Two more months until holidays in my favorite city!
photo taken on 2010 vacation while on A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour
As I mentioned here, I have my must dos for this upcoming vacation. Over the past few years, I've been asked by people what to do and see while in New York City. There's something for everyone, I say!
So My Top 10 includes:
1. Dinner and drinks at 21 Club. Old World New York in an evening, and an opportunity to dress up (....which gives me an excuse to buy a new dress in NYC!) 21 Club does have a dress code that must be strictly adhered to (i.e. guys must wear a jacket; jeans and sneakers are not permitted).
2. Go to a Broadway play or musical. I've never seen a bad show, and the old theatres hold so much history (and stories) within their walls.
3. Take a walk through Central Park. If you go there in spring, summer or fall, pay $12 and rent rowboats for an hour on the lake. Hubs and I have done this twice and both times were so much fun, good photo opps too.
4. Take a tour of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue (by Bryant Park); it's free and the architectural details, marble everything and book collections are amazing. **
5. Walk through Grand Central Terminal and explore the shops, grocery market, pick a place to eat at the Dining Concourse and have a cocktail at Campbell Apartment.
6. Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a Saturday morning before the crowds pick up, then walk along Museum Mile and explore the Upper East Side.
7. If you can hack the crowds, go to Times Square at night. The energy is quite something to experience. For a quick reprieve from the madness, pop inside the Theatre Circle shop on W 44th Street (across from Majestic Theatre)...the store has Broadway souvenirs, music books, copies of plays, poetry, scripts, etc with rolling library ladders located throughout....very library-ish, I love it.
8. Have a cocktail or two at a bar or lounge. On our last vacation, we discovered M Bar at The Mansfield Hotel, which was located across the street from our hotel, The Iroquois, on W 44th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. It also has a library feel with bookshelves, very quaint, comfortable and unpretentious. The cocktails and appetizers are very good.
9. The shopping, of course! Do your homework before you go as to which stores to shop at and where they are located.
10. Buy a coffee or cocktail somewhere, sit down, sip away and people watch. One of my favorite things to do in NYC.
I love hearing from others what their favorite haunts are (especially at Pat's Mille Fiori Favoriti blog!) What is your must dos in New York City?
**As a side note, Hubs and I got NY Public Library cards for fun on our last trip.... after we arrived home, we realized we could do family tree research at the 5th Avenue Library because the library holds so many records. So this time we plan to do some family ancestry research if we can ambitiously plan a day or so to do this. Hubs' ancestors sailed to the US from the UK before moving to Canada; and my maternal grandma was born in Brooklyn before her family moved back to Poland. She and my maternal grandpa later moved to Canada from Poland not long after they married. It would be a major coup to find some family tree information, especially if we can nail down the exact years and details of what we are looking for!