New York City Travel Guide

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Together we’ve been to New York City quite often and I can envision the city perfectly in my mind. Having been many times I feel that I am semi-certified to help you with a guide to some of the coolest sites this amazing city has to offer.

Every time we hop off the plane we head straight to Soho after leaving our bags at the hotel. Shopping, food, and celebrity sightings is among the fun activities this part of the city has to offer. Grab a quick lunch at Dean & Deluca which is an upscale super market type of store with a coffee shop inside and prepared foods galore. Sushi to salads, you name it, they have it. Make your way through the myriad of stores from Saint Laurent to Zara. Coming from South Florida, New York offers amazing stores that we don’t have here including Reformation, & Other Stories, Topshop, and amazing bookstores and magazine stands. 

The Met museum is always a favorite and never disappoints with its incredible exhibits. My ultimate favorite is when they have the fashion exhibits going on after the Met Gala. I randomly stumbled upon one with my mom and had a freak out in the museum… I’ve seen some of the exhibits like China: Through the Looking Glass and Charles James: Beyond Fashion and each one has been fantastic. Entry is free but donations are appreciated. Also go to the rooftop for amazing views of the city and a cocktail or two!
Brooklyn is another go-to place whenever I visit New York. With its grunge vibes you can always count on finding really unique stores and restaurants you won’t find anywhere else. Catbird is always first on the list to stop by at and grab a piece of perfectly dainty jewelry and vintage stores are among the more popular type of fashion stores in Brooklyn. Stop by La Esquina for delicious Mexican food and then head over to Momofuku milk bar to grab savory sweets like cookies and cake truffles. Karlie Kloss also supplies Karlie’s Kookies at their locations which are delicious!
I think Central Park is a pretty obvious location to visit but with it being hundreds of acres it may be hard to decide what to see. Stop by Strawberry Fields which is a location that honors John Lennon and listen to performers singing Beatle's songs . Then stop by the Children’s Zoo which is also great for a day out and seeing amazing wildlife. Also visiting The Mall is a sight to see, and not your average mall, this is a walkway that runs through the middle of the Park with trees creating an “open air hall of reception” and it’s stunning to walk through. If you're the adventurous type I would recommend renting bikes to see more of the park in more time.
Broadway shows are also a great way to immerse yourself in the ultimate New York City experience. I’ve seen many shows including Wicked, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Rent, Rock of Ages and Once and I’ve never been disappointed with a show. It’s always a wonderful time at the theatre. Side note: it’s a great way to meet your favorite actors! Walking back home to our hotel near Times Square there was a theatre and James Franco was out signing playbooks after his show, which we didn’t attend, but we still ended up getting a picture with him! 

Some honorable mentions are more obvious such as going to see the Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock or Empire State building for views of the city, and Times Square! I also recommend the Modern Museum of Art (even though there is usually a long line to get in) because there are Warhol and Van Gogh pieces and Coney Island is also a great place to explore while in New York as well. In the East Village is a hidden gem called Other Music which is an amazing music store that carries a vast selection of artists, that you can't find anywhere else! Sitting in Bryant Park during sunset and going to Glossier HQ for their summer Fridays was also a really cool experience! Overall, New York City is a magical destination and I hope this gives you some ideas of what to check out next time you're in the city!
All images are my own x

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