Tips for Grabbing up the Fun in the Big Apple

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Raise your hand if you’ve been to New York City? Keep em raised if you’ve been during the holidays?

My first time to NYC was for an art showing my sister was featured in. To be honest, I had some trepidation. I was nervous I didn’t have a good enough wardrobe, it would be too overwhelming and there would be crime happening everywhere.

Ha! This so cracks me up now thinking about it. I have no idea how I got these impressions but boy were they ridiculous.

New York is just flat out one of the greatest cities anywhere. At least for me. I love how it is “the people’s city.” New York is for anyone. It’s for everyone. It’s for all of us.

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There are a lot of things I love about NYC but the toppers are:

  • Central Park!! I love, love, love this magical place that the New York city founders had the vision to set aside way back. It is one of my go-to places every time.

  • Broadway! How I love going to the plays/musicals. So spectacular.

  • How safe the city feels. I’ve been out at 2 am walking back to our hotel with two other women and not felt even slightly unsafe.

  • The great mix of people. Yes, there are a lot of them but we are all so alike – and so different – that it adds to the energy of being human.

  • It’s a walking city. In New York you might grab the subway or a cab (Uber/Lyft) from time-to-time but mostly you walk. (Take your comfortable shoes!)

  • Going at Christmas time. The city is even more magical and special. It can be ridiculously cold but that even adds to the wonder of it.

    And for some specifics:

  • I can recommend the Millennium Hotel a block off Times Square. A great mid-range hotel and location if Broadway is one of your focuses. The Hilton Hotel is also thumbs up if you want to be closer to Central Park and Rockefeller Center.

  • Central Park, as I mentioned above, is my go-to top favorite. We skip the carriage rides. Getting out and walking it is my favorite although I think renting bikes would also be great. It’s a huge park to explore.

  • Rockefeller Center is also fun. I’ve been to the top of the Empire State Building and to the Top of the Rock. Top of the Rock is my fave. There’s also some fun places to eat in the area (heck, that is true about every single area of NYC!) and great decorations at Christmas.

  • Radio City Music Hall. I love the show the Rockettes put on. If you are there in November or December – don’t miss it!

  • 46th Avenue is restaurant row with all sorts of pre-Broadway show spots for dinner. We especially like Becco. It’s always packed, very NYC, with reasonably priced Italian food.

    So, have you been to the City? Maybe from the City? Got any favorites or things that need to go on my “can’t miss” next trip? Hope you’re dreaming on your next vacation spot away wherever it is.

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