Is it even possible not to fall in love with NYC? There are just soooo many things to love about it, and if you are one of the lucky ones who get to go there â€“ then you surely know what I mean here. When going to NYC, a good option for you would be to take the Greyhound â€“ it has a very solid price and so far I’ve been satisfied with their services. Of course, who wouldn’t mind landing in JFK instead? BUT, Â transportation is not that important – even if you choose the worst possible option, NYC itself will compensate for that. There are so many amazing things you’ll see such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, Empire State Building, Wall Street etc. Pack your camera and be ready for an uforgettable experience!
1. Times Square
One of the first things I saw after getting off from the Greyhound bus was the Times Square. I can’t even describe how I felt at that particular moment. I was overwhelmed with emotions! The buildingds, the lights, the crowd.. It’s something that you have to experience. The photos could never really capture the feeling you get once you’re standing there and looking at all those billboards. Times Square only gets even more fascinating at night, but for those people who get anxious in crowds â€“ I suggest to stay away. There are often many interesting events and shows happening here so it’s always a good place to go if you’re looking for some entartainment. Plus, you get to see Empire State building once you start walking away from Times Square. How amazing, right?
2.Â Empire State Building
I really have a weak spot for this building. There’s just something very captivating about it, something that left an impression on me which will never be erased. Maybe it’s because my hotel room during my weekend stay at New York was looking right at the peak of Empire Building and this peak was lighting up my room. I remember I couldn’t fall asleep that night because I wanted to keep that view in my mind and to never forget it.
3.Â Central Park
If you were to ask me what my top 5 favorite places in the entire world are, I would definitely list Central Park among them. Yes, I’ve heard stories about how big it is, but I was blown away by the reality of how much bigger it is than I expected. Not to mention how badly my legs hurt after walking three hours from one side of the park to the other, rushing to see everything before the sun goes down, scared that I would miss something. What I liked the most was the monument for John Lennon, called â€œStrawberry Fieldsâ€œ (photo below) where many tourists, like me, have gathered to leave a flower. Another wonderful monument which brought many childhood memories back was Alice in Wonderland. It’s on the other side from Lennon’s Strawberry Fields, so be prepared to do a lot of walking in general when it comes to Central Park. I also got to see an amateur baseball game during my stay in Central Park. I was really happy that I got the chance to see this game, since I missed the opportunity to buy tickets for the Red Sox. Ooh, I almost forgot! Make sure to check out the fountain and take a picture there, it’s probably one of the most beautiful parts of the park. When I was there, a lady was singing a beautiful opera which made that moment unforgettable to me.
Â 4. Wall Street
Hmm, now honestly, I do have to admit that I was a bit disappointed by what I saw on Wall Street. I got there on late Sunday afternoon, while there was some construction in the works on the street. I’m not sure i fit was because of that or because I was overly exhausted, but I didn’t quite get the vibe of Wall Street as I thought I would. There was no crowd, no amazingly dressed business men like in the â€œWolf of the Wall Streetâ€œ and there was certainly nothing special about it. It was even hard for me to get a proper picture since the buildings are sooo tall and there are so many of them, which makes it hard for light to come through. However, I think I simply arrived there at a bad time. Don’t miss it if you go to New York (despite my awful review), after all, it is one of the great symbols of New York, as well as the economy, power and wealth in general.
On the other hand, the famous Bull of the Wall Street took me by surprise. There was something really powerful and captivating about it. There were many people there, making it really hard to take a proper picture, therefore I am posting the one you’ll see below so that you can have a good look at this symbol of Wall Street.
I like to call this part of New York the â€œCarrie Bradshawâ€œ kind of New York. Beautiful, stunning streets with loads of cute little shops and apartments you mostly remember from Sex and the City. Every street there looks like one of those cute little streets where Carrie walked with Mr.Big. Okay, now I am obsessing too much over this TV show. Anyway, SoHo is probably my favorite part of New York City and probably the only place in NYC where I could imagine myself actually living. Everything else was really wonderful and all that, but way too crowded for my taste. Of course, everything has its price, so this is why SoHo is one of the most expensive parts of NYC to live in.
6. Dominique Ansel French Bakery
Last but not least is this little bakery that has the most delicious sweets I have ever tried! A taste of France in middle of New York! Apart from deliciousness, it is also a wonderful place to hang out in, since it has the cutest backyard. But to get yourself some of their treats, you’ll need to stand in a looong line. It’s worth it, trust me. This is exactly what you need after a long day of walking around NY â€“ a wonderful (and delicious) break!
Also, don’t miss out on the famous Central Station (Madagascar, anyone?) as well as the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to visit the Statue of Liberty on Ellis island, but I did see it from the other side of the Hudson river. Take what you can, you’ll have a wonderful time anyway!
The crowds are definitely one of my favorite things about being in Times Square at night. I don’t have to have any manners when I bump into people…haha! The bright lights, music, entertainers and food are just everything. It’s unlike any other city I’ve been!
NYC is one of my favorite cities in the world! I love the hustle vibe there!! It makes you want to do greater things! What a wonderful city!
I love New York, every time I visit, I always discover something that I absolutely love. You’ve listed some really great places, but NYC offers a lot more and just waiting to be discovered. I’m going in May and I can’t wait to see what is more to explore.
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Must go there very quickly after seeing these photo’s ! It’s becoming my favourite place to go to first time I’m going for a trip. Keep come with more of this, I love it. XO Charissa, http://www.ladygoldapple.com
I just visited NYC in February, but I only had time to go to the first few places on your list! 2 days was definitely not enough.. I have to go back soon and check out your other recommendations :)www.samanthamariko.com
Hey Beauty:)Hows you?Love NYC, Never went there but It is on my Bucket List:) Your Detailed post is Amazing and Totally would Visit Everything:) I am a travel blogger sooo Love to Visit places;) Thank you for your Recommendations:)Love Open Kloset By KarinaKisss
I totally miss NY now. I’ve done and seen most of what you listed (1-3), but not 4-6. I need to visit and take time to explore that wonderful city that never sleeps. I’ve always wanted to jog around CP like they do in the movies.
This is such a great post. I’ve never been to New York City yet. This will be a great guide for me when I go. love the photos too.
I love NYC, I think everytime I go there is not enough time for everything that I want to do!!! every place you have described are among my favorites!!! Great shots and amazing guide!!!
Thanks for sharing!! xx Gina
Your trip from New York makes me want to go. I’ve always wanted to go to Time Square myself. Thank you for sharing your experience, the pictures turned out amazing.
Hmm I’m not sure if my comment worked! Oh I will try again! It went something along the lines of mmmmmmmmm I love eclairs! That bakery looks amazing!!xx Jenellewww.inspiringwit.com
Haha, as much as I loved reading this review of your visit, I must insist you visit Wall Street again at another point in time when it’s actually filled with people, that is, during office hours. On Sunday’s it’s really dead indeed. As for all the other things you mentioned, the feeling of standing on Times Square gets to me every time! I just love it.xoxoThomas
Omg girl such a beautiful story and pictures. Your story telling was so awesome I’m feeling to be a little at NY , but I never seen until yet.I totally agree with you and I see me, when you talk to live at Soho….I have always room for the desserts :))xxEVAwww.themermaidfashion.com
I love seeing the city from the eyes someone visiting for the first time! As a native New Yorker it’s easy to take for granted the amazing sights the city has to offer. I’m happy to hear you had a wonderful stay!