Why Travelers love NYC, while we were away
Join Paula, Gordon, Carole, Chris and Heather for this installment of “While we were Away”.
Paula and Gordon
Why we liked New York City
We were in New York City for a week in November, and then again for a couple of days after Christmas. I had always wanted to have my Sex and the City moment in a city that I believed would be a good fit for me, and it certainly was. Because it was our first visit to the Big Apple, we totally played tourists, and loved every second of it.
I didn’t realize that advertising and neon lights would be so intoxicating so yes, I loved Time Square. It was a novelty factor and one that I am not yet tired of. I love the crowds, the crazy naked cowboy standing on the corner and all of the Disney, Sesame Street and super power characters trying to rip we tourists off if we took a photo.
Home Alone Hotel
We wandered around Central Park, which would take a long time to explore properly but we covered a lot and also got to see the Home Alone hotel..
We checked out Macy’s Christmas window. Nice. Then we saw Saks 5th Avenue. Chic. The winner, however, has to be Lord & Taylor.
Walked. Walked and Walked.
We walked. A lot. We explored Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, Fabric District, Soho, Nolita, Little Italy, Chinatown, Noho, where we found a great little place, Café Angelique. Battery Park City, Hudson Square, TriBeCa, and Greenwich Village. We had the Lower East, and West covered.
They don’t have a high standard for coffee
We ate pretty much everywhere we went and spent a good portion of our time looking for a decent coffee made with a proper coffee machine, not that pod crap. It was a nearly impossible task, but then we are from Australia, and we have very high standards where coffee is concerned. Guess NYC doesn’t, though we will try even harder next time..
So much Culture
We had some culture for our souls at The Guggenheim Museum, and the MET, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was my dose of art and history and I, loved it a lot.
We went to Ground Zero – the 9/11 memorial because it has to be done, and it is done so very well.
Lights, Noise and Smells
New York is taxis beeping, police sirens and fire brigades careening down the streets. It is crazy people and brownstones, horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. It is light, noise and smells. It is a city that tourists like me want to explore.
Look, New York is a vibrant and as diversified as you could imagine. We found it a stimulating and exciting city, and one that we will return to again, and again. I get it.
Carole Terwilliger Meyers
Buddha Bodai One Kosher Vegetarian
One of my favorite discoveries on a January visit to NYC is the vegetarian dim sum at Buddha Bodai One Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant on Mott Street in Chinatown. Literally a mouthful, in addition to being kosher and vegetarian this restaurant uses no MSG and is very vegan. We did have to wait a while to get in, but when finally seated we ordered a fantastic array of dim sum dishes. Everything was delicious, and nothing was left over. We all loved the tasty barbecue pork, but the fried taro custard and chow fun noodles came in a close second. I can’t wait to return!
Carole Terwilliger Meyers is a freelance travel writer and the author of 17 books, including Miles Of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games & Activities. She has written for FamilyFun, Sunset, and numerous other magazines, as well as for the travel sections of many newspapers. Additionally, she has appeared on the Today Show and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Also find her on Facebook.
Chris and Heather Boothman
The ultimate ’24-hour city of the world’ is exactly how we would define New York City. We have visited this city on numerous occasions and never get tired of exploring both new attractions and old landmarks that are always an amazing experience. From the iconic Empire State Building or Top of the Rock that offer breathtaking views across the stereotypical Manhattan skyline, to taking a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge, New York City is an eclectic mix of diverse neighborhoods waiting to be discovered.
During our recent visit to New York City, we took an awesome walking tour of the SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Sampling authentic cuisine along Mulberry Street and exploring fine architecture is definitely an experience we recommend, especially if you looking to visit a part of the Big Apple away from the mainstream tourist landmarks of the Statue of Liberty or Times Square.
Gansevoort Market and the High Line
If authentic Italian or Chinese delicacies don’t satisfy your palette, perhaps a visit to Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking district will entice you. A walk along the renovated High Line that was formerly a dilapidated railway line followed by sampling a ‘Bruffin’ inside the market is a perfect way to sample locally produced delicious fare. Also, NYC also has some of the best brunch spots in the country.
Ultimate Melting Pot
New York City is the ultimate melting pot of cultures and this is reflected through both the diverse, ethnic neighborhoods and of course the cuisine available throughout the city. If you love traveling the world and want to experience a myriad of cultures all in one place, then New York City is the place to be!
Chris and Heather Boothman are the co-founders of A Brit and A Southerner, a travel blog dedicated to sharing their experiences of exploring the world one weekend at a time. Find them also on Facebook and Twitter.