New York Bucket List- A Beginner’s Guide

New York Bucket List- A Beginner’s Guide

For a crazy wild place like New York it’s no wonder that planning a trip to NY can become a little overwhelming. To make it a little easier, I’ve created a bucket list for first timers. 

  1. Greenwich Village

Located in Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village is made up of pretty apartments and cutesy cafés. If looking to take a break, my friend and I stopped at a little Mexican restaurant- La Contenta Oeste which I would totally recommend for their welcoming service. For those fans of f•r•i•e•n•d•s, you may want to check out the apartment located at the corner of Grove Street.

 

  1. World Trade Centre and 9/11 Memorial

Also located in Lower Manhattan, the World Trade Centre is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a location with much history and is definitely deserving of a place on the bucket list. 

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  1. The Statue of Liberty

For close up views of this monument, take a ferry ride around the coast. You can also capture some astonishing views of Manhattan’s skyline! 

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  1. Museums

The American Museum of Natural History is free to visit but donations are accepted. Once you arrive and get your tickets you can decide how much you would like to pay. You may also want to check out The Met and MoMA. 

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  1. Upper East Side

I cannot deny the fact that my obsession with Gossip Girl sparked my attraction to the glamour and dazzle of the Upper East Side. It’s the perfect location to stop for a stylish photoshoot and then wander through Central Park. 

 

  1. Times Square

Positioned in Midtown Manhattan, Times Square needs to be seen in both day and night. After stepping outside from watching a broadway show, I thought it was still light outside from the immensity of bright flashing lights. With New York being the home to broadway, a trip to the Big Apple just wouldn’t be the same without watching a show. I bought tickets for Aladdin at The New Amsterdam Theatre and  could honestly rave about it all! The costumes, singing and dancing all added to a magical performance.

 

  1. The Empire State Building

For outstanding views of NYC, a visit to the worlds most famous observation deck is the place to be. Once you reach the top, make sure to just stop and take in the beautiful sight. 

 

  1. Coney Island

Travelling around NYC can be super tiring especially when you’re playing tourist non-stop. For a more chilled out day yet still exciting, take a trip down to Coney Island in Brooklyn which features arcades, street performers and the Luna Park. Take a walk down the pier at night and unwind from the liveliness of the day. Oh and RIDE THE CYCLONE!!! That’s all I’m going to say. 

 

  1. Soho

A classic scene of elegance and fashion. Shop till you drop in endless trendy boutiques and upscale stores. (Or like me you could just observe the stylish streets and save those dollars!) Soho screams FANCY and its creative energy is what pulls me to wander in. 

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  1. Brooklyn Bridge

An iconic New York setting which has to be walked across! No question about it. 

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What would you like to see in New York? Comment down below!

Ciao, Leah x

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Why I Love New York

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Where. To. Start. 

After spending two weeks immersed into the New York tourist life, I don’t know if I’m qualified to exclaim my love for New York but needless to say I have completely fallen for what it has to offer. 

Although my reasons appear to be endless, I have managed to compile the top reasons as to why I am drawn to this magical place. 

  1. The People

I had been told by many that New Yorkers are rude and unfriendly-even said by a couple New Yorkers themselves! However not once could I say this was the case. If I ever needed help there was always someone who took the time to lend a helping hand. Now thats not to say that everyone can be trusted but I really felt safe and comfortable in my surroundings which is always reassuring.  

  1. The Diversity

New York is recognised for its vast diversity but it’s not until you get there that you realise you can always find a piece of home no matter where you go. Difference is accepted and individualism encouraged. Not only can you engage with people of various cultures but New York offers infinite amounts of delicious food from all over the world. 

  1. The Creativity

When i imagine New York, I think of Instagram-able locations and scenes belonging in an art gallery. So it’s clear to say that New York oozes creativity from the inside out. Just from wandering around Times Square, New York is bursting with imaginative and artistic people full of talent and vision. From Broadway shows to dancers on Subway platforms and musicians showcasing their passion at every corner. If you’re a performer, or just someone looking to be entertained, then New York’s the place to be.

  1. The Confidence

I love that New Yorkers aren’t afraid to compliment a stranger on the street and not want anything from you. When they appreciate something they will say it. Similar to my first reason, it’s not rare to find yourself having conversations with strangers about almost anything! 

  1. The Seasons

Now I don’t really want to mention the weather 🙄 but as I’m British I think it has to be done 🤷🏻‍♀️. England just doesn’t know what season it’s doing half the time so each morning we’re faced with the problem of deciding whether we’re wearing a jumper or bikini. We then have to open the curtains and look outside whilst simultaneously checking the weather forecast a billion times before coming to the answer. Phewww that’s a long process 😅. Anyway, New York sees the crisp orange leaves of Autumn/Fall to the crazy winter snowfall and then welcomes in a warm Spring and hot Summer.

  1. The Adventure

New York is a place where you can never stop exploring. When people think of New York, it’s the norm to picture the enormity of Manhattan’s skyline and envision the overwhelming streets of the city that never sleeps. However, New York isn’t just about the city; Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens all add to New York’s personality making it one of my favourite destinations for adventure. 

So many people aspire to travel to New York to admire its magnificence as the city of dreams. However, to add everything up, I love that it’s just regular people living their ordinary lives that together create the extraordinary New York. This is why it’s earned it’s place as one of the best cities in the world.

Have you ever visited New York? If so what was your experience like? 

Let me know in the comments! 

Thanks for reading 

Ciao, Leah x