“The Greatest City in the World” is a statement which seems lofty until you spend a day wandering the streets of New York City. I’ve been extremely lucky growing up to have much of my extended family residing in the area, and a little over a year ago my best gal pal Georgia took the plunge and moved there as well! Needless to say, I find every occasion I can to visit these people I love and explore the enthralling city that is New York.
This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to be able to extend a trip a few extra days in order to stay with Georgia on the Upper East Side and soak up the start of summer in the city. With a limited amount of time, I was determined to pack it all in and have the ultimate New York day. Below is a timeline of my personal favorite day exploring the city that never sleeps.
- Snag some bagels at H & H Midtown Bagels East (my favorite is pumpernickel with egg and avocado!)
- Head to Central Park and chow down while plotting out your next move and soaking in the sights of this incredible urban park
- Hop on the subway and head toward the Brooklyn Bridge in preparation to make the famous pilgrimage from one borough to the next
- Side Note: many people walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn, but I actually did it backward so that I finished up on the Manhattan side. Up to you, but seeing the city rise up in front of me as I made my journey was definitely a plus 🙂
- Grab a Citi Bike once you’re back on the Manhattan side of the bridge and head toward the Hudson River Greenway (this is an incredible pedestrian and cyclist path that runs along the river for miles on end)
- Ride uptown until you hit the Chelsea area, then dock your bike and hit the High Line, a revamped elevated railway turned park
- Grab a bite to eat and take in the sights and smells of Chelsea Market, a self-described urban food court
- Jump on the subway toward the Upper East Side and find your way to the MET, or Metropolitan Museum of Art. During the warmer months, enjoy a drink up on their rooftop bar with the best views of the sunset over Manhattan.
There are endless explorations to be had in New York, and so many of what I think are the best things to do involve nature and the outdoors in some way. Don’t be afraid to get lost or fall off a bike (I did both of these things in the same day), and embrace every moment you have in this city. It won’t disappoint!