This is my first entry for a short blog series: I Seriously Heart NY. I thought it was only fitting if my first post were a Top 10 list – we all know I love enumeration!
New York is seriously one of my favorite cities in the world, and I plan on writing more soon – from advice for first-timers to cheap tricks for the seriously broke. But first, let me present Bmac’s NYC Top 10:
The is the first thing I do every time I go to New York. It’s kinda like my “hello” to the city! Nothing beats the rush of the wind against your face as you take in the breathtaking views. Oh, and it’s super romantic – even if you’re all by yourself!
Any show. Just go see one! Seriously, even if theatre isn’t your “thing”, it’s this city’s “thing”! You will never fully understand or appreciate New York unless you head to Broadway to take in some glittery-fabulousness. I recommend seeing a classic like Les Mis or Phantom of the Opera – or one of the newer cult favorites like Wicked. Even if you only have $20 to spend, go see something. I promise you won’t regret it.
This is one of the most breathtaking views of the city, and it’s completely free! Seriously! You can feel like Rose and Jack on the Titanic with the wind blowing in your hair – but without that whole boat-crashing thing. And this is the best view of Lady Liberty!
Nope, the Nanny doesn’t live there anymore. The Jews are out, and the Chinese are in! Forget Canal Street – this is China Town! We’re talking everything is authentically Chinese – the billboards, the supermarkets, the bars, the restaurants, and everything in between. Grab a friend and head to Flushing for the most hidden-gem adventures in the city!
It’s a little touristy, but you just have to do it. Just don’t ride in one of those god-awful horse-drawn carriages.
6. Drink in Greenwich Village
And then go back for brunch. Yep, this is the gay neighborhood. And if there’s one (or two) things the gays know – it’s alcohol and brunch. In that order. Seriously, go to Greenwich for an absolute blast! The NYC street-grid system goes out the window, and so do most of the other rules! This is where you can let your hair down (or put your wig on) and just be yourself.
The High Line is a relatively new park that many New Yorkers don’t even know about yet. It is an old, above-ground railroad that’s been transformed into one of the most beautiful spots in the city! You can take a stroll or sit and watch the Manhattan traffic below you.
Union Square is some of the best people-watching in all of New York! Grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy the crazy.
9. Shop at the Brooklyn Flea
There are three Brooklyn Fleas, but make sure you go to the one in Williamsburg. Williamsburg isn’t really my scene, but this is the best market by far. Wander through all the stalls to see local art, fashion, crafts, antiques, and food. And then go sit at the pier and enjoy the Manhattan view.
Sure, take a taxi when you’re all dressed-up for the theatre, but take the subway everywhere else. If you want to see real New Yorkers – the good, the bad, and the homeless – then get yourself underground. Taking the subway is one of the most eye-opening experiences. You may see a rising-star violinist, a homeless man begging for change, or an incognito celebrity who’s just trying to blend in. But I guarantee you’ll see something interesting.
Well, that’s my Top 10 list for NYC. What’s yours?