New York City…The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, the most filmed city in the world…Growing up in Alaska, I imagined NYC as a concrete jungle of skyscrapers and fashionable wealthy people. And for the most part, it is.
New York City is EXPENSIVE, and there is tax on top of that too. Not to worry, there is plenty you can do for free and cheap, if you can figure out the Subway.
Central Park has always been one of my favorite places to sit back and relax. After walking around the city all day, your feet are going to hurt. My advice, buy a chocolate crossaint, find a bench in the sunshine and enjoy people watching.
If you want to sample NYC flavors, your best bet is to take a walking tour of a neighborhood. For around 50 bucks, you can sample from tons of different cuisines. I went on a walking tour which included a history of The Village, and Washington Square Park.
Washington Square Park is one of my favorite places in NYC, because it is a mini college town area and NYU student are everywhere. There are local artists and musicians playing, and plenty of snack vendors to satisfy your sugared nut craving, because once you smell them, you’re going to want them.
Partying in NYC is expensive too, cover charges, drinks, and cab fare can be pricey and add up fast. Keep in mind that you can only have four passengers to a taxi, so if you have five friends you can’t all fit.
Book a Hotel that is within a few blocks of the things you want to do most, I have stayed at The Cosmopolitan, and DoubleTree on 5th Ave, close to the MET. Do not be surprised with extra tiny rooms, NYC is expensive and small.
Make sure your roommates have a key too, so when you get split up into two cabs, whoever get back first can get into the room before passing out.
I love staying in boutique hotels! Hotel Z in Long Island City is gorgeous, it might be small, but you cannot beat the view for the price. It was glamorous and offered a great breakfast too.
Cruises are about $50 but can be a fun night out to cruise around Manhattan
Driving in NYC is not for the faint of heart, you have got to be cautious and aggressive at the same time. Try going into the City via the Tappan Zee Bridge ($5 toll) vs. The George Washington Bridge ($12) and leave on the GW, which is free, and you can stop off on the palisades for an amazing view from New Jersey.
NYC at Christmas Time is Magical! The Buildings are beautifully lit, and of course you can go see the tree! Going to see the City during the Holidays might be cold, but the gorgeous displays are a must see!
Times Square is a tourist trap, in all honesty. I would not buy anything in this area, but it is fun to look at! Giant lit up screens are a sensory overload, but fun once in awhile.