So, we've been on the road for a long time now. It's been about a year now. Sometimes it’s cool and sometimes I wish we could just go home. Our trip to New York City was different in every way possible. Yes, maybe I’m glorifying just a little bit, but the point is still the same; I fell in love with New York City. Tall buildings that glisten and shine with parks for people and dogs on every block, busy streets full of people with a purpose, delicious food options for whatever mood you’re in. It’s just unlike any place I’ve ever been… and I’ve been to a lot of places (more than 16 countries now!)
What to know before you go:
- Everything tastes good, whether it’s a $3 slice of Joe’s Pizza, a $20 sandwich from Katz's Deli, or a $30 lobster roll from Pearl.
- People care about their appearance. So should you.
- New York has all four seasons, but summer and winter are very extreme. Bring the proper attire.
- It’s completely normal for women to carry an extra pair of comfort shoes when going out. Consider doing the same.
- You don’t have to be over polite by asking, “how are you?” to every person you meet. Instead, keep an open mind and don’t be surprised at how personal the small talk can get. The stereotype that New Yorkers are cold and don't care isn't true. There is no one kind of New Yorker.
- If you want to go to the top of the statue of Liberty, book your ticket at least 2 months in advance.
- At Ellis Island, searching for your family history costs $7 for 30 minutes and the computers close at 4:30pm.
- Last call is at 4am. Bars serve alcohol again at 7am.
- There’s no such thing as quick transportation during rush hour. Whether you’re walking, biking, taking the subway, or riding in an Uber you should definitey expect delays.
What to try:
- Get up early to be in line for Dominique Ansel’s bakery at 7am so you can taste a cronut - the most delicious party we've had!
- During the day, check out the view from the top of Rockefeller Center. At night go up to the Empire State Building for a view that’ll take your breath away.
- If you like seafood, check Yelp to find your nearest Oyster Bar with happy hour specials. One oyster for $1!
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge just before sundown and end up at Brooklyn Bridge Park where you can sip Lizzmonade while taking in the amazing view of Manhattan.
- I don't care if you think everyone is doing it... no matter how many photos you see from the top of the Empire State Building, nothing beats the real thing. The first time I was there it snowed (was dry back down on the street).
- Get some laughs at any comedy club on McDougal Street. For a discount, try Fever app.
- For a low-key night out check out the scene on Bleecker Street.
- Soak up the sun on the Western side of Lower Manhattan with a stroll down the High Line. It’s an old railway track converted into a walking path with botanical gardens, art, and fountains.
- Pay respect to the American Dream with a trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The museum on Ellis Island will teach you everything you need to know about how America because the country it is today.
My favorite quotes about The Big Apple:
Our thoughts on the big bad city...
It took less than five hours to fall in love with New York City. I've never been to a place that made me so physically uncomfortable, yet so mentally charged at the same time. People really aren't exaggerating when they complain about the unbearable humidity of summer in The City. But the energy there is unlike any place else. All those people everywhere, going somewhere! All the pretty local shops down in the West Village. The massive buildings scattered along with shorter older buildings of an era so long lost.
Every moment in the city was like magic. It seemed like everywhere you looked there were attractive people dressed in flattering clothes. Every single thing we ate tasted amazing. And even if the weather was insane, there was never a day that seemed wasted. Even just walking down the busy streets was enough to make one feel empowered, inspired, devoted to the dream.
Everybody is in New York. There's always someone out on the streets. There is always somewhere to go and something to do. Even when you're alone, you're surrounded by opportunities to make a friend. All you have to do is speak up!
Honestly, I don't even have the words to describe just how this city made me fall so deeply in love. It's an experience every artist or creative mind should have. Before leaving we looked each other in the eyes and vowed to live there one day soon. <3