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.
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.
You can catch a glimpse of some iconic sights from the walkway:
I just love how the foliage contrasts with the urban landscape.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If I lived in the city I’d definitely consider becoming a member of MoMA just so I could come here, sit, and think.
I just wouldn’t bring a backpack.
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.
I liked that it was still being used as an actual memorial, and not just a tourist sight. These people will not be forgotten.
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?
P.S. Did you catch the lessons I learned about the subway?