North America

New York City

My adopted hometown: New York City. It is my favorite City in the world, and there is nothing else like it.


My God, I love new York City. The sights, the sounds, the people, the history, the energy. It is a truly global city and everything is represented here. I first came to live here as an intern to Seventeen Magazine, and couldn’t part from it thereafter (about 15 years). It can certainly be overwhelming for a first-timer (for whom I would suggest a hop-on-off bus tour to get the lay of the land), but once you stay awhile, you realize that the it’s all about neighborhoods and it never feels too much when you explore & appreciate one at a time. It’s hard to give an overview here for a place that is always changing but I will do my best. New York City comprises of five boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. (*Side note: New Yorkers are NOT rude, they are just direct & blunt. They will absolutely help you. But talk and walk fast please). Walk, subway, uber, taxis….it’s not hard to get around and Manhattan at least works on an easy grid system so you can figure out your way around.

Research the area around your hotel, and book dinner in advance on a platform like Open Table. This is a food town, and EVERYONE is out. Good local resources for food, concert, museum, event listings include Time Out NY, Eater NY, NY Times. Trust me, everyone local routinely flags things to do and places to eat in their local publications.

Manhattan

Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.

Brooklyn

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Bronx

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Queens

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Staten Island

Sorry but…skip it. No point, largely residential, and you can just watch the “Working Girl” ferry from the southern tip of Manhattan.

Day/Weekend trips

Everything is honestly a quick train (or bus) ride away, from either Grand Central Station or Penn Station. Day or weekend trips can include: Hudson Valley, Dia: Beacon, Storm King, Connecticut, Botanical Gardens, Hamptons, NJ (Cape May, Jersey Shore, Atlantic City, Asbury Park)

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie Mitchell is the founder and content director of L’Aventure Travel. She has traveled to over 40 countries, is the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We: The Adventures of Owen and Lucy”. A writer, producer, entrepreneur, and communications strategist, Carrie is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world.