Top Things to Do In NYC


The Big Apple, City that never sleeps, concrete jungle, Empire State, the city so nice they named it twice. Oh New York, where do I even begin? NYC is probably my most favourite place on Earth, and the thought of writing a blog was very overwhelming! How could I possibly fit so much greatness into such a small space?

Separated into 5 boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens), New York is the most populous city in the United States. There are over 800 languages spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the WORLD! This being said, it’s no surprise that New York is also known as the Melting Pot; home to an incredibly diverse range of cultures, food, talent and of course celebrity and wealth.

Walking through the streets of New York you can feel something in the air, something special, something magical. From seeing the familiar sights from movies and TV shows, to admiring the views from the tops of skyscrapers, in this blog I hope to share with you my favourite parts of New York City!

One of my recommendations for New York, invest in a New York Pass. Buying the pass gives you entry to most of the main attractions that you will be wanting to see on your trip, and also many tours that you may not have otherwise known about!

Times Square
Bright lights, eclectic personalities and tourist central, you can’t go to New York and not stop in at Times Square! With over 360,000 people passing through EACH DAY, don’t expect to get any solo selfies. Be sure to grab a hotdog and sit on the Red Stairs, check out the Billboards, see the famous New Year’s Ball, avoid the characters, and just take in the atmosphere of being in Times Square! Also keep and eye out for the famous Naked Cowboy.

Empire State Building
One of the most iconic buildings in NYC, the Empire State Building is just as amazing from the street as at the top. On 5th ave between 33rd and 34th St, a visit to this 102 storey building is a must. Head up to the observation deck to get amazing views of the city.

Rockefeller Centre
Top of the Rock is one of my favourite views of the city. On one side you see endless views of Central Park, and from the other side you get amazing views of the Empire State, One World Trade Centre and all the way out to the Statue of Liberty. I love doing Top of the Rock in the day, but even more so in the evening to see the sun set behind Empire State. This iconic building is also the home of many movies and tv shows; NBC studios, 30 Rock, Jimmy Fallon and SNL just to name a few. And one of the most special things about Rockefeller Centre happens at Christmas time, when the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree is lit up, towering over the beautiful ice skating rink for the holiday season.

One World Trade Centre and 9/11 Memorial
This beautiful building stands next to the site of the old Twin Towers which fell during the horrifying September 11 terror attack in 2001. The 9/11 memorial sits on the site of the old towers, featuring 2 waterfalls at the old bases of the towers with the names of the victims around the edges. It is such a peaceful memorial and tribute to those who lost their lives. For some more spectacular views, catch the lift up to the Observatory Deck on the 102nd floor (pay attention in the lift!) and enjoy 360 degree views of the City.

Radio City Music Hall
Home to the famous Radio City Rockettes! This building has so much history, being host to the annual Christmas Spectacular and the Tony’s to name a couple. Be sure to take a behind the scenes tour and discover the secrets of this magical building.

Central Park
From Strawberry Fields to the Boat House, Sheep Meadow to the Mall, Central Park is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. In the summer you will see people enjoying picnics and biking around the park, and winter time creates a magical winter wonderland.

Statue of Liberty
This iconic gift from the French is definitely worth the short boat trip out to see. Included on your New York Pass, you can catch a ferry and walk around the island that she stands on and get some great views of the Manhattan skyline too!

Brooklyn Bridge
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is definitely one of my favourite things to do! My advice is to catch the subway to the Brooklyn side of the bridge and walk back towards Manhattan for the best views and photo opportunities!

Flat Iron Building
When looking at this 22 storey triangular building, you wouldn’t be the first to think it is going to fall over! I love admiring this building, and rumour has it that if you stand at the top end of the building it acts like a wind tunnel!

Madison Square Garden
The famed Garden is home to the New York Knicks and Rangers, as well as hosting concerts, shows and comics. Your New York Pass will include an All Access Pass to have a tour of MSG and see the bridges, locker rooms and VIP areas.

Theatre District/Broadway
I LOVE the excitement of walking around and seeing the theatres. One of my favourite parts of being in New York is dressing up and going to the theatre to see a show, with so much creativity in the air it creates a magical buzz! I have seen many shows in my time in New York, if you attend one be sure to go to the stage door after the performance to catch a glimpse of the stars!

High Line
Starting on Gansevoort St in the meatpacking district of Manhattan and finishing on West 34th St, the High Line is now a public park built on an old historic freight rail line. Walking between 10th and 12th ave, this is a beautiful walk with multiple entrances and exits along the way.

Grand Central Station
This station is one of the most beautiful stations I’ve ever laid eyes on! Featured in so many movies and shows, it’s no surprise that almost 22 million people visit here every year.

Yankee Stadium
Found in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium is home to the famed baseball team the New York Yankees. If you’re visiting around April to October, be sure to catch a game and see the buzz around baseball!

With so many things to do in New York, this will not be the last blog you see from me! I could write for the rest of my life about my favourite City, but for now these are my highlights. It truly is a magical place, and I hope I’ve managed to bring some of this magic to you!

Emily xx

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