New York – just some of my favourites!

All my friends know that New York is my favourite city in the world, I have been many times and plan to make many more trips. I can not visit the States without going to New York, even though for an Aussie, Sydney to New York is a hideous 20hr flight, often with an LA, middle of the night, looooooooooooong immigration queue stop that would make any weary traveler lose it!

This week I have already had 2 emails from friends travelling to New York soon and asking what they should do in this non-stop action city. I am known amongst my friends as the New York expert.

So here are some of my favourites:

Top of the Rock – Observation deck of the Rockefeller Centre, opened in late 2005. The view is as good as the Empire State Building in my opinion. 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of Rockefeller Centre and a great movie about Rockefeller and New York City to watch before you go up.

Dean & Deluca in Soho – There are several Dean & Deluca stores but the Soho store is the flagship at 560 Broadway between Spring and Prince St (& subway stop right there too) you will be in the area anyway as it is surrounded by some of the best shopping in Manhattan.  Shop till you drop in Soho and then indulge with a devine Dean & Deluca cupcake.

Cheap Broadway rush/lottery tickets – It all started with the musical “Rent”, and has continued on, not all Broadway shows offer these tickets but lots do. Check during the day at the individual theatres which shows will be available. Normally you have to get to the theatre at 6pm, put your name in a hat, make sure you have cash and then wait. Tickets are normally $25 and you get 2 tickets if your name is drawn (usually pick 10-12 names out). Cash only. Last time I was in New York, I was very, very lucky, I won the lottery for 3 shows, including Wicked where I got front row seats! Even though it was -10 degrees celcius and we waited 45mins outside in the cold, it was worth the wait.

Ground Zero - Having been to the top of the World Trade Centre the year before 9/11 and then returning to Ground Zero in 2003, this part of New York is a place I visit on every trip to New York, to pay my respects to those poor people we lost. In 2003 I visited St Paul’s Chapel, across from Ground Zero, which following the terrorist attack served as a refuge for rescue workers, a triage centre for victims, where family and friends posted signs of missing loved ones and as a beacon of hope. I was brought to tears.

For a pick me up, visit Century 21 Department Store overlooking Ground Zero for some designer fashion bargains.

Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn -  Try and go on a clear day, Brooklyn Bridge connects Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. Spend some time roaming around Brooklyn and surrounding burroughs like DUMBO, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, and Brooklyn Heights with its amazing views of Lower Manhattan. This once looked down upon area is booming, gentrified and trendy. Visit Gorilla Coffee for the only decent coffee in New York.

MOMA – Museum of Modern Art – Even for those who do not normally visit museums or art galleries, this is a must. Everyone will find something in this fantastic building which in itself is a masterpiece of design. The MOMA Store is a great destination for finding gifts for those people who are impossible to buy for.

Transport – Walking and Subway – walk those Dean & Deluca cupcakes off, whenever I go to New York I don’t worry about putting on weight as this city is so easy to walk around, you will walk for hours and hours. Subway is great too, safe and easy to use, you can’t go wrong. For female travellers on their own, of course be sensible but New York is safe, and I will even say that I think it is safer than Sydney (transport and walking).

Keep in mind my favourite season in New York is winter, cold and preferably white, New York is a sensational winter destination. The benefit of the warmer months is that you can enjoy the massive recreational facilities of Central Park but in summer New York is stinking hot and the smell of excessive garbage that sits on the streets is not so pleasant.


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I love New York too….can’t wait to go back!

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