The first time I went to New York, it was for a conference and I stayed only 2 days and 2 nights. This time around I was determined to not feel like I was rushed to do everything so I traveled two days with Brandon for his birthday and then 2 days with friends for the Meadows Music Festival. Don't bring up Kanye's early exit from his performance, I'm still bitter.
Throughout those 4 days I was able to soak in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Bushwick.
I also spent way too much money on ubers and food.
Tips on traveling to the New York area if it's your first:
- Stay in one location at a time: having our airbnbs in Brooklyn and traveling over to Manhattan everyday, back and forth, was just too pricey via uber and just too long via subway. plan your schedule to stay in one location, either Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, or wherever so you don't have to cry at the damage the upcharge of your uber did to your bank account.
- Don't be afraid to do the touristy things here: You all already know, I hate crowds and touristy things that draw in outsiders like flies to a lamp. But going to Time Square at night and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge and walking along Highline were probably one of most memorable parts of the trip. You see these locations in the movies all the time, but it doesn't hit you how surreal and large and beautiful these places are until you're physically there.
- Along with going to touristy hotspots, try the iconic New York grub: Yes, go get a New York style bagel, go try their donuts, go get a slice of pizza, even go get Halal Guys although you could probably get better halal food in your hometown.
- Spend a night bar hopping: You can legit do this in any part of the city you're at, and most bars are open 'til 4am unless it's Sunday and they close at 2am. The less bougie the bars, the better. Avoid the ones with long lines and $500 bottle service admission, not worth it. Go to LES and start at Max Fish and work your way up. Or do what my friends did and wander the Bushwick Collective at night and hop along the gay bars in that area. Or Korea Town is never not a good idea.
- Heels are a no-no: Nothing says "I'm a tourist" more than strutting up and down the city in heels. Just don't do it, your poor feet will thank you later.
Until next time New York.