I’ve only been on a ‘proper’ boat trip around Lady Liberty once and I was miserable in the cold and windy weather. I am now a ferry convert. The ferry is free, it’s effectively a commuter service and you can see fantastic views of the city, Ellis Island and the statue with the option of staying inside and sheltered from the elements. There’s also a very cheap and tasty pizza place on the other end. – featured in this video

 

TOP OF THE ROCK EMPIRE STATETOP OF THE ROCK BAR SIXTY FIVE

Top Of The Rock & Bar Sixty Five

You may be thinking I’ve missed an obvious one here, The Empire State Building but no. On my first couple of trips I did both and will admit to have shed a tear at the top of The ESB because it was just so magical and I’d had a couple of cocktails but it’s pricey and The Top Of The Rock is the view you want to see. I may return to The Empire State in November because there is something about it but if you’re keeping down costs and have to choose one, this is it. If you’re planning to visit at night, however I’d suggest a trip to Bar Sixty Five instead, just a few floors down, no cover charge and a cocktail costs less than a ticket up to the top, there’s an outdoor area too. – featured in this video

ST PATRICKS CATHEDERALST PATRICKS CATHEDERAL

ST PATRICKS CATHEDRAL

Directly opposite 30 Rock is this beauty of a place which is entirely tourist friendly. We’ve been in to walk around when nobody is there and we’ve walked by when Sunday Service is ending and music is playing. It is absolutely huge and something to see even if you just want to pop your head in. No religion necessary and would you believe, one of my (then) 4 year old sons favourite spots in the city. – featured in this video

I already feel a sequel to this coming on, perhaps more kid-centric places to visit with the family and I may have even more after a girls only trip but for now these were 10 that stood out in my mind as highights. Feel free to add your own in the comments and if there’s anywhere you can recommend for nightlife I’m all ears, I’d love to venture across to Brooklyn one evening to take in the view over dinner and drinks!

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4 Comments

  1. candice
    2 August, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    There so much fun things to do!! Thanks for giving us a headsup

    Beauty Candy Loves

  2. 2 August, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    New York is such a special place, I loved going bubba gumps and walking through central park

  3. 2 August, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Despite numerous visits to NYC I’ve never been to Grand Central Station which I need to rectify! Ellen’s Stardust Diner I’ve been to often and always recommend to friends.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

  4. Rachel
    3 August, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Great post, could you do something like this for Vegas please or a video would be great. Talking about hotel recommendations, places to eat and things to do. Going to Vegas next year so some recommendations would be helpful.

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