How to do New York City Right.
Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Navigating New York City can be tough, some of us don't mind the hustle and bustle of the subway and others would much rather spend a little more for the comfort of an Uber or Lyft ride for example me myself and I. This was my first trip to NYC that I was pretty much alone the entire time. I'd gone to NYC a couple of years before and I managed to gain a sense of independence by walking around by myself, but this time was different. My family had gone away for the holiday weekend and what was left for me was an empty apartment. Intimidating at first, the emptiness from that apartment didn't last long, after all I know how to have fun. It was really empowering doing a trip like that by myself and I took away something really important: the belief that there was more waiting for me outside my little town in Maine. But enough about me, I'm here to tell you how to take on New York City like a pro! And by that I mean, like a recent high school grad who has no idea what she is doing! Just kidding. Kind of... so without further a do, here is How to do New York City Right.
Transportation is pretty simple in the city, there are many options to choose from but here are my picks:
- Uber & Lyft: depending on your budget, these are great options for someone who can afford to spend a little extra cash for the comfort and privacy of an actual car. The downside is that it can get expensive which is why I always chose to pool with other riders to significantly take down the cost and it's much cheaper than a taxi. If you're new to these transportation services it can be a little stressful when you first use the apps. Sometimes it can be difficult to find your driver if you're using the apps for the first time. The other downside of services like these is that they can be slower than the subway depending on what traffic is like at the time of your ride. If you're in a rush to get somewhere I would recommend the subway.
- Subway: If you're Blaire Waldorf obviously don't take the subway because there is a 99% chance that you will brush, collide, or bump into a common folk. For me, I don't mind the subway because it's fast, efficient, and pretty easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. If you're going to use the subway I would recommend using the NYC Subway app which not only has a mobile subway map, but it can also help plan your route if you have no idea what the heck you're doing. Keep in mind there are trains that go uptown, crosstown, and downtown. Do not get on a downtown train thinking it will eventually go uptown because you will be there for a very long time.
Attractions in New York city are not hard to come by so whew, take a deep breath because I'm about to give you a lot of information...
- Top of The Rock: Okay so this was like my sixth time coming to NYC and I had never gone to the top of the rock which is a shame because it has some of the best views of the city. The views from the rock are definitely not free, they range from $28.00-$75.00. However, my ticket cost $52.00 because it came with a ticket to the Top of The Rock AND a ticket to the Museum of Modern Art a must see in the city. Tickets are available on the website and keep in mind the earlier you purchase your tickets the more likely they will be available on the day you want to go, these tickets sell fast and who wants to wait in line anyway? No one, that's who.
- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa):
Confession: I am the worst person to go to a museum with, anxious toddlers and I are still competing for the title. It's funny because I enjoy being creative but I don't have a lot of patience to gaze at other works of art analyzing their connections to society, what they say about our culture and blah blah blah. Maybe it's just me but I really don't enjoy walking reallllyy slowly around a big room full of people. HOWEVER, it's so worth it to go to the MoMa. You can see priceless works of art such as pieces by Van Gogh including: The Starry Night and some of my favorites from Claude Monet.
- The High Line:
The High Line is a great way to see the city in a sort of fashionable way. Developed on an old train track, the High Line features artwork and a beautiful display of greenery and landscaping. Plus there are views of the city on either side of you. There are many photo opportunities and chances to buy really good grub from food stands along your walk... choose wisely.
- The Brooklyn Bridge:
This was the first trip that I had chosen to walk across the bridge from Brooklyn, back to Manhattan. Before you start, you should definitely take a trip to the restroom at the 1 Hotel in Dumbo. It's the type of hotel that requires your key card to go up in the elevator but their bathroom is very accessible and very nice. Just ask the nice barista in the hotel cafe where it is. Your other option is the porto potty, so I would go with the luxury hotel bathroom. Now that you're all ready for the long trek across the bridge let's go! The bridge has one of the best views of the city skyline you've ever seen. No wonder Dumbo, Brooklyn is a popular place to film an NYC backdrop.
"Manhattan will do that to a girl. you’ll be happy to know it never wears off." -Blaire Waldorf
The most important thing to keep in mind when going to NYC or any trip for that matter is to have fun but also be safe. It can be intimidating when you're not used to crazy looking people yelling at you or taxis almost running you over but take a deep breathe, absorb the bustling energy from the city that comes directly from the wonderful and diverse group of people that live there.