So I am back in Singapore and very slowly recovery from the flight and 12 hour time difference. I tried to keep myself awake for as long as possible (not sure what time I crashed) but I found myself up at 1:30am and doing laundry (hehe I know I know) because I couldn’t sleep any longer.
As promised, here are my top NYC attractions…
Staten Island Ferry – This free 20min ferry ride gives you awesome views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. When boarding stay at the back right hand-side of the ferry, this will give you the best photo ops of the ferry terminal, the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. On your return, head to the front of the ferry. When you are done with the Ferry, take a short stroll to the Charging Bull and 9/11 site. From here, you can walk (or catch a cab) to nearby Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo below taken on Ferry)
Walk Brooklyn Bridge – This gorgeous example of 19th century architecture/engineering is a must. When you arrive at the other side (Brooklyn) take the first exit on the left and walk to the Dumbo waterfront area. If you are keen on pizza, this would be the time to go to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Return to Manhattan via the ‘R’ Train/Subway (it’s very easy).
Central Park – This man made park is probably the only attraction most New York locals still visit/enjoy on a frequent basis and it’s easy to see why. My Day in Central Park consisted of an easy stroll, soaking up the sun on Sheep’s Meadow lawn, enjoying a packed picnic, feeding the ducks and finishing up @ the boathouse sipping on cocktails. If you don’t have a full day to explore, hire a bike or take a horse drawn carriage. If you’re after something more romantic, rent a rowboat (although this idea can backfire if there are too many people/rowboats).
The High Line – A public park built on a former elevated rail line in Manhattans west side – See my previous post here.
Go to the Top of the Rockefeller – Once you get to the top, there are three levels. Take the stairs straight to the very top (trust me) for uninterrupted views of Manhattan, particularly of the Empire and Central Park. Avoid the Empire: Why? 1. Lines 2. Too many people 3. Fencing 4. No views of Central Park or the beautiful Empire itself.
Time Square and Broadway – These bright lights will be calling. If you are a theatre fan pick up some discount tickets under the Red Steps (Duffy Sq) for shows that day. Also, if you’re an M&M’s fan be sure to visit M&M world. You can personalise your own M&M’s and buy pick & mix sample bags – the Pretzel M&M’s are AMAZING!!!!
TV Show buffs – Look for this pink NO PARKING slips posted on street poles. These are Film Shoot parking permits and they will tell you what show and time filming will take place in that exact location.
If you’re an art fan – MoMA is the place to go.
Grand Central station and Chrysler building – are stunning! Make sure you actually walk through Grand Central station. If you love Oysters be sure to visit the Grand Central Oyster Bar (closed Sundays).