6 (more) unmissable sights in New York

After bringing you my top 6 attractions, I’m here to bring you another 6 sights in New York City that I loved. I loved all these activities too, and I’d recommend them to anyone visiting NYC.

The High Line

If you’re feeling the need for some greenery inamongst the skyscrapers, make a beeline for the High Line.

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It’s got plenty of trees, as well as some interesting sculptures and when we were there, we found some food stalls set up in an underpass.

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You can catch a glimpse of some iconic sights from the walkway:

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I just love how the foliage contrasts with the urban landscape.

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What I would say is that there are some trees but not heaps of trees so if you’re in need of serious nature therapy then head to Central Park (I recommend the area around Harlem Meer).

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This only narrowly missed out on being in my top 6 because it was quite crowded when I went, and it got a bit hot in the direct sun. If we’d gone early or late in the day I think it’d have been top 6 material for sure.

Greenwich Village

This is a beautiful, quiet area of New York that’s got tree lined avenues and houses to die for. There are cute pocket parks where you can enjoy a cupcake and make friends with the local avian residents. Oh and you can go and see Carrie’s house, if that’s your thing. It totally was our thing.

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How cool are we.

Right after this picture was taken, a business-type-man walked past briskly. He stopped in front of us, and without a word took the camera from my hand, stepped back, took a portrait and a landscape shot of us in quick succession, handed back the camera and continued on his way. What a legend.

Grand Central Station

I’ve never seen a prettier railway station. The ceiling is just stunning.

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Can you imagine commuting through here every day? How could you possibly be a stressed out commuter walking through a place like that? Beats Paddington any day.

Little Italy & Chinatown

I loved walking these streets and seeing the transition between Chinatown, which was all open air markets, hawkers and bustle, and Little Italy which was open fronted restaurants, bars and a hipster buzz.

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I found walking to be by far the best way to experience this area, and appreciate the nuances in the transition. I ate in Little Italy but wasn’t brave enough to try and get gluten free food in Chinatown, so I’ll leave that for next time.

MoMA

I do love a good museum and when I saw you could get a slightly reduced price MoMA ticket in with your Top of the Rock ticket, I went for it.

Unfortunately my visit to MoMA didn’t get off to the best start because they make everyone with a backpack check it in to the cloakroom. That annoyed me because there were people with tote bags larger than my backpack that got to keep them, and they said not to leave any valuables in your bag. So I had to take out my wallet, passport, cameras, spare lens… and try and fit them in my pockets. Which wasn’t going to happen. Plus you then have to queue for the cloakroom.

So I stomped in a bit moodily and the first exhibit I saw was a strange modern piece consisting of bits of cardboard stood upright. This did not improve my mood.

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But then I found the Picasso and Matisse galleries, which are cunningly hidden right at the top of the museum. That’s where I found my happy place. I’ve come to the conclusion that Matisse is probably my favourite artist. That’s probably really pedestrian and uncultured of me to say but I don’t care. I love his work and it makes me happy.

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So I stood and gazed at his paintings for ages. Then I moved on to some of the other exhibits; it was quite surreal seeing such famous works in real life. There were some quite big crowds around the most well known, like Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

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But then others were fairly unremarked upon, like Warhol’s Monroe pop art.

I was also a particular fan of the sculpture garden. It’s a small peaceful oasis in the city, with some cool sculptures to look at, some zen water, nice places to sit in the shade and a good place to think.

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If I lived in the city I’d definitely consider becoming a member of MoMA just so I could come here, sit, and think.

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I just wouldn’t bring a backpack.

9/11 memorial

It’s difficult to add this in to a light-hearted rundown, but I couldn’t not mention it. I visited the 9/11 Memorial and I thought it was extremely powerful, and very well done. There’s not really much more I can say than that, and I actually don’t want to because I don’t think it’s my place. I didn’t know anyone who lost their life that day, and although the shock waves probably did affect me and my family indirectly, I don’t think I can lay claim to anything more than that.

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I liked that it was still being used as an actual memorial, and not just a tourist sight. These people will not be forgotten.

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Basically I had a totally amazing time in New York and I can’t wait to go back. Anyone want to come with me?

