My Favorite Things to Do in New York City



I have been to New York City too many times that I honestly could not count it anymore. It seems like I always keep coming back to get a bite off the Big Apple. Every time I visit, there is always something new: restaurants to dine in, new favorite spots, latest designer fashion, world-class shopping and more. And as soon as you emerge from the Lincoln tunnel, you can almost feel its energy and pure bliss. There is always something going on in this city that keeps evolving everyday. 




For some, they call it their home. But for me, New York is my playground.




Times Square 

If you haven't been to New York, why haven't you?! One of my favorite things to do here is to get lost in the crowd in Times Square. There is a reason why they call it The Crossroads of the World. Here you will find the most diverse people from all over the world conversing in various languages. New York is basically the capital of the world with over 800 languages spoken in the city. Bom dia!



Grand Central Terminal
Despite the fact that it is a busy train station, it feels like everything slows down when I am inside. The building is old and majestic. I love the starry ceiling and its grand chandeliers. The facade is decorated with sculptures of Minerva, Hercules and Mercury.







Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

If you like long walks like me, then you must explore Central Park. The Bethesda Fountain is my favorite. Go in the early morning to avoid the crowd. Check out the beautiful underpass below the terrace. There is also a lake nearby if you want to rent a rowboat. 






Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is the only art museum that I would love to visit over and over again! The museum has a rich art collection so spending one whole day would not be enough. It will take multiple trips to really see it all. Also check out my favorite Petrie Court for the amazing European sculpture collection.


Tip: the recommended admission ticket is $25 per adult but you can elect to pay a donation of $5 for two adults. 






Statue of Liberty
The best thing about taking the ferry to Liberty Island is that it is open all year round if you want to avoid the crowd in the summer. I particularly love visiting in the fall/autumn when it's not too hot and with less tourists and shorter lines. If you are in Manhattan, take the subway to Battery Park and hop on the "1" train downtown and exit at the South Ferry station. When you go up the street, you will be approached by a few vendors trying hard to book you on a ferry ride around the Liberty Island for a couple of hours (and no, it wont stop at the Liberty Island!) for like $30-$50 per person. This is one rip-off you must avoid at all times. At this point, you should just decline politely and say that you already have tickets booked and waiting to pick up at Statue Cruises located in Battery Park which is not too far from South Ferry station. For as low as $18 for adults, you get access to grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Before you go, make sure to check their website to view the departure hours.




9/11 Memorial

The names of all those who died on that tragic day are forever immortalized in the two square pools where the World Trade Center Twin Towers once stood. 



Arthur Ashe Stadium

I love to play tennis and I love going to Flushing in Queens to watch my favorite tennis players in the US Open Grand Slam. 


Tip: go within the first three days of the tournament so you can watch your favorite players. 

If you go during the semi-finals/finals, there is a very high possibility that your favorite player is already eliminated in the earlier rounds. Also, most high-profile tennis players play their matches at the Arthur Ashe Stadium instead of the smaller courts so make sure you purchase Arthur Ashe tickets. 



Brooklyn bridge selfie with +Sandy Mae Gaspay 

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs that make up the great city of New York. The subway is the easiest and most convenient way to get there. Leave your car if you do not want to get stuck in traffic. Walk a few blocks from the Clark Street subway station towards Dumbo for the picturesque Manhattan Bridge and stop by the Brooklyn Bridge Park for postcard-worthy cityscape of Lower Manhattan. Go eat at Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge for the best coal brick-oven pizza but be prepared to wait in a long line. Then cross the Brooklyn Bridge by foot towards Manhattan. 


Rockefeller Center
This place is usually crowded during the winter holidays. There is an ice-skating rink and the annual lighting of the Christmas tree is held here. Also prominent in the plaza is Prometheus surrounded by flags of United Nations member countries. 


The presence of Greek and Roman deities is seemingly abundant in Manhattan. 




Broadway
I have only ever watched a musical in Broadway once just a few days ago but now I already feel like I want to watch another. And another. And another. There is nothing quite like watching a live musical production with the actors literally just a few feet away. Click here for my review of Kinky Boots on Broadway.




Bryant Park

I like to sit and relax after walking around the city. This is usually the time I sort pictures I took throughout the day and upload them to social media sites. +Sandy Mae Gaspay and I found this not so hidden green space that was called Bryant Park. There are several small chairs and a fountain nearby. The New York Public Library is just around the corner and if you go here at night, you will love the illuminated colors of the Empire State Building. 

This is my happy place.





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