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New York, New York, The Big Apple, or Manhattan…No matter what you call it, NYC is one of my favorite cities in the world. It has something for everyone including the best restaurants, Broadway shows, museums, world-class shopping, and so much more. It will always hold a place in my heart as “the city” and a place I dined, partied, worked, and became an adult in.
Here are five things you can’t miss on your visit.
It’s a relative newcomer to NYC and not without its share of controversy. (Unfortunately, four people have committed suicide in separate incidents since it opened in 2019. Safety nets are currently being installed and it’s closed to climb at this time.) But, it’s worth heading over to check out this structure, which is part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. British designer, Thomas Heatherwick, created the elaborate honeycomb design that consists of 16 stories, 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings. It will hopefully reopen in 2023. If you visit before it does, take a selfie and then head inside to the impressive shopping mall that it sits near.
Can’t Miss: When reopened, head directly into the center and place your phone on the ground. Shoot upwards for a cool photo.
Address: 20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001
4. Chelsea Market
My favorite NYC food hall fills an entire city block and is also home to the studios for Food Network, and some of Google and YouTube’s offices. Chelsea Market was constructed in the 1890s as a factory for the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) and became a market in the 1990s. Here you can shop for specialty foods and chow down on everything from soup to bagels to burgers and just about anything else you could want to eat.
Can’t Miss: Dig into some Korean/Japanese fusion cuisine at Mŏkbar. Chef Esther Choi combines Korean soups with fresh Japanese ramen noodles for an unbeatable combo (especially when it’s cold outside)
Address: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
3. Take in a Broadway Show
There are theatrical productions and then there are Broadway shows. “Broadway” consists of 41 professional theaters located in the Theater District along Broadway in midtown Manhattan. The top talent (and many Hollywood stars) take to the stage for performances unrivaled anywhere in the world. We’ve seen tons of shows through the years including Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Les Miserables, Cats, The Lion King, Equus, and many more. While in the area, take a moment to shoot a photo of Times Square and then hustle out of there to get away from the throngs of tourists that visit each day.
Can’t Miss: Head to the TKTS stand for last-minute, discounted tickets to some of the hottest shows.
Address: TKTS is located at Broadway and W 47th St, New York, NY 10036. Broadway theater addresses vary throughout the Theater District.
2. The High Line
The High Line is a 1.45-mile park created on former New York Central Railroad tracks on the west side of Manhattan that is elevated 30 feet in the air. The park runs from Gansevoort Street through Chelsea and up to 34th Street (20 city blocks in total). I have visited countless times since it opened in 2009 in all seasons. I like the gardens in spring and summer and to stroll in the fall. It’s open every day from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the winter, until 10:00 PM in the spring and fall, and until 11:00 PM in the summer.
Can’t Miss: Have a seat in the amphitheater and watch the traffic drive by below.
Address: Various entry points between Gansevoort and 34th Streets
1. Shopping and Dining in SoHo and Chinatown
SoHo (short for south of Houston and pronounced HOUSE-tin Street) is a trendy neighborhood in lower Manhattan with some of the cities best shopping and galleries. It’s bordered by Chinatown, which still features an array of markets, counterfeit handbags, and the city’s best dim sum. It’s easy to spend an afternoon strolling through the shops, grabbing a bite to eat, and then continuing to sit and people watch at a cafe or wine bar.
Can’t Miss: Check out Pearl River for everything from gifts to home furnishings to apparel. They have some unique finds here.
Address: SoHo and Chinatown are located in lower Manhattan
Come for the culture and stay for the incredible eats. These are my can’t miss picks for New York City.
Bonus Hotel Pick: I’ve stayed at the Andaz 5th Avenue around 20 times. It’s the perfect location for exploring the city. Bryant Park is across the street (and my old office was a block away). Here you have easy access to subways and are walking distance to many of the places and things you’ll want to hit on your visit. Elite recognition is excellent here. World of Hyatt Globalists get a complimentary full breakfast in the The Bar Downstairs and Kitchen. I love the Gravlax and Ricotta Pancake entrees. Room upgrades are generally good (I’ve had some amazing suites with terraces). All around, I love this hotel.
Address: 485 5th Avenue At, E 41st St, New York, NY 10017
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