Is there anything you’d add to this list? Any activities you’d give a miss?

-Rachel

P.S. Did you catch the lessons I learned about the subway?

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30 Comments

  1. 4th August 2016 / 11:10

    I tell everyone to go to the High Line it’s such a great way to explore the city.

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:37

      The High Line was pretty awesome. I loved peering down into the city from in between the foliage, that was an unusual experience!

  2. 4th August 2016 / 13:46

    seriously the high line is my FAV part of the city. and the meatpacking district right below. so fun. and chelsea. and greenwich yes! so much – i need to go back!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:43

      I definitely did not have enough time to explore the meatpacking district or chelsea. I really wanted to make it to the markets but jet lag got me bad! Ended up semi passing out in a rooftop bar and then having to take the subway home before I actually full on settled in for the night. Sigh. I need to go back too!

  3. 4th August 2016 / 14:52

    ALL of these sound amazing. I would especially like to visit High Line as there is nothing better than a bit of greenery and a nice view in the middle of the city 🙂

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:44

      Yes definitely! There wasn’t as much greenery as us Brits are used to I think, but what I loved was the contrast between all the plants and the city right behind it. Also there were artworks and installations all along the way that were really cool. And I completely agree, there’s nothing like a good view!

  4. 4th August 2016 / 15:06

    I love NY. Last time I was there I walked down to the High Line. Love it !! I am always looking for new places to see in NY other than the ‘more well known’ ones.

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:44

      I’m glad you enjoyed it too! I basically stuck to the well known places since it was my first ever trip to the city, but I’m determined to go back and next time I want to go to some more off the beaten track places. Let me know if you’ve got anywhere you can recommend 🙂

  5. 4th August 2016 / 15:45

    I would love to see the 9/11 Memorial. I can imagine all the emotions standing there.

    That cardboard… WHAT?????? haha

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:46

      It was definitely sombre atmosphere at the 9/11 Memorial but quite rightly so. I thought it was an excellent memorial, very well done and so moving.

      As for the cardboard… don’t even get me started. Some modern art I can get on board with and even appreciate – but this just left me cold. Cardboard? Seriously???

  6. 4th August 2016 / 18:07

    yes, lets plan another NYC trip, when my finances calm down and all that. unless you are living you know where by then!
    i didn’t see the 9/11 memorial when we went, but i feel the same as you about the whole thing. i remember it, i remember where i was, but i find it hard to say anything about it because i was so far removed, you know?
    how cool is that business man taking photos of you! love it.

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:48

      YES I’ll meet you there! It’s as close as halfway for us without actually ending up in the ocean…

      Yes completely agree about the 9/11 Memorial. I feel like it’s not my pain, so I can go and observe quietly and respectfully bit it’s not really my place to attach any significant emotions to it. Or something like that. It’s hard to explain but I think you have the same thing!

      I reckon that was part of that businessman’s morning routine. Get up, go to work, take a picture of some silly SATC fans along the way. He nailed it!

  7. Jen
    4th August 2016 / 18:08

    There really is so much greenery there that people don’t realize! I love this post.

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:49

      Yes! Central Park is just immense! I definitely could have spent a day walking around it. It’s so strange to be somewhere so peaceful and quiet yet right in the middle of one of the most full on places I’ve ever been to. Glad you liked the post!

  8. 4th August 2016 / 21:22

    Love, love, LOVE The Highline! I don’t think that I ever want to stop going back there for a visit whenever we’re in NYC. I still haven’t visited the MOMA, even after numerous trips! I guess that just means it’s another reason to go back!

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:50

      It’s great, isn’t it? And yes you should go back, the MoMA is a great excuse just remember DON’T TAKE A BACKPACK. Ok. Just in case you’d forgotten. Seriously though it’s pretty cool there, head to the top floors for the good stuff and I’d recommend setting aside some time to just sit in the sculpture garden if it’s nice weather. It’s a nice breather for when things get a little hectic.

  9. 4th August 2016 / 22:10

    I’ve only gone to New York as a teenager with groups at school and with the family and I can’t wait to go again as a adult and properly experience the city. Especially that my partner has never been to New York so that would be a great thing to share 🙂 Love these suggestions.

