I heart NY!

Well, to my delight NYC received the most votes from the poll posted last week. Having lived in Manhattan, it’s a city I can probably write several blogs about. However, I will try to narrow it down to a few of my favorites.

If you are reading this and do not live in NY then I recommend a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge which gives you the best views of lower Manhattan and the East Side. You can snap some great photos from the bridge. Once you cross over the bridge, stop by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at 19 Old Fulton Street. http://www.grimaldis.com/. A couple of things you should know is there is often a line, but it’s worth the wait. Also, they do not sell individual slices, so hopefully you have a friend to help you share a whole pie…or a HUGE appetite. While you are in Brooklyn I also suggest getting a slice of Red Velvet cake from “The Cake Man Raven” at 708 Fulton Street  http://www.cakemanraven.com. This is by far the best red velvet cake I’ve ever had! You can get there from Grimaldi’s by taking the B25 bus or the C train to Lafayette.

Don’t be intimidated by the transit system in NYC. You can grab a pocket-size map from most gift shops in Time Square or the NY Transit Museum and Store at Grand Central Station. This will help you avoid looking like a tourist with a huge subway map, which is clearly good for many reasons. If you’re in town for a few days get the 7 day unlimited pass for $29. Another useful site to help you navigate the subway system is &  http://www.hopstop.com you can access the site from most smartphones also. HopStop is an amazing app because it uses GPS to find your current location and will give you step-by-step instructions to get to your destination. Hopstop will also give you an estimated taxi fare for the same trip.

There are several beautiful parks around NYC. One of the most well-known is Central Park. If you go to Central park there are a few spots that I suggest, the Alice in Wonderland Statue, Bethesda Fountain and the Zoo. The Pond near Central Park South is a great spot for photos year round. You can really spend several hours here and check out the Carousel or even rent a rowboat. Don’t worry maps are available  http://www. centralpark.com. A couple other parks to check out if you have time are Bryant Park where NY Fashion week was held for many years located between 5th and 6th Avenues at 42nd Street. Or the elevated highline park which runs from Gansevoort Street, one block below West 12th Street, in the Meatpacking District, up to 30th Street   http://www.thehighline.org.

I can probably go on forever, but I don’t want to bore you so I will wrap up with a few of my favorite watering holes. Pazzo Notte on 6th and 56th – 2-4-1 Martini happy hour. Sushi Samba on 7th or Park Ave South for “Samba Hour” 4-7pm $6 drinks and bites. They have the best fresh muddled fruit mojitos. Las Ramblas – 170 W. 4th Street – Great Sangria and Spanish Tapas   http://www.lasramblasnyc.com .

My last bit of advice…as much as you may feel like NYC is Disneyland…it’s not. People actually live and work there day-to-day. So try to be considerate when you stop to pull out your subway maps or to take a picture. There are still people moving at a fast pace right behind you that may need to get to work or home, and if you’re on the escalator, remember, the left side is for those that want to walk up and the right side is for standing…so don’t be that guy that just stopped everyone else.

If you are planning a trip to New York soon and have specific questions or want suggestions please free to post a comment and I will do my best to answer.

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  • Caleb's Dad says:

    I’m torn between, “did he cheat bcuz he didn’t take a new trip” or “oh how lucky are we all that he just happened to have all this just stuck in his head?” Great entry sir! That subway app is being downloaded as I type!

    • Jacob Adam says:

      Thank you! I have a lot of things stuck in my head that I want to write about. Things that I wish I knew before taking some of these trips. I hope you find it useful.

  • Emily says:

    It’s rude when people do it in Disneyland, too! I want to punch people in the back of the head when they stop in the middle of an already extremely packed walkway to decide if they want to head towards Dumbo, or turn around to go back to Main St for a candy apple. Pull over to the side of the road before stopping hundreds of people behind you dead in their tracks!

  • Laura says:

    Great blog regarding all the little backlot locations that so many would not even think of visiting. Further @grimaldis is a heck of alot better quality and value for your money than any of those Time Square touristy pizza joints. As a New Yorker I also love how you tell these loonies to not be so darn touristy. It only makes them targets and PISSES ME OFF!!!!!

  • Manny Cortez says:

    Great blog, you are so right about all of the things to do! You have always been the best at giving us advise on where to go each year we would visit. I never really thought about it that way, this isn’t Disneyland; although I am very cautious about people in my surroundings.. Usually cuz I am little, I am the one normally getting bumped or walking fast to the club and people are in my way!!!

  • Alexandra says:

    Great roundup of things to see, do, and eat in New York!

    Thanks for including HopStop in your post, Jacob. 🙂 For anyone who’d like to use HopStop while they visit New York, you can get directions on HopStop.com, with our iPhone app, or with our Android app. Happy travels!

  • Lorelei Leslie says:

    As usual you gave me a lot of NEW info which shocks somebody who’s been to NY as much as I have. Well done. Thanks!

  • Esther says:

    Amazing tips! I have been previously looking for something such as this for a while now. Thx!

  • patrick says:

    Hi! I’ve never been to NY and I’m planning a trip very soon. At the risk of sounding sleazy, what are some recommended strip joints over there? I ask because I’m a strip club enthusiast and have visited strip clubs from various cities (such as Las Vegas, Rosarito, City of Industry, to name a few) and it helps me understand the economy of these cities by the quality of the strippers. I understand that Time Square used to be the seedier side of NY. Whatever happened to that? Are there any nice strip clubs in Manhattan?

  • patrick says:

    Speaking of NY, how do you get to this so-called Sesame Street?

  • Mel says:

    Don’t bother with the map. Use City Maps, it’s free.

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