NYC is full of things to do and you can never see it all – BUT there are tons of guides on where to find good food, photo ops, and fun things to do!! Add this to the bunch you read when planning your trip to NYC – there are some obvious ones and maybe some not-so-obvious ones here!!
1. 9/11 MUSEUM
The 9/11 memorial & museum are must sees if you’ve never been to the city. Honestly, it’s something everyone should do regardless of where they live or travel to. If you’re from the US, this is something you need to do. The museum was put together in such a way that you feel the chaos. Most of us may never know what it’s like to feel that kind of fear.. but they did an amazing job showing you what it was like. It was the most amazing museum I’ve ever been in, and certainly one of the most heart-wrenching. The tickets were $24/person but they offer discounts for FDNY, NYPD, PAPD, Military, Vets, and students!
2. TOP OF THE ROCK
I finally got to tick this off the tourist list! Like I’ve mentioned before, NYC is something you have to do several times to really see it all. Either that, or you stay there for several days and go for a different part of the city each day. But that is just entirely too exhausting for me. LOL. Tickets to do this are $34 a person. You take an elevator with a group of other people and you go the 2nd or 3rd floor to go through security, and then you walk through that floor a little ways past facts about the building’s history, and then you stop to take the photo:
Then you wait in line and go up to the 69th floor in an elevator with another group! It takes all of 43 seconds to get there and the ceiling of the elevator lights up with graphics and colors! (A great distraction for those who have elevator fears, hi, me.) Once you get to the top, you are free to walk around to any side of the building you choose! The view is amazing. And there’s a Ben & Jerry’s up there too, soo….
You’re free to go back down whenever you want, so it’s not like you’re stuck up there. It was seriously, awesome. I was so giddy!
3. BEN’S FAMOUS PIZZA OF SOHO
on 177 Spring St. in Soho, you’ll find Ben’s Famous Pizza of Soho! My uncle actually owns this place so we got the hookup HAHAHA. BUT – oh my gosh was it good! The pizza, the wings, the rice balls. YUM. It’s fast, and it’s AMAZING. AND it was in Men In Black! WILL SMITH WAS THERE. I love me some Will Smith. Lemme walk in his literal footsteps. Hahaha!!
4. WEST VILLAGE CHARM
Just… walk through it. Get a salty pimp ice cream & get some flowers from a little bodega. Take shade under the vines, and find some art. It’s such a cute part of the city.
5. HAIL A CAB LIKE A BADASS
Hailing a cab is having the control. (like, until you have to pay them)
HEY. COME GET ME. DRIVE ME SOMEWHERE.
6. BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
I posted about this on the DUMBO post, but the Brooklyn Bridge Park is amazing! It’s SO pretty and it’s a must-see for sure!
7. DUMBO PHOTO
CLASSIC>> you can get your photo op on the corner of Washington & Plymouth!
8. BOAT RIDES
If you’re staying across the water, (which I definitely recommend: for your sanity and your wallet) definitely take advantage of the NY Ferry or the NY Waterway! You can take a ferry to the city, and it’s super fun! It was something I wasn’t looking forward to, honestly, but it was GREAT! And the tickets are so cheap!! It was like $11 for 2 round trip tickets for an HOUR long ride!
9. ITALIAN FOOD FROM MILL BASIN
Mill Basin is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that I think is made up of people mostly of Jewish and Italian heritage aka the food is BOMB. We always come home with more bread than should be allowed, and these olives. YUM.
Also something you can find in the DUMBO post – JOES. This is only the 2nd time I’ve been here, but … ugh. Heaven.
10. GRAND ARMY PLAZA
Sorry – Another thing from the DUMBO post! Which this is technically not even DUMBO, it’s just something we did in Brooklyn the day we went there. You can read more about it here.
- CITY MAPPER: City mapper is a great resource for finding your way around the big city. It helped us so much in getting around/finding where things were. Sometimes in the city, GPS will tell you you’ve arrived, when really you still need to walk around the block some.
- TRAVEL DURING THE WEEK IF YOU CAN: If this is an option for you, definitely take advantage of it. Rush hour will always be a bad time, but the city is so much better to do when there are a) less people traveling and b) more people in their buildings working.
- DO NYC WITH AN ATTITUDE: I do live in the south, but I was born in the North & I grew up around people in and from New York, so I get how people there are even if I’m not like that. I got my bad attitude from my daddy. I know it. But I hear so much garbage from people that visit (from small towns) and they come back talking like they didn’t expect it to be that way! “It was horrible, people are so mean, they didn’t hold the door for me”
It’s just a different world. It’s such a big city with such a diverse selection of people from different walks of life and cultures. It’s awesome, in my opinion.
But there’s so much going on and it’s so fast, no one has time to smile at you or say excuse me – yeah it’s not for everyone.. but go with the attitude. Know what to expect so you don’t go, get walked over, shoved aside, and then leave disappointed. . Know your shit before you go. Get down and gritty with the rest of ’em. Hail that cab. And KICK NYC IN THE SHINS.
- EAT EAT EAT: Like I mentioned before, NYC is SO diverse. Break out of your shell and indulge in the weird treats, and eat food from different worlds. Take advantage.
- DONT BE AFRAID, BE CAUTIOUS: Bad things happen everywhere. But in a city this big, it’s important to be cautious. Don’t be afraid to do and go and experience what you want, but be careful like you would anywhere else. When there is so much going on, it’s easier for things to happen and for people to get away with it. That’s just how it is. As my daddy says, USE POSITIVE CONTROL. Wear a cross body bag. Don’t leave your shit layin’ around.
- NYC PLANNING: Make a plan. Here is my NYC itinerary guide – a city as big as this, needs a plan of action. Have one.