    • 11th August 2016 / 22:51

      Yes! It was my first time in the US at all and I was totally blown away! You’d have such a fun time showing your partner around, I really hope you get to visit soon. Glad you enjoyed the suggestions, hope they helped!

      P.S. what was a school trip to New York like?? I imagine that was hell for the teachers!

  10. 7th August 2016 / 00:21

    Oh that experience at the gallery would have annoyed me too – glad you managed to relax and enjoy your time there in the end though 🙂

    Central station in NY is one of the must see places for me, you see it around so much that I can’t wait to visit it one day! 🙂

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    • 11th August 2016 / 22:53

      Ugh just so annoying! I felt it was discrimination against those of us who made sensible yet un-trendy accessory choices 😉 And I’m glad I managed to get over the indignity of it all as well, it was so cool to see all those famous artworks up close (although the cardboard I could have done without).

      I wasn’t expecting to like Central Station as much as I did, I was just like eh, it’s a station what’s all the fuss about?? But it’s such a palace, so gorgeously done, clean and bright, it’s like no station I’ve ever been to before. So pretty!

  11. 9th August 2016 / 01:36

    Fantastic list! The MoMA is currently my favorite art museum in NYC. And I visited Little Italy for the first time in early July and fell in love! And Chinatown! 🙂 You can get breakfast super-cheap there. (No idea if it’s gluten free though. Maybe if you get a smoothie?) I loved seeing all of the people in the streets in Little Italy and all of the side markets in Chinatown. I’m sorry the High Line was so crowded and hot when you visited. 🙁 Did you happen to wander down into the Meatpacking District for a quick lunch? There is a lot of cheap/good food in that area. (Again, not sure if it is gluten free. Starting to feel blessed in not having to worry about that!) What about the market beneath Central Station?

    I know! So many questions! I’m just so excited that you listed some of my favorite places! 🙂

    • 11th August 2016 / 23:01

      I’m glad I picked your favourite art museum to visit, I only had time to visit one so looks like I picked wisely! Little Italy is just so cool, really laid back and I love all the foodie stuff they have there. I have no idea about gluten free breakfasts in Chinatown but I think my chances would be slim! I have kind of forgotten what it’s like to be able to walk into any restaurant and have whatever you like; luckily there are so many more options than there used to be but you’ve got to be quite careful with cross contamination issues if you’re coeliac like me. Unfortunately we walked through the meatpacking district at a non-meal time, so we didn’t stop – ditto the market beneath Central Station. My friend and I were mesmerised by the people icing cakes down there though 😮

  12. 10th August 2016 / 21:51

    New York is such an amazing place, isn’t it? So many different corners to discover! Loved Greenwhich too

  13. 11th August 2016 / 02:28

    Ugh, it’s annoying when you have to check bags places, but I would love to see Starry Night in person 🙂

    • 11th August 2016 / 23:03

      I just wish there had been some warning 🙁 They should put it right at the top in bold on their website! Ok maybe that’s a bit excessive but I’d have appreciated the heads up. Starry Night was a stunning piece, even when viewed over the heads of 30 other tourists…! What a talent, though.

  14. 13th August 2016 / 23:52

    I’m just sitting down to have a good catch up on your blog and you are seriously making me want to go to New York! Hehe 🙂 I’ve been once before a number of years ago but missed quite a few of these! Although i did make it to Moma which was awesome (that sucks about the back pack thing though – so annoying!)
    Now Im off to search through your archives, I can’t remember if you have any posts about Berlin/Prague/Austria? Tom and I finally booked our flights and decided where we’re going in December so I’m super excited about that! 🙂
    Lauren xx

    • 27th August 2016 / 08:01

      Ahh thanks for the catch up! I’m heading over to your blog to catch up too, these past few weeks have been stupidly hectic. Anyway, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post and relived some good memories. The backpack issue is a sore point…

      Sadly I’ve not been to Berlin, and have only visited Prague fairly briefly as a teen (loved it though). Ditto Austria. I have no posts about them, but happy to help if I can? Feel free to shoot me an email with questions and I’ll do me best 🙂 but yay for exciting travels!

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