I am so excited to share a new series with you that I’m calling “Around the World.”
If you have been reading my blog for more than 5 minutes you probably know that I love to travel. I have a passion for exploring new cities and experiencing different cultures. I frequently scour the internet for tips before I go somewhere and almost always buy some type of travel book to take with me for tips along the way. Not surprisingly though, I’ve found that the best resources are the locals. They know exactly where to go for the best food, how to beat the crowds, what part of town to stay in, and what you absolutely must see while in xyz city.
I thought it would be fun to tap into my friends and family in various cities around the globe to get their take on what is hot and happening in their hometowns. What’s their favorite bar in San Francisco? Do I really need to go to Waikiki Beach? What would an Italian would do with a free afternoon in Rome? We’re going to find out.
First up? New York City…
Featuring: Katherine, a 20-something teacher living in Brooklyn, working in NYC
What do you love most about NYC? There is so much to love about the city. I love all the culture, the great food, and the people. There’s such an undeniable energy in the city that gets under your skin.
What’s your gripe about the city? My only gripe is the cost of living. It’s very easy to spend most of your paycheck on day to day living.
When is the best time to visit? In my opinion, the best time to visit is during the fall or the holidays. The city is SO magical from Thanksgiving to New Years. All the window displays are up, the weather is great, the tree, ice skating, etc.
What is a “must-do” when in NYC? A trip to Central Park West. The entire west-side of the city is truly the best side. Also, rooftop drinking in this city never gets old. Those views!! (Editor’s note- She and I spent a fun evening on the rooftop at The Refinery Hotel earlier this summer. Amazing views of the Empire State building)
What’s the best way to spend an afternoon? Grab brunch in the west village and then stroll around the city. Picnicking in Sheep’s Meadow is currently my favorite thing to do on a Sunday. Grab some snacks and a bottle of rose and you’re set. All of the museums are a great escape from the heat/cold as well.
What’s a hot bar right now? These days, Le Bain at The Standard and STK rooftop. Both are great outdoor options for cocktails- I can’t get enough of them. Ofrenda and Dos Caminos are popular. Also, anywhere in Chelsea Market.
What is misrepresented/misunderstood about NYC? That we’re all portrayed as rude, harsh, busy people. We have places to get to but the majority of people are very nice and helpful. We appreciate hard work and hustle but know how to slow down too.
So what else is hot right now? Brunch is the biggest thing in the city. The boozier, the better. We’re always on the hunt for bottomless mimosas!
Why should we book our next vacation to New York? New York is always a good idea. You will always have a great time in the city and will find something new to do. Shows, baseball, concerts, restaurants, and some of the best parks. I can’t get enough of this city. It gets in your veins and stays with you forever!
If you are interested in visiting the 9/11 Memorial, read about it here.