Honestly, NYC was great to visit, but I would never live there. 6 days was quite a long time in the city. I was ready to leave by day 4. New York is very unique in its own way. The people do not give a shit about you, getting around is super easy and confusing by subway, subways are not BART, so don't expect comfort, and don't expect to sleep because there is always something to do at night.
In 6 days, you can do a lot. Trust me, we did everything tourist could do besides eat my heart out in the 6 days we were there. Luckily, we decided to get the citypass which included 6 attractions for 106$. It's totally worth it if it's your first time there.
Here are my top 8 NYC City Sights.
8. Time Square - We were lucky to had stayed right in time square. My first initial reaction was, "wow, that's a lot of light." It's pretty impressive. In Time Square, you are literally blinded by light that is projected from these digital billboards. It's really something to see, especially at night. New York is known as the city that never sleeps, Time square is in the center of that. You have a place filled with bars, food, shops, and shows. Time square is definitely I place that needs to be seen if it's your first time in New York. Beware, like many top tourist places, expect crowds galore and tour groups trying to rip you off.
|Time Square seen from the famous red steps.|
7. Broadway: Who can go to New York City and not see a broadway play. We were lucky enough to see three. We saw the Lion King, Avenue Q, and Once: The Musical. New York is where stage actors go to "make it big." Why you ask? Broadway allows creative freedom in many different forms. You have over 20+ plays going on every single day. If I lived in New York, I would make it a goal to see as many plays as I could. I've never seen so many theaters lined up so close together of each other. My boyfriend wanted to splurge so he bought pre tickets before we got to New York. Don't feel like you have to do this, unless you want to see a new really popular musical (such as Book of Mormon), but if you don't, they have a ticketing booth offering tickets at up to 60% off. If you are in New York, I would suggest to see at least one play, if not more.
6. Central Park: What is a trip to New York without going to Central Park. Central Park is literally building smack dab in the middle of Manhattan. We were lucky to had visited right after a snow storm, so, Central Park was covered in beautiful white snow. It's famous for its beauty and it's location. It is surrounded by these monstrous skyscrapers which adds such greatness to the city. It's definitely worth a visit. I would love to come back during summer time and have a picnic here
|Snowy Central Park|
5. Empire State Building: A New York City icon. Once the highest building in US, years later, it's still one of the most iconic structures to exist. The history of it's construction and past can all be experienced on this lovely tour. It's a nice prelude to the view you get from the top. It's quite a site and you get to see the true beauty in Manhattans skyline.
|View from the top, overlooking Central Park|
4. Statue of Liberty: Lady Liberty was great not only because I can say I've been to the statue that stands for freedom, but because Liberty Island allows you to see a beautiful glimpse of the grand New York City Skyline. You can pay for a tour that will bring you to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. While on this tour you are able to go in the Statue of Liberty and see the process in Ellis Island that immigrants once took in hopes of starting new lives. I believe this was a great experience and should be done if you've never been.
|The view from Liberty Island|
|Lady Liberty Herself|
|Ellis Island from the Front|
3. Museums: New York has a plentiful abundance of culture. Art plays a big part of that. New York hosts great museums, such as, the MOMA, MET, and Natural History Museum.
|The front of the MET|
|Teddy in front of the Natural History Museum|
|The famous and wonderful Starry Night at the MOMA|
2. 9-11 Memorial: A beautiful memorial to such a horrendous event. All the names of those affected by the 9-11 attacks are etched on the sides of the memorial fountains. It's free but feel free to make a donation. I'm very glad I was able to pay my respects. The memorial is built as two large fountains where the towers once stood. Parts of the memorial are still under construction but you may still visit the fountains. They are still in works for the museum.
|South Tower Memorial|
|A lonely flower left from a loved one.|
1. Brooklyn Bridge: I come from the SF Bay Area and we have the famous Golden Gate Bridge. New York has their famous bridge and I personally am in awe of it. The Brooklyn Bridge is beauty to walk. It has it's own pedestrian walk way that allows pedestrians to avoid the dangers of walking near cars and allows them to enjoy the beauty of the bridge. If you are a visitor to New York, I highly recommend walking the bridge over to Brooklyn and treating yourself to the famous Grimaldi's Pizza for your hard work walking over.
|Cool Ropes makes this walk fun|
|View of NYC from Brooklyn|