It’s no secret that I’m in love with New York. I’ve been to The Big Apple every year since 2008 and there’s no real stopping in sight. I’ve written about my top places to visit in NYC and also my favourite places to eat. It’s fair to say that I know the city well and I love sharing my knowledge with everyone.
#TravelShare Twitter Chat Details
When?: Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 1PM Eastern Time
Where?: Follow #TravelShare on Twitter
What?: These are the questions we’ll be posing to the community. We want to hear from you!
- Q1) What are some tips on traveling New York on a budget? #TravelShare
- Q2: Are there any top places to eat in New York and what are some hidden gems for example hidden pizza joints to die for. #TravelShare
- Q3) Sports in New York is a big deal, what are some must see games or sporting activities to do? #TravelShare
- Q4) Will be visiting any museums? What are the best ones to visit? #TravelShare
- Q5) Will be hitting up any clubs in New York? What’s the night life like? #TravelShare
- Q6) What are some free activities to do in New York? ie stroll in central park. #TravelShare
How?: Over the course of the hour, we’ll be tweeting out the questions. To answer, make sure you start your tweet with A1, A2, A3 and so on followed by your answer. Make sure you leave enough space for the hashtag #TravelShare at the end and if you wish, tag my handle @goawesomeplaces.
Prizes?: There will be a $100 gift card given away to one lucky winner that participates in the chat!
Exploring NYC As A Local
After exhausting a lot of the big city sights most tourists will have on the itinerary, I’ve been able to explore a little further off the beaten path. Thanks to my buddy Jia, on my last trip to New York City a few weeks ago, I was able to check out a bunch of new places I’ve never been before. That’s the beauty of the city that never sleeps. Even after all these years, I’m still discovering new things.
One World Observatory
Not a lot of people know that One World Trade Center is now fully open and with that, the observatory is open to the public as well. I had a chance to get up to the top and I was impressed with how well the unveiling of the view is presented (you’ll know what I mean after you go) and just how well laid out the whole floor was designed. There’s no annoying souvenir shops in the way or any other forced money grabs. Instead you have 360 degrees of unencumbered sight lines of everywhere around Manhattan, New Jersey, Brooklyn, and beyond.
I used to say that Rockefeller had the best views but I gotta say this takes the cake.
Times Square has a lot of food options but unfortunately a lot of them are pure tourist traps. Right around the corner of 44th and 8th is a brand new concept for a food court where they’ve brought together the city’s best artisanal eateries. It’s here you’ll find several of my favorites. Luke’s Lobster serves up the most perfect lobster roll I’ve ever had. Dough is a hugely successful doughnut shop that was made famous through Smorgasburg. There’s also a new snow ice dessert shop here which I highly recommend you to try called Wooly’s. Think heavenly fluffy shavings of ice topped with your favorite things which for me included fresh fruit and mochi. There’s something for everyone here.
Everyone’s heard of Coney Island but have you actually been? It’s taken all these years to make it out there but I finally made it happen. While it takes a good 45 minute subway ride to get there, you first have to say to yourself “Wow it’s insane that I can even take a local subway all the way from Manhattan to the Atlantic Ocean!”
Coney Island isn’t like any of the other amusements parks out there today. It’s not Six Flags or Disney Land that are sealed off from the rest of the world and charge exuberant prices. This is totally different and harkens back to a time when carnivals were meant to bring people together through fun, quirky and weird attractions. The energy of the park is as electric as I’ve seen anywhere else. The beach and boardwalk is packed with beachgoers. Great food can be found all over with classic restaurants like Nathan’s and trendy pop up trailers from Smorgasburg. And then of course there is the legendary rides that dominate the skyline. It’s here you’ll find The Cyclone, the oldest wooden rollercoaster still in operation, and the close to 100 year old Wonder Wheel.
Sure there are a lot of corny rides here but the chance to relive your childhood and not have to spend an arm and a leg to do it makes it a fun day escaping the hustle and bustle of the big city.
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar
I’m not sure how I managed to miss this all these years. I guess rooftop bars was never on the top of my list but now that I’ve been here, it’s time to add this to the list of fun things to do to wind down your day.
The greenery-lined rooftop bar doesn’t have the height of other rooftop bars but it more than makes up for it with its up close postcard-ready Midtown views. Immediately when you come out of the elevator and up the stairs, you are smacked in the face with this impressive view of the Empire State Building.
What I enjoyed the most about this rooftop bar was that it was completely unpretentious. Going early enough, we didn’t have to wait in line to get up nor was there any sort of cover charge. We literally walked right in, took the elevator up and the atmosphere was like any other bar. If you wanted to, you could just take a walk around and leave. There’s not even a dress code. 230 Fifth is simply a great place to hang out and have great conversations with friends.