“New York was no mere city. It was instead an infinitely romantic notion, the mysterious nexus of all love and money and power, the shining and perishable dream itself”
Quote: Joan Didion
There is no love greater than my love for a city. New York has had my heart since I first step foot in the city almost 7 years ago. Since my first visit I have been finding more aspects of the city that I can not help but love. I have listed some of my all time favorites below.
Empire Hotel for Drinks
Having drinks in the city is almost part of the city culture and my favorite place to stop in for an after dinner cocktail (or a mid-afternoon cocktail) is the Empire Hotel. Not only is the famous spot featured in Gossip Girl it is also a beautiful location. Drinks downstairs at the bar or drinks on the rooftop bar, both great, and both a must do in New York. I recommend the Chuck Bass, it’s delicious.
Lotte New York Palace Hotel
Keeping on the Gossip Girl theme for places to visit, the Lotte New York Palace Hotel is a must see. Especially when visiting New York during the holidays as the decorations are beyond magical. An amazing and gorgeous hotel that must be admired for its beauty. We loved this place so much we even took an engagement photo here.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Apartment
We all love a beautiful brownstone and while the last few times I have visited this monumental apartment it has been under construction it is still beautiful in my eyes. And the street it’s on and the surrounding are worth the scenic route. Holly Golightly’s apartment is located at 169 E 71st Street. I make everyone that comes to New York with us visit, click here to see.
Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment
Speaking of beautiful apartments and scenic streets, if you are a Sex & The City fan visiting Carrie’s apartment is ideal. While you can not actually step on the steps of this brownstone as the owners have placed a barrier up, it is still a beautiful home to admire. Carrie’s apartment is located on 64 Perry St.
Looking for an Instagram worthy view of the Manhattan Bridge, then look no farther. I love coming to this area to simply walk around, take pictures (click here), and enjoy the beauty that is all around in Dumbo.
Walking everywhere is my best suggestion when visiting the city as I find it the best way to discover new places and really take it all in. The walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is just that. Looking at the city from a different view is always fun and I find the walk to be rather enjoyable. You can check out some pictures I have taken at the Brooklyn Bridge here, here, and here.
With fountains, lakes, castles, and meadows Central Park is not short of fun adventures. Some of my favorite places in Central Park are mostly located on the South End as that is where we tend to spend the most time. Bethesda Fountain, Sheep Meadow, and The Pond are the best places to enjoy an afternoon in my opinion. And of course, in the winter Wollman Rink is a great place to go to enjoy some ice skating.
A park in a city is exactly what I love. While I love Central Park and all the fun activities that can happen throughout I also have a great love for the smaller parks. Nestled between 5th and 6th Avenue and 42nd and 43rd Street there is Bryant Park. In the summer a perfectly green lawn and in the winter a fun ice rink. Of all the things Bryant Park has to offer the Bank of America Winter Village is my FAVORITE. Be sure to stop by if you are in the city starting October 27th- January 2nd!
A Nathan’s hot dog and the Wonder Wheel, oh and did I mention there is a beach? I LOVE Coney Island. Jmo and I had so much fun exploring the amusement park aspect, walking along the beach, and stopping for a famous Nathan’s hot dog. I know this is not for everyone but channel your inner child and have a blast, I promise you will not regret it. And this is still one of my best Instagram pictures I have ever taken (click here).
Have I ever mentioned how much I hate drying my hair? Well, I found the world’s best solution. A blow out at Drybar. I know I have shared my love of Drybar before on Instagram (click here), but it is a must do in New York for me. About mid-way through the trip I book an appointment at whatever Drybar is closet to my hotel. It’s a great way to start your day and relax before conquering the city, and your hair looks fantastic!
I have a strong love for the city that never seems to fade. Each trip is new and exciting but I do my best to visit all of my favorite places at least once every trip. Do you love New York as much as I do? If so, let me know down below!