ULTIMATE NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
New York is where I call home. I sure did not grow up there but the moment I moved to New York I knew I made the right choice. Back in 2012, I made the best decision I have ever made. I decided to leave my hometown of Los Angeles to start a new life in the Big Apple. Within the first week I already knew my way around all of Manhattan and after a week of using the subway I was a pro! I easily felt at home and at ease within the first week in the “concrete jungle”. I have fallen in love with New York City, where I spent three amazing years exploring everything I could. If this is your first time visiting New York, I highly recommend 4-5 days if you’re interested in seeing all that the city has to offer. So here is my ultimate New York City travel guide!
New York has three major airports:
JFK is roughly 40 minutes, the cheapest way to get into Manhattan is using the subway. Take the Airtrain to Jamaica Center and hop onto the E train towards World Trade Center. The fastest way to the city is the LIRR. Take the Airtrain to Jamaica Center and purchase a train ticket to Penn Station.
La Guardia is my favorite airport since it’s only 20 minutes away and less crowded. I typically take an Uber or Taxi for this airport.
Newark is located in New Jersey and is about 30 minutes when taking the New Jersey Transit. This will take you directly to Penn Station.
The number one transportation in New York is the subway. It’s really easy to use so don’t be afraid! The subway system is color coordinated with letters or numbers. One thing to remember is Uptown is going North towards Central Park, Downtown is going down towards the World Trade Center. When in doubt an Uber or taxi is pretty cheap in New York.
WHERE TO STAY
There are so many great hotels and it really depends on what you’re looking for.
Central Park is a great location for families. With many great options in this are, 1 Hotel is a boutique hotel has great views of Central Park and has a greenhouse theme to it.
SoHo f you enjoy the quietness and do not want to be near Times Square, great shopping and lots of options for bars and restaurants. NoMo SoHo is one of my favorite places as it has a beautiful exterior and very trendy hotspot. The Sixty SoHo is another great boutique hotel and in the perfect area!
Times Square for first timers who enjoy being in the center of it all. Hyatt Times Square is great as it also has an awesome rooftop bar called Bar 54. The Knickerbocker is another great option with a rooftop bar called St. Cloud, enviably perched directly beneath the iconic New Year’s Eve Ball!
Union Square is great for convenience as it has most subways located at Union Square. The Edition Hotel is a gorgeous hotel located right across Madison Square Park.
WHAT TO DO
1. Central Park
2. Empire State Building Observation Deck
3. Grand Central Terminal
4. Broadway/Times Square
5. Top Of The Rock
6. Flatiron Building
7. The Highline
8. Chelsea Market
9. Shopping – 5th Ave, Soho, Union Square and Herald Square
10. Statue of Liberty
11. One World Observatory & 9/11 Memorial
Photo by: @oneworldnyc
12. Brooklyn – Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park (Dumbo), Williamsburg
Rooftops is the thing to do in New York especially during summer.
Here is a list of the 17 Best Rooftops in Manhattan
Speakeasy Bars: Call and make reservations in advance! Below are two of my favorites.
Employees Only – Hidden behind a fortune teller shop. Also serves amazing food, great for dinner or a date night!
Please Don’t Tell – Hidden behind a phone booth in a hot dog restaurant.
Museums: New York has all the museums to fit any individual. My personal favorite is The Whitney Museum, I enjoy the modern contemporary art. Other museums include: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), The Met, Natural History Museum, Guggnheim Museum, New Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Parks: Bryant Park, Madison Square Park and Washington Spare Park
Rockefeller Center & Radio City: During the winter holiday Rockefeller turns into a skating rink and it’s great for kids.
WHAT TO EAT
Check out the below posts on all things food! =)
Enjoy your time in New York as it’s one of the greatest cities on earth! I’m here to help so please let me know if you have any questions and need some advice.