My girlfriend and I have taken two trips in the last year to New York and here is my do’s and dont’s so far:
1. Rent Bikes: There are bike rentals located all around the city that allow you to grab one and then lock it up for 24 hour time periods. You never have to worry about getting stuck with the bike because they are located near tourist attractions, offices, parks, etc.
2. Brooklyn: Next trip I am hoping to explore Brooklyn more, but here is my recommendations:
- Brooklyn Bridge: I biked across it and it was not easy, but it was fun. The wood bridge is rough to bike so next time I may stick to walking. The bridge is beautiful and the view is worth it. (Pictured as main photo)
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade: Check out the New York skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Grab a beer and some food and enjoy an afternoon with a view. The picture shows the view but not showing is resturants, bars, benches, etc to hang out and enjoy the view.
3. National September 11 Memorial & Museum: Prepare to spend hour walking through the whole exhibit, spending time listening to testimonies and watching videos. It is heavy but incredibly well done.
4. Rockefeller Center: Go ice skating in the winter & you can also check out the view from the top of the Rockefeller building (https://www.rockefellercenter.com/attractions/top-of-the-rock-observation-deck/).
5. Broadway: You can plan ahead and buy tickets or if you want to risk it you can use the app, TodayTix. With the app you can choose the show you are interested in and the app awards you the best seat available for a cheap price. It is risky because it alerts you later in the day if you were awarded tickets so you have to pay attention to your phone. Shows I would recommend: Wicked, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, White Christmas, and Hairspray.
6. Chelsea Market: Great place for lunch or dinner. There is a ton of food and shops from subs, to seafood and anything in between. A lot of the food is fresh or organic so it is a great place to explore and eat! (http://chelseamarket.com/)
7. Serendipity: For anyone who has seen the movie Serendipity and/or just loves sweets I love this restaurant. The food is good but its pricey. If anything make a reservation and grab Frozen Hot Chocolate, it is so worth it! We walked in and the iconoic table from the movie was available. Watch the movie and you’ll understand!
8. Central Park: You could spend all day here. I would recommend biking around, bringing a book and maybe even bringing lunch so you can picnic with a view. Cliche but sometimes cliche is just what you need especially when you are in a city like New York where there is little peace and quiet.
9. Times Square: Everyone has to check out Times Square. It is overwhelming with the lights and people but it is a sight to see. There are comedy clubs, karaoke bars, street food and so much more. Maybe spend one night there if you are feeling adventerous.
10. Airbnb: I used Airbnb in order to go a cheaper route to sleep but it still wasn’t too affordable. If anyone else has a better option feel free to let me know!