Ah, the city that never sleeps. The concrete jungle where dreams are made of (Alicia Keys reference, hehe). The Big Apple. The one and only NEW YORK! I had the privilege of visiting it a couple days ago and I must say, I am totally and utterly in love with it. I think everyone must experience it at least once in their lives. So, my lovely friends, I've come up with a guide for the big city. The first part will be about the way I organized my trip to NYC!

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First things first, you need to find the perfect dates. Try not to go during the summer or the Christmas holidays, given that New York is packed with tourists on those months. Believe me, it's way better to enjoy spectacular views and delicious food without having to wait in line for two hours. The ideal months are February to June. That's when the least tourists are found and the weather is pleasant.

As soon as you've picked when you're traveling, book the plane tickets. Try not to have a really long layover, cause afterwards you're going to be extra exhausted (the jetlag is reaaal).

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Time for the hotel! Contrary to popular belief, it is really easy to find plenty of cheap hotels with a great view of the big city. You don't have to pay a fortune to enjoy the skyline of Manhattan or the Hudson River. Try to avoid places with high criminality rates, such as the Bronx and Brooklyn (these parts of NYC are not totally unsafe, there is just a great number of dangerous areas). Moreover, you don't have to find a hotel that offers free breakfast. There are too many bakeries in the Big Apple and this way you'll definitely save some cash for other fun activities!

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So, now that this is over you have to plan the itinerary! I used some apps to do this (Walk and Explore NYC is okay, but the absolute BEST is visitacity). Through them I got a customized program, which I altered to fit my needs. Some of the sights you definitely MUST see:

  • Times Square
  • Saint Patrick's Cathedral
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Empire State Building
  • Chrysler Building
  • Central Park (Mall and Literary walk, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, the Pond, Wollman Rink)
  • Flatiron Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Chinatown
  • SoHo
  • Greenwich
  • 9/11 Memorial (there's a museum too, though I didn't get the chance to visit it)
  • Broadway (if you go, I highly recommend the Phantom of the Opera!!!)
  • High Line
  • Chelsea Market
  • Metropolitan Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Battery Park (great view of the Statue of Liberty)
  • Madison Square Park
  • Union Square Park
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Macy's
  • Prospect Park

Lastly, if you're looking for a full overview of New York, you can check out some of the Bus Tours that are available. I tried Big Bus Tours and it truly was great!

Enjoy your trip to New York and stay tuned for the next part (places to eat and drink in NYC)!

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