One week in New York City

Have you even been to the United States if you didn’t visit New York City? Who knows.. In march 2018 my boyfriend and I traveled to New York. Before we went I basically made a “study” of it to get the most out of this trip. I had the best time of my life in the famous “concrete jungle” and I can’t wait to tell you more about my trip!

Where to stay?
We rented a lovely apartment via Airbnb in Queens which I can really recommend! New York has lots, if not tons of hotels so choosing one can be hard. Hotels can be expensive as well, especially when you want to stay in the city Centre. Therefore I recommend you to book an apartment. It gives you more freedom, space and you can buy your own breakfast which is cheaper than having breakfast in a hotel. But of course, if you want to experience the American breakfast and the best hotel views than you should book a hotel.

How to move around in the city?
The minute we arrived we bought a subway card for a duration of 7 days. You can use the card in de subway and local busses for just $33 per person. You can buy the tickets online but this isn’t necessary. Almost every ticket point sells these cards and they’re called MetroCard (MTA). We were really glad we bought these tickets because it gives you so much freedom and cabs are quite expensive. You can also choose a 30 day MetroCard if you’re planning to stay longer.

Since we were staying in the city for one week I wanted to make the most out of it. At home I had read a lot about the New York Citypass, a card you can buy upfront and use for exploring highlights such as The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty and more. If this is your first time traveling to the city I really recommend you to buy this card. It is much more cheaper than buying every ticket separately. We bought a five day pass which costs $257,- dollar per person. I know it sounds like a lot of money but trust me on this one, it is so much cheaper and you get to see the best highlights. I think we wouldn’t have done all these things if we hadn’t bought these cards. You can pick up the cards at several locations, we didn’t had any luck with two pick up locations since they closed. The best location to pick up your card is the Madame Tussauds Museum at Times Square, you can visit the museum as well with the card.

Attractions we visited with the New York City pass
Like I said before, you can visit a lot of attractions. I will tell you the one we visited: The Empire State Building Observatory deck, Top of the Rock observatory deck, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Statue of Liberty, MoMa, we rented bikes, Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim Museum, SoHo & Little Italy Walking Tour, Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn, Hop on Hop Off Bus, Hop on Hop Off Watertaxi and many more. You can see a list of all the attractions included here. You can also choose passes with a different duration, for example a two or three day pass.

Where to eat?
Looking for a big slice of juicy pizza? Look no further! Manero’s Pizza has the best slices. This pizza place is located in Lower Manhatten. You probably have to wait a few minutes but it’s totally worth it. Fun fact: this place is full of pictures of celebrities who had pizza here and the pizza is really cheap!
I really wanted to try the famous American pancakes before leaving the city. So what better than eating at Ihop? I had the best pancakes with whipped cream and fresh fruit. We tried some classics and some unknown restaurants, if your curious about classic American dishes and some more unknown places, I really recommend the following places: by CHLOE, Applebee’s, Dough Donuts and Chipotle.
For classic bagels step by at Murray’s Bagels and for excellent Chinese food visit Nom Wah and Dim Sum. Have a beer in a lovely pub called The Grey Dog where they serve the best beers! Enjoy!

Sightseeing is important but food is almost as important, perhaps more so ..

I was really excited about seeing a sports game live, because it was my first time seeing a Basketball game and Ice hockey game. We bought tickets up front via Ticketmaster and the games were in Barclay’s Center. Our tickets were really cheap, we paid around $12, per person (per game). We saw the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders ice hockey team. It was such a great experience, we had a good view from the top and had the best time of our life! Make sure you book tickets up front because it’s much more cheaper.

I had the best time in NYC and hopefully I have provided you with useful information for your trip to NYC. Please leave a message if you have any questions. Have fun!

Travel time: 8 hours (AMS-JFK
Currency: dollar
Time difference: in New York it is 6 hours earlier than in Amsterdam

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