New York caused some seriously mixed feelings for this small town girl who is spending her top moments in the woods and on quiet cobblestone streets. I already have publicly bemoaned about the horrible everyday life at Times Square, the harassing money beggars and busy streets, so now it’s finally time to tell what was best in New York! Inspired by the start of June and Instagram Travel Thursday, let me present you my New York top spots, the 5 places no one should miss when travelling to New York City!
1. No surprises with number one: I could go to Central Park every single day!
Central Park being number one on my list probably doesn’t come as a surprise for you. Even if I knew what to expect, and even if I knew I would love Central Park, it still managed to surprise me!
Of course I realized Central Park being huge compared to the parks that I normally go to, but did I realize it being THIS HUGE? Wow! And so diverse! All the cafés, restaurants, street artists, rowing boats, playgrounds… Central Park really has everything. My absolute favourite was this cute little squirrel who was entertaining us during our coffee break that we spent on the bench watching people enjoying the sunny spring day on the lake.
Prior to our trip I got an excellent advise that I should rent a bike for exploring the park. It sounded like a great idea, but was it, really? I was supposed to do so, but I am actually happy I didn’t. After entering the park I very soon realized that cycling is only allowed on the side of the roads. On the actual paths of the park you need to walk your bike. So… luckily I saved the bike rental money that would have been a complete waste. Who wants to spend their day in the park among cars!? Not me!
2. Second place goes to the biggest surprise: The lovely High Line!
The biggest positive surprise of the trip was definitely The High Line, the old train track above street level on the west side of Manhattan. I loved The High Line so much that I already wrote a whole post about it!
Today The High Line is exclusively dedicated to pedestrians and offers a scenic route with views to both, the heart of Manhattan and to Hudson River and Jersey City. The rails are still visible, and the passageway is decorated with beautiful plants and trees that were blooming in bright colours already in April.
The High Line is also a perfect spot for admiring sunset, and most importantly, it’s completely free of charge! You can easily spend hours on The High Line – just pack your lunch to go and park your bum on one of the many benches along the passageway.
3. The third place is well deserved by the cozy Greenwich Village
During our four full days in New York City we managed to walk a bit over 100 kilometers and through many many districts. Out of all neighbourhoods it was Greenwich Village that impressed me the most! If I ever return to New York, this will be the place where I will stay, for sure. Oh, I wished I knew this already when booking the hotel for our April trip to New York.
I bet you know the reason why we wanted to walk to Greenwich Village at the very start of our trip! Does this building look familiar to you?
Yep, it’s the apartment building from Friends, probably the most popular American sitcom of all times! I can’t believe how many times I’ve watched all the episodes, and I still love watching it again and again. So yes, the building where Friends lived is located in Greenwich Village, and so is this adorable front of a city apartment that I couldn’t pass without taking a photo!
4. Number four would be New York City admired from above
I hate it when people tell you what you have to do or must see when travelling to a certain destination. C’mon, I’m on holiday, I don’t HAVE TO do anything when I’m on holiday! But going on top of one of the world-famous buildings for the view would be pretty close to a must-do when travelling to New York (I’m still not saying you HAVE TO do it, I just highly recommend you to do it)!
Based on the recommendations we chose Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock viewing platform that is described as ‘the best of the city’. And I must say, this view gave me some chills, and it wasn’t only due to a chilling April evening.
Top of the Rock is such valuable sight to visit (32 dollars / adult, click here for the Top of the Rock ticket menu), that you might as well take all benefit out of it. Therefore we booked our tickets about an hour before the sunset so that we could memorize the beautiful city view at daylight, at sunset and also after dark. I highly recommend you to do the same, it’s like 3 in 1!
5. The fifth top spot is not an actual spot, but it will take you out of Manhattan: New York City skyline!
For number five you need to get out of Manhattan, which is perfect, as New York is so much more than only Manhattan! The beautiful Manhattan skyline can only be seen outside Manhattan, but there are many ways to do that instead of naming only one specific spot. You can choose your spot anywhere where you can get views like this. I will provide you with three different examples: the first photo is taken from the ferry that takes you to the Statue of Liberty, the second photo from Brooklyn and the third one from Manhattan Bridge.
What are your favourites and New York Top Spots? How does your Top 5 look like?
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