Yes!! We made it! Safe and Sound! To the Big Apple and all of her glory. Even after several visits to New York City, she still knows how to amaze me and continues to surprise me with new perspectives of who she really is. Every time I come back to the city I fall in love over and over again!
One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.-Tom Wolfe
Living Large & In Charge
While my brief time living in the up and coming LES/Chinatown gallery district I felt like a real-deal new yorker (maybe from my past life) that I hold near and dear to my heart. Only ten minutes away from SoHo and East Village, I couldn’t think of a better place to live for our short stay. In other trips to New York, we had a suite in East Harlem, New Jersey and other areas, which was great for those trips, but hands down Lower Manhattan is a different experience.
Our New York City Shenanigans consisted of Taxi Cab confessionals, an exclusive Upper East side birthday party, live musical concerts in Paul Colby’s The Bitter End, followed by a late night visit to the deliciously famous Joe’s Pizza, where we pigged out on a few of their fresh Mozzarella Slices with a bit of crushed red peppers.
After a crazy night running around Manhattan and being the typical new yorker for the past four days, it was now time to take a step back and discover the posh touristic side of the city. When travelling to the states I always take a few days off in NYC and I always try to find new ways to experience and live the new york lifestyle. Apart from running to Times Square (which we did either way lol)
During this trip I finally got to take Javier to the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock Observation Deck and so on… A few things on this year’s “Things To Do” list:
New York New York Check List
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
Try a touristic cruise (What better way to start off our city attraction tour than with a sightseeing cruise?); to get a full view of the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the New York harbour. All in all, the cruise was astonishing giving us a new unique way to view the city.
I think in this trip we have visiting Central Park about three times. Yes you heard right. It is a lot bigger that one would think. Plus it’s the best spot for a small picnic or just soaking up the sun on a perfect fall day.
Empire State Building
If you have never been to NYC this is MUST and I would defiantly suggest that you take two trips to the Empire State Building. Why? Well during the day you get an awesome view of the city but at night time the city lights leave you breathless.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
I love the Top of the Rock since you can enjoy the 360-degree views, including the New York Harbour, Central Park, Times Square and much more. You can definitely feel the energy, wonder and beauty of the city day or night from the Top of the Rock at 70 stories up high.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
For me the 9/11 Memorial was a very emotional visit (keep some kleenex handy) I would defiantly recommend it to anyone who wants further their knowledge on the events that happened and the aftermath.
American Museum of Natural History
I was excited to visit the AMNH but after visiting the museum I was very disappointed but the very outdated museum. I am talking about 50’s style decoration stuffed animals that were all dusty. I don’t know that trip could have been spent on going to the MOMA or anywhere else.
In all of my trips to NYC I had never visited the Brooklyn Bridge …DONT MAKE MY SAME MISTAKE! I would say walk the bridge because there are so many great photo opportunities anywhere on the bridge. I just wish I would have went in the morning AND evening to retake more pictures.
This year we opted for the New York City: City Pass that gave us entry into 6 of our favourite NYC Attractions. We truly loved this options since we had the flexibility to see or visit any of the sights at our owe pace. Since travelling can be stressful, tiring and go with the flow it was nice to have something that didnt pressure us to rush our visit. Plus, it saved us a lot of time and energy in a city that never sleeps.
Lights, Camera, Fashion!
I was so humbled to meet the beautiful Parisian Fashion designer Jai Pris Cher (@jaiprischer) from the Minoi Shop a French brand bases in Paris. She asked if I would pose for the French Black Beauty Magazine, with the theme of “Urban NYC Fashion” Plus, her style gave me so much LIFE! I love prints mixed with other textures.
Okay that’s enough for now, I think I hear my bed calling me! What are your favourite sites, bites and places to see while in NYC? What would you recommend for my next trip?
Well chat more soon!
I hope this post has given you some practical, insightful and informative tips for your own visit to New York City! Leave a comment below if you need more information on anything listed, I am more than happy to help!