1) Trying to hail a cab is hard
In New York you can and most likely will walk the majority of the trip but since it was my first time in New York I wanted to have the whole experience. We always see in movies that all you need to do to hail a cab is stand on the side walk, extend your arms, and wait for a cab to stop. Well there I stood for about 10 minutes waiving like a crazy person at the taxis that passed by and NONE stopped! So I gave up and pulled out my phone and ordered an uber because it was about to rain and we had all ready been walking all day.
2) Empire State of Mind
I’m sure you’ve heard or been to the Empire State. It is one of those places you have to go if you want to say you’ve been to New York. The observatory’s view is amazing. You can see all of the buildings and take in the strange beauty of this city. The beauty of New York is different from other places. It’s not like in Dominican Republic or in Spain where you have crystal clear water and white sand beaches or distinctive architectural style like a Gaudi building. New York’s beauty is the old tall buildings and dirty graffiti walls.
3) Gyros, Halal Guys, and Nuts
You can smell them blocks away so why not stop and have a snack? It’s become part of the NY culture. Food trucks and food stands are everywhere. If you are having a busy day and don’t have time to cook or wait in line, food stands are the way to go. The secret sauces they add taste amazing and for the price you pay, you get a big amount of food.
4) Planning is the key to success
In order to get the most out of New York you need to plan. This applies to other places too but because the city is big and hectic, if you don’t have some sort of plan you can easily get lost. The Subway and buses are the cheapest way to travel long distances but they can be a little tricky if you don’t know what station or bus stop to take. You might get off the wrong stop and end up walking 20 minutes more than you had to. If you are planning a trip to New York, I highly suggest buying the 7-Day unlimited metro card if you plan to stay for more than 4 days and using apps like Maps or Transit to see what bus or metro line you should take.
5) The weather is unpredictable
Another thing I learned about New York is that you have to be prepared for it to be winter until the end of Spring. The weather in New York has been going crazy lately and in the past couple of years it is still freezing cold by the end of March. So plan ahead and be prepared for everything. In the picture above it’s the middle of March and I’m wearing gloves because it was freaking cold.
6) Shake Shack
If you do have time to sit down- or stand up because there are no tables available- Shake Shack should be in your top choices. The lines can get a little crazy long so if you want to eat there, go when you are still not that hungry. Shake Shack is one of those places that’s become a part of New York; you know like, LA has In N Out. I like a fairly simple burger so I usually order a Double Shack Burger but if you are feeling wild order the ‘Shroom Burger or the Smoke Shack and one of their shakes.
7) New York has your sweet tooth covered
New York has everything but they have everything + more when it comes to sweets and bakeries. When you have available cupcakes, waffles, cakes, puddings, cookies, truffles, and ice cream from 50 different places it gets a little hard to choose from. New York is one of those states that has it all. Magnolia Bakery, Georgetown Cupcakes, and Levain are some of the places to get your sweet tooth covered. Keep reading for more of the favorite spots
8) Dominique Ansel’s Bakery
One of the places I was so eager to try when going to New York was Dominique Ansel’s Bakery. Famous for his delicious culinary creation, the cronut, Dominique Ansel is pretty much known everywhere in New York if not everywhere in the US. I wanted to try out the famous cronut but failed to after two different day attempts because the bakery opens at 8am and by 9am the cronut is already sold out. Instead I tried the Frozen Smores. It is a giant flamed marshmallow with vanilla bean ice cream and milk chocolate on the inside!! If the picture and the description don’t get your attention…I don’t know what will. I don’t know how they get the chocolate and ice cream goodness inside of that marshmallow but THANK YOU JESUS for Dominique’s magical culinary skills!
9) Momofuku Milk Bar
Crack pie, Cereal milk, birthday cake truffles, and compost cookie. Thats ALL I have to say. If you’ve never been…you are missing out. If you’ve been, you know how I feel right now.
10) The streets have a lot to say
As a mentioned in number 1, New York’s beauty is mostly in the streets. Specially around Soho, Noho, and Hells Kitchen you can find cool graffiti walls. Stop and take pictures. Don’t wait until you are at a museum or a tourist zone. Make the most out of ur trip by exploring hidden areas. I love how depending on the are you are the houses and streets look so different.
Probably one of the best pastrami sandwiches I had and ever will have. I am not a fan of ham, pork, or any red meat. I eat them but very rarely so it was a shock to me and my boyfriend that I loved this one. I ordered the simple pastrami sandwich since it’s not my cup of tea but I should have ordered the reuben. A lady next to us ordered it and it was oozing cheese EVERYWHERE. If you happen to find yourself around the Lower East Side stop at Katz’s Delicatessen.
12) It’s always better when we are together
Experiencing all of the New York madness is way more fun if you have someone to share them with. Whether it is your family, your boyfriend, and/or friends. Everyone in New York seem to be busy and going somewhere. New York is famous for having busy working people. If you find yourself rushing through the day chances are you have no time to stop and meet people. That can feel lonely at times so it’s nice to come home and have people waiting for you to tell them about your day.
13) Parks & Recreation
Everyone in New York seems to be always busy, it’s nice to have a time to relax. New York has a lot of parks and recreational areas where you can sit down and relax. Central Park, Bryant Park, and Washington Square Park are perfect to sit, talk, and chill for a while. If you want to make it extra special you could have a picnic with a couple of friends and spend a relaxing Sunday laying down on the grass. As a tourist, you always want to keep moving in order to cover as much as possible but if you plan to visit or walk around a park in New York its best to slow down and enjoy 🙂
14) Grand Central Station
Strangely, one of the most fascinating places to me. Before going there I had no idea how big it was. There is nothing close to that in Dominican Republic so I didn’t know what to expect. The architectural design is so pretty you forget you are at a train station. I was also excited to see that there is now an Apple store. If you are bored you can go to the foodcourt which has a pretty good selection or just sit down and watch all the commuters. If you want your Gossip Girl’s Serena Van Der Woodsen moment, you should visit the Grand Central Station and maybe buy a ticket and travel somewhere you’ve never been.
Watching a Broadway show was a top priority when going to NYC. Wicked is a lovely story about the Wicked Witch and her childhood. It’s fun and different to go to a show instead of a regular movie. Something about it being live makes it way more special. I loved it and would recommend if you have never been to a Broadway show or haven’t seen this one.
All pictures in this post are mine except the wicked logo.