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5 Must-Sees in New York City: Tips from A Local

NEW YORK CITY, TRAVELEmily Spada6 Comments

tips I'm going to tell you something and you probably won't believe me: that picture up there?  That was taken in Manhattan.  Keep reading...

I've lived in the shadow of New York City my entire life.  I lived IN the city while I was in college, and now I work full time there.  Needless to say, I've learned a few things, and I want to share those things with you.  I see so many tourists every day, especially now that I work in Rockefeller Center, and I always want to walk up to them and offer them my advice for things to do/must-see sights/how to get around.  So, here are some places I strongly recommend any tourist visits on a trip to New York.

STOP ONE:  THE CLOISTERS

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The Cloisters museum is located next to the Hudson River in Upper Manhattan, very close to the Bronx.  Being inside Fort Tryon Park, I swear...it's so quiet that you'd never know you're still on the same island that boasts Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, and the like.  It's an extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In fact, if you've been to the Met already, you can use your ticket to get into The Cloisters on the same day.

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It's a museum dedicated to medieval art and architecture.  Even though I'm not a huge fan of medieval art, The Cloisters is still one of my favorite places in the city.  It's so quiet and peaceful.  I had taken these pictures a couple of years ago when my mom and my aunt and I took a day trip just because.

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To get there: take the A train all the way up to 190th street.  Either walk about 10 minutes along Margaret Corbin Drive or transfer to the M4 bus.  Here's their official site.

STOP TWO: TOP OF THE ROCK OBSERVATION DECK

Sometimes people ask me if I've ever been to the top of the Empire State Building.  Well...truth is I haven't.  I know, it's crazy.  But to be honest, there's another observation deck that in my opinion will give you a better view!  Instead, go to the Top of the Rock observation deck in Rockefeller Center.  For $30, you get to see this:

Muggy in ManhattanAnd this:NYC from the Top of the Rock30 Rock stands between the Empire State Building and Central Park, so you get a fantastic view of both ends of Manhattan.  Well worth it in my opinion.

STOP THREE: BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE

must must must see, especially at night.  My best friend goes to Brooklyn Law School and lives very close to the Promenade.  I was staying with her one night in the fall last year and we decided to mosey around before turning in for the night.  I almost cried when we turned the corner and took in the view.  I mean, just look at it.

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How to get there: take the 2 or 3 trains to Clark St. and walk with the traffic to the end of Clark St.  This might not be the best way to get there, so definitely ask around to your hotel concierge, your waiter, etc.

STOP FOUR: CHELSEA MARKET

Chelsea Market has a special place in my heart.  I used to work there before my office moved to 30 Rock.  While my coworkers and I love working in such an iconic building as 30 Rock, we also really miss Chelsea Market for one main reason: THE FOOD.  OH GOD THE FOOD.  Chelsea Market is filled with fun and interesting boutique-y food shops.  Cambodian sandwiches, an Italian supermarket, handmade crepes, Australian meat pies, a fresh fish market...I could go on.  Basically it's the greatest and it's not to be missed.  I recommend going around the holiday time because they hang lights on the main arch in the center of the market:

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If you're visiting during the warmer months, buy some lunch and take it outside with you to our final spot to visit.  How to get there: take the A, C, or E to the 14th st. stop and walk west to 9th ave.  The Market is between 15th and 16th st.

STOP FIVE: THE HIGH LINE

I miss the High Line.  It's pretty much just an old elevated railway that was renovated into a park that stretches for about 20-30 blocks.  It's become so popular that they've decided to extend it.  There are plenty of benches and lounges to rest and enjoy the view of the Hudson and the Midtown skyline.  Certain parts of the path give a great view of the Empire State Building.  When we worked in the Market next door, sometimes we'd take lunch outside or stop for a gelato on a quick walk just to get away from our desks.  How to get there: Located on 10th ave, it has several access points between Gansevoort St. and 30th st.  I recommend starting at either the 14th or 16th st. entrances.

Sunday at the High Line

Photo credits:

Steven Severinghaus

Stéphane Enten

Rich Greene

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Brent Pliskow

Jonas Nilsson Lee

 

If you were to write this post about your own city/town, what would you recommend?

 


 

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