So you probably already guessed, but our trip to New York was pretty much a carousel of coffee shops, yellow cabs, sweaty subway rides, eyeing-out New York’s incredible skyline and multiple helpings of Google maps in the hopes of finding New York’s best-kept secrets. Lol!
This said I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
There is by far no better way to discover a city than in the skin of a local, and despite the relatively limited time we had to spare in the big apple, I think we did a pretty good job.
New York is definitely one of my favorite must-go cities in the world for several reasons.
As I have a relatively long list of “things-we-did” in the big apple, I thought it would be convenient and handy to talk about a few of our many excursions and some favorite spots based on their neighborhoods.
I’ll be dedicating the next 3 articles on things you can get up to in the 6 principal districts of Manhattan.
To start with, the B and I debuted our very first NYC venture with a 15min walk from the Empire Hotel via Columbus Circle and Broadway, to Times Square.
Oh Times Square! Wow!!
There is absolutely nothing like it. It’s like walking on stage with a million lights shining on you, an auditorium full of people you’ve never met and a script you’ll never need to learn by heart. It’s out-of-this-world-magical!
We strolled up and down Broadway a full hour gazing up in fascination at the millions of fluorescent lights draping the even more impressive buildings. And as the city lives up to its “insomniac” reputation, we improvised a picnic under the promising bright lights of Times Square with the sweet, euphoric buzz of hooting taxis and passers-by humming in the background.
LOWER MANHATTAN AND THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT:
Day 2 of our New York ventures, started with coffee (like all mornings thereafter) at Toby’s Estate in the Flatiron District. More about this trendy spot in my article entitled “A New York food Guide” (coming soon).
Once we were sufficiently caffeinated, we made for our first stop: Tribeca and the buzzing moneymaking district. Our visit started off with a stopover at the legendary Wall Street Stock Exchange before hoping over to neighboring “Ground zero”, a spectacular memorial constructed on the former World Trade Centre site in tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Following this rather moving experience, we headed off to the South Ferry Loop to catch the South Ferry heading to Liberty Island for an Epic view of the Statue of Liberty.
Back on shore, we made a quick stop over at the famous Century 21 department store – for curiosity’s sake, before heading back up north to the chic suburbs of Upper West Side for an early afternoon aperitif at Loeb’s Boathouse.
GREENWICH VILLAGE, CHELSEA & THE MEAT PACKING DISTRICT
Once occupied by a multitude of industries, the “Village” offers some of modern day New York’s most picturesque views of Manhattan thanks to its quaint brick houses, refined galleries and boutiques and vibrant night clubs.
The High Line, a former railway line that marks the Iconic “Village” life, is one of Greenwich’s biggest attractions thanks to its beautiful, organic promenade and a breathtaking view over Chelsea at Sunset – amongst other things.
Hope you enjoyed this mini gallery that has sure revived some fabulous memories.
Stay tuned for Part II of my New York Travel diary. Coming soon.
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Photos credits by Teekay
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