One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center (also known as Freedom Tower).. this place is incredible. Everybody in the world knows about 9/11 and the Twin Towers. That's what makes this place impressive. This building is the tallest in New York and the forth-tallest in the world. You can board one of the five dedicated elevators to ascend the 100th floor in under 60 seconds. In the elevator you will find floor-to-ceiling LED technology to experiences a virtual time-lapse that recreates the development of New York City's skyline from the 1500s to present day.
Only the elevator is awesome to see, you will never forget! Then you will arrive the 100th floor and have a 360-degree view in all directions. This is a must see when you visit New York, the entrance begins at 32 dollar for an adult, but it's more than worth it!
Circle Line Liberty Cruise
Cirkel Line Sightseeing Cruises, you can choose about 4 different cruises. Because we have only 4 days and a tight schedule, we choose for the Liberty Cruise. You will have a close view of Lady Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. A nice experience, but I need to say this; When you want to visit Liberty and Ellis Island, don't do the Liberty Cruise but choose for the Best of NYC cruise (2,5 hour, the only one that goes all around the full island) or he 2 your Harbor Lights sunset cruise. Liberty Cruise is exactly the same as the free ferry to Liberty and Ellis Island.. To bad for us, but we enjoyed it!
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is amazing to visit. There are so much classical details to find. This library holds more than 53 million items, from books to research collections from around the world. This library is the second largest public library in the United States and fourth largest in the world. You can also see Reading rooms. The library appears in films as; Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sex and the City and Ghostbusters. It's open daily.
Yankee VS Seattle Mariniers
I wanted to give my husband an awesome birthday, so I booked tickets for the Yankee game to celebrate it on a special way. We took the metro from One World Trade Center to The Bronx. You need to see it, it's awesome and so different than Manhattan! You will find here many sport bars, murals and many many fans! It's an amazing experience to visit a game, prices arrange from 22 dollar to 1000 dollar. We had a great view at section 413, row 2, seat 16. We payed 28 dollar each and it's worth it! Don't expect it's like a Dutch football game, with fans singing songs, sometimes it's very quit and also boring, but to sit in this stadium is an great experience!
Flatiron Building one of the most famous iconic buildings in the big apple. Don't forget to apply this on your bucket list when you visit New York. When you walk in this area you will see the building from afar, because of the shape of this building. This place is an icon of New York and is located at on a triangular block formed by Fifth avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street. You can't get inside, but you can made beautiful pictures.
At this time of the year it's not warm enough to sit on a rooftop bar. But I needed to see it and wanted to drink a wine here, so we choose to visit 1 rooftop bar, Bar 54 at Hyatt (Times Square) next to our hotel. The view is beautiful! What an atmosphere! First we eat something at the Hyatt Times Square and made a reservation for the sky bar. There is a waiting time of 1,5 hour. So after diner, we go upstairs and check in. Drinks are very very expensive, but it's worth it!
There are many rooftop bars in New York, but this one is great and the Sauvignon Blanc is very good ;)
Wall Street & Trinity Church Cemetery
Wall street a 1,1 km long street in the Financial District and famous from movies as The Wolf of Wall Street. Did you know New York is the most economical powerful city in the world? Awesome to
see the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Hall in real life, but I can give you one advice: Don't visit this place at Sunday. At Sunday the New York Stock Exchange is closed, so we didn't
see that amazing big American flag. Reason 1 to visit this city again ;)
Another must see in this area is the Trinity Church Cementery (74 Trinity Place at Wallstreet and Broadway). Weird to see this old cemetery in the middle of this large and modern buildings. Amazing!
The High Line
The High Line, an greenway looking downtown.The High Line is 2,3 km and built on an elevated section of a disused Railroad. It begins at the Meatpacking district where you can find many restaurants and bars and also the Chelsea Market, a nice place to visit. The High Line is built in 3 phases, the last phase opened in 2014. This park is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM in the winter and in the summer till 11 PM. There are 11 entrances and also accessible to people in a wheelchair. You can find also an urban theater at the High Line where you can sit back and relax. This place is awesome to visit!
The tv movie Home Alone is one of our favorite, so we definitely need to see the Plaza Hotel at Central Park. And it's so different then you see in the movie, but a great hotel and nice to see. The weather was great, sunny and 27 degrees, so the perfect day to make a walk and eat some ice-cream at Central Park. Central park is one of the most filmed locations in the world, did you know that? This park is to big to visit in a few ours, so we need to go back some day. Don't forget to visit Colombus Circle. You will have a great view at the skyline and you can hire a bike here.
With the New York pass you can go to Madame Tussaud for free and you can use the fast track entry, to save yourself some time. I just love Madame Tussaud in Amsterdam, so I wanted to visit this place. This is beautiful!
The entrance with Pink, the view at Broadway is amazing and the wax celebrities are so great, it's almost if they are alive. Scary! You can also make a nice shot with the Obama's :)
Chinatown & Little Italy
Chinatown & Little Italy, this two neighborhoods are so closely intertwined that it's easy to do them both in one day. The streets are so colorful and you will find many murals. Don't forget to eat something in Little Italy, the food is just great and you can find many restaurants here. It's like you're in Europe, many terraces and good wines ;)
Did you know there are over 24.000 eating establishments in New York? We only visit a few ;).
Here are the restaurants we visit:
- JR Sushi, in the neighborhood of One World Trade Center
86 W Broadway, New York
- Pret a Manger, at Bryant Park
Perfect for a breakfast and fresh juices.
- T45, at Hyatt Times Square
Perfect for a dinner and after that you can go to the rooftop lounge.
- Ignazio's, at the Brooklyn Bridge
4 Water St, Brooklyn
- Pig n Whistle Times Square, 144 W 46th St, New York
The food is great and there is live music
- Gourmet Park, in the neighborhood of the Cupcake ATM
119E 60th St, New York
- Bella Vita Times Square, 211 W 43rd St, New York
It's always christmas at this place. The interior is not my style, but the brick oven pizza is delicious!