New York: Visiting the Big Apple

IMG_3608IMG_35331. Empire State Building, 2. New York Times

New York is another world. I have never been to another place quite like it. It literally has everything you could ever need, want, or wish for. There’s just something about it, and obviously millions of people are drawn to whatever that something is because so many people live here and visit here every year.

I’m lucky that my dad is from New Jersey and some family still resides there, so I’ve gotten to visit a few times. Every time I do, I am completely mesmerised and just want to immerse myself into the culture as much as possible. If you have a decent amount of time in New York, I suggest making no plans for a day and simply wander around the city for hours. Take in everything, and see where the day takes you.

IMG_3591IMG_3922IMG_35423. View from Rockefeller, 4. Central Park, 5. Times Square

Whilst in New York I visited the Museum of Modern Art which was phenomenal. If you are interested in classic art and famous international artists, this is the place to come. I got to see my favourite artwork by Vincent van Gogh in the flesh here, along with many works by Picasso. Allow yourself around 4 hours here if you really want to cover the museum because it is huge.

IMG_3567IMG_3905IMG_35776. Starry Night by van Gogh, 7. Central Park, 8. New York buildings

There are a few viewing platforms situated around New York in order to see the infamous skyline. We chose to go up the Rockefeller Centre, as you get a view of the Empire State building, which I think is a classic identifier of New York City. I wish I had more time in New York, because I would have loved to visit the Rockefeller Centre at sunset. I guess I’ll just have to come back!

IMG_3599IMG_3714IMG_37399. Rockefeller view, 10. Brooklyn Bridge view, 11. New York Stock Exchange

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, visited Central Park, and perused the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street as sharp looking men in business suites walked past us with purpose.

IMG_3620IMG_3918IMG_3602IMG_378312. Rockefeller view, 13. Central Park, 14. Rockefeller view, 15. Katz Deli

Food to New Yorkers is like a religion, and there are some foods in New York you can’t leave without trying. The list is as follows; Katz Deli, this is probably the busiest deli in New York so be prepared to wait a little while, but it’s a must. Make sure you stop and get a sabrett hotdog from the hotdog street stands (make sure it’s sabrett or you will be disappointed). We also enjoyed a giant, salty pretzel and Magnolia Bakery for tasty cupcakes!

IMG_3785IMG_3823IMG_3899IMG_387416. New York buildings, 17. Grand Central Station, 18. Central Park, 19. New York City

We checked out Grand Central Station, 5th Avenue, the American Museum of Natural History, China Town and Little Italy as the sun was setting just in time for dinner, and of course Times Square.

IMG_3881IMG_3897IMG_378920. 5th Avenue, 21. Central park, 22. New York City

We met at Washington Square Park for a free walking tour around Greenwich Village which I always recommend. We went into FAO Scharz, the giant M&M shop and the Hershey’s factory. New York has everything, and I think that even if you spent a year in New York, you’d never get to see everything you’d want to.

IMG_3929IMG_3939IMG_394523. Central Park, 24. Times Square, 25. Picasso at Moma, 26. Driving back to New Jersey

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My name is Paige Braunstein. I am a 23-year-old traveller, who has visited 30 countries and 4 continents. I recently completed my degree in a Bachelor of Journalism and love travelling, politics, history, photography and food.

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