New York is an absurdly beautiful city, full of things to see. No matter how many times you visit, there will always be something new to discover there! Paulo and I have been there more than once and we had wonderful walks. We visit different places and try delicious foods in various restaurants, after all, we have to get to know the gastronomy of the place.
As the city is huge and there are many things to do, I have separated some indications of our favorite places and also tips that will make a difference when planning your trip 🙂
Best time to go
The seasons in New York are well defined, so you can choose according to the one you prefer the most! Think carefully about the weather and the clothes you will bring depending on each time of the year. In winter, for example, your suitcase will become very heavy because of the cold coats. However, stay calm inside the establishments, as almost everywhere in the city is very prepared for the cold. In fact, a good tip is to put together layered looks so as not to freeze on the streets and not to die of heat inside restaurants, hotels and stores.
Ah, the summer, which takes place between June and September, leaves the city super crowded. Tourist attractions and parks are much more crowded, and accommodation is also more expensive. If you prefer a calmer environment, avoid this time of year.
New York offers a variety of accommodation options, from home rentals to hostels and hotels. The first time Paulo and I went there together, we rented a house in Brooklyn, in Williamsburg and we loved getting to know a different part of the city in depth.
If you want to stay in the busiest part, choose a hotel in Manhattan. Paulo and I stayed at the Loews Regency New York, which is super comfortable and his location is great!
Getting around the city
Like any big city, New York has a lot of traffic, but there are several options to avoid stress with this type of thing. Public transport, for example, is super efficient! You basically need to know which direction you want to go: Downtown (south) or Uptown (north) and throw yourself on the subway.
If you are not going to travel very long distances, cycling is also a very good option. In addition to getting to know the city while cycling, the experience is totally new and fun.
Go beyond Manhattan
New York is divided into 5 “districts”, called boroughs: The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Each of them has its uniqueness and different attractions. Manhattan is the most famous part of the city and home to the most famous sights, such as Fifth Avenue and the Empire State Building.
Don’t get stuck in that part, okay? Visit the other districts and discover even more the variety of attractions that New York can offer you. When I stayed in Brooklyn I was enchanted by the alternative look of the place. The people who frequent the other regions of New York are also different, it is very worthwhile to meet 😉
Paulo and I spent several days in New York and tried out numerous restaurants – some were by appointment and others because we found it interesting. To help with the planning, I will tell you some of our favorites.
I have already spoken of this place several times and I will speak even more: the Momofuku Milk Bar! There they sell ice cream with delicious cereal and it’s like having breakfast in the form of ice cream. Is there anything better than that?
We also visited Dough, where we ate super tasty donuts. The North End Grill is another wonderful option and the food there is super fresh – the chef even grows his own vegetable garden in the restaurant building. Last but not least, Pok Pok. It is a Thai restaurant with very different foods from what we are used to. It is super tasty and interesting to know a different cuisine.
Leave fast food aside for a few days and try at least some of these places, I promise you will not regret it!
When we talk about New York and parks, the first place that people think of is Central Park. It is a beautiful place, but there are other parks as amazing as it is in the city! The High Line, for example, was a train line and has been revitalized. The trails are still scattered there, along with the vegetation, and the atmosphere of the environment is charming.
Besides it, other parks I loved were Hudson River Park, Tompkins Square Park, Washington Square Park and the New York Botanic Garden. Each of them is in a part of the city and I recommend that you visit all or at least three of them in addition to Central Park, of course.
Places to visit
As New York is a multicultural city, the tours also end up being quite different from each other and each place has a new feature. A very famous spot in the city is the World Trade Center Memorial, a building that was built in the place where the Twin Towers were.
Another classic is the Empire State Building, but if you go to it just because you want to have a bird’s eye view of the city, head to Top of the Rock, which is not as crowded and also has a wonderful view of New York. Even better to take several pictures, right?
Two regions that are close, but very different from each other, are Chinatown and Little Italy. You will really have the feeling of being in China and then in Italy, just walking for a few blocks. Both places have several restaurants and typical shops, showing the culture of each one in a very cool way. It is super fun to get to know a little of these countries in such a small space, but full of history and curiosities.
If you want to get out of indoors a little and get to know more open spaces, there are some outdoor fairs that are very tasty. They usually take place in the summer, as in the case of the Smorgasburg Food Market. This type of tour is very common among New Yorkers, see? Because of this, you end up getting to know a little of the city and living like its residents, in addition to trying delicious foods.
Another really cool fair is the Williamsburg Flea Market, which mixes food, clothing and decor. Everything has that very vintage feel that I love! Be sure to take advantage of these opportunities, especially if you go there in the summer 😉
Don’t leave New York without knowing at least the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). It houses paintings by very famous and important artists such as Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Munch. I found the place super interesting! Other legal museums are the Museum of the Moving Image it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and each of them focuses on a different cultural part.
Even if you don’t like or understand art, visit the site to see up close works that you certainly have seen in some history book or on the internet. I guarantee that seeing all this up close is much more amazing!
Statue of Liberty
I left this tourist spot separate from the others for a very important reason: the competition to get to know it is huge, so plan your visit to the Statue of Liberty well in advance. In the summer, the place is packed and you will have to book a good part of your day to be able to visit one of the symbols of New York.
There are a few options to get to know the statue, including just passing a ferry in front of it or actually entering Liberty Island and going inside the sculpture. If you really want the second option, buy tickets to enter the statue well in advance, because they sell out very quickly! Do not leave it at all for the last minute and choose well among the alternatives, such as going to her pedestal, climbing 215 steps, or climbing 354 steps to the crown. Have the breath to climb all this, right?
I have amazing memories of New York and I visited unforgettable places! We did several vlogs during our trips there and showed even more options of restaurants and tours, so if you want to know more about the city just click here and also be sure to see our itinerary with the name of all the places we went 😉