Friday, 4 August 2017

My Top 10 New York Must-Sees


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As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I literally took thousands of photos on my recent trip to New York, so many that I wasn't sure what to do with them all, specifically when it came to sharing them on the blog. I was thinking of maybe doing a photo diary at some stage, if that's something you'd like to see let me know but today I thought I'd share what I took the most photos of, aka. my New York must-sees. And whilst some of these might seem a little bit obvious, I just had to share the fact that each and every one of these 'tourist attractions' totally lived up to the hype and far exceeded my expectations.

So here are my top 10 New York must-sees;

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The view from Top of The Rock

Without a doubt, the best view of New York City has to be from this viewpoint. Not only does Top of The Rock have significantly shorter waiting times and three viewing levels but you get to have the Empire State Building in your photographs, which is why I would completely recommend getting Top of The Rock tickets instead of ones for the Empire State Building. I mean, just look at that view!

Central Park Must See

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Bethesdea Terrace and basically as much of Central Park as you can

I feel like I only made one mistake in New York, okay maybe two as I really regretted not taking an umbrella with me but that big mistake was leaving Central Park to my last day. Me and my legs were ready for home by this point so I didn't really feel like walking for miles and miles, like I had every other day in my trip. I did go across the park starting at Strawberry Fields and taking in Bethesdea Terrace and fountain, the Alice In Wonderland statue, the Loeb Boathouse and Friends fountain but I'd really love to have explored more of it. I think that's definitely enough of a reason to visit again.

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Brooklyn Bridge

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the absolute highlights of my trip, even though there were a couple of rainshowers as I started to head over. Why didn't I take one of my THREE umbrellas with me?! I will never know. Rain showers aside the views were breathtaking. Even just to see the bridge itself made my holiday. To see more of my walk across the bridge and a video of me doing just that, plus what I got up to in Brooklyn, be sure to check out my Exploring Brooklyn blog post.

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The 9/11 Memorial

Despite many incredible sights all within the one area (One World Trade Center/the Freedom Tower, the 9/11 Museum and Occulus), taking time out of your day to pay respect to all of those lost on that horrific day, really is something you must do. I was well aware of how many lives were lost on 9/11 but to see each and every name etched onto the memorial fountains made that realisation all the more apparent and heartbreaking. If you've grown up watching 9/11 documentaries, like I have, I would definitely recommend visiting the 9/11 museum as well. It is unbelievably tough at times and remember to wear waterproof mascara as there are so many exhibits, photographs and recordings that will bring you to tears but I'm really glad that I did it.

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The Statue Of Liberty

Whether you decide to ride the Staten Island Ferry for free or book one of the cruises available, you can't visit New York without seeing Lady Liberty herself. I was pretty lucky to see her as I landed in Newark but to see her up close was just indescribable. The view of Manhattan from the ferry/boat/Liberty Island isn't too shabby either.

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The Flatiron Building

As one of the most iconic buildings in New York, seeing the Flatiron building IRL really did blow my mind. I couldn't believe how thin and tapered it really was. There's also a great little spot to sit just below it or to take photographs from and the Flatiron district itself was definitely one of my very favourite to explore.

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Madison Square Park

Even though Central Park is the one park everyone will tell you to visit and of course, you should, as I outlined above, however, Madison Square Park had to be my absolute favourite spot in the whole of New York. And that really is saying something! You're surrounded by some awe inspiring buildings, including the Flatiron, are in a great green space in the middle of the bustling city and can even sit and have a Shake Shack. I mean does it get any better than that? There was also a fantastic musician playing some of my favourite songs from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack as well as basically every song from La La Land on his trumpet/trombone and then there are the squirrels. I've never seen anything like it. The squirrels here really do run the park and don't shy away from any attention or snapping cameras. I could have spent hours watching them and just enjoying time in that park and made sure to visit it twice during my stay, I loved it that much.

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The High Line

Speaking of green spaces, the High Line is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning. I went on on the one Saturday morning I was there and met up with fellow blogger Hayley to walk it and explore the surrounding areas. If you've had enough of the crazy packed streets near Times Square or anywhere relatively tourist-y, get here early to enjoy the mix of artwork, greenery and most importantly on a warm Summer day, shaded spots.

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The West Village

If I could live anywhere in New York it would have to be here. Talk about the most beautiful streets I've ever seen! I made the pilgrimage through to the West Village solely to pay Carrie Bradshaw's apartment a visit but I loved wandering along the picturesque streets and just staring at all of the beautiful buildings. It's also a nice break for your neck since you don't have to look up at the insanely tall skyscrapers and buildings like you do in other NYC neighbourhoods. If you're not a huge Sex and the City fan, like I am, I'm sure you'll want to see the Friends apartment, which is only a few streets away. When can I move in?

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Grand Central Terminal

This is another one of those places that I've dreamt of visiting for years now so to actually be there was so surreal. To see the ceiling in person was just unreal and the place really does have such a buzz to it, even in the mid afternoon. I also may or may not have pretended to be in Gossip Girl for a couple of seconds. Serena van der Woodsen who?

So there you have it; my top 10 New York must-sees.

What do you think of my picks? Have you ever visited New York? If so, what was your favourite thing to see/do? If not, has this post made you want to go that little bit more?

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