New York Top 10

I was born and raised 45 minutes outside, New York City in Central New Jersey. My earliest childhood memories and my fondest family memories are visits to New York City. I even moved to NYC for two years from 2010-2012.

Central Park 

New York City is magical, yet a place that can eat you up and spit you out at the same time. Everyone has their favorite parts of the city, remember though, there are 5 boroughs and you must visit all of them in order to visit NYC. No trip would be complete in my book without a visit to Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and obviously Manhattan.

If you are saying what do the others have to offer, you have come to the right place! Here I will share my top 10 favorite places throughout the five boroughs!

Brooklyn: (Where my parents were born & raised)


  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Take a walk along the river and be sure to stop and take in the view. Put the phone away and take in the scenery and people watch ( you will see all kinds of fashion!)

Staten Island: (Home to some of the worst traffic) 
The Bronx: ( Home of Yankee Stadium) 
* As a New York Fan I attended a game vs Boston Red Sox in Fenway with college friends and boy was it interesting. I was "Booed" at while getting hit on by the same guy.  
  • The Bronx Zoo- Calling all animal lovers! I could stare at the penguins all day!
Queens: ( I have attended the US Open 15 times and multiple days during each time)
Jack Sock

  • Queens Comfort- Are you a foodie, like me? One thing to know is many establishments with amazing food, tend to be Cash Only unless you are at a 5 start restaurant. Two rules, always have cash and check for a A rating for health and safety! 
Manhattan: ( My studio apartment was 245 sq ft)
  • Broadway Show- Check out TKTS for discounted tickets to some of the hottest shows on Broadway. Don't eat in the area, as it could be very expensive. Know what you are willing to pay for decent seats and you may just luck out! 
  • SeaGlass Carousel- Battery Park, located in lower Manhattan has some pretty amazing views of Brooklyn, Hoboken and the Statue of Liberty. It is also home to a cool carousel I would highly recommend checking out! 



  • The Highline- Walk as much as you can throughout the city. I love to avoid cabs unless completely necessary. This area is a photographer's dream and a creatives inspiration. 
Have you ever been to New York City? If so, what is your favorite spot?

XoXo,
Tracy 






Comments

  1. My favorite spot in NYC is Central Park hands down. There is so much to explore and it feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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  2. I have been there a couple of times and played the tourist. I have only been to Manhattan. Thanks for the tips on the other boroughs as well.

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    1. You're welcome! I highly recommend checking them out the next time you visit!

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  3. 245 sq ft?! Idk how you did it girl, woof.

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    1. I'm all for tiny living and minimal things! Makes for more travel!

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  4. Super useful post since I will be in NYC in fall! Love the idea of highline since I saw it in a documentary!

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    1. Yes you need to visit! Have a wonderful trip!

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  5. I hadn't heard of Alice Austen House before - sounds like a fantastic thing to do!!

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  6. Nice - you've definitely highlighted some true local spots. I had never heard of Alice Austen and wouldn't have thought to go out to Staten Island for a photography exhibit!

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    1. Thank you. I know you find out something new every visit!

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  7. Central park is definitely good place to go!

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  8. I haven't been to NYC since I was a kid! I think I would appreciate it a lot more now than I did then (especially since we broke heat records in every city we went to). Great tips!

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    1. I hope you make it back one day and the weather is just perfect!

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  9. Once upon a time, I had precisely spent one day in New York, thanks for reminding me that I need to visit it once again.

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  11. I've only ever spent 3 days in New York but it was absolutely amazing. There's so much to see and do, and I'm really excited to go back. I'd love to go to some of the places you mentioned here!

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    1. I live close by and still find something new and exciting every time I visit! Hope you get back one day!

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  12. Great post. I agree with your recommendations and absolutely love Central Park. :)

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  13. Great tips of the top 10 things to do in New York from someone who really knows the city well. Central Park, Statet Island and Manhatten will probably be on my list as a first-time visitor.

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  14. I have never been to NYC but I wish to go soon if I can ! NYC sounds like restless city with plenty to explore, thanks for sharing your top 10 :)

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  15. I visited a few years ago with my son when he was considering NYU and we both fell in love with the city. It would have been great to lave a list like this then. Now I feel like I need to go back just to see some of the places you recommend :)

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