I Can Totally Be an NYC Tour Guide

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

On your way back, since you’ll be in lower Manhattan, hop over to the South Street Seaport. Great for sight-seeing and more by-the-water photos. Lots of shopping and outdoor vendors as well as plenty to eat at great restaurants. Perfect for day or night depending on the weather.

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.

Suaz_BBP_IGSpend 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.

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