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)
- Williamsburg, home to the Smorgasburg on Saturdays' from April- October. Sunday's you can find it in Prospect Park!
- 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)
- Alice Austen House- She was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers, and this cultural institution is a must-see!
- Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden- Also known as Staten Island's Botanical Gardens.
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)
- Arthur Ashe Stadium/Citi Field - Catch a game or match during the US. Open. You can walk the grounds of Flushing Meadow as well!
- 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?