New York City…insert Frank Sinatra or Alicia Keys Song IMMEDIATELY! This city is by FAR one of my FAVORITES in all of the world. There is SO much to see, do, eat and experience here…it’s a place like no other in the world! If winter didn’t exist in NYC, I’d move there in a heartbeat.

When To Go To New York City:

The best time to visit New York City is anytime! In spring and fall, you’ll have more mild weather, with flowers blooming or leaves changing color. The summer is hot and humid, but full of life. The winter months, especially Christmas time, are like no place else in the world with snow covering Central Park and colorful lights illuminating the city.

How To Get Around New York City:

Walking: NYC is best discovered by foot, but it is quite large from Upper to Lower Manhattan (5 miles, 8km), so you’ll need to use other modes of transport.

Taxi: Taxi’s are abundant and available all over the city. They accept credit cards and cash.

Subway: The subway is a great way to get around the city and it’s super affordable, although I wouldn’t recommend it late at night.

Uber: We use Uber all over the city because it’s fast, reliable, no money is exchanged and it’s generally cheaper than taxis.

Where To Stay In New York City:


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Places To Stay In NY: Airbnb

We are always faithful users of Airbnb, because I LOVE to cook and we always have Miesha with us (our fluffy dog). While we didn’t use Airbnb on our stays in NYC, I still highly recommend booking one if you’re going to be in the city for more than a few days, as it’s significantly less expensive than a hotel.

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Hotel Tonight:

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Places To Stay In NY: Hotel Tonight App

Hotel Tonight is arguably one of the greatest concepts ever created for booking hotels (besides Airbnb, of course). Basically, they have a deal with hotels who want to fill up their rooms, so they’ll allow you to book at a VERY discounted price. If you’re someone who likes to take chances and book last minute (you can only book up to one week in advance), then this is the app for you. We stayed near Times Square at The Four Points By Sheraton for $100USD/night! They even upgraded us (for free!) to the most incredible suite I’ve ever stayed in when we went to Atlantic City!

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Hotel Tonight Website

The William Vale: Brooklyn

Posh rooms, epic views and a great location! If you're coming to Brooklyn, then The William Vale is where to stay. Use the Hotel Tonight App and my discount code NIWALZ to save money when you book here!
Places To Stay In NY: The William Vale Brooklyn
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The William Vale is one of the most elegant hotels we’ve stayed in in all our travels. It’s amenities are top notch, the rooms are contemporary, its views of Brooklyn and Manhattan are gorgeous and the service is outstanding! Hint: Book a room at the William Vale through the app ‘Hotel’s Tonight’ for a MUCH better rate (and if you use my promo code NIWALZ for your first booking, you’ll save $25)!

William Vale Website

The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel: 

The New Yorker is a classic, mid-range NYC hotel
Places To Stay In NY: Hotel The New Yorker
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For a great hotel in a great location, that won’t break the bank, stay at The New Yorker. We were impressed with their customer service and rooms when we stayed, especially for the price ($150+).

New Yorker Hotel Website

What To Do:

Free Tours By Foot:

There's no better tours in the city than Free Tours By Foot...because they're free! Be sure to tip your guide!
FTBF Has The BEST Tours In The City….For FREE!

I would have to write an ENTIRE storybook on what to see and do in NYC, but some of the best places can be seen via tours, and there is NO better company than Free Tours By Foot. FTBF offers up free tours of the city, but make SURE you tip your guide! They offer (almost) daily tours with a duration of two hours of The Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, Harlem, Downtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan (Financial District), Greenwich Village, Central Park, Chelsea, The High Line, Midtown Manhattan, Grand Central Terminal and even Graffiti and Street Art Tours.

Free Tours By Foot Website

Central Park:

The iconic Central Park is a MUST SEE when visiting New York City!
What To Do In New York City: Central Park

Central Park is an urban park made of 843 acres between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side. You can go for a run or walk through the Park or take a tour to really experience the full history and see all the sights. Be sure to stop by Wagner Cove, a beautiful little nook where Josh and I got engaged four years ago.

