New York

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New York is the capital of the world. Everything seems to happen here. Too much, really. I lived in New York for ten years. My family comes from here and I’ll always think of it as home. But it’s also a loud, intense, competitive, expensive, dirty, busy place. To live, it’s a city for the rich and the ambitious.

To visit is a must. It’s *the* big city, perfect for giving perspective to your life, all the anonymous faces on the streets beside you, the masses packed into the subway, shoulder to shoulder, the incredible diversity. There are beautiful moments to be found within the incessant hustle & bustle. Waves of interconnectedness hit between bouts of hating humanity. Everything happens here. Everything.

It can be intimidating to try and “see it all” in New York, no matter how long you stay. In order to say you’ve really *been* here, it’s important to at least see these things:

  • The bohemian life, cool and vibrant: the East Village, the Lower East Side, Williamsburg
  • The picture-perfect life, lovely and expensive: the West Village, Downtown Brooklyn
  • The bright lights, the big city: Midtown among the skyscrapers, Times Square
  • The posh life: Midtown, Uptown, the Financial District, 5th Avenue, Park Ave, Madison Ave

Also, make sure to eat a slice of pizza and a burger and any other street food: hot dog, ice cream truck, etc. Feel the awe of the buildings. And get around both on the subway and in a taxi.

 

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Where

New York is a city on the mid-Atlantic. It is neither the capital of the USA, nor the capital of its own state, though it clearly should be. New York State is largely an irrelevant place for world travelers, though it does have some very nice bits: Niagara Falls is an obvious destination, as are the finger lakes and the Hudson Valley. Only this last one is part of what New Yorkers really consider “New York”. There’s an idea of the Tri-State Area – or New York Metropolitan Area – and this is the real New York State.

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The High Line

It’s full of European tourists for good reason: the recently built elevated park offers great views of West Side architecture, from midtown to the meatpacking district. It’s narrow, as it was once a railway. Brilliant refurbished city planning.  Stop off in Chelsea for some great art galleries.

Central Park

The famous park is great for many things. There’s a ramble for forest-like walks, a pond for paddle-boating, a large reservoir to jog around, a great lawn for ball games and naps, and so many other little spots to discover. Beatles fans can see a John Lennon memorial at Strawberry Fields. Lewis Carroll fans can visit the Alice in Wonderland statue. I’m a fan of the fountain in the center, which has that perfect “You’ve Got Mail” romcom vibe to it.

Washington Square Park

A fountain, an arch, street performers, college students and some dealers. What more can you ask for?

Union Square

This is technically a park, and it’s a decent chill space for people-watching. It’s mainly of note because it’s the real gravitational center of the city. You’re bound to find yourself here.

Madison Square Park

This park divides downtown from midtown. It’s a charming green space right at the Flatiron building, full of office workers on their lunch breaks. The original Shake Shack is here, and its long queues are testament to how great a fast food burger can be, especially in this context. (Now that it’s all over the city, perhaps the park is less of a draw.)

McCarren Park

Williamsburg’s park, bordering Greenpoint. This is the most scene-y spot to be on the weekend, along with Williamsburg’s new waterfront spaces.

Prospect Park

This is Brooklyn’s Central Park. It’s even lovelier. It’s less crowded, more for locals and visitors than tourists. Great for barbecues, bike rides, concerts, games and lounging.

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The Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art is now located at the bottom of the High Line. It’s a beautiful new building, and has a great collection.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art is in midtown, near Rockefeller Center. It feels quite corporate but still great. This is a good chance to put yourself among the towering skyscrapers.

PS 1 (MoMA Queens)

This is the coolest museum in town. In the summer they have outdoor parties on weekends. The James Turrell piece “Meeting” is the best art in the city.

The Guggenheim

Come for the spiral architecture, stay for the current exhibit, whatever it may be. Start at the top.

The New Museum

It focuses on contemporary art. It’s a nice building and well located on the Bowery. Go on Thursdays when it’s free. Good people-watching.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)

The grandest, classiest place in town, on par with the Louvre by reputation and sheer collection size. Pay what you wish! Don’t try to see too much.

Chelsea Gallery District

The best area in the world for tons of free, top notch art. Opening parties are usually on Thursdays.

Lower East Side Gallery District

More up-and-coming. Opening parties are usually on Wednesdays.

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Pizza here is a must. So many great slices. Basically any corner will have a slice to grab as a snack or a cheap meal. The dollar slices are definitely inferior, but still quintessential New York. You can grab a sicilian slice – square and thick – or a typical New York triangle. Put peppers and oregano on it, fold it in half.  You can’t go wrong with these:

Joe’s at W4

Famous Ben’s in Soho

Not Rays in Fort Greene

Santa Maria’s on Bedford in Wburg

Prince St Pizza in Nolita

My Little Pizzeria in downtown Bk

If you want a full pie, you could go with the classics:

Lombardis in Nolita

Grimaldis in DUMBO

Grabbing a slice is the sort of thing to best do casually. No need to go out of your way for a piece of pizza. Just grab whatever is convenient! Especially late at night 😉

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Burger Joint – amazing classic greasy cheeseburgers with ideal ambiance. Hidden behind a curtain in Le Parker Meridien hotel in midtown.

Corner Bistro – classic delicious burgers in the West Village.

Umami Burger – an upscale chain from LA. Get the Truffle Burger. So good.

Shake Shack – a NY institution. The original is in Madison Square Park on 23rd, with epic queues at lunch. Now they’re everywhere.

Five Guys – a great burger chain, with the largest helping of fries anywhere. Definitely share the fries.

BRGR – random spot on 7th ave, this is really tasty

Blue 9 Burger – super modest fast food place on 3rd ave. This is the most like In-N-Out in the whole city.

NY Burger Co – There’s one close to the Chelsea art gallery scene. It’s good.

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Dumplings at North Dumpling on Allen, or  Vanessa’s. Delicious cheap eats.

Baked goods – New Yorkers love baked good. The Cronut at Dominique Ansel is my favorite bakery trend. Some people prefer Magnolia cupcakes. Ice cream is also popular, but not as much.

Jewish deli food – Pastrami on rye, pickles, all that stuff. Katz’s Delicatessen in the Lower East Side is king among Jewish delis. Mile End is even better though, for one main reason: Poutine! The Quebec fry dish with cheese curds and gravy is to die for. Not exactly Jewish food – more French Canadian – but you can find it here.

Bagels – Los Angelenos think it’s their water that makes their bagels inferior. Whatever it is, New York is champion in the bagel world. Try one from any bodega (simple corner shop/convenience store), or from any shop with “bagels” in the title.

Chipotle – This is just a basic American chain that serves Mexican food in a modern way, but it was a blessing when it came to New York, because the other Mexican restaurants in town aren’t nearly as reliable. If you’re visiting from abroad, check it out as a consistently satisfying and efficient experience. If you visit from California or the Southwest, no need to bother with any Mexican food in New York.

Barbeque – This is the newest trend in the city, and there are tons of great spots. Dallas BBQ is one of the original chains and certainly not one of the best, but good for a lark. Try Fete Sau, Dinosaur and Pig Beach.

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