Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you!
Language: English is the main language spoken in New York, but because the city was a hub for immigration, it’s filled with different cultures.
Currency: The US Dollar ($) 1 USD dollar is around $1.41 CAD.
Credit Cards and Banks: ATMs are easy to find in the city, and most hotels, restaurants, and shops will accept credit cards.
Best Time to Visit: There’s no bad time to visit New York City. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Christmas in the city or you prefer warmer weather; there are tons of bucket list experiences for travellers throughout the year. For pleasant weather, the best time to visit is in the springtime (April to June) and the fall (September to early November). Though if you are looking for the cheapest time to visit, mid-January to the end of February is the best time to go.
Tip: If you’re visiting NYC during the winter months, there’s a chance it might snow! Pack enough layers to keep you warm while you’re exploring and bring along your biggest coat! Layering is key to warmth!
New York is separated into many different neighborhoods, each with an amazing atmosphere. Here are the best ways to get from Brooklyn to the Upper East Side and everywhere in between:
Subway: The subway is the best way to get around NYC. It’s very quick and efficient compared to Toronto’s subway system. They even had an Express train! I was a happy girl! I never take the transit in my own city, but New York sure did surprise me. They also run 24 hours a day.
Uber/Taxi: If you have baggage I suggest using one of these. Ubers are still a bit cheaper if you want to save money, however riding in any car in New York takes fooorreeevvver! The traffic is insane. You can easily hail for a cab from the streets if needed.
Walking: Prepare yourself before you head to the city by buying the best walking sandals! New York made my calves very sore most of the weekend I was there, so I did learn my lesson. You will be doing a ton of walking, so just prepare yourself. Sandals with a strap is what I got for my full-time travels and it was the best thing I did. Not always the prettiest, but it’s better than being sore while being in such a gorgeous city.
Where To Stay?
Airbnb is an option of course!
Jamie and I got a hotel called Fitzpatrick Grand Central. It was a great hotel and the staff were amazing! They upgraded us for no reason and one night they knocked on our door with some CHAMPAGNE and chocolate covered strawberries! Our room was an amazing size and we even had our own private patio outside. Hotel was in a perfect location!
Where To Eat?
Ok, so Jamie and I went to NYC in 2016, so It’s hard to remember where we all ate at! But here are two places you should put on your list when you do go.
Salvation Taco: OMG! This place had delicious Mexican food and wow, the rooftop was gorgeous! I highly recommend checking this place out.
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar: If you want a place to go to for drinks, noms, and a gorgeous view of the Empire State Building, this place is a must! We ordered a bottle of champagne and a bunch of little nibbles and stayed there until late.
Anyone who knows me knows I love my rooftop patios. New York is huge, I could only image how many cute rooftop bars they have! Go explore! 🙂
What To See And Do In NYC?
Walk To Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge is one of the best budget-friendly things to do in NYC. It won’t cost you a dime to walk along the bridge and take in the city’s iconic skyline. Jamie and I took the subway to a station closer then we walked across and explored a bit of Brooklyn. There was a cute bar in Brooklyn with some views of the bridge!
The Museum of Modern Art: The Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan. It is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.
I love cool modern art, however this museum wasn’t my favorite. There would be a paining with one solid colour on it and that was it. If you’re into simple, but crazy weird art this would be for you.
Museum of Sex: This one was my idea, but a museum that was fun and interesting! Talking about sex way back in the day, so it’s technically a history lesson. 😉 We also got to jump on some boobies! You can also do some shopping as well.
9/11 Memorial: Visit the 9/11 memorial and pay tribute to the lives lost in the tragedy. There are twin reflecting pools, a massive waterfall and gold panels inscribed with the names of everyone who died. It’s very emotional, Jamie and I were basically in tears, but I feel it’s important to see the memorial.
Top Of The Rock: If you’re on a budget, I recommend making time to go to the top of this building! You’ll get access to 360-views of Manhattan! Bring a sweater or jacket, it does get windy up there.
Central Park: Ahh Central Park!! I loved it there. No trip to NYC is complete without a visit to the iconic Central Park! Pack a picnic and relax on the grass, or just explore all the paths! Don’t forget to check out The Plaza Hotel from Home Alone. We missed that they have a little shop inside.
Times Square: Times Square is an iconic attraction and deserves a spot on any New York itinerary. We didn’t spend too much time there since it was crazy busy, but it’s amazing to see at least once in your lifetime!
Grand Central Station: This Place was amazing. So big and filled with people just on their day-to-day routine going to work. Don’t forget to look up and admire the beautiful art.
Flatiron Building: You can’t go inside, but you can still admire the beautiful building along with the streets. Great place for photos!
See A Broadway Show: It might be worth splurging on this one! We didn’t end up doing this one, but it’s still on my list for next time!
High line: The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. Go early morning or evenings to avoid crowds.
Statue of Liberty National Monument: The Statue of Liberty stands in Upper New York Bay, a universal symbol of freedom. Originally conceived as an emblem of the friendship between the people of France and the U.S. You have to book tickets in advance for this, however when you walk the Brooklyn bridge you can see it from there. #savingmoney
Walk Everywhere And Shop: Just walk and get lost! That was honestly the best part of NYC, was just walking and stopping into stores if we felt like it. Walking along the little neighbourhoods was just beyond stunning. The homes were so cute!