Central Park Website

Statue of Liberty:

No visit to New York City is complete without visiting the Statue of Liberty
What To Do In New York City: The Statue of Liberty

Statue Cruises is a reputable company that departs from Battery Park (NYC) or Liberty State Park (New Jersey). With a purchase of a reserve ticket, you’ll gain access to round-trip ferry service, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, an audio tour and the Statue of Liberty Grounds. You’ll have to pay a bit more to access the Pedestal of Lady Liberty and the Museum, as well as the Crown. DO NOTE that in order to go up to the crown, you’ll need to purchase tickets FAR IN ADVANCE.

Hours: 9am-3:30pm (last cruise departure)

Cost: $18.50 adults, children (4-12) $9.00

Statue Cruises Website

Empire State Building:

New York City's iconic Empire State Building is a MUST see when visiting The Big Apple!
What To Do In New York City: Empire State Building

The Empire State Buidling: a 102-story iconic skyscraper that was completed in 1931, is one of the most famous buildings in the world and it’s 360-degree 86th floor observatory is not to be missed while visiting.

Cost: $36 for adult, $30 for child

Hours: 8am-2am daily

Empire State Building Website

Times Square: 

Times Square is a must see when visiting New York City!
What To Do In New York City: Times Square

No trip to NYC is complete without visiting Times Square. This popular intersection is full of shopping, street performers, lights, sounds and street food. It’s best not to dine in Times Square, as most of the restaurants are overpriced with medicore quality.

Times Square Website

One World Trade Center:

The iconic One World Trade Center is a must visit when visiting New York City!
What To Do In New York City: One World Trade Center

Cost: $36 adult, $30 youth

Hours: 9am-9pm Daily (last ticket sold at 8:15pm)

One World Trade Center is the newly rebuilt World Trade Center complex and is the sixth-tallest buidling in the world. Head to the top, where you’ll climb 102 stories in 47 seconds, for INCREDIBLE views from their Observatory. There’s even a restaurant a fine dining restaurant if you wish to dine overlooking Manhattan (be sure to make a reservation on Open Table).

One World Observatory Website

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum:

Commemorating the 2,977 victims killed on September 11th, 2001 and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, which killed six.

Cost: $24 adults, $15 youth

Hours: 7:30AM–9PM

911 Memorial Museum Website

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 

If you're into art, then a visit to the MET is a must in New York City!
What To Do In New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The largest art museum in the USA holding more than 2 million works of art, including the world’s oldest surviving piano, dating back to 1720.

Cost: $25 adult, Children are free

Hours: M-R 10am-5:30, Fri/Sat 10am-9pm

The Met Website

Grand Central Terminal:

The iconic Grand Central Terminal is a must see when visiting New York City
What To Do In New York City: Grand Central Terminal
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Grand Central Terminal is an iconic, historical railroad terminal that dates back to 1871. Be sure to stop in for some great photo ops! Grab a bite to eat or a beer at one of the 35 dining options within the Terminal.

Grand Central Terminal Website

Fifth Avenue:

THE place to shop in New York City is 5th Avenue and is a must see, even if you're not into retail therapy!
What To Do In New York City: 5th Avenue

If you love shopping, then Fifth Avenue is where it’s at! If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during Christmastime, be sure to check out the beautifully decorated shop windows at Macy’s and many other retailers.

5th Avenue Info

Rockefeller Center:

The iconic Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is something you cannot miss when visiting New York City!
What To Do In New York City: Rockefeller Center
The iconic Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is something you cannot miss when visiting New York City!
What To Do In New York City: Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a MUST see at Christmas time, with the iconic Christmas Tree and ice skating rink. Take a tour of NBC studios and soak in the views at Top of the Rock.

