Attractions: Truth be told, I haven’t seen a ton of tourist attractions in NY besides Times Square but here are my favorites.
- The Highline – A converted above ground subway line transformed into an urban park – it’s the least crowded on a colder day, but it’s absolutely stunning. Best of all its free and great exercise! In the warmer months there are vendors, movies and concerts, not to mention, great views of the Statue of Liberty.
- Bryant Park/Ice Rink – Located on 42nd and 6th, this park is one of the greatest places to visit in the winter. It’s free to ice skate, just pay for skate rental. There’s also a Christmas tree there and pop-up restaurants and vendors that are fun to shop around in. During the summer there are movies and concerts as well.
- CitiBike – With the implementation of Citi bike around Manhattan, take advantage of this and explore the island. There is an app you can download on the iPhone to find Citi-stations. A cool bike ride/walking adventure is across the Brooklyn Bridge. Just take note that you need to check into a station every 45 minutes!
- Rockefeller Center – Not only is this just steps away from my old office, but it is also one of the most beautiful places around Christmas time. With skaters on the rink, proposals galore, and of course the world-famous Christmas Tree, the area around the Rock is the best place to be around the holidays. If you have time go to the top of the Rock to get beautiful views of the city.
- 9/11 Memorial – With the beautiful Freedom Tower standing proudly downtown, you will be drawn to the 9/11 Memorial by its side. Though you need tickets (bought online or in person) to go inside the museum, the atmosphere will be sure to take your breath away. The museum is someplace you should allocate 4-5 hours to spend there.
- Brooklyn Bridge – Take the 6 train down to city hall, get out, and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Bonus points if you do so early in the morning to see the sunrise! Once you’re in Brooklyn, check out Grimaldi’s and reward yourself with a slice of pizza from one of the most famous pizzeria’s in NYC (cash-only).
Museums: I’m not much of a museum person and only ended up going to two museums while living in NYC.
- Museum of Sex – Just north of Madison Square Park, the Museum of Sex is one of the most interesting museums in all of New York. It was the first museum in the city I ever went to.
- Museum of Natural History – On the west side of Central Park lies the Museum of Natural History. I visited this museum this Spring and my favorite part, by and far, was the Dinosaur exhibit. I blogged about my time at the AMNH here!