24 Hours in NYC

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View from the Top of the Rock. If you’re going to any observatories, pick this one so you’ll have the Empire State Building and World Trade Center in your view.

This Monday was my last day in New York. I spent the day taking in all of the sites, going to my favorite places and, of course, eating as much as I could. Once I got back to my apartment, I had logged over 9 miles of walking and I definitely felt it!

If you’re visiting NYC and have limited time to check stuff out, here’s where you should go!

First stop was the original Dominique Ansel bakery, hoping for a cronut but I’m not exactly a morning person so I wasn’t able to snag one. This little pastry was an entirely too cute, delicious and wonderful substitute though!

New York City Travel

New York City Travel

I love the area this bakery is in, and all the walking around made me feel a whole lot less guilty about my breakfast.

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After walking around and doing a bit of shopping in SoHo, I headed up to the High Line. This is hands-down, no contest, no doubt my favorite area in NYC. I love walking around the Meatpacking District, the Chelsea Market and along the High Line. In the summer time there’s usually food/wine/beer places along the High Line. If the weather is nice, it is an absolute must see.

New York City Travel

New York City Travel

New York City Travel

New York City Travel

After walking around for a bit, I couldn’t leave without stopping into my favorite bar for a beer and a giant pretzel. Every single trip my boyfriend and I made from Jersey into New York included a visit here. We’d grab huge beers, share a pretzel, find a spot and just hang out. The atmosphere is so welcoming and energetic.

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Before heading off to Central Park, I took a stroll through Chelsea Market. I was mainly interested in the food, but I love all the little stores and just walking through there is awesome. My favorite quick eats places is The Doughnuttery. I love the tiny donuts rolled in unique sugar flavors. This time I got a bacon and maple flavor on mine.

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After completely stuffing myself, I took the train up to Central Park and wandered around aimlessly for a bit. When visiting, don’t worry so much about heading in any particular direction, just explore.

New York City Travel

New York City Travel

After riding up to Central Park, I had just enough on my Metro Card to get back into Hoboken so I decided to walk the 20 blocks down to the train I needed versus adding more money. I made one last (hopefully the very last) stroll through Times Square. It’s one of those touristy must see things you have to at least see but being there is far from pleasant. Always too many people and the sidewalks, it reminds me of turnpike traffic at 5 PM.

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If you’re visiting in the winter, Bryant Park is an absolute must. The winter village is spectacular. However, during the spring and summer it still has quite a bit of charm and is definitely worth strolling through.

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I love all of the buildings surrounding this park. If I worked around here, I would probably just eat lunch out here every single day in the spring and summer time.

And that’s a wrap NYC. Definitely one of the most photogenic cities I’ve been to. NYC during the holiday season is spectacular, it’s the best time to go in my opinion.

What’re your favorite places to go in NYC?