I disagree with most other “best things in NYC lists” so now that I’ve lived here for around 10 months, I figured it’s about time I made my own. What do you think I’ve missed? Let me know.


Cost: $ Free

There’s a reason why people are always talking about DUMBO. It provides one of the best views of Manhattan & a chance to do number 5 on my list- Brooklyn Bridge.

2. Central Park

Cost: $ Free

I’ve been to the park more times than I can count and yet I still find little parts that I’ve never seen before. No matter what the season there is always something to see or explore.


3. Top of the Rock

Cost: $ 27 per person

Yes it costs a bit, but it’s said to be the best view of Manhattan – I don’t disagree. Make sure you go just before sunset on a clear day.

4. 9-11 Memorial

Cost: Free

Visiting the 9-11 memorial is one of the most meaningful & sobering things to do in the city (the museum is just as incredible.)

5. Coney Island

Cost $ As cheap or as expensive as you like

Ride the Ferris wheel, see the Freak show, get a hot dog from Nathan’s, dance on the boardwalk, but whatever you do, do NOT ride the Cyclone – my neck will never be the same.


6. Brooklyn Bridge

Cost: $Free

Yes, there are a lot of other tourists walking the bridge with you, but the view is worth it.

7. Grand Central Station

Cost: $ Free

Gossip Girl fans can have a Serena moment on the steps of the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Station. Take a friend so you can try out the whispering wall – located right outside the Oyster Bar on the lower level.

Make the experience even better by actually taking a train somewhere.

8. Yankee Stadium

Cost: $ Seat dependent

One of my best summer NYC memories is cheering for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The American sport experience is pretty magical. If you can’t get to a Yankee’s game, I recommend going to see the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, The Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Centre or the Met’s at Metlife Stadium.

9. Columbus Circle

Cost: $ Free

I love that you can just sit in the centre of Columbus Circle and watch the world go by. There’s Drumpf Tower (Update: place to protest?), the CNN building & a guy who makes massive bubbles. What’s not to love?

10. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Cost: $ free

Smorasburg (the best food market ever) is here on Saturdays, which is enough to make me come to Brooklyn Bridge Park pretty frequently. Good food, good view, can’t complain. (Update: this market often moves, so best to check local listings).

What would you add or take away from the list?