Undoubtably NYC is a lot of fun but, like London, you need to know where to go to get the best out of it. We did a lot of research beforehand (friends, online, Timeout).
We found our accomodation on air bnb and ended up staying with a bunch of 15 artists (of various types) who were hoping to ‘break free’ in the big shmoke! Oh golly there were some crazy ones…
From our combinaion of sources, these were some of our great finds:
1. NYC Free walking tour
Wall Street, Financial district, Soho & Little Italy by ‘ Free Tours by Foot NYC‘
I found this gem on Trip Advisor and booked tickets a few weeks before arriving after hearing spaces fill up quickly.
We chose the Lower Manhatten tour and covered a considerable area in 3 hours, the guide (named ‘Brooklyn Jim’) was very informative and we found out so much extra information that alone, we just wouldn’t have!
The world trade centre memorial site is phenomenal and we felt quite emotional being there. Another great part of the tour was the staggering facts that our tour guide provided us with e.g. 30% of Manhatten’s land is now landfill!!
Although it is technically a ‘free tour’ you are expected to leave a decent tip at the end, and we felt it was definitely worth the €25 we left for our guide.
2. Wyth Hotel, Brooklyn
Swanky hotel with views of Manhatten from rooftop bar.
One if my bezzies Eimear recommended taking a trip to the Wythe and wawww it was incredible!
It attracts a good crowd, cocktails are lovely but the pinnacle of visiting here are the incredible views of Manhatten from across the river!
Best beer & atmosphere!
Situated just down the road from the Wyth hotel and the best atmosphere we experienced in NYC! They offer free tours and whilst you’re waiting for that to start you can chill in the bar and try the local beers. More details here.
It is cheap and beers are great, as are the tunes! We visited on a Sunday afternoon and the bar area was pretty rocking, sadly it closed at 6ish but would have loved to have stayed all night.
4. Elizabeth Street, Soho, Manhattan
Incredible night & day life..
Tonnes of great bars, restaraunts and quirky shops to explore. The crowd is very yo-pro and everything is affordable & good quality.
We had drinks at ‘Suck my Cock-tails’ which do 241’s every day and decor is uber hipster!
Loved The Egg Shop where every dish is built around eggs
And Tacombi Mexican was some of the best Mexican food I’ve had and is based in a derelict warehouse with VW vans outside.
5. Brooklyn River Walk
Explore trendy Brooklyn sights.
We had such beautiful weather and went to an outdoor food market, a bit like Borough called Smorgansburg, we bought nice food and sat on the river!
We then walked along to DUMBO, a tendy up & coming area and all the way up to the Wyth Hotel, stopping to see different views and points en route. So much walking but lovely views & culture along the way!
If you are planning a trip to New York check out some local New Yorker travel blogs, the Timeout New York website and I’d 100% recommend staying with air bnb hosts for your trip, it was great to find out the best places to go from them!