New York City: The FIVE Boroughs

HELLO LOVES

This blog post is going to be a little different than most of my others. After working for Kit Graham, food and travel blogger, that I have decided that I will be working for the Windy City Blogger Collective this summer on top of Modern Luxury.  I have learned so much interning for her that I am always inspired and always so driven to do more for myself and my blog! Kit is from the New England area and has family in New York and created an epic 250+ things to do in New York. Because this is my third time going to New York. I have decided to make a list of What to do in New York: 5 Boroughs. As I make this list that I have carefully curated and researched, I will be checking off what I have already done and what I did over the weekend!

MANHATTAN

THE BEST BOROUGH OF THEM ALL.

  1. Walk around Central Park ✓
  2. Grab a drink on a roof top bar: Top preference –  230 Rooftop Bar (View of Empire State Building)
  3. See a BROADWAY show ✓
  4. Go to a museum: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) ✓
  5. Take a picture in Times Square ✓
  6. Shopping: East Village, Lower East Side, and Soho ✓
  7. Grab a New York slice of pizza ✓
  8. Cool down by the Washington Square Arc in Greenwich ✓
  9. Visit the 911 Memorial ✓
  10. Take a ride up the Empire State Building to see the beautiful views of New York ✓
  11. Get some dinner in Chinatown
  12. Take a peak inside MOOD fabric store (yes for all you fashion lovers)
  13. Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty ✓
  14. People watch at Grand Central Station ✓
  15. Get a typical picture in front of the Flat Iron Building ✓
  16. Grab a bite to eat from the food trucks ✓
  17. Visit the World Trade Center / Westfield Mall ✓

BROOKLYN

FOR ALL OF YOU GOSSIP GIRL LOVERS!

  1. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge ✓
  2. Go to that one spot that everyone goes to take a picture in Dumbo
  3. Visit Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
  4. Head over to Coney Island for a fun time on all the rides
  5. Shopping: flea  markets in Greenpoint and Court Street in Cobble Hill ✓
  6. Picnic in Prospect Park
  7. Rent out a cute Airbnb
  8. Grab a drink at the bar in Park Slope
  9. Head to Bushwick if you’re feeling hipster and artsy
  10. Check out the animals at Prospect Park Zoo

QUEENS

THIS IS WHERE MY FAMILY LIVES AND WHERE I STAY EVERY TIME WE VISIT!

  1. Head over to Flushing for authentic Asian / Filipino food – seriously so good and have a huge Asian community ✓
  2. Stroll around the Queens Botanical Garden
  3. Visit the Museum of Modern Art
  4. Bike + walk around the Jacob Riis Park Beach
  5. Shop around the Greenmarket –  fresh veggies and baked goods ✓
  6. Walk around Flushing Meadows Park
  7. Watch a Mets game at Citi Field (Go Yankees?)
  8. Grab a bite to eat from Jollibee (only one in New York) ✓

STATEN ISLAND

AMUSEMENT PARK FUN

  1. Take the ferry in for free from downtown Manhattan
  2. Head over to the Staten Island Zoo
  3. Ride some rides in the Amusement Park

THE BRONX

HOME OF THE YANKEES STADIUM

  1. Grab a bite to eat of Italian – every true New Yorker knows that the real Little Italy is here
  2. Watch a baseball game at Yankee Stadium
  3. Visit City Island for sea food!
  4. Take a stroll down the Hudson River
  5. Smell the flowers at the New York Botanical Garden
  6. Head over to the Bronx Zoo!

TIPS/RECOMMENDATIONS IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO NEW YOK:

  • Don’t look confused – be aware of surroundings
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for directions!
  • Take the subway – you will ALWAYS save more time to get from point A to point B
  • Wear comfy shoes – you will end up walking blocks on end
  • Always have cash
  • Be prepared for the weather
  • Do not give homeless people money – always give them food
  • Don’t take pictures with the “mascots” in Time Square – they ALWAYS end up asking you for money

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Juliana’s Pizza – Brooklyn ✓
  • Kuu (Ramen) – Near the World Trade Center / 911 Memorial ✓
  • Raclette (Swiss restaurant) – East Village
  • The Cellar (Cheese lovers) – Near Flat Iron ✓
  • DO Cookie Dough – East Village ✓
  • Shake Shack (Burgers and fries) – 43rd St. and 8th Ave. ✓
  • The Bagel Store (colorful bagels) – Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • Katz Delicatessen (Traditional American) – Soho
  • Levain Bakery (Best cookies in town) – W. 74th St.
  • Nathan’s Hot Dogs – Coney Island
  • Halal Guys (Street food) – W 53 St. and 6th Ave. ✓
  • Le Rivage (French restaurant) – Near Time Square / W. 46th St.
  • Serendipity 3 (Best sugar sweets and desserts) – 60th St. and 3rd Ave. ✓

Thanks for reading!

xoxo — Bree

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