If you're taking a weekend trip to New York City you will want to make the most of your time there. Here are a few attractions and neighoubourhoods you will want to consider from my NYC guide.
During my recent quick trip to New York City, I did a bit more exploring than I’ve done in the past. I’ve gone twice before but strictly to shop. This time, I was able to get a feel for the city and understand why many love New York City so much! In the short 3 days I had there I was able to squeeze in quite a bit of NYC attractions just by walking and taking the subway everywhere, which gave me an opportunity to see MORE (tip: bring a comfy pair of shoes). Here is my NYC guide with a few of my favourite highlights from my trip that you may want to check out on your next visit:
Before getting to the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, I was hesitant that the trip wouldn’t live up to all its hype - but I was very wrong! It is a remarkable structure with a fantastic view of the water and buildings on either side of the bridge. You can also see the Statue of Liberty here from afar. The bridge is quite busy with tourists but I urge you to take some time and just stop to take in the view. It is definitely worth the visit and an easy subway ride from Manhattan. Once you’ve explored the bridge you can also check out its surroundings below the bridge along the cobblestone streets of DUMBO.
This famous “za” spot has been a go-to for celebs. Coming from an Italian background, pizza is always a YES for me. I got the cheese slice at Joe’s Pizza - The New York flop style pizza is definitely a treat - greasy, thin, delicious pizza with a fantastic crust. I also loved the Greenwich village area to roam after your tummy is satisfied. Side note for the FRIENDS sitcom fans, this is where the beloved cast lived, at 90 Bedford Street.
I was able to see all of Central Park on a bike! You can rent a bike outside of the park. I ended up renting from Citi Bike which was just across the street. I found it a bit cheaper and very convenient to drop it off at one of the many stops in the city. Biking the whole park with a few stops is very do-able in 2 hours, give or take depending on how many stops you make. You can really spend all day in this fabulous park - there is also a nice big pool that we found halfway through that you can cool off in. The atmosphere here is like no other.
This park is located in Greenwich Village - I just love this area! I spent some time hanging out in this park in the early evening while the sun is still out but less hot. There are a few street performers here and artists to entertain you. Known for its famous arch honouring George Washington and the fountain, this is a beautiful park to visit.
You can’t go to NYC and miss seeing and shopping in SoHo. Lined with a variety of stores and price points, this is your shopping heaven. Even if you’re not shopping it’s worth a visit.
This food market is buzzing with people and yummy scents in the air. Foodies will have a field day with all of the outdoor food vendors and a variety of options to choose from. I went on a Saturday in Williamsburg, Sundays it is held at Prospect Park if you want to add it to your itinerary.
I recommend sharing with a friend or 2 so that you can try a bit more. It was very difficult to decide what I was going to commit to after seeing all of the delicious options. I opted for the:
Japanese pancake from Oconomi which was quite good.
Dumplings from Mao Bao the veggie and the chicken. I thought the chicken one was better.
And a Halo Halo bowl from Ube Kitchen which was very visually appealing.
You will want to walk off all that eating in the boho chic neighbourhood. You will find a ton of vintage shops, cafes and bars here.
If you're looking for a great view with over priced drinks - the rooftop at The Standard High Line in the Meatpacking District is a great spot. I must say though, the drink was yummy and the view was incredible. The retro swanky vibe on a sunny day at this NYC rooftop is everything.
I hope you have a chance to add a few or all of these stops to your trip from my NYC guide. Feel free to leave some comments with a few of your favourites for when I return - I can’t wait!