Since I can remember New York City was always on the top of my bucket list. As Alicia Keys says “the concrete jungle where dreams are made of”, was my dream trip for many years, and it’s so surreal that now I can say that I’ve been there!!!!
How many romantic comedies and series had made us fall in love with the “big apple”?! As made us dream with Central Park, Times Square, and the Empire State Building?!
My expectations were pretty high, so high like the NYC skyscrapers. And this beautiful place did not disappoint. This trip was everything I had expected and even more.
And something incredible? It snowed when I was there, which made everything look even more magical.
In this blog post, I will tell you all about our trip to NYC, where we’d stay, what we visited, what transportation did we use and so on. In the meantime I am going to fill this post with amazing photographs.
Where did we stay?
As most of my trips, I went to NYC with my husband Miguel. As always we searched online for the best place to stay, we looked for hotels and Airbnb and decided that hotel was our best option taking into account that we were arriving at the last day of the year, and not many Airbnb hosts were available to receive us at that time.
After all the search we decided to stay at the Sheraton Tribeca and was an excellent choice. The hotel is lovely and the location was absolutely perfect.
In less than 2 minutes away by foot from the hotel, we had 2 different subway stations that could take us to pretty much anywhere in the city.
Just across the street, was a Dunkin Donuts where we had our breakfast most of our mornings there, and in the hotel lobby, there’s a Starbucks where I had a couple of Hot Chocolates to keep me warm.
The hotel itself offers complimentary water and coffee in the guests rooms.
Also, in a 3-minutee walk, you will be at China Town.
I will recommend this place to everyone travelling to NYC who prefer to stay way from the cahotic city center and would like to save some dollars, and still stay at a lovely and comfortable place.
How did we get around the city?
Our main way of transportation was the subway. Many people asked us if it was safe to go into the NYC underground, and our answer is that was totally fine. We never felt unsafe even later at night.
As I said before, our hotel was very close to the subway, which made everything easier. This is a good travelling tip when you’re looking for a place to stay somewhere, see if there’s a subway station nearby, and everything will be easier.
You can buy a metro card for 6 days and use it as many times you want within that time.
The only thing I had to stay about NYC subway is the waiting times could be huge. I was really surprised to see that sometimes we need to wait almost 20 minutes for the next train. When compared to London subway, for instance, this is insane.
Apart from the subway, we used Uber a couple of times, especially for longer journeys, like from and to the JFK Airport. Every time we needed an uber we didn’t wait longer than 3 minutes and the cars were always super nice.
Where did we go?
Now is the part where it gets interesting. We did everything you see in the travelling books about NYC. We went to Central Park, we went to the Liberty Island, we went to the Top of the Rock and to the Empire State Building, we watch a Broadway show (“The Kinky Boots”), we went to Times square, and so on.
Better than telling you where we’ve been it’s easier to show you, through photos and videos, but before that just some quick tips.
- If you’re thinking about doing the tourists things, a traveler card could be a good choice. We bought the NYC City Pass which gave us entrance to the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, The MET, the Top Of The Rock, the Ellis and Liberty Island, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
- If you’re planning on touring something inside check online for tickets at least 1 month prior to your trip. For instance, we didn’t go inside of the Statue of Liberty because when we checked the tickets online one week before, there were only tickets for three weeks later. Even if you have the City Pass you need to book in advance.
- If you want to go to The Top Of The Rock you also need to book. We went there in the morning thinking we only need to wait in line to go up, but there were no tickets left for that day and we had to book for two days later. Luckily we will still be in NYC.
- The Empire state building is fine, you just need to wait in line to go, at least we went in at early morning and was pretty fast.