Earlier this year, my sister dropped a hint that she really wanted to plan a family trip to New York City. Her family (husband & 2 little ones) like to travel just as much as the wife and I. Without hesitation, we agreed there would be a trip to the Big Apple.
Fast forward to the month of May and there we were all walking on the Brooklyn Bridge. We flew in from San Francisco (wife & I) and Chicago (sister’s family), ready to take on everything NYC could offer us. Since my niece & nephew are currently under age of 2, we stayed the route of the family friendly things to do. With four days in New York City, we tried to fit as much sights and sounds of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Here is what we did during the vacation:
- Walk Brooklyn Bridge: Started in the Brooklyn side and had a casual walk to the middle of the bridge. Great views of the Manhattan skyline. Very popular with locals and tourist alike, as there are many great lookout points to capture. FYI – path is shared with bicycles, some of the bikers seemed a little annoyed their lane was overrun with walkers.
- Bushwick (Brooklyn) neighborhood: Every metropolitan has one – NYC luckily has two…a HIPSTER neighborhood. There are a couple valid reasons to visit this area:
- Art Collective: It is not wall graffiti, it is ART! In this area, several exterior walls are filled with the eccentric paintings of local artist. On a nice day, it truly is a outdoor walking art gallery
- Roberta’s Pizza: NYC is known for some of the best pizza in the country (er, world?!?!). Roberta’s is one of the best in the city! On a nice warm day, skip the restaurant and go to their outdoor beer garden next door. But first, order from their carryout store located next to the beer garden. When your pizza(s) are ready, enjoy eating in the beer garden paired with a summer time beverage
- Chelsea Market: High quality food mall in the middle of Manhattan. So much variety of restaurants and snacks available, we could have stayed here for an entire day!
- NYC Public Library: With the large amount of visitors coming into the library, you would think it is more of a museum instead of an actual library. Lots of history in this building and only a few blocks away from Times Square
- Central Park: If you like long hikes and nature walks, this is one of the best parks in an urban environment. We visited after a rainy day and everything was so green. This will definitely be a must-do to run through the park on the next visit!
- East Village Eating! So much culture in NYC means so much variety of cuisine. East Village is a trendy neighborhood where you can find so much to eat. Our hit list included: Katz’s Deli, Momofuku Milk Bar, Baohaus, & Papaya King…we ate all of these places in a single afternoon 🙂
- Statue of Liberty: OK, it is going to be a very crowded situation when you go…because it is the STATUE OF LIBERTY! Be ready for lines, security, & waiting. Looking back at the visit, I am happy that we visited – it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were able to take a boat to the island where the Statue resides, plus take a staircase walk to the crown of the Statue (very cool).
If you ever visit NYC, the list is endless on what you can see and do. Do not try to overload the sightseeing list, but really enjoy the quality of where you visit. Here is our vacation:
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