Summer in the City
It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been there, New York City manages to take away my breath every single time I go there. New York is the heart of the world, every culture is represented here and there are always new and exciting things to do in the city that never sleeps. So much can be said about this iconic city, that it can be difficult to know where to begin. You can spend a lifetime exploring and never really see it all.
Here is the list of 5 places you must visit in New York City.
- The Top of the Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, USA) $29
This place is just WOW! You can appreciate the whole city. The view is just breathtaking. I’ve been there twice and I know you might say that it’s 29 bucks, but believe me, it is worth it. The Empire State Building has an observatory deck, too (and I’ve been there), but I’d rather choose The Top of the Rock, because from it, you can actually see The Empire State Building, which is a beautiful skyscraper designed in the Art Deco style and has been named as one of The Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
- Central Park (59 St To 110 St, New York)
Extending from 59th to 110th streets between 5th and 8th avenues [Central Park West], Central Park is one of the iconic sights of New York City. This park is a great place for a stroll. You can start anywhere you’d like. Just walk in at 59th and wander in. Check out the local artists and their wares. Head over to the zoo. Check out the Dairy, now the spot for shopping. Ride the carousel or skate at Wollman rink. Stop by Strawberry Fields and at West 72nd Street see The Dakota. You can do the usual horse-drawn carriage ride or ride a horse yourself! Refreshing nature walk. Central Park allows you to relax and enjoy the city from a different view. The artist and musicians are friendly and everyone seems laid back. Grab an ice cream and sit and relax on the many benches throughout the park. This park is everything you would expect including being clean and safe.
- Brooklyn Bridge
Breathtaking is the word that comes to mind whenever I think about this amazing bridge. The bridge is beautifully divided into road space, walker space and jogger/cycling space. Between the wooden walkway, steel and stonework there are many things to steal your attention and that does not even include the Manhattan skyline. The history of the bridge is elegantly portrayed in bronze relief plaques, which give you a good outline of what it took to build such a large structure in the 1870’s. Don’t be deceived, this bridge is very very long so be sure to wear your trusty comfy shoes, and take water and snacks along. This spot is worth the walk and affords you so many photo opportunities that you may run out of your memory card space by the end. I’ve walked the bridge more than five times and I never get tired of the walk nor the amazing view. The Brooklyn Bridge connects two great New York City boroughs: Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can walk it, drive it, bike it, or just admire it. This is one of my favorite places in New York.
- New York Suprema Pizza (413 8th Avenue in New York City between 31st and 30th Streets.)
Salvatore Riggio, an Italian immigrant, established NY Pizza Suprema in 1964. This pizzeria was here before Madison Square Garden moved here. Best Pizza in NYC. The pizza is one of the best you’ll have in NYC. It is pricier than regular pizza places but you get to buy pizza by the slice, which gives you the variety. Top picks are the suprema slice, upside down slice, and eggplant/meatball rolls. Keep in mind; it is a very busy place. There is a system. You order as soon as you walk in. They heat it up. Once you get to the cashier you order drinks and pay. The more efficient you are at this, the shorter everyone’s wait ends up!
- Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring St New York, NY 10012)
This SoHo bakery is not renowned as one of the best bakeries in the world for nothing. It is without a doubt, heaven on Earth. I’ve seriously never had such delicious laminated pastry dough anywhere else in my life as good as what I had here. If you are in SoHo, the Village, Tribeca, or really anywhere in NYC, this is one bakery you don’t want to miss. People might rave about some of the other famous names in the city, but this one by far takes the cake! Or should I say cronut?