New York City is one of the most amazing, vibrant, energetic cities in the world and you absolutely must go at least one time. I spent the summer in the city as an intern two years ago and have had the opportunity to go back every year since. There is something about the energy in this city that just doesn't exist anywhere else. Here are 10 things that you simply must do if you are able to visit.
- Go to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer, there is a local food fair in Brooklyn and it is amazing. You will find everything from donuts to fries to lobster to Jamaican cuisine.
- See a Broadway show (or two or three). I grew up dancing and performing so Broadway basically runs through my veins. The shows are just amazing in the city and the performers are always fabulous. It's definitely worth the expense.
- Go to the Comedy Cellar. If you love live comedy or just need a good laugh, you have to go to the Comedy Cellar on Macdougal Street. Sometimes a celebrity or two have been known to show up. During one show I attended, Ray Romano made a surprise appearance.
- Eat brunch somewhere fabulous. Brunch is a big deal in the city and there are so many different types as I recently learned from a local. You can go to boozy brunch, chic brunch, casual brunch; really it's whatever you are feeling. Check out the Frying Pan at Pier 66.
- Walk the High Line. This park like trail starts in the Chelsea area on the Manhattan's west side and continues to 34th street. It was built on an old rail line and it just a beautiful.
- Have a drink at The Standard Biergarten. If you follow the Kardashians or other celebrities that frequent the city, you are probably familiar with The Standard Hotel. The biergarten here is absolutely beautiful and definitely a place to spend a Friday night.
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I just did this for the first time this summer and it was amazing. The view of the city is phenomenal and the bridge is just beautiful. Pro tip: start at Smorgasburg and walk all the way back, it makes for a perfect Sunday.
- Visit the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. This day in history is one we will never forget. The memorial that has been created is breathtaking and the museum itself is such an amazing tribute to honor the lives lost that day. Plan to spend several hours to visit.
- Shop on 5th Avenue and in Soho. For all you brand-loving, celebrity-stalking shopaholics, 5th Ave. and Soho are for you. Soho has brick streets and is a bit quieter than 5th Ave that has the big flagship stores.
- Spend a Saturday night at a rooftop bar. Roof top bars are the way I prefer to spend my Saturday night in the city. The Knickerbocker hotel has a beautiful view of Times Square and the famous New Year's Eve ball.
New York City truly is the city that never sleeps and by no means is this list exhaustive of all the city has to offer. Eat at the local places, try the banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery, go to the Statue of Liberty, but by no means should you waste a moment of time in this city.