Mom lives in the UK now and as the “New Yorker” her co-workers around the world will now rely on her for NYC “must-see” recommendations if/when they travel to NYC.
Very exciting with the exception that my mom worked in west-bumble-F New Jersey for several years before she moved, and she isn’t as in tune and she used to be with the must-visit attractions in NYC (excluding the obvious ESB etc.)
So she emailed me this morning because a couple of lady friends of hers will be coming to NYC in April and they wanted recommendations, with an emphasis on Sunday Brunch.
Check out what I recommended below, totally on the fly. I think I have serious potential here for a career in NYC Tour Guiding! Agree?
– See NYC from Staten Island & Hudson River/Statue of Liberty
Take 1 Train down to South Ferry and jump on the free Staten Island Ferry. It runs all day long and is a nice ride on the Hudson, you also conveniently go right by the Statue of Liberty (sit on right side!)
Nothing to see in Staten Island except the 9/11 Memorial and some great landscape photos of NYC so take the Ferry right back. On the way back, sit on the front of the boat for a nice view of lower Manhattan and Freedom Tower.
– South Street Seaport
– Walking: 50th down to Chelsea
If you’re up for the walking, go up to 50th and walk South on 7th Ave through Times Square. Continue SW to Chelsea and visit/walk on The High Line above 10th Ave. Beautiful views of NJ/Hudson River. Head down to Chelsea Market after for something to eat.
– Central Park
Take a walk through any part of Central Park and try to end at the Great Lawn for some re-energizing. Sit and enjoy a picnic or an inconspicuous cup of wine!
– Dumbo, Bridges, Pizza
Take the A train to High Street, and welcome to Dumbo. Walk down Main Street to a special part of Brooklyn Bridge Park where a small beach you can sit by with a beautiful view of the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges awaits.
Spend some time there then walk over to Grimaldi’s on Fulton St. Get a pie to go and eat it over by the piers (end of Fulton St. – extension of BK Bridge Park,) for more beautiful views of Manhattan. If you want a more scenic route back, take the water taxi from that pier.
– NYC from a Rooftop: Sunset
Try Ink48 Hotel, the Press Lounge. I celebrated a birthday of a friend here once and it was definitely a memorable night for me from a see-NYC-from-a-rooftop vantage point. The walls are glass, rather than cement I guess, and so you literally feel like you’re on a cloud midst NYC buildings and the Hudson. Beautiful.
– Sunday Brunch and Explore the UWS
The Sunburnt Calf – great food and bottomless drinks. Try to be there when they open because it’s a small place and fills up quickly. Delicious food AND the greet you with shots! Explore the Upper West Side and the GreenFlea Market after.