Rockefeller Center Website


If time permits while on your trip, be sure to see a Broadway show! Did you know that there are 40 Broadway theaters and only 4 of them are actually on Broadway?!

Broadway Website

Radio City Music Hall: 

The iconic Radio City Music Hall is a must see, even if its just from the outside! If you can find the time and get tickets beforehand, be sure to catch a show!
What To Do In New York City: Radio City Music Hall

Once one of the leading tourist destinations in NYC, Radio City Music Hall, nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation, is an entertainment venue that has housed more than 300 million people for shows, movies, concerts and special events. If time permits, take the 75 minute walk through tour.

Radio City Music Hall Website

Carrie-Bradshaw House:

If you LOVE the show Sex and The City like I do, then you MUST stop and see the outside facade of Carrie's home!
What To Do In New York City: Carrie Bradshaw House

Calling all Sex and the City lovers! Be sure to stop by 66 Perry Street to grab a pic in front of the iconic house where Carrie Bradshaw lived (although only the exterior was utilized for filming of her apartment and the interior was located elsewhere).

Carrie Bradshaw House Info

Mood Fabric Store:

If you LOVE the show Project Runway as much as I do, then you MUST stop in in New York City and visit swatch the dog and take a stroll through the thousands of fabrics they have for sale!
What To Do In New York City: Mood Fabric Store

Calling all Project Runway Fans! Be sure to stop by the iconic Mood Fabric Store, located on 37th street, near 8th Avenue. I may have walked around the isles shouting ‘Make It Work’ in my best Tim Gunn Voice 😉

Mood Fabrics Website

Brooklyn Bridge: 

The iconic Brooklyn Bridge is a must see when visiting New York City!
What To Do In New York: Brooklyn Bridge
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Finished in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is is a cable suspension bridge and is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the USA.

Brooklyn Bridge Info

Where To Eat/Drink:

Looking for healthy options in New York City? Try the How U Dish App!
Where To Eat In New York City: How U Dish App

We are SUPER health conscious individuals, being both Chiropractors & Yoga Teachers and, although we like to enjoy local cuisine when we travel, we love The HowUdish App when we travel in the USA. HowUdish helps us find healthy options at nearby restaurants with detailed nutrition facts.

Note: Payment was made to review HowUdish, but we only review things we really stand behind, and this app is one of them! 

HowUDish Website

Top Deck- 102nd Floor:

The BEST way to take in sights of The Big Apple, is to head up to the top of the Empire State Building to have a cocktail and soak it all in.

Top Deck Empire State Building

Output Brooklyn:

If you're into clubbing, then Output is THE club to head to when visiting New York City!
Where To Drink In New York: Output Brooklyn

If you’re looking for more of a chill, relaxed vibe, the head to the rooftop of Output on a sunny day for epic views of the city and great music. Output also offers up one of the  underground clubs in all of NYC, with a sound system that will blow your mind.

Output Website


Located on the 22nd floor of the rooftop of The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn, Westlight is a super chic spot with EPIC views of Manhattan!

Westlight at The William Vale

The Kingsley NYC:

Located at the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn, The Kingsley is a super posh bar with pristine views of New York City!
Where To Drink In New York City: Kingsley Brooklyn
Located at the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn, The Kingsley is a super posh bar with pristine views of New York City!
Where To Drink In New York City: Kingsley Brooklyn

A perfect spot for brunch with a great menu and atmosphere.

Kingsley NYC

Foods to Eat in NYC:

You cannot go to New York City without having a slice of pizza!
Foods To Eat In New York City: PIZZA!

No visit to NYC is complete without eating the following foods: pizza, bagels, burgers, and food truck goodies–so bring your appetite!

Fun Facts About NYC: 

The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.

The first public brewery in America was established by Peter Minuit at the Market (Marckvelt) field in lower Manhattan.

New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.

The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time.

New York City has 722 miles of subway track.

The “New York Post” established